Consistency…

Today Anadi and I spent all day in a bar in London… I loved it so much.

But first I ran ten miles on the treadmill in the gym. I loved that too…

In the last five days I have run on an Alpujarra road, while the sun rose over the mountains; along the Spanish coast in Almuñecar, with it setting below the sea… And then waking early to run before it was light, watching that same sun rise in spectacular fashion over the English channel, lapping at the foot of the South Downs…

And today all my miles on a treadmill without knowing at all whether the sun had risen or not…!

The time passed so easily, but then I am very fit again. I have a theory that most of training is physical, in that when we get very fit the miles are far easier, and so there isn’t the same mental process to ‘keeping going’ needed as when we are less fit… This is the same for racing…

My best races were when I was super fit and could physically do what I had in front of me… The recollection I have of my fastest times is of ‘flow’ more than anything else…

The practise that is the most important is consistency, to keep showing up, day after day after day… And within the consistency, the wisdom to not do too much, where we reach breaking point, and then cannot maintain the consistency…

This is easy to write… It can take a bit of ‘trial and error’ to learn…

But once the fine line has been revealed and we know ourselves, our bodies, our rhythms – often through making some mistakes along the way – then the practise is quite simple… ‘Just do it…’ then keep ‘just doing it…’

After my run, Anadi and I made our way back into Central London… On the train, we looked online for another brunch location and chose ‘Christopher’s’, just outside Covent Garden… And what a find… Amazing deliciousness, and a fabulous atmosphere of London fun… And although we had planned to shop – needless to say, no shopping happened!

We just sat all day talking and eating and drinking. I loved it; and so did Anadi. We like being in each others company and love the limitlessness to the dialogue.

Our orientation of clearing, consistently noticing whatever arises that causes a ripple on our inner stillness, is the same – and so we relax in the lack of barriers to who we truly are.

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