Off The Beaten Path
So I’m getting ready to head out on a 2 day mountain biking adventure off the beaten path. Other than my riding partner, I won’t see another soul the entire time. We’ll be doing a remote camp under the stars tonight.
And to be honest with you I thought my camping days were over. I use to love to camp. Now, I mostly try to avoid it. OK, I completely try to avoid it. Don’t get me wrong, I will play hard… biking, running, paddling for 12-24 hours. I don’t mind being wet, muddy (and even bloody) and pushing until I can’t push anymore. In fact, I love that.
BUT, when that stops, what I want is a hot shower, high thread count sheets in an ultra comfortable bed with some wholesome food, a tasty beverage, and a good book. That’s how I roll these days.
Tonight though, it’s primitive camping and I requested it. What the heck was I thinking?
I am craving the Earth. I am craving fire. I am craving silence. I am craving a huge black sky. I am craving a vast ocean of stars that never cease to amaze me. I am craving the smells and feel of the Earth around and under me.
I am craving a digital detox…no social media, no emails, no internet, no computer, no phone. I want to step away from the man-made (except for my beloved bike!), the busy, and the noise in my head.
I am craving a deeper connection. That connection I always feel so intensely when I’m in the woods, on the trails, in the mountains or on water. It’s magical. It’s mystical. It’s spiritual. It feels like complete exhilaration AND peace at the same time.
It always reminds me of what I need more of in life, and what I need less of.
This weekend for me is about soul nourishment.
What are you craving? What would truly fill you up? What does your soul need for nourishment?
I’m willing to bet the things in your life that really fill you up, that really bring you happiness are right at your fingertips. And usually they don’t take a lot of money, if any. They do take being aware, and mindfully and actively bringing them into your daily practice and life.
Are you paying attention to those things? Do you know what they are for you? Are you engaging in those things that really nourish your soul?
They are typically simple and beautiful things like:
:: enjoying a great meal
:: having a great conversation
:: hugging your child
:: creating a piece of art
:: laughing with a friend
:: reading a good book
:: going on a trail run
:: doing yoga
:: walking in nature
:: paddling at sunrise
:: biking off the beaten path
:: enjoying live music
:: gathering with a small group of friends
:: just being…
:: watching a fire…
:: gazing at stars…
:: feeling the wonder that is life!
It’s so easy to over complicate life. To fill it with things…busyness, information overload, to-do lists, the shoulds, physical stuff, non-fulfilling work, or goals accomplishments that aren’t even aligned.
This leads to spiritual malnutrition. It feels like stress, emptiness, and a “blah” state we can’t quite figure out. What are you really craving?
Slow down. Get quiet. Listen.
Then…spark something that matters…nourish your soul. Let it fuel your extraordinary life.
And, by golly, get out into nature this weekend…however that looks to you. It will nourish you, I promise!
With Spark + Love!