Hats + Existential Philosophy

“As Carl Jung repeatedly declared, our goal is wholeness, not perfection. People living soulcentrically are not untroubled or unchallenged. They are not beyond experiencing times of confusion, mistakes, and tragedies. They have by no means healed all their wounds. They are simply on a path to wholeness, to becoming fully human- with all the inevitable…

Pegs and Holes: Thoughts from the not so beaten path

I’ve been thinking quite a lot lately about systems. The systems we create, rely on, and get stuck within. As a business owner I have (somewhat unwittingly) created and bought into systems for efficiency and growth. As a society we innately reside within systems for the same reason. Efficiency, social construct, and organization of the…

Realization

“We all wait for a mirror to show us who we are, to validate us. When we hear something about ourselves that we have never heard before, it feels like a blessing, and it gives power.” For months I’ve been receiving reflections, projections, and deflections from those in my life. Reminding me who I am,…

Retreat

It’s the season for retreating for many of us. This time of year I am systemically faced with the culmination of the year’s deeper meaning. Most years a lot of things bubble up to the surface around November and December- leaving me a little raw and cracked open come the end of the year. I…

Chapter 2016 

“The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do. (Is this fair? Is this the right thing to do?)…. Not to be distracted by their darkness. To run straight for the finish line, unswerving.” -Marcus Aurelius. I had one of those moments the other day….

“Sit with the pain; be with the pain” Hindsight Blog: The Descent

I jolted awake at 2am,at  5200masl, and noticed I had drooled blood all over my sweater (lululemon took a beating on this trek). Had my lip split? Was I coughing up blood in my sleep? Did I have a pulmonary edema as a result of altitude sickness? With no other symptoms, my hypochondriac brain was mildly too…

“I can’t do this” (hindsight blog #2)

And so we left Pheriche and headed to Lombouche. Within 20 min of trekking I was far behind the group. I woke up with a worsening chest cold. While the views that morning were unbelievably, the air beautifully crisp- I felt like I was walking into quicksand with every step. The first hour or so…

#%!?%#! Mountain… 

Day 2 here in Namche Bazzar as we acclimatize to our new altitude of 3400m. Tomorrow we hike up to 3800m.. So today we did a quick morning 2.5hr (and according to our guides “simple”) acclimatizing hike up to that altitude here above the village.  Simple. Yeah. Right.  We literally hiked into a cloud.  Like-…

Don’t bring your sadness to the mountain…

Otherwise the mountain will not let you pass.  Those were the words our guide started with on day 1.  It was my mantra by day 3. Today we trekked 8hrs from Phading to Naamche- most of which was a steady incline. Just after lunch we passed the 3000m above sea level point and at this…