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    True Belonging

    Here is an extract from a great read that I think many pioneering slackliners will resonate with. 

    “Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

    This definition has withstood the test of time as well as the emergence of new data, but it is incomplete. There’s much more to true belonging. Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone, totally alone. It’s not something we achieve or accomplish with others; it’s something we carry in our heart. Once we belong thoroughly to ourselves and believe thoroughly in ourselves, true belonging is ours.

    Belonging to ourselves means being called to stand alone — to brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability and criticism. And with the world feeling like a political and ideological combat zone, this is remarkably tough. We seem to have forgotten that even when we’re utterly alone, we’re connected to one another by something greater than group membership, politics and ideology — we’re connected by love and the human spirit. No matter how separated we are by what we think and believe, we are part of the same spiritual story.

    The special courage it takes to experience true belonging is not just about braving the wilderness, it’s about becoming the wilderness. It’s about breaking down the walls, abandoning our ideological bunkers and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt. We’re going to need to intentionally be with people who are different from us. We’re going to have to sign up, join and take a seat at the table. We’re going to have to learn how to listen, have hard conversations, look for joy, share pain and be more curious than defensive, all while seeking moments of togetherness.

    True belonging is not passive. It’s not the belonging that comes with just joining a group. It’s not fitting in or pretending or selling out because it’s safer. It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable and learn how to be present with people — without sacrificing who we are. We want true belonging, but it takes tremendous courage to knowingly walk into hard moments.

    You don’t wander into the wilderness unprepared. Standing alone in a hypercritical environment or standing together in the midst of difference requires one tool above all others: trust. To brave the wilderness and become the wilderness, we must learn how to trust ourselves and trust others.

    As I often say, I’m an experienced mapmaker, but I can be as much of a lost and stumbling traveler as anyone else. We all must find our own way through. This means that, while we may share the same research map, your path will be different from mine. Joseph Campbell wrote, “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”

    We’ll need to learn how to navigate the tension of many paradoxes along the way, including the importance of being with and being alone. In many ways, the etymology of the word “paradox” cuts right to the heart of what it means to break out of our ideological bunkers, stand on our own and brave the wilderness. In its Greek origins, paradox is the joining of two words, para (contrary to) and dokein (opinion). The Latin paradoxum means “seemingly absurd but really true.”

    True belonging is not something you negotiate externally, it’s what you carry in your heart. It’s finding the sacredness in being a part of something. When we reach this place, even momentarily, we belong everywhere and nowhere. That seems absurd, but it’s true. Carl Jung argued that a paradox is one of our most valued spiritual possessions and a great witness to the truth. It makes sense to me that we’re called to combat this spiritual crisis of disconnection with one of our most valued spiritual possessions. Bearing witness to the truth is rarely easy, especially when we’re alone in the wilderness.

    But as Maya Angelou tells us, “The price is high. The reward is great.”

    Brené Brown.

     

     

    Slacklining and/or  putting yourself into something that doesn't yet exist places you in such a beautifully vulnerable sweet spot.  The connections you make with others is life changing. Im so stoked to be apart of Slackline Australia. Here is another juicy piece from Brené Brown that is worth watching. 

     

     

     

     

    SA Pro Teams keep going Pro Bono

     

     

    Since 2007 Slackline Australia and its members have set up many social groups to help share the slacklining gifts of balance and awareness.  

    From the Gold Coast to India, to Mt Isa, to the Solomons to Europe to Brisbane to Sydney to the black stump, for kids, community groups, mental health groups, mens groups,
    womens groups, youth groups we've been sharing the love of slacklining for the pure joy of it.

    More than ever before we all need to take time to be in balance to breath, to connect with self to be supported and to support others. 

    We've seen slacklining help people with depression, other mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, attention deficit, confidence and trust issues from trauma, body issues and its really good for people with the 'on my devise all the time' dis-ease. 

    Keep an eye out in the Slacklining workshops for free or discounted lessons. If you have a group of individuals that would really benefit from some time on the line with a professional Slackline Australia coach let us know and we will do our best to make it happen for you. 

    Email learn@slackline.com.au

     

    Can you stick with it?

    I've seen so many people come and go from the slacklife and the slacklining community. Whether they are the newbie that tries a slackline in the park for 30 seconds and then gives up; a community leader that rules the group for a season and then disappears or a wanna be instructor that never gets to become registered.  

    Then I've seen the real slackliners who stick around- they have the focus and the will to stay open to challenges, relax during intensity and to dig deep and live in the space beyond mere existence within a comfort zone. They find new tricks and new challenges so that they can find their personal challenge point, stick through it and grow.   

    When it comes to positive brain plasticity neuroscientist will tell you this is the way to go; that how when we face challenges the brain changes, it grows - our whole being glows. 

    What challenges have you taken on lately?

    Have you seen Abraham Jesus Hernandez's new world record- I challenge you to simply watch this, to realise the dedication and inner stoke that is being built by this incredible human. 

    Whatever it is stick with it- Grow and Glow! 

     

    Tree Protection - a balanced step to staying Self Regulated.

    Tree Protection - a balanced step to staying Self Regulated.

    One thing that I really love about being part of the slacklining community is that we really are fortunate enough to be a self regulated community group that is passionate about slacklining.    I remember back in 2008 when we first caught the attention of local council officers, they didn't know what to make of 45 people slacklining in the local park.

    three worlds, matt, Australian Made slacklines(Back in 2008 we didn't know better to use tree wraps but it wasn't long before we realised and made it compulsory on our website to say that you were going to use tree wear when you bought a Slackline Australia slackline kit. Since then its become part of the culture and we rarely see people slacklining with out tree wear).

    When the local council offers first approached our group of 45 slackliners in the park, they had a bit of fear but the group had such a great vibe and was having so much fun that the officers joined in with us.  They loved it. Since then we've had so many local councils pay Slackline Australia instructors to come and share the wonders and benefits of slacklining in their paid community out reach programs.  

    There are only a few places in Australia where slacklining community groups haven't flowed so nicely with the local councils, we do our best to educate councils and general public of the benefits and help slacklining community groups know some of the practices that Slackline Australia Instructors and some of the top social media group admins use to keep things safer with minimal impact.  

    Its only by working together and sharing knowledge can we stay self regulated.  Slackline Australia gives away training courses to community leaders, teachers and sports coaches. 

    We also want you to share this article because below is some information about Tree Protection from our partners at ISA and we've given you the best priced tree wear for the best tree wear we can currently access. 

     

    Tree protection when slacklining

    The following has to be considered when slacklining with trees as anchors:

    • Tree diameter of at least 30 cm at anchor point, increase the diameter with higher tensions
    • Tree protection under the tree sling, in order to prevent the sling of abrading the bark and distributing the pressure amoung the uneven surface of the tree.
      -> Check out the tree protection consumer report
    • Treeslings which are at least 5 cm wide (Slings should be spread out behind the tree to increase surface area)

    We also recommend you proactively approach slackliners in your community about these issues – this helps the entire community! 

    Can I rig my slackline on this tree?

    More flyers can be downloaded here  

    Thanks to our Partner ISA.

    Stay Balanced! Stay Connected! 

     


     

     

    Slackline Australia's 10th Birthday!

    Slackline Australia's 10th Birthday!

    Happy Birthday to Slackline Australia!  

    Thank you to all the people who have shared their slacklining passion and made what slacklining is today!  Thank you to the office staff, team riders, Slackline Australia Instructors and members.

     

    Message from the current Director: Logan Hurford

    Are you doing what you love?

    On the 7th of May, Slackline Australia turned 10 years old.  Founded by the Gittoes Brothers Ryan and Dylan Slackline Australia has since grown into an amazing network of awesome people who are passionate about sharing what they love.    (Image below is of Ryan, Logan and Dylan in 2008). 

    I joined Slackline Australia in 2008 after they visited Broadbeach Surf School where I was working as a Surfing Coach for intermediate junior surfers. At the time when I was surf coaching I didn't think I could love anything more than surfing and sharing my passion. When Slackline Australia came and gave their series of workshops, I was blown away how switched on and in the moment the students were after their session . 

    Now I have to confess, I tried to teach myself to slackline.  Weeks and weeks of stepping up and falling off, stepping up and falling off. One session with Ryan from Slackline Australia and I was able to, for the first time in my life, really hold strong focus and relax my body.  I got the feeling you get after you've just ridden a tube and I was hooked! 

    Slacklining has really changed my life and has helped me become who I am today. 

    I have met the most amazing people since joining and have loved sharing slacklining with thousands and thousands of people over the years. 

    Sure, commercially, we've had to keep things basic in regards to the length and height in which we train people but the Slackline Australia principles have been time tested and have been taken to greater and greater lengths (and height- pun intended).

    For ten years we've evolved from making slacklines in the garage, to importing the worlds best reputable slacklining gear, selling quality gear assembled in Australia,  to training a professional network of Slackline Australia Instructors that are ready to share the thread of balance with you.  (Did you know there are over 45 Slackline Australia trained instructors across Australia?)

    This year has already been a big year!  We've given over 3500 people their first taste of the slacklining gifts of balance and awareness at the Australian Tennis Open, Music festivals, and gigs for various local councils and organisations. 

    In this last Slackline Australia Instructor Training course on the Gold Coast we had the most amazing group of people (as we always do).   I am so excited to introduce them to you, you'll love them too. 

    Slackline Australia would like to welcome

    Dan- Engineer / Entrepreneur -Slackline Australia trained Level 2 Instructor.

    Fabian- Physio Therapist-Slackline Australia trained Level 2 Instructor.

    Gary - High Performance Coach-Slackline Australia trained Level 2 Instructor.

    Emily- Occupational Therapist- Slackline Australia trained Level 2 Instructor. 

    Alysha- Marketing and Events Manager-Slackline Australia trained Level 2 Instructor.

    Read more about these awesome instructors as their profiles are uploaded. 

    Please get in touch with us if you would like to join the Slackline Australia Professional Network or sign up for our members email.