Fearless and freedom are two words I associate with one another these days. I am grateful for the many insights I have gained over my lifetime to bring me to this place of being able to be myself no matter what.
Never one to enjoy being fearful, I have been in pursuit of discovering it’s opposite. Some say it’s peace or it’s love or maybe even courage. I have come to believe the opposite of fearful is fearless. It’s about doing the very things that once upon a time made me afraid, and doing them now without any trepidation.
For example, singing in front of people with a very mediocre voice. The conversation in my head is something like this “ Sure, what harm can I do and maybe it will make someone happy.”
Of course, that’s a mild example. But, when I decided to emigrate with my husband and nine year old son to Australia fourteen months ago, I can be forgiven I think for some trembling, tears and uncertainty.
It was two weeks before my fifty first birthday when we arrived on the Gold Coast in Queensland. We left comfort and security to pursue the unknown. To some, we were having a mid life crisis but to others, they shared our desire for adventure.
The motto here on the GC is “ We’re Livin’ the dream.”
Yes, I think the rest of the world can take a lot from this, as the Gold Coasters certainly enjoy their downtime and surf, the beautiful beaches and weather.
Life is simpler in many ways. Walking barefoot is not just reserved for the beach, but the supermarket and beyond too.
In fact I’ve become a barefoot, un-ironed bed sheet kind of resident. I think the feeling in general, is, why bother, you could be at the beach, on a board or meditating on the sand.
“No worries” and “all good” are becoming part of my vocabulary.
It’s all well and good being chilled out but what about work and starting a new business here?
Well, that’s another story…
I’ll make it short — ish!
Life was great back home in Ireland for a very long time. Many things were easy for us. We had our challenges but one day our food business was sold and the next, plans were in motion to get an Australian visa.
Eighteen months later we were on our way to the land down under.
Having run a busy yoga and meditation business for seven years in Ireland, I thought it would translate beautifully here. Alas, not.
My own evolving spirit wanted to coach people and share my wisdom and trainings with those who needed it. I had changed and I was looking for a niche market.
Now, I believed everyone must know why they are here, what their purpose is or at least to know who they are inside, to be a better business owner, a better parent, friend etc.
Not so. But, that’s okay.
Several rejections, numerous titles and thousands of dollars later I had no choice but to re-think my own purpose.
Who was I ? What am I to do ? How can I help ? How can I serve ?
Coupled with homesickness, two rounds of shingles and a depletion in funds, becoming fearless was the only option.
I immersed myself in networking and in trying to find my “tribe”. Getting follow through from meetings where I had to pitch my potential was tedious and tiresome but persistence is key.
All the while, the silent witness within was becoming more audible. I thought I was somewhat awakened but I realised I was getting promoted from supervisor to manager of my mind, my actions, thoughts and deeds.
I had several aha moments. Together with my husband we had to admit certain defeats and mistakes we had made. Quoting from some of our favourite mentors we did our best to remain elevated and apply practise to theory.
Our spiritual practises of meditation, mindfulness and yoga proved their worth i
n developing trust in God, the Universe and one another.
The best part of the transition with the migration has been the lessons on how to live more simply even though we have a great lifestyle still. But, much of what we placed importance on has diluted naturally and any need for it’s replacement has all but vanished.
Because I chose to be fearless, I have said Yes to things I formerly would have rejected and have had so much fun and learning.
I am stepping more and more into who I am underneath the physical body. My constant self, my spirit is awake, alert and on hand to guide and inspire me.
Peace is present most of the time. Harmony finds it’s way in without much objection. Laughter fills the air much of the time and love keeps it all alive.
In conclusion, being fearless has brought a freedom where I feel genuinely comfortable in my own skin. I don’t seek approval and I am much more patient with myself and others.
I see myself or at least my spirit in every living person and thing and know we are more alike than we are different. I know everyone is afraid of something until they learn to trust in themselves first and shift their state into expanded awareness.
From this state, you make healthier choices, creating less turbulence in your mind, more joy in your heart and freedom to be who you were born to be.
It’s a work in progress but I’m excited to see what is next and what I can create.
Life is amazing, live it fearlessly and free your spirit.