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The Marathon Monks of Japan: The World’s Toughest Ultramarathon
Legend has it that the monks of Mount Hiei run 1,000 marathons in 1,000 days in their quest to reach enlightenment
In 1885, a monk set out to run a 1,000 day marathon. Specifically he and his fellow monks ran 40 kilometers a day for 100 days. Yes, you read that right. 40 kilometers per day! They did this for 5 years. They are called the Gyoja, or marathon monks. And these monks do the impossible.
For the first 5 years they run 100 days, 40 kilometers each day
The 6th year, they run 100 days, 60 kilometers each day
The 7th year, they run 84 kilometers per day for 100 days and then do another 100 days where they run 40 kilometers each day.
During the 5th year of the 1,000 day marathon, they have to go 7.5 days without food, water or rest.
From 1885 to 1988 only 46 men have completed the 1,000 day marathon.
Compare this to the chicago marathon 2021 which is 26.2miles
These monks dare to do the impossible. They know how to be the best versions of themselves. They dare to push themselves to the extreme. They dare to be the best.
What Motivates Them? ``motivation synonym`` drive · excite · galvanize · incline · inspire · persuade · prompt · propel ...
The marathon monks are Buddhists from the Tendai sect.
They believe in the teaching of Ekayāna (One Vehicle); everyone is equal and anyone can attain spiritual awakening. ( A spiritual awakening can be triggered by anything, from the completely mundane to the completely life-altering.)
The way in which the Marathon Monks achieve this awakening, or enlightenment, ( enlightenment Definition- achieving higher states of consciousness) is through extraordinary feats of physical endurance.
This is no ordinary ultramarathon. For the monks, the kaihōgyō is a deeply spiritual pilgrimage.
‘On our quest, we are intermediaries between the Buddha and humanity’
10 Powerful habits from Tony Robbins
1 Every morning, make a list of the 3 most important things you have to do for the day that will make the largest impact.
2. Use the 10 years test when you run into tough situations, instead of panicking, ask yourself, will this matter in 10 days? 10 months? 10 years? Chances are it won't
3. Learn one new thing a day - It could be a list of new habits, a new language, a skill or insight. Push yourself to grow every single day
4. Watch a thought leader on Youtube every week
5. Work out in the morning - It's so simple but it's so effective.
6. Practice gratitude - Every morning (or night), tell yourself 3 things that you're grateful for that day. It will make you feel much happier.
7. Surround yourself with positive and inspiring people. You become who you associate with
8. Take Responsibility for Your actions. Everything you do affects the world around you.
9. Be Present in Every Moment. This can be practiced through stoicism
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
“If what you have seems insufficient to you, then though you possess the world, you will yet be miserable.”
10. Prioritize. Focus only on the things you have control of.
Tony Robbins books
- Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love
- The Path: Accelerating Your Journey To Financial Freedom
- Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
- Tony Robbins’ Money: Master the Game
- Unlimited Power
- Awaken the Giant Within
- Notes From a Friend
Say “Yes” to Life
Stop waiting around for other people to say, “Yes,” to life with you, and start living your own. Once you decide to choose life, you will become the YOU who you are meant to be. Be awesome and get excited to create the next chapter of your life story!
Try something New- Step out of your comfort zone
- Take a class on a subject unrelated to your career, community, or family—something you’ve always been interested in, but never made the time to pursue.
- Take a yoga class, or any other course. You could really step out of your comfort zone and do a naked yoga class
- Get a nuru massage. ( a nuru massage is an erotic massage that originated in Japan. The masseuse uses his or her entire body to massage the client)
- Go to work differently: ride your bike, walk, take a train.
- Challenge yourself, how to overcome fear of heights or any other phobia
- Become a volunteer.
- Pretend you are in a rock band and you are the lead singer and sing a song by ``Chicago you're the inspiration`` or crazy ``music conductor.`` or take piano lessons for adults
- Connect with a few friends and visit the red door escape room. An escape room, also known as an escape game, puzzle room, or exit game, is a game in which a team of players discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish a particular goal
- Paintball. is a competitive team shooting sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with spherical dye-filled gelatin capsules. Check out Lone wolf paintball
- Fire Walking. Walking on hot coals.What is the purpose and what are the benefits? Firewalking isn't just a mind-over-matter exercise. Walking over hot coals is a symbolic experience that gives people the courage to take on any challenge. After all, if they can make it through the fire, they can make it through anything.
- Try a new restaurant like Sarku Japan This is the largest and most successful Japanese Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) franchisor in the United States
- Walk the Camino de Santiago? The Camino is a roughly 800 km walk across the North of Spain. It is a Christian pilgrimage route which goes back hundreds of years. In English, it is known as the Way of St James. According to the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela, 53,893 pilgrims walked the Camino in 2020.
The Way , a movie made about walking The Camino de Santiago. Director: Emilio Estevez Estevez does embrace the spiritual and religious elements of his movie. A father sets out on a journey to collect the remains of his son who dies on a pilgrimage. He finds new friends on the way while also discovering life's new meaning
``Who knows , as you go out and experience the world you may even meet your soulmate and it could be a match made in heaven``
Consider what happens when you play the piano
Top five regrets of the dying
A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
"This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
"This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
"Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result."
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
"Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again."
A few negative ``I wish statements``
- I wish i was a little bit taller
- The words i wish i said
- God i wish that were me
- I wish that i was good enough
- I wish i had a time machine
Read about Elon Musk challenges: You will have to sacrifice a lot as you progress, and face a lot of failure on the journey to success. But not taking this risk of possible failure is much worse than never trying at all.
Quotes On Self Improvement
1. “In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm, in the real world all rests on perseverance.”‒ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
2. “There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”‒ Ernest Hemingway.
3. “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.”‒ Mahatma Gandhi.
4. “Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive!”‒ Matt Cameron.
5. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”‒ William Faulkner.
6. “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”‒ Stephen Richards.
7. “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”‒ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
8. “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”‒ Stephen Richards.
9. “Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”‒ William Faulkner, ‘The Wild Palms’.
10. “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”‒ Napoleon Hill.
The attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude synonym: acknowledgment · obligation · recognition · thanks · grace · gratefulness · honor
In 2013, a homeless man, Billy Ray Harris, returned a $4000 ring to a woman who unknowingly dropped it in the street. To show her gratitude, Sarah Darling set up a fundraising page. The page raised over $180,000 which enabled Billy to get a house, car and a new job.
Dont forget to smile its good for the soul
1: Do 1 thing today to improve yourself.
2: Open your mind to new possibilities.
3: If you cant change yourself, change your world. If you cant change the world change yourself.
4: Keep searching for that something that gives you joy and makes you money.
5: Focus only on what you have control of.