Wisdom From a Soul Centered Man
by Guest Blogger, Tim McCauley
In 2009, I decided to stop, evaluate, and decide how I wanted the rest of my life to go.
In that month of contemplation, I came to the realization that something in me wanted to be a writer, and always has. So, I made the decision to write. I didn’t wait for permission or shop around for a book contract; in June of 2011 I self-published my first book.
Along with my recognition of my Call to writing, I quit my job in Los Angeles, moved to Brazil, was deported from Brazil, and came back to Southeast Ohio. After the book was published, I realized that Ohio was a good place to be for a while; very few distractions. I became VERY engrossed in my work.
I work, research, write, and Coach every single day. If I kept track I’m most likely be putting in 13 hour days. Even the books I read for pleasure are part of my mission.
I’m not complaining. I do all of this out of love. I wouldn’t change any of it.
A few months ago, I had saved enough money to take a short vacation. I felt I deserved a break. My first thought was to use the plane ticket I already had to go to L.A. and visit friends, surf and hang out for a week or two. I logged in to see what dates would work for me, and started to get a little nervous. So, I logged out and went for a walk.
You see, at this point in my life, I’ve realized that my brain doesn’t always know what’s best for me. I have some desires that my brain knows will make me feel good, but those things rarely bring lasting happiness; they just leave me wanting more.
So, any time I start excitedly making plans to do something and I feel a level of uncertainty I put that on hold. I turn everything off and do one of the following:
-sit in meditation
-go for a walk
-set up my hammock in the back yard
The main goal here is to relax fully and completely. If my memory is correct, that day I chose the hammock.
Something about a hammock just brings me to a sense of ease and comfort; not a worry in the world and from that sense is a gentle whisper of a voice.
That gentle voice said to me, “Tim, you live four miles from an 800 acre lake. Look into getting a Stand Up Paddle Board. It’ll serve multiple purposes; you will step away from the computer, you will get in shape, and you will feel like you can walk on water!”
So that’s what I did; I spent my vacation money on a Stand Up Paddle Board. Weather permitting I go out to the lake four days a week and put in about 10-15 miles each visit.
I actually place it on my calendar each week. It’s an appointment with myself; a few hours of connecting with Nature and feeling completely in Love with life. Each night in my journal I remind myself that the reason for money in my life is to allow for more freedom; which I already have.
Anyone familiar with me knows that everything in my life becomes a metaphor or a spiritual lesson at some point; Stand Up is no exception. Not only has the few months transformed my body, but it has also reminded me what is really important in every aspect of our lives.
It’s fundamental in everything we do. We must be rooted and grounded in ourselves to move forward in life with ease.
In paddling there is a point where the board gets a glide and your job is maintain that glide by finding a rhythm that doesn’t upset the flow. Proper use of number 3 is required.
Real power in Paddling and in life comes from your core! In sports the core is in your midsection and power transfers through your hips. In life the core of your being is waiting for you to find stillness within yourself.
4. Mindful Awareness
On any given day on the lake water is moving. As you paddle you have to become aware of the subtle signs of where that water moves, then you have to move your board to that spot and connect with it. Life is the same. Find the flow that best suits you and move into it.
I feel so connected with the Universe when I surf or paddle. It could just be an endorphin rush, or it could be that I’ve allowed my brain to find Harmony and peace. I’m not sure. But, I do know that if I don’t have the chance to go out to the lake today, I will do another activity that helps me cultivate an inner sense of connectedness. (Facebook doesn’t count.) Meditate, contemplate love, see the whole world in your mind’s eye and give it a HUGE hug.
Tim McAuley is a self-help junkie who loves to write and share his observations of the world. In his debut book, Tim takes us on his journey of coming to terms with difficult life circumstances, a life-or-death decision to get sober; the story begins when he learned to ride a wave – not only the ocean surf, but the metaphoric wave of the present moment. Tim has been offering his brand of Coaching (Soul Surfer Instructions) since. If you’d like Tim to email you a PDF version of his book Sign Up Here