Do you allow adventure in? If not, why not? What stops you? What fears come up that keep you from living your dreams? Are the worst case scenarios of those fears really as bad as knowing that you will be disappointed at the end of your life that, when opportunity knocked, you didn’t even open the door?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
Life is an adventure and should be lived as such. Get it under your fingernails. Enlightenment does not have to consist of sitting in a room, quietly meditating all day. Life itself is a meditation, if you approach it right. You made an agreement to be here now. You made an agreement to be born into a society, with things to do. Your entire life can be a conversation with the Divine, if you approach it as such. That seems like a much more tangible experience of the Divine, does it not?
When the fears come up, think through them as opposed to letting them rule you. If you took the action, what is the worst thing that could happen? And how bad is that really? What is the best thing that could happen? Do you really want to risk not having that in your life if you could?
Remember, fear is the illusion of the absence of the Divine. The Divine is everywhere, even in you. Fear just makes you forget that. The Universe really does have your best interests at heart, as long as you do. Stop letting an illusion keep you from going after your dreams. Get out there and live a little! Heck, get out there and live a lot!
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