Hello there folks.
In many ways I feel like I am standing at the edge of a cliff, with the vastness of the unknown stretching out before me, I can feel my heart racing like it has never before. It’s a place where fear and excitement collide, almost as though they are in a battle with one another, where the familiar ground ends and the possibility of flight emerges. These are moments where I hold my breath. In the past I have let fear sit with me and become my constant companion and still jump or freeze. Excitement is an emotion that is foreign to me. I am learning to get to know it and embrace it’s nuances as I would learn to get to know a friend.
At times, life demands that we take a leap of faith, that we gather our courage and trust in something greater than ourselves. It’s in these moments of uncertainty that our true strength and resilience are tested. I have never known what is next even when I have plotted the way, there have always been deviations.
As I prepare to take that leap now , I connect with the depths of my soul. I listen to the whispers of my heart, and I’m reminded that the biggest growth often lies on the other side of fear. It’s in the unknown that we discover our untapped potential, our hidden talents, and our capacity for greatness.
While the edge of a cliff may seem daunting, it also holds the promise of transformation and liberation. It’s an invitation to embrace the exhilaration of soaring freely through life, unencumbered by self-doubt and limiting beliefs irrespective of what the circumstances. The meaning we make of the world around us is subjective.
So, if you too find yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, take a deep breath, summon your inner strength, and take that leap into the unknown. Trust that the universe will catch you, and know that you are capable of reaching new heights. Embrace the adventure that awaits and allow yourself to soar.
From my heart as always
From my heart to yours.
Much Love, as always.
#LeapOfFaith #CourageToJump #EmbracingUncertainty#ComfortZone
Hello there folks.
Cold water immersion, also known as cold water therapy, is immersing oneself in cold water for a set period. It has been gaining popularity recently due to its many benefits, such as reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and increasing circulation. Search Wim Hof for his work on the benefits. This is my experience.
I am privileged to live close to the ocean, so swimming was where I landed in a way.
As a novice and weak swimmer since my school days, partly because I had no access to pools or open water, and as I grew up in a concrete jungle, I never thought that open water swimming in low temperatures was something that I would ever try. I get cold very quickly. My Mom did take me for lessons as a small child so I was able to get by for the casual dips and lengths in the pool and dunks in the ocean; from time to time in my life, never did I think that swimming would become a “thing” in my life. However, when a friend suggested it to me as a way to improve my mental and emotional resilience, meet new people, add to my fitness routine which was initially the drawing card for me, and improve my swimming skills by swimming, I eventually decided to give it a try seven months ago.
I was overcome with fear and anxiety the first time I stepped into the cold water. The shock of the cold water was almost unbearable, and I felt like my body was shutting down. But as I started to acclimate to the water, I began to feel a sense of calm and focus that I had never experienced before.
Over time, I noticed improvements in my swimming skills and so much more. I could hold my breath for extended periods, my strokes became more efficient, and I could swim longer without getting tired. But more than that, I realized that cold water immersion in the morning taught me essential life lessons. By pushing myself past my comfort zone and embracing the discomfort of the cold water without judging my performance as a swimmer, I was learning to overcome my fears and develop mental resilience. I realized that I was capable of more than I ever thought possible and that anything is achievable with hard work and dedication. I knew this already, didn’t I? I think we all do to some degree. The trick is allowing ourselves to experience it by breaking out of our comfort zone. This first-hand experience and opportunity popped up on my radar, and I rose to the challenge.
Whether you rate your journey as successful or not is irrelevant. Isn’t it more about breaking out of your comfort zone and learning something new about yourself and others?
My journey with cold open water swimming has inspired me to encourage others to step outside their comfort zones and try new things. There is always another comfort zone to step out of. Every time is an opportunity to experience something new/ Whether trying a new hobby, taking on a new challenge, or facing a fear head-on, we all can do more than we think we can. It takes us to believe in ourselves and get some help from friends.
In a world that often values comfort and convenience over personal growth and progress, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and resist change. But by embracing discomfort and allowing ourselves to move through our perceived limits, we open ourselves up to new opportunities and experiences that can transform our lives.
Suppose you’re looking for a way to build mental resilience, improve physical health, and challenge yourself in new ways. In that case, I encourage you to try that activity you always wanted to do but have allowed the fear to overwhelm you. Perhaps it is cold open water swimming, like me. Maybe it’s taking that step, making that call, reaching out. It may be uncomfortable initially, but the benefits of mastering something for yourself without competition are genuinely remarkable.
The difficult things we overcome in life become the simple things. It’s the things we remember that pull us through the darker days.
From my heart to yours.
Much Love, as always.
#ColdWaterImmersion #MentalResilience #PushingPastComfortZone #PersonalGrowth #NoviceSwimmer #ConcreteJungle #OvercomingFears #ChallengingYourself #NewOpportunities #TransformYourLife #TryNewThings