Goodbye 2021 and hello 2022.
A new year, no matter how arbitrary in its history, should be a celebration of hope and possiblity. A new year gives us motivation to do new things or to do the things we have been doing better. I am every bit as vulnerable to the sentiments that it stirs in our cultures.
A year of adventure and learning awaits.
This coming year I have decided to take on really applying the principles that tenkara teaches to my life in a way that I have never done. It is my hope that I can share this journey with others interested in seeing tenkara as a personal practice. Tenkara offers us a great model for living, thinking and being. To be clear, I am not writing anything as an expert. I am by no means as enlightened as I would like to be… but rather I write this blog as a fellow traveler on the journey. I want to welcome discussion and hear other’s perspective along the way. My posts for this new year will be heavily influenced by the art, culture and teaching of tenkara as well as the practice of meditation and mindfulness. We will explore tenkara as a meditation and see how the practice applies to and inspires our daily lives too.
We need to get lost a little.
I learned in my 20’s with the help of a friend, that sometimes the best way to learn and experience things when you travel is to get lost a little. I am not talking about getting lost in a reckless way, but in a way that is safe and still challenges us. You must give yourself permission to get lost because this gives you the freedom to explore, see and learn about your world and how you fit in it. “Getting lost” is both literal and figurative. It is about taking a different path or going beyond where you usually go. The whole purpose of getting lost is really to slow down to the speed of life. We stop taking our lives for granted. These experiences make us stronger
My goal is to do at least one post a month.
Goals are always a good thing and while I hope to do at least one post a month I will try to add even more to my blog this year with interesting content including food and fly recipes, book reviews, and I will look at doing some interviews along the way too. Whatever comes up in my experiences, I hope that we can all learn together about ourselves, about living a good life and about challenging ourselves to go beyond our perceived limitations and about finding a healthy and connected way of living.
I wish you a happy and healthy new year!
Dennis Vander Houwen lives in Colorado with his patient and supportive wife, talented artist son, a smart older dog, a new river puppy, and a very lucky cat.