Last weekend, while out on a solo camping trip in the woods near his home in British Columbia, Weale was stirred from his morning meditation by the sound of approaching footsteps.
"I thought, 'Could that be a bear? No, it can't be a bear,'" Weale told The Dodo. "So I sat up, and, sure enough, it was a bear."
Now, it would probably be at this point that most folks might leap into a panic - but not Weale.
"My rational mind kicked in. I know that black bears usually aren't dangerous," he said. "I wasn't crazy frightened, but I knew I needed to stay calm. I just stayed sitting down and facing him. I wanted to let him know I was not food."