I am just back from holiday and like all holidays it has been full of new experiences. This can be something as simple as trying a new cocktail but in my case included seeing an Ocelot on a night drive, mastering how to stand up on a paddle board and making tamales and tortillas with a women’s co-operative in a Mayan village.
I really do appreciate I am very lucky to be able to travel and I have come back home full of enthusiasm for trying new things whenever I can.
I am also very lucky in my work as every new client or student brings me new opportunities to grow, develop and learn as I work. This is the nature of shamanic work and of teaching anything.
I make no apologies at all for highlighting how important new experiences are to us.
New experiences help to:
- keep our brains functioning
- slow down the appearance of time passing quickly – our brains take longer to process new information
- stop us being bored
- help to alleviate fear and build courage
- open up new possibilities
- help us to grow
- develop new skills
- keep us up-to-date
- enhance self esteem
- feed creativity
- breaks us out of ruts
- provides new perspectives
So how can we gain new experiences on an overcast day at home when we have empty pockets?
These are just some of the things that come immediately to mind
- walk a different way when you go out
- turn left instead of right
- pick up a different type of book when you go to the library
- talk to a stranger
- try drawing/singing/painting/dancing/skipping/something you don’t usually do – do it when no one else is around
- write with your left/right hand, the one you don’t usually use
- walk to somewhere you don’t usually go
- write a book/an article/a letter/anything
I was going to keep going but if this has wet your appetite Tiny Buddha has 50 ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities
Go, experience and enjoy, I certainly will be.