If jumping from a bridge is not exciting enough, add an exotic locale, an elite distinction, and world-class hospitality. It all adds up to a mind-expanding, toe-curling experience of a lifetime and one I highly recommend for anyone seeking to free themselves from fear.
My journey began just days after a midlife birthday sent me on an extraordinary trip to South Africa with a small group of adventurers.
Our bungee jumping excursion was not on the original itinerary. However, once it became available, it sounded intriguing.
Initially, my fear won out as I balked at the idea and…
Should I really make this the topic for my first blog post? Should I organize my desk before I begin? Should I make that Doctor appointment I’ve been putting off first? Should I stop procrastinating and get ON with it?
Well, should I?
That was my self-talk as I began writing this. You see, my mind operates like a compromised computer screen overrun with annoying personal “pop-ups” that scream SHOULD I?
Just as I’m about to be seduced by a tantalizing tale or a sublime sip of chardonnay at the end of a very long day, it happens: “SHOULD I…
Have you ever wondered what you could do to increase your happiness?
My answer is to follow your M.A.P. which is an acronym for:
M=Meaning A=and P=Pleasure. Since meaning is meaningful and pleasure is pleasurable, people are often confused about balancing these two extremes.
They wonder how to incorporate both meaning AND pleasure into their daily lives.
Too much pleasure is called hedonism, and even though there’s a certain amount of short-term enjoyment, there’s usually a lot of pain involved. This enjoyment provides no lasting fulfillment because pleasure is about the present moment; and is often narcissistic.
On the other…
First, the good news! If we’re fortunate to live to age 50 (which is considered midlife based on the assumption of making it to triple-digits), we are technically too old to die young!
This bustling area known as 5th Avenue is a kaleidoscope of vibrant color and contrasts. However, unlike its more recognizable namesake in the Big Apple, here, you won’t find mink coats, McMansions, or (thankfully) blizzards!
Indeed the only snow you’ll see is likely tucked away on a shelf inside a snow globe in one of the countless souvenir shops that line this tourist-rich area in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
A brilliant new moon illuminated our path as we walked through the chilly desert evening to the excursion site. Whispered chit-chat and nervous laughter wafted through the air. Smoke rose in the distance. My heart raced as my mind replayed every anti-alternative lecture I’d ever heard: “Be careful. If you open your mind too much, your brains will fall out.” “Make sure the risk is worth the reward.” “Yada, yada, yada….”
Let me begin at the beginning.
Years ago, an acquaintance casually remarked that his girlfriend had once “firewalked.” “You mean, she walked barefoot across hot burning coals?!”…
When someone hurts us we lash out — emotionally or physically, perhaps both — depending on the circumstances and our personality type. Some of us internalize our heartaches, unintentionally trapping the pain and causing the unexpressed anger to “pace the cage” inside us.
This repressed pain manifests itself as a poisonous brew of bad habits, toxic relationships, feelings of inferiority, unexplained low-level aches and pains, or a variety of common anxiety disorders and “dis-eases.”
Separation anxiety doesn’t just happen to our pets. It’s also a common human emotion that can — if allowed to take root — grow into a massive mountain of blues.
If you’re away from home for the first (or fiftieth) time homesickness can come out of nowhere and feel completely overwhelming. A yearning for family, old friends, familiar food, even your annoying cousin Eddie can leave you feeling nostalgic and sad.
This longing for familiarity can occur at any time, especially on or in anticipation of an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or holiday typically spent with loved ones back home.