“Experience life in all possible ways –
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don’t be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more
mature you become.”
As the earth finishes the home stretch of its 2016 journey around the sun its that time where I look back at the year that was and pinch myself as I reflect on how grateful I am for every experience that life has brought me. From the things that have delighted me and moved my heart to the things that frustrated me and pushed me to unrecognisable places. Every small thought to big action has contributed to the person I am today.
The ability to truely understand comes from experience and Osho’s quote above resonates with me deeply as it defines everything I have learned in 2016 by being conscious and present within my experiences.
This year I was lucky enough to travel to Japan and twirl in silky soft cherry blossom petals that fall like rain in the wind.
I was incredibly humbled as I traveled through cities, deserts and mountains in India.
I spent 2 months learning yoga and meditation in an Ashram located on Mother Ganga, an experience that changed my life forever.
I formed life long connections and met so many wonderful souls.
I spent time connecting with myself in Ubud, Bali.
I vibed at the Wanderlust Festival and filled up my love tank.
I was also fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many lovely people and four legged friends.
This year I connected deeply with myself and gained a real understanding of oneness, unity, compassion and empathy.
In summary I am blessed, but these hearty memories and lessons were not fostered without the struggles along the way. I also learned to deal with loss while I was totally alone, I learned to face up to my biggest demons. I was defeated, I was lonely, I was frustrated, I cried, I experienced situations, that at the time I really wished I didn’t have to deal with. I’ll admit, I even had a few regrets from this year, regret for not loving more, regret for trusting too much, regret for placing limitations on myself or regret for the days I didn’t give 100% but these regrets only stem from my high personal expectations I instinctively place on myself. Im just a human doing my best in the best ways I know how. So I simply let it go and let it be.
You see, all of these things need to happen. All of these things trigger emotional responses that affect decision making processes and shape the immediate reality. Everything is either a blessing or a lesson. Every experience good and bad will grow you, teach you and it can only happen if you’re awake to understand. I know very well the resistance when you’re staring at the face of struggle, asking yourself “how could this possibly be part of the plan?”. You must trust the process, you will come to understand when hindsight delivers your lesson. The biggest challenge is, do you choose to take it?
When things are going your way be sure to celebrate and remember that every parade has a beginning and an end. When things are challenging you, welcome the challenge and view the situation in the eyes of an observer.
There will come a time where your experience will be called to action and with the maturity gained though your experiences, you will be able to grasp every opportunity with a clear un-jaded perspective. You will understand that life is like a game where your mission is to constantly and consciously evolve to form the person you are and the person you’re going to be.
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