Enlightenment of ChiRunning

𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒓𝒖𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂 𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆.

When I share ChiRunning with others in this aspect, the response I get is usually “😅” “😳” or somehow “😂”.

One day, a friend of mine is curious about what makes my vision and dedication of spreading ChiRunning in these years.

She is a devout Buddhist and a professional musician, a non-runner and a leisure golfer.

She read the overview of the ChiRunning book, and was being amazed.

“Mindfulness couldn’t be “learnt” by reading a book, but to apply in every particular movement in your daily life, right?”

“Yes, my master call it Holistic Practice, and you can practice all day long, not just applying to walking and running.”

“The idea is amazing! I love the Y’Chi! It’s universal! I do the same when I play the Chinese lute! Focus my mind, energy comes from the center of my body and then transfer to my limbs and fingers! Even playing golf is the same thing!”

“Yes, that’s right!”

“It mentions that people should open up to the possibilities to learn new thing by getting into a stage of “suspended disbelief”, or in Buddhist term “beginner’s mind”. This is also the principle of the Diamond Sutra! My grand master Michael Roach always refers to that!”

“Yes, there is a saying in Chinese, Buddhism and Taoism have the same origin. My master Danny is a T’ai Chi practitioner and he studied Tao Te Ching too, his work is based on his 40-year practice of T’ai Chi and over 50 years of mindfulness running.”

“OMG, this is not just a book of Running.”


“The aspect that negate “Power Running” and “No pain no gain”, it keeps me thinking: can these aspects apply to my life? Is it really necessary to suffer in order to achieve something? Can I succeed by Chi-learning? I realise that all principles mentioned in the book can be applied on my daily life! Imagine how amazing it would be if your intimate relationship is Effortless and Injury-free! That’s an amazing Chi-life! Also Chill-life too! Am I dreaming? Let’s go for it!”

“Yes! Just apply the principle “Needle in Cotton” in the relationship!”

“What it means?”

“It’s the #1 ChiRunning principle borrow from T’ai Chi. Needle refers to alignment and Cotton refers to relaxation. Alignment: align, same direction, support; Relaxation: relax, cooperate, softness. Applying these in a relationship could make it Effortless and Eternal!”

“Thank you for telling me these! I will learn to “cooperate” and “relax” in my relationship!”

“Stay relax, put off the armor and surrender, and you will find the softness.”

“Thank you for telling me these, teacher.”

“Thank you, you’re my teacher too.”

""Thank you, Danny.""

Harrison Wong - Master Instructor of ChiRunning