You have it heard it before..probably too many times yet it still might not sink in. What we perceive as putting it on the line can become less and less of a focus in our lives. The quest for comfort, warmth and safety beckons us to take shelter from our fears. What if we get injured or fail or look stupid or lose it all?
Its like choosing a line on boards or bikes. You scope it out and pick your line..through the trees, visualizing not slamming into the trees but gliding between them. The path is not closed and too tight but instead just wide enough to achieve that moment of flow, of bliss.
This carries over into our lives far more than just outdoor recreation or sport. It will hold us back with our relationships, careers, family and the most unfortunate of all, our Dreams! Think back to your earliest memory of bliss and risk. Maybe it was when you learned to ride a bike or maybe when you stood up in front of classmates and recited a paper. Maybe it was a innocent kiss planted on the lips of your object of affection. Or maybe it was mischievous..hopping a train or “borrowing” something for some moments of bliss and returned it unbeknownst to anyone.
The point is, so many many memorable moments in our lives in the past, present or future will be made more memorable by the amount of risk we took to do them. Setting aside our fears and throwing caution to the wind makes us feel alive and really isn’t that we are really trying to do? To feel something in an authentic and organic way unimpeded by anything that may tarnish that..even if just for a fleeting moment whether in the barrel of a wave or in the arms of a lover.
This video is courtesy of our friends over at KorduroyTV captures this feeling beautifully and even has everyones favorite place to escape, Game of Thrones narration thrown in. It creates a spectacular vibe and captures the risk that these men are taking quite perfectly in my opinion. I hope you feel the same. Its 8 minutes though..Do you have that kind of time?
(Photo Courtesy of Voltaic Systems)
We are stoked, overjoyed and elated!..to announce Voltaic Systems and The Mocean Project/Mocean365 are working together. We are one of 4 people chosen to test and report back our findings of their amazing line of solar products. They are based out of Brooklyn NY and are very supportive of tiny home and van culture. We have been using their products and are amazed by the simplicity, compactness and power of such a small system. We will be reporting more once we get our system installed but have been using the products and can’t say enough!
Here is a video that shows a similar setup to the one we will be using in our van. Check them out as well if you need portable power from the sun, the price of solar is really far more affordable than you may think! Check their site here
Another great person has left us doing what he loves but far too young. JP Auclair had immense talent and originality, creativity and more importantly, he sounds like he was a stellar human being. He perished in an avalanche on Monday September 29th alongside, Andreas Frannson, and Liz Daley in Chile.
We are paying homage to this great man with this amazing clip that he skis in but also edited ,in Sherpa Cinemas award winning movie, Into the Mind. Please consider making a donation to The Auclair Fund which will help support his young son and his partner. click here.
R.I.P. JP, Andreas and Liz and may the skiing and living be great on the next journey.
Movement and adventure and physical and mental vitality have been a focus of my life for many years now. This focus has been constant and unrelenting and though its obvious that many people have benefited from it, IT has also caused great frustration. Working as a movement professional is always an interesting experience as you are constantly not only teaching but really Learning. Any great teacher must be a student. This process has made me realize that things have just changed plain and simple. As much as there is slowly a switch happening towards natural movement and an appreciation for the outdoors and adventure, there is still a long road.
Why? Well because plain and simple as our friend Frank Forencich likes to say, we are living in an alien environment. The lifestyles of people today are not at all in alignment with our initial genesis. And number one at the center of this seems to be stress and discontent. Plain and simple this de evolving of mankind has led to general unhappiness and a universal feeling of discontent. People are finally recognizing that this misalignment in our approach and focus in our lives is really not working. Civil disobedience, unrest, the 99%, war, uprising. The world is tumultuous and ready for change which actually is very exciting and has led to my own switch in approach to how to teach and share the lessons I have learned with others.
People have lost sight with their dreams and focus in life. Doing a barefoot movement session might be a jump start for many but it isn’t practical or even possible for all. I myself recently had a meltdown in my own life. Felt like i was beating my head against the wall especially in regards to how my movement teaching model was not reaching more people. Financially I have struggled for most of my adult life (though part of that is expected due to my passion for travel and adventure). I also have not found the spot to call home and it was finally taking its toll. You know that feeling of “wow, i really love where i live and am inspired by my living space”? Well, that was missing. Broke, stressed, and trying to push forward and it was effecting my personal and professional life. My relationship with my partner was even off. But of course a sudden reflection and appreciation and gratitude for all of the amazing things in life and a shift in perspective and approach snapped me back to the mission. It made me realize that losing sight of our dreams and sense of purpose and JOY was entirely unacceptable and undesirable. Out of the ashes of this arose my new mission and purpose.
A re alignment with our dreams and purpose is imperative in the pursuit of happiness and well being and regaining our PURPOSE.
Seek Your Bliss NOW! is just that..a reawakening and realignment with our dreams. The mission of Seek Your Bliss NOW! is, “To live the lives of our dreams on our own terms and commit to inspire, encourage and help others to do the same”.
So much of my sharing ideas and stories like we have done here on The Mocean Project, will now be shifted to Seek Your Bliss NOW! and building a community of people worldwide who are committed to realigning with their purpose, their fire and spark regardless of what that may be. Its not about surfing and trail work for most people or even adventure and these stories need to be told. We are building a tribe of individuals who have the courage to pursue their dreams and its my hope that you will come along if you have made it this far reading my babble.
Mahalo for your support, loyalty and belief in a better way!
We have done gear reviews in the past and will and will be doing more soon. If you have an outdoor product that you think will hold up to some abuse, contact us. We will supply comprehensive feedback and information and tips on how we may see room for improvements and if its good, can get the word out like some of these reviews below that we have done in the past. Both videos were filmed by Mocean365 co-founder Mark Veilleux and were written and edited by yours truly. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your gear spotlighted.
High on the list to go and see but won’t be for some while so in the meantime, we dream!
Enjoy this video!
This video has one of the most stylish surfers of our era and one of my personal favorite artists..well probably my favorite artist who works with cars as a medium. Jay Nelson is truly gifted and has made his passion for building and design and imaginative perspectives a professional reality. Pretty solid video here showing him helping Rob out with his new van build. Fitting as we are right in the middle of building ours now.
Derek Diedricksen of Relax Shacks and author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts” is putting on another Tiny Homes weekend extravaganza and it looks like it is going to be awesome! “Deek” as he is known in the Tiny Homes circle is a true character and leading expert in the push to downsize homes. Looks like I will have to start saving our pennies! Check out more info at Relax Shacks.
If you have been following along here at The Mocean Project, you have probably heard me rattle on about the benefits of a movement approach vs. exercise and i feel its something that could be talked about until your blue in the face. Fact is, the world of exercise and fitness does its best to get people into a robotic pattern that often does as much harm as good at least in the long term. One of the reasons is the stigma that is built around physical culture that prevents people from ever beginning. “Nah man, don’t wanna go to some cheesy gym”, or “no i don’t want to work out till i throw up and post my scores on the wall in front of everyone”. The list goes on and on but really the secret to it all lies right in front of each and everyone of you with any interest in becoming not just a better mover but a more well rounded person…Approach Life Like a Ninja. Ok, firstly this might be better put, “approach your life on the preconceived Hollywood version of a Ninja”. And by saying this there are sure to be grumbles from true practitioners of Ninjutsu and related arts(I’ve dabbled in them myself a bit). Many of you who train with me will be surprised(maybe) to see the similarities of how we move with the practitioners in this video..Though it is really the life path we are referring to rather than the actual physical training methods. Zen.
Really its more about a few key elements that could radically shift your life and outlook. Here are 5 powerful ways to develop a warrior mindset.
1.Be in the moment-You have heard it all before but when this happens, greatness can occur. You can see and feel, listen and react which can have profound performance benefits. This doesn’t just mean meditation by any means but instead a mindset of focusing on the brilliance of the task at hand whether you are washing the dishes, giving the lady a little loving or swinging some Indian Clubs. Try and make a concerted effort in this area. This stands in stark contrast with gyms and fitness facilities with music and tv blaring or those who rely on music to ride or run. Now I LOVE MUSIC and have it on in my life often but there is a time and a place for it. At the center of this is FUN and being there(really) for friends and family and being engaged in our community. Know that friend who is always on their “smart” phone and is really only half listening to you? They are not in the moment or they are multi tasking which most often means..Multi Tasking-Sucking at multiple things at once.
2. Surround your space with movement opportunities-Moving your body is joyous and amazing and something that we should never take for granted. It should never be compartmentalized and only segmented into a time slot. That is the exercise approach. “Ok I have from 4-5 to move my body and after that i will return to my otherwise frantic yet incredible sedentary and life dictated by machines and other people”. NOOOOOO. What the F%$k is wrong with this picture??!! We are designed to move and our brain loves new stimulus and learning new skills. If you don’t work physically like I have chosen to do, then surround your space with ways to move. Put a balance board in the living room and use it if you have to watch TV. Take movement snacks at work and try new skills. Juggle, balance, practice wheelies on your bike. If you are at a party by a bonfire, move around, challenge someone to wrestle, throw a ball around. YOU CAN ALWAYS BE MOVING, it is the warrior path. I even will spruce up an otherwise slow game like Frisbee Golf and climb trees, jump over logs, crawl to the next hole, Mix it up, keep it fun and interesting. This began years ago when some buddies and i were 19 or 20 and doing what we did many nights, drink ourselves silly after work. Well some how a soccer ball got kicked by one of us and we started kicking it back and forth(in the tiniest kitchen ever). This evolved into not only a fun “drinking game” but really a regular thing and for someone like me was a way to express myself in a social situation. The kitchen yes did sustain some damage but we got other friends involved and soon the drinking was an after thought. We would be drenched in sweat playing soccer in the kitchen and laughing our asses off. My point is it can be done anywhere!
3. “Train” all the time-Really this one could be phrased, Have a warrior mindset all the time. When you turn a door handle, engage your muscles and squeeze. Hip hinge to open the fridge and drive through your heels. Look for every possible opportunity to train like a warrior each moment possible. Stand on one foot, jump over walls, slide down railings, engage your muscles, flex, breathe deep, feel strong and believe you are strong and nimble. Bruce Lee was the master of this and explained it was very much part of his success. I USE THIS EACH AND EVERY MOMENT POSSIBLE and it has changed my life, 100%! No BS.
4. Change your genetic code- Everything we do has a reaction. The way we treat our body is the way it treats us back. This all ties in to potentially rewiring(it has mine) your genetic coding. Some think we do what we do because its a “habit”. Well a habit is often rewired circuitry that has been force fed into our cells. How we live and engage with the world and move and everything we eat and drink can have radical implications upon how we live for the good and bad. There is genetic code that is hard wired and there is other genetic code that can be rewired. This is why we might feel we have these habits that we can’t break. We really need to change our patterns and rewire and the results are astounding. This is something I/We work on each and every day. Some book stores might call it the self help section but really its the Change your Epigenetic Code Section. Here is a funny video that explains it in very layman terms
5. Minimize and Simplify– None of the above guidelines can truly happen if our lives are filled with clutter and chaos. This is an ongoing battle in this land of excess that we live in. Really though the beauty of organic and radical simplicity shines brighter than the brightest plasma screen TV to watch commercials on. Having an inspiring space to live where you can find what you need and not over booking our time is valuable is if we hope to Live Like a Ninja. When we pare everything down in life, it is really the beauty of the moment where we are. Its about engaging with community, friends and family and listening and helping. Simplify your life as much as possible. Minimize clutter and guess what. You become more materialistic! In a good way silly..The material items you do have become like gold is what i am trying to say. You take care of your tools and toys. You do not only maintenance but you approach your belongings in a Zen way. Like a warrior and their sword, honed to a razor finish, gleaming bright and powerful.
These are some guidelines and will be portions of upcoming workshops that we will be offering in New England in the near future as guiding principles. Stay in Mocean365 days a year and live RootsWise and always, always HAVE FUN!!
Here is an old video we made a couple years back building our own set of parallettes. Yeah we are dorks but its all fun ya know. Enjoy and keep those chainsaws away from the kids.
This video represents my mindset more and more in relation to wanting things to be simple. I think there is a misconception with “back to the land” or even folks like us who are far from that(at this point) that it’s anti social or escapist. It’s really about connecting with others even more on a deeper level. You can go to a city and be around throngs of people but not really have any connection with any of them. Heads down, no one saying hello and people hooked to their phones. Getting back to a simpler way is really about connection with authenticity. To have an authentic experience means all non needed fluff is taken away and things are pared down to the basics whether that means a deep conversation or carving a wooden spoon from a branch of a tree that you cut yourself.
Check out the video and feel free to hit us back with your thoughts on simplicity and what you might be doing to nurture it or invite it back in to your life. Yes back in your life..we come out of the womb with pure innocence and as zen minimalists who are really just engaged in the experience of the moment. Don’t forget it.