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)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Paying a price

May have let it go a little long.  Today I ran faster than yesterday, which is not surprising given that the roads and paths are clear despite last nights 3 cm of snow.  It all melts away quickly now and because there is less of it, people seem more inclined to get rid of it also.

But, I got the 'ol upper inner right leg cramp that I get when I try to come back to the same spot after a lot of days off.  In addition post run I am really dehydrated, especially for just 15k, and I have muscle cramping.

This is not permanent damage but yet another lesson on this journey through training for this thing.  In the end I think it won't be too big a deal.  Same thing tomorrow.

It is devastating outside from an infrastructure standpoint however.  Now it is clear, you can see huge holes everywhere.  You can also see them trying to repair the huge holes on the really high traffic streets, unfortunately, they are doing it in the wet and 1/2 snow 1/2 rain and they don't block it off so the cars just tear it up again the next day.

Remember my cartoon caricature of the heat coming out of that man hole?  Well that area is cut away and filled in with broken up read brick!  It is also cordoned off so that cars can't drive on it, but they are and red brick is now going all over the road and chipping the paint on cars.  I'm not sure I understand the engineering behind the approach, but I guess you use what tools you have right?  If there is no tax system and people do not focus on the needs of the group as a whole, the whole system tends to pay a price in its infrastructure.

Much like I did today.

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