Running made me free. It rid me of concern for the opinion of others. Dispensed me from rules and regulations imposed from outside. Running let me start from scratch. It stripped off those layers of programmed activity and thinking. Developed new priorities about eating and sleeping and what to do with leisure time. Running changed my attitude about work and play. About whom I really liked and who really liked me. Running let me see my twenty-hour-hour day in a new light and my life style from a different point of view, from the inside instead of out.
Endurance Running: A Socio-Cultural Examination edited by William Bridel, Pirkko Markula, Jim Denison
If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year. — Horace , 20 BC
The best way to get anything, from love and affection to money and fame, is to not need it in the first place. The less you give a fuck, the easier life gets.
Days and months are travellers of eternity. So are the years that pass by. Those who steer a boat across the sea, or drive a horse over the earth till they succumb to the weight of years, spend every minute of their lives travelling. There are a great number of ancients, too, who died on the road.
I myself have been tempted for a long time by the cloud-moving wind — filled with a strong desire to wander.
“In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face.”
What if I don’t feel compassionate?
Raven said, “Fake it.”
“That doesn’t seem honest,” said Black Bear.
“It doesn’t begin with honesty” said Raven.
“Bhikkhus, there are these five benefits of walking meditation. What five? One becomes capable of journeys; one becomes capable of striving; one becomes healthy; what one has eaten, drunk, consumed, and tasted is properly digested; the concentration attained through walking meditation is long lasting. These are the five benefits of walking meditation.”
“Monks, these are the five rewards for one who practices walking meditation. Which five?
“He can endure traveling by foot; he can endure exertion; he becomes free from disease; whatever he has eaten & drunk, chewed & savored, becomes well-digested; the concentration he wins while doing walking meditation lasts for a long time.
“These are the five rewards for one who practices walking meditation.”