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 not 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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The Real India

It has been an epic two week journey abroad travelling to the depths of possibility and seeing things with fresh eyes. This is what I love about visiting other countries – taking in the culture, the food and being able to accept the hospitality of the people who have opened their homes to me, especially on this trip. It makes you look at life differently.  It was my first time in India and I couldn’t think of a better place to go than Kerala. It has so much to offer and is such a magical place to be if you open your heart to her.

When I first arrived I must admit I didn’t feel this way for many reasons. I knew India would not be a holiday of total relaxation. The streets are so busy. They are filled with the worst traffic I have ever seen and full of people wherever you go to the point you can hardly move as you navigate through the crowds. Then you have the sweltering heat to contend with. It is the hottest of heats and I couldn’t go outside most afternoons because of it. With all of that and adjusting to a new time zone, India was very confronting to me and I have never been to a place quite like it.

India is filled with so much spirituality and yet you are faced with total duality all at the same time. You would see beautiful buildings that took your breath away then come outside and see rubbish on the floor at every street corner. It broke my heart to see Mother Earth in this way and I thought to myself would I ever get it and connect to India. There was so much that didn’t make sense to me. I was pushed beyond my limits, observing my shadows and seeing my triggers come out in full force. It made me wonder if I had evolved at all. It really showed me that no matter where you are in the world, unless you know yourself and see your truth and beauty on the inside, you can travel to the most exotic extravagant places and never be fulfilled, not truly. Everything you seek is always inside yourself.

There was so much about Kerala that I loved. The food was absolutely fantastic. That was the best part of the trip as a total foodie. There was so much variety and different flavours it would awaken your senses in every way. The effort, time and love gone into the cooking could be felt with every bite. I would be in heaven every time I ate something and was in total appreciation of what I was experiencing. I never thought I could feel this way after recovering from an illness only four years ago. That changed my life forever and previously left me for a long time unable to eat many foods. Then there I was in Kerala eating everything and more. It was a total dream! The food represented all that is good and coming alive in a big way. Living takes complete courage and faith in oneself. When you allow yourself the time and space to heal, anything is possible and enjoying the food in Kerala was living proof of this.

What I loved even more were the connections I made. Life is so much better when you walk it with others and I feel so blessed with the people in my life; my friends on this trip and the family and friends I have at home. This makes it all worthwhile. When you have special experiences inside the very day with beautiful souls you can laugh, cry, love and be completely yourself around, this to me is what it means to be rich. The ability to be loving, kind and giving when you are triggered is richer still.

As I left Kerala in exactly the same as I found it, in the hustle and bustle and extreme heat, I couldn’t help but smile. My heart was filled with so much love and gratitude and I could see the Divine everywhere around me. I am grateful to Kerala for the gift it has given me, to reveal what was evidently there all along.

Namaste,
Lisa

Beyond Comfort…

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Life begins beyond comfort,
beyond what you can imagine,
Reach as far as you can go
and go even further…

I am excited to say that I will be taking on new challenges this year for charity again. It has been nearly two and a half years since climbing Kilimanjaro so I felt it was time to take on something new that I have never done before. I will be taking on not one but three challenges this time which will require commitment and planning to make it happen. It means I get to travel some more later in the year but what I am most looking forward to is the journey to get there.

From previous experience, I have learnt that it is the journey to the journey that is most memorable because of the person I needed to be to get there. Part of me is really nervous about taking on three challenges but I am willing to give it a try. I am willing to face my fear for a worthy cause and be open to new possibilities.

I feel it is important to take on opportunities as they arise and trust the path you take. Life is all about choice and I know for me I want to look back on my life with love and joy of the memories in my heart rather than regret of a life unlived which can easily happen with the busyness of modern living. I do find it really difficult a lot of the time to juggle everything. This is something that is always working progress. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. Like everyone else, life is full of ups and downs and when all is said and done it is about having faith and belief in oneself and to know that you are never alone.

There is always a purpose to everything and your dreams choose you for a reason. It allows you to step into the fullness of who you are and that is something to celebrate. We are all unique and have something to offer so if there is something that you have been thinking of doing, do it now. Cease the day act on anything that inspires you.

“You don’t have to be great to start,
but you have to start to be great.”
(Zig Ziglar)

With love and light,
Lisa