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, August 12, 2012

Pondering comparisons

Another Sunday.  I ran 18 seconds slower today than yesterday for the same distance.  The come back 10km distance.  Another week and then a slow progression toward something.  I've just about decided between a 50 miler in Cardiff Wales or running Conemarra again, but that can wait. 

The differences between the two runs was staggering.  You'll recall that monkey mind ruled the day yesterday and at one point I just felt exhausted.  Even taking in to account that each day is different and who knows what guy will be running in the shoes I put on in any given day; today's run was quite a phenomena.

Mindfulness came from the beginning as I started following the breath from the elevator and was well on my way by the time I pressed the button on the watch. 

The run was just a run, but the following of the breath and mindfulness of working with wholesome and unwholesome, see unwholesome arise and immediatley workign with it, and it going away and following the breath some more, it was over before it started.  I felt refreshed, not tired and relaxed as well.

Now, not all days are like this, but in comparison to monkey mind Saturday, it is once again an indicator of what happens when you have mindfulness and right concentration.

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