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Are you Looking for Safety, or Adventure?

Are you Looking for Safety, or Adventure?

Yes, that is me on a wild whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River in Wyoming!   I absolutely love travel. It’s a deep dive into adventure, discovery, wonder… and sometimes, discomfort, disappointment, frustration, and fear. In spite of occasional uncomfortable experiences, it is the call to adventure and discovery that ignites my passion time and again.   As I reflect on my spiritual journey, I realize it’s much the same. While more of an internal rather than external journey, it is still an experience of stepping into the unknown with the intent to grow from each new experience, especially the ones I can’t anticipate.   So I have been thinking lately about safety. We talk a lot about safety in personal and spiritual growth circles. Creating a safe space, hanging out with safe people, and engaging in safe practices.   All that is true and necessary in creating a solid foundation from which to explore areas of the psyche that can feel vulnerable and frightening.   But safety isn’t the whole story, and if we are not careful, it can be a trap.   If we become overly focused on maintaining our safety, we lose sight of the fact that our safety does not lie somewhere outside ourselves, but inside. When we know ourselves intimately we can trust ourselves to handle whatever and whoever comes our way, and so we feel safe from within. We will set appropriate boundaries, pace ourselves appropriately, and not give our power away to someone else who is telling us what we should think/do/feel.   We can’t control every outcome, but we can...