To me, following Sri Chinmoy's path is an opportunity for self-transcendence & spiritual progress. I find that hiking up mountains gives me the chance to experience both of these in the following ways. While hiking, it is possible to forget about the day-to-day stresses and troubles, and focus on my inner existence, and experience peace from both within & without. Also, I listen to spiritual music some of the time while I exercise, and that fills me with incredible energy.
The self-transcendence part of my activities in nature is that I have in the past had problems with my legs, ankles, knees & shins. I am trying to increase my physical capacity so that I can live a richer & fuller life. This gives me a terrific feeling of self-worth & health, and I know I am doing the right thing when I exercise. Plus, I love rock-climbing & playing ultimate frisbee.
When I moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada I was able to hike in the mountains much more frequently. It was totally worthwhile for me to change my life around by following my inner intuition to move to a city that supports my own particular sports interests.
As of November 2012, I work at Cambrian flower importers in Montreal, QC.
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The first photo of me on the left was taken in the Adirondacks, NY.
The second photo of the snowy peaks was taken from the second-highest mountain in Colorado.
The third photo was taken at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa. This is the tallest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world (not part of a mountain range, ie. volcano).
Continuously working towards higher goals, improving my fitness, strength and ability is what Self-Transcendence means to me.