Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"So Many Paths..."

"Many paths lead to the summit. But it takes a whole body to get there. We are all trying to get to the summit, and there are many valid paths leading to the top. Of course, the view and terrain on one side of the mountain will differ from the other, but the summit is identical no matter what your approach. Whatever your path, all that matters is that you commit yourself totally to following it. As long as we all climb, each from our own direction, we will reach the summit...". Deng Ming-Dao

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"The Same Track..."

"You are not alone,
there are others on their way,
on the same track.
The track may be narrow and steep,
and boring and frightening,
but everybody walks on it.
You are not alone.
But linked to everything around you...".
Zen Saying

Friday, March 24, 2017

"For Fur, Feathers, And Fins Fridays..."

"To run with the wolf was to run in the shadows,
the dark ray of life, survival, and instinct.
A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling,
a hunger and thirst.
A strength that would die fighting, kicking, screaming,
that wouldn't stop until the last breath,
had been wrung from its body.
The will to take one's place in the world.
To say 'I am here'.
To say 'I am'...".
O.R. Melling

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Worth It All....."

What is our own 'Adventure Quid Pro Quo' we sometimes wonder...
What are we willing to give up to get. What is our equation of 'this for that', our own 'what for what', our exchanges of effort, of transactions reflecting value or worth.
This seems to be a key theme many times out there: the worth of these experiences for each of us adventurers; the meanings within it all...
Are the efforts worth it? Is all that training a price we are prepared to pay? Is the endurance & sweat and the endless preparation going to be exchanged for an object of value to us? All of that study, practice, need for coordinating ourselves & others - is all of that equity going to transition into something worth its' weight in...
The time especially might be a crucial measurement in our accounting, as is the possibility of injury, setbacks, and risk. 
Are these worth it all?
Is the Quid Pro Quo of these fundamental elements going to match the meaning, the importance, the significance of the journey for us?
Absolutely my Friends.
For we most certainly always create an internal value, a dearness, a lasting utility, and a goodness - reflecting the virtues of our adventures and the essential meanings they hold out for us.
There will never be a more equitable Quid Pro Quo..... DSD 
Dedicated to all those who are Adventuring For Another Reason this early wandering season.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Something Very Cleansing About Sweat..."

"Do you know a cure for me?
Why Yes, he said, I know a cure for everything.
Salt water.
Salt water I asked him.
Yes, he said, in one form or another,
sweat, tears, or the salt sea...".
Isak Dinesen

An intriguing old Outward Bound saying, this musing, about there being just 'something very cleansing about sweat'...
A high level of effort, focus, and concentration are almost always required when we adventure so. This process though, is not just about attaining goals out there, yet also more mysteriously about the transmutation of energy too.
When we are working it out high on a mountain, or far away upon an open ocean, we are more than simply moving. We are tempering our very selves, and essentially distilling our dreams as well.
In those deep dry desert canyons, we discover ways and means for purifying while canyoneering. For letting go, and moving past, any other kind of fevered distractions.
On a fifty degree slope, then getting ourselves through the crux of a climb, we are curing ourselves. pushing our bodies, mind, and spirit beyond what we had ever before thought possible.
After endless days out on our longest hike, we labour, toil, and then revel in the moisture emitting from our honed bodies and brow.
Anyone who has peeled off their neoprene after hours out riding extreme winds and waves, knows exactly what I mean too.
What amazing paradox's these adventure experiences at first seem...
One of the byproducts of our adventure rituals is sweat. 
And there is something very cleansing, even extremely healing, about this product of perseverance.
We move so and remove unneeded issues. We push so and eliminate that which is not necessary. Then we discover freedom among all these elements of effort...
Such cleansing endurance is a potent passage, a means of discovering so much more within than we ever first realized.
We may not be as clean by any means as in the beginnings of our journeys, but that simply doesn't matter. We've distilled ourselves down to the important things - the truly necessary basics, of vision and dreams, fulfilled by muscle, bone, and tendon.
We have also exercised our intentions which induces real meaning, resulting in motivation and musings of significance.
There is just something pure, very cleansing, even gently healing, within such reflections upon our earned adventurous sweat..... DSD

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"The Energy Within Exploring..."

"Equipped with our five senses,
along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers,
and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators,
and detectors sensitive to the entire electromagnetic spectrum,
we explore the universe around us,
and call the adventure - science...".
Edwin Hubble

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Our Very Precious Energy..."

"Life's a pretty precious and wonderful thing.
You can't sit down and let it lap around you.
You have to plunge into it.
You have to dive through it.
And you can't save it, you can't store it up, you can't horde it in a vault.
You've got to taste it.
You've got to use it.
The more you use, the more you have.
That's the miracle of it...".
L.S. Crichton