Crisis of Identity: 4 Steps to Learning Yourself

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Crisis of Identity: 4 Steps to Learning Yourself

Around 20 million years ago the ground below what is now San Luis Obispo was perforated by volcanic vents. These vents allowed for the passage of magma to the Earth’s surface and around that time magma began to congeal below softer rock at the surface. Over the following eons, the softer rock was eroded away by the powerful forces of wind, water, and dirt. To our eyes today, after millions of years of erosion, these volcanic plugs, as they are called, appear as rugged mountains known as the Nine Sisters. The tallest Sister, Bishop Peak, is now a silent sentinel over the city of San Luis Obispo. This peak has become a favored training ground for me during my time here in San Luis Obispo attending Cal Poly. It has become so special, in fact, that it has transcended the simple moniker of ‘training ground,’ I would venture to say that it is a form of church for me, a sacred place. The mountain’s jagged profile and jumbled, razor-sharp igneous rock provide for a trail system that is quite brutal. Running laps of this mountain in a continuous session, tagging the peak two or three times, will usher you into a transformative pain cave. That brutal simplicity is why this peak has sanctity, in my eyes…

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Coco

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Coco

Demons do not come from above or below, they are not angels in disguise or servants of the Devil. Demons do not have curling horns, glowing eyes, or trailing flames. Demons slither, crawl, and creep from your past; they crash, tumble, and roar down from your future, and they manifest in your present. They come silently and depart suddenly. Only you truly know when your demons are present, because the prison built by those demons seems to have no door…

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On Public Lands: A Responsibility of Relationship

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On Public Lands: A Responsibility of Relationship

Note: Hello, long time no write. While I may have not written a piece for Touching the Trail since last year, I have taken the time to focus on other aspects of Touching the Trail (the podcast specifically) and my other endeavors. Listening to your body and your journey is a key aspect of bettering yourself and throughout these months not writing on here felt natural. Now, I hope to return to the ritual of writing for Touching the Trail and sharing new perspectives on how to better ourselves. Join me.

P.S.: I began writing this piece after Trump made the announcement on Dec 4 of last year to reduce the sizes of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument by substantial amounts. These were, and still are, my thoughts on the topic…

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