The International Church of slacklife
Apr 21, 2018

In the name of the Shackle, Web Lock, and Holy Span Set

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You can find my husband and I worshiping every Sunday here in Houston! In fact, Slacklining is how we met, got married, and how we spend a lot of our time together.

 

Almost 3 years ago, I attended Wanderlust 108 and stepped on a line for the very first time. There I met all of my current friends, my husband, and what I would soon find out, a life-long devotion. I was captivated by the slackline and stayed at the YogaSlackers station that entire day. I wasn’t supposed to be able to walk, day 1, but by the end of the session, I was walking, turning, and sit starting. I instantly felt a connection with the line and the sport and was hooked.

 

For the first time, in a very long time, I had found something that put me into flow. I have been dealing with severe anxiety and OCD my entire life. When I was in high school and college, I was a highly competitive gymnast. I was able to achieve a flow state almost daily. What I found was that when you’re in flow, your mind is quiet. You can’t be anxious when there is nothing to hear. You are fully present and expressing yourself and who you are in that moment and at that time. Flow profoundly helps me manage my mental health.

 

As an adult, without gymnastics, I was struggling to manage my mind. I could not find an activity that could put me in flow, like gymnastics could…until slacklining. Through the powerful mind-body connection I establish on the line, I began having creative, emotional, and psychological breakthroughs. Even MORE so then when I was a gymnast! (It has, always was, and always will be about Balance. In life, on the beam, in work and play, on the mat, and on the line.)

 

My breakthroughs and ability to manage my mental health is in part due to the community. My local Slackline Houston community is nothing short of family. The encouragement, stoke, sincerity, and kindness I feel from the larger slack community is unmatched, hands down. I look forward to any and all interactions with the slack community because I always leave feeling lighter and happy to be alive.

 

 

After first meeting at Wanderlust, Bevan and I quickly became best friends. We truly bonded over slacklining. We jammed every week, took many slack trips together, and grew closer and closer until we decided to elope last summer in the slackrament of holy matrimony. We chose to “tie the knot” in the park, with a slackline. I’m serious….we literally tied the knot with a slackline! (It’s a real ceremony and it’s called hand fasting). It is THAT important to us!! Slacklining is what brought us together, and now we are bound together in love and with Maverick (Slack FR).

BLESS.

Apr 24, 2018

Hell yeah! Maybe you can renew your vows under the Church someday ;) Do you and your husband highline as well?

Apr 24, 2018

Hell yeah! We totally would. :)

We have highlined 3 times ever. Unfortunately, Houston is practically below sea level and also as flat as a pancake. :) We want to travel more and create more opportunities for ourselves to highline because we are hooked!

May 25, 2018

@Tarah Well if you're ever in the middle of California or Yosemite area, let us know! We'd love to meet you both and maybe all go highlining together sometime! Ryan and I would be psyched to meet more slack couples :D

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  • I first slacked 5 or 6 years ago and thought it was really neat but never got into it, later I got into climbing and last summer I started using a 2inch classic line to train for my climbing. This summer a friend and I started slacking more and more eventually we hooked our 2 50 ft gibbon classic lines together to make a 100 ft line. that is where I discovered flow. Ever since i haven’t been able to stop now I have a 90m setup and THE STOKE IS SO FUCKING HIGH!!
  • I remember vividly the very first time I walked on a slackline in my back yard 5 years ago. It was the beginning of the most wonderfully fulfilling activity I have ever taken part in. Every step was a fight at first. I was pretty terrible for a long time until eventually the hours of practice finally started coming together after I bought a 100m 1 inch aero line. Before long I had outgrown it and now have progressed to a 240m Mantra mk4 line. The longer it gets I thought, the more intense it would feel and the more time I could get in the flow state. And it was more intense. Then when I began highlining the feeling of sending and floating only became more surreal than in the parks and meadows. There is really nothing more meaningful in the world to me beside my girlfriend than slacklining. There is something about being suspended above ground in such a delicate balance between floating and whipping harshly that gets me so gripped in an oddly subtle way. It's almost as if the heavens have been extended down to you, and there is nothing better in the entire world than that exact moment. The flow is when I feel the most alive. The most focused, in an intrinsic meditative sort of dance with the forces that be. It wakes me up inside. I feel my spirit being entertained and nourished. Like a little kid who plays his heart out, I am filled with joy after walking a line of any length, height, or tension. There are no words to make someone feel this way through explanation. You have to experience the flow to know what it means to be enlightened by the passion that exists within you. I believe that when you cultivate a moment where you send a 100m line after spending so many hours practicing, the satisfaction of that accomplishment is what really makes me so excited about slacklining. There's nothing like the reward of learning a new trick, setting a new PR or just getting out and letting yourself relax and get to know a new type of line length and tension. Getting in the flow is something I noticed is present during any of these progressive moments. Just being totally in the present, 110% focus/effort and not letting your preconceived limitations of mind or body or spirit, as Kim Weglin would say, get the upper hand on you. The flow is the way to break boundaries and kick some motherfucking ass. It is also the way I enlighten myself and feel zen. The flow gives me strength, clarity, peace, and happiness. As well as a myriad of other emotions. While some Buddhist monk out there spends eternity attempting to reach nirvana. I feel like jumping on a slackline may just be just as sublime of an experience. PS I would like to give a shout out to Kim for putting International Church of Slacklife into fruition. Thank you so much for this, it is so huge to have a way to share and see others share their testimonies on slacking. You're super rad and a great leader of the community of slackers we have!