iSportsAnalysis are serialising “Running Sussed”, a book by ex international runner Julia Chi Taylor. In today’s chapter Julia will be talking about “Creating the Picture”. Thank you Julia Chi for sharing your wisdom and insights.
It is a book to open people to the ‘how to run” aspect – or “how to become a runner“ and yes, definitely those who haven’t run much and a interested to follow a path of least resistance
But – it also has a philosophical aspect that means that people who have run for years can get something from it – some deeper insight or connection to themselves through the art of running.
Julia has been running all of her life, it has informed how she has chosen to live from a very young age and has been the bedrock of her ‘practice’ both physical and spiritual – in fact it has become her spiritual practice through the mirror of seeing herself reflected back in her running endeavours.
Julia achieved her first international vest at the age of 19 and went on to run at international level for the next 13 years.
Her most notable achievements were winning the Dublin City Marathon, being placed 7th woman in the London Marathon (3rd British) in a time of 2.36.31 and competing in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in 1986.
Chapter 10: Creating the Picture
So to create the running experience you desire, start with creating a picture; it can help to actually do this on a blank page, get a big piece of paper and start to imagine what the perfect running experience looks like –using words too can help, broad concepts like freedom, discipline, fitness, wellbeing speed, strength success – if you start with the broad concepts of what you hope your running will give you it is easier to visualize what this will look like – what does freedom and success look like? What does wellbeing and speed and fitness look like?
Maybe you have been inspired by an actual event, maybe a marathon on television, or a race in your home town. Perhaps a friend of partner has started to run and you have seen the changes that have occurred within them and in their lives, perhaps you have read a book , or stumbled on a website or a running magazine and been inspired by what you have read and what you have seen.
So create a picture in your head – what do you look like? Imagine the scene, it may be you running along a country trail or by the sea, it may be you looking fit and lean and happy running with your partner or with a group of friends – perhaps it is seeing yourself running along the embankment in the final miles of the London marathon – or maybe racing round a running track, or taking part in a short park run race or a women’s only race for life – being part of something, with a huge amount of connection as everyone joins together in the spirit of the run.
Creating a picture is very powerful, if it works for you, putting it on paper with symbols and words can allow the images to have a life and an energy – actual ‘skull’ practice’ is also very powerful to aid in the images coming to life and manifesting in the physical plane.
To visualize a dream, it is important that you bring all your senses into play; you may be stronger in one than the other – so if that is the case then your imaging will inevitably have more emphasis on that sense; By practicing ‘visualising’ your preferred state it becomes habitual to expect your life to be this way. Also by practicing conscious visualising you will become aware of where you are holding any negative patterns and outdated ways of looking at the world, that might have been logged due to a disappointment when you were young or the negative words of someone when you were trying to do something you hadn’t done before.
By stripping away the old and outdated ways of being and thinking you set the scene to re train your neural pathways and to connect to your true dreams and innate awareness of your limitless express. There is an unlimited source emanating from the universe and we are all part of the universal flow, so once we open to that and allow ourselves to join with it without resistance, literally ‘go with the flow’ then all will unfold as it is meant to …
So imagine the scene you desire – see yourself s if it were happening, watch it like a DVD and make sure it is in real time, connect to the feelings within your body and notice the environment and the effect this has on your body and mind, hear the sounds and see the sights around you and see yourself, some people prefer to be within themselves experiencing kinesthetically and some like to watch as if the observer, notice everything and feel as if you are actually there.
Having someone guide you through this experience can also be very powerful; you can write the script together and put in positive and uplifting suggestions of your sense of confidence wellbeing and awareness of the unlimited power within you once you are connected to source energy.
Practicing visualization means that when the event unfolds and occurs as it was ‘written’ – then you will find yourself really enjoying the experience and saying ‘I knew that was going to happen’… !
About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor
Julia is an ex international distance runner.
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.
She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!