The second resolution ties into this as well and will require me to work on something for a recent opportunity I’ve come upon. It is to work on my “Steps to Adventure” (listed at the top of this page).
Here we go: Step 1: Breath
Begin by simply becoming aware of your breath. Let it come naturally, and begin to focus on each inhalation filling up your lungs, and each exhalation out through your mouth/ nose (if you can run and breathe through your nose, great. I, however, am not that talented). Focus on how each breath feels as it exit and enter your body, and the sound it creates. (If you want to take it a step further, it may help to realize that as you breathe in, you are breathing in the same air that has traveled through the trees, plants, and streams around you. You are sharing the same breath as Mother Nature, creating a unity between the two of you.)
If, you are like most people, you will begin to think about other things. That is OKAY! Don’t worry about it; you are doing this for you, so why get upset? Just gently bring your attention back to your breathing.
Bring your focus to your heart beat. Is it going fast or slow, is it loud or quiet? For some, it may be a little hard to take stock of this while running, but its good practice, especially for races. As an example, if I can feel my heart beating at the beginning of a 50k, or at any time during a 100 mile race, I am going too fast and if I don’t slow down I am surely going to crash.
(Knowing the names/species of specific plants and animals isn’t necessary, but might be fun and helpful to deepen the focus for some.)
Do this for a long or as little time as you want. You will know what is right for you. Also, don’t get frustrated if you find yourself often distracted with other thoughts. One, this is just a “practice”, and two, just being aware of your thoughts and bringing yourself back to focus is helpful.