Offshore Surf Chronicles – Video

Locked into an offshore beautyFall seemed elusive this year as October and November were full of big and stormy surf. December settled down and we scored three swells of beautifully groomed offshore surf. Fun to massive size waves and light to howling winds has me pondering the right tools to take on these conditions.

 

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Safe Place – Feeling Comfortable Anywhere – Video

Kelly Slater looking comfortable and safe in a difficult moveI spent decades trying to create a safe place.  Safety in numbers, safer neighborhood, alarm systems, weapons, and self defense classes.  After trying all these methods I still felt unsafe.

Listening to a guided meditation the speaker asked me to imagine a safe place.  I thought of all the places I have been to and it dawned on me that I didn't feel safe anywhere.  Now that I was aware of the problem I was actively seeking a new solution.  It snuck up on me through a mandatory meditation walk, required training for a martial arts class.

On that meditation walk I felt scared I would get poison oak, and I realized how unnatural it is for a human being to be afraid of nature.  As part of a group I saw and heard a broad range of comfort with being in a forest.  This showed me where I was at and what feeling really comfortable and safe looked like.

I heard being in nature spoken of as a satisfying sexual experience.

What?!?  Really???  At the time I didn't feel this way, I was however very inspired to continue the practice and see where it led me.

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Easy Way to Make a Lasting New Year’s Resolution

Tough Mudder ResolutionDid you make a New Year’s Resolution last year? How is your resolve, did you stick with it the entire year? How about prior years? Any resolutions that you made years ago that you are still practicing? Congratulations if you answered yes.

Regardless of our past today is a new day. Here are some simple tips to make resolutions we can stick with.

1. Clearly define what your resolution is and the details of what exactly you will be doing. What does success look like?

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Big Surf at Ocean Beach – Video

Big Ocean BeachBeautiful day of big, and to my eyes, perfect surf at Ocean Beach, San Francisco.  One of the most amazing days I have seen, seemed like the planets aligned to provide big clean consistent barrels.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these surfers ride these incredible waves.

 

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Meditation – Better Than Drugs and Alcohol

Meditation - A beautiful rainbowMeditation for me is like unlocking some secret world where I feel great and I see the truth that everything and everyone is beautiful and amazing. It took me a couple years to find the key or learn the combination, or more like a couple months once I committed to practicing daily.

Making that commitment was hard, why? Well how do I commit to something I don't understand or really even know what it is? For me it seemed like agreeing to eat a food everyday that I had yet to taste, what if I don't like it? What the heck is meditation anyway and how do I know if I'm doing it right? I had no clue nor did I know who to ask, nobody I knew meditated.

The first half dozen or so times I tried meditating I sat there feeling foolish and nothing happened...


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Natural Born Litterers – Embracing our Waste

"Litterers" doing natural business

Are we earthlings hard wired to discard and dump our waste wherever we please?  Are we born litterers?  If we take an honest look at our cities and in nature can we find any evidence to the contrary?  What if being litterers is in fact a good and necessary practice?  Does the survival of our planet depends on us dumping wherever we want?

As far back as I can remember I saw road signs that said $1000 fine for littering, and along that same road there was plenty of litter.  Birds seem to leave their food scraps and poop wherever they want, same with fish and wild animals.  Babies, kittens, and puppies make a mess with their food and pee and poop anywhere and everywhere.  Judging by all the trash I see on the beach adults are also well practiced litterers…

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