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, July 19, 2012

Just have to be mindful

No run Tuesday, no run Wednesday, no run today, maybe no run until Sunday.  The back turned out to be a bigger phenomena than anticipated.  I am just working on doing core (which doesn't hurt my back) and a lot of stretching.  Seems to work its way down the left outside part of the leg in a stretch. Today is the first day it actually felt much better, though tightened up as the day went on.

I've tried separating the mind and the body and in breath awareness that has worked pretty well, but I was in a surprising amount of pain yesterday.  A lot of stretching made it much better today so it looks like patience is the order of the day for a few days.  No sense running with any pain just to run, that will cause more setbacks than I want to consider.  So maybe see you Saturday, if not Sunday.

Patience and mindfulness.

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