I cannot claim to be very religious, but I can testify to the fact that I am spiritual. I believe that this universe and all the fascinating physics at play are so wondrous that there is more of an origin to it all than pure serendipity. In astrophysics, we can trace our universe's expanding nature to a big bang theory. Yet the big bang theory hinges on many important basic relationships like mass exhibiting gravity, electron and proton attraction, basic thermodynamic principles, etc. etc. If we lived in a universe without these principles, planet Earth would never exist; atoms would simply fly around and never join enough to even form a single drop of water.
|Middle Palisade and Normal Clyde Peak|
The human world of cities and towns is the product of our limited understanding of the natural world and our desire to perfect it. We might put a "smart" or an "i" in front of something yet we still live in a world of pollution, traffic, car crashes, disease, and unhappy endings. To study a human design is to study inefficiencies, but to study a natural design is to study perfection. It's not surprising when our best designs utilize natural designs like honeycombs, photosynthesis, and river systems.
After indulging myself in several months of high mileage running, I took the past few weeks off to let my body heal and live completely inversed in the man made world. I went out to eat, I drank lots of beer, I watched TV, I went shopping, and I visited the zoo. The end result was that I felt further away from the creator, and closer to the designs of whatever humans designed the train I was riding, the Panda enclosure I visited, the shopping center I walked through. In this sense, I felt less spiritual and more depressed about the problems in our world.
|The East Face of Mt. Whitney|
|The Mountaineer's Route|
For me, these moments are blazing signals of a creator whose wisdom resulted in a wilderness that the epitome of perfect design. The joy I feel in scrambling the last few vertical feet over the ledge is not merely a sense of accomplishment, but a joy in understanding our creator's perfect design both in the environment and within ourselves. Running is a vehicle for passionately studying the brilliant designs of our creator, and as long as your eyes are open, I promise you'll never waste a day spent in the wilderness.
|A design at work, inspired by mountains.|
Running was very casual for the past three weeks:
Aug 05, 2013 - Aug 11, 2013
- 3hr 34m
- 7hr 42m
- 12hr 17m
New favorite artist: Shakey Graves mix of folk, blues, and eclectic lyrics
I feel most spiritual when running in nature. Couldn't agree more. Great thoughts and great pictures.
Thanks for this. For a long time I've tried explaining to people the connection I feel with the earth. Especially when climbing or running. Thanks for sharing the words I've been trying to find.
This is a beautifully written piece. Great photographs too! Thank you for sharing this :)
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