In my final three weeks in Costa Rica, Noam returned. We began two weeks of intensive training. This was not training only for the job, but a different perspective of how to do the dance of life.
Remember when I told you it can be tiring to try and keep up with him is tiring? This is when I took it full on.
We would wake up at 6 AM, work out for half an hour, meditate half an hour, do a 40 minute jog, and meditate in the water for 40 minutes again. Then we would cook, work all day, and relax with a view of the sunset in the evening.
However, nothing was ever just one thing with Noam. While we were running, he was also taking care of my training, telling me of the exploits of various people, teaching me about leadership and so forth.
In the evening, during relaxation time, we would have intense conversations, or watch an inspiring talk.
I had never had such a daily regime, so this was an incredibly hard challenge for me. Yet, I decided to make it harder and attempted to also control my smoking during that time.
We even went to a party one evening and danced it out. Noam told me he had no idea how to dance but that he danced in this intuitive/experimental way, and people really liked it. If anything was for sure, we both stood out on the dance floor that evening.
For the most part, what I learned was that Noam did most things, differently. I did a lot of things differently too, we both noticed and analysed these things, but what was particular about him was that he ACTED on these things. He would always use the word ‘notice’, and he was always trying to become more aware of himself and his environment.
At the end of the two weeks, I have to admit I was very happy for it to be over. To reward ourselves for the hard work, we went to a music festival together and while the music there was horrible, the experience turned out to be incredibly interesting. For one thing, Noam and I built a little camp there made of hammocks and rain-cover. It would have been easier to simply get a tent, but this made me realize that Noam’s motivation in life was not necessarily to do easy things, but rather to make them interesting, challenging and to create something beautiful. As a result of that drive, we had a beautiful camp made of hammocks which was a great plus to all our moods.
While I was in the thick of it, I don’t think I ever got to appreciate how colourful, intricate and unexpected the experience was. It was hard, but it is two weeks which I can be proud of, and look back to whenever I need to be reminded of what it feels like to be alive.
Suggestions: Should you find yourself in such an adventure with Noam, here’s a few things to remember:
If you’re not used to this kind of rhythm, understand it will be really challenging. This means: You might be stressed most of the time with keeping up. However, consider your goal: Do you want to keep up or learn? For me keeping up was my priority, I had something to prove to myself. And for that, I feel like I may have not processed well enough all the things I did and learned. Understand your goal there and keep to it.
Even though it may seem like too much, take some extra time at the end of the day to record the day and your learning.
A motivational challenge: Tell yourself that not only do you want to keep up, but that you also want to teach/offer something to Noam. I tried to lead a day. I failed because I didn’t plan ahead.
Noam will bombard you with information, awareness and activities. In the midst of this, find your calm and challenge him on what he’s teaching you. This is what it truly means to put your perception and beliefs on the line. If you’re simply absorbing information, that’s good, but challenging the information that comes your way is far more powerful.