Dabbling with discomfort

Maximizing pleasure doesn’t need practice. It’s hardwired into our system.   Tolerating pain, however, is a different ball game. Notice how I swapped maximizing with tolerating. Maximizing pain fits squarely in the realm of the suicidal and masochist.. and to be strictly avoided. An oft quoted ultra runner’s quote goes like this “not all pain is …

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Bangalore to Hubli: from agony to ecstasy

[Editor’s Note: My good friend and ex-colleague Shriram undertook an amazing trip last year. Shriram is a cyclist and a runner. He belittles his running but he’s blessed with natural abilities. With no training plan and just two long 30k runs under his belt, he knocked off a full marathon (Auroville 2011) in 3:55. But …

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Made men of the mafiosi runner’s body

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain With the world turning circles running ’round my brain I guess I’m always hoping that you’ll end this reign But it’s my destiny to be the king of pain For all you non-Police fans out there, the above lyrics are from King of Pain (Synchronicity album). This post …

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A definition for pleasure and pain

I found the following gem in Pandit Usharbudh Arya’s Mantra & Meditation: The Lawbook of Manu (IV.60) states: All dependency on other than one’s self is pain, Whatever is controlled by one’s self is pleasure; Know this to be, briefly, the definition of pain and pleasure.

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