On January seventh I was finally able to go skiing. Perhaps it was global warming which had delayed my winter sport activity. The fact that I could not actually physically ski in December did not prevent me from thinking about skiing. In fact, I read a book about skiing and I imagined skiing. I have actually been skiing in my mind for the past several weeks. I took time from my not so busy schedule to understand, visualize, comprehend and contemplate what skiing is.
Skiing is all about physics and understanding physics helps me ski. When I arrive at the base of the mountain, I have no potential energy. The ski lift is a machine which transports me from the bottom to the top of the mountain. It is powered by electricity likely generated from fossil fuels. When I arrive at the top of the mountain, I now possess a large amount of potential energy imparted to me by fossil fuel whose chemical energy was converted into electric energy at the power plant. To summarize, electric energy moved my chair lift with me in it to the mountain top and I am now empowered with potential energy.
As I begin to slide down the mountain, that potential energy in me is being converted into kinetic energy. Initially, my skis are flat and headed straight down the mountain giving me acceleration and velocity. As my speed increases, I become a bit fearful. I want to be in control and make some turns. I tilt my skis up on their edges at an angle to the snow and they form a wedge which pushes me to the right resulting in a turn. My resistance to the snow increases and I slow down a bit. I repeat this maneuver on the opposite side and my skis are again pushed, this time resulting in a left turn. I am turning and sliding and skidding and balanced and in control, at least in my mind. Eventually I am at the bottom of the trail. My potential energy and my kinetic energy are gone, depleted, dissipated and all that remains are the memory and the exhilaration and the excitement of the run. I get back on the lift and repeat the cycle several more times until my old aching body calls it quits, too sore and fatigued to continue.
There will come a time, preferably not too soon, when my season pass will expire and no longer be renewable. When that day comes the laws of physics will no longer apply to me. They will be replaced by what some people call metaphysics, the mysterious forces and laws of the spiritual realm. These are revealed to us now, in our consciousness, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, imagination, hopes and dreams, desires and longings. These are the foreshadowing, preludes, precursors that point to our ultimate destiny. A realm of love, beauty, peace, mystery, adventure, creativity and divinity awaits us.
It is wrong to think of the spiritual as a lesser substance than the physical. It is, in fact, infinitely more real, permanent, and substantial than what we now experience on Earth.
In the words of Isaiah, “Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Is 40:31
5 thoughts on “Skiing In My Mind”
Thank you Marc.
I always enjoy reading your posts. I appreciate this different way of approaching this sport. Before cancer, I was a swimmer (daily). I have made the decision not to return to swimming at this time due to covid. I miss it terribly, and hope someday I can get back in the water.
I always thought that swimming was the closest thing to heaven. When my head was under the water, it was a totally spiritual feeling…a very special time when I could think of nothing else.
Maybe I can recreate this in my mind..thank you!
Blessings and still in my prayers.
i love this… welcome to the world of what i like to call being a ‘soul skier’. in addition to this feeling – “The fact that I could not actually physically ski in December did not prevent me from thinking about skiing” – did you also have moments after skiing when you felt a smile creep onto your face while daydreaming about that one particular turn that just felt… perfect?
I was so happy to receive your post. I have been thinking about and your family a lot over the holiday season. I’ve been praying too. I miss seeing everyone. I’ll be more than happy when it’s safe for us to gather again. Good to know according to your skiing adventure that you’re physically strong. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Curtis has been asking about you. Much love, peace and hope in the Messiah
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It’s good to hear from you
Elizabeth and I also miss seeing you
We hope you guys are doing well
and look forward to getting together in the future