Thursday, 29 March 2012

Moving Mountains

Lion's Head... One of the Mountain's in my back yard.

I'm totally convinced that this is the theme for the day... I have read two friends Facebook posts about personal growth and goal setting today, and I even received a quote in an e-mail today relating to this topic of growth, vision, transformation, goals... whatever name you give this very interesting and multifarious principle of life.

Which got me thinking about the words to a song I heard while watching a movie?
So I have another confession to make...
I watched the first Hannah Montannah movie... And I loved it! Sjoe, what a load off my chest! There, I said it LOL!

There was one particular song that stuck out to me. The melody is divine and the words are even more sublime! 
Any person who has known struggle in life will definitely resonate with these words.
Usually, we are stuck feeling sorry for ourselves in the situations we are challenged by (if this so happens to not be like you, I'm sure you've experienced an off-day at least.)

At times we feel like giving up. If there is no goal, there is no vision and if there is no vision there is misery & suffering and a sense of lack in purpose. Today I read, that suffering is a choice. It's not the first time I've heard it (I've actually dived deep into thought on this, but it's a whole other conversation.) Bottom line is that even if we don't inflict it, we choose to stay in it.
In short, if there is no vision, there is stagnation... And naturally as beings of creation (we have this ability to create stuff) if we are not creating, we become miserable, directionless, fearful, negative, our growth becomes stumped and we end up wishing for something better.

When we are moving in the direction towards something we want to achieve, this is when life becomes meaningful and more contentment is felt.
All it takes is for you to test the theory out long enough for the universal truth of moving forward to light your fire. The more you align yourself with your vision, taking action towards achieving it, the more that vision will become set ablaze... until it's an unquenchable furnace for growth, development, self-improvement, joy, bliss, connectedness with yourself and others that you might inspire along the way.  You might even meet others who inspire you even more and get you along a little further. You might know what I'm talking about here, because we've all been on a roll at some stage in our lives.

Reaching the goal is not where the growth or happiness come from... It's the actual heading towards it! If you're looking to the end without being present in your journey, you’re likely to give up before you've even had a chance to feel it.
I'm going to say it again...One of my core messages to people who want to see change in their lives is this:
Real transformation happens when the realisation of the journey hits centre. Meaning that, once you stop stressing and obsessing over the goal and allow for your enjoyment of the journey towards the goal to happen... Everything you want transformed starts happening... only then and no sooner! Learn who you are, Lear to like you, then be yourself unapologetically and unequivocally.

When I started mountain biking I really sucked at the hills, I dreaded them, but I was inspired by so many strong riders that pass my on the way up. They make it look effortless. I wanted to become as strong as they were. I did get better... My attitude changed as I listened and regulated my breath. The burning in the legs became a feeling of connectedness with my body and in turn turned into a sensation I enjoyed feeling. Cycling up hills became a focus and on a really good day... it becomes a meditation for me. The same thing happens to me when I hold my Warrior postures. I try to remember my biking metaphor for my challenges of the bike and off the yoga mat.
The hills in my life, really serve me as my greatest teachers. I know that I will lose sometimes... But I’m still going to get over those mountains. As I keep meeting new ones, I integrate with myself, building and discovering new strengths (and weaknesses, which in turn become strengths if I don’t ignore them) as I climbed new heights. So the journey doesn't become tedious, but the stumbling blocks towards my goals are really where the joys can be found.

I really loved this song, because it offered another take on what it means to overcome those, sometimes, insurmountable mountains we meet along our paths.

The Climb
lyrics: Songwriters: Alexander Mabe (I think), sung by Miley Cyrus

The Climb lyrics

I can almost see it 
That dream I’m dreaming but 
There’s a voice inside my head sayin,
You’ll never reach it, 
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels 
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but
I Got to keep trying 
Got to keep my head held high 

There’s always going to be another mountain 
I’m always going to want to make it move
 Always going to be an uphill battle, 
Sometimes you going to have to lose, 
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
 Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb 

The struggles I’m facing, 
The chances I’m taking 
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
 I may not know it 
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah 
Just got to keep going 
And, I, I got to be Strong
Just Keep pushing, oh

There’s always going to be another mountain
 I’m always going to want to make it move 
Always going to be an uphill battle, 
Sometimes you going to have to lose, 
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
 Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
 It’s the climb 

There’s always going to be another mountain
 I’m always going to want to make it move 
Always going to be an uphill battle, 
Sometimes you going to have to lose, 
Ain’t about how fast I get there, 
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
 It’s the climb 

Keep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby 
It’s all about It’s all about 
The climb Keep the faith
Keep your faith 


If you haven't heard it here's the link: YouTube

Then last but not least the quotes I received today via e-mail:

"The real challenge is no to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It's to survive as yourself, undiminished."
- Elia Kazan

Oh wait... last one
"This life yields to the thoughts of your mind and the actions you take. The goal is to be so in tune with your essence, your intuition and your Heart that this connection becomes the driving force in your life. When you are connected to your essence you are connected to the energy of the greater whole and will be guided towards greatness. When you trust yourself and express with heartfelt conviction that which you really are you flip the script on whatever is lacking in your life and draw it to you automatically."
- Jackson Kiddard

And now I'm going to stop talking... soon.
Leave your comments below. Your thoughts and additions are welcome... after all we are meant to share and offer a different take to make one big pool of collective wisdom. 
You guys inspire me!

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