Peace Of Mind

Running on an inclined treadmill for several minutes now, I struggle to catch every next breath while trying to keep my knees from buckling. Just one more minute and I’m done. At this point – lungs burning and screaming for air, heart pounding and begging for repose, legs tiring and starting to cramp – my oxygen-deprived mind is as clear as it can be.

That was an almost-daily scenario for me a few years ago. In its own way, the act of running even on a treadmill seemed to give me the illusion that I was able to run away from my problems and responsibilities. And then during that last minute right before the timer slows the belt to a cool-down walk – that whole minute when I’m gasping for air – there’d descend a rare peace of mind, a serenity even better than any tranquility attained by the bottle.

I guess when you’re fighting for your life or at least fighting for the next breath, every other thing pales beside colorless oxygen, and every other thought gets drowned by your muffled cry for air. And as endorphins are released into your oxygen-starved brain, it’s one of the best natural highs a person can experience. Too bad it only lasts a short time and takes too much trouble to achieve. But it’s worth it.

3 Responses to “Peace Of Mind”

  1. 1 suzette
    July 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    even if it lasts for a short time, such natural high can be experienced everyday for free. it’s like drinking on a daily basis 🙂 it has health benefits as well. i’m just wonderin’ why you said that you only had that habit years ago… ‘any new and better habit to share with?? 🙂

  2. July 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Exercising (jogging for example) helps lessen the pressure and stress in everyday life because when one exercises, the ‘rhythm’ (jogging or lifting weights) helps keep our minds/thoughts away from the pressure and mental stress we face. Exercising is not only good for the body but it is also good for our mind.

  3. July 8, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    AHA! There IS one other thing i know that “lungs (are) burning and screaming for air, heart (is) pounding and begging for repose, (and) legs (are) tiring and starting to cramp.”

    Then we get PEACE OF MIND, even for a just a fragment in time.”

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