Have a great trip, see you next fall : The crash and burn
Just over a week ago, in a brilliant show of elegance and grace, I tripped over my own foot and crashed to the ground.
At the time, I was doing some speed and agility training, so the stumble was pretty hard, and I actually had to do a roll to dissipate the force.
When I stood up, I had a scrape on my calf, a large bruise on my hip, and fresh road rash on the palm of my hand, complete with embedded rocks.
Needless to say, it didn’t feel great.
It physically hurt, and since I was in a public park in Manhattan, New York City, the crash came with the sting of public embarrassment as well.
Naturally, tripping over myself isn’t exactly what I was aiming for that day, however, it provides a great reminder and illustration of an important topic.
I am human, you are human, we all are human
I’m not perfect and I most certainly don’t “have it all worked out”. (Fairly obvious, yet something important to have in the open and clearly stated.)
I make mistakes, stumble, slip up, lose track of things, get pulled off into lines of thought and emotion, and on more occasions than I’d like, feel that I am failing in some form.
We are all human, and life is a journey.
While we walk on a path aimed towards clarity, calmness, peace and happiness, occasionally, we will still stumble, fall, mess up, or get off track.
The reasons are numerous, and the stumbles can sometimes feel extremely painful.
What is important is how we handle those stumbles, how we pick ourselves up and where we go when we realize we lost track of the trail or tripped along the way.
That is what BigSkyRise is about.
BigSkyRise is about sharing the things that do work, the things proven successful, the things which help me, the things which help you, and the ones helping others.
Being mindful and practicing meditation are techniques to help us recognize when we start to stumble, be it on a thought, emotion, a regret, or something else.
When we recognize what’s happening, we can catch ourselves before we fall too far and before we get caught in a downward spiral of negative thinking.
Mindfulness gives us the tools to recognize and be compassionate towards those things, and it gives us the ability to let them go.
Being mindful also helps us recognize we are all human and to be compassionate towards each other and ourselves.
We are all facing these struggles, regardless of what our social media profiles portray.
We are all in this together and we are not alone, even though it often feels that way.
This in part is why it is so important to practice mindfulness daily, in “good times” and in “bad times”.
Daily practice, in whatever form it takes, helps us recognize what is taking place, to appreciate the moment that we are in, and to appreciate the sentient beings around us, including ourselves.
It helps us remember that the love, the happiness, the generosity, the gratitude, the compassion and the bright light within us, are all already here.
Sometimes, we lose track of them and let them get covered by thoughts and emotions, and that’s okay, it’s all part of the journey, and it’s something we all share.
Accept, forgive, let go
All of us have flaws, we all mess up, we all get lost, and we all do things we wish we hadn’t.
Take a breath and accept that what is, is.
We are where we are now.
No matter how much we might think we want to change it, we can’t.
We can control our interactions and approach to the now, and thus shape the future.
Forgive yourself and others and remember we’re all struggling against many things unseen.
We can’t undo failures or harm that has been done.
What we can do is let go of the guilt, the anger, the fear and the negative emotions that hold us back from accomplishing the great things we have the potential to do.
When we hold on to the negativity we hold ourselves back from doing things better, and we smother the positivity that can heal and grow ourselves and others.
Easy to say, hard to do, and yet very much worth the effort.
I am a human. Sometimes I slip while walking my journey. In reality, we all stumble and trip along the journey of life, and that is okay. What matters is that we pick ourselves up, and the manner in which we handle the mistakes we make. In both easy and hard times, the things we seek are already here—and daily mindfulness practice helps us see and remember that. BigSkyRise is about sharing the things that help us remember that, and help us in living a happier life. We all are walking—and stumbling—on our journey, and always know, you are not alone.
Fellow Journeyer @ BigSkyRise
As mentioned above, BigSkyRise is about helping make lives better, and helping us uncover happiness. We all stumble and trip as we walk our path, so please share with someone you care about. Give them tools to help along the way, and help them know they are not alone on this journey.