Living Life on the Icelandic Edge…

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Wow, wow, wow… it’s been a pretty crazy week!! I have been and come back from Iceland in my first charity trek and just arrived home today. I am still taking everything in after flying back. It has been an epic journey travelling through the most diverse landscapes in such a short space of time and I feel so lucky for the experiences I had in Iceland. There was joy, there was laughter, many moments when I struggled to put one foot in front of the other and then of course my not so great morning moments but this is what it is all about. This is life and all the facets of change that come with it.

This trek pushed me so far from my comfort zone that it took me on the edge and I mean that in literal sense when I say this.

Me being me, I didn’t realise what some of the hiking trail would entail. However this probably worked in my favour in that I didn’t have time to procrastinate about it and I had to just do it. There was no turning back! In a lot of ways the trail reminded me of walking on Mount Kilimanjaro three years ago and I thought if I could get through that then I could do anything. Still I was filled with fear when I was presented with what could have been a life and death situation.

There was a section called the Cat’s Spine in which you had to cross a very rocky ridge with a massive drop on either side. My palms were sweating and my heart rate was going so fast at the thought of crossing it. I was calling in my Spirit Guides, angels and every deity possible at that point to protect me and all the other people in our group doing this. This really took ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ to a new level. I felt fortunate for the amazing group of people I was trekking with and together we conquered it and motivated each other throughout the trek. This to me was the best part… meeting new friends in this shared experience and to be able to laugh about it for years to come.

When you allow yourself to step outside your comfort zone, it’s where the magic begins

I was so relieved when I made it to the other side of the Cat’s Spine. It made me think about how life can be risky and you always have a choice to move forward no matter what life presents to you and to know that you are no walking any of it alone. The views were absolutely spectacular and looked like something out of a movie.

The mountains of magnificence bring a new perspective and new way of seeing things. You begin to realise that there is no point of sweating the small stuff and in the grand scheme of things that’s all it is… stuff. When we live with aliveness in our hearts, this sense of beauty and magnificence lives in our very veins and we can share that light to help others along the way and make a difference. We each have that capacity in our own unique way.

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With all the uphills and struggles, I thought it was over until we had to cross another section which filled me with even more fear and presented what could have been another life and death situation. This time I had to hold onto a chain to cross to the other side of this cliff as the path was so narrow. This was worse than the Cat’s Spine and the Barranco Wall on Mount Kilimanjaro. My hands were shaking as I crossed and held onto the chain for dear life. I laugh thinking about it. Not at the time of course. I have to say it was all worth to it travel across volcanoes, glaciers and snow.

Again I was reminded at the fact we are never alone when I took the picture below and saw a white feather in the sky. This made me smile and to remember my strength after recovering from illness that changed the entire course of my life. To think that I was in so much pain before for a number of years I could hardly walk to now being able to do these incredible things is a miracle in itself.

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“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” (Mehmet Murat Ildan)

I also had the blessing of witnessing and seeing lots of great waterfalls on this trail. They were spectacular and walking along hearing the sound of the water was so soothing. The path we walked was filled with such soul and life-force energy. I loved every moment of it. I can still feel it now.

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It’s time to rest now for a few days until the training starts again for the next adventure. Long may they continue!

Blessings,

Lisa

 

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Changing Faces…

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“No matter what may have happened yesterday, a new day of fresh possibility has dawned. You’re not the same person today as you were yesterday.” (Daisaku Ikeda)

Every moment is an opportunity to change your story and start again. As we move through our daily lives, we are always evolving even if we don’t realise it at the time. It is true that we are not the same person as we were yesterday. In some ways that can bring a great deal of comfort. It all depends on perspective.

Wherever we are in life is where we are meant to be. It is full of lessons and full of surprises too. The most important thing is to focus on what we have now and what we can do now. There is always something we can do… always.

I can think of many situations over the years that felt impossible to overcome but what has really helped me is to have that deep knowing and faith in something larger than myself. It has helped me to look beyond myself and see new possibilities. In doing so it has created space and allowed changes to bring forth what is needed for my soul evolution.

Sometimes in life we don’t get what we want but I believe we get what we need. Navigating ourselves through changes is not always easy and sometimes its best to go with the flow, letting our experiences reveal to us more of who we are and what we need to know when the time is right. In the meantime, be glad and appreciative of what you have and life will always give you more to be grateful for. Celebrate who you were and who you are becoming.

Love and blessings,
Lisa

 

 

Treasures of the Heart

“More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body,
and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all.”
(Nichiren Daishonin)

As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, I love this quote. It teaches that no matter what we have in terms of our material possessions and what is happening in our bodies when it comes to our health, there is one thing that can never be taken away from us and that is who we are. What is important is living with a heart of faith and believing in something bigger than ourselves. We all have that power to create a life of value and to be able to turn karma into mission for the good of all. We all have something to give always.

Since returning from India last month, I have felt a huge energetic shift which has caused my life to turn upside down or so it may seem. There are moments where I felt I was entering into another dark night of the soul but with determination and faith in my Buddhist practice I have this deep knowing that everything will be ok. Right now I am observing my life with kindness and compassion as part of my daily practice. Sometimes it is easy to forget who we are and how far we have come when life throws us a curveball.

I see my circumstances as neither good nor bad. They are opportunities to awaken the spirit and life-force within. The spiritual path is not always easy but it is so worth it. It allows a deeper connection to the Universe and brings new levels of awareness to life itself. It brings a new dimension in which we can feel empowered as people. Life is a precious gift and the gratitude I feel inside my heart fills me with aliveness. There are many blessings all around us if we pay close enough attention. There is value in simplicity that brings wholeness to each experience. There is joy beneath the sorrow, calm amidst the stormy seas and love inside your fears. Love always wins and this is the greatest treasure of all.

If you are reading this and also experiencing energetic shifts as the world vibrates at a higher frequency, know that that there is a reason for everything and always have faith in what will be. You Are The One.

Love and blessings,
Lisa