Do you feel like life is a bit like ‘groundhog day’ sometimes?
Do you feel like you are trudging along the same path each day going to work on the same bus, seeing the same people, going to the same parties or dropping the kids off at school day after day?
What happened to the zest, the fun, the buzz, the excitement in your life?
One of the key ingredients for a joyful exuberant life is diversity, randomness or in other words, the UNKNOWN. Yet this essential ingredient for an exuberant life is one of the main ones we avoid most because of fear. We fear the ‘unknown’. For this reason we keep ourselves safe, way back from the boundary line of change, in the ever recurring KNOWN and wonder why life is boring, tiring and well, dull! *yawn* (Yep, it’s why I stayed in the same job for 26 years!)
So how do we get more randomness back into our lives when everything is already so structured and routine? I recall years ago my meditation teacher recommended that once a month we should go to the train station and jump on any train without even knowing where it was going, then get off at the last stop and spend a day there walking around exploring something new. (Interestingly, my next door neighbour is a lovely 85 yr old gentleman named Pete, and at least once a week he heads off with his pensioner travel card and traverses all over Sydney exploring unchartered areas to keep things new and interesting in his life.)
We can actually train (no pun intended) ourselves to be more open to change. When we are able to handle change and randomness more effortlessly, we will have less stress in our lives. Most stress and friction is a result of resistance to change, which is fear of the unknown. The more adaptable we are to change, the less stress we will have in our lives.
See if you can find ways to break your routine and step out of your safe zone. Try something different each week, like a new evening class, present a talk, go horse riding, go rock climbing, take a different route home, go somewhere random on the weekend. If you want to really step things up, then change jobs, change houses, change countries! You’ll be amazed at how invigorated and alive you will feel when you do it.
With that said, I’m about to jump into a world of diversity and randomness! In a days time I’m going to be officially OFF THE GRID for a week!
What does that mean?
No internet, no telephone, no electricity, no running water, no money, no politics, no religions, and yes, no Facebook!
How? Where? Why? You might ask?
This is a 6 day festival in the Nevada desert where 70,000 people converge in a cohesive harmonised collaboration literally in the middle of nowhere. It is described in Wikipedia as “…an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.”
That’s about all I can tell you right now because for me it’s all the UNKNOWN. But rest assured, I’ll give you a good debrief when I return. In the meantime I think this is one of the best videos I’ve seen of Burning Man made by my good friends Richard and Heather from Lightworks Creative.
After you watch this short video please share with me below it, how you have lept into the unknown and enlivened your life with change!
If you are seeking some encouragement to do something truly amazing then head to our retreats page where you can explore some of the amazing things coming up with The Stillness Project by clicking here.