This evening in Miami there is going to be a major league baseball game. The Miami Marlins are going to host the Washington Nationals in Landshark stadium. It is a building which can host about 38,000 people. There is every reason to suspect that there will be a great turnout this evening though there is a chance of thundershowers which could happen as well here in New York. Schools are out across America right now and kids are looking for events in which to have fun. In fact, this is the season when a lot of folks, both big and small, are thinking hard and planning at length for the ideal summer vacation. Looking forward to a chance to do nothing at all.
The distance to Landshark stadium is just over 1000 miles. Right now, if most of the runners had been heading south instead of around this hard little concrete block in Queens they could be there right now. Of course no one here is thinking much about entertainment or pleasure of any kind really. The concept of just doing nothing is a luxury that none can afford, not even for a casual moment. Their thoughts may meander but their feet do not. They may be thinking of baseball and beaches and millions of frivolous things from time to time but mostly they do not. Their focus is only on the next lap and then the next one after that. Their minds may wander but never their feet or their hearts.
Few will witness what they will do here this evening. A handful will come by tonight to hand them treats, sing songs, and wish them well. Mostly they will share the miles with themselves and a dark sky with its threatening showers. We all hope of course that it remains dry but it might not. Our encouragement of them counts for something but their courage, selfless action, and heart felt dedication of their entire beings to Self-Transcendence here is much more powerful than the sum total of a world of best wishes. They are challenging the limits of the physical while at the same time embracing the unlimited power of the spirit. For those of us who watch, it is spectator sport that costs nothing. Our only admission to this, is our hearts oneness with all those who run.