Sunday, 24 May 2015

Meditating fireman will risk whales and jellyfish as part of swim to St Kilda

From The Greenock Telegraph

A FORMER Greenock fireman is taking the plunge on a marathon swim in the North Atlantic — among Orca whales and giant jellyfish.

John Dyer, 60, is part of a nine-person relay team swimming 65 miles from the island of Harris to St Kilda for charities, starting on Monday.

They had to give up an attempt to do it last year because of bad weather, but are determined to make it this time.

He will use his body and mind during the epic challenge.

He said: “I’m physically and mentally more prepared than last year, and again I plan to use meditation to help me.

“I learned meditation at the Buddhist Centre in Glasgow and I went to India as part of it. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.

“Swimming long distances is all about focusing — and meditation definitely helps.”

The brave swimmers are going from Hushinish on the Isle of Harris to Sy Kilda to raise money for The Leanne Fund, The Fishermen’s Mission, Yorkhill Children’s Charity and Aberlour Child Care Trust..."  more

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