Dear Soul Adventurer,
Are you ready to gain some ideas about how to soothe your spirit on a rocky adventure? Ever wonder where the BLEEP your bridge in life is?
You’ve come to the right place!
I’m sending you love from 8,500′ on my high altitude journey into the remote Northwestern region of Salta, Argentina. We had one heck of an adventure in the foothills of the Andes this week seeking a “bridge” shown on a map that supposedly crossed the Rio Calchaqui.
Let’s be absolutely clear, there was no bridge.
Maybe you’ve had days like this.
My traveling companion, aka “Hubby,” got a hankering to cross to the other side of the valley.
After all, there could be ruins of ancient civilizations hiding in those hills. Very little gets him excited like the prospect of discovering something almost nobody has seen for a thousand years!
Personally, I have LOTS of other things that get me excited, and I was pretty damn sure there was no way we were going to find a proper crossing place. The “roads” around here are not paved. They require a steady hand, a sturdy constitution, and an adventurous (and possibly certifiable) mind.
You can imagine what the “non-roads” – aka goat tracks – are like.
But away we went, seeking the unknown and wow, did we find it.
I wasn’t exactly embracing the experience.
I WAS racking my brain with questions like “You the *#@! do you soothe your spirit in times like this?!”
A teddy bear sounded like a good idea, so there was a moment I declared aloud that I wanted one that very instant (which grownups don’t wish for, right?)!
There were longer moments when I focused on relaxing and breathing while repeating to myself, “Next year I get to choose our trip, and we are going to ITALY!”
Then there was the magic moment when I realized my husband was absolutely, positively NOT STRESSED. AT ALL.
And then my curiosity took over.
I stopped focusing on my own discomfort and started wondering how it was possible that we were having wildly different experiences.
Maybe there was more to the story than I realized.
I asked how he was feeling, and if he was enjoying himself.
Not in a snarky way, in an authentic, connecting way.
I asked if he felt confident that we would be able to get safely back to the actual roads.
Yes, he did because “there’s a farmhouse nearby that a that must have a tractor” 😉
By tapping into his pleasure in our exploration, my entire nervous system settled.
At which point I noticed the most marvelous feeling.
A familiar energy of love enfolded me, one I attribute to the Divine Feminine, in the form of Miryam, otherwise known as Mother Mary.
This powerfully gentle support brought me back into alignment with my center, and the rocky trip back across the river was much more tolerable.
Pretty sure we crossed through private territory that belonged to this llama, one of the treasures of the journey 😉 The regal way
he surveyed his domain brought a smile to my eyes and heart.
I’m glad to get to share him, and my journey, with you. We are all adventurers in life, and when you know you’re in good company, it’s easier to discover a little more peace and pleasure along the way!
If you could use some effective, quick techniques to soothe your spirit, click here:
Top Stress Management Tips, Part One
What about you, soul adventurer? What has helped you during rocky adventures? I’d love to hear your comments!
With Love and Alchemy,
I love how you expressed how you and your husband were having differing stress in response to the same experience. You brought up a whole new concept for me: being curious about someone else’s experience as a way to re-center. Thank you.
It tickles me no end to hear when a new concept lands well with my readers. Now that you’ve had some time to try it out, I’d love to hear if this has been useful for you!