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The Yin Yang of Running
During a recent marathon training run, my goal was to maintain my Ch’i. I contemplated if it is possible to run a 100 mile ultra as I jog along. My breathing was good, the path was smooth and I could easily be confused for Usian Bolt, the world’s fastest man. Bolt and I are the same, except for the fact that Bolt is a great runner, very fast and height and weight proportional. I am slower than a prehistoric ground sloth swimming laps in the La Brea Tar Pits. Bolt and I are the same in that we both wear running shoes. But in my running euphoria, I have the illusion I am a great runner, and of course, Batman. So I think as I run along. My training run course has me cross the road in one location with occasional traffic. A slow moving car approached as I began my road crossing. I thought I would glide across the two lanes letting the pedestrians and drivers admire my ‘Usian Bolt – Bruce Wayne’ stride and that is when I did a gravity check on the asphalt, crashing face first, my head landing on the yellow line. It was the reflection of myself in the chrome bumper of a 1972 Buick Electra that had me contemplating finding balance and harmony in my running. And I thought my death would be caused by being sarcastic at the wrong time.
So I swung into a Starbucks after my near death road kill incident, attempting to distance myself from the pedestrian spectators that were hunched over, laughing so hard, all they could do is clap like retarded seals. While sipping my mocha and waiting for a change of clothing, I searched the internet for running balance. I found the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang. Here is what I learned: Yin is the black side with the white dot in it, and Yang is the white side with the black dot in it. The relationship between Yin and Yang is often described in terms of sunlight playing over a mountain and a valley. Yin (the ‘shady place’ or ‘north slope’) is the dark area occluded by the mountain’s bulk, while yang (the ‘sunny place’ or ‘south slope’) is the brightly lit portion. As the sun moves across the sky, yin and yang gradually trade places with each other, revealing what was obscured and obscuring what was revealed.
Yin is also characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity, nighttime and Robin. Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity, daytime and Batman.
In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang are concepts used to describe how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, Buick Electra and Honda Hybrid, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water, life and death, male and female, sun and moon, Batman and Robin and so on) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality of Yin and Yang.
The Yin and Yang symbol, also referred to as the Tai Chi disk, is expressed as everything consisting of a balance, it constitutes reality. This is the main theme of Taoism. The root of Tao is defined as the way of the universe, nature and balance. It is a reality that cannot be grasped in language, or thought, which is good, so you do not have to read much more. The goal of life is to conform human lives in the way of the universe, being itself is a state of being.
The basis for following the Tao is given in three senses. The first is the way of ultimate reality. Tao in this sense cannot be defined, perceived, or clearly conceived, kinda like Justin Bieber. Tao is the root of all things, but all things are not Tao. To be Tao is to be unlimited, undefined or unformed. In the second sense, it is the way of the universe; the norm, the rhythm, the force behind and in all of nature. It is spirit, not matter. It is inexhaustible energy that flows stronger the more it is drawn upon. It is good and gives life to all things, it is the Mother of the World. Finally, in the third sense, Tao is the way of human life as it meshes with the Tao of the universe.
For a Taoist, the objective of their human existence is to reach and maintain harmony with the Tao. When this harmony is reached, enlightenment has been achieved. Enlightenment is when they accept the plainness of their life. It cannot be found in a doctrine; rather it is found when one’s energy is balanced and one’s mind is clear. When spirit is the directing energy in life, then the desires and impulses are balanced and harmonious and fulfill their natural function as expressions of the positive, creative, and constructive nature of the universe. One who has reached the enlightenment of the Tao is referred to as a sage. A sage is said to have the characteristics of an openness to life, tranquillity, simplicity, genius and reserve.
I was feeling content in Starbucks with my new found knowledge. I went as far as being charitable, buying espresso and giving free kittens to some loud children in the cafe. I thought about how Yin Yang could relate to my running and if I should sign up for a 100 mile ultra. Long slow distant runs, alternating with speed interval training – that sounds familiar. A Jeff Galloway walk run program for my marathon? Weight training with Yoga? There are endless possibilities.
We may not all be great runners, but we can train like we are Usain Bolt. While training, we can look for harmony, set our goals and use a version of Yin Yang philosophy to guide us. We must train to reach our goals, unless you were dropped as a baby in a vat of awesomeness, glitter and rainbow Skittles. If you want something you never had, you have to do something you have never done. We hope you find harmony on your journey, and we offer the Yin Yang medal to encourage you to reach your goals. On a side note, I am not saying I am Batman; I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Batman in the same room.
Virtual Run World’s Yin Yang Running Virtual Run Medal includes:
Custom Designed Large Finishing Medal – 6 inches of glittery bling!
Custom Designed Dye Sublimation Lanyard
Customizable Bib that you can personalize with your name and favorite number
Donation to Charity – 10 percent of our profits – see About page for more info.
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