GRACEFUL 🌊 embrace falling to rise anew
Day 6 of 30 Days of Adventure
Today, let's embrace falling down as a necessary part of moving forward so that we can rise again with more strength, wisdom, and grace.
Slowly and consistently stepping into the unknown allows us to practice falling down (and standing back up) with grace (and grit). While grandiose leaps of faith into the unknown may sound aspirational, these initial steps towards the inspired vision of our dreams will largely determine how we continue to proceed. So instead of running and launching into the unknown with fanatic abandon, let's remain balanced and grounded as we move into the adventurous unknown with graceful baby steps.
Today's Key Takeaways:
- 🌱 Embrace failure as a teacher.
- 🍂 Soften into your fears and uncomfortable emotions.
- 🌈 Take small, intentional steps towards your goals.
💬 ADVENTUROUS WISDOM
Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.– Winston Churchill
🥠 TRAIL SNACK
Traumatic failures may discourage continued exploration while graceful failures may energize us forward. Falls and failures are bound to happen. They are essential in teaching and equipping us to carry on. However, if we fall too fast and too hard, it may scar us and scare us from continuing on.
🔭 LAWS OF NATURE
A new research center at Columbia University is committed to figuring out how to turn failure into success. Their research indicates that understanding and accepting failure as a part of the educational journey can offer vital benefits, including better performance and a more realistic and empowered approach to learning and personal growth.
Reflect on a past failure related to your adventurous goal. What can you glean to cultivate more insight, resilience, and wisdom?
📿 TRAIL MANTRA
Find the edge, and then soften.
As we come up to the edge of a difficult feeling, we have the opportunity to soften instead of contracting and deflecting. Softening into edgy feelings allows space for them to show us why they are there. Then we have the opportunity to nurture and heal ourselves instead of disregarding and compounding the discomfort. Let these words be your companion today, echoing in your heart whenever you feel trepidation as you courageously explore the edge of your comfort zones.
🧘 MINDFUL MOMENT
Take a deep, calming breath.
Imagine you're standing at the edge of a forest, a sacred space where every tree symbolizes an experience, every leaf a lesson. The forest path ahead is your journey.
Feel the ground beneath your feet as you slowly step into the forest. As you walk, you suddenly trip over a protruding root and stumble. It's a moment of fall, yet it's cushioned by the soft forest floor. Feel the sensations of touching the earth, not as defeat, but as a moment of intimate contact with your journey.
Take another deep breath and slowly stand up. As you rise, sense a newfound wisdom infusing your being, a whisper from the earth saying, “This too is a part of the path.”
Brush yourself off and continue walking, now with an enhanced awareness of the ground, each step more deliberate, graceful. Notice how the forest seems to welcome you more deeply, acknowledging your resilience and courage.
Let this forest remain with you, as a sanctuary you can always return to for wisdom and grounding.
Take one last deep breath, feeling the energy of resilience and grace envelop you … feeling alive, invigorated, and in harmonious alignment with today's intention of moving gracefully through both triumphs and trials.
✍🏼 JOURNAL PROMPT
Recall a past experience that has prevented you from taking action towards your adventurous dreams:
Share supportive words can your more experienced self can now offer your fearful self:
🚀 INSPIRED ACTION
What is one small step toward an adventurous goal you can commit to gracefully take today?
I am not defined by my falls but by how gracefully I rise.
Today, I welcome the lessons of each stumble, each trip, each fall.
Congratulations on embracing today's journey of grace and resilience. You have dug deep to learn from your falls and rise anew. Keep climbing!
Come back tomorrow as we celebrate the progress we've made during the first week of this 30-day adventure!
💬 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
How can you turn a recent stumble or fall into a stepping stone for growth?
We'd love to hear from you in the comments!