Tend to your base camp

Image: Jeremy Bishop

Even the most intense mountain climbers (I know, I’ve been writing a lot about mountain climbers lately — must be a phase…) understand that they have to spend at least as much time tending to their base camp as they do the climbing.

Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can feel something spinning inside you — something that makes a shrieking, whirling noise that sounds like an engine about to blow…

So much of our time is spent on others — bosses, colleagues, friends, relatives, loved ones, arch-enemies — all of them seem to need so much of our attention.

Vitality comes from within.

If we don’t take the time to find the inner-stillness that regenerates us, things can get really froggy really fast.

Mentally. Spiritually. And even our physical health can take a hit.

Use this official note from your favorite daily blogger (right?) to tend to your base camp. Seriously. Take ten minutes to close your eyes and go within. No need to download a fancy meditation app. Don’t worry about plopping your headphones in. Use the noises in the room to anchor you into the present moment.

If you’re at work and don’t want to close your eyes for fear of the boss coming by and slapping your knuckles with her ruler — that’s fine. Please, don’t get fired over this. Here’s a pretty picture that you can stare at for 10 minutes (soft-focus on the horizon point is best)…

image: Peter John Maridable

Be in your body. It’s your closest link to the present moment. Feel the aliveness as you slowly move your fingers and toes. Revel in the miraculousness that this can even happen. Are you consciously firing every single muscle and synapse that makes this possible? No, something greater than your thoughts is doing it. Revel in that miracle for awhile.

Check in with your heartbeat. Do you have to consciously think about and physically beat every beat of your heart? Nope. But it functions just fine (until it doesn’t, of course). Find the awesomeness in this.

Now you’re close to your base camp. You can find the rest of the way from there.

Give it 10 minutes before you head back up the mountain.

P.S. If you need help ‘finding your base camp’ on a much larger scale, let me know. I’m taking on a few new private coaching clients.


Jonas Ellison is a transformational coach and writer who helps people find their Mojo using spiritual, philosophical, psychological, and practical tools. To get his short vignettes in your inbox daily, click here.

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