The Life of LukeThe Life of Lukeen-usDeclarations that May or May Not Transform the Viaduct your Epoch has Acknowledged to Supervene&nbsp;This blog may also be known as An Improper Use of Boredom and the Common Thesaurus or Noah Webster Would Cry if he Could See What I am Doing. It amazes me to see the way that just surrounding yourself with people that do not think the same way that you do and do not follow the path that you were brought up to follow will open your eyes to the rest of the world and in turn can change the direction of your life completely. I cannot deny that I am influenced by those around me, I can make sure that I surround myself with good influences. People that are not self important and people that are free, these are the people that I hope I can someday resemble. I have seen some improvement in myself over the last year but I see so much more room for growth. I do not feel as afraid of life as I used to, I feel that I am slowly open my heart and mind to the point where I am ok with striking a conversation with someone I do not know and spending the afternoon talking to them simply because they have something interesting to say or some knowledge to impart that I feel is pertinent. Which brings me full circle back to the people in my life right now. I could not ask for better people to be around me, I could not ask for better friends, I could not ask for better mentors, and I would never have expected for my mentors to be people I know, let alone people that I can consider close friends. It is just as sad to see theses people go as it always has been but the difference seems to be that of everyone I know, I do not have friends for the moment, what I do have is friends that will continually be interested in me and I in them and the evolution of their individual lives as they reach to different corners of the globe. Whether its friends that are &nbsp;moving away to a different college, someone taking a job in another part of the country, or friends that are in a different country I am thankful for them all. it seems that I have been given the strength from every single one of them to do what I want to do and not to let my own excuses hold me back.&nbsp;<br /> One thing that I have noticed since I started writing is that I am just as easily distracted on paper as I am in real life, the difference is that on paper it makes for a long winded post and I never really say what I mean to. I want to encourage everyone to be more brave in their own life decisions and the things that guide you along your path. It seems that we are ok with being held down by our own ideologies and the things that we are told by others around us. I sometimes am afraid to do things that I truly want to because I worry about what the people around me will think, the change has been the realization that the people around me love me at the best and truly care for me at the least and not a single one of them will think bad of me if I succeed. I hope that everyone can come to a similar realization and live a more free life.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you feel you need some extra encouragement or just need to get some thoughts off your chest email me at luke@clearwateroutdoor.com or leave a comment below. I will be sure to get back to you.<br /> <br /> The music that helped to inspire this blog is Come Let Go by Xavier Rudd and of course all the people I know!<br type="_moz" />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-declarations_that_may_or_may_not_transform_the_viaduct_your_epoch_has_-22-61.htmlTrue StoriesThu, 29 Apr 2010 22:03:00 GMTLuke StewartSerenity Through Drishti&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial;">For the those of you who do not know me my name is Luke.You can take a peek at my employee profile </span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/cwo-staffmembers.aspx"><span style="font-family: Arial;">here </span></a><span style="font-family: Arial;">if you would like to know more, or just continue reading! I have been working here at Clear Water Outdoor for about a year now. In the time I have spent here I have learned many new things. I have fallen hard for the sport of kayaking whether it is on the river or on the lake, luckily I haven't &quot;fallen&quot; for climbing it has just become a new obsession, my camping has been taken to new heights, and my hiking is slowly make the conversion to backpacking. But of all the things that I never thought that I would come to enjoy yoga was the one thing I knew I would never do, and strangely enough has become my favorite of them all. I used to be the guy that would hit the gym for a solid workout or just go paddling or climbing, but now I have come round to yoga. Yes, it is an actual work out. It is an alternative way of getting a workout in that encourages self improvement not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. Do not be scared off by the mention of spirituality either. What I mean by spirituality is not that you must be a Hindu, Buddhist, Jew, Muslim, Christian, or any other type of religion for that matter. Yoga, at least in my case has helped me to become more.... centered. Especially in today's world our minds get so scattered. We have hundreds, if not thousands of things on our mind each day, through the practice of yoga I have learned to stop. I believe that is the best way to put it, yoga has taught me to stop. The physical aspects of yoga coupled with proper breathing block your sporadic thoughts out for you. Today it has taken on a new purpose for me thought. My Grandfather passed away yesterday, and although I am sick I still made it to yoga this morning because I felt it calling to me. Although I wasn't able to give it as much I usually do, I still became centered. During that hour I focused my thoughts on the life of my Grandfather and the regrets I had about our relationship. How I did not make a good enough effort to stay in contact with him or how I never got to know him as well as I should have, I breathed these thoughts in while following the poses and as I exhaled I allowed these thoughts to flow out of me. By the time class ended I was at peace again. I no longer held on to the regret I previously contained, I now know that he is at peace, as he would want my mind to be. So this first blog I am dedicating to my Grandpa Fett and my wonderful yoga instructor </span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/cwo-staffmembers.aspx"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Linda</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial;">. If anyone is interested in joining us for a <a target="_blank" href="http://tripoweryoga.com/">Tri Power Yoga</a> class we hold it Monday at 8:15 a.m., Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., and Friday at 8:15 a.m. space is limited so please call ahead if you wish to join, and remember it is good for the guys too!<br /> <br /> Thanks again to </span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/cwo-staffmembers.aspx"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Linda </span></a><span style="font-family: Arial;">for all your guidance and thank you to Grandpa Fett for all the years of insight and inspiration, they were worth more than anything. As the yogis say, namaste.</span><br />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-serenity_through_drishti-22-54.htmlTrue StoriesFri, 26 Mar 2010 18:25:00 GMTLuke Stewart