Death can advise and teach us to live our lives in meaningful ways. Death lays our lives raw before us and free soloing is an activity that does it better than most others. Free soloing can offer us the opportunity to ask the difficult questions about why we’re here and how we’ll fill the content of our lives.
In climbing, we find ways to use our senses to extend beyond the limited perceptions of the mind, which tends to perceive situations dualistically: comfort and stress. Doing this moves us away from trusting our engagement, the body, and the learning process. Our attention is shifted from stress to comfort.
Warriors don’t solve problems to get rid of problems, feeling sad until they’re problem-free. Warrior’s solve problems for their own sake, feeling joyful for the challenge provided to them.
We can apply mental training to respond appropriately to the challenges of climate change. Climbers can be the ambassadors from the mountains.
The principles for self-stalking are practices we do continually. They help us climb with greater style and show us how to practice.
Much of mental training is about developing self-observation skills. We learn to observe the way the mind and ego distract our attention.
Have you considered using a “both/and” mindset to improve your ability?
Arno and his family climb Pingora and Wolfs Head in Wyoming’s Cirque of the Towers.