Me…On Running

I am running, consuming breath, consuming wind, yet I am renewed!
For the pleasure of living and breathing, yes this is what propels my feet to trod,

Though breathless I gasp, my gaze is steady upon life’s mystery, of life’s intrigues and possibilities,
So if you wonder, this is why I can not run then,
And this is why I plod onward, eager to trot, to push the pace,
As one when I run, I somehow become two: the pursued and the pursuring;
And in this I pleasure, I have discovered another who runs the course within and without:
Love!
Love runs alongside, and joy also my companion.
No better medicine have I than this…than to run!
For when I run, the mystery I perceive is unveiled;
There is no end to it…Love…there is no end!



Seated Leg Extension

This is an effective exercise to strengthen the leg muscles on the front (anterior) of the leg.

Sit toward the front of your chair with knees bent and feet flat, holding on to the sides for balance.

Keeping your left foot planted and upper body still, straighten your right knee until your leg is parallel with the floor. Hold for 2 counts, making sure the front of your thigh is engaged, and then lower it back to the floor. Do 5 reps on the right, then repeat on the left.



Seated Side Bend Exercise

This is a great exercise to stretch and strengthen your core oblique muscles.

Sit tall in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Let your arms hang down on both sides of your body.

From here, gently bend to the right from your waist, extending your right hand toward the floor, as far as is comfortable. Return to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side. That’s 1 rep. Continue alternating for 5 reps total.

Cautionary note: If you have osteoporosis, twisting and bending moves may not be right for you. Talk to your doctor about safe exercise.


October Ode

Impatiently we await your arrival,
October, most favored month of the year.
September teases, foreshadows,
Your brilliance; your orangeade gold.
Luxuriant, intoxicant, provocative,
Deeply we drink your medicine; we steep ourselves,
In splendored awe, whenever our gaze looks upward,
Into impossible spaciousness, your blue canopy, your crown.
Our breath draws deep, full of you,
Your essence, fragrant, brash and bold,
Pricks our affections, our sensibilities.
October air crisp, awakes us, awakes possibilities,
Like so many autumn leaves cast adrift,
Frees us from Earth’s hold.