“The majesty of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas made his heart beat faster and, for one long moment, took his breath away. He felt a oneness with his surroundings, a kind of kinship that two old friends might enjoy after many years spent listening to each other’s innermost thoughts and laughing at each other’s jokes. The fresh mountain air cleared his mind and energized his spirit. Having travelled the world many times over, [he] had thought he had seen it all. But he had never seen beauty like this. The wonders of which he drank at that magical time were an exquisite tribute to the symphony of nature. At once he felt joyous, exhilarated and carefree. It was here, high above the humanity below, that [he] slowly ventured out of the cocoon of the ordinary and began to explore the realm of the extraordinary.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“The ultimate goal of life remains the spiritual growth of the individual, the solitary journey to peaks that can be climbed only alone.” ~ Scott Peck
With this being my second time going to the Adirondack Mountains over Labor Day Weekend (here’s the vlog from my first!), I suppose it’s not so spontaneous anymore, eh?
Well, spontaneous or not, this installment of my adventures to the Adirondacks to become a 46er (and overall better human) didn’t disappoint.
The hikes were hard, the challenges were real, and the surprises couldn’t have been more incredible.
When venturing alone in the vast wilderness two amazing things happen: one is an uncanny pouring out of the soul (or relaxing and clearing of the mind?) matched with two, periods of complete and utter present mindedness (no thought).
It’s almost addicting.
I created this vlog series simply to record this contrast of thought and no thought, to share some ideas and actions that might influence others, and to track my progress as I pursue the title of becoming an ADK 46er.
Below you will find 5 meditations that emerged as the most predominant themes from my weekend hiking alone in the mountains and at the bottom of this post you will find my full, 35 minute video compilation of recordings from the adventure. Enjoy! Continue reading