on statistical/probabilistical/epidemiological lines: I wonder what fraction of folks get injured or burnt out etc. and stop running ultras (or running at all) as a function of mileage & age & injury experiences & race experiences & friendship-support & .....
esp.: what are the biggest factors? friendship? (or good shoes?)
((and Bayesian: how can one push the odds??))
maybe learning to love solitude is the BIGGEST Bayesian factor to successful ultrarunning?!?
-- Zzzzz_iPhone 2013-12-31 22:40 UTC
"In my eyes running is a constant negotiation between you and your body." - Pat Murray, VHTRC listserv, 2014-02-11
-- Zimmmmmmmmm 2014-02-17 14:49 UTC
cheery thought? - 5% or so of the population is trying to be mindful, and is sporadically leaving clues for others - footprints, little notes, blazing trees along the path through the wilderness ...
turn this into a short poem?
-- z 2014-04-07 12:29 UTC
"All beings are words in the language of God"
-- z 2014-04-07 20:32 UTC
Be deeply curious about the world around you.
Become aware of your thoughts and learn to think about thinking. Practicing metacognition will help develop a sense for the tricks your mind plays, and how to overcome them.
With this awareness, learn to overcome automatic processing. When confronted with something new or unfamiliar, withhold judgment; if you see something you don’t understand in the negative space, go with it and see where it leads. Remember that impossible geometry exists, and your mind is constantly trying to force you to see things that you already know how to see. It’s learning to see the unseen that makes this practice valuable!
Be aware of the limitations of the labels that have been applied to the world. Keep in mind how small the grid of words is compared to the wordless plane. Opportunity exists where words don’t exist, yet.
Learn to sit with Keats in uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts without grasping for conventional explanations. Allow time to visit the fantastic and the unconventional, and become aware of the moments when you’re avoiding staying in these contexts. Meditation can be essential here.
Once you’ve discovered something in the negative space, use narrative to bridge the well-known with the unfamiliar. This is critical to helping others see the opportunities that you see.
Be persistent, and be contrarian. Learning to see the unseen is a personal skill, and getting others to share your vision is a longer term project. You must be willing to hold on to your vision, even when others struggle or refuse to see it.
That said, be polite and patient. Time is relative; if you can convince people to see the world as you do, then anything is possible. It just may not happen immediately.
Don’t let fear or insecurity drag you down. People avoid the negative space for a reason.
-- z 2015-05-03 00:27 UTC
It happens all the time in heaven,
and some day it will begin to happen again on earth...
that men and women who are married,
and men and men who are lovers,
and women and women who give each other light,
often will get down on their knees
and while so tenderly holding their lover's hand,
with tears in their eyes,
will sincerely speak, saying,
"My dear, how can I be more loving to you;
how can I be more kind?"
Hafiz -  - and in TARA BRACH book ...
-- zzz 2015-05-07 16:10 UTC