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Working as wildland fire fighter on a hotshot crew is an intensely unique experience. If you’ve ever worked outside 16 hours a day for two weeks at a time, without showering in some of hottest months of the year, you know what I’m talking about.
Meditation has become popular in Western culture through the growing trend of yoga. Some might associate it with Buddhism or Hinduism and if attached to a specific religion of their own, may shy away from the act or ban it all together. I’m here to shed some light on what exactly is meditation, the reasons one might meditate, and my struggles and commitment to maintaining a daily meditation practice.
The decision to be closer to friends, girlfriend, family and a familiar community versus sticking through the uncomfortable in hope of personal growth. Ask me to make this decision after graduating two years ago, I’d choose the uncomfortable without much thought. Growth happens when you and uncomfortable meet. Today, this decision has made me more emotionally overwhelmed than I’ve been in quite some time.
One day Envy was watching the eagle, and he swooped lower, and lower until he came to rest on a small tree at the bottom of the mountain. The eagle stood proudly, and regally surveyed the colourful garden. Envy studied the eagle’s cruel and sharp curved beak, and was puzzled how the eagle would drink the flowers sweet nectar. He looked at the powerful claws of the eagle, and though how easily they would break the delicate stems of the flowers in the garden.
When I moved to India, I wasn’t sure how I was going to account for my diet and exercise, but I knew I needed it. The first apartment I lived in didn’t have a stove. I didn’t yet trust my stomach with Indian food, so in the interim, I stuck with microwave oatmeal, peanut butter sandwiches, and canned fruit. Much to the dismay of my ego, I started to involuntarily shed good weight. Pounds seemed to wither away as slept. I remember standing on a scale for the first time, peering between my feet, and at the moment the red LED lights reached my eyes, a wave of self-loathing and sadness washed over me.
Throughout my life I have done a ton of less than intelligent, odd, dangerous, and new things. When I went camping as a child, I cooked sticks over the fire and then attempted to eat them. I had this ambitious idea that all burnt stuff tasted the same, so developing a taste for it may have been an invaluable survival skill. I was both wrong and a weird kid. There was also the "Half-Sandwich Incident”, which consisted of me always making an entire sandwich, eating half, and putting the rest in the fridge. This seemed sensible at the time, but my loving family kindly pointed out that I could have cut one slice of bread in half rather than making an entire sandwich.
Just over five years ago at exactly midnight, Stephen and I took off from a trailhead in the mountains of south-western Montana. Headlamps were unnecessary due to the super moon that night. Super moons are a rare occurrence of a full moon which occurs when the moon is at it’s closest position to the Earth. For nights like this one, it creates a strange glow that blankets the entire mountain range. We had both driven several hundred miles to meet halfway for a self-proclaimed “man-trip” in the wilderness. For months we planed our backpacking trip through the Tobacco Root Mountains near Bozeman, Montana. Sure we could’ve camped at the car that first night and hit the trail first thing in morning, but Stephen and I tend to do things unconventionally. Especially when we are together in the mountains. So hiking into the wee hours of the morning seemed completely acceptable to us.
It’s football season, baby, and with that comes NFL Fantasy Football. Stephen and I debate heavily about an array of topics through out our work day, over lunch and, as of recently, while battling it out in Catan. But we both agree football is an American pastime and realize Fantasy Football has the same addictive qualities as crack cocaine. This Friendly Feature is going to try to convince all the nagging girlfriends of why their boyfriends are so enthralled with Fantasy. Here is why it’s so popular:
I had a conversation with Steve a few weeks ago about writing an article for his blog, and decided to write about something that has been weighing on my mind in different capacities for a greater part of the last year. For those who don’t know me, I lived with Steve for about 5 months while in India together last year. I am originally from Philadelphia, moved to Houston, Texas when I was 7, went back to Pennsylvania for college, and currently reside in New Jersey about 10 minutes train ride into Manhattan. If you know me, you know I’m pretty passionate about all of these places. (WE ARE!!)