A student once asked his Zen master, “What does it mean to be a Spiritual Athlete?” The master replied, “Imagine a person running a marathon. The ordinary runner will focus on their speed and endurance, trying to cross the finish line as quickly as possible. The Spiritual Athlete, on the other hand, will focus on their breath and their surroundings, trying to stay present in the moment and appreciate the journey as much as the destination. They understand that the real victory lies not in finishing the race first, but in running with mindfulness, gratitude, and joy.”

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This koan emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and being present in the moment as a key aspect of being a Spiritual Athlete. Rather than focusing solely on external achievements, the Spiritual Athlete strives to cultivate inner qualities like gratitude and joy, which can enhance the overall quality of their experience. In doing so, they can appreciate the beauty of the journey, regardless of the outcome.

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