Being exactly where we are…

A bright shining sparkling sea sunny day, gleaming and fresh – greeted me as I set off to run…

Except my foot had other ideas… ‘Try running without me…’ it joked… ‘Stop running – let’s walk again today…’

My feet have been doing rather a lot of walking of late, ever since my birthday – what turned out to be – break from running….

Body said ‘no’ that day…

And so as I emerged from my unexpected stay in hospital, I walked my way back to health…

As the days passed, I grew stronger and started running about a bit – barefoot on the soft verdant green May grass…

But suddenly right foot asked that it walk for a bit longer…

And so it came to pass, that instead of ‘going for a run’, I was wandering about on the grass in front of the Grand hotel…

I was enjoying my wander, watching the waves and listening to the familiar squawk of the gulls – meandering – when suddenly, across the grass, I spied Tracy, running towards me…

Julia Chi and Tracy Owen
Julia Chi and Tracy Owen

Tracy and I first met one another on the ‘road racing circuit’, about 30 years ago – and so began a connection that has spanned half my life…

She stopped, and delighted to see one another, we chatted for a while – I told her about my hurty foot, and she immediately reminded me of the foot massaging technique…

Tracy is a wonderful bodyworker, and within seconds she had me sitting on the grass – bottom between my knees – leaning back to massage the soles of my feet and stretch out the front of the feet….

I appreciated hugely, our serendipitous meeting, and continued my barefoot walk on the grass, my foot was already feeling better…

A Personal trainer and his student were working out on the grass, with lots of fabulously energising inspiring moves…

As I walked by, Ben – I found out later it was a brother and sister team Ben and Sophie – called to me to ask me if I would film them for a while…

It was fun… I enjoyed my ‘camera person’ role…

My Sunday morning run was turning into a different experience entirely, but one I was thoroughly embracing…

I asked Ben and Sophie if I could now take some photos of them, and could I write about them…?

Ben and Sophie training
Ben and Sophie training

And so although I didn’t do what I had ‘planned’, I had a fabulous hour, out and about on the sunny seafront, meeting old friends and making new…

Being exactly where we are, with whatever is happening, lends us to truly be alive…

To recognise in every moment that everything around us is simply a reflection of our inner landscape…

And so to fully respond and be here and now…

It is letting go in every moment to what we thought was going to happen, or what we think might happen, or what we wish hadn’t happened – and instead being present to what is and always available for something new and unexpected…

My morning was rich with experience, healing, companionship – meeting fellow travellers on the journey of life.

The Tracy ‘cure’ was almost immediate…

On Monday morning I was off again, running along the seafront, free as those squawking swooping gulls…