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Celebrate Life

Whether we’re on top of the world, or in the depths of fear and despair, LIFE is the one thing that connects us all.  Even when everything is falling apart, it is impossible to deny on a logical level that life is an amazing miracle.

We may not feel like celebrating when we are in the midst of sadness or anger, but the truth of existence remains.  The material world springs from the void in all of its complexity, and our emotion is a direct experience of this.

Whether we are aged 2, 22 or 202, we have reason to celebrate.  Life is the one thing that connects us all.  Whether we are full of love and joy, or feeling disconnected and isolated, getting back to basics and acknowledging the extraordinary experience we are sharing can only enrich our lives.

Ayutthaya, Thailand

When I was younger, this desire to celebrate came incredibly naturally.  To be dancing with other souls on this sacred journey was the best feeling in the world.  All I wanted to do was soak up every precious moment.  It was completely unconscious though.  I was just a young person enjoying the party.

Fast forward a few years, I’d had several premature mid life crises, and lost my passion for such festivities.  Somewhere along the way, I’d forgotten why I was celebrating.  I experienced the other side of life, at times lost in deep sadness and isolation.  However, avoiding parties and festivals definitely didn’t help.  At least not at first.

I didn’t know what made me happy any more, so I took the time to explore my creativity and do some serious soul searching.  I discovered my values and reasons for living, and now I truly understand the importance of celebrating our existence together.

Dressing up as a badger is the best way to celebrate any occasion!

In our society, there is a tendency as we get older to let this celebratory side of us fall asleep, in favour of a quieter peace and contentment (or bitterness, anger and resentment!).  But having experienced the full spectrum of emotions, we have the chance to bring a depth to our celebration that we were previously unaware of.

Every experience feeds our soul in some way.  The more life we have lived, the more our creativity can bloom.  It is our duty to one another to share our magic.

Handmade gemstone necklaces pictured available in my shop www.etsy.com/shop/tessheaven.

Belief in various gods or a higher power unites people in other cultures, giving festivals a deeper meaning, and a reason to set aside individual egos.  However, our lack of a shared belief system shouldn’t prevent us from joining forces, and worshipping almighty LIFE together.

I think this is something we forget in our country sometimes, in favour of hedonism and obliteration.  There is definitely a place for reckless abandon, but maybe there would be less need to escape reality if we were more focused on celebrating the one thing that unites us all.  Being ALIVE!

 

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The Spirit Of Adventure

I am an adventurer at heart, and probably always will be.  I’m writing this post because for a really long time I’ve had an internal battle of ‘home’ vs ‘wanderlust’ going on, and it’s been driving me a bit crazy.  I’ve felt like I should ‘grow up’ and ‘settle down’, do the sensible thing, prioritize safety and comfort, and stay close to the people who already know and love me.

Doing this has been great for a while, and 100% what I have needed.  But home isn’t just a place, it’s a state of mind.  One that I only seem to be able to access when I am being true to myself and my desires.  When I think about what I want long term, the only thing I can feel genuinely inspired by is a life of adventure.

Flying high over the desert in Peru.

Flying high over the desert in Peru.

I love that feeling of home, familiar faces and places, and the warm glow that surrounds me.  But when I deny my need for adventure, I cut myself off from this connection with the world around me.  Ironically, forcing myself to stay home for too long can be the very thing that prevents me from feeling ‘at home’.

Flowers in the garden on a sunny day - that beautiful feeling of home.

Flowers in the garden on a sunny day – that beautiful feeling of home.

It makes me feel sad sometimes that I’m not motivated by the same things as most of the people around me.  I actually find the hard work, persistence and determination of friends that have saved enough money to buy a house, or weathered the tough times in long term employment in order to raise a family, incredibly inspiring.  I know that they must really want it.

People that follow an unconventional path often project their own feelings onto those that choose to find peace and contentment in a more ‘ordinary’ life.  Obviously there are exceptions, and there certainly are people that are dissatisfied with their boring job, partner and/or miserable existence.  But that’s not what I see.  For the most part, I see people that go through ups and downs, but are committed to their future, and get enough joy from their day to day lives to know that it’s worth it.

Adventure for most people is a fun interlude during an otherwise comfortable life.  I know people that come home from an action packed holiday and are actually glad to get back to their normal routine and familiar surroundings.  They have amazing memories of the experience, they may learn and grow from it, and it will enrich their lives.  This is awesome.  But it is not me.

Amazon jungle adventures

Amazon jungle adventures

I need more.  I want longer adventures.  I need to go deeper in the jungle.  I’m no Ranulph Fiennes, but I am intent on pushing my own boundaries further than I can even imagine right now.  This doesn’t mean I’m going to take crazy risks (I’m actually incredibly safety conscious these days!), but it does mean I will chase my crazy dreams.

I often wish my dreams were more aligned with those of my friends and family… a beautiful house in the countryside, some happy children, fabulous holidays, or a creative project that fits nicely into life at home in the UK.  But what I really want is to belong, and I only feel this sense of belonging when I am following my own dreams, not someone else’s.

I first knew adventure was more to me than just the occasional holiday or adventurous hobby when, nearing the end of a 5 month long trip around South America, I imagined not having to go home.  I glimpsed a freedom greater than anything I had ever dared to dream of.

A condor soaring through the vast Colca Canyon, Peru.

A condor soaring through the vast Colca Canyon, Peru.

Many years, and many adventures later, the call towards freedom had become stronger than ever.  Every time I experienced the wild beauty of life, I knew this was where I belonged.  Not in any one particular place, but in that place within me that was unconstrained, limitless and free.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

My passion for exploration and adventure is so all-consuming that when I am not adventuring (which has been too often during the last couple of years), the weirdest things give me wanderlust.  I was in a cafe a few weeks ago with a friend, and the smelly toilet actually made me yearn to be far from home in a warm country with inferior plumbing, where all the toilets smell like that.

That was a turning point for me.  I knew I needed to take action.  I am now pouring my overwhelming passion for adventure into planning and saving for a looonnnng trip to Costa Rica this winter.  For the last couple of years I have been channeling my adventurous spirit into my businesses and creative projects, which I hope to continue overseas.

The main challenge has been developing the confidence to rely on myself to earn money, and to ride out the highs and lows.  It’s still a challenge every single day, but it’s getting easier.  I have a little adventurousness left over now, so it’s time to wander again… to Costa Rica and beyond!

What does the spirit of adventure mean to you?  Is your wanderlust in balance with your life, satisfied by regular adventures?  Or is it raging out of control, to the point where even eating at a Chinese, Indian, Italian etc. restaurant brings you close to tears with the overwhelming desire to BE THERE?!  Leave me a comment with your thoughts 

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It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It

Felt a sudden inspiration to write this post.  I’ve not written anything apart from my daily gratitude diary for the last month.  Indecisive would be a massive understatement to describe how I’ve been feeling lately.  If you’ve read some of the things I’ve written in the past you’ll know that I have a lot of interests and passions, and am working on a LOT of different goals all at the same time.

So many mountains to climb!

So many mountains to climb!

The last few weeks I’ve been getting stuck more than usual and have found myself completely unable to focus for long periods of time.  I think all that has changed now with this very simple realization which just came to me, and inspired me to write this much over due post.

What I realized is, there is no wrong thing to be doing.  It doesn’t matter if I choose to do some writing, do some yoga, take some photos, promote my business or play my guitar.  I’ve been so caught up in thinking I have to choose wisely how I spend my time that I missed the entire point.  It’s all about the HOW.

If you’ve read my ramblings in The Super Power Of Visualization, you’ll know the kind of thing I’m talking about.  I’m all about breaking through limiting beliefs and realizing our infinite potential.  When I say infinite, I mean infinite.  I’m talking about using my imagination to dream up things that make my spirit soar.  I could be playing a simple few chords in a song I’ve played a thousand times before, but when I really engage my imagination in this way that’s when the magic happens.

Iguacu Falls

Iguacu Falls, South America

I can make improvements in many other ways through dedication and hard work, but it’s so much more thrilling to let it happen through the beauty and grace of the present moment.  When I’m busy visualizing an ‘out of this world’ scene of myself playing unconstrained by limiting beliefs, I free myself up to channel an infinite source of creativity.

This infinite potential is always present, and can light up my photography, inspire me to connect with new people, inspire me to write a lengthy blog post in a few minutes, or give me the energy to get on my yoga mat and play.  I used to think that in order to get the energy to flow I had to pick the ‘right’ thing to be doing.  There is still a part of me that believes that, but after today’s realization, the part that knows that the infinite potential is everywhere is growing.

Clear quartz raw crystal necklace

 

This energy can flow into whatever we’re doing if we go for it wholeheartedly.  So it doesn’t matter if I’m listing a new item in my Etsy shop, promoting my holistic massage business or making jewellery, as long as I’m doing SOMETHING.  Sitting around worrying about not doing the ‘right’ thing isn’t going to get me anywhere.  Taking action is what makes stuff happen.  It doesn’t matter what I choose to do, but it does matter HOW.

Me being Tarzan with my superhuman powers!

Me being Tarzan with my superhuman powers!

I’m blessed with highly charged emotions.  If there’s a slight hint of straining or resistance to what I’m doing, or I feel I’m doing it for the wrong reasons, I really know about it.  I’m not as bad now as I used to be (thank god!), but I can still wind myself up in to a right old state when I’m trying to get stuff done.  Through trial and error I’ve found the absolute best way for me to flow easily with work, and any activity involving effort and concentration, is by using visualization to tap into my infinite creative potential.

Most times when I get stuck it’s because I feel like I’m not good enough at whatever I’m trying to do.  So visualizing gives me a clean slate to work with, free from these limiting beliefs.  If it doesn’t work, I reach even further with my imagination.

Sunset on the river Amazon

 

Too tired to write that next blog post?  I’m a divine being with infinite creative capacity, of course I can do it!

Instead of slogging away and creating things without passion that bore me and make me feel drained, I can put my all into whatever I’m doing, feel my soul at peace, and create something I truly value.  Then I’m not so hung up on how much I’ve achieved (even though I achieve far more with this approach), because I love doing it so much!

Made with passion.

Made with passion.

Maximizing my potential is what gives me a sense of meaning and purpose.  Not because I want to be the best I can be (I do, but that’s not the meaningful part), but because the creative process never ceases to amaze me.  When I allow myself to visualize being capable of absolutely anything, I am staggered by the things that happen.  I adore the process of releasing those habitual limiting thoughts (if only for a few seconds at a time while I concentrate on the ‘heavenly’ image in my mind), and seeing how this gives me more energy, clarity and ability in whatever I’m doing.

I’m guessing if you’ve found your way to my site you’re somewhat creative/free-spirited/alittlebitcrazy, so I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject… Bring me back down to earth with a BUMP, or skyrocket me into space with your dreams, either is fine with me!  Thanks for stopping by. 

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