Why Men Need Mountains

Posted Monday, September 21, 2015

“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. ” ~Henry David Thoreau

I knew it was time to go to the mountains. Life was getting a little chaotic. The stories in my head of what I “should” do and what I “want” to do started getting jumbled and unclear.

So I went. I spent three nights last week in the Rockies. Alone.

I journaled, I hiked, I contemplated by the fire. I got a little stir crazy,and I hiked some more.

And things are clearer. It’s not like I’ve figured anything out. It’s deeper. I’m less chaotic. Less jumbled in my head. More clear in my being about what I am about.

It’s not really just me—we all need mountains—or something like them. A trip to the North Woods or even an afternoon at the park would provide similar benefits.

And here’s why we need it; the masculine in you (whether you are male of female) is about all that isn’t changing. It’s about your purpose. It’s your direction.

Too often we make the mistake of trying to find our purpose in logic or reason. We try to “figure out” our way into what we are about. Truth is that what you are about is true right now and has always been true.

Solitude. Nature. Silence. Mountains. These things will bring us closer to our purpose. They bring us closer to who we already are.

Give it a try! Plan an afternoon in the woods.

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