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, August 16, 2012

In the middle of the week

Its Thursday.  Rest day yesterday.  In the third week of teaching this CELTA.  I'm please with the change in diet and mindfulness.  I haven't eaten meat in three weeks now.  Plenty of fruit and veg and my new favorit, the chick pea :)  All in all feeling quite good with that.

Nice run on Tuesday and nice run today.  Both runs were accentuated by some mindfulness that started out the runs nice and smooth.  At the same time they both had monkey mind in the same place both times, right at about 32 minutes, today I actually looked at the watch, on Tuesday I just knew based on pace and where I was.  Interesting.

This is the typical 10k that I do clockwise and counter clockwise alternating days.  Nothing special other than the rain has stopped after four consecutive days and now we are left with crumbling asphalt and cement.  Too bad. 

Part of the run goes down a nice road with tall trees lining both sides.  Well, these leaves are turning already and with the wind from the rain, many of these are now on the ground, Tuesday really looked  like fall.  Today when I went through it was dark 8:30 ish, but I could fell them still there.

Mid week, mindful, ...understanding, thinking, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, concentration

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