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Freedom! Getting there!

Freedom: rock climbing

It’s lunchtime and I’ve been lucky enough to create a two and a half hour break for myself. Why? Because I looked at those who came before me, who were doing it well, and who were still around to tell the story, and I followed their lead. But to be completely honest it’s because I work beach-side and want to infuse my work-life with pursuits that interest and call me; filling it with those things that enhance my life.

And I’m reminded of that inspired quote:

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.  

And on today’s menu is a beach-side climb, bouldering to be specific, with a side of swimming. For those not initiated into the finer points of rock climbing, bouldering is a branch of climbing that keeps you relatively close to the ground, no ropes required. It can still give you an extreme workout as you pursue short difficult vertical problems, or find routes that traverse close to the ground while equipment is kept to a minimum: a chalk bag, a pair of climbing shoes and if you choose a crash mat to soften your fall.

And when I climb I remember! I remember, “this is how it’s meant to be”, life that is. You see climbing is hard, really hard at times and it hurts as your finger tips bleed and your muscles burn, but the reward, the reward is extraordinary. Sure you grunt and sweat, and it’s a little bit scary, but something changes as all your attention and focus goes into that project at hand. Momentarily your everyday world of worries and concerns vanish as you enter a drunken ecstasy. Now you have access to a bigger picture, a bigger you, one that makes sense.

And for me finding this place is important for five key reasons:

  1. Because life without this state becomes static as the rigours of a mundane life solidify around.
  2. Because the state, the peak one, begins to infuse into life and changes it from the inside out.
  3. Because change is tricky, this way it becomes more pull and less push as you draw this world into your life.
  4. Because if you want change to happen you have to find a way to change your state.
  5. Because you can’t think about the washing or dishes when you’re hanging on for existence.

So I have to go back, to find it and remember and feel it again and again. Because in that moment I’m free as I relive the way we are meant to naturally be. And the more that I enter into this place the more it seeps into my daily affairs, making me better and changing everything as it adds to my work, to my friends, to my family, to my love and to my life, and I remember, “this is who I am!”

How about you? What do you do to access your state or what is it you would like to do that you don’t get enough of? I would love to hear. Tell me your story and leave a comment.


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