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    The marathon + me…. by Lindsay Kriger

    little girl jumping on meadow, she playingNOTE: This is a guest blog post by Lindsay Kriger.

    On February 28th I did something I never thought I’d do: I committed to running 13 miles. On purpose.

    Jokes aside – while I definitely wouldn’t consider myself ‘a runner’, I’m ridiculously excited about this opportunity for a whole heap of reasons.

    First off, this isn’t just any marathon. It’s More Magazine’s ‘Run The World’ half marathon with She’s The First!, an organization dedicated to sponsoring the education of girls in developing countries. This movement espouses the belief “the best way to fight poverty and extremism is to educate and empower women and girls”. Hell yeah, I can get behind that.

    According to She’s the First’s page for the marathon

    “Less than 33% of girls in developing nations enroll in secondary school–and even fewer complete it. (Learn more about the global education crisis here.) When girls graduate, they break the poverty cycle and entire communities reap the benefits. 100% of your net proceeds* will go directly to girls’ tuition in our partner schools, because without us, they wouldn’t be able to afford their right to an education.”

    How could I not commit to such a wonderful cause?

    But let’s take it back a couple of steps here.  Here’s how all this got started:

    A couple of weeks ago, I was at a fundraiser dinner party hosted by the amazing Selena Soo. The goal? To raise enough to sponsor a girl in Tanzania with She’s the First! The evening was a success, and really made me consider the impact we as women can have on the lives of our sisters in second and third world nations. I had to do more.

    So that night, a handful of us decided to run this marathon to sponsor even more girls to change their lives; for themselves, their families, and their futures.

    Choosing to raise money is easy. Choosing to train every day for a race that’s more miles than I can even imagine running right now? A little harder.

    Racing for the challenge

    A friend of mine asked me- what’s my motivating factor? How am I going to get myself to train every day?

    I thought about it for a second…

    This isn’t just about training for a marathon, or even philanthropy. This is about training for life.

    I’ve never really been one to set athletic goals for myself (with the exception of touching my toes more easily in yoga class).  I’m not gonna lie – even now, my mind is telling me “There’s no WAY you’re going to run three miles. You’ll collapse after 2,”.

    But I’m excited to prove my mind wrong. I’m teaching myself to accept a challenge, to do something even when I almost can’t imagine crossing the finish line.

    To be all that we can be, as women, as people, we need to master self-discipline. We have to train our will. So I’ve decided to pursue this goal, not only because I’m such a passionate believer in the cause, but because small victories are what motivate me to push myself to higher heights. Every day that I train, I am taking control of my will, and my life.

    We can’t change our whole world in a day. But we can do our part, little by little, to push the world towards where we want it to be. Likewise, I can’t transform from non-runner to marathon queen overnight… but by taking it one day at a time, I’m inching my way towards that goal.

    Every day, I remind myself I’m stronger than I think I am, and that this cause is bigger than my burning calves, or the stitch in my side. When I skip a training, I’m not just skipping out on myself; I’m skipping out on my team, on the people that I’m running for. It’s much easier to disappoint yourself, but its harder to disappoint others. I am learning to be accountable.

    It is our birthright to be all that we can be.

    Every journey begins with the first step.

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      Be so full of love and light that nothing outside of you can hurt you

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        Stop caring what others think. You are not a pretzel.

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          How to “beam” your way to peacefulness

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            My favorite, easy meditation: “wave” good-bye to stress

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              A Beginner Meditation — For Toddlers

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              I just did a three-minute meditation with my two and a half year old son, Ari – and I wanted to share!

              We sat on his bed.
              I told him to breathe. Breathe deeply. In and out.

              Ari then said he had “bubbles nose.” His words. He’s recovering from a clogged nose thing.
              I told him to breathe through his mouth: in, out, in, out. He did.

              I told him to close his eyes and tell me a color.
              He yelled out a color: “Red!”
              I told him to think about that color. Keep his eyes closed, and picture the color red. Imagine the color red.
              Then I asked for another color.
              He yelled one out: “Yellow.”
              I told him to think about yellow.
              We went through a few colors: green, blue, black.

              Next, I told him to envision it raining. Rain falling. Rain falling. Rain falling.
              He repeated: “Rain falling.”

              I told him to envision it snowing. White snow falling. Pretty white snow falling. Fluffy white snow falling.
              I told him to imagine white snow on top of a car.
              White snow on the road.
              He said the word “snow.”
              I told him to imagine lots of snow falling.
              Then he said, “Mountain.”
              There was snow on a mountain within a movie we recently saw.
              I said, “Yes. Imagine snow on a mountain, like in that movie. Snow on the mountain top.”

              I added, “Remember that lake in that movie? How the water was flowing in a lake? Imagine the water, moving. Water moving. Imagine you are on the water. Floating, moving, swimming, floating on water. Moving on water. You are on the water. Moving, floating. Weeeeeee! Weeeeee!”

              He said, “Weeee. Weeee. Weeee” a few times.

              We did that for a minute, then finished up breathing in and out.

              My first introduction to meditation—for a two and a half year old!

              NOTE: Actually, there are elements of this meditation which are awesome for adults! I love the idea of doing a colorwheel  in your mind. Envision a circle – then keep trying to change the color. Or envision yourself water rafting, floating, weeeeee!

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