Archive for January 2014
The Paddler’s Planet
By Christian Wagley
As the SUP Radio Show brings you “soulful uplifting programming,” we often talk about “living with purpose.” This makes me think of the great American writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau.
While Thoreau didn’t use those same terms, that is indeed what he did with his life. As part of a lifetime of contrarian acts, Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days living in a small cabin in the woods along Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. He referred to it as living “deliberately” in his 1854 classic, Walden: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
In that one statement he speaks of choosing to live in a particular way that allowed him to contemplate and learn from the most important elements of life, and to live life to its fullest and most meaningful extent. Many of us who paddle and enjoy a more natural and spiritual way of life do the same. As with so many things, I gradually adopted this way of living by observing and gravitating toward the people I enjoyed the most. They were smart, funny, positive, thoughtful, and inspiring, and by spending time around them I naturally picked-up many of their ways. It just felt right.
And like Thoreau, eventually it became a deliberate choice to live with purpose, as I avoided the forces that pulled me away from that life and attracted to me those people and things that enhanced it. It’s a much more environmental way to live, but it’s also much more enjoyable.
Today, I live with fewer of the physical things but more of the spiritual and intellectual ones. I do meaningful professional work, but I also make sure there is time for meditation, yoga, and paddling; for reading, writing, and thought; to cook healthy food and tend a garden; and to spend time with family and friends. That last one has become more important for me through the years, and it’s something that Thoreau recognized, too.
Despite living in solitude at Walden Pond, he always had three chairs ready for visitors and occasionally hosted large gatherings of people in his small cabin. Yet he never felt too “near” to the others who visited. A life of purpose tends to insulate us from those things that could potentially be a bother.
We are social creatures, and while there are joys in solitude there are also joys in our communion with others. In fact, it was being around others who really celebrated and lived life that I was encouraged to seek that path for myself.
So take some solo time out on the water or in the woods when the time is right. Just be sure to leave some open chairs in your life for the people who help you live deliberately.
With Leslie Kolovich
As many of my listeners may know I very much believe in a “holistic”spiritual approach in life. I am a Reiki Master Practitioner. For the show I have the honor of having a conversation with my Master Reiki teacher, Felicia McQuaid who so beautifully explains Reiki and shares with us her passion for this wonderful healing modality.
Felicia McQuaid is the owner/director of the Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach.
In this podcast Felicia tells us her personal story, her journey into healing herself. Her childhood consisted of living in and out of Foster Homes, being on her own at the age of 16 with stresses causing illness, and doctors prescribing lots of medicine.
She tells us of a recognition of her “knowingness” her inner wisdom that guided her to yoga, which eventually took her to discover energy work and Reiki.
With this awareness of the self and through a wonderful Reiki teacher she healed her mind, body and spirit as she looked within at her “whole” self. Reiki, as Felicia explains is a Japanese based practice with the ultimate goal to help create balance.
When one is attuned to Reiki they are aligned with Reiki energy and have a direct connection for flow. Felicia explains how this works as we talk about the Chakra Anatomy (energy centers inside of us) and how Reiki moves into the body through them creating flow and balance. I know you will enjoy this podcast and will come away with a greater understanding of how energy flows in our bodies. Felicia does a great job of sharing her vast knowledge and personal wisdom of the power of Reiki and dispels any myths or unease of what energy healing is.
Standing Up For The Planet
Weekly Blog by Bob Purdy
The pinnacle of “Standing Up for the Planet” for me is “World Paddle for the Planet Day”! People tell me all the time, “I am only one person, what can I possibly do to “Change the Way we live on the Planet”? Turns out there is a lot one person can do, in fact the only way that lasting “Change” has ever occurred on the Planet is one person at a time!
Back in 2012 I poached an idea from the Tai Chi World. Bill Douglas founded “World Tai Chi Day” several years ago, and the third Saturday of every April, Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners around the World gather at 10am in their time zones to send a “Wave of Chi” around the Planet! http://www.worldtaichiday.org/
In 2012 I invited paddlers around the World to “Pick a change they wanted to see in the World, paddle for that change on June 16th and then commit to that change until it became a reality during the first “World Paddle for the Planet Day”. For my part that year, I paddled the length of Okanagan Lake in B.C. where I live, a distance of about 80 miles. Leslie Kolovich and Joan Vienot came out to Kelowna from Florida to cover that paddle for Leslie’s “Sup Radio Show” and “The PaddlerUK ezine”. We received international coverage in our first year and I was encouraged by the response we had to the paddle. The “Changes” that took place by individual paddlers all over the World gave me fuel to organize a second “World Paddle for the Planet Day”. I’m not sure if Leslie and Joan volunteered to host the second event in their back yard of Panama City Beach, Florida, or if I twisted their arms a bit! Regardless, the second “World Paddle for the Planet Day” was organized for October 13, 2013, hosted by Leslie, Joan and the Florida Crew, and was a huge hit thanks to their efforts. We followed the same format as the previous year, and I paddled a full 24 hours on Coastal Dune Lake Powell to support the paddles that went on around the Globe. There were paddles in Abu Dhabi, Australia, South Korea, Europe, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Mexico, South America and all over the US and Canada! We managed to send a pretty significant “Wave of Change” around the World, one paddler at a time!
Here we are in 2014 already, and I find myself wondering how we can create an even bigger “Wave of Change” this year! So, here it is, possibly the worst kept secret in the short history of “World Paddle for the Planet Day”! “World Paddle for the Planet Day, 2014” will be held in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, September 13, 2014! You have no idea what a relief it is for me to be able to finally say that publically! We are changing the format slightly this year. We are still inviting paddlers around the World to “Pick a change, paddle for that change, and commit to that change”, as that is the power of the “Wave of Change”. This year we are going to ask paddlers to hit the water at 12 noon in their own time zones in order to send a continuous “Wave of Change” that just might circulate for a while!
Tofino is one of my favorite places on the Planet, and the entire community is coming together in support of ‘World Paddle for the Planet Day”! If you have ever wanted to go to Tofino this would be a great time to take it off your bucket list! http://www.tourismtofino.com/ At the risk of jinxing it, the weather in Tofino in September can be spectacular! The Best Western Tin Wis Resort will be our hosts for this year’s event, they are right on MacKenzie Beach in one of the most spectacular settings on the Planet! To top it all off they are giving “World Paddle for the Planet” paddlers the deal of a lifetime, room rates that are normally $235 a night will be $159 a night, even though it is still high season! The Resort offers a cultural experience like very few places, it is situated in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations People. http://www.tinwis.com/ You can call 1-800-661-9995 to book your room!
Here is an opportunity for us all to “Stand Up for the Planet” and create a healthier World! There are no shortage of environmental, social and economic challenges to choose from, pick something you are passionate about, paddle for it, and turn your vision into reality! Join me in Tofino, or wherever you are in the World, and let’s send a huge “Wave of Change” around the Planet on September 13th!…
The Paddler’s Planet
Blog by Christian Wagley
Time spent on the water can tell us much about the communities where we live. That’s because the health of our waterways is directly linked to the health of the land. If we take care of the land, we take care of our waters.
Consider the sources that bring pollutants to the waters we paddle. Decades ago most water pollution came from large industrial facilities like sewage treatment plants and factories—so called point sources because they discharged from a single point. Most of these have been required by law to dramatically clean-up their discharges, and some have eliminated them all together.
Today, most water pollution comes from what are called non-point sources, because they don’t come from any one single point, instead discharging from many spread across the land. It’s the loose soil at a construction site, the drippings and worn metals from automobiles, and fertilizers and pesticides on farm fields and suburban lawns, among others.
It generally takes rain to push these pollutants along, washing them across roads and parking lots, fields and lawns—eventually flowing directly into bays and rivers or percolating through the soil and into groundwater. While we can’t see groundwater and so often don’t consider it in our discussions of water pollution, groundwater flows beneath the surface and seeps out along the bottom of streams and other waterways. That reminds us that out of sight can’t be out of mind.
While the human eye tends to see different areas in isolation from one another, the fluid nature of water puts it in a motion that connects all. This is why things that take place hundreds of miles inland can eventually impact waters like the Gulf of Mexico, which suffers from an expanding dead zone fueled by the runoff of fertilizers from corn fields in America’s heartland.
It’s also why what happens in your yard and along your street, also happens to the waters downstream. If it touches the land, it will eventually touch the waters where we swim, paddle, and fish.
That’s why the environmentally-minded preach the virtues of good land management in our neighborhoods—stabilizing eroding soil, avoiding fertilizers and pesticides in our yards, and capturing and filtering stormwater runoff. Even more important is to place ourselves wisely upon the land, for the land is our greatest physical resource. Sadly, we have not followed that virtue for most of the past half-century, instead building around the automobile and creating a sprawl of far-flung roads and development creeping across the land.
Increasingly now we look to make our communities compact and walkable, which leaves a smaller footprint on the land and retains much more in native wetlands, forests and grasslands. These natural landscapes are the kidneys our waterways need, soaking-up the rain and delivering clean, purified water to rivers and streams. As we live closer to our daily needs and preserve these large natural areas, so we preserve our waters.