Soul to Sole: Why I am Pressing Pause
A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.
~ Lao Tzu
“I love you like this.”
“Inspired. Alive. YOU. It’s awesome.”
My man was right. Ever since we’d gone to Africa and I’d caught a glimpse of my heart over there, I’d felt myself slipping back into my body. I could feel the energy.
The spark… was sparking.
The switch: back on, bay-beh.
Today, I’m counting my blessings.
My life has become so stretched at the seams with creativity and opportunity, that I’ve currently reached a stage in life called “pit stop”.
In Greek lore, the phoenix is cyclically reborn from the fire, arising from the ashes of its predecessor.
It can represent a burning away of fears, limiting beliefs and destructive patterns, making way for new life, love and possibility. Freedom.
Each year, I choose a way to “die” that I believe will most expand my personal freedom, so I can live, love and give in a bigger way.
Because each time you move into a new space, you have to get rid of some of your old junk.
Expansion requires a letting go.
A burning away.
A death, of sorts.
Not everything you carry, can carry you to the next level.
This year, my soul is craving a risk.
A big risk.
A bigger dream.
I have listened to see where my fear and excitement will lead me.
And the sacredness of “The Way” is what my heart is now calling me to do.
Walking the Camino Santiago, an 800km centuries-old life-altering pilgrimage path through France and Spain.
Just the thought of the Camino – the sights, the smells, the age old everything where thousands have walked before – makes my cells expand again.
I’m an immersive creature and I’m about to buckle myself in for this wild ride.
This choice to die (fly) by walking through the “fire” will invite what needs transforming to arise, for the possibilities of being confronted and cracked open to potentially burn my deepest, darkest fears, all with the intention of being freed to fly higher.
And not just for me!! I want to bring that magical dust back, embedded with love and wisdom, so that I can live, love and give in a bigger way.
And let me just say that very, very human fears have surfaced during all this behind-the-scenes prep. Pressing pause on my work for 6 weeks is no easy feat, and I can’t begin to tell you the amount of times my ego mind has put me through all kinds of scenarios.
But I’ve landed at the realisation that it’s all an illusion. It’s all smoke and mirrors. The truth in this moment is simple:
To change the world, we must have the courage to change ourselves. To have peace, we must be peace. My walk will become the laboratory for being this peace I wish to see in the world.
And it feels good to land here peacefully, with acceptance and spaciousness.
On that note, I am to start at a small Basque town at the foot of the Pyrenees called Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and walk a total distance of 900km, across the entire width of the country to Santiago, Spain, where the remains of the martyred St James were carried from Jerusalem and buried in today’s Santiago de Compostela. I will then end my pilgrimage at Finisterre: the end of the world.
I take nothing but a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind.
I’m just going to follow the path and whatever comes up is what is there to be faced.
Change will be the only constant.
This is huge for me in who I am as a woman and as a mentor. I am taking the path less travelled and the one with most resistance. This represents a whole new level and personal journey to myself. The trek will be arduous, the scenery breathtaking, the soul inspired.
But in the words of Elizabeth Gilbert, “I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.”
Today, I invite you to take a look into your life and ask yourself what the next expansion of your freedom might look like?
If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
The key to creating the life you want is making the decision to live it.
Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. To claim that, you must leave the busy commotion of your mind and enter into the silence of your heart.
This is what the internal Camino is about.
That being said, I am going to miss you. Really, I am.
I hate parting with my beautiful tribe, but I need to create space for the magic to flow so I can be of even higher service to you when I return. 6 weeks is the longest I have gone without you… gulp!
You’ll hear from me from time to time, so don’t worry about that. I’m still going to be posting and sharing my journey on my travels. It’ll just be sporadic, as I will be relying solely on wifi along the way.
Often, when we travel to somewhere beautiful, or so far removed from our own lives, we find ourselves. BUT, what if you made every day of your life a beautiful adventure, no matter where you are?
With so much love & the stuff that dreams are made of (plus pre-travel jitters),
And if you would like to undergo your own internal Camino, I have just 3 spots left for my 1:1 mentoring in October, and it’s a perfect way to wrap up 2016 with a bang.