When’s The Last Time You Had An Adventure?

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Next time you are bored, pull out a map or spin a globe and drop your finger anywhere.

Wherever your finger lands is a magical place filled with thousands of species that don’t exist where you are right now, several lamguages might be spoken there that you’ve never heard before.  Rare fruit might grow.  Intense healing herbs.  The tress might be rainbow colored. The water might glow in the dark.

Adventure in travel is always life-expanding because, surrounded by so much new sensory information, you just can’t help but be fully present.  You get a deeper sense of yourself and your energy and interest.  You may find things that you’ll cherish forever.  Or you might get lost, and spend a day finding your way back to where you need to be.

Finding adventure in every day is true life-expanding stuff, even if you never travel anywhere.  Adventure is activity, curiousity and living without (or on the fringes of) rules… Adventure isn’t dangerous in the way that I am talking about it today… even though it may feel exhillerating.

When’s the last time you had an adventure? 

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I’ve had a strong group of clients lately with very big responsibility lives who feel – on some level- a deep yearning for challenge.

Challenge can be its own adventure.

When I ran an art gallery owned by a maverick legend, every day was like jumping off a cliff.  Would I have to figure out how to crane a million pounds of art into a container in the parking lot? Discover how to produce a classical music concert in the middle of an art installation? Give press tours of exhibitions while looking for a team of 100 people on Craigstlist to build a sculpture?

I never missed a place more when I left because I never felt as able to do anything as I felt while I was there.

Are you feeling positively challenged right now? 

Are you having enough adventure? 

Spring is traditionally the time of year to step into action after the rest period of the winter… but year-round, any time is a great time for challenge.

In feng shui, challenge creates fire element in your life.

Fire element sparks rapid changes, amplifying money, love, health, happiness…

Adventure and challenge are as important as eating well or sleeping enough!

It’s good for your brain.

“When you learn, you change the structure of your brain.

Riding a bike seems impossible at first. But soon you master it. How? As you practice, your brain sends “bike riding” messages along certain pathways of neurons over and over, forming new connections. In fact, the structure of your brain changes every time you learn, as well as whenever you have a new thought or memory.” (via national geographic kids)

It’s good for your moods. 

Severely depressed people have benefited greatly from immersion in wilderness-based adventure therapy. A more scaled back version of adventure- be it learning to surf or taking a vacation to a new place- can help you if you are feeling stuck or lackluster to be radiant again.

It’s true inspiration. 

Julia Cameron writes in the creativity-unblocking  Artist’s Way book about “filling the well” of inspiration that runs dry for all of use when we’ve been busy with all work and no play. Yes: we all lose inspiration.  We all can lose connection with the source of what makes us happy.  We all can get blocked.

Adventure sets you in a totally new frame of mind where-suddenly and hugely- you are growing again where you’ve been idling.

What can you do to have more of an adventure?

Go do something fun that you’ve always wanted to do!

On that note, I’m off to take the dogs walking down some new streets.  We all start somewhere!

xoxo Dana

 

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