Trusting in the Universe, Relationship Attachment Styles, and Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with Ravi Rothenberg
The Maniac With Shorts and Sandals on Mt. Kilimanjaro
Last December, I went back to Africa to revisit the school in Uganda that I bonded with in 2017. While I was out there, I also pursued climbing Africa’s highest peak in Tanzania, Mt. Kilimanjaro, due to my love for the serene feeling above the clouds. I’m a firm believer that through exploring and experience in places unknown to you, you will connect with the magic in life that you’ve been missing. Oftentimes, this type of magic comes in the form of human connection, just as it did when I met Ravi Rothenberg a few a days before the trek started.
Just a few sunrises into the climb, my perception of Ravi started shifting drastically. When you see a man wearing shorts and sandals in a rainstorm on the side of a freezing mountain, while everyone else is in full rain gear and base layers, you know you’ve got a true warrior on your hands. Although I’m a huge advocate of cold water therapy, breathwork, and other biohacking practices to help boost the mitochondria and immunity in the body, even I was a little concerned due to conditions and altitude. While most of us were trying to change into dry clothes and bundle up at camp, Ravi was out doing pushups and yoga in his undies, overlooking the edges of cliffs like a Greek God. And, who’s to say he’s not? After all, he was the only one who summited the climb without using altitude sickness medicine.
Getting to know Ravi was truly one of the highlights of my trip. Our conversations had no limit in depth, and I sensed the wisdom of a character of who was truly dialed into something greater than the individual self. When talking to Ravi, I often feel a bit sedated and much more eager to listen and learn than normal, which is why I am truly excited to share this podcast episode with you.
In this episode, Baba Ravi and I catch up for the first time in a while, bouncing in and out of topics such Ravi’s journey, listening to your calling, identifying universal signs of flow, tapping into flow, levels of attachment in relationships, contemplating death, the “first-labeling” thought, and the importance of faith. Ravi also runs yoga, breathwork, and mind/body connection retreats, so hit him up if you are interested in getting in touch with your deeper purpose in life.
If you are interested in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, my friend Scott Brills runs a remarkable guide company, Pamoja Safaris. I can 200% vouch that my experience with his crew was heads and shoulders above all the other crews and groups that I witnessed on the mountain. I felt like I was with my second family, and the equipment, cost, culture, experience, and care was unmatched. Even if you are unsure of your ability to climb, especially at high altitudes, I’m confident his guides will get you to the summit with care.
I’d be happy to answer any questions about the climb if you are interested in going. Feel free to comment on this post or hit me up on social or email. I can connect you directly to Scott if needed via messaging or email.