There are no limits to what the mind can achieve.
When I booked a trip to Nepal to study Buddhism, I didn’t realise how much I would learn about myself. I loved practicing yoga and the mental wellbeing it brought me, and I wanted to gain and share a deeper understanding about the nature of the mind.
When I told a friend about my trip he suggested I trek to Everest Base Camp – that walking the Himalayas is the real journey to enlightenment.
The idea gave me butterflies. I’d never trekked before, was scared of heights, and for a Brazilian the mountains in winter are not my natural environment! But the trek would give me the chance to see if this meditation thing was working. If I could remain with an undisturbed mind for this endurance test it’d be a tangible way to experience the real bene ts of meditation. And, I always encourage people to run towards their fears.
With the average temperature at this time dropping to -17°C, I spoke to adventurer Bonita Norris, who climbed Everest when she was only 22. I’ll never forget her advice: “When things get tough, all you have to focus on is where your foot lands and keep moving forwards.”
After four weeks meditating in a monastery, I didn’t believe my body would be ready for 4-8 hours a day trekking at high altitude. But I made a vow to be kind to myself and respect my limits.
Nine days later, without a blister or any sign of altitude sickness, eating garlic soup for breakfast and protein shakes for dinner, I made it to Everest Base Camp. That day, I realised that there are no limits to what the mind can achieve. We all carry an unbelievable amount of strength inside us and as long as we show willingness to take the rst step, we’ll be supported on our journey.
Natalia Bojanic teaches mindfulness via her meditation app, Sexy Mind. She is also the co-founder of plant-based nutrition brand Form (www.formnutrition.com). She believes that feeling good isa necessity, and that we all have the ability to realise the greatest version of ourselves.