These 3 things happen EVERY time a Universal Sphere® is created

This video was shot LIVE on the Scott Inside Out Facebook page on December 14, 2018.

A lot is happening energetically every time a Universal Sphere is created.

Watch the video to find out what 3 things happen 🙂

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5 years ago today

This video was shot live on the Scott Inside Out Facebook page on December 14, 2018.

On December 14, 2013 I woke up in a “normal” bed.

What do I mean? Watch the video to find out!

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My top ten 2018 highlights and two lowlights

Aunt Liz & Uncle Ken’s 60th wedding anniversary

Aunt Liz, Uncle Ken and I at their 60th wedding anniversary celebration

In February my Aunt Liz and Uncle Ken celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Calgary. 60 years! Liz is my Mom’s sister. I was nervous about attending as I hadn’t seen some of that side of the family in a very long time. As soon as I walked in the door my Aunt Liz and cousin-in-law Kathy came and each gave me a big hug! I instantly felt welcomed and truly enjoyed the celebration.

Double floatation therapy session

VERY relaxed after a double float session

During this year I did a number of “float” sessions. It’s an extremely relaxing and therapeutic modality with a ton of overall health benefits. In early May I had two back-to-back 90 minute float sessions. This was a surreal and incredible experience. I was good up until about the 2hr30min mark…then I had to stumble out as quick as I could and use the washroom!

Biking Moraine Lake Road and scrambling Tower of Babel

Still lots of ice on Moraine Lake on May 20!

Overlooking Moraine Lake from Tower of Babel

I found out that road crews clear the Moraine Lake Road on the Saturday of the May long weekend. For the two days afterwards the snow-free road is blocked for vehicles. After work on Sunday May 20 I loaded my bike in my car and headed to Moraine Lake. After biking the road to the lake, I scrambled up Tower of Babel and didn’t see any footprints. It was so magical being up there in total silence with nobody around 🙂

My birthday week

Beautiful birthday lunch spot

Birthday supper with friends at Maclab Bistro in Banff

For the past few years I’ve planned out my birthday week. During that week I do something daily to celebrate me, either with family/friends or on my own. On my actual 45th birthday this year I enjoyed a hike with a good friend, time at a beautiful spa in Banff, and supper with friends at the Banff Centre. Click here if you’d like to read more about the rest of my birthday week

Lowlight – back injury in July of 2018
I’m truly fortunate and grateful to live pain-free and haven’t had any back issues since I was in my early twenties. At the end of June I moved within Banff. And during the move I decided to lift a box with my back instead of my legs…not smart! After doing my best to fix it on my own for a few weeks, I went and saw an excellent chiropractor in town who blends chiro with a bunch of other modalities. Sessions with him made a massive difference which I am truly grateful for! All in all it was about a month before my back was “back” to 100%. I often do the back exercises that the chiro taught me…without this experience I would have never learned them.

Glacier National Park USA trip with friend Alanna

Dawson/Pitamakan hike

Siyeh Pass hike

This was my first experience at Glacier National Park in Montana, even though it’s the closest US national park to here. We did some incredible hikes in sunny and warm weather with very strong winds at times. The camping was challenging for me with so many mosquitoes! I made some videos from this trip which can be found in this playlist and are all titled “Glacier National Park USA”.

Teaching five Universal Sphere® classes
I taught four of these classes in Calgary and one in Red Deer. Each time I teach this “next-generation” energy tool I gain a deeper level of understanding and truly love it! I use this tool multiple times daily and have experienced a multitude of benefits from doing so. It is my #1 go to which improves my mood when I’m feeling down. If you’re curious and would like to find out more about it click here.

3 events that I organized

Friends Saki, Tyler and I during 6 Peaks Lake Louise

Me after hiking Tunnel Mountain for the 30th consecutive day

Friends Andrea, Jean-Francois and I during You Are Not Alone

I truly enjoyed, loved and am grateful for each of these events and experiences. “6 Peaks Lake Louise” was the fourth annual bipolar disorder awareness and fundraising hike that friends and I did on Sep 12. It was an epic day! We raised $1920 which was split 50/50 between the International Bipolar Foundation and underfunded, deserving athletes at Banff Community High School. Click here to watch live videos that were shot that day (they are all titled 2018 – 6 Peaks Lake Louise). For the second year in a row I did “Gratitude on Tunnel”. During the month of November I hiked Tunnel Mountain here in Banff daily with friends or on my own. I also posted daily on Facebook about something that I’m grateful for. This year I managed to hike it successfully each day! Last year I was sick and missed three days… I’ve combined the “Gratitude on Tunnel” posts into blog post recaps which you can read here, here and here. On Dec 22 I organized “You Are Not Alone”, my first depression awareness event. This was an open-house style event at the Canmore Nordic Centre. I’m so grateful for both the honest sharing in person and on video for the friends of mine who attended. I’m also very grateful to have had media attention both locally and provincially for “6 Peaks Lake Louise” and “You Are Not Alone”.

Lowlight-cancelling Universal Sphere classes
There were various classes that I had intended to teach in Banff, Calgary, Canmore and Vancouver. Unfortunately I had to cancel these classes due to having nobody sign up. Very disappointing and so many lessons. One of the biggest being to spread the word in various ways both earlier and more often. Onward and upward!

Trip to Vancouver/Squamish

Brand new rooftop patio at the Vancouver downtown library

Relaxing after hiking up the Chief above Squamish

This was such a wonderful week with sunny warm weather the whole time! I stayed with my good friend Klaus and his family in Burnaby for 2/3 of the time. I’m grateful to have caught up with different friends in the Vancouver area as well as meeting two “virtual” friends for the first time in person. During my time in Squamish I hiked up the Chief for the first time and took it easy on my own.

Celebrating various milestones
Mar 31: 6 years alcohol-free
Aug 31: 8 years psychiatric medication-free
Dec 1: 9 months being vegetarian

Using and creating the “Lift Me Up Toolkit”

This summer I had an idea to create an easy-to-use, inspiring, and not overwhelming resource to help me feel better when I’m feeling down. A “toolkit” of various resources that I’ve used in the past to lift my mood. I am grateful and fortunate to not have major depression anymore. That being said I do have bad days and/or feel mildly depressed from time to time, as do many people. During the summer and fall I used this toolkit many times personally, especially during the two “lowlights” mentioned above. This first version was completed in December and I anticipate having the second version come out in 2019. If this resonates with you, click here to receive your copy of the Lift Me Up Toolkit!

Thank you
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post I greatly appreciate it! I’m truly grateful to have had these and other highlights during 2018, and that I increasingly choose to embrace my lowlights. Setting the intention that 2019 will be my best year yet filled with vibrant health, an abundance of love, incredible relationships, travel adventures and financial prosperity. Holding these same intentions for you as well 🙂

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Days 21-30 Recap for GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

These posts were posted daily on the Scott Inside Out Facebook page.

Day 30 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to have completed hiking up Tunnel for 30 consecutive days!

The past few days I’ve had a bit of a sinus cold and sore throat which are both getting better now. Last November I was sick for three days so I did not hike Tunnel each day during Gratitude on Tunnel…

I’ve really enjoyed this experience and am grateful to various people who have joined me hiking. Different people have liked and/or commented on these daily posts, messaged me, and/or said something to me in person about Gratitude on Tunnel.

All of your support has been greatly appreciated!

Today I hiked with my buddy Joe. We had lots of laughs and good conversation on the trail, and also bumped into Megan which was a nice surprise.

Joe got this photo of me at the top attempting to strike a Rocky pose. I even did my best to yell “Adrian” a couple of times. With a sore throat it wasn’t very loud!

BTW I’m listening to the Rocky theme song as I’m typing this 

 

Day 29 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful that I love being outside.

Ever since I was kid I’ve been that way.

My Mom used to yell at me to come INSIDE 

That being said, when it’s -20C or colder, you won’t find me outside for very long!

I am also grateful to have bumped into Tess on my way up Tunnel today, and to have shared a hug with her. She’s headed back to Australia on Saturday after many years living in Banff.

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 28 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for dogs.

Dogs add so much unconditional love and joy to our world.

Before the age of 8, I was PETRIFIED of dogs!

Then my parents got my brother a dog for his birthday. Moonshine was a cockapoo that was a lot of fun and seemingly always getting into trouble. When Moonshine died he was nearly 16 years old.

Today I was fortunate to have friends Masaki and Ed join me on hiking Tunnel. It was awesome hiking with them. Also joining us was Leigh-Anne and Frank’s dog Sugar. Or “Sugie” as some call her.

We had a blast on the hike!

 

Day 27 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful that I am far less judgemental than I used to be.

Nowadays it happens less and less that I am judgemental of others.

When it does occur, I am increasingly mindful of it happening and do my best to quickly change my thinking.

I remind myself that they are doing the best they can in their present situation.

That we all are doing so 

Thank you Saki for joining me on hiking up Tunnel today.
It’s always great being active in the great outdoors with ya!

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 26 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for Cascade Mountain.

I love how majestic it looks when you look at it from the town of Banff.

I love how it looks like you’re going to drive into it when coming here from the east.

I also love the view from the top of it! I’ve been fortunate to have been at the top three times.

The first time I was on a hike with co-workers led by my friend Masaki. On that day I enjoyed my lunch while sitting on a chair at the summit that I had carried up for a Corona contest photo!

The second time was during 4 Peaks Banff, the first bipolar disorder awareness and fundraising hike that friends Saki, TylerLoucas and I did in 2015. After summiting Cascade we then hiked Rundle, Sulphur and Tunnel on the same day.

The third time was in early September of this year. My friend Thomas proposed to his now-fiancee Sarah at the top and she said yes! I felt really honoured and humbled to have been the photo guy and to have witnessed that magical moment 

At the top of Tunnel today there were a bunch of flower petals scattered around…was there a proposal up there earlier in the day?

 

Day 25 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful for people who have done energy work to assist in my healing.

If you think that energy work is crap and/or phoney, I HEAR YOU. I thought exactly the same until May of 2009…

At that time I was working downtown in corporate world Calgary. On a lunch break I sat beside an aboriginal man. After watching two guys attempting to fight and making it look more like dancing, we both joked about it and got into a conversation. He asked me if I thought I was open-minded. I said yes.

He then told me about dreams I’ve had. I had NEVER told anybody those dreams.

Over the course of the next year I had a number of powerful energy sessions with this man and became friends. His name is Leonard and he is a gifted native healer. He helped me fully move the grief cycle with my Dad’s death, which I hadn’t done even though my Dad died when I was 12. Leonard also helped my Dad fully transition to the other side.

The next person who I’m grateful to have had incredible healing sessions with is my friend Pete. I’m fortunate to have had near monthly sessions with him over the course of nine years. Blending his incredible intuitive gifts with massage and at times Reiki, Pete helped me in healing many things in my life. The biggest being that of learning to love myself.

My friend Paul gave me a Universal Sphere® experience two years ago one evening by distance. That sleep was one of the most peaceful and deep sleeps that I’ve had. I was in a state of bliss for a few days afterwards. A week later I learned how to do spheres for myself and now do many of them on a daily basis for myself and others.

Today in Calgary I had three Kairos Therapy sessions with Joy. She helped me to release some blocked emotions from past traumatic events. While she was working on my heart it felt like there was a weight on there. When she was focusing on my root chakra my hips felt like they were vibrating. Joy told me that I have the “easiest neck” that she’s ever worked on during a client session. I have an awesome neck!

Leonard, Pete, Paul, and Joy have all helped me heal in different ways and I am truly grateful for each of them.

If you’re interested, I’ve done blog posts with summaries of GoTY2 Days 1-10 and 11-20:

BTW I saw this festive Christmas display on the way home after hiking Tunnel tonight.

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 24 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for cloud inversions.

Today while hiking up Tunnel I was grateful and fortunate to have a slight cloud inversion!

It is SO amazing to me to be looking eye-level at clouds, and/or looking down at them.

Growing up in Manitoba I was always looking up at clouds.

When I lived in Whistler for a few winters, there were many times in which it would be cloudy at the village level. After taking a lift or two up while downhill skiing sometimes I’d be above the clouds.

Since living in the Canmore/Banff area since 2010 I’ve had many times in which I’ve seen cloud inversions and am truly grateful for being able to see that 

 

Day 23 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful for knowing how to read.

My parents were both lifelong educators and taught me how to read at a young age.

Ever since that time I have always enjoyed reading.

Nowadays I mostly read books to do with mindset, self improvement or spiritual education. Sometimes I read biographies which I really love!

The most recent book that I read which I am now reviewing and making notes on is “Self Compassion”.

Thank you Ashlee for joining me on hiking Tunnel today – it was great to catch up!

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 22 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to longer live in fear of getting cancer.

My Dad died of colon cancer when I was 12, and my Mom was a breast cancer survivor when I was in my teens. She had a mastectomy.

During most of my 20’s and early 30’s, virtually any medical professional that I ever saw reminded me that I was at a high risk for cancer.

I lived in near constant fear that I would get cancer.

During my 30’s I started doing different things to lessen my risk of getting cancer. These included dietary changes, lessening my toxic burden, doing various things to release toxins in my body, and letting go of resentments.

Three years ago when I turned 42 it hit me hard that I had outlived my Dad.

That birthday had a wide variety of emotions for me. The biggest being how fortunate I am to be alive and cancer-free.

Overall I eat healthy, process my emotions better and better, let go of resentments, do my best to limit the amount of toxins that I’m exposed to, and exercise consistently.

I don’t see cancer in my future 

 

Day 21 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have gone skating on Two Jack Lake with my buddy Masaki today.

It was like skating on glass and was a little thin in places!

I hiked Tunnel for sunrise today.

What are you grateful for?

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You Are Not Alone – Free Depression Awareness Event

Is the holiday season a tough time of year for you?

Do you feel anxious as soon as the calendar flips to December?

The holiday season can be a VERY difficult time for many people. If you are one of those people read on…

Suicides and relationship breakups tend to be at their highest during the holiday season.

Many people suffer in silence with depression and it is often amplified at this time of year.

The intention of this event is to have you get out of your house and interact with people who have experienced depression.

Anyone who has been affected by depression is welcome to come.

Did I mention that “You Are Not Alone” is free?!

Come join for 10 min, part of the day, or all day 🙂

You will most likely meet some amazing people…and you might even have FUN!

There will be different activities taking place inside the daylodge and outside. You are welcome to join in as little or as many activities as you’d like!

Activities planned at “You Are Not Alone” include:
– talking with people who know what you’re going through
– playing card and/or board games inside
– going for a skate
– snowshoeing
– cross country skiing (pay on your own)
– watching and/or being part of live Facebook videos which will share tools, resources, and stories of others who have battled depression
– optional supper at a Canmore restaurant (pay on your own)
– any other ideas? I am open 🙂

My name is Scott Walker. During my 18 year bipolar disorder journey I’ve had major depression a handful of times. This has included suicidal thoughts and me barely being able to get out of bed at times, neglecting showering, being totally inactive, and living in a pigsty.

Now I am fortunate to be consistently mentally stable, healthy and happy. That being said, I still find the holiday season tough at times. I personally will benefit from this event!

At “You Are Not Alone” I will be doing multiple Facebook live videos sharing about depression – experiences of myself and others, tools that help me now, tools that have helped me in the past and resources available.

Thank you Defending Awesome Shirts for this wonderful logo.

If you are still reading this…I highly suggest you click “join” this event and mark it in your calendar right now!

Consider bringing any/all of these to this event:
– an openness to connect with strangers
– something goofy/fun to wear!
– food to share
– card and/or board games that you enjoy
– skates, snowshoes and/or cross-country skis
– money to join us for dinner at a Canmore restaurant after the event (not included)

I’d love to see you there 🙂

Let me know that you’re coming by hitting reply on this post, sending an email to support@scottinsideout.com, or confirming via the Facebook event.

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Days 11-20 Recap for GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

These posts were posted daily on the Scott Inside Out Facebook page.

Day 20 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful that I have no physical pain.

In my early 20’s I had lower back issues which gave me a numbing sort of pain when I sat down for over an hour.

Last summer I attempted to lift a box with my back while moving…smart! It took me about a month to get my back 100% again.

I had weak ankles for years from playing volleyball…twisted each of them multiple times both ways.

Fortunately my ankles have gotten much stronger, most likely from hiking on undulating terrain. I haven’t rolled an ankle in a very long time 

 

Day 19 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful that I have learned so much being a teacher, coach and mentor.

I’ve been doing so since and including high school, when I taught and coached downhill skiing in Manitoba starting in Grade 11.

Some of the many things that I have learned include:
– becoming more confident in myself
– asking for feedback for how to be a better teacher
– becoming more adapt at sensing when people require help without them saying anything
– getting increasingly better at sensing when someone
needs a reminder or vocal encouragement
– reading people’s body language
– using non-verbal cues effectively
– projecting my voice when required despite not having a booming voice
– and countless others!

Despite being in the role of teacher, coach or mentor, I’ve found that I often learn as much or more than the people I am working with 

In this picture you can see ski runs from Mt Norquay.

I taught downhill skiing there on a part-time basis for a total of 6 winters, including two when I still had a corporate job in Calgary.

Since I was 17 I’ve taught and coached many sports and courses including: volleyball, table tennis, 3 different Special Olympics sports (downhill skiing, soccer, swimming), CPR, various financial courses with different companies, ESL in Japan, ESL tutoring in Canada, and training new servers in restaurants.

I was also a junior high teacher for a short period of time after graduating from university and found it WAY too stressful!

At the present time I teach Universal Sphere® workshops and mentor people diagnosed with bipolar disorder in getting their lives back on track.

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 18 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful that I normally get to sleep quickly and that I am a deep sleeper.

I’m meeting more and more people in person or online who have sleep difficulties.

There are many people out there who either take a long time to get to sleep, or wake up earlier than they’d like because of various reasons.

Sleep is where our bodies restore and regenerate and is so vital to our health.

In bipolar disorder online groups that I’m part of, some people take medications for sleep. One person stated that she takes FIVE meds just for sleep!?

While hiking down Tunnel Mountain on my own today, I got chatting with a woman from North Carolina.

She told me that she took a wrong turn at the top and ended up going down a steep trail for a little bit before she got back onto the main trail.

I told her that trail leads to the Banff ghetto.

She asked me “does Banff have a ghetto?”.

I had a laugh and said there is no Banff ghetto 

 

Day 17 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful for incredible technology that we are fortunate to have.

Being able to have a video call nearly anywhere in the world.

Bringing up almost any song ever recorded on YouTube.

Having millions of pages of documents able to be stored on a memory card no bigger than a coin.

Trains that go over 400 km/hr.

Planes that can fly over half way around the world without refuelling.

Cars that drive hundreds of kilometers without gasoline.

Houses that are self-sufficient off the grid.

And the list goes on…

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 16 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful to have seen a fantastic sunrise this morning while hiking on Tunnel Mountain with my friend Saki.

I’ve been very fortunate to have witnessed some incredible sunrises from various mountains.

My most memorable was from the top of Mt Fuji after doing a pre-dawn hike to the summit.

As soon as the sun peaked out above the horizon, everybody started singing the Japanese national anthem.

That day there was a layer of clouds covering the landscape below, and another upper layer of clouds.

A picture from that experience is in the comments below.

That picture as well as today’s simply do not do it justice.

The true spectacle of each and many more live fully only in my mind 

 

Day 15 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to slowly be getting more comfortable and confident while shooting videos 👍

What are you grateful for?

Day 14 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for having an energy session with a shaman today.

I was super nervous!

Why?

Because I was the one giving the energy session.

This shaman is very open-minded and curious. She will be attending my Universal Sphere® workshop on Sunday Dec 2 in Calgary…it’s a “next-generation” energy tool that use on a daily basis since learning it in Sep of 2016. I’ve been teaching it for a little over a year at in-person workshops.

I truly look forward to meeting her in December.

Thank you to my buddy Joe for joining me in hiking up Tunnel in the early evening tonight! He shone his headlamp on the tree in the picture which I thought was an interesting effect. That’s the moon in the upper left 

 

Day 13 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful that I know how to skate.

Today my buddy Saki and I went skating at Johnson Lake just outside of Banff.

It’s such a cool feeing to glide along the ice. And to see various things through the clear ice. Today we saw methane bubbles in the ice, a vertical frozen leaf, nets from a fish research study, incredible natural geometric formations on the ice, and weeds which look so different frozen in ice.

Growing up my parents had my in hockey skills for a few years, and lower level organized hockey (house league) for six years. Throughout those years they often put me in power skating classes.

Even though I never played a high level of hockey, I was often able to keep up with more highly-skilled buddies when playing hockey for fun. This was simply because I took power skating for years and have good skating technique fundamentals.

I was fortunate that while growing up, one of our neighbours often made an outdoor rink. From what I recall it had small boards and even a few lights! It was so great to go out there and play with them.

A few times my Dad got ambitious and cleared a skating rink for us on the Red River. Our house was just across the street from the river.

I remember one time he took the snowblower down to the river to make a rink. He BARELY got the snowblower back up!! It’s a fairly steep slope about 30 feet high from the river back to the road. Add fresh unpacked snow to that… I remember skating on the ice looking up at him struggling and swearing away lol.

Last year I played outdoor hockey a handful of times in Banff. I’m looking forward to doing so again this winter!

After skating at Johnson Lake today I did a quick hike up Tunnel. The trail is almost snow-free from the milder weather we’ve had the past number of days.

What are you grateful for?

 

Day 12 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

As you may already know, during November I am hiking Tunnel Mountain above Banff daily and posting about something that I’m grateful for.

I am grateful to have attended a fantastic marketing workshop yesterday in Calgary facilitated by Tad Hargrave.

I learned so much and most importantly will be implementing many changes in my business.

Those changes include:

– being more bold and proud of the fact that I am medication free despite a bipolar disorder type 1 diagnosis (celebrated my 8 year med-free anniversary on Aug 31  )

– encouraging others more overtly that what I’ve done is possible for anyone willing to fully commit to change and do the steps required

– being crystal clear in filtering which bipolar disorder clients I work with

– stating the above on my website in a new “about you” section

– giving people more easy to use, actionable and practical tools to be consistently mentally stable

– reaching out to hubs and connectors more often

– focusing my Universal Sphere® workshop marketing on how my mental health has improved because of learning and consistently using it

I did a quick hike up Tunnel today, that’s why my face is all shiny…sweat detoxifies 

 

Day 11 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful and truly fortunate to live in Canada.

As Canadians we live in a fantastic country filled with a kaleidoscope of people from different cultures and languages, incredible natural beauty, a large percentage of the world’s fresh water, a government elected by the people, universal health care, tasty poutine, and kind people who say sorry all the time!

With today being Remembrance Day here, it was a big reminder for me of how fortunate I am to live in Canada.

My friend Dahlia did a wonderful radio interview with a truly inspiring 95 year old Canadian war veteran. To listen to it click here: http://www.iheartradio.ca/…/listen-now-a-world-war-73-years…

Today I was at a course during the day in Calgary, so I did an evening hike up Tunnel.

Click here to read a recap of the first 10 days of Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2 (GoTY2)

What are you grateful for?

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Days 1-10 Recap for GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

These posts were posted daily on the Scott Inside Out Facebook page.

Day 10 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to live in an area with an abundance of wildlife.

After hiking up Tunnel this morning I saw these deer in town.

Day 9 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful for being an open-minded and curious person.

I was not always this way.

Up until and including my early 20’s I was pretty close-minded.

If I wasn’t open-minded and curious I would…
– still be on daily psychiatric medication
– be working in the corporate world in a job that I didn’t enjoy
– not be living in my dream location
– not be able to be as present as I am with people
– not have learned how to turn my mind off
– not have learned how to shift my mindset quickly
– still have predominantly negative thoughts running
– not have as large a network as I do
– not have embraced my spirituality
– not have learned and be teaching an energy tool
– and many other things!

What are you grateful for?

Day 8 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

FYI – if you live in Banff/Canmore and are able/interested in joining me hiking up Tunnel tomorrow morning, I’ll be starting at 8am from the St Julien Rd parking lot trailhead. The trail is a little slippery in places.

I am grateful to have easy access to clean drinking water.

Many people in the world do not have access to this, or if they do it can sometimes take a lot of effort to get it.

BTW the “red chairs” are a Parks Canada initiative that they started a few years ago. They have placed them in beautiful spots in many areas around the park.

Day 7 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have a wide cross-section and variety of friends.

Some of my friends are much younger than me, some are around my age and some are much older.

Some of my friends have radically different religious beliefs than me, or simply do not have religious beliefs.

Some of my friends live on different continents.

Some of my friends have barely any money, some are multi-millionaires, and most are somewhere in between.

Some of my friends do physical activities which push them well beyond their comfort zone, and some barely leave their couch.

Some of my friends get drunk fairly often, others have a glass of wine or beer most days, some enjoy the odd drink, and some are non-drinkers like myself.

Some of my friends are very knowledgeable and active in the pro-cannabis community, some are business owners in the cannabis industry, some are frequent users, some once in a while, and some never touch cannabis.

Some of my friends speak multiple languages and have lived in many countries, while some speak one language and live in the same area as where they were born.

Some of my friends have jobs in the corporate world, some work in the hospitality industry, some have their own businesses, and others don’t work at all.

The golden thread between all of them is that I am fortunate to be friends with them.

And for that I am grateful.

Thank you Sam and MJ (Mary-Joy) for joining me on a beautiful sunny day going up Tunnel today. It was fun 🙂

What are you grateful for?

Day 6 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful to have attended two inspiring events on Sunday.

It was the last day of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. I was there with my brother and friends.

The first event that I went to was a talk about the 1982 Canadian Mt Everest expedition. Three of the climbers from that expedition were in attendance presenting various aspects of their adventure. I found it really interesting hearing about their successes and tragedies, how it was the first live TV broadcast from Everest, and how it took 3 years of planning.

The second event that I went to was the “best of” films. The most inspiring film that I saw was called “The Weight of Water” and highlighted a team’s kayaking trip through the multiple rapids in the Grand Canyon. The team included two blind members who each paddled their kayak on their own with assistance from a guide either in front or behind each of them. Another incredibly inspiring film highlighted a mother and daughter team who did a 6 month backcountry trip in the winter from Vancouver along the high alpine to Skagway, Alaska. 6 months backcountry in the winter!

On today’s Tunnel hike it really felt like winter. What a difference 24 hours makes…

Day 5 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have a good relationship with my brother Duane.

Yesterday my brother came to Banff. We had supper at a restaurant while catching up and talking about a wide variety of things. After that we went up to the Banff Centre checking out various art displays before going to the “best of” films for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Like some sibling relationships we have definitely had our share of ups and downs. One of the most straining times was after our Mom passed away. We were co-executors of her will. At that time I was a controlling person (fortunately I am much less so now). My brother smartly did not resist and let me do everything.

Some of the most challenging times in our relationship for him have been when I was in the psychiatric hospital because of a manic episode. I’ve been in there four times. EACH time he was there for me, and he always has! Just typing this brings a tear to me eyes. He came into the psych ward and supported me. For those of you who have been through health challenges you know how much this means! Especially in a psych ward, where there is a lot of weird things happening…

I’ve heard many stories about family members who have essentially been shunned as a direct result of them doing and saying weird things when in manic episodes.

Some that I have heard of and know have no relationship with any family any more.

Today my buddy Masaki joined me (in shorts) hiking up Tunnel.

What are you grateful for?

Day 4 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to have made a new friend today.

Our mutual friend Klaus told each of us about the other, and we both figured it would be a good idea to meet.

This morning we met for a tea in Canmore and I really enjoyed meeting her! For me the time blew by.

I am also grateful that I didn’t get a speeding ticket on my drive to Canmore this morning. A photo radar vehicle was just getting set up 🙂

Day 3 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have 20/20 vision.

Prior to 2007 I wore glasses for distance. That year I had laser eye surgery done. It was one of the best investments of my money.

My eyes do not naturally produce enough moisture which made wearing contacts a pain in the butt. This is mainly because of side effects from a drug called Accutane that I took for a short period of time in my early 20’s when I had really bad acne.

What are you grateful for?

Day 2 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to live in Banff.

This morning my friend Joe joined me in hiking up Tunnel in the light rain. It was great to catch up with him!

I’ve been very fortunate to have lived in different parts of western Canada including Whitehorse, Selkirk, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Whistler and Calgary. I also lived in Japan for two years.

For me Banff is a natural playground, is very walkable, has a strong community, has world-class facilities in a variety of areas, is surrounded by mountains, has an abundance of beautiful areas, and many incredible restaurants.

People from around the world come here for vacation and I live here. I’ve made many big life changes to be able to live in Banff, and am so grateful that I do 🙂

Day 1 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

Today I am grateful for being healthy.

This is the 2nd year in a row that I will be hiking up Tunnel Mountain daily in November, and posting each day about something different that I’m grateful for.

While hiking up Tunnel earlier this evening, I was thinking about how my Dad wasn’t able to hike at my age. Why? Because he didn’t see 45. He died of colon cancer at 42.

I found a loonie ($1 coin) on the street today. November bring on the financial abundance!

BTW the cluster of lights in the center of the photo is the Fairmont Banff hotel (aka Banff Springs Hotel).

What are you grateful for?

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