At night we run

At Night We Run



We ran under the moon not long ago and it was as magical to me as it always was. We couldn’t see it from where we started and had to earn the lunar view at the top. once there, I invited everyone to pause and turn off our headlamps. let’s look up, I said. I was so taken with the night sky dotted with stars and constellations I didn’t know the names of, I hoped the others might be too.


Just the fact that we too are part of space, that our bodies are healthy and strong, that we get to run – at night – for fun and without knowing exactly how our bodies are able to do it. That’s a bushel full of miracles right there, people. As is often the case, folks don’t always share my sense of wonder and bone-deep gratitude for mysteries like these.


But I know myself and what a feat it is to keep track of my keys some days, so I know I’d be lost if I had to beat my heart, breathe my lungs, and coordinate my limbs every literal step of the way. That profundity is not lost on me, and it’s okay that folks don’t always get it. Then again, that’s a mystery to me too.

Cultivating Courage and Vulnerability: A Mindfulness Training of the Heart

 

In the world of spirituality and practice, words like ‘courage’ and ‘vulnerability’ get tossed around so much, they often become overused and misunderstood when unaccompanied by action. And in many cultures, courage and vulnerability too often have associations with false bravado and weakness, respectively. Do terms like ‘man-up’ and ‘being too sensitive’ come to mind here?

 

So, what does it mean to cultivate these qualities in ourselves? In this course, we’ll explore the associations we make with these words and redefine them in a context of mindfulness and meditation. Courage and vulnerability are interconnected because we can’t be courageous (expressing our authenticity from from the heart) without being vulnerable (laid bare in our emotions, transparent, defenseless).

 

This introductory course is created with newcomers to meditation in mind and to experienced meditators interested in delving deeper into featured topics. This space will foster an environment of mutual support. Together we will establish a safe and trusting community as we build and deepen an ongoing practice of meditation in service to cultivating our courage and vulnerability.

 

Each week builds on the previous instruction. Full attendance is encouraged in order to build a safe container for growing our practice together.

 

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • Courage, vulnerability, and beginner’s mind
  • Dismantling internalized beliefs about strength and weakness
  • Committing to new ways of being in the moment
  • The power of forgiveness and self-compassion
  • Getting unstuck, one breath at a time
  • Sitting with difficult emotions
  • Learning to trust your voice

Make no mistake: meditation can be dull, hard, and boring sometimes. It can also be rapturous and peace-filled. Our aim is to establish an ongoing practice that welcomes the growth and healing that consistency can bring. This safe community creates the added benefit of sharing our experiences, personal stories, and progress as we process. Together. 

Register here.

4 online sessions:

Mondays: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

5pm – 6 PT / 6pm – 7pm MT / 7pm – 8pm CT / 8pm – 9pm ET

This course is open to ALL, and no prior meditation or writing experience is necessary.

Register here.

Groundbreakers

As far as I’m concerned, the history of Black people in America is also American history. And now that we’ve launched into a month dedicated to highlighting that fact, I’d like to share with you a piece I wrote for Altra Running.

 

This month Altra’s running a series entitled “Groundbreakers” that features stories from Black athletes highlighting the people they see as having broken ground before them. New Groundbreakers are born every day. I often talk about the importance of using one’s voice to share stories because it can help shift dated notions we have about each other. And because all of our stories matter.

 

Here’s some of what what I shared:

 

“I heard the prominent Black novelist Walter Mosely once say that we don’t exist if we can’t see ourselves in the literature of the day. Present and past, he added. Toni Morrison famously said that if we don’t see the stories we want to read, we must write them ourselves. History is literature, a compilation of our stories, told for posterity. And the more we know about our stories – those of our ancestors, our neighbors, ourselves – the more real we become to each other.

 

“When I’m on trails and the cellphone signal falls away, I find myself imagining the lives of my predecessors. I think about the courageous men and women who led so many enslaved people to freedom; I think about the artists and authors and scholars who understood the importance of casting us in the fullness of our humanity so that we didn’t forget it when the world seemed to. I think about the people whose names I’ll never know, boycotting the buses to bring an era of inequity to its knees, and those who made their homes in inhospitable conditions under unimaginable circumstances so that we’d have a chance to live lives they couldn’t have fathomed for themselves. I take great inspiration from these groundbreakers as I run, knowing that I’m never truly going it alone. Without them and their collective efforts, I’d likely never know the privilege and joy in this freedom of movement.”

 

You can read the rest here.