No Goal

^z 18th February 2024 at 7:27am

From Sakyong Mipham's Running with the Mind of Meditation, Chapter 32:

One of the benefits of the outrageous runs is that we run without ambition. Since running is essentially a goal-driven sport, at this phase of running, we can relieve ourselves of that orientation. Part of what allows us to be goalless in this phase is an inherent trust in our fitness and our ability. We do not have to prove ourselves. At this level, it does not actually matter. We have achieved so many goals in the past that now the only goal is no goal. Mentally, the garuda phase means running without hope and fear, not running by constantly being driven. Running in this way helps us to be more present.

(cf. Lose Track (2002-11-11), Buddhism - A Way of Life and Thought (2008-09-30), Without Effort, Analysis, or Expectation (2010-08-04), Expect Nothing (2012-02-20), Expectations vs. Possibilities (2013-08-13), Aspiration, not Expectation (2014-12-12), Goals and Failure (2014-12-13), No Expectation (2015-01-02), Mantra - Without Effort, Analysis, or Expectation (2015-02-15), ... ) - ^z - 2015-03-01