A LITTLE MIND-GAME FOR THE BORED

A LITTLE MIND-GAME FOR THE BORED


Happy Chinese New Year and New Moon! The start of a new cycle in the year of the Tiger. Whether you’re a lunar lover and symbolic revivalist or a firm non-believer and pure realist - let’s do a mind game and use this opportunity to do grrrrrreat things!

The capacity of the mind is extraordinary. Most endurance runners, regardless of background, share the same mental willpower. It’s about setting up goals, preparing for them, being patient, seeing failure as a natural part of progress, learning from misadventures and believing in the self. It’s less about becoming the world's greatest and being the best runner. It’s more about testing your own limits by engaging your mind. With a motivating mindset you can inspire the most tired muscles and bones. And your inner savage knows that you are born to run, although society might have reached a point where it is considered unnatural.

Feb 1, 2022is CNY in the calendar, although celebrations take place before and after. The Tiger is considered the king of beasts in China. It represents bravery, heroism, power and great strength. The balance between good and evil, darkness and light. So what does this mean? Let’s learn from the symbolism and put it in relation to ourselves.

You rarely spot a tiger in daylight since they favor nocturnal activity. So, in order to conquer a tiger you need to conquer the darker side of nature. Just like the moon has its phases, so do you. What are your fears, doubts and obstacles that need to be overcome? Accept all sides in order to change, learn and proceed.

Ok, so you spotted the Tiger. This is nowness. Remember that lucky chances rarely present themselves twice, so grab the opportunity when it comes your way. There’s no time for procrastination. Keep your eyes open and go for it.

What else does the shengxiao (Chinese Zodiac) have in mind for us?

The Tiger also equates the direction of Northeast - where the sun rises.

Furthermore, it represents the month of February, which marks the beginning of spring in the Chinese calendar. This means, double impact of Tiger energy for active new beginnings and a great opportunity to start a new routine.

Ok, so you spotted the Tiger. This is nowness. Remember that lucky chances rarely present themselves twice, so grab the opportunity when it comes your way. There’s no time for procrastination. Keep your eyes open and go for it.

What else does the shengxiao (Chinese Zodiac) have in mind for us?

The Tiger also equates the direction of Northeast - where the sun rises.

Furthermore, it represents the month of February, which marks the beginning of spring in the Chinese calendar. This means, double impact of Tiger energy for active new beginnings and a great opportunity to start a new routine.



Wherever this zodiac talk lands with you, we all find ourselves in situations that are less happy. And it’s damn great to compare it to Tiger talk, because it speaks of basic instincts that could be useful in our daily life struggle.

Vicky Flynn (campaign manager of TigerTime and a veteran of travels through tiger territory) shared some advice on what to do if you would encounter a tiger, and here’s our playful translation into everyday mindfulness/running motivation:

  1. “Do not run. Like all cats, tigers enjoy a chase”. = Face the fear because it will hunt you down if you try to escape.
  2. “Do not approach the tiger”. = See it, admit it, accept it, learn from it.
  3. “Get yourself somewhere high up. Tigers are not good climbers and will generally not follow you up a tree”. = Overcome the fear, get up and leave it behind.
  4. “Stand up tall”. = Hmmm…stand up tall
  5. “Do not antagonise the tiger”. = There’s no use getting carried away by feelings like irritation, hate, fear or panic. What goes around comes around.
  6. “Do not urinate in a tiger’s territory… the tiger would see you as a threat”. = There’s no competition here. Put your guns down. Peace, love and understanding.
  7. “Stay away from injured or old tigers…as they seek out easy prey”. = Don’t repeat the same mistakes. Remember Einstein's most famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Like any new era, whether it is CNY, New Years based on the Gregorian calendar, Hijri New Year, New moon, etc, the perception and idea of a new start fills many people with hope and fresh energy. Never underestimate that feeling. Embrace it even more, as silly as it might feel. Hope is the last thing that dies in man, faith can move mountains and we can overcome anything. And it all starts in your head. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" is a common saying that originated from a Chinese proverb.

So, let's channel our inner Tigers (smiley) and let the adventure begin.

We finish this piece of stripes with some famous lines from Survivor in 1982, also known from Rocky III, the American sports drama blockbuster from the same year:

It's the eye of the tiger

It's the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Happy Chinese New Year and New Moon! The start of a new cycle in the year of the Tiger. Whether you’re a lunar lover and symbolic revivalist or a firm non-believer and pure realist - let’s do a mind game and use this opportunity to do grrrrrreat things!

The capacity of the mind is extraordinary. Most endurance runners, regardless of background, share the same mental willpower. It’s about setting up goals, preparing for them, being patient, seeing failure as a natural part of progress, learning from misadventures and believing in the self. It’s less about becoming the world's greatest and being the best runner. It’s more about testing your own limits by engaging your mind. With a motivating mindset you can inspire the most tired muscles and bones. And your inner savage knows that you are born to run, although society might have reached a point where it is considered unnatural.

Feb 1, 2022 is CNY in the calendar, although celebrations take place before and after. The Tiger is considered the king of beasts in China. It represents bravery, heroism, power and great strength. The balance between good and evil, darkness and light. So what does this mean? Let’s learn from the symbolism and put it in relation to ourselves.

You rarely spot a tiger in daylight since they favor nocturnal activity. So, in order to conquer a tiger you need to conquer the darker side of nature. Just like the moon has its phases, so do you. What are your fears, doubts and obstacles that need to be overcome? Accept all sides in order to change, learn and proceed.

Ok, so you spotted the Tiger. This is nowness. Remember that lucky chances rarely present themselves twice, so grab the opportunity when it comes your way. There’s no time for procrastination. Keep your eyes open and go for it.

What else does the shengxiao (Chinese Zodiac) have in mind for us?

The Tiger also equates the direction of Northeast - where the sun rises.

Furthermore, it represents the month of February, which marks the beginning of spring in the Chinese calendar. This means, double impact of Tiger energy for active new beginnings and a great opportunity to start a new routine.



Wherever this zodiac talk lands with you, we all find ourselves in situations that are less happy. And it’s damn great to compare it to Tiger talk, because it speaks of basic instincts that could be useful in our daily life struggle.

Vicky Flynn (campaign manager of TigerTime and a veteran of travels through tiger territory) shared some advice on what to do if you would encounter a tiger, and here’s our playful translation into everyday mindfulness/running motivation:

  1. “Do not run. Like all cats, tigers enjoy a chase”. = Face the fear because it will hunt you down if you try to escape.
  2. “Do not approach the tiger”. = See it, admit it, accept it, learn from it.
  3. “Get yourself somewhere high up. Tigers are not good climbers and will generally not follow you up a tree”. = Overcome the fear, get up and leave it behind.
  4. “Stand up tall”. = Hmmm…stand up tall
  5. “Do not antagonise the tiger”. = There’s no use getting carried away by feelings like irritation, hate, fear or panic. What goes around comes around.
  6. “Do not urinate in a tiger’s territory… the tiger would see you as a threat”. = There’s no competition here. Put your guns down. Peace, love and understanding.
  7. “Stay away from injured or old tigers…as they seek out easy prey”. = Don’t repeat the same mistakes. Remember Einstein's most famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Like any new era, whether it is CNY, New Years based on the Gregorian calendar, Hijri New Year, New moon, etc, the perception and idea of a new start fills many people with hope and fresh energy. Never underestimate that feeling. Embrace it even more, as silly as it might feel. Hope is the last thing that dies in man, faith can move mountains and we can overcome anything. And it all starts in your head. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" is a common saying that originated from a Chinese proverb.

So, let's channel our inner Tigers (smiley) and let the adventure begin.

We finish this piece of stripes with some famous lines from Survivor in 1982, also known from Rocky III, the American sports drama blockbuster from the same year:

It's the eye of the tiger

It's the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger