Mind Over Matter

I am thrilled! I successfully walked the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon. I’ve added this success to my list of anchors that remind me I can accomplish my goals.

I had many AHA moments along the way but there was one that influenced me  to finish the marathon:  remembering the “mind over matter” theory and using it to overcome my challenge to complete the marathon.

What’s the meaning of mind over matter?

The Phrase Mind over matter  has to do with the theory that your mind can be used to influence matter. Your mind can be used to control your body, overcome physical pain and other life challenges.

Using my mind to overcome physical pain helped me to complete the 2009 Los Angeles marathon

Six months ago, I set my intention powerfully in my mind. I became aware of my physical challenges. I accepted where I was and I took action to live my dream.

With confidence, I started weight training four days per week and I did different levels of walking six days per week.

Even though this was not my focus, I lost 50 lbs from this workout.

Through self hypnosis, I broke through my critical mind  and accessed  my subconscious mind. I informed my subconscious of my intention, through repetition, my conscious desire was accepted by my subconscious mind.

My conscious and subconscious worked as a team for my successful completion of the marathon.

I injured my knee in February 2009  (probably because I did not have a personal trainer.) I put my walking regimen on hold but continued my weight training.

The doctor recommended physical therapy but It didn’t alleviate the pain. I gave it up and a month after my injury, I resumed my walking regimen.

On Marathon eve, May 24, 2009, I didn’t sleep wink. My knee was stiff and painful and it said to me  “Adalia, we are not going to the marathon.” However, not going was not an option.

The Marathon

Marathon morning, Monday, May 25, 2009, I arrived downtown Los Angeles. I was  excited but apprehensive. I enjoyed the crowd and the camaraderie. I loved being there.

I felt  like a kid attending Disneyland for the first time.

I had my i Pod, my son had filled it with an eclectic set of music: reggae, pop, jazz, classical, hip-hop, rap, country and calypso. I brought along Icy Hot for my knee, electrolytes, water and nutritious snacks.

The horn went off, my heart fluttered, and with hundreds of other eager participants, I started out on my 26.2 miles walk.

The first 5 miles were relatively easy and I called my son to share this with him. The night before, I told him I was going to call after each 5 mile increment, something to keep me focused and motivated. This was my first and only call to my son. I realized that I did not need to make that call to keep me motivated. I focused on my intention and the NOW experience of the marathon.

As  I came upon the 6 mile stretch, I began to experience intense pain in my right knee.

I closed my eyes and gave myself three deep cleansing breaths and  connected to the infinite wisdom of the universe and asked for guidance and the universe replied,  “Adalia, you have said time and time again that we do not realize how powerful our minds are. Now practice what you preach and walk!”

It  also allowed me to remember a news event that happened several months ago. Four friends were on the ocean  fishing and the boat capsized. They all fell overboard. The only survivor held on to the boat for two days before he was rescued. He said he focused on living not dying.

When I compared my pain to his experience,  I realized that I had a minor challenge. I needed to disconnect my thoughts  from my pain and connect them to the finish line.

I accomplished this for a few more miles. At mile 10, I started to compare my self to the other walkers. From my point of view, I was the slowest walker on the road, everyone was passing me: young, old, short, tall, over weight and underweight.

Comparison will kill your joy

I shifted my thinking, STOP! I said to myself, it’s not about them, it’s about you.

I allowed the eclectic music on the iPod to energize me. I paid attention to the hundreds of friendly, supportive, men, women and children along the way. They were from all walks of life, from different neighborhoods, different ethnic backgrounds. All unified on this day, all getting along. AWESOME!!!

There was entertainment, volunteers gave you water, strangers encouraged you and told you how well you were doing and told you with certainty that you were going to make it.

Such a beautiful memory it’s making me smile

I had successfully disconnected from my pain, I was in the moment and I was loving it.

I visualized the finish line and intermittently repeated to my self  “mind over matter,” “mind over matter”  from mile 10 to mile 26.2 AND

8:45 hrs later, I completed the Los Angeles marathon 2009 – for me, a historic event. Woo Hoo!

Other resources:

William james


The great illusion

Mind over matter race

Mind over matter nyc

Your mind is powerful. Use it for your success.

Thought Stimulator:  What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.  – Napoleon Hill

What challenges did you overcome when the odds were against you?

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