Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Running Thoughts

"I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void. But as you might expect, an occasional thought will slip into this void...What I mean is, the kinds of thoughts and ideas that invade my emotions as I run remain subordinate to that void."

Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

Gosh, I miss running. Back and knees prevent me from running much these days, although I give it a try on occasion, more interval training than anything else. Inevitably, the old car creaks to a halt.

"The thoughts that occur to me while I'm running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky."

Running sometimes brings mental and emotional cleansing through a dissolving into the present. I found more purposeful work while running as well -- the "inner court" kind of stuff of tolling up the day but also chewing on troubelsome encounters, dilemmas,or mistakes. Running deflated emotion and expiated demons. Be careful not to trip.

"On cold days I guess I think a little about how cold it is. And about the heat on hot days. When I'm sad I think a little about sadness. When I'm happy I think a little about happiness."

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