It’s Just Over the Next Hill

At the end of a long day of backpacking, I can’t help but hope that the campsite is just over the next hill. This is frequently far from the truth. And I now know that this is true of most things we are striving for. On the trail, there is a very immediate goal: the campsite…

Seek out Runner’s Highs

A runner’s high is, loosely interpreted, the euphoric feeling of having just accomplished something amazing. And it is these feelings that I like to cultivate. A state of euphoria after running has been connected to the release of endorphins after physical activity. But it also has psychological factors which are discussed in an article by…

Positive Jealosy

When I see my friends doing awesome stuff, I sometimes feel jealous. But it isn’t a negative emotion, it is an intensely positive one. I suppose it is a form of inspiration that comes as a result of seeing someone I know achieving on a high level. Celebrities can be inspiring in a way that…

Be Thankful

This is a short post about being thankful. We all experience feelings of frustration and inferiority. I hear people say “I am not in shape enough to backpack” all the time. I also hear my fellow musicians asking “Am I good enough?” I say these things and have this kind of anxiety on a regular…

Compete Against Yourself

There is only one sustainable way to compete: against ourselves. I have been backpacking with people who turned hiking into a competition. They know of other hikers on a similar route and they feel like they need to hike faster. There are others who hike because they want to break records.There is nothing wrong with…

Remember Why We Do This

It is easy to get distracted by the task at hand and forget about our real goals in life. When backpacking, I often get caught up in the momentary struggle. I get distracted by the act of hauling myself up the side of a mountain and I forget some of the reasons I even hike….

Walk with Others

As we all go along in our professional lives, it is important to not lose perspective. One way to do this is to be mindful of the people with whom we share our paths. I am often aware of my tunnel vision; I see a goal and sort of charge toward it like a race…

Just Love

There is a lot of negativity and hate from all sides surrounding the recent election. It is now more important than ever that we try as hard as we can to love each other. I firmly believe that the only response to hate is love. And I write this to myself as much as anyone….

Keep Moving

Sometimes when life gets busy, it’s important to just keep moving. I haven’t written a post in a while because there has been so much going on that I haven’t had the brain space. But it has all been good stuff! It is much easier to keep moving when we are doing something we love….

Explore all Angles

Our perception can change drastically depending on what we choose to focus on. Whenever I think back on a backpacking trip, I am always interested to find that it can take on different feelings. Most of the time, it feels like it wasn’t that long. Perspective makes even a three-week trip seem fleeting. It can also invoke…

Do it for the Journey

I think I have found that whenever I get frustrated or down-trodden about something, it is because I am getting caught up in my ego. Making everything about self-aggrandizement is easy to do. As soon as the most insignificantly positive thing happens in my life, I have an immediate urge to share it on facebook….

Engage with Process

I recently heard composer Michael Pisaro talk about the value of engaging deeply with a seemingly simple activity. He said that the process of doing this is far more important than any sense of end product that it creates.  He was referring to a particular kind of noise-making that is the backbone of much of…