Most personal growth comes from overcoming a challenging experience. Like the most intriguing books we read, movies we watch or stories we hear, our lives are a series of obstacles waiting to be overcome. These obstacles are what creates a deeper connection with ourselves, others and the force between us.
We trigger some of these growth opportunities we as we challenge ourselves to achieve bigger or better things, whether it’s a difficult rock climb or a new business venture. As an entrepreneur, I seem to always be seeking this type of growth and developing strategies for overcoming difficulties. I believe that living with challenges is where the optimal state of consciousness is. If we are not seeking new challenges, life is not only boring but it keeps us from living our best. Seeking out new challenges can help develop resiliency and prepare us to overcome unexpected obstacles.
Have you experienced an unexpected obstacle recently? Maybe you have had an illness, an injury, lost someone close or know someone who has been through something similar. In about a years time, I ended a long term relationship, had a major injury, my dog died and a best friend and long time climbing partner died.
Experiencing tragedies like this has done two things for me. First, it has created a greater degree of empathy for others who have gone through or are going through something similar or difficult. That empathy has created a greater connection to spirit.
Ayurveda…an Answer to Anxiety - Share this...An overwhelming period of anxiety took over my life a year ago… the gut wrenching, breath stopping kind, absolutely paralyzing both mentally and physically. Perhaps you’ve had times in life where you felt safe, stable and then the earth shattered beneath your feet (a landslide?!): your mind suddenly turned into a night-long, ever- working…
The other thing that it has done for me is to create a need for a recovery strategy. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? For example, when my arm was nearly ripped off in a climbing accident, I got very clear about who and where my best resources were to fix my arm. I left California and returned to Jackson where there was an incredible resource of professionals that I knew would do the best job.
Dedication and persistence were critical to overcoming my major challenge. My persistence came from a vision of the person I wanted to be in the future. And at the foundation of it all was the belief that I could do what I was setting out to do. As I began to learn strategies of recovery from many challenges, I decided that I wanted to forge these lessons in an ultimate experience to share with people.
So I created the Ultimate Towner Obstacle Course Race with an event celebration theme of overcoming your obstacles. While the story of that event is for another time, ultimately there are lessons in every obstacle. And the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity to embrace a deeper connection with yourself, others and the spirit that connects us all.
About the Author
Week of the New SolLunar Cycle in Scorpio - Share this...Star Signposts: New SolLunar Cycle/First Quarter Moon ~ November 18 – November 25 New SolLunar Cycle in Scorpio “Light Upon Light” detail of painting by Susan Pitcairn Our New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Scorpio marks the time of year to make peace with the literal or metaphorical darkness. Rather than run from the shorter days and… Heartstrings and Horses - Share this...Horses can teach us volumes about relationships and healthy social structures. They don’t use words, but they speak loudly and clearly when it comes to telling the truth. And the truth is what we all communicate most effectively when we speak from our hearts. Put a child who weighs 70 pounds in a confined… Cosmic Questions with Carol Mann - Share this...Question: Does the soul really choose MY parents? Carol’s Reply: Yes! From the perspective of reincarnation theory there is an intentional “match up” of souls to their parents in each lifetime. No matter how it seems, this purposeful selection sets the stage for activating both what you intend to learn and what you are… 30 Years of Awakening - Share this...As I gathered music, altar objects, and prepared material for the four women’s metaphysical groups that I lead at Padma Mountain Studio, I found myself reflecting on their faces and how they have changed in the past 30 years. I saw the commitment to spiritual awakening, passion to learn tools to empty the mind,… Healing Hearts & The Magic of Rose Quartz - Share this...These days life seems to be emotionally interesting and physically tough. Just full of funk, and not the get up off your seat and move kind of funk, more like the I am not sure if I can get up and survive the day funk. Full moon? Time change? Just life? Lately I wake… Week of a Dynamic Last Quarter Moon - Share this...Star Signposts: Last Quarter Moon ~ November 10-17 “Inner-Glow” acrylic painting by Alison Brush (above) What a dynamic two-week period lies ahead, especially in regards to our roles in the world, the quality of our relationships, the need to take action based on what we feel is fair and just in unfolding events around us. Time to see… Unconditional Self Love: a Cure for the Stress of Modern Life - Share this...A few years back a someone gave me a gift, a gift that was out of the ordinary. It was a message I was ready to receive. We were talking about spirituality, he asked me, “Don’t you know your higher power has unconditional love for you?”. After that, my mind began to glow with… Yurt Living: Small but Vast - Share this...People often ask how we chose our current lifestyle. Did we consciously choose to raise our children so consciously? Or did moving into a yurt make us so conscious. Well, eight years ago, when we were living in a typical New England colonial house, in a typical New England town, no, I did not… Nature News for October - Share this...October brought Indian Summer. Temperatures reached the sixties with cold nights. The air carried a sense of warmth and the whisper of winter. The month was quite pleasant. Animals migrate. Morning frost covers the meadows. Off-season descends on the valley. After a cold September, the month of October brought time to play, time to… Week of the Full Moon in Sidereal Libra/Aries - Share this...Star Signposts: Full Moon ~ November 3 – 9 Full Moon in sidereal Libra/Aries “Inner-Glow” acrylic painting by Alison Brush (above) What a dynamic two-week period lies ahead, especially in regards to our roles in the world, the quality of our relationships, the need to take action based on what we feel is fair and just…