Dear Arpan and Vasanti,
Your running posts are totally inspiring! I already went for a run
today, but my legs are itching to get out again into the night rain
and log a few miles. Ah well, let me write this post instead.
There is something very special about running in inclement weather.
Some of my best runs have been in the pouring rain or the biting cold.
The way nature lashes down on you and the way you hold your head high
and just put one leg in front of the other, enjoying the trance-like
rhythm of your feet dancing away the road...
And suddenly nature surrenders! I know what Vasanti is talking about,
I have also experienced it many times.
I like what Emile Zatopek said about it:
"There's a great advantage in training under unfavourable conditions."
I also enjoy Sri Chinmoy's comment on that utterance:
"For when victory dawns, everything becomes sweet, illumining and
fulfilling. At that time, unfavourable conditions are no longer seen
as unfavourable but as necessary steps to bring to the fore the
runner's ultimate capacity."
Two weeks ago I participated in a big 15K race in the city I grew up
in, which is called Nijmegen and lies in the East of Holland, close to
the German border. This race - the "7 hills race" - is very popular,
drawing almost 30,000 people. It also holds the world record for 15K.
To me a race is the summit of running joy. It is a test of strength,
will and courage: how deep will you go? It is painful and at the same
time it is joyful, especially after crossing the finish line! And
running together with thousands of others creates such a powerful
feeling of oneness. It is also at the perfect time of year, in the
middle of autumn when the trees are at their heights of beauty, with
falling leaves of gold preceding you wherever you turn. Oh, I do love
Keep on running and smiling and becoming!
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com
> No Heidelberg? :)
> Just back from a "short" run (1 h) Instead of working (some
translations are waiting) here I am again reading the latest posts
> and checking my last one.http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/sri-chinmoy-service-trees/part16/283.html
> Here it was raining - a thunderstorm is supposed to be approaching,
> but I had missed running yesterday and this morning and want to go
> for 51 km next Saturday, so I thought I better get out there! Looking
> out of the window you could hear and see the raindrops falling
> heavily in the black night on the dimly lit asphalt, with the wind
> picking up. Well - as my father used to say, there is no bad weather,
> only inappropriate clothing. Plus there is a special charm to running
> at night, along a river, towards the sparkling lights, like diamonds,
> of a little town nestled between two hills, even in the rain - this
> feeling of braving the elements - aren't we all heroes and warriors
> The funny thing was, as soon as I went out, the rain and wind abated,
> and I took down my hood, enjoying this bit of more freedom. As I
> crossed the bridge across the river, I saw a couple of bizarre black
> clouds in the distance, being swept across the sky, against a lighter
> background. It looked a bit threatening, but well, let the weather
> come... I stood on the bridge for a while, enjoying the turbulent
> waters under me, when I suddenly realised that the "black clouds"
> were the sky, and the "white background" were the clouds, now coming
> closer and covering the black. I had to laugh - how often do we see
> black and think black, but if we brave things they may turn out white?
> On my way back along the other side of the river it struck me that
> the rain had almost completely ceased, as if a blessing for my going
> out to run. A few hundred metres before my house it picked up again.
> Inwardly I was joking with the "higher forces": can't you wait just a
> little longer please, I am almost home! As soon as I was inside, it
> picked up like anything again.
> It reminded me of something Guru had once said in regard to Channel
> swimming, when a number of his students had not made it, to the point
> that outer conditions can change very easily and quickly, if you have
> faith. I don't know where to find this quote right now, but I found
> something similarly inspiring on the Library Website, which also
> matches a little what Arpan has said about outer conditions:
> "If we are absolutely dedicated
> To the divine cause,
> And if we can listen to the dictates
> Of our inner being
> At every moment,
> Our inner being will create
> Outer circumstances that will help us
> In our spiritual life." - Sri Chinmoy
> Of course I have also gone out running in pouring rain and it became
> even worse, but today's experience still has happened many times in
> similar ways.
> (not giving up learning to listen)