Spirituality in motion

GOING FAR TO GO DEEP

The Spirituality Of Running
by Jim Friedrich
The Huffington Post

Sport is common across cultures, languages, and faiths. But what role does sport have in spiritual practice? According to Jim Friedrich, potentially a great deal. Focusing on his own sport, distance running, Rev. Friedrich discusses the various ways that athletics help him to connect more deeply to his spiritual life, saying, “athletics is not just a metaphor for spirituality, but a plunge into the deepest sources of the self." The body is an integral component of our being, and using our bodies can be an integral part of our spiritual lives. Does your sport have a spiritual element? Could your spiritual life benefit from a physical practice?


COMPETING WITHOUT COUNTRY

Image credit: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

Image credit: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

Refugee team takes centre stage ahead of Opening Ceremony
by Jonathan Clayton
UNHCR

This year, for the first time, there will be a team of athletes competing at the Olympics without a country. The ten athletes, who walked into the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag, will be competing to, as runner Yiech Pur Biel says, "'show that even though we are refugees, we are still human beings.'" In a time where so much seems to divide us, the perseverance of these individuals is a reminder of the power of human dignity, the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of bearing witness to the injustices in our world.

Read more about these incredible athletes here.


UNEXPECTED TEAMMATES

Over Dunes And Mountains, A Stray Dog Named Gobi Tags Along With An Ultramarathoner
by Peter O’Dowd
WBUR

Are you looking for something to smile about this week? Check out this story about a very special race companion.