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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alan Watts on Running as Play and Dance! - 1970

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973), a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience, talks about running for joy vs. work, running on ball of foot rather than heel, running as play. Surely he'd be a Lunar Monkey if he were alive today!

You can learn a lot from his perspective on the Universe.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Zen of Running by Fred Rohe

From the book:

This experience is
a newly discovered
form of meditation
one more way
for you
to discover you.

whatever you do
with your running,
you only cheat yourself
by pushing, pressing, competing.
There are no standards
and no possible victories except
the joy you are living
while dancing your run.
in any life
joy is only known
in this moment — now!

so feel the flow
of your dance
and know
you are not running
for some future reward --
the real reward is now!

    in the running
    in the run
    --- now ---
    why not start

The Zen of Running, by Fred Rohé, 1974


A fascinating running book, The Zen of Running by Fred Rohe published in 1974 started in 1969.

A free downloadable PDF version is available at Fred Rohe's current website:

It is a wonderful thing that Fred has made his book freely available. I can only imagine that it has touched many folks all over the world. Blessings to him for that.

Luckily, I have a hard copy of the book from 1974. I really love it.


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