Written by way of the overdue, loved Dr. George Sheehan, Running & Being tells of the author's midlife go back to the area of workout, play, and pageant, within which he stumbled on "a international past sweat" that proved to be a resource of serious revelation and private development. yet Running & Being focuses extra on existence than it does, particularly, on working. It presents an overview for a life-time application of health and pleasure, displaying how the physique is helping confirm our psychological and religious energies.
Drawing from the phrases and activities of the nice athletes and thinkers all through heritage, Dr. Sheehan ties all of it with his personal philosophy at the value of health and recreation, in addition to his wisdom of educating, harm prevention, and race pageant. mainly, he describes what it potential to adventure the oneness of physique and brain, of self and the universe. during this, he argues, we've got the facility to find "the fact that makes males free."
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