If we really want to get rid of suffering, completely and totally, then clinging has to go. The spiritual path is never one of achievement; it is always one of letting go. The more we let go, the more there is empty and open space for us to see reality. Because what we let go of is no longer there, there is the possibility of just moving without clinging to the results of the movement. As long as we cling to the results of what we do, as long as we cling to the results of what we think, we are bound, we are hemmed in. Meditating on No-Self: A Dhamma Talk (Edited for Bodhi Leaves), by Sister Khema(1994)

Monday, January 23, 2012

A conversation from all over the world

Weather man:  this weekend should see light snow with about a total of 1 inch of accumulation.
Reality:  One foot of snow over a 48 hour period.

Happens everywhere.  Absolutely no reason we should have it in Ukraine.  Of course I think there were very few people running in it in the dark this evening.

A truly slow boat to China today for 15km.  Over 10 min a mile, just trying to slog through some foot high drifts in some places, and then cleared sidewalks in others.  This time, the ratio of plowed to unplowed snow on the sidewalks was about 20/80 with unplowed your big winner.

No crampons, just the Nike Lunar +3's so you can imagine what that was like.  Good exercise though.

A lot of patience, a lot of very small steps, a lot of concentration but also relaxed while doing so and really sort of enjoying the run as a whole. 

Weathermen, when they are off their game, they are really off their game.

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