Friday, June 24, 2011

Paddling to Freedom

Later on I plan to write a bit about paddling and how it can serve as a metaphor for the Buddhist (or any spiritual) way of being.

For now, though, I offer you this inspiring 5-minute video. It's captivating, arresting.

If you get 50 seconds into it, I'll bet you'll watch the whole thing to the end.

BIRTHRIGHT from Sean Mullens on Vimeo.


Teresa Evangeline said...

Wow. What a beautiful portrayal of a man who understands what matters, and is, obviously, not at all deterred by any circumstances, daunting though they may be. There's something about B&W I love more than color. It trains your eye somehow to stay with it, to see beneath it, yet see the whole of it. Does that make any sense?

I have always found the rhythm , the cadence of paddling, though mine has been in a canoe, to be comforting and calming. It's truly an opportunity to be one with nature.

Thank you for this very inspiring video.

steven said...

hey dan, i was a whitewater yakker for a few years back in the seventies and i love watching the scene forty years later as it has evolved in so many ways - the aesthetic, the sensibilities and the sensitivities. this video is all of "arresting" and compelling as the determination of the man is extraordinary and his rationale for placing himself in such a context is powerful. thanks for sharing this. steven

George said...

Wow, Dan! Very inspirational. The video certainly puts things in perspective.

Sabio Lantz said...

Ah, but you were right -- only seconds into it and I was captured.
I love my kayak time just like this fellow -- though I am sure he loves it more!!! Either way, totally inspiring and my kids loved it too!
Do you have a sit-on-top kayak?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, TE! I, too, am a canoe enthusiast though I paddle more with a double bladed yak paddle than with the traditional canoe paddle. It was a real breakthrough for me to switch to the yak paddle... twice the power, more symmetry, and, well, a little bit wetter about the feet, but nothing a sponge cannot handle. The main thing is the rhythm. Rhythm is at the heart of so many things I love... music, paddling, walking, and, well, I'll bet you can guess the last one, enjoyed in the company of an intimate loved one.

I'm glad you enjoyed this video. It is quite an inspiration to all of us able bodied folks who imagine we know something about adversity.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, it's amazing how many of my readers have partaken of the pleasures of paddling. You, too! I wasn't aware of that part of your background. Do you still go out now and then?

Dan Gurney said...

George, yes, it brings perspective for us able bodied folks, doesn't it?

Dan Gurney said...

Sabio, I do have a SOT kayak, a Dawn Trakker by Ocean Kayak. But I strongly prefer my canoes, my favorite being the Old Town Pack, paddled with a yak paddle. What kind do you paddle?