July 2… Happiness Of My Soul

“People are asking me how am I doing, and how am I moving?  I tell them very well and I am also moving very well.”

“Because of my condition I cannot move very fast, but what I can do is focus on my consciousness.  So that I can do.  I can smile and be happy.”

5 days ago Volodymyr’s back was so bad he could not get up in the morning and come to the race and run.  A moment that could have easily spelled the abrupt end of his long time wish to come and run the 3100 mile race.

In the subtle way that small miracles often happen when you least expect them, Volodymyr was thrown a life line.  A consultation by Auyervadic Dr. Kumar revealed that it was his kidneys that were causing the problem and the problem was treatable, but would remain painful.

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By the afternoon of his visit to the Doctor, Volodymyr was back on the track and managed to make 26 miles.

Subsequently he is now able to come back every day and walk.  Usually he makes mileage in the high 40’s.  His optimism that he might yet get back to running again a twinkling hope that he will not let extinguish.

“My kidney is not allowing me to go fast.  It is giving me pain.  I cannot go faster than I am going.  Because of this it makes me focus more on my soul.  And to try and find happiness within.”

“The pain is always there but it goes to the background and to the forefront comes out the true happiness of my soul.”

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“Definitely being here is much better having this pain and this happiness here.  The pain came from my depression that I used to have.  Now it has manifested in this kidney and this is forcing me to find the true happiness inside of me.”

“I am extremely happy and grateful to be here.  Because here I am working on self healing, on self transformation.  Otherwise if I were in a different environment I would never have been able to create this experience in order to heal myself.”

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“Here I am extremely happy even though my body is in extreme pain.  My mind, my vital, my heart, and my soul are truly happy that I am here.”

“So through the union of my soul, my heart, and my mind I am fixing my body.  Also with my oneness with Guru.”

“Guru is the personal aspect of God.  When I see Guru I see God.  So I here I can do this from morning until night.  As much aspiration as I have to do it.”

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The most important thing in life

is not to win the race,

not even to run the race,

but to see God’s face

while sleeping, standing, and running

right in front of your own face.

The board

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The van arrives

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Andy Cable from Connecticut has come for a visit and do some laps.  It is something he has done most years since 2006

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Baladev checking out the laps sheet.

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Kaneenika getting ready

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A Poem

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The ordinary human mind
Is a container.
You can fill it
With good thoughts
Or bad thoughts.
It is up to you.

Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 3, Agni Press, 1983

Ashprihanal with his shoes

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Start Day 14

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First steps

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Because of heavy rain yesterday afternoon most runners lost a lot of laps. Shoes are out by the fence this morning in order to dry.

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Vasu ran 65 miles yesterday he has 943 miles.

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Only sun for today

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Atmavir did 63 miles

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Atmavir has 915 miles

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Just past the camp

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Yuri did 65 miles.  He has 901 miles.

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A drink waiting

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“The way I see it you go away and give me a couple of hours with this in the shop.  We will have your back on the road by lunch time.”

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Ashprihanal did 60 miles

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He has 873 miles

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Kodanda

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Angels everywhere

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Surasa did 64 miles

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She has 843 miles

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Just one fallen leaf

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Kaneenika did 64 miles

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With Akbota

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Kaneenika has 824 miles

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Back towards camp

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Shamita did 60 miles

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She has 805 miles

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Into the sun

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Turns out today is Dohai’s birthday.  The fact checkers are reexamining the mileage listed on his shirt.  They may need to add a few laps.

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There in front

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Sopan had 50 miles yesterday.

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He has 776 miles

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A beautiful morning

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Stutisheel had a good day with 65 miles.  He has 765 miles

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Ananda-Lahari and Sopan

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“I am sorry.  Is this the picture you wanted flowers or did you want a squirrel?”

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Ananda-Lahari did 45 miles.  He has 748 miles

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Baladev did 58 miles.  He has 746 miles

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Past the tree

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Volodymyr did 45 miles and has 690 miles

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The school

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Saturday’s 2 mile race

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Al Howie was an ultra running pioneer.  Just recently I received word of his passing and I wanted to share some thoughts of those who saw Al in person perform feats of tremendous endurance.  All at a time when 26 miles seemed a long long way to most.

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Rupantar tells a story about a novice 6 day runner who approached Al one time before his first race hoping to get some tips.

“Al this is my first race do you have any advice?”

“On the first day 100 miles.”  The runner is surprised, but figures it must be good advice and so tries to run 100 miles.  He kills himself. He gets blisters and has a terrible race.

At the award ceremony he goes up to Al and says, “Before the race started I asked you for advice and you said I should run 100 miles.

Al said, “yes…. that is what I run.”

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“Al Howie, not to mention his athletic achievements was a great human being.  He took you not only at face value but at soul value and at heart value.”

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“He was so appreciative of Sri Chinmoy and all the ultra races over the years.  That stayed with him throughout his running career.  He always wanted to come and be a participant in our races.  He knew he would get something that he would necessarily find at other races.”

“He became the champion of the new boundaries.  When we had the 1300 mile race which was inaugurated in 1987, Al came in 1989.  He then became the first person to run 1300 miles in a certified race.”

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“He looked like a lion.

“He came back in 1991 and broke his record in such an extraordinary fashion.  He was just so happy.” This took place just after he had run across Canada.  “That was just feeding Al’s appetite for transcending his own capabilities.  This was a fantastic achievement.”

photo by Bhashwar

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“He left an indelible legacy on Canadian ultra running and the world.”

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Andy reads the Daily Prayer

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Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Happy is my heart,
Fulfilled is my life
When I soulfully appreciate
The beauty of creation.

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