Posts tagged ‘journey’

June 24, 2016

Follow your bliss, witness magic

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell:

Follow your bliss, and doors will open where there are no doors.

Magic does exist, if you listen to your heart and follow where it leads. . . .

June 22, 2015

The journey is the remedy

Ever faced a long, daunting project, the scale of which set your anxieties astir? Actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman did so when they embarked on a four-month motorcycle journey around the world, following a route that included some of the toughest riding conditions on the globe.

Here are a few tips from their book, Long Way Round, about facing down your inner demons and just getting on with it:

  • The secret to any long journey or project is to take it in blocks — little chunks that you can process and manage bit by bit. A week into their 29,000-plus-kilometre journey, McGregor writes: “Even now, I couldn’t conceive of the scale of our undertaking. For months [before the trip] I had been talking people through the map [of our route]. Now I was sitting on my bike riding it. . . . But I still couldn’t fathom the distance ahead. The secret, I felt, was to take the journey in little blocks. Morning til coffee break. Coffee til lunch. Lunch til mid-afternoon break. . . . By breaking it up into chunks, we’d make it manageable. But the moment my mind drifted to the bigger picture . . . , the journey became overwhelming and panic set in.”
  • As the journey progresses, it’s also important not to let setbacks and disappointments get you down. Obstacles will crop up, and when they do, they may appear overwhelming. But if you take the time to step back and examine your situation from a broader perspective — one that looks beyond the obstacle looming right in front of you — you may see that the bigger picture is more important than the immediate, in-your-face details. McGregor and Boorman faced abysmally difficult roads in Mongolia — so bad that McGregor wanted to pack up and get out. But as he talked about his dilemma with his team, he realized that turning tail would rob him of the opportunity to experience more of a country that was already affecting him on a deep emotional level. Fighting through the roads might be difficult and put the trip “behind schedule”, but did that really matter in the long run? “It’s hard here,” Boorman tells McGregor, “it’s really hard. But it’s also really beautiful and we just have to concentrate more on the beauty and less on the hardship. . . . We [need] to open our eyes to our surroundings. Any journey [is] difficult when the field of vision [is] just five feet ahead of you.”
March 15, 2015

You aren’t perfect, but you can live fully anyway

Thoughts of the moment:

…courtesy of Donna Smallin in her book Unclutter Your Mind:

Accept that you aren’t perfect.
People will still love you even when you make mistakes.
They may even love you more for it.

Accept that others have shortcomings, too.
Forgiving others’ mistakes heals both parties and frees us to learn from the past and move forward.

…and courtesy of Oprah Winfrey:

I know for sure: Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.

Go. Do. Be. Live. ❤

December 14, 2014

Take the first step

Thought for the day, courtesy of author Paulo Coelho:

In spite of the knowledge that there were many ways in which I could fail, I had taken the first step.

Take the first step. It is amazing how far it will get you.

December 12, 2014

Missed crossings and winding walkings

This quote from Robert Brault makes me think of missed opportunities and “what-ifs”:

It is sad when two people turn from the paths they’re travelling, and their paths go on to cross without them.

And this one gives me hope that the missed opportunities and what-ifs are just twists in some longer journey that I’m still walking:

Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm-in-arm.

 

November 10, 2014

Find love by knocking down the walls around it

Thought of the moment, courtesy of Rumi:

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

September 18, 2014

Destination (un)known

Thought for the day, courtesy of explorer Christopher Columbus:

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Sometimes you just gotta jump on the boat and go.

February 14, 2014

You are on a hero’s journey

Inspiration from the book Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice by Cheri Huber:

“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost

We can waste a life trying to avoid. If we shrink enough, we won’t be a big target. If we ignore something, maybe it will go away. It doesn’t work. How do we know that? It hasn’t.

Today, remind yourself that you are on a hero’s journey and that you’re a hero for having started and for continuing.

December 27, 2013

Step beyond the threshold into something more

Thought for the day, courtesy of Franz Kafka:

From a certain point onward, there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.

In life, in love, in learning, seek this point. Reach it. Then exceed it.

November 3, 2013

Observed on the trail: A metaphor for life

Yesterday I went for a walk on a lovely meandering trail through the pine flats near my house. The track twisted and turned back on itself so often that it seemed a wonder it would ever reach its destination. But the scenery was gorgeous.

Kind of like life, I thought. Sometimes the long, circuitous, seemingly random path is the most beautiful and the most satisfying.