Do you feel as if you are living a life where you are just putting in the time and your life is on constant overload? Do you feel restless or confused and know there has to be something more? Are you to the point you want to do something different but do not know what that is? That was my existence for many years.
I was on life’s fast track – I was a locomotive with the steam blowing through my veins – until I had a personal visit with the Brazilian rain forest.
Years ago I had this amazing opportunity to travel and visit a small remote village in the countryside of Brazil. I spent an incredible two full weeks immersed in this jungle that was surrounded by beautiful luscious greenery, amazing vibrant sunsets, and inhabitants of a different kind. These inhabitants were not the usual creatures I was use to seeing in the United States, but rather a whole new species that looked, smelled, and sounded different. These inhabitants were wild, creatures of pure freedom, not constrained by a society’s demands of working hard, pleasing others, and feeling under stress, as we as human beings have created for ourselves.
I was invited by the Brazilian natives to experience a special secluded healing place; a place where one is given the opportunity to sit and ponder on one’s life. I took the invitation and traveled to this beautiful secluded place sitting in this peaceful canopy covered rain forest. My ears were soaking in the exotic bird songs, a roaring crystal clear waterfall that splashed against the red rocks below, and my eyes were focused on these vibrant yellow and blue winged butterflies that were floating in the warm tropical air around me.
As I was sitting in this friendly special place, the rain forest created the space for me to take a deep look at my life and ask the questions, “How do I want to live my life,” “What do I want to do?”
It is from these questions in Brazil, sitting in a remote magical jungle that propelled me into finding and living a life of joy and creating what I want. I have slowed down since that visit and purposely created time to examine my life and decided for myself what I wanted to do…which is to help people create a life and/or business they love. And this is what I do today.
You too can create what you want if you are willing to slow down and take the time to look at what you really want. Each day your thoughts and feelings are talking to you and trying to get your attention, asking for the freedom that our wild friends live.
Find your special place to slow down and ask yourself the following questions:
1. Who am I now? What are my strengths and weaknesses?
2. What are my values?
3. What is missing from my life? A purpose? A relationship? Friends?
4. Why am I important?
5. Do I have a mission? What is it?
6. What’s my motivation for wanting to improve my life? Do I want to improve my life?
7. Am I afraid of change? Could I feel comfortable feeling uncomfortable?
8. What am I doing in my life that is holding me back? Is it fear or self-doubt?
9. How can I get support? Ask a family member or friend?
If you feel you cannot slow down now, ask your self to slow down again in a month or two. And consider that in order to change what you don’t want; you may simply need to take a leap of faith.
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