I was recently featured as a guest at FEAT Canada, which stands for Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks. Along with rock climbers, long distance hikers, free divers, extreme skiers, Antarctic kayakers, was my talk, which wasn’t about trials biking, but about healthy relationship to sport and common sport-abuse patterns.
So my question was: Are you using sport responsibly? Personally and as a pro, I often struggled with this question, my outward display of skill often masked the inner conflict I felt. My urge to understand this inner landscape eventually replaced my urge to push the boundaries in mountain biking; so I began reading books and then decided to ‘real’ize some of this knowledge by earning my certification as a Professional Integral Coach™, my mission is to serve in this under acknowledged realm of inner-challenge.
In this blog post features the first of five topics I attempted to give-voice-to and articulate at FEAT, which were Escapism, Uneven Development, Risk Addiction, Inner Wisdom, and Spectator Influence.
When you’re in a sporting flow, sharing the outdoor beauty with friends, it provides much needed solace and therapy from the strains of life. However, it can become unhealthy when consistently sought as an escape.
For instance, have you ever needed a ride? I mean really/desperately/urgently needed a ride (or whatever the sport of choice is)? If so, what was going on in your life at the time? If you continue to sidestep the background “issue’s” they will eventually and quite sneakily turn your desperately needed ride into a “bad” ride. Your shadow (first you escaped it, then ignore it, then forget about it, then it’s suppressed and fully dissociated/disowned) will always win, and the lessons will get louder and louder until dealt with.
Sooo, great ideas will begin to emerge during the still bliss of sport experience only once your sport intimately compliments your life versus hides you from it. Einstein did credit the theory of relativity by saying “I thought of that while riding my bicycle”.
As a coach, my initial role is to help clarify and see where the “house fires” actually are; this often takes some prodding, but is necessary to recognize for full the development of deeper enjoyment, longevity, and optimal performance in sport.