Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Last night

Last Night I gave a talk at my local REI in Greensboro North Carolina. I talked for about an hour in regards to this past summers Inside Passage trip. I was extremely flattered with the turnout, and the warm response I received.

A number of people were expecting to see the videos I made, I chose not to show them months ago in part because I didn't want the evening to be about seeing a movie which is a one way conversation when I could have a two way conversation with the people in attendance. If however you came last night to see the three episodes of Paddle North they are viewable to the right if you click the Inside Passage link.

I mentioned very briefly that I was a Buddhist and after the talk someone approached me with questions. For that person I promised a series of links to an Author I found very helpful when I was first sliding into Buddhism. Thanks again to everyone who came last night.

Steven Hagen has written a series of books I found enjoyable and very helpful. This, his first, I found particularly enjoyable and insightful. Two others, this, and this were also very good reads. 

Those of you who have been reading here for a while know of my interest in Eugene Herrigel's Zen in the Art of Archery. Which I also highly recommend. 

Fall has clearly arrived here in the American south. The leaves have fallen and the temperature is about to take a deep drop. I have a lot of work to do on the book, and have been focused tremendously on it. But while the weather and the work ahead push me, and us, away from the water, now is the time that we must force ourselves back onto the water. We must be comfortable in the uncomfortable. If we are going to skilled on the water we must be comfortable in all conditions. The wind, and the rain, and even the snow and ice. Now is the time to be heading onto the water. 

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