Running for Peace

Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” ~ John Lennon

Through Sportuality, I’ve been fortunate to connect with the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, MI, whose mission is “Engaging with people around the world to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in our global community.” My connection is within the council on ‘Sport and Embodied Spiritual Practice‘ as a visitor. The council includes people from around the world who share the Fetzer mission and who practice it within the realm of sport.

On Monday, April 15, Love and Forgiveness were the least accessible ideas in the minds of those who would create the chaos out of which was to be the celebration of the 117th Boston Marathon. Like the Institute’s founder John Fetzer, I am also a student of A Course in Miracles, which provides a lesson a day for a year. My lesson today was #153: In my defenselessness my safety lies. While this thought may seem contrary to mainstream thinking, it truly is the only way toward peace on the planet. I found it to be an interesting coincidence that this lesson should appear the day following the Boston tragedy … and the ongoing tragedies across the globe … 55 bombing deaths in Iraq on Monday … and how many more senseless deaths from gun violence, war, famine, neglect, and abuse. Yet we still remain unable to secure a vote in congress for revised gun legislation. We seek peace while we continue to attack and defend. Recall the words of John Lennon: “Peace is something you make.” First we need to make a decision.

I also find it interesting that this act of violence happened at the Boston Marathon, one of the oldest and peaceful sporting events in the country. Running is competition at its best: a celebration; you run with the clock; there is no physical contact; no attack of another; no offense; no defense. Running just is. Where finishing is a cause for joy. Recall the discussion of ‘community’ in Sportuality – to have charge of together. On Monday, we all joined the running community as we realized our greater connection with each other and vowed once again to seek and make peace in spite of those who would strike fear in our hearts.

We have to join the running community and keep running … away from fear, away from violence, away from war…and toward love, forgiveness, and peace. It’s the miraculous vision of John Fetzer, and is indeed the Sportual thing to do.

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