An Ode to Flow

first_imgMy favorite element is water.Why, you might ask?The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu sums up my feelings better and more concisely than I ever could.“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”It’s because of this, because of water’s ability to carve out mountainsides and gorges, to at times appear a quiet, idling stream and at others, a raging beast, that draws me to this most essential of elements.As a paddler, surfer, a watersports(wo)man of any sort, you learn to respect nature in ways that are incomparable. The power of the river, the ocean, it’s humbling. The currents that push and pull and drag beneath the surface are in control, not the plastic craft in which you lazily float along.It’s a common misconception though, to think that one is “in control” out on the water. A paddler will never experience the same alpine lake, the same class III run, the same 40-foot waterfall, more than once. Water is always changing, fluctuating, an endless dance of ebb and flow.When I was first learning to kayak, that unpredictability was what scared me most. Over time though, that fear has turned into the thing I yearn for almost daily, that feeling of being slightly in control (in as much as you can at least take strokes when you tell your body to) but mostly along for the ride, in the moment, and working with (not against) the elements.Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 5.10.04 PMThat feeling has been called a lot of things, but I tend to gravitate towards defining it per Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow, “the way people describe their state of mind when consciousness is harmoniously ordered, and they want to pursue whatever they are doing for its own sake.” In his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csikszentmihalyi relates how activities like rock climbing, in affect, have no “purpose” by any traditional sense of the word. Sure, there may be the peak to summit, the unclimbed route to send, but ultimately, most climbers climb for the sake of…climbing. The act of climbing is just a continuation of a greater act, the act of flowing, of continuing to follow that which engages and frees the mind. Csikszentmihalyi says “…success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”For me, the river is the course greater than me, but for others it may be the ocean, the rock, the mountain, the forest. The river has been an important part of my existence, from the time I was a child on the banks of the Shenandoah to my late teens and early twenties (ha) guiding rafts in the New River Gorge. Water has taught me how to stay calm amid adversity, to adapt when things don’t go according to plan, and to respect everything, all lessons that can be directly translated  into everyday life.If you’ve never kayaked before, you might be wondering how water alone has taught me that. I apologize for the blunt delivery, but the short of it is, I assume, that the river has quite literally handed my ass to me, but in a way that’s constructive, not destructive and which, for some reason semi-unbeknownst to me, keeps me coming back for more. It’s a very complicated feeling, I know.This past weekend I got out on the river for the first time in a couple months to take my Dagger Mamba on its maiden voyage down the Upper Yough. It was just my second time paddling the river here (for a recap of my PFD, click here), so I was still a little uneasy on Friday’s run. But a few rapids into the Miracle Mile, my stiffness faded. I felt in-tune with the boat, the water, and the relationship between the three of us. On Saturday, I paddled the Upper again, this time helping my friend take a first-timer (the ever-entertaining Dr. Mitchell) down. While I very much sympathized with the Doc’s pale, nerve-stricken self (see below, note Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum – the comic relief for the day – in the shredder), I felt none of the anxiety I had experienced the day before, feeling, instead, very much at one with the rapids.Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 10.58.04 PMWe need those places, those natural playing fields that allow us brief glimpses of being both scared shitless and on top of the world. The river is one of the few places where I can receive instant feedback, where I can truly gauge if how I’m feeling reflects how I’m paddling. When I’m kayaking, I’m deep in flow. I’m not thinking about the email I forgot to respond to, the looming dreadlines, the negative feedback I received from a reader. I’m not really even thinking about paddling quite honestly. My brain is, actually, pretty quiet. I’m reacting, one stroke at a time, reading the water and adjusting my line to every hole, every rock, every strainer in my way.The challenge for me now is learning how to transition that quiet fortitude into the obstacles of everyday life, like waking up and realizing I don’t have any more coffee. It seems silly, but that totally puts a damper on the day where scraping my head on the riverbed for the millionth time at Powerful Popper doesn’t even phase me…Let’s hear from you!What makes you flow? Where is your place of peace?last_img read more

AFCON: Ex-Super Eagles midfielder lauds Rohr’s list against Sierra Leone

first_img Loading… Adepoju told brila that the players called up ‘are good enough’ to beat any team. Eagles’ Head Coach, had on Wednesday released a 23-man list of players for the upcoming 2021 AFCON Qualifier against Sierra Leone in Asaba. ‘I think it’s a very good list of players, they are all doing very well in their various clubs,’ He said. ”The lads on the list merit their invitation to the team. Read Also:Babayaro queries Yobo’s Super Eagles appointment The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently topping Group L in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers with six points after two games. For the game, Rohr recalled Iheanacho who has been in and out of the squad since he was dropped from the AFCON 2019 squad. The 23-year-old is now back after his resurgence with the Foxes. Since December 2019, the forward has been a regular for Brendan Rodgers’ side and has scored some important goals. Also in the squad is Belgian-born Dessers who is currently the highest goalscorer in the Dutch Eredivisie where he plays for Heracles Almelo. Born in Belgium to a Belgian father and Nigerian mother, the 25-year-old acquired his Nigerian passport to be available for selection. He will follow in the footstep of the likes of Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Tyronne Ebeuhi as players who were born in foreign countries but later got their Nigerian passport to be eligible to play for Nigeria. There are regulars in Rohr’s 24-man squad including captain Ahmed Musa, his vice, Troost-Ekong and others including Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Aribo, Victor Osimhen etc. Germany –based defender Kingsley Ehizibue who plays for FC Koln is another first-timer in the squad. The Super Eagles are the leaders in Group L of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers after two consecutive wins over Republic of Benin and Lesotho. Victories in the doubleheader will guarantee Nigeria a spot at the 33rd AFCON scheduled for Cameroon in 2021. All invited players are to report in the Delta State capital on Monday, March 23. Full SquadGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany) Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic, England); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kingsley Ehizibue (FC Koln, Germany) Midfielders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (Getafe FC, Spain); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (Heracles Almelo, The Netherlands); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-international, Mutiu Adepoju, has lauded the calibre of players Gernot Rohr invited for the Super Eagles clash against Sierra Leone in the AFCON 2021 qualifier. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The Worldlast_img read more

Afridi withdraws from CPL to rehabilitate knee

first_imgShahid Afridi has pulled out of the Caribbean Premier League 2018 in order to tend to a knee problem that first occurred during the Pakistan Super League, for which he will continue to undergo rehabilitation. Afridi made the announcement through a tweet, expressing his disappointment at missing out on the “biggest party in sport”.After sustaining the injury while playing for Karachi Kings during the PSL, Afridi turned out for Edmonton Royals in the Global T20 Canada league, besides captaining ICC World XI against West Indies in a T20 at Lord’s in July. Afridi’s only previous stint in the CPL was with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2015, during the tournament’s third season.The latest edition of CPL 2018 will commence on August 8, with the Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars at Port of Spain. Jamaica Tallawahs, led by Andre Russell, will play their first match on August 10, against Knight Riders in the same venue.last_img read more

Quality Hotel taylors lakes scoops awards pool at AHA Victorian state

first_imgChoice Hotels Australasia’s Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes has received recognition as the Best Gaming Venue and Best Pub Style Accommodation at the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) State Awards for Excellence, held in Melbourne. The awards, which honour the diversity and success of metropolitan and regional Victorian hotels, were a significant achievement for the first-time nominee property. Choice Hotels Australasia General Manager Sales and Marketing, Aileen Cobern, believes these awards are great accomplishment for Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes. “This award is evidence of the hard work of the management team and staff of Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes who strive to provide the best product and service to their customers. The strength of the industry was on display and the property’s General Manager, Eric Visscher, should be very proud of this achievement,” said Cobern. Located 23 kilometres North West of Melbourne in the flourishing suburb of Taylors Lakes, the property provides its visitors with a range of entertainment facilities including a Sports Bar TAB, restaurant and bars, bottle shop and a cafe. As well as extensive conference and function facilities, an onsite gym and indoor swimming pool, Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes also houses 58 modern accommodation rooms ranging from Deluxe King Spa, Deluxe King, Deluxe Queen, Standard Queen and Standard Twin. Over 1,000 people attended the AHA State Awards at Peninsula on Central Wharf Docklands. The Australian Hotels Association is the national voice of Australia’s hotel industry and represents more than 5,000 members across Australia in the hospitality and liquor industry.  Source = Choice Hotelslast_img read more