Monday, September 16, 2013

10 things I've done more since Burning Man

So I went to Burning Man for the first time this year. Hit the road to head home from it two weeks ago today. And, honestly, Exodus was one of many highlights from my time there.
Photo op during pulsing at Exodus

And I noticed that my life has been a little bit more since I got back. No, this isn't the summation of all my experiences there. I think I could process and blog about it for the whole year and still not be able to completely communicate what happened in my time there.

But I thought I'd start with this, in no more particular order. Since I've returned from the playa, I've noticed I:
  • Say hello more
  • Stay hydrated more
  • Give of myself more
  • Take my time more
  • Say thank you more
  • Find myself in the moment more
  • Communicate honestly and openly more
  • Accept and understand my emotions more
  • Let go, in general but particularly of expectations, more
  • See the world as wonderful more
It was like being there for a week, for me, this year, gave me a chance to reset my personal humanity by  switching off my autopilot, all the mental things that I might do seemingly to save my time and energy, day to day, but at the expense of doing less of the things I just mentioned.

And this is not to say that there is no other ways to be more self-aware about things like this, it was just one way for me. A very unique way, I'd argue, for anyone. And as the word "more" would describe, these are things that I have done and try to do anyway, but a week at Black Rock City reinforced the foundation.

Anyway, just wanted to share. Definitely NOT a comprehensive list. If you've been to the playa, and you'd like to add to the list, please do so in a comment!!

JR aka Nexus

P.S. If you've never been, and even if you know friends who have, a good place to start would be by checking out the ten principles, if you haven't already heard of 'em.
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