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)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dusk in London

Arrived in London yesterday.  Managed to get in 12k in Greenwich Park starting around 4:30 p.m.  This was a really neat run.  I quick review of Google Maps got me a route that allowed for three laps of the park plus some additional diagonals that allowed for four serious hill workouts over the course of the run.  Also, a light rain falling the entire run.  No moon to speak of.

Even in the dark the flowers and the buildings were great to look at.  Two memorable moments.  First, Greenwich Park is the home of the Prime Meridian.  The observatory is also there, hence the hill workouts, the observatory at night shoots out a green laser beam across the prime meridian and it is wonderful to watch your progress around the park using the line as reference.  Second was reaching the high point of the part three times and looking out across the Thames across to the financial areas of the London all lit up.

Greenwich is the second major park I would recommend running in in London.  Hyde Park is a wonderful loop that if you did it right you can get a lot of miles in.  On the other hand, Greenwich is the kind of park that gives you 100 ft of elevation gain over .3 miles, and I got that in 4 times.  Nice preparation for Connemarra.

The run itself was just a good way to clear the cobwebs from flying and standing in line all day. 

Hope to run a different route today.

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