Therapy

One ritual I savor is a quick run right after I get home from a busy day at work. I peel off my work clothes and replace them with running tights and a t-shirt. I lace up my running shoes, holler “see you later!” to my spouse and daughter, and leave the back door open for myself. I turn down the street and begin the pattern of striking feet. Each worry from the day gets an opportunity to rise to consciousness, and then, with the power of physical exertion, I let it go. Eventually, the run meets the mental silence. And then the most wonderful part develops–the time for dreaming. I think about the exciting opportunities I can make for myself and anticipate the goodness of the challenges to come. I imagine crossing the figurative finish lines. I retreat to the back alley, do my planks, stretch my muscles in the back yard, and then enter the house. Now I am ready for the next shift–cooking dinner, bath time, bedtime, reading articles, preparing for the next day…

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2 thoughts on “Therapy

  1. I can feel that relaxation, I haven’t been able to get in to a running groove post-baby and I do really miss that therapy. Good for you for making time for it, I’m sure you have more energy as a mama because of it!

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