Hi, I’m Scott. I am constantly in a state of renewal and reinvention. My age and my attitude reside in different decades. This is my story about why this project is important. It is a combination of many threads that have been going on in my life, this is the knot that binds them. I live in a world of wonder, exploration, and abundance, i move through life as an athlete scholar and although, never titled as such, I am a teacher. With these three threads, I live an examined life and want to record, examine, and share the path I am on.
What is a world of wonder? I grew up as an athlete and spent most of my free time out of doors in both remote and urban environments, sensing and feeding off the energies of them. Most of my work life has been in textured, rich cityscapes and I love the people and places where multitudes gather. Other parts of life are spent alone navigating on two feet or the two wheels of my mountain bike. It is in the detail and periphery vision that exploration begins, down the alley or the fork less travelled. This thread is about finding, experiencing, and sharing these, both small and mighty. From the beauty of a wild mushroom to the vista of a great mountain to the shadow of a stepladder, we will live them all.
We are energetic, spiritual beings living in a physical plain and make choices every day to build or destroy the manifestation we inhabit. Let’s choose to build and protect out mind and body that our spirit inhabits. I live a cruelty and waste free life as much as I can and seek to expand the healthspan of this lifespan. As far as we know, it is the only one we are working with so let’s enjoy it in order to enhance the wonder. Making smart choices, we will live to one hundred years young and I invite you to share in the learnings and experiences.
Seeking to simplify, we can work together to enhance our journey and learn from each other and our experience. I will lead on the path, explore the side trails, find the mystery and share the joy so you may pick and choose what’s in it for you. Learning is a two-way plan, the teacher and student each share and receive. DoAble Adventures will be a sharing of real-world experiences (trekking and guiding), visual (YouTube and Instagram) and the written word (this blog). Somewhere, there is something for you.
No one may ever see this and that is okay as it will be out there and chronicle a journey of wonder, examination, and learning. It is a quest to question and hopefully a path to a notable destination.
I will see you out there.
May 31, 2023
Developing mindfulness is a great start to enjoying a rich, simple life. It is bringing your focus to the present moment, nurturing awareness, building gratitude and fostering a non-judgmental approach. Below are some ways to enhance mindfulness:
- Start with small moments: Begin by incorporating mindfulness into your daily activities. Choose simple tasks like eating a meal or brushing your teeth and fully engage in the experience. Pay attention to the sensations, tastes, smells, and thoughts that arise. Put your phone away.
- Practice formal meditation: Set aside dedicated time for formal meditation. Find a quiet and comfortable space, sit in a relaxed but alert posture, and focus your attention on your breath, bodily sensations, or a specific point of focus. Whenever your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to the present moment. Insight Timer is a great free app for your phono that offers guided meditations as well as simple timers.
- Engage in mindful movement: Activities like yoga, tai chi, or walking meditation can help you cultivate mindfulness through movement. Pay attention to the sensations in your body, the rhythm of your breath, and the environment around you as you engage in these practices. For advanced practice, take up mountain biking – This is a great full body exercise that gives you immediate feedback the moment your mind wanders by slamming you into the dirt and rocks.
- Observe your thoughts and emotions: Develop the habit of observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment. Notice when your mind wanders or when difficult emotions arise. Instead of getting caught up in them, simply acknowledge them and let them pass without attachment. This goes along with an old saying, unpleasant things happen, suffering about them is optional.
- Practice gratitude: Cultivate gratitude by regularly reflecting on the things you appreciate in your life. This can be done through journaling, creating gratitude lists, or simply taking a few moments each day to express thanks for the positive aspects and people of your life.
- Be present in daily activities: Engage fully in your daily activities by bringing your attention to the present moment. Whether you’re washing dishes, having a conversation, or taking a walk, try to be fully present and engaged in the experience. And…mountain biking!
- Seek guidance: Consider attending mindfulness workshops or joining a meditation group. Having guidance from experienced practitioners or teachers can deepen your understanding and provide support for your mindfulness practice.
It’s important to keep in mind that developing mindfulness is a gradual process, so it’s crucial to be kind and patient with yourself. Consistency and regular practice are essential in nurturing mindfulness in your everyday routine.