Finding The Center: San Francisco Slackline

San Francisco Slackline

San Francisco Slackline

“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.” – Euripides

While studying photography and film in San Francisco, Surf and Abide staff photographer Christor Lukasiewicz was drawn to another practice of balance that did not take place in the ocean. This time it wasn’t the riding of waves that caught his attention, but the people gathered in local parks slacklining.

Our practices of balance, be it surfing, slacklining, or another discipline, reveal benefits that go beyond the practice itself. We walk away from our select practices with not only a skilled physical balance and artistry, but also with the potential tools and experiences to enhance our balance and peace throughout all areas of our life.

These things that may appear as frivolous wastes of time or simply play, are meditative practices engaging the participant in the moment. These activities engage us in a one pointed focus and later bestow upon us a better understanding of ourselves and the world we are part of.

It is in the moment we find our balance. It is in the moment we find our center. It is in the moment we find ourselves.

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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