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Get off that rail (and go find someone elses')

I'm not trying to be a crotchety old man, but back in my day...

Traceurs traveled a lot more. For national jams, for state jams, but also just to travel. Over the past year or so, I've noticed less and less of this. Sometimes traceurs won't even travel to the next town over, unless it's a big event (and even then).

I've identified a few reasons for this. A big one is that there simply isn't the need. It's the same reasons that Parkour forums aren't nearly as popular as they were four years ago. Why do you need to get online to talk about Parkour when you can just go outside with your friends and do it? Why should you drive an hour to train with people when you have your own community right here?

These are legitimate points. There was a time when I'd drive an hour to DC every weekend just to train with my friends there. I'd be there for 4 or 5 hours, then drive back. Factor in a teenagers sleep schedule, and there's a whole Saturday. I remember when it was a big deal to find out there were other people training in our town. What?? We don't have to drive all the way to DC just to train with other people!? Awesome!! (And then ALL of us would drive down to DC together...)

But it is still important to travel. Further than just your county, further than just your state. For reasons other than just National Jams. A friend of mine was recently interested in starting a Parkour gym, and came to me for advice. I wrote him a long letter, and the jist was that I was honestly concerned that he hadn't traveled enough.

The Vipassana Diary pt. III

On A Fixed Point


The premise of the Vipassana 10-day experience, as I understand it, is that important meditation skills can only be fine-tuned in a boot-camp setting. You do all the hard work at all hours at the center, where you are under the tutelage and supervision of accredited instructors, so you won't have do it at home by yourself. You emerge with a solid foundation that lets you build upon it when you return to your hectic schedule. 

It may only provide a glimpse of how far you can take it, but that glimpse leaves a lasting effect on your mind and you seek return to it when you have some downtime or as part of your morning routine. I'm sure there's a lasting chemical effect on your brain, something I can get behind all the way. 

But I can't help but think about the enclosed nature of the experience vis a vi the application of it for the rest of your waking life. Scientists realize that most of the times they can't replicate the results of their lab in the outside world.

In your "real" life you're not going to have an indiscriminate amount of hours ahead of you to meditate. It will be done fast, whenever you can do it. You will not be meditating with others and taking comfort in the zen-hive. 

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