Friday, April 4, 2014
Giving full attention to anything – or anyone – is very rare.
Obviously, you paid full attention to climbing a volcano.By reading what you have written on your blog about your climbs — from a perspective of introspection and reflection — we learn the benefit to you of climbing volcanoes is doing so requires you to push yourself, requires you to go past the point of what is comfortable.
I love the expression “sweated and breathed like a dragon.”
You live boldly and fully. I admire that.
The only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all. – Ted Hughes
Whomever remains unmoved, whoever cannot contemplate or know the deep shudder of their soul in enchantment, might as well be dead for he has already closed his eyes upon life. – Albert Einstein
People who read your “Fumbler’s Guide to Climbing Volcanoes” — your account of your personal transformation as a result of a journey through challenges, ordeals and wrong turns to a place of wisdom – will have something stirred in their souls that transcends words and time.
No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them. – Alan Watts
As a result of maintaining your sense of wonder:
- You enable yourself to live life fully.
- You are fully awake.
- You enable yourself to see your own life as part of a larger narrative.
- You are building the strength necessary to pay full attention to a passing cloud, a tree, and everything else in the world around you.
- You widen the boundaries of our beings.
It is people like you who increase the scope and scale of human consciousness, who elicit our curiosity about the nature of the universe and all we don’t know yet.
Have you ever wondered, “Who Lives, Who Dies in Life Threatening Situations and Why?”
The survivors are those attuned to the wonder of the world.
They are the ones able to find opportunity in any situation.
The appreciation of beauty, the feeling of awe, opens the senses.
Survivors take great joy from even the smallest success.
I love Rumi’s sentiment: The great opportunity is where you are.
Every space is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.
On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. – Rumi
I love your spiritual infrastructure and inner resilience.
I am happy that you are connected to who you truly are.
You are on the right path.
From: Leah Smolker <
To: Gary Smolker <email@example.com
Sent: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 1:54 am
Subject: Volcano Climbing Blog Update