Love this! I'm a runner too and have similar experiences of feeling like I am nothing and yet everything at the same time, in tune with all around me yet completely centered in myself.I love your point that finding God is a personal journey, and that religion--and certainly not any one religion--isn't the only way.
I've been a bike commuter for 14 years, riding about 30 miles a day to and from work.Those 2 hours of riding and thinking have taught me more about myself and how I feel about God and the meaning of life than I *ever* learned by listening to a speaker or reading a book while inside a building.I consider myself very lucky to have found what is important to me while riding.
Wow! Amazing. I can't say the same about running but other things. Runners amaze me! It is about finding your own connection to the Earth and life and everything around us. I love how you put this. You've just made my night!
Thanks for the feedback. I am glad others can connect with me on this - there are so many places to find a connection to something bigger, God if you will or other elements of being - and so rarely are they found, in my experience, in a pew.
This entry reminds me of the line in the movie Chariots of Fire when Eric Liddell said "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
@Catherine - that is a wonderful quote. Been a long, long time since I watched that movie. Thanks for sharing.