Wild Places

Wild Places

Imagine a race across a thousand miles of snow covered backcountry.  Such a race would challenge the competitors’ endurance, fortitude, and survival skills.  The 2015 Iditarod has begun in Alaska and it defines dog sled races.

The Last Great Race

I asked a musher why he puts himself through such an ordeal.  His answer caught me by surprise.  He spoke of the bond between the dogs and the musher.  The musher tends to the dogs needs first.  Only after the dogs are fed, injuries treated, and beds of straw made, does he rest.  Still, he rarely sleeps more than a couple of hours at a time.  By the end of the race, he has depleted himself to the point of hallucination and collapse.

Dog Sled Racing in Alaska

But that wasn’t all he said about the Iditarod.  With a twinkle in his eye he spoke of the long hours spent in wild places…places unchanged by man.  As an old backpacker, I understood exactly what he meant.  We have surrounded ourselves with civilization.  The backcountry nurtures a part of us that is neglected in civilized places.  Fortunately, there is still plenty of backcountry to fill our need for wild places.

Alaskan Backcountry

To the places unchanged by man.

Peace out,

Robert

Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

A well-stocked kitchen is your apothecary.  Fill it with foods that nourish your mind, body, and spirit.  For example, the evidence is mounting that Strawberries and Blueberries are super foods packed with enough antioxidants to keep your eyes sparkling for a long time.

Strawberries & Blueberries

A well-stocked kitchen is your apothecary.  Fill it with foods that nourish your mind, body, and spirit.  For example, the evidence is mounting that Strawberries and Blueberries are super foods packed with enough antioxidants to keep your eyes sparkling for a long time.  We love to toss them with raw honey and almond extract for a simple dish that leaves everyone wanting more.  To Your Good Health.

Peace out,

Robert

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Secrecy vs. Intimacy

Intimacy and secrecy are opposites.  If you are in a relationship, then secrets will block the intimacy you crave.

Choose intimacy.

Here are  a few simple things to increase intimacy in your relationships:

 

  • Accept yourself as you are. The culture of self-improvement has the unintended consequence of making us feel broken and needy. We are not that.
  • Trust your lover. Trust that your lover will accept you as you are. Your lover sees more of you than you realize. Pretending they don’t, doesn’t make it so.
  • Give straight answers. Have the courage to give straight answers to simple questions. Let go of the need to qualify your answers, or worse, ignore the question.
  • Choose intimacy. Each night before you fall asleep repeat to yourself, “I choose intimacy.” Each morning begin your day with the same choice.

 

The life you want for yourself and your lover is as simple as making small adjustments in your thinking.  It is at your fingertips.  Seize it.

 

Peace out,

Robert

 

Darkness on the Path

Darkness is the Great Mystery.

Light and dark define each other.

Light does not exist, but for darkness.  Light and dark define each other, yet we have bias against darkness and sometimes work diligently to eradicate it.  Darkness evokes images of suffering, fear, and the unknown, but could be viewed differently.  Darkness is the Great Mystery.  Shedding light on darkness doesn’t eliminate mystery.  Instead it reveals more mystery and that is a good thing, because the end of mystery is just that…the end.  Embrace life as it is.  Think for yourself and let mystery be mystery.

Peace out,

Robert

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Fresh

Fresh

Each and every day, without fail, I ask my wife to marry me. You might ask why I would do such a thing. Aside from the obvious explanation that dementia has set in and I’ve forgotten we are already married, I believe it is important to affirm each day that I choose her. Fortunately, she always answers “yes” to my question. Maybe it’s because the other part of the practice is I never stop working to win her heart.

 

Rebecca is my beautiful wife and the marketing manager at Naked Tao Publishing Company

Rebecca on her birthday.

We’ve all heard that the key to a successful marriage is keeping it fresh. This is my humble way of doing that. What are your thoughts on this practice?

 

Peace out,

Robert

Winds of Change

Change rides the wind like a cowboy rides a horse.  Somtimes the horse is gentle and slow.  Other times it wildly bucks and kicks in hopes of unseating the rider.  Either way, change has its way with us.

Change We Must

Few of us choose  the unbroken stallion over the gentle mare as a means of change, but the unbroken stallion is like a wild eyed radical that delivers a powerful wakeup call.  Divisiveness leads to madness that never ends well for any of us.

Peace out…

Robert

Tantra

Tantra

We are the heart of all creation and meditation can take the simplest person right to the source.

We are at the heart of all creation.

Meditation can take the simplest person right to the source.

Galaxies have been discovered in what we thought was the rim of the Universe. Big galaxies might be more than we ever conceived. On the other end of the spectrum, we have discovered tiny subatomic particles, 1/1,000,000 the size of an atom. These tiny particles last 1/100,000,000 of a second. We stand in the middle, where it all passes through us on its way elsewhere.

We are controllers of unbelievable power, but it is a funny kind of control that operates automatically. Attempts at willful control of this power put us out of sync with the source. When we stop trying to exercise our will over it, then we return to the source where we discover the true magic of oneness. This is Tantra. This is Tao.

Peace out…
Robert

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