There are times in life when we just need to stop what we are doing, stop thinking the thoughts we are thinking, stop feeling the emotions and take a breath and say "Life just is" and I'm okay.
Last November I got to go on the trip of a life time, I got to walk into the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There were then and are now very few words that could even come close to capturing the experience, the energy, the emotion of the day. One thing that will stick with me from that walk was the amount of times I just had to stop walking, stop trying to capture it all on camera and just be in the moment. I was in the Grand Canyon. I had talked about it for many years but never thought it would become a reality. Now here I was planning on walking and taking photos to capture this massive experience. What dawned on me very quickly was that I could get so caught up in planning my walk and getting my snaps and miss the actual experience of just 'being' in this very sacred place. So I made the decision to let go of the need to do anything other than breathing in the energy of this amazing place and just being in the experience.
Many thoughts came into my head that day. As I walked down into the Canyon it was like I was walking down into and through my past. There were lots of memories, emotions. Some memories were of happy times and I found myself giving thanks and being filled with such gratitude. Some were not so happy and I would catch myself being caught back in unresolved conversations and events trying to resolve them in my head and heart. At these times when I would catch myself deep in heated conversation in my head I would stop and do some deep slow breathing and Tapping and the issues would just fade away. This only got to happen about three times. On the third Tapping my focus just seemed to change to:
Life is neither good or bad except if I make it so,
Life is neither happy or sad except if I make it so.
Life just is and it's my thought processes that decide what I am going to attach to an event or conversation and that's okay because I am on this human journey in this human body.
I do believe that we are spiritual/soulful beings on this exciting human adventure. To be human is to feel and taste and smell and see and hear and make decisions based on all these experiences. The difficulty comes when we lose touch with our soul/spirit. Then we are out of balance and seem to lack perspective. The challenge is to keep in touch with and nourish our spirit/soul with moments of stopping and breathing and allowing life to just be as it is.
So I returned from the Grand Canyon with a renewed spirit and a conscious decision to take time each day to just stop and breathe and be grateful. Life just is. I am just as I am meant to be right now. You may relate to this experience, or you may find yourself reading this and not connecting in any way to it. That's okay too. My hope for you and me this day is that we can stop, take a breath or two, or three and find something to be grateful for and be able to say 'Life just is'.