Wrenching with heart and soul

A while back, I took a motorcycle maintenance course. It was a combination of classroom seminars on basic bike mechanics and hands-on demonstrations, complete with a day in the shop to work on our own bikes. Everyone in the course wanted new knowledge and basic mechanical skills to make minor adjustments and repairs.

We were riders of different ages and different competencies, yet even the most experienced was open to discovering what lives beneath the surface. We were a curious bunch and, with our instructor nearby, we gained the confidence to take tools to our bikes.

When it comes to wrenching, the questions that haunt the newly initiated include, “If I take this apart, can I put it back together? Properly? What if I find extra bolts lying around afterward? Do I trust myself?”
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Filling the gap

Recently, I was asked why some Seismic eShift postings seem to leave readers dangling.

“Dangling”, as in there should be some sort of closure. An answer. A definitive direction to take. Otherwise, the loop is left open with a gap of uncertainty because the outcome could be anything.

Uncertainty can be disconcerting. Discomfort is, by definition, uncomfortable. You can bet I get curious about that uncertainty and discomfort. What was it that made you see or feel something you didn’t want to see or feel?

I specialize in ‘seismic nudges’. The gap is all yours to bridge as you live your life from moment to moment. Your choices. Your amazing story. Now if THAT makes you uncomfortable – the idea that you’re the true author of your own story – then I’m more than willing to risk your discomfort.

What are you willing to risk in service of your Seismic Life?

Success too close for comfort

Animals have a built-in “flight distance”, the distance at which a perceived potential threat initiates action to flee. Different animals have different flight distances depending on the nature of the potential threat and distance to safety.

To my knowledge, humans are the only organisms on this planet with a flight response triggered by potential success, opportunities, and fulfillment.

From what opportunity or potential are you keeping yourself “safe”?

Learn to love the burn

After a hiatus from regular running for several years, I’m rebuilding my base. It hurts. My muscles burn and my lungs rebel. I run now because I remember what it was like to be able to cover long distances knowing that I still had extra gears at my disposal. I want to get there again.

I trust my legs. I relish the lactic acid burn in my muscles knowing that I’m getting stronger and stronger, evermore closer to my goals. Even had a little breakthrough recently when my legs and lungs actually felt nimble, if only for about ten seconds. Yes, Virginia, there really is a runner’s high.

Are you in the early stages of creating something new? Whatever it may be, trust your metaphorical legs to get you where you want to go. Your vision is your daily touchstone for success and delight.

Getting to the good stuff hurts at the start and there are no shortcuts, but, man oh man, the payoff! It can be a fabulous view at the trail peak, a breakthrough, a clarity. A mastery of self.

What are you running for?

Strength in vulnerability

As soon as you invest funds, you create an attachment to a positive return on investment, ROI. Ideally, you maximize growth with the least amount of input. For many, emotional investments work in a similar way.

What is it that makes you invest emotionally, especially when the desired outcome is never guaranteed or may be utterly unexpected? With so much at stake, should you be more careful about exposing your heart? So you play it small. You invest nothing, you get nothing.

But what if you get to change the rules? What if you invested with no expectation of an ROI? What is the attachment? Where is the freedom?

There is untold strength in risking vulnerability.

Just putting the concept out there and seeing where it lands. What’s coming up for you?