Looking back on a life-changing month...
NEWS FROM HUENU SOLSONA!
What L2TL left me with...
April 2010 will be an unforgettable month for me for as long as I live and the benefits thereof will be felt in many areas of my life. I gained so much from this experience that it’s hard to pin point one particular benefit, but perhaps what stands above the rest is the huge feeling of gratitude that I have gained about my life.
Sadly, it is through experiencing difficult times that we are able to clearly see the wonder in our everyday lives. And Life 2 the Limit did just that. Life on the island was not easy for me. The lack of energy was incomprehensible and doing very simple, mundane things was often a huge effort. Which meant that for me, it was impossible not to be thankful for my health. I know that many people feel lethargic and tired through sickness every day of their lives and in my case, I don’t even get occasional headaches. I feel so lucky and blessed to be so healthy.
Another thing I feel extremely grateful for is the convenience of my life. Our basic needs on the island (food, water, shelter, warmth) had to be laboriously fetched, caught, made, cooked, etc whereas back at home, they are things I can get down the road whenever I want – with little or no effort whatsoever. Which does prompt everyone to become a little complacent and start taking things for granted. Well… no more. Now, every morning as I buy my coffee and muffin, I say thank you to the universe for the ease and convenience of this simple task, which is so much more than what it seems. It means that I have a car to get there, money to buy the coffee, a wonderful city that offers a great coffee spot, credit card facilities, wonderful service… and the list goes on and on. So basically, I have become a lot more grateful and thankful for everything in my life.
Another benefit of L2TL was to be able to spend a lot of time with myself. Introspection, reflection, planning and forecasting, dreaming, thinking, remembering, meditating, philosophizing, praying, looking, appreciating, valuing, growing… I have been so deprived of time for so long that I had almost forgotten what it felt like to have nothing to do – and more so, that it’s OK to have nothing to do! And I feel that this is key. We live in a “do” word instead of a “be” world. Like Dawna Markova writes, when we do nothing for 45 minutes, we expect the time police to come and arrest us. That is how conditioned we are to do things non-stop, even if these things bring no real benefit to our lives but rather fill the empty space that we are too scared to face with our own souls. And it’s really a pity, because we find out so much about ourselves in these times of quiet introspection. Like how to become better people - which was one of the things I tried to focus on during my time on the island. Now I am putting into practice all my new resolutions and I am happy to say that things are going very well!
Lastly, this first L2TL was a great tester for future expeditions of the same kind that I will organise for the public. I know what changes to make, what to keep the same and how to make it even more exciting. So watch this space!
One last word of THANKS to all my sponsors for their generous donations. It is really appreciated my friends! See you at the next one! Huenu xxx
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