Today I swam twice in the best pool I have ever experienced. Clear, natural water in a stone surround with a waterfall edge that spilled over with every stroke.
Today I ate the freshest fruit, vegetables, spices and flavors I have ever tasted. I didn’t know what I was eating, but it didn’t matter. The beauty was in the authenticity of the melange of flavors.
Today I did yoga twice and listened to the rhythmic drumming of local Balinese along with their holy chanting.
I am completely on the other side of the world and it occurs to me that this is not a hard thing to do. Debbie Williamson, the yogi and mentor I’m here with, lives her life by going wherever her heart leads her, discovering possibility and never believing something impossible.
Truly, she wanted to host a Yoga Retreat in Bali, so she booked it and people signed up. One woman even registered YESTERDAY, the day the retreat was beginning.
I flew three planes over many, many hours and in a seemingly endless night to the other side of the world and I did so believing that it was Debbie who gave me this opportunity. Don’t get me wrong; she did. Debbie brought me here to blog about her Yoga Life Coaching certification and Yoga Retreat to inspire others to join her in all her life-changing programs.
But Debbie also taught me that if you want to do something, all that stands in your way is YOU.
There’s an amazing woman here named Wanda who lives in Wisconsin and squirrels money away so her life can include travel and opportunity. She makes it sound so easy because it is.
How many times have you, I, or the next person said, “I’d love to do FILL IN THE BLANK but I can’t because FILL IN THE BLANK…”
Well, those defeating statements are really and truly bullshit. Nothing stands in the way of living the life you want, dream and yearn for but yourself. But the fear that paralyzes. But the belief that it is not, actually, possible.
So what would our lives look like if instead, we woke up in the morning – whether in the treetops of a lush tropical forest like where I sleep right now or in the highway-blur of suburban Detroit – and said, “Today I own, and what happens next is entirely up to me!”
Why is it so scary to try?
Here’s what I’m putting out there for my next steps:
* I am going to plan and host a writer’s retreat – maybe more than one. People will come to work on their craft and hone their skills in poetry, fiction and narrative essay.
* I am going to make a years-long dream of incorporating food into what I do come true. Stay tuned for what that looks like.
* I am going to stop fearing the what-ifs. There will be enough – of everything.
* I am going to be sure that every single thing I do includes my own passion. Otherwise, it just won’t sing.
* I am going to wake up at my usual 5 a.m. but instead of jumping right into client work, I am going to reserve that first hour of each day for my own writing, reading, and reflection. I’ve been saying it for a year. Now I am going to do it.
That’s enough for now, at 10:33 p.m. on a Bali Sunday. Back home, it is the dawn of a new day. I’m on the other side of the world. And everything is just amazing.