I was climbing a high mountain. Halfway to the top, it became slippery. I couldn’t go farther. The dust fell all over and around me. I couldn’t see anything. I was the only witness to my struggle.
My hands desperately tried to find something to hold on to. The mountain was falling apart. So was I. In the midst of the end, I heard a song.
You won’t die, don’t worry. Don’t worry. You won’t die.
But I am about to! I doubted the song.
The song became louder and louder; You won’t die, don’t worry. Don’t worry. You won’t die.
The song stopped abruptly. Just as I was about to fall, my hands found the roots of a tree. I held on to it. I was safe. The roots were part of a beautiful tree called Life.
The land disintegrated, and the dust fell on me. The struggle blinded my eyes so I could only hear the song.
Doubt and the fear made me wonder. I wondered about hope and love so I could understand life. In the end, it was all meant to be.
To climb the mountain, to struggle, to doubt; to fear, to hear the song, to hold on to the roots; to have faith, to love, to find the life that is always there, inside and outside the dream—this was what it all meant.
The moment you choose to recognize your experiences in the world as lessons of love, life turns into a lucid dream. This recognition can come from the depths of your heart or from awareness through senseless suffering caused by your mind. Either way, the main difference between a nightmare and a lucid dream is a shift of perception grounded in love.
In the dream of life, there are many mountains to climb every day, and they might crumble, the dust might blur your vision, the fear might replace your hope, but if you have faith and recognize your own essence, you will never fall. The question is: Is the dreamer awake or asleep?
Valeria Teles was born in Brazil and grew up in a small town before moving to the United States. She is a certified personal trainer and winning fitness competitor with more than twenty years into fitness, both as a professional and an enthusiast. Valeria is a vegetarian and practices Tibetan Buddhism. Her background includes performance in dance and music. She was a rumba Flamenco dancer for Gloria Estefan’s venue in Miami. She has also written a number of songs with Brazilian and American musicians. Valeria’s first book titled Fit for Joy is being considered for traditional publishing.
Know more about Valeria Teles’ work, click > Fit for Joy and the Fitness of the Heart Project