The holidays are upon us, and as always it opens the door for a great amount of self-reflection. The end of the year brings many thoughts and feelings, but most often it invokes inquiry about where we are in the context of our lives.
To uncover where I was this time last year, I went back and re-read the newsletter I sent to you in November of 2012. I had just returned from a trip to Morocco, which was my first international trip alone. After reading it I realized that my message, intention, desire, and authenticity remain the same todayâ€¦
To feel connected to humanity, and the world.
There must be something about the month of November for me, because I engaged in another life altering experience this month that reaffirmed my most noble truth.
I experienced my first sweat lodge in the beautiful setting of Ojai, with a large group of people (many of whom I had never met).
The personal lessons were way too numerous to cover in one post, but the biggest takeaway was thisâ€¦
Fear is an illusion that blocks the truth of who you are, and it prevents you from trusting the will and strength inherent in your human nature.
My fear of being stuck in an intensely hot, small man made structure without any ventilation almost stopped me from having one of the most profoundly transforming 90 minutes of my life.
Think about all of the things you have not or would not do because of your fear.
“It is the receptivity of our heart and the passivity of our mind, it is the eagerness, the thirst and hunger after truth, it is the direction of our whole life to that Ideal from who all light and truth come, that alone can bring us truth and knowledge.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan
Have you missed out on deep love? Sharing your story with the world? Going on a date? Making amends with that old friend? Swimming in the ocean? Starting that business? Writing that blog? Applying for that job? Staying in a dead relationship?
Seeking the truth of the self, and living from a place of courage, has been at the core of any spiritual quest for centuries because the wise know that life is too precious to waste on worry and skepticism.
None of us were put on this earth to hide, and to feel afraid of living.
I recognize that finding opportunities in daily life that create a safe enough space to get to the piping hot core of your being are rare, and that not everyone can or will participate in a sweat lodge to get there.
However, I want to offer you three tenets to live by over the next week that will profoundly shift your experience of yourself and the way you live in the world.
ONE: Realize that you are not separate from anyone or anything in your life. This means that you are never alone, and that any pretense you hold about being better, worse or different is an illusion of your mind that creates a sense of isolation and suffering.
TWO: Practice humility on a daily basis by staying close to the elements that keep you alive. The air, plants, ocean, and all living things make it possible for you to exist and live the life you so cherish. Humility is a direct path to the heart, and living from your heart opens the door to your truth.
THREE: Live from your heart whenever possible. This means disconnecting from your ego, and plugging into the truth of any situation. A sense of reality can be tricky when you live solely in your head, but the heart will provide a deeper knowing that you can trust if you allow it to speak.
Of course all of this is a “practice” that takes an ongoing commitment and a deep desire to transform. I encourage you to try these on for size, see how it feels, and use them to start or continue your own journey through fear.
Dr. Andra Brosh November 26th, 2013