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    Taoism in fellrunning

    It's not since the fruitful days of such threads as 'Metrosexualism in fellrunning' that we've discussed a leftfield lifestyle choice and its impact on the simple world of bogtrotting. Thus i now proffer up the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism for scruitiny.

    I'd like to suggest that the principle of Wei Wu Wei should be very pertinent to a good descender. Action without action...ones technique comes not from trying and straining, but flows forth with intuitiveness and effortlessness. It may be inferred that the feet of a technical descender such as Holmsey are not placed deterministically, but it is as if they are guided by the hand of Lao Tzu himself. Mr Holmes banishes his ego to the land of wind and ghosts, and instead allows himself to flow over the lumps and stones like the babbling brook. The monkey mind is eschewed as his state of mindfulness takes over, he draws on the inner stillness of his yin energy fields and detatches himself from all ego-driven outcomes. What will be will be; no amount of arrogant forcefulness will change anything. The descender dedicates his extraordinary ability not to himself, but to a higher power, to the Divine Presence itself; a presence which blesses his higher self and gives forth without charge or remuneration.

    It's a pertinent subject.
    Can't climb for toffee...

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    About time too.
    Chuang Tzu's, the happiness of fell runners is a classic.
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    He's in the zone.
    Tao begets one. One begets two. Two begets all things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grouse View Post
    He's in the zone.
    Who is?

    Mr B with his knowledge and writing skills
    Or
    Holmesy with his descending skills?

    Nice to see you back Grouse ��
    A quote,

    "The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."

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    I will have to look into Taoism it has to be good it appears to have a lot of positive energy, why it even seems to have brought GROUSE back.
    As said welcome back Grouse
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    Maybe his secret route off The Coniston Old Man is actually part of the path to enlightenment?
    Can't climb for toffee...

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    Ha ha ha so true ��

    Greatest fell runner ever ��
    A quote,

    "The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."

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    I'm in! where do I grasp the boiling cauldron and get my dragons ;-).

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    It's a common enough understanding. Western thinking would say "don't fight it just go with the flow". That ability to just switch off and trust is a wonderful mind-state. As the great western master, obi wan kenobi would say, "let go holmsy, use the force"

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