Daily Thanks – 19 of 30

Day 19 is a follow-up to my message yesterday about the miracle of walking & running: A belated congratulations to all of the Honolulu Marathon finishers!
I don’t think I could ever run a marathon, or even a 10k with my asthma. How can anyone run that much without collapsing? Training is definitely key, but I wonder how much endorphins play in the management of pain, allowing runners to keep going?
We’ve all heard of the runner’s high, right? After pushing your body past a certain point through exercise, you supposedly enter a euphoric state where not only does the pain go away, but you actually feel great & energized.
I recall a feeling like that when I swam long distances. It was when I was living in Tokyo and commuted to a gym to swim after work, for exercise.
I’m a decent swimmer but the first 20 minutes is the hardest. Then all of a sudden I would feel my body getting more relaxed, getting into a groove, and actually able to swim faster & stronger; I could go for another 30 or 40 minutes after hitting that point with seemingly less effort.
I didn’t realize it at that time but it was probably the brain’s release of endorphins, blocking the receptors that register pain.
This body we borrow has so many automatic triggers that defend, protect, maintain, grow, and heal itself without any conscious effort. We should always be THANKFUL.
But it’s often said that we’re only using a small portion of our brain’s capacity. What happens if we tap into the full potential? Would we be able to get rid of pain completely? Could we recover from diseases quicker, or even regenerate lost body parts or damaged organs? Stop the aging process altogether?
In our faith we are taught that the natural term of life is 115 years. Not only that, but living to that age without falling ill, dying, or becoming weakened. What a joyous life that would be when we get there!

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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