In my work, I always strive to guide my clients toward a place of deep connection with themselves and the Infinite so they can come to a place of experiencing that they are always okay.
This is also what I am constantly working on for myself. Exploring the experience of deep connectedness with the Universe is my passion, and it’s at the core of my interests. It’s the essence of who I am and the work that I do.
When we do this, when we find a sense of oneness and life becomes about choosing our experiences. It becomes about living life, as opposed to just trying to get through it safely and staying alive as long as possible.
Being Completely Alone
The first time I went skiing was in college. I was in the Alps for a week with friends, and I had never skied before.
On maybe the fourth or fifth day, something happened and I was separated from my party. All of a sudden I saw a single set of tracks going off to the side in knee-deep snow. I had the thought, “If that person can do it, I can do it.” I followed the tracks.
I was skiing along, way above the tree line (there weren’t even bushes at this point) and I realized that I couldn’t see anybody and I couldn’t hear anybody. I felt like I could have been the only person in the world. It was just me and the sky and the white snow.
I could see down the side of the mountain, I could see that there were rocks in some places, and that was it. It was such beauty and stillness and it felt so vast.
Suddenly I thought, “Hm. If I can’t see or hear anybody, they can’t see or hear me, either!”
I went ahead and followed the tracks and ended up rejoining the main run in the end and I was fine, but I had this sense of having gone off into the unknown. And for that time, I had been completely unconcerned about safety.
Move Into The Present
Sometimes that’s what it feels like when we are running our own business. We feel like we are alone, and we don’t know where the path is leading. We’re not sure if it’s a safe thing to do, where the path will come out, or how to do it.
I was in no way an expert skier, probably not even a moderate skier… and yet, something about the path called me.
The great people in history have done this: they’re so present in the moment and living a life of purpose that the length of life just isn’t that big a question. It’s not the focus of what’s going on. Not that they necessarily wanted to live a short life, but that there were things more important to them than the number of years.
Would Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela have chosen the steps they chose if their focus was to have a long life? Would Mother Theresa? Some of them lived shorter lives, others lived longer lives, but they all fully lived their lives.
It’s not that we have to go out and do something world-changing, although on one level, everything we do is world-changing. It’s a question of what do you feel drawn to do? What makes your heart sing?
And what’s keeping you from doing that?
Living fully means being present for your life. Not being on automatic pilot and waking up to realize you’re miles (or years) further down the road than you’d thought.
It means living your dreams. And to do that, you need to know – on a deep level – that you are safe. That it’s okay to try new things. To trust that you can do this.
How do you live fully present in the moment? Where are you holding back? I would love to hear your experience in the comments below.