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Holy Cow! Cubs Shine Light On 108

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Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs not demonstrating a yoga pose, but we can pretend. | photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs not demonstrating a yoga pose, but we can pretend. | photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

by Kim Weber

It’s no coincidence that it’s been 108 years since the Cubs won a pennant. The number is as sacred as it gets. As Grant DePorter pointed out in a Sept. 23 Chicago Sun Times column, there are a weird amount of 108 coincidences with the Cubs: 108 seams on a baseball, which was designed by the Cubs first manager A.G. Spalding whose first office was at 108 W. Madison; 108 meters from left and right field to home plate; Ricketts’ family business is on 108th street; last time the Cubs won a World Series game was 10/8 in 1945.

So, the number 108 is definitely manifested in the Cubs world. But what does that mean?

When you look deeper at the meaning of 108, it becomes clear that our nation’s darlings—the Cubs—are traveling a special path. The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern traditions like Buddhism—which isn’t a religion but an all-inclusive practice that guides people closer to their light. It is a number that refers to spiritual completion—1 stands for higher truth, 0 stands for completeness and 8 stands for infinity. In mathematics, 108 is a Harshad Number—an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Not surprisingly, the word Harshad means joy-giver in Sanskrit.

The distance between the Earth and the moon is 108 times the diameter of the sun. The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the moon. And according to ancient texts, the universe is made up of 108 elements. (Current counts tally it at 118).

Some say there are 108 types of meditation and 108 paths to God. 108 energy lines converge to form the heart chakra—the seat of love in the body. Yogis often do 108 Sun Salutations to honor or evoke change. 108 beads in a mala—Eastern prayer beads.

Perhaps this seems a bit out there.

But it makes perfect sense.

Led by laid-back skipper and swami of sorts Joe Maddon, the Cubs are taking us home. With the mantra of “Do simple better,” and the players’ early practice of the “base point,” (pointing down at the bases to remind them to stay grounded), the Cubs are teaching us to live in the present moment. One at-bat at a time, the Cubs are shifting our country’s consciousness.

Their joy for the game is contagious. Another Madden mantra, “Try not to suck,” is helping to create peace and unity in a time of unprecedented discord: A contemptuous presidential election. Heated racial tensions in all of our cities, especially Chicago. Religious and cultural intolerance.

The Cubs are already healing us.

The path has been paved.

It began 108 years ago.

One at-bat at a time, we will arrive back home.

Spiritually awakened. As world champions.

UPDATE: They did it! The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians to win the 2016 World Series after 108 years. Congrats, Cubbies!

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Kim Weber is a life-long Chicagoan and Cubs fan. She’s been practicing yoga on the Northwest side for almost 20 years and teaching for about 10. A mother and wife of five Cubs fans, Kim’s baseball and yoga worlds have collided beautifully and exactly on time–108 years since the Cubs’ won it all. At press time, The Cubs are now up 1-0 in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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21 comments… add one
  • molly mitchell

    This is so great. Go cubs!

  • Kerry Cleland

    So cool. Let’s go Cubs!!!

  • Hannah Weber

    Very cool. Go Cubbies!

  • Paul M May

    Very well written and great insight to the boys Clarke and Addison.

  • Katie Higgins Ferris

    Love this!

  • Jennifer Whitelaw

    Great 108! Go Cubs Go!

  • Thank you Kim for proving that it is our year and meant to be!

  • Sarah Whitelaw

    Great article! Go Cubs!

  • Chuck levin

    Very very insightful. Nice article

  • Lisa Stanton

    We are destined to be champs! Fly the W.

  • Jamie Butler

    Wow, did not know about all those 108 coincidences! Great article! Go Cubs!!!

  • Katie Hughes

    Love it! Go Cubs……

  • Nora Walsh

    Go Cubs Go! The path has been paved

  • allison laughlin

    Great article Kim!!! Go Cubs!!

  • Key

    108!!!!!

  • Jeff Peistrup

    Great article Kim!!

  • Cortese Louis

    “It’s no coincidence that it’s been 108 years since the Cubs won a pennant.” That statement, the first sentence of your article, is incorrect. They won a pennant in 1945, which allowed them to play in the World Series that they lost. It has been 108 years since they won a World Series.

  • Doug and Jeanann Power

    Calming and inspirational words for the World Series! Nicely done and thanks for sharing!

  • Anon

    Only in the USA is the 10/8 when Cubs last won a world series game.

    Every other country in the world, the ones that are using standard dating structure, know it as 8/10.

    Just sayin’

    (*though, to be fair, the true standard for dating structure is 00:00:00 CCyy/MM/DD; so perhaps thats what you meant?)

  • Chris

    Not to be a kill-joy, but the diameter of the sun is WAAAAAAY more than 108 times the diameter of the moon;)

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