Lessons in Snow

I learned how to snowboard in Jackson Hole when I was 19. When I was 20 I worked as an instructor in Steamboat Springs. I believed the best way to become really good at something was to teach it. I was not skilled enough teach the expert classes, or even intermediate for that matter, but I was fine teaching beginners. And while I taught, I learn. 

I learned a few lessons from snowboarding that I could apply to life (humility being one). I also learned to look where I was going. The first time I skied through trees I was terrified. My friends told me: “Whatever you do don’t look at the trees.” I didn’t really understand that advice, it was extremely counter-intuitive. I wanted to be able to identify the obstacles so as not to hit them, yet sure as snow if I looked at the trees I quickly found myself zooming in that direction. So I learned to look in between the trees. I looked where I wanted to go, and ignored where I didn't. I'll never forget the first time I allowed myself to go fast in the trees, dangers blurring past my periphery in an exhilarating and terrifying ride. I loved it. 

I applied the same logic to my lessons. I told beginners to look in the direction they wanted to go, and the body will make subtle adjustments to get them there. If we were to slow down and consciously think about every tiny movement required to go in a particular direction, we’d be hitting the trees before we really got going. And I learned to trust the wisdom of my body. So long as I knew where to go, it often knew how to get me there. Too much thinking only got in my way. 

I believe the Law of Attraction works in a similar way. If we point our attention and focus onto the things we don’t want, I believe we often subconsciously steer ourselves in that very direction. We manifest our focus without even realizing it. We seem to carry more wisdom in our bodies than we tend to give ourselves credit for. So it may be worth it to pause every so often, and assess your direction. What are you focusing on? Where do you want to go? How might you be taking yourself out of your way?

Lauren FuquaComment