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Michael Sandler Michael Sandler author. speaker. barefoot runner.

Through his books, lectures, and worldwide coaching, bestselling co-author Michael Sandler helps people reconnect with the earth, their inner child, and the joy and health of being alive. [www.RunBare.com]

At one point when I was riding my bicycle across the country, I got stuck in the freezing cold, in the middle of nowhere, in the dark, when suddenly the clouds peeled back, the full moon came out, and I felt as if I were wrapped in a warm blanket … that was when I fully knew I’m not alone.

We live in a truly magical world. Countless miracles take place for us every day. Rather than dismissing them, we can simply step back, take the time to witness them, and view them with child-like eyes. They’re huge billboards from the heavens, telling us we’re not alone.

This knowing or remembering that we’re not alone, that we’re here having human experiences as spiritual beings, is what’s most meaningful to me. This connection to my spiritual side has grown more meaningful over time –  particularly as I started meditating and spending more time in nature – and my knowing greatly accelerated after I had a near-death experience. Every day my knowing grows stronger, as I make direct contact, plugging back in to the earth.

If I’m pulled away from that contact with my source, by the desire or need to get things done, I begin to lose touch with what’s important. What helps me snap right back is going outside, planting myself on the ground, and focusing on my breath. I take time every day to sit or lay on the earth or to go out in nature barefoot. I get child-like. This reignites my inner flame, bringing me back into connection with the joy of life and what’s really important. Getting grounded, plugging back in to the earth, settles me down, and focusing on my breath helps stop the chatter. Then I laugh, or get embarrassed that I forgot, and instantly find clarity again.

When we’re wrapped up in fear, stressed out, going from task to task, stuck in day-to-day grime, we forget about life’s meaning and how special and precious it is. We lose our child-like wonder for the world around us. We lose our knowing that we’re living through meaningful experiences and that we’re each here to do something special.

We don’t know how long we’ll live, so it’s important to do what we can each day we’re still here. I like to say that I don’t want to die with the music still inside, meaning I want to share while I’m still here. I was given a second chance at life. I want to use it as best I can.

– Michael Sandler

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