In a few minutes I will be heading out for a Treetop Adventure; climbing ladders, walking on tightropes, and ultimately, soaring down a zip line. I’m going because a friend of mine told me that she was afraid of heights, and I saw it as an opportunity to help her get past that.
Let’s do it! It’ll be great! I said to her, forgetting for the moment that I too was afraid of heights. Perhaps I was hoping that she would say no? But she didn’t say no. So within the hour I will be climbing up higher than I have ever climbed.
But it’s no big deal, right? Right? Just a new adventure. If we live life with a beginner’s mind, every single thing we do is a new adventure, every moment, every breath.
Every time I step on my yoga mat it is a new adventure. I am a different person. Some days I can bust out a wheel, or balance beautifully in half moon, and some days I can’t even forward fold without a struggle. I can’t expect last year’s, or even yesterday’s body to do today’s practice.
So today, I will embark on yet another adventure with a beginner’s mind. I have never stood on this exact ladder, in this exact tree. This is new, and so am I. I can’t project my past fears onto this new adventure. Just because I have been afraid of heights before does not mean that I will be afraid of these heights, on this day.
To say I AM afraid of heights, makes it so. And it doesn’t have to be so. It doesn’t have to be so today.