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What Will the Next Step Be? Lessons From the Inca Trail

Day 11 of the new year. Now what?

I’m continuing my decluttering project. The space around me is changing. I’m taking steps to move many things that get in my way – thoughts, papers, etc.

A couple of weeks ago while I was at the gym sweating my butt off on the elliptical machine and thinking about the effort I was putting into it, my mind grabbed a memory from 1999 when I walked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru for the first time.

I had been hiking for a couple of days and had reached a part of the trail that has many steps leading up, up, up. The altitude (9,000 to over 13,500 feet) on the Inca Trail makes trekking a challenge for even the most experienced of hikers. At one point I stopped to catch my breath on a flat stretch and looked ahead. When I did I was immediately overwhelmed by what I saw: more steps. Fatigue set in. I drank some water. I looked at the steps again and a voice said, “Just focus on one step at a time. Do not look ahead.” I took a step up and did as suggested. My breathing and thoughts relaxed, and my strength returned.

Last week I related that story to my mentor. She asked me to stop when I told her about the instructions I was given. “Repeat that,” she said. The words changed as I spoke them and echoed in my head: “There is nothing more important than the step you are taking NOW.”

At Rosa’s suggestion I wrote that down and am holding the words close to my heart, one day at a time, one step at a time, one breath at a time.

Today I am grateful for the many lessons learned in the Andes Mountains of Peru from 1998-2004, to Mallku and Lorna, to Rosa for teaching me about never-ending love, my strong legs and breath, money that appears in the most ‘unusual’ places, teachings in dreamtime, At One, Woom, Con Ed, mental health days, the food on my table and in the ‘fridge, hands that are open to receive, and my book agent, editor and publisher.

Amen! Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

Are You Ready For The Big One?

“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.”
– David Ogilvy

I can’t help myself. I’m thinking big and I’m excited about it. It’s a new year and a new decade and I’m ready for it to be HUGE. How about you?

“Be imaginative, bold and brave! The results may surprise you.” – Jim Allen

On New Year’s Eve I began a three-day Visioning Retreat (brought on by my desire to ring in the new year in quiet contemplation and the worst case of sneezing and sniffling I’ve had in a long time). It was a continuation of a process that had begun just before Christmas. I took time to reflect on the past year and ask myself where I want to be in 1, 5 and 10 years and how I might get there. It was a rewarding experience and now, on Jan. 4, 2010, as I embrace more fully my brilliance as a speaker, writer, instructor and guide, and prepare to ‘take the show on the road’, I ask myself to do exactly what I ask my clients to do:

1) Tell the Universe what you want (in a positive, ‘I AM POSSIBLE and DESERVING’ voice.)
2) Make a commitment to yourself and the manifestation of your goal.
3) Stay focused on your rich vision.
4) Take empowering action toward your goal everyday, and in every possible way.
5) Allow yourself to receive all that you ask for.
6) Be grateful for everything.
7) Acknowledge yourself.
8) Celebrate each and every achievement.

With those Law of Attraction principles set in motion I fully realize and accept that the Universe has many forms of showing me the way, and that each moment on the path is beautiful and perfect if I choose to see it like that. As Pema Chodron says, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh.”

What BIG, BOLD idea, dream, goal is inspiring you? What actions will you take to see it manifest?

And so it is.

Today I am grateful for big dreams, big actions and big results, unexpected colds that keep me at home, a clean and clutter-free office,
my support team (visible and invisible), hours and hours of music, candlelight, Yogi Tea, my book agent, editor and publisher, my motivational speaking gigs, an abundance of weekly clients, and smiles from strangers.

Thank YOU. Breathe peace!

Joe

Chastity Bono Teaches Me About Courage

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I started this blog post several times last night. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write about. My mind was occupied with the news that Chastity Bono, daughter of Sonny and Cher, was going to have a sex change. “How fascinating, ” I thought. “I’ll blog about that.” Then I asked myself, “Why?”

In my search for an answer I kept coming back to the word ‘courage’. It takes courage for someone to stand up and say, “This is who I am.” Indeed, Chastity Bono, the child of a mega-celebrity, is acting courageously by letting the world know who he feels he truly is.

What happens when we stay quiet and small, refusing to live as we wish to live? How can we push through, be open, and be true to ourselves?

“In your desire to know who you are, you will all ways seek out the people, the circumstances, and the events that move you closer to realizing your authentic self. What do we mean by ‘your authentic self’? We are referring to you as the uncluttered heart, unbridled love, wild and untamed source of energy that you are, regardless of size, shape, skin color, place of birth, personal history, etc. Source is all ways seeking Source, and becuse you are Source in human form, you will all ways pursue your true nature. You will all ways find your way back to Source. Courage comes when needed. Strength comes when needed. Your fierce heart will guide you. Know that and be free.”
– At One

Sounds simple. Now go out and practice.

Today I am grateful for abundant resources, messages of peace, daily workouts, Paulette and the office, clients who remind me to be still, TD Bank, Leslie and Be Open Designs, the work of Byron Katie, time to be, Nature, NYC, and the weekend.

Thanks and peace!

Joe