There is this concept in eastern religions of yin and yang. It’s this idea of finding balance between two opposites: things like dark/light; work/rest; tense/release; hard/easy; do/be. And just like we understand that we need muscle pairs to, for example, lift our arm up and then bring our arm back down, these eastern knowledge traditions understand that there can be no dark without a light; no work without rest; no tension without release; no hard without easy; no doing if there is no space to simply be.
It turns out that energy isn’t simple or straightforward.
Each of us have bodies that will have different ways of communicating fatigue to us. And – because we actually want to be able to be productive members of society and participate in the important moments of our lives – we tend to have gotten very good at ignoring the early warning (and even later warning) cues that our bodies give us. It’s like we hope against hope that if we ignore them, they will go away and we can have our lives back!
Whenever there is warfare, there is collateral damage. Innocent civilians die. Historic landmarks are obliterated. Food scarcity, people movements and disrupted social orders can all be expected.
I’ve now been sick for a year, and although there has definitely been some collateral damage – loss of income, loss of mobility, loss of opportunities – I’ve realized there’s also been some collateral beauty because of what’s happened.
So here’s some of the good things that I’ve learned in the last year:
I’ve been told by great runners that pacing is the key to a great race. But pacing is also really hard to do! I presume that this is why so many races offer ‘pace-bunnies’ – people who commit to doing the discipline of running at exactly a 6:00 km, for example, so that all that you asContinue reading “Pacing”