Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Dirtbag Diaries - Meditation in Motion

More audible than visual this week, I'm really pleased to be directing you towards The Dirtbag Diaries.   

The Dirtbag Diaries is a fantastic outdoor sports podcast produced by Fitz and Becca Cahall out of Seattle, USA, with the support of Patagonia, New Belgian Brewing, and Kuat Racks.  If you're into spending time in nature, be it climbing, biking, surfing, kayaking, fishing or hiking, then I would highly recommend listening to their podcasts.  Earlier this year I submitted a recording of a short essay to them for their "Shorts" series, and after a bit of trans-Atlantic editing, it's now live on their site for free download. 

The subject of my essay was how taking your time to travel overland has a similar meditative effect to that found when immersing yourself in an activity such as riding a wave or climbing:  focusing on motion and losing the distractions of everything but the here and now.

I posted a link to my initial recording in a previous post, but if you didn't listen to that then please click through to their site to either listen to, or download, a fully polished and professionally produced version (here).  Doing this will help to support a podcast that is arguably the truest and most concise voice for anybody with either a general affinity for the outdoors, or for those who organise their lives around sleeping in a car to wake up early and see the sun rise whilst being actively involved with their environment.  

Massive thanks to Fitz and Becca for taking on my essay and for their patience in helping me to edit the script and then record it for them, and finally for producing it for publication. 

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