Last weekend I went to the Pro-Blogger conference in the Gold Coast.. what an amazing event, full of like-minded, open, creative people doing what they love for a living and being very successful doing it. I feel like I'm riding the next big wave in the world by stepping into an entrepreneurial journey and creating a sustainable, online, location independent business...
Except for one thing...
I haven't done it yet!!!
In my head I have been writing programs, all the beautiful things I could be doing to help my amazing, brave, steadfast patients beyond the scope of our one hour clinical interaction. I have designed retreats, thought about audios that would be so helpful for all of you.. but I haven't done them yet...
Why? Because apart from the fact that I'd rather stay at home and drink tea, I'm a technophobe, and the beautiful new website I'm building is taking a lot of TIMEEEE.... I have mail chimp, new email addresses, all that I need to start building a beautiful tribe of like minded people to share ideas with and I haven't done it!
WHY? As one of the amazing keynote speakers told me on the weekend when I stood up to ask a technical question.. she said my problem with blogging is not technical.. it's because I am playing SMALL. Afraid to go against the tribe. Afraid to put thoughts out there , afraid to be vulnerable, and afraid to be ousted by the community. Pretty primal, biological type fears.
Are you playing small in your life?
Is there something you need to be doing to get out there? Break out of the 9-5 (though technically these days it's 8-6, or 7 or more) and start your own journey sharing your gifts with the world? WE all have them, how many of us are playing small?!
I came away from the conference with this big personal message, that if we don't take action, life will pass us by and we'll be sitting on a rock watching the stream rush by us..
..The Universe tested me a couple of days after the conference when a friend and pro-blogger I had shared some ideas with took those ideas and ran with them, winning an award before I really felt I had a chance to get moving on it myself. Initially I was upset, and then I realised.. it was an opportunity to remind me to GET OUT THERE and make this happen.
Nobody can take anything from us that we don't first take from ourselves.
Are you playing small in some area of your life? Are you remaining unfulfilled?
Are there dreams inside you waiting to happen that are staying in a locked up or old and dingy room inside yourself?
Does the 4 hr work week seem like a great dream but impossible for you?
So this is my pledge to you. To my readers, my clients, my self, and the bigger Self in all of us. If I can do it, so can you.
Join me in this journey, let's make this happen.
Namaste and Love, Y'all!!
Sage (the Bumbling Blogger) xxxx
One of the most powerful lessons I have learned in my lifetime is that illness, and in fact any kind of personal calamity or emotional suffering, can be a catalyst for great change.
Some of your darkest hours could turn out to be some of your most incredible life experiences just by going into the experience fully and not distracting or hiding yourself from it. You have the power to grow and to find out who you really are believe it or not from within the depths of some of your deepest sufferings, depending on how you handle it.
It can be incredibly shocking to get the news that you have an illness, or the slow dawning that you cannot conceive a baby on your own, or keep a pregnancy. It is almost impossible for other people not going what you are going through to understand just exactly how deep those feelings of frustration and powerlessness can go. It can consume your days and nights, while you spend long hours on the net researching every possible cause, cure and solution to your problems.
I cannot tell you how many times in clinic I hear stories of people who 'finally let go' of trying and fell pregnant.. or who changed their diet or daily habits (started laughing more or changed their jobs) and resolved their cancer or other health problems. Or who faced their heartbreak and accepted it, who went within and dealt with it without hiding from the pain and grew exponentially as a result.
In my own journey I have experienced incredible inner bliss after a heartbreak or illness, by going within and just facing it!
I have experienced illness, acute and chronic, debilitating and life threatening, some took longer than others to find that sweet bliss after, but the degree to which I experienced the bliss was the degree to which I was able to let go of my wish for the problem to not exist, and go into the moment. I'm not saying the pain will go away, or the problem instantly resolve, or that we should invite suffering. But I am saying that if it is there anyway, go into it, and see if you can't find that pearl, of wisdom, or that treasure of the feeling of being connected to your inner self. You will be amazed at how things can change externally once you have really gone there.
In the words of Indian mystic Meher Baba: 'A perennial spring of imperishable sweetness is within everyone'. We can tap into that sweetness that is within us, and sometimes suffering, whether it be acute or chronic, can be a door opened into the inner self that just takes that extra veil off, don't be afraid to climb in and see what is in there.
If you have ever experienced a positive experience or amazing sense of wellbeing or transformation during or after a bout of suffering, please leave a comment below, I'd love to hear about it, and I'm sure your experience can help or inspire others also.
Namaste and Love, Y'all!