When you are mindful in times of rest, you are observant in times of movement. If you have self mastery in times of rest, you can be decisive in times of movement. If you have stability in times of rest, actions will not lead to undfortunate results. Rest is the foundation of movement, movement is the potential of rest. When you do not lose the constant in movement and rest, your path will be illumined.”
– Perennial Taoist Theme
Discovering your Unique Gifts and Strengths through Rest
If we’re really paying attention, we know when our running/racing regimen is putting too big a squeeze on our lives. The resulting stress may actually overshadow the health benefits of our running. The good news is that burnout and injury are not an inevitable consequence of training hard.
Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other―activity in rest and rest in activity―is the ultimate freedom.”
– Ravi Shankar
For someone who trains for two hours, it’s the other 22 that matters most. Finding balance in life can’t be left to chance. I’ve made this mistake personally. You have to plan for it.