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003 Illusion & Leaning In
Last week I was completely off the grid for 5 days on an expedition to summit Mt. Olympus and exit via raft on the Hoh River.
Spending a few days in the wilderness naturally grounds you in the present moment and everything intensifies. Out there, you feel it all more - ecstasy, fear, laughter, stress, hunger, strength, fatigue. You enter a more primitive state where the word ‘eye sacs’ makes you cry in laughter, dehydrated food tops any fine dining experience and three lifetimes are lived in a single day.
These experiences strengthen confidence on the journey. They remind me the destination, or the direction, is helpful but the living is in each step.
Some days we slept in. Others we rose before the sun.
We walked, we hiked, we paddled, we climbed, we laughed, we ate, we sat, we napped, we read, we cooked, we explored, we learned.
The natural world and those around you will teach you more than you thought you could know if you let them.
Area of thought to consider
Negativity is an illusion.
There is always a positive opportunity in each moment.
You know when you hear a song and you instantly know this is your vibe? You lean in. You perk up in your chair.
When you really listen. Observe. Absorb.
When you are harmoniously interacting and connecting with something or someone.
It comes down to a simple outlook. Do you lean in or lean out?
Subtract the experiences that cause the latter.
Observe what keeps you leaning in.
Quote to ponder
If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s. - Carl Jung
Something to try
Go on a walk shortly after you wake up.
If it helps, and you’re close enough, give the walk a purpose - to go get groceries, or pickup your morning coffee. It doesn’t need this, but perhaps it will make it easier.
See the flowers. Feel the sun. Smell the morning dew.
Links to Explore
📖 Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac.
👤 Yvon Chouinard is an American rock climber, environmentalist, philanthropist and outdoor industry businessman.
🚐 The Mitsubishi Delica is a range of vans and pickup trucks designed and built by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors since 1968. The 1990 Delical L300 is my daily car.
📺 A Plentiful Feast - After the passing of his father, a young man finds himself responsible for providing for his family.
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