The International Church of slacklife
Apr 17, 2018

My Story

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in July 2017 me and some friends were climbing at Pilot Mountain, NC. The sun was baking us all so we decided to call it a day. My friend had a 2 inch gibbon, so we set up a line by the Yadkin river and hung out there for the rest of the day. i was able to get maybe 5 steps in. The next day I bought myself a 2 inch off amazon. I slacked everyday for 2 weeks while my wife went to the gym. In no time I grew bored of the 2 inch. Thats when a friend would set up a piece if tubular for a rodeo line. i continued to get worked but was determined to find my balance.

 

Later on I picked up a piece of used mantra off slackchat and starting setting up longer lines using a primitive system. Me and a climbing buddy started piecing together gear for highlining. Now we have established a hanfull of highlines and i got to send and name my first highline on April 6 2018. Its so crazy to think that in less than a year i went from not knowing jack shit about slacklining to sending a highline.

 

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type 1 disbetes most off my life and have strugggled with eating right and staying active. While my wife was at the gym, I would slack. Slackining pushed me to get in shape when i realized that i would need to be strong to highline. Soon i found myself slacking less and going to the gym everyday. I figured since i was working out more and slacking less that i would have the strength to slack more, but feared my balance woud degrade since i was only slacking maybe twice a month when the weather got colder. I am always suprised at how well i reatain my balance after not slacking for some time. I went from taking over 120 unit of insulin a day to now taking under 30. I went from 230 pounds to 183.

 

If all slacklining ever done was push me to live a healthier lifesyle than its %100 worth every bit of my time!

 

 

Apr 18, 2018

Excellent! Slackline should be embraced as a wellness option.

Apr 18, 2018

Wow, this is awesome to hear that it motivated you to become better. And good job establishing and sending new lines!

Apr 18, 2018

Wow!!! THAT IS INCREDIBLE!! Slacklining did something similar for me. Once I finally had something I truly cared about...something that I fully owned with my heart and body...it was a no brainer to start living a healthier life to accomplish all the new goals I had for myself. I now wonder how I ever struggled prioritizing my health in the first place. Thank you slacklife!!

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  • 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!