Yes, we went to the Alps, and yes, we rocked it:
We were eight men, for seven days, off the grid.
Rising with the early morning sunshine.
Without the usual distractions. Just us, and the Alps.
We climbed rocks, kayaked down rivers, hiked up a mountain peak
and meditated in the first rays of dawn.
We swam in ice cold glacier water each morning,
and learned to relax in it’s intensity.
One of the most memorable moments for me:
We had been hiking for a few days, from 1100m in the valley,
to the peak of the mountain at 3100m and back again.
We had slept under the stars at 2400m,
and taken our morning swim in the freezing mountain lake.
After coming down the slopes, and walking in silence for a couple of hours,
we reached an amazing place in nature.
We had taken in the beauty, the sounds, and the many colored sights
of the mountains.
Feet touching the ground, stillness within, we reached an incredible waterfall:
full of power and life energy.
On the mountain slope, looking out over the valley, the sun shining upon us,
we stood next to this rumbling force of nature.
After a silent Qi Gong practice, we decided to take our morning shower here.
A group of men, naked in the warm sunshine,
ice cold water pouring down on us, nothing but nature around…
Back to our roots…
Nothing was needed but our physical body
and the ground we stood upon: total simplicity.
This was by far one of the best showers I ever took,
and such an invigorating and alive moment on our trip.
After this, the only thing I wanted was to keep walking in silence
and experience the beauty all around me:
water dripping from the rocks, little plants and flowers
in all their colored radiance, dappled sunshine through the trees…
This is why I wanted to Rock the Alps
I wrote a blog before about it before: This is it.
It’s nothing complicated, it is actually very simple.
We might use a lot of different practices and exercises,
meditations and activities, but in the end I believe it’s all about this:
being fully present in the moment.
Experiencing the aliveness of THIS, right now.
I mean, what else is there?
The deeper practice of being Real
This Alps week, as part of the Real Men Project,
has taught us to allow more of what life brings.
By taking on those challenges. By jumping in that cold water, and staying in.
By tackling that fear of heights.
By showing yourself, even though it feels fucking vulnerable.
By staying with it, whatever it is.
Without resisting, we learn to instead stay open.
This nourishes a deep presence in us,
in which we can remain open and alive in every situation.
And of course, on this path we stumble and fall, we fuck up.
And we get back up. We are in no way perfect.
And we don’t have to be.
We support, mirror, and learn from each other.
We teach each other.
This brotherhood of Real Men is not about competition or proving yourself,
it’s about becoming clear.
It helps us to see what’s truly important for us.
It helps us to make the choices that really matter.
P.S. Thanks for reading!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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