“I felt as though I was driving in a tunnel, I had reached such a high level of concentration that it was if the car and I had become one.” - Ayrton Senna⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Growing up, my dad used to take every free summer weekend he could get his hands on to head up to the race track with his old 944 Porsche and drive. I remember tagging along with my brothers and wandering around the pit area, eating crappy track food, wondering what the thrill of it all was. As I got older, I grew an interest (obsession) in cars and an appreciation for the art of racing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The first time I got out on the track I remember being so nervous I barely slept the night before. But after the first few times around, my heart beat slowed, the muscles in my hands started to relax, and I moved into a state of concentration I’d never experienced before. I spent the rest of that summer and many of the following going up to the track to feel that state of bliss.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Fast forward to today, I no longer do any track driving but like many of us, often find it hard to escape the distractions of everyday life and my racing thoughts. What I didn’t realize is like Senna’s quote, racing served to bring me completely into the present moment. I wasn’t anxious about the future or dwelling on the past because I was all there. In every sensation of that moment from sight to sound.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find something that brings you into that present state regularly. It could be sitting in silent meditation, running, walking, painting, or cooking. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it works for you. And isn’t moving 130 mph! 😬⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.