“We all can find glimpses into being pulled along by momentum from past experiences that may have temporarily demanded greater urgency from us—a highly-valued project with much at stake, an emergency that required immediate and complete attention, an opportunity with only seconds to seize it. Unquestioned purpose instantaneously replaced lesser issues and concerns, creating freedom from fear and self-obsession, opening into a streamlined passageway of functional response at the organic speed of life. If you look back at such moments, however temporary they may have been, you can recall an unusual liberty where suddenly all the rules were different, with virtually infinite space and reason to engage.
“Bringing this intensity of aliveness into our lives in a sustainable way is only really possible if we train ourselves to stay close to the edge of life on a daily basis, setting alight the ideas by getting out of our heads into visceral engagement. I don’t believe that necessarily means staying close to the edge of death or fear of loss as much as it does staying close to our most cherished inspirations, or what we experientially know to be sacred. Urgently attending to those priorities is often where our greatest fun is found. More importantly, it’s where our most unique talents are unleashed, producing surprises that redefine our experience of reality.”