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Consciousness is a term defined differently by different people, but in general it describes the relationship between the mind and the world it perceives. Common usages include a sense of awareness of one’s surroundings, a sense of self, and a sense that one can feel emotions.

At Matador we’ve published a number of essays and articles about consciousness, both in the context of travel affecting consciousness, as well as how consciousness is viewed, described, or treated in other cultures around the world.

Trubridge's approach seems more zen and meditative than athletic.
I put my wallet away. Once again I felt very foolish.
My typical day as a professional rock climber was going to change.
I’ve been feeling really stuck, unsure about what to do next.
If you want to achieve something badly enough, it can happen.
After each betrayal, we need to get out of bed the next day, and start trusting again.
It was a joke. The glacier, me, and this slow extinction.
I blew him a kiss as I walked away. I don’t know why.
What did give way under those kicks and punches was my grip on my self-narrative.
I never saw him again, but I couldn’t get the experience out of my mind.
Spontaneity and serendipity have accompanied many great explorers.
If you suddenly passed away, how would you want to be remembered?
That plunge into the unfamiliar can inspire instinctual, even animal emotions.
Rosenfield’s series draws attention to the universal insecurities faced by all humans.
Every person you encounter in your life is a reflection of yourself.
I see this as a reminder to always look further to find truth.
The words that immediately come to mind are understanding and compassion.
Is traveling ever something that we can get truly used to?
The first step to being a better traveler in 2014 is to be a traveler in the first place.
Frugality may be the result, but learning to travel well comes from being pragmatic.
Eventually you’ll run out of parking lot and you’ll find another door.
There are always a million reasons not to do something.
It’s good to be alive, and we have a lot to be thankful for.
This is the best metaphorical use of barbecue sauce I've ever seen.