Traveling Can Take You There

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How many times have you wanted to do something but your perceived limitations held you back?

Maybe you are afraid someone you knew would see you not acting “yourself” or you will be told to grow up, and act like an adult.  

The only way to set yourself free from your perceived limitations is to practice challenging your fears. 

One way to chip away at those barriers is to go to a place nobody knows your name, and do something you always wanted to do but we’re afraid because________.

It doesn’t have to be sky diving or spelunking, just something to pull you outside your comfort zone.

When I am away from home, I practice finding something I would be reluctant to do in the company of those that know me.

When I first moved to Florida, I went to down town Siesta Key.  

I was walking past a musician singing his heart out on the patio of a restaruant. The patio was packed. 

I wanted to dance, and the old fear came up voicing its opinion… “but you suck at it.”

I closed my eyes, bared my inhibitions, and started dancing all by myself right there on the street next to the restaurant. 

I danced for like 30 minutes. When I was done, I felt like I had taken some of the power back I let my fears steal from me. 

The next time you are away from home, pick something you are uncomfortable doing, and chisel away at your fears.

Eid al-Adha

I have known about this holiday since I arrived in Indonesia, so its no surprise. The closer it gets the more I struggle. This evening the festival begins.
The energy of the city is shifting. I FEEL it!
Eid al-Adha is a Muslim religious holiday celebrated every year world wide.

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It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael in a test of devotion to Allah. Abraham ignores the temptations of the Devil to disobey, and is rewarded with a sacrificial lamb to slaughter rather than his son. Cows, Goats and Sheep, started appearing the beginning of last week in abandoned lots, used car lots (that switch from selling cars to housing animals), and mosque court yards in preparation for this religious holiday. After these animals have been sacrificed the meat is given to the poor.
As I have been traveling to and from my home everyday this past week I have seen these makeshift lots everywhere. Yesterday I stopped to pet one of these goats and stood there in tears.
I asked myself, how is this any different than what takes place in the states? We celebrate Thanksgiving much the same way. Many turkeys are gathered and sacrificed for this holiday. We also celebrate many other holidays gathered around a table where an animal was sacrificed. I have partaken in these holidays since I was born. I have also purchased and eaten the meat that was served during these social gatherings. I am still not a vegetarian.
So why am I struggling with this festival so much? Maybe because its hit closer to home, so to speak. I am now up close and personal. Its not like walking into a grocery store and seeing packaged meats on display. They bear no resemblance to the animal with 4 legs, eyes, nose, a mouth, ears and a soul that gave its life so that we may eat.
Believe me it makes a BIG difference.
Again I ask myself, what am I here to learn through this experience.
For me, it has truly opened my eyes and has helped me once again to not take beings, situations and things in my life for granted.
Each person who reads this will have there own interpretation.
We are humans…emotions will arise.
May your minds be open to receive your message.
I bless your journey.