Avtar was his name and they were talking about climbing a pole and then jumping off, busting through fears and the like.
As you can imagine I was hooked into the conversation IMMEDIATELY.
For those of you who know me, know that I love a little adventure and anything that gets me out of my comfort zone. You know … EPIC.
Barb mentioned that she had done this before and I flippantly said, “I’d love to do that one day. Sounds epic”.
Well … ask and you shall receive.
Avtar is a life coach and just happened to be shooting a video for his upcoming retreats at a high-end resort, Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona and so the date was set.
We traded business cards and Friday it was.
Barb, her husband Jeff and I along with a few other people we didn’t know were doing the infamous Quantum Leap at Miraval Resort & Spa.
How freakin’ cool is that!
WAIT, it gets better.
After this super awesome conversation went down, we went for a walk to see the sunset on the desert mountains and I asked Barb how she knew Avtar. Well they had chatted a few times and that he was a former Mr. France, Mr. Europe, Mr. World and Mr. Universe.
I was like whaaaaaa? Are you serious?
So onto the Google I went and sure enough Avtar has won all those titles and authored a couple books and has his own Wikipedia page.
I was taken aback a bit as I had been meeting so many neat people that either knew someone I knew from home, were former bike racers, former pro athletes or had worked with celebrities like Deepak Chopra.
Friday came and we arrived at Miraval Resort & Spa. The only way on the resort was through a gate.
I knew about this resort as I had been working one day at Savaya Coffee and saw this woman meeting another woman in the parking lot.
I couldn’t help but feel her energy and knew she was SOMEONE. Then she met another woman and what looked to be her daughter. She left with the mother so I naturally went over to the daughter as I was leaving to ask her who she was.
Turns out her name is Tina Powers and is a medium who does readings privately and at Miraval and has a 6 month long waiting list.
Super cool! Celebrity central.
Anyway, I made it through the gates and it was absolutely stunning inside and out. Like we’re talking jaw droppingly gorgeous ... and who's kidding who, so are we ...
There were 6 of us that were actually making the ‘leap’ so we all met up.
We walked over to the pole with Avtar and the camera crew and got filmed along the way.
I was paired up with a lovely guy named Sam who was a new dad. As we all got closer to the Quantum Leap I thought holy shit there’s no way.
Soooo have I mentioned yet that this was a partnered activity?
Yes I said partnered meaning BOTH of us had to get on that platform, one at a time.
Momma mia is right!
We got to the pole and all sat down. We had to write down a few fears, how they hindered us and how it would feel if we conquered them.
The first two ladies climbed. One got on the platform and the other didn’t.
Then Jeff and Barb went and were like the power couple that they are. They didn’t say a whole lot and made it up quickly.
Then there was Sam and I. Turns out that I had a fair few things to say. Two weren’t caught on video.
One was profound, the other hilarious.
I’ll let you decide which you think was which and they went like this …
“This pole? This isn’t the kind of pole I’d like to be climbing right now.”
Teehee. Yep that’s I what I meant. Not controllable in that moment.
“When I get up there … “. The profoundness was that I committed.
All I knew was that when it was my turn I was getting up. There was no way I was failing.
Fear = failure. My fear is failing.
It has taken me awhile to write about this experience as I wanted to share the video so you can really get the feel of how scared I was and I was scared to share it.
It's a rather vulnerable moment.
YES the pole was shaking like hell.
YES I have to ask for help.
YES I have to ask for EXACTLY what I want and need.
YES I can do anything I want.
YES I climbed that fucking pole.
YES it may not have been the pole I wanted to climb but I climbed it. Hahaha!
I CAN and I WILL, WATCH me.
Thank you Avtar and Miraval Resort & Spa for such a magical fear busting ground-breaking experience.
If I can do this … I can do anything and so can anyone else.
AND so here it goes …
ENJOY watching me curse a little as I figure out how the hell I’m going to get on!
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