Kerry Dharma talk

How could I not share this reflection from Kerry’s (my son) own blog…

Days of Chakras

Today I came about the realization that the structure and routine of my day moves in a pattern of the chakras. I start my day, do my early morning ritual, and go to school, which is where it starts: my first class of the day is a team training class– weight lifting, sprints, working out; movement. It is passionate and aggressive, like the lower chakras: a base, something to build on, it brings confidence and structure to the rest of my day.

From there, I move on to Art: expression. I learn through emotion and feeling but also through focus and thought. I learn that it may seem that through one simple mistake I have ruined a peace, but all that it has done is changed, moved, progressed, evolved. I learn that to progress I must make mistakes, and I learn how I can have complete control, and yet no control. It is emotional, but thought provoking.

Then, Astronomy: science. Astronomy is one of the most ancient forms of science: people have always looked at the stars, watched their movements, created calendars from the “movement” of celestial objects; integrated images into lore and religion. The stars, in harmony with other things, built society. In places around the world religion and civilization was tightly interwoven with the heavens: the Maya, the Aztecs, the Anasazi, the Vikings, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, the Middle East, the Plains Indians, the Druids. All had great connections to the stars and the planets and the sacred movement of the heavens. Many of these civilizations knew that the world was round, both physically, and they knew that all workings of the Earth and its creatures moved in a circle.

In Astronomy I learn pure information– pure knowledge. I have progressed through passions and emotions into facts and thoughts, but my last hour class is American Literature. We are currently discussing values, society– many of the very simple attributes of philosophy, and through philosophy I move into higher thinking: ethics, in this case, but philosophy also includes other things, such as reality, it’s nature, and how people perceive it.

After school, I have Cross Country. To anyone who has ever heard or said that Cross is not a sport, I’m telling you, it is not only a sport, it is a SACRED sport. Everything that I mentioned is present in the training, if you train correctly. “The path works, if you work the path”. (Excellently said, coach Ilg.) Training in running is passionate and aggressive, obviously: the movement, the intensity of training the mind. There is also expression: in fact, Steve Prefontaine, one of the greatest and most well known distance runners of all time, looked at a race as a piece of art. Not a way to become better or tougher than anyone else in the race, but an expression of your inner self. In addition, there is pure knowledge, the science of running and training in sports at all, including biomechanics, rest, diet, hydration… all of it. To finish it off: philosophy. There is much to be learned about the weaknesses and strengths of an individual human mind– of your own mind– by running intervals, or longer endurance workouts in the heat. There is much to be learned about the weaknesses and strengths of the same mind by seeing how it reacts if one has a bad workout. Do you finish and say, “Geez, I was slow today, I should have run harder, I can’t believe how horrible I felt today.” What does that do to the person who was chasing you all workout and couldn’t catch you, but still felt like their own workout was great? Does the mind react with compassion to them or let their ego have control and perpetuate self-centeredness?

All in all, Cross Country (or, in some cases, another fitness discipline) brings the entire day together. It doesn’t matter how tired I am physically, how worn out I am socially, following this pattern, or trying to follow a similar one if I can not, leaves me ENERGIZED at the end of the day, not “dead” from school. I have the energy to cut through my homework like it’s soft butter and I’m a Samurai Sword. It is not physical energy, it is mental energy: the body follows the mind.

Until next time, people.


Ode to Susan Butcher

Who showed the way to encourage your dogs to run is thru love…who generated the saying “Alaska, where men are men and women win the Iditarod”
We, and all your dogs over the years, will miss you.
Happy Trails