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11 April 2008

The spirituality of running - preview

Tim Hather of West Somerset AM describes his experiences

Sitting still for an hour, waiting on God, isn't easy for me
  • Meeting for Worship often finds me fidgeting, planning what I'll do in the afternoon, making mental shopping lists
  • I am present in body and spirit but frequently with a mind like a tree full of juvenile monkeys

  • We all have our favoured spiritual practices, ones that 'speak to our condition'
  • Some are more suited to our personalities than others
  • In the past I have attended weekend silent retreats, and although they haven't been comfortable, I am glad to have had the experience
  • Slowing down, both physically and mentally, is a considerable personal challenge

  • Tim Hather

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    Arthur Pritchard, 14 April
    My younger son is a final year student in Sports Studies and is working on a module on spirituality in sport. I shall be giving him a copy of your interesting piece. There is a growing literature on this subject. My other son has just run the London marathon and has described the process of settling into the run in meditative terms.


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