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Sunday 22 August 2010

Posted by The Coach on August 21st, 2010

The man who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not, as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and encourages his old self to survive.

Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering and pass courageously through it, thus making of it a “raft that leads to the far shore.”

Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him. In this lies the dignity of daring. Thus, the aim of (spiritual) practice is not to develop an attitude which allows a man to acquire a state of harmony and peace wherein nothing can ever trouble him. On the contrary, practice should teach him to let himself be assaulted, perturbed, moved, insulted, broken and battered – that is to say, it should enable him to dare to let go his futile hankering after harmony, surcease from pain, and a comfortable life in order that he may discover, in doing battle with the forces that oppose him, that which awaits him beyond the world of opposites.

The first necessity is that we should have the courage to face life, and to encounter all that is most perilous in the world. When this is possible, meditation itself becomes the means by which we accept and welcome the demons which arise from the unconscious, a process very different from the practice of concentration on some object as a protection against such forces.

Only if we venture repeatedly through zones of annihilation can our contact with Divine Being, which is beyond annihilation, become firm and stable. The more a man learns whole-heartedly to confront the world that threatens him with isolation, the more are the depths of the Ground of Being revealed and the possibilities of New Life and Becoming opened. Karlfried Gras von Durkheim. The Way of Transformation.


8 Responses to “Sunday 22 August 2010”

  1. andrew said

    “The risk of failure, social or physical, is paramount, because
    failure and dissatisfaction are the parents of thought, success and fulfillment do not inspire or require introspection.”

  2. Will F said

    Todays WOD, 5km walk then 511 stair climb, not sure how many down (Sistine Chappel Dome – ROME!). Great views!

    Keep working hard.

  3. Tracy Lydiatt said

    Pete – do you know if you are able to import Hemp Hearts (edible product) or get them in Australia? Last I read they were still on the prohibited list. Just wanted to double check!

    I’ve had a week off training and am going for a big mountain hike/walk today with a friend in North Vancouver! Yay!

    Also, Storm helped me get a handstand! Double Yay!!! Thanks Storm!
    Missing you all,

  4. The Cell said

    Warm up:
    5min airdyne
    Mobility as follows:
    Glute stretch in to Cossak, 10 reps total
    Wide stance wall squats, 10 reps
    Hip flexor stretch, back leg elevated, 10 reps each leg
    Hip flexor and quad stretch, back leg elevated, 10 reps each leg
    Hip flexor stretch and reach up (opposite arm), 10 reps each leg
    Bulgarian split squats, 10 reps each leg
    Striders in to rotational lunges, 10 total
    Striders in to seated glute stretch, 10 reps
    Fire hydrants, 10 reps each leg
    Downward facing dog in to quad stretch, 10 reps total
    Cobra in to dynamic plough and deep squat, 10 reps total
    Downward dog in to quad squat, 10 reps
    Dynamic adductors, narrow, 5 reps
    Dynamic adductors, wide, 5 reps
    Dynamic adductors, horizontal squat, 5 reps

    4 rounds of:
    L-sit pull ups, 5 reps
    Butterfly kip practice, 10 reps
    Back lever progressions, 10 sec
    3 rounds of:
    Reverse leg lift wall headstands, 3 reps
    Straddle low L-sits on paralettes, 10 sec

    3 x 5 @ 50kg
    3 x 5 @ 60kg
    Front squat
    3 x 5 @ 70kg
    Back squat
    3 x 5 @ 80kg

    Push ups with hand release, 15 reps on the minute every minute for 5 mins (75 reps total)



    *Still not 100% so felt quite good doing this, combination of the strain I did doing snatches the other day and immune system being lowish…


  5. Vicki said

    Success builds character, failure reveals it”
    Dave Checkett

    “Which came first… the nappy or the poo?”

  6. The Cell said

    Vicki, I like that and Andrew that quote is excellent, is that yours?


  7. andrew said

    It was in this article from a few years back

  8. Pete Yeates said

    Tracy, as far as I know they are prohibited in Australia.

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