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Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 19, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
2nd breakfast followed by scrubbing choss while listening to Primus in the woods!

May 19, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
1. to crush your enemies

2. see them driven before you

3. lamentation of the women

all followed up with a nice reisling and a bubble bath. it's the simple things.

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
May 19, 2013 - 04:36pm PT

Did you really do the eight week program...


During a recent three-month climbing trip out West I crossed the paths of a few folks with unusually grounded energy. Vipassana meditation came up during conversation. I'm a skeptic but noted the name. Then in Joshua Tree under a big moon during a long walk from Wonderland back to HVCG, my partner opined that meditation, yoga, and massage were his three pillars of health. My skepticism was easing into curiosity so with open mind I made a vow to try to connect with each of those in the desert. During three months living under the stars I came close with many intriguing encounters, but it wasn't meant to be.

I'm a dirtbag.
Back in NYC I crashed a meditation studio but got their schedule confused (it was an advanced session). The teacher inquired what my deal was, then advised an MBSR course, and even better, she hooked up a full scholarship to cover tuition! I'd never heard of MBSR and wasn't especially psyched on it as I wanted an experience with a more 'cosmic' vibe like sitting in the dirt in the desert. However, as the first class date approached I realized that MBSR was a perfect meditation orientation for life in NYC as it's basically 8+ million stressed out people literally living on top of one another ... polar opposite to being in the middle of the Mojave. I approached it with an open mind, never missed a class, and did the homework.

I'm only now reading Full Catastrophe Living after the course ended. In the middle of the class I read Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go There You Are, which is a pearl of a book featuring exquisite concise writing which was helpful in refining my understanding of the practice. The course itself had no required or recommended reading other than the printed handouts each week (the last class we were given a list for continued reading) and we were asked not to take any notes during class to bypass the habit of reinforcing lifelong behavior/value/culture orientations and were to rely instead on our memory.

The benefits came from the daily practice ... every day for eight weeks. Simply reading about it or thinking about it isn't going to cut it as the point is active non-doing, concentrated non-thinking. I don't believe I would have had the discipline to do it on my own for eight weeks from a book. Discussion in class was very helpful plus part of the course deals with communication (internal and external). Initial efforts can result in uncertain, vague, subtle, paradoxical, indifferent, or even negative responses so having the feedback of 20 others plus an experienced instructor was useful.
I recall trying to teach myself to meditate once about 20 years ago, and gave up after about half an hour. Everyone's different, but for me the effects came subtly at first then manifested with enormous potency. As I mentioned, mind blowing and life transforming. I'm just a baby at this but no longer a skeptic.

Social climber
May 19, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Flying under the radar--Doing what needs to be done and trying not to get hung up on righteousness
Still trying to find that song and still enjoying the search

May 19, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Credit: kennyt

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 19, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
A cup of good coffee first thing in the morning.....followed by a good bowel movement.

Trad climber
Nor Cal
May 19, 2013 - 09:02pm PT

A cup of good coffee first thing in the morning.....followed by a good bowel movement.

Well said, Donini!

...followed by a good bowel movement.

(Second only to sex.)
Captain...or Skully

May 20, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
No secret...Do what you do, be true, roll with it.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 20, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
A cup of good coffee first thing in the morning.....followed by a good bowel movement.

And a good bowl movement too!


Social climber
May 20, 2013 - 08:19pm PT
hey there say, all...

mine is, first, taking time for praying, alone, and soaking in life
around me... and then:

keeping my conscience clean, following up with setting my heart to know-and-do what it is that i should be doing, each day, and doing it to the best of my abilty, with grace, that i can... as to being a blessing to others and solid anchor for myself, as god sees fit...

*still learning, as i hit the ol' trail, folks, :)


Trad climber
New River, AZ
May 20, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Coiling my ropes in a backpack coil and adamantly avoiding that damn mountaineer coil that as plastic surgery is; looks good but sucks over time.

Social climber
the Wastelands
May 20, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
hot corn beef sandwich and root beer

Sport climber
May 20, 2013 - 09:16pm PT

Flank of the Bighorns
Jul 8, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
This crew provides all the happiness I really need:
Kids at [redacted] crag in the [redacted].
Kids at [redacted] crag in the [redacted].
Credit: WyoRockMan

Jul 8, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Self love, everyday, treat it like taking a multi-vitamin daily.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jul 8, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
12 steps.exercise.dont be too hard on myself. a loving and forgiving family

Jul 8, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
Lots of little things that are all about appreciating what a person already has, not about "wants and the desires outside of that." (This easy... My family is everything to me.)

Knowing great and good things are possible. That you are busy making good and great things happen everyday. (Bill does this easily so I am trying to mimic him.)

Not holding on to bitterness or anger. (This is really hard, part of me wants justice, fairness and that I need to present the facts and beat it out of them. The other part of me knows that this can only happen if I let go, let the laws of nature take care of it, to first be fair to myself by not being part of the bad. Super Duper HARD.)

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jul 8, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
A nice solid sh#t after a couple days of the runs
Big Mike

Trad climber
Jul 8, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Lol.. Dru... How about the first sh!t about a week after a major surgery! ;) oh the relief! ;)

not much of a
Jul 8, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
I m with Apogee and Spider Savage.
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