Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

The wildness inside – softypapa adventures

My time in Japan was attended by frequent adventure alone into some of the most beautiful and exotic landscapes in Asia. Places people simply don’t go as well as places … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Your own face is fearful here – The Path of Wildness

I’d worry less about strangers here, than the aspect of your own reflection. The path will not wait for you. Linger long and you must select another. Longer still and … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Moonrise on Mt. Wildness – The Path of Wildness

I fell asleep last night on the near slope of Mt. Wildness. I woke to the sound of distant howling in the deeper wilds. It was then that a parting … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Every step is a triumph of will – The Path of Wildness

Motive strength is not powerful enough to move our steps into wildness, while the mere act of determination may plunge us headlong into mystery. The Path of Wildness is easy … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wild Japanese macaque mother and baby – softypapa adventures

I spotted this mother and baby Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) perched on the branch of a large tree in the mountains of central Japan. Macaque are very common throughout the … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Making a distinction between wildness and wilderness – The Path of Wildness

The Path of Wildness is easy to find The course of a stream Leaves blown in the wind A beast’s track through the brush And the direction of our first inclination … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meditate too long and the way is lost – The Path of Wildness

The path will not wait for you. Linger long and you must select another. Longer still and die without having tried. The Path of Wildness is easy to find The course … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Photograph of the far side of Mt. Wildness

While rummaging through some files I happened upon this image of Mt. Wildness. The photo impossibly seems to show the terrifying far side of the mountain. How the image was … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

There’s no need to leave your room to explore in wild places

You are on The Path of Wildness whenever and wherever you face and move forward in the direction of your dreams or honest inquiry. The concept is more about using your … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wildness is not about being outdoors

The response message below is one I sent to a friend who contacted me regarding the video “Why I hike alone.” Thank you for writing to share your thoughts about … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment