Think Less. Leap More: A Lesson From Costa Rica
This is me, taking a 12 foot plunge into a waterfall pool in a forest in Costa Rica. Easily one of the greatest moments of my life.
Now, before you watch the video, I have to confess, I didn’t fearlessly climb up there and jump.
I actually watched my boyfriend and two friends go first, then stood on the ledge for about 7 minutes over-thinking it, paralyzed with fear. More accurately, I was completely paralyzed by the anticipation of how scary it might be, possibly hurting myself, and knowing that if I didn’t do it I’d totally regret it. (Not to mention the implications for how I behave in my life. How you do anything is how you do everything, right? Maybe…)
I cried a bit, climbed down and jumped off a lower ledge first, THEN finally went back up and did it. That’s what you’re seeing in the vid. That’s why we’re all so excited. Press play to watch:
It wasn’t graceful and yes, I totally held my nose like a little kid…but I did it!!! And that’s what matters.
About 30 minutes earlier I was watching my boyfriend and buddy Mike jump in like it was no big deal. I was laying at the top of the waterfall with my friend Kate, letting the water run beneath us. It felt like a cleanse of all the things I’ve been shedding over the last few months. Calm, relaxing, renewing.
I felt super nervous just watching the boys jump, scared for them. When they asked if I was next, I said “No way, Jose!”…but I knew I was going to do it before the day was over.
Lately I’ve been shifting from hustling, pushing, and living in my masculine energy, to more feminine, heart-centered living. I’m putting 100% trust in my intuition and consciously taking a moment to consult it before I take action, instead of barreling through life, driven by goals and achievements, dealing with the consequences as I go.
In fact, this is the very approach Shape Magazine quoted me for in their Top 30 Motivators for 2013 list!! (Another monumental moment in my life which I will blog about soon, too.) Click here to check it out.
As I stood on that ledge, I realized the difference between listening to my intuition and over-thinking. My intuition told me I’d be safe and taken care of before I even got up there. The excessive thoughts paralyzed me and drew out the anticipation (which is usually far worse than the actual fear itself).
When I hit the cool, clean water, I let go of my nose, and also let go of any doubts I had about any fears holding me back ever again. That’s not to say I won’t have any fears, but I know and trust myself now in a way I never did before.
So what’s the lesson from Costa Rica?