These boots are made for walkin’

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Make your own path and the way will find you.
What is meant to be will always come back to you…

It’s been a while since I’ve been writing and I took a much needed break after all my treks last year which saw me walking through extremes of weather from the green yet icy landscapes of Iceland to the extreme heat of the Sahara Desert for charity. There’s nothing I love more than putting my walking boots on and setting off to new pastures. Each place I get called to has its own energy and something to teach to me. It’s like my soul knows where I need to go and it’s about listening to that voice inside of myself no matter how crazy it may seem.

It took a lot of commitment to follow my inner guidance to trek the world again after completing my Mount Kilimanjaro trek back in 2014. I knew from past experience that it would demand a lot of me but as always I was willing to take the risk and give this a try even if I failed. It is true what they say in that ‘the journey is the destination’. Unless we take the risk, we can never know how far we can go and what we are made of. We can learn so much in the process of becoming who we want to be and in taking that leap in our lives we have already won in a lot of ways.

I had to put all my thoughts aside in order to do this. I would have so many flying around in my head – ‘you are not good enough’, ‘you will fail’, ‘who do you think you are doing something like this’, – and so much more. The human mind can lead us astray. We have around 60,000 thoughts a day and most of them can be negative and even take over our lives until they seem real. I knew no matter how powerful my inner critic could be, I was much stronger. Throughout my training my inner critic would follow me everywhere I went telling me I can’t do this and people would laugh at my attempt to trek again. It had no merit yet it was a constant presence in my life.

If I have learnt anything on my journey of self-discovery it’s to continue to have a relationship with my so-called mind. I had to learn to breathe and let these thoughts flow in and out of my daily life as I continued to train.

I believe the biggest journey any of us can take is to become the master of our own minds. Even though my treks and all the training I did was physically demanding, it was inside of my mind where the real training occurred. Sometimes it would get really dark as if the light will never come on again and I would have to force myself to get up to train. This was especially the case when there was a family bereavement right before my last trek in the Sahara Desert. It was unexpected and meant I had to travel abroad for the funeral beforehand.

My inner critic was stronger than ever and told me to give up completely but I knew inside of myself that life never gives you anything you can’t handle. I was in unfamiliar territories and was up early mornings to train in between my family commitments for the funeral with my mind still telling me to give up. However, I found solace in my faith and did what I needed to do.

I did what seemed impossible at the time and then flew back to walk the Sahara Desert. I knew somehow I wouldn’t be alone and that I gained an angel in my life who would walk alongside of me as one of my cheerleaders. I thought to myself that life is too short to not do this and it’s important to take the opportunity to follow our path no matter how uncertain or scary it may feel at first. It is there that we will find our greatest treasures and a place in our hearts we can call Home.

Lots of love,
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