As Jeff Sutton – my close friend and health mentor – said these words in our last bio-feedback consulting session, I was instantly struck with the profound nature of his comment.
In this analogy, water represents health, abundance and a life filled with joy and vitality. The pebbles represent all the levels of stresses we take on in our bodies, minds, consciousness and hearts whether consciously or unconsciously.
The inner emotional aspects to pebbles in the bucket are the most profound limitations in our lives… keeping us from expressing our highest and greatest selves.
Growing up in India, I dreamed of the day that I would dive into a Canadian lake with water so still, it looked like I was diving into glass. If you grew up in sweltering heat, I imagine that you can relate. At the age of 37, long after moving to Canada, this dream was finally realized. It happened on a misty morning, while staying at a cabin alongside a lake in northern Canada.
The sun was just coming up over the trees, and the lake was as still as glass. I knew my moment had come, and yet the thought of my body hitting that chilly dark water sent a chill down my spine. I walked out to the end of the boat launch and looked down into the cold depth and watched the small fish swimming amongst the perfectly still grass.
I will never forget the feeling of taking the cleanest dive I could, and swimming under water for as long as possible … to emerge slowly and look out over the glassy, misty lake. I stayed there for a while absorbing the view, mist slowly moving across the surface of the water, and rays of morning sun breaking through the trees.
The forest was alive with birdsong. I soaked up the view and what I felt in that moment. My body had become adjusted to the cold and I was experiencing one of the calmest and most incredible moments of my life.
This benchmark experience was one that I can now recall at any time to bring back the flood of incredible emotions that swept through me out in that lake.
Scientific studies have now unequivocally proven that when someone closes their eyes and fully visualizes an experience in place and time, their body reacts by creating the identical hormones and states that match that original moment.
So, can you recall a moment like this in your life? Take a few minutes to think about every detail of this moment. What was the space around you like? Were you indoors or outdoors? Was anyone else with you? What were the smells, sights, and sounds like? Do you have a picture of this place to help you with this visualization?
If you practice this single technique every day, over the coming weeks and months, you will be able to ‘recall’ this entire event without even closing your eyes. In any moment where you feel any stress or anxiety, you can instantly bring your whole body, mind, emotions and spirit to a place of quiet and calm.
I’ll finish this edition of the Pebble Series with a quote from one of my favorite authors and teachers.
“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience. If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body.
Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.” ― Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
Remember that you have the power in every moment to direct the outcome of your life. You initiate every action – biologically, physically, emotionally and spiritually – with your thoughts.
I’ll close for now, wishing you the ultimate life, free from all the pebbles in your bucket!
In health and inspiration.
Lars Rain Gustafsson
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