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)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Name one impermanent thing...

Kyiv streets!!!!  Ran 10k today and thought I might trip and fall several times.  We are in the middle of a heat wave with no water on the ground or anywhere, dust and sand are accumulating at a remarkable rate.  Add to this the fact that the infrastructure is well past its prime and now we are in the opposite of winter.  They aren't moon craters like winter, but they are kind  of like running on washboard dirt roads in some places. 

Today's run had good mindfulness for most of it.  Still I find myself regularly going to monkey mind, but at least I see it and take it back.  The last 3km felt very difficult to me, yet, that feeling always ends, like all feelings.  Impermanent, duh.

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