When we began this challenge, I thought I knew what it was – a big chunk of time where we committed to doing what we love every single day. Commitment and I are rarely in the same paddock, just saying ‘yes’ generated great gnarly knots in my belly. What has evolved from that point is an amazing, expanding growing community of daring, creative people expressing their hearts in the world.
In a nutshell, the 120 Day ‘Do What You Love’ Challenge involves choosing one activity that you love and committing to practice that activity every single day for 120 days in a row. Activities to date include: running, photography, poetry, creative writing, writing lyrics, creating Manga, walking, meditating, painting, drawing, dancing, learning about astrology and learning Dutch!
We are all living vessels for creative spirit that is willing, ready and longing to express itself in the world in our own unique ways. By hook or by crook, we condition ourselves to make this unique expression the least important task of living. Everything else comes first – working for the man, washing up, paying bills, weeding, doing what others want, taking care of responsibilities, watching TV etc.
The 120 Day ‘Do What You Love’ Challenge is an opportunity to put your heart first, to take action that supports the unique expression of your soul in the world. I know this sounds very airy-fairy and it is an abstract concept, but the truth is that when you make what you love important, you change the vibration of everything around you – you change the world. It may seem selfish to some to make what you love important, but when you take that step, it always serves everyone else even if you can’t see how at the time.
There are also many practical and grounded reasons for taking the Challenge. Challengees who have practiced what they love every day all report the following:
- Increase in satisfaction
- Increase in sense of purpose
- Improvement in their chosen activity
Many also report an increase in clarity and a reduction in tiredness. Even those challengees who haven’t quite managed to practice their chosen activity every day, report increased sense of purpose and an improvement in their activity. Absolutely everyone has discovered an amazing amount about how they create, what gets in the way and the strategies that we all employ to avoid doing what we love.
Aside from sensible measurable benefits, I am here to tell you that taking the Challenge is an extraordinary journey. As each day passes, you will become the embodiment of your chosen activity. If you choose to write, as each day passes you will embody the writer within. If you dance, you will embody the dancer and so on. You will experience your life in subtly different and more meaningful ways and discover what lies at the heart of your love for the activity you have chosen. You will expand your mental, emotional and spiritual horizons. Depending on the activity you choose, you may also radically transform your physical body.
Of course, to receive this, you must give your energy, time and resources to the Challenge and commit with your whole being. A half-hearted commitment results in a half-hearted journey.
© 2011 Pollyanna Darling
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