Change Comes From Within

Self-Love 7/19/11

Before change is made in the outer world, it’s made within an individual. Before I take action, I have to decide that I want to. There has to be desire and a reason inside of me first.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

On my walk with my sister last night, I realized that one big thing that can completely 180 my energy is exercise, in particular, running.

I’ve been kind of lazy on that front lately, doing exercise that doesn’t challenge my mind, body, or heart. When I run, and run hard, it can be a meditation, it can be relaxing, it can be energizing, it can be exercise for my mind. When I finish a hard run/workout, I feel invigorated and energized.

I have been exercising, but I haven’t been running, and when I was running, I was running very slow. When I woke up this morning, I decided to start my day with a run. I ran to the gym, about a 2.4 mile run, and I pushed myself, and it was hot, and there was one big hill. 🙂

It felt sooooo good. It was hard and it was relaxing. I had to relax my mind, and I had to unite my breath with the rhythm of my steps. Sometimes I would just flow, other times I had to tell myself to just keep on putting one foot infront of the other, and soon enough I would arrive at my destination. It was the most amazing run I’ve had in a while. And when I got to the gym, I had the most amazing stretch, then weight lifted and walked back.

I realized the missing piece to my high energy equation, arduous exercise, in particular, running, and even more specific, running outside. It feels amazing.

From today’s running experience, I’ve decided that I’m going to sign up for the half marathon on my birthday, on August 28th. It would just be such an amazing way to start the morning of my birthday, plus, I’d have a new distance personal best and I’d have done something on my bucket list.

Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.

About emelinaminero

I'm passionate about people, community, self-love and the diversity in the human experience.
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5 Responses to Change Comes From Within

  1. Renee says:

    Good job on your run Emmy and great job realizing what works best for you and makes you feel great:) I love you and all the work you do for yourself:) “Edit”, lol.

  2. Thanks Ne! I love You!

  3. lindsey wert says:

    GOOD FOR YOU EMELINA! I am so glad you gave this to your body, mind and soul. You deserve self-love and care. Blessings to you.:)

    Lindsey

  4. Thank you Lindsey! 🙂 You just sent me so much positive energy. What a great way to go to sleep. I’ll be able to bring that positive energy into my morning. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂

  5. Isn’t it amazing how our bodies and mood are so tied together? I love reading about your insights. I feel privileged to be able to follow along with you on your self-love journey. Thanks for being so open with your discoveries!

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