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 22, 2012


Ran Monday, didn't get to run yesterday because of the CELTA assessment, so that was my rest day.  Ran today as well.  Monday's run was very mindful.  Tonight's was not so much, but interesting in a different way.

The sun is setting quicker these days so about 3/4 of this run was in the dark.  That means getting used to worrying about the footing.  Of course worrying.  That was the interesting part about this.  I managed to work my way through the fact that in fact I have no control over the footing whatsoever.  It is what it is and as result there is no need to attach, aver, delude or crave (good footing).  It is what it is.  Nice to renounce an opinion on something else in this phase of my training.

After working through that part I relaxed well and just ran.  At the same time I wasn't very good at keeping my mind on breathing.  I switched over to working with skillful or right view and working through the four noble truths which was a very useful approach and the run finished itself off nicely.  The pace wasn't quick but the leg turnover was nice for the last half.

Can't really check things off, because that would be grasping, but it certainly would be a bit of renouncing.

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