Happy Healthy and Fit

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Adventure~ the Path to Adaptability and Expansion!

Somewhere between fear of death and fear of public speaking, I am certain lies fear of Change.  Ironically, there is nothing more natural than change.

Change happens every moment of every day.  Clouds move, the earth moves, one plant is blossoming while another is decaying, an egg is fertilized, a child is born, a loved one passes, an opportunity arises, another one disappears, it rains, it snows, the wind blows and waves crash.  Each occurrences thereby changing the planet in some way.  The only possible way for things to stay the same would be to freeze everything in a moment of time.  It seems ridiculous and unnatural to ask nature to stay the same.

Change is a part of growth and growth is a part of life.  Growth by definition requires you to leave something behind that is keeping you stuck or limited.  A seed must leave its shell behind in order to blossom into its potential.  You must leave your fear behind to blossom into your potential.  Fear of change in relationship, job or location is enough to keep you stuck in your less than magical life situation.  Everything is in a constant state of movement, so trying to hold onto to your situation is like a seedling hanging onto the seed covering.  You must let go to get in the flow.  Release what no longer serves you.

The best way to gain confidence in your ability to adapt to change is to move fearlessly into new opportunities when they arise and then to create opportunities where none exist.  Humans are designed to survive.  Embrace Adventure.  Moving into the unknown is tapping into creativity.  After 2 weeks in Nicaragua, I can see how what seemed foreign, strange and undesirable just a short time ago has quickly become the norm.

At home, you may not imagine eating something because it has fallen off your plate.  Here, in Nicaragua, the wind blows during the dry season and brings some dirt right to your food or drink.  You would not imagine, not eating or drinking it, it simply is the way it is.  By the third day, it is the way it has always been.  The same is true of any situation.  It only seems like change while it is happening.  Within 3 days, the new way will be the way it has always been.

If you fear change, I strongly encourage you to go on an adventure.  You will be amazed by just how adaptable you are.   The moment you have confidence in your adaptability, you may move fearlessly in the direction of your dreams.  Having just finished leading a group on a Yoga & Surf Adventure retreat, I feel forever richer in friendship, experience and wisdom.  For those, who I didn't even know just a few weeks ago have left an imprint on my heart.  Adventure is the path to Expansion!

If you are going to have fear, fear staying the same!  If you aren't growing, you are dying, not just in mind and body, but in spirit.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means embracing Adventure.  You don't have to leave the country or do anything crazy to test this out.  Perhaps your adventure can be going to a new restaurant or movie alone.  It can be starting a new business or joining the board of a non-profit organization.  It can be starting a conversation with a stranger.  Adventure is anything that takes you out of your comfort zone and into your Creative Zone!

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