About Me

Greetings and welcome to Soul Hiker!

Me!My name is Gilbert Ross and I feel privileged to be able to share with you some of my thoughts, insights, inspirations and lessons I am learning as I hike my way through a journey of inner-development and spiritual growth.

One thing should be set straight from the beginning. I am no Guru or Spiritual Master or enlightened being. I am just a guy who has started his journey on a path and who wants to reach out, share notes, learn, inspire and be inspired by people on the same path like you (If you are reading this you are either on the path already or about to join in even if you might not know it).

The path can be long, winding and lonely at times but is definitely rewarding.

The idea behind this Blog came out of a very simple thought:  “Why not pass on to others that which I am reading and learning? And while I’m at it why not talk to other Soul Hikers and learn from them or exchange views with them?”

This idea was strengthened and encouraged by the support of my wife Rui who I always feel grateful to for her simple but effective words of wisdom.

I feel particularly excited to be living in this moment in time where thoughts and ideas can be spread out and exchanged so incredibly easy and in abundant volumes thanks to the enabling communication technologies of our times. I am also relatively new to Blogging but I feel confident that as I go along I will make good progress in this area as well.  The message cannot be spread effectively without the right media and a medium without a meaningful message is worth very little.

Thanks for visiting my Blog. If you liked it and found the articles in it interesting I would be happy. If you want to share your views, I’d be delighted. If you want to comment, I’d be intrigued and thankful. If the articles have been an inspiration or of any help to you I’d be exhilarated and their purpose would be fulfilled. If you want to pass on the word to others, then you are making my efforts more worthwhile!

I am pleased to meet you on the path

Gilbert Ross


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Nawal November 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

This book is a commentary on the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s dsrsoucie on the four foundations of mindfulness. I read the book when I started meditation practice five years ago and have reread it twice since then, finishing my most recent read a week ago. This book explains the sutta in very clear, understandible terms making it and the practice it describes more accessible to modern western readers. The sutta and the book describe the whole of mindfulness practice both as a meditation practice and as a way of life. As a friend remarked, Once I found this book, I realized that I didn’t need to read anything else. If you want an introduction to mindfulness, this is the book for you. If you want to deepen your understanding of mindfulness, this is the book for you. It is simply the best book I’ve found on the subject.

Gilbert Ross October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thank you Carolina!

Carolina October 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Thank you…I have a strong feeling your blog will provide me a lot of great insight and for that I am grateful.

Isaac Marano August 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hi Gilbert,
I managed to find your site through looking for more information about the subconscious mind. You’ve got some great articles here and would love to read through some more to get your perspective and insight on different areas of life. I’ve just got to find some more time!

Keep up the great work, my friend – you don’t know how many people you’ve really influenced and inspired over time. I think it’s safe to say though, that it’s more than you think :-)


Penny June 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Hello Gilbert,
I stumbled upon the sole hiker by googling, “How could I sabbottage myself right out of a great job?”, which was what happened to me last week. I also lost my father last week. He passed away. I am searching for answers and don’t know where to look. Names and tag lines have always been an attraction or something I relate to. Your name is Gilbert and I live in Gilbert. Stupid, I know.
Just wanted you to know that I have been searching for a few days now and this is the only time I have stopped to comment.
Thanks, for sharing your insights.
Take care,

Gilbert Ross July 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi Jeffrey,

It’s always such a blessing to connect to other people sharing the same path. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to share your ideas and thoughts anytime you want. Thanks!

Gilbert Ross June 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hi Brenda!

Thank you so much for your kind words. I gave a look at your blog and I must say it’s really really interesting…I must find some time this weekend to give it a good read. You are welcome to write for Soul Hiker. I understand how things can get busy or chaotic with children. I have a young daughter and even one can be a handful :) Please feel free to write anytime.

A shower of blessings

Brenda Golbus June 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Hello Gilbert,
I stumbled upon your site because I was looking for an image to embody non-resistance. I read your post entitled The Strength of Non-Resistance, Jan. 2010. Excellent message and poetic writing.
We seem to be on a similar path. If you check out my site http://www.space2live.net, I think you will see our mutual desire to share mindfulness, creativity and deep living. I would love to submit a guest post for Soul Hiker. Summer is chaotic at my house (children are home:) but I’ll bookmark your site and keep it in mind.
Peace, Brenda
P.S. Your images are beautiful!

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