Recently, Rewire Me, an online magazine asked their contributors to write a 150 word statement about how they were "rewired." Mine is a bit longer than 150 words, but it is a statement that forms the basis for Exult Road, for my belief that suffering is optional, and for the intent to create and share as much joy as possible while in this precious physical existence:
I was free the moment I said “Yes” to all of life - to the messy, imperfect, charmed, beautiful wealth of experience life delivers. The moment I began to inhale “Yes,” and to exhale “Thank you,” whole worlds opened up for me. After years of reading, of contemplating the meaning of wisdom, of meditation, and of studying most major philosophical traditions, it clicked. I finally experienced a liberation born from complete acceptance and love of exactly where I was in every moment, a mental focus on the beauty of those moments, and a wholehearted "yes" to all feelings that arose - which, when fully felt - moved on. I welcomed all emotions. I noticed that emotions when felt as sensations in the body dissolve and move, often quickly. I observed abject grief transform into emptiness and then joy. I witnessed the interplay between my beliefs and attitudes, my thoughts and feelings. I focused on thoughts that resulted in better and better feelings, beyond what I knew was possible as a human. I ceased to identify with any belief system, dropped off conditioning and stories about my life and let the inner guidance system I'd come to know direct. In this way, I expanded my physical and emotional capacity for bliss. I dove deeper and found the nourishing emptiness of a void so huge, and safe, beyond bliss, where all creativity sprouts. Soon, every detail of my life lit up externally to reflect the changes I'd experienced internally. I felt wholly new. I was rewired.