Walking Meditation

“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.”

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“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.”

Freedom

One important principle the way of the Buddha has to offer to the modern world is the concept of freedom. Paradoxically this true freedom comes not from getting what you want, but from refrain from wanting. This freedom means to make yourself free from desire, free from greed, free from dogma and false hopes. True freedom comes from letting go or, more precisely, not grasping. It is deeply rooted within our nature and so is absolute, something we cannot lose. But along the way and in modern society we lost contact with it. To regain this contact we need to go back to ourselves to find our inner core and self-acceptance.

When we learn to accept our self, our live and to our environment, we will become more harmonious and we will develop a responsive relationship with our self and with our desires. Only from there we will learn to make ourselves free. Running as a meditation, can help in learning to relate from our center to the center in everything. When we learn to relate from our center it takes away the limitations imposed on us by our egos and by our environment, that will make us more free, and enables us to enjoy life even more.

The process for finding our own freedom is a long and sometimes lone path, and the outcome depends on being mindfully in the right attitude. It starts with understanding the distinction between the conventional and the Buddhist understandings of freedom. This is critical since this freedom is not pursued nor won; but rather experienced by letting things go. All easier said then done, speaking for myself: most off the time I find my self moving like a pendulum in between states. Highly influenced by my reaction on things and events that happen around me, and how I deal with them.

Having no destination, I am never lost.
Ikkyu

Apm

Yes ! I finished the allgau panorama ultra trail And look at the nice reward !

Despite the pain in my right knee I finished fit and happy. If it was not for the knee pain I could have been faster. Until km 55 all was good. But since I could not run downhill anymore the last 15 km took way longer then expected. Still proud to have finished even slightly faster then last time. I did not do any extra training for this race, just my basic 5/6 rounds a week of 10 / 17 km. Quit surprised and happy to see that my base condition is strong enough to run a tough race like this one.
The http://www.allgaeu-panorama-marathon.de/ Ultra is one of my favorite runs; realy well organized, nice and friendly staff, all very supportive, Also a great track with sometimes spectacular views. The 70 km distance is good to handle and the hight meters (3000!) make it hard enough but still do able.
This was the third time I participated in this race, and definitely not the last time.

Gear

Gear used for a 70k ultra trail run with 3000 vertical meters in the German Alps.

  • 1 package Peronine food (used at at km 40)
  • Tape and emergency stuff.
  • Sun cream
  • Wett toilet paper
  • Walking sticks
  • 2 small 0,5l water bottles
  • Buff
  • ultra light Rain jacket

I will run on my trusted inov-8 shoes, carry the stuff in my Mammut Ultra light backpack. Salamon pants, inov-8 shirt. Salamon trail running socks.

Next stop: http://www.allgaeu-panorama-marathon.de/

Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human

I want to be able to keep running as free and democratic as possible. I run because it gives me far too much that I couldn’t possibly not. It makes us more intelligent, de-stresses us, and makes us fitter. It gets us away from technology, allows our brains to rest, and encourages creativity. Running can be all that.

Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/running-books-jogging-health-science/

Ultra running

“Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of spaceships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being – a call that asks who they are …” – David Blaikie

Sahara

Why you should explore solitude

Silence and solitude are lost cultural phenomenons, spaces which needs to been explored and used. I am fascinated by silence and solitude. Fascinated by that what happens to the human spirit, its identity and personality, when the talking stops and ventures out into emptiness.

Some people are frightened of those who desire and aspire to be alone. For them solitude can be threatening and they recognize it as not social. They feel that someone who wants to be in solitude is somebody who does not take social responsibilities. Someone who does not conform to their standards. And so being unacceptable in social forms.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ― George S. Patton Jr.

But the truth is different. Someone who deliberately explores his live, who explores the world and the connection with it, in solitude, is someone who learns to be self dependent and will develop a strong self esteem. There is no number of friends, contacts or connections that can make you into a stronger independent person. Being in solitude will deeper consciousness of oneself and it will give an increased sense of freedom. Which will lead to an independent-minded, self thinking, reflective person. These qualities will make someone a valuable team player. Someone who can take social responsibilities, without being pressured by a herd mentality. Someone who feels free and independent of principle, or conscience. Someone who is not afraid to think different and use creativity to solve lifes issues. A person who is free from social peer pressure to conform and being able to think and act for himself, rather than be under the influence of group-think. This in contrary to those who conform. Those who need to consume more and more, and whose lives are influenced by group thinking and standardized.

“Sheep only need a single flock, but people need two: one to belong to and make them feel comfortable, and another to blame all of society’s problems on.” ― James Rozoff

I am part of society, have a family life and run a business, still I take my time to go away from all this. I spend regularly a few hours or a longer period in solitude. It helps to deal with social pressure, it helps to reorder the mind and it cleans the soul. I practice my solitude in running, especially on longer runs. Then I am several hours on my own and far away from everything. There, being mindful, being one with motion and breathing, there I find these powerful moments of solitude and stillness.

Try it, and feel what I mean. It can change your life.