“Cross Country” – Meditation, or Illusion?

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“cross country” – meditation, or illusion?
Originally posted Feb 11, 2011
[ Updated 091519 ]


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participated 011912 in dVersepoets prompt “Imagism”

especially in regard to the moderator, ‘s, quote:

 “Pound further defined an image: ‘that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.’”


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Original Intro 2011

below is a poem i wrote nearly 17 years ago, “cross country”

i didn’t know what i know now, and all i did was describe what i experienced, occasionally, when i ran what was then a distance for me, several miles, and would now be, a marathan  😊

posted on my old art site in 2007, i’ve incuded the short commentary i placed under the poem then

monday, valentines’s day, my wife sheila’s birthday, i’ll post “heart beats”

both poems will, eventually, help me write my next multi-part post, due tuesday: “meditation: am i doing it yet?”


Cross Country

Cross Country

Learning to pace is key.
Letting the thud thump
of one’s feet slip
skip into a heart beat.
Allowing the mind to find the eye’s
range into any distance.
Rough broken edges of rocks
soften.  The round turns of
foliage and trees sharpen.
Green and brown and blue become bound.
One’s view and nature
grow balanced between the
thud thump heart-feet-beat
of one’s breath beginning to
settle easily through and out
the gliding body.
The floating consciousness
breathes lightly through the views.
And the countryside within and without
becomes covered, crossed and claimed
by one heart.  One vision.

© 1994-2019 Felipe Adan Lerma


Commentary from 2007

Artist’s Comment: though many of my writings are more empathy/research based than experiential, this one is one i’ve lived and felt just like it’s written

though i didn’t go on to become like a devotee of the sport, i touched it enough to see and feel beyond the sweat and ability to eat more than i do now 🙂  i saw and felt the world around me, within

adan – december 15, 2007


Commentary from 2011

i just assumed, when i wrote my post-run post-poem artist’s comment, i was simply taking a mystic stance in the midst of science

so what is the consensus or expert opinion, is “cross country” meditation?

one answer, meant for yoga, but possibly also applicable for me, is from a guest author on the yoga lunchbox:

“Repetitive sequences may look limiting from the outside, but I find them enabling. They are like a container that supports me and continues to expand as I expand. Once I learn a sequence, I do not need to think about what is coming next or what I think I might want to do. My mind becomes more still as I just flow from one posture to the next. Outer structure leads to inner freedom…This is why Ashtanga is often called a moving meditation.”


sounds pretty good to me

but i don’t practice Ashtanga per se, i’m still experimenting…

so when i post my new series, “meditation: am i doing it yet?” next week, i’ll attempt to do so from a post-run post-poem post-artist-only viewpoint  😉

will it still qualify as a yogic viewpoint? maybe?

and what might my viewpoint be in 2020? what type of view point could it be?

a nano-point perhaps  😉


Commentary from 2019

Nearly 69 now, there’s so many levels I see my poem now –

  • as a magical bio-creative-memory marker not only to the early 90s and my early 40s, but as a developmental perspective on my values
  • and as a reminder, I didn’t consciously “know” what I ended up seeing in my poem when I wrote it – and yet, it was there
  • and finally, how much of what I felt when I wrote the poem, and thought about when I reviewed it 13 years later, 17 years later, and now 25 years later, is still much the same!
  • I just forget all that sometimes, until I re-read my poem, and review my commentaries, and end up thinking, “Oh, yeah, yes!” 😊

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    • maybe allowed, but certainly wanted to share that with you 😉

      but walking or running, the same can be done by anyone, just key on the sensory detail (and thank you for the wonderful compliment), and link it to a rhythm in your walk, your breath, the bob in your walk, what are you feeling as you look out and sense yourself?

      reading some of your work, you would do wonderful things with that 😉


    • yea, i lot of used to jog or run 😉 i’ve gone on to less impact stuff, jazzercise and yoga, seems to suit me better, but i have great memories of my running years 😉

      i see you are in college station, what a summer ya’ll had last year! i grew up in houston, and lived in austin and galveston back and forth for most my life; we’re in vermont right now since summer, be near sheila’s family for awhile

      they say here this has been a real mild winter, and i tell them i’m radiating heat from texas is why 😉

      how is your book on barnes & noble doing? is it just at b&n?

      take care charles, glad you came by


  1. nice…very cool capture.. i did a lot of jogging a few years back..always 5am in the morning and just loved the atmosphere…today i have it when i bike to work in summer…love the serenity in this..


    • that was the thing that surprised me the first time i experienced this while running, the serenity i felt, it shocked me, so much peacefulness in movement

      bicycling does this too sometimes for me, we used to bike a lot on the seawall in galveston, not sure if we’ll be able to do some of the here, maybe rent some bikes and go along the bike path by lake champlain here, might be nice

      thanks for the reminder ’bout that! bicycling 😉 thanks claudia


    • thanks! i did want to express that very real sense of broadening of awareness, it was what was so shocking to me that first time, that it then took me to such a peaceful flowing with everything around me as i ran, thanks again 😉


  2. nice…you can tell you know it as you put us right in it as we read…very well captured…running was never my sport…i had asthma growing up…funny i could play all day but put me on a track to run and it locked up…


    • thanks brian, yea this one just came out just me thinking about some of those better runs, thanks! 😉

      that’s tough growing up with something like asthma, i never thought about it cause i never had it, closest was chronic respiratory infections, but asthma, that takes some real caring for

      heard best to warm up real slowly, not push too fast, maybe with running, you’d stress, tighten up, and try to push through, making it worse; while with playing, you were more relaxed and could stop and go at your own speed

      anyway, just guessing on my part, i hope you’re doing well with it now brian, take care


    • thanks laurie, glad you liked it, esp the musicality and oneness with nature aspects

      yea, that running! i loved it for decades, i got to about 3 miles a day for a long time, but no more, too hard on my knees; roughest i do now is jazzercise and yoga 😉 hope you still enjoy staying fit with something, makes for better poetry, at least for me 😉


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