Under the ice was beyond anything I could have imagined. Time stopped, there was no sensation of cold or awareness that I wasn’t breathing. It was as if I’d died and entered this otherworldly plane that I can only describe as pure bliss and the clearest water I’d ever seen.
A few more pulls along the rope and the divers supporting me tapped me to let me know I’d reached the other side. I’d done it.
Leigh helped me out of the water and the biggest wave of emotion came over me. It sounds cheesy, but I felt like I’d left a huge part of me under the ice and the feeling of once again outrunning the barriers of my own mind was euphoric.
A plethora of cheers and whoops greeted me into the sauna. “HERE COMES SUPERWOMAN!” they yelled, pats on the back and high fives galore.
Soaking wet, in sub-zero temperatures, post ice dive, very much on my period, I had never felt so much at home in my own body with some of the most genuine, curious, hilarious bunch I’d ever met.
NOTE: This is not me encouraging you to go and dive under some ice in the arse crack of nowhere. What I am encouraging you to realise is that you are capable of so much more than the barriers of your own mind.
Without starting my journey into self-awareness with the breath, I would never have found myself on adventures like these, without learning self-regulation, the key to core confidence (freedom from your external circumstances), I would never have taken a solo trip to Finland to go ice diving with a bunch of guys I’d never met.
When you learn to listen to the callings of your authentic self, life gets more surprising by the day in the most wonderful of ways.
A long newsletter today I know…but I wanted to fill you in on all the juicy details. I’ve already planned my next trip. COLUMBIA. I’ll be exploring more free-diving and teaching an Oxygen Advantage certification. If anyone fancies joining me to get OA certified whilst drinking the best coffee in the world, please respond to this email.
I’m also working on some plans to start a female community that runs both online and in person. Mostly from my own desire to connect more post-pandemic…can I say “post-pandemic” yet?
Until next week…KEEP BREATHING!!
Love to you all,