It was our last day of the long weekend and we were all relaxing. The boys and dads had gone fishing in the morning and my girlfriend and I had gone on an hour long walk along the beach. It was truly magical.  Walk along the beach with Brigid Ward.


We were relaxing and talking after eating some lunch when my girlfriend K suggested we head over to the caves and go exploring to find glow worms. I have to be honest, I had heard about these glow worms for years, but I had never actually seen any so I was definitely up for the adventure.


We got ready, grabbed our torches (NZ for flashlights) and headed off. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was excited because we were going on an adventure. I love adventures, it’s how I like to live my life.


We drove about 20 minutes from where we were at the beach and pulled into what appeared to be the middle of no where. If we weren’t with our friends I wouldn’t have even seen the caves, they are so hidden.


We gathered all the boys and headed in with our headlamps on and torches in hand. It was quite muddy and a little slippery.


We encountered a man with his young 2 year old son in the cave, but they were turning back because it was too slippery for his little legs to handle and the man only had jandals (NZ for flip flops) on. Not the smartest choice.


So we headed out.  We fumbled along the uneven ground and muck going deeper and deeper into the cave. We had to help each other along the way because we didn’t have enough torches to go around and it was dark and really difficult to see where you were going. I have to say, it was wonderful to see all 8 of us work as a team.


As we walked along we saw Stalagmites and Stalactites which were beautiful and I had never seen so many. We came to a large mass of water in the middle of the cave.  I figured we were stuck, and we’d have to turn around. But nope, we pressed on and walked through the water. Luckily it wasn’t very deep and who really cares about your shoes and socks getting wet. It was just water. 😉


We went deeper and deeper into the cave and it was getting darker and darker. We went around some corners to a point that we couldn’t see the little stream of light from the cave entrance any longer. If you are claustrophobic this may not have been fun for you, but it was truly an adventure. We carried on a bit further and then our friend Scott said, “ok, it is time to turn off the torches and we all needed to be quiet.” Mind you we had 4 boys, so that was asking a lot.


This is the amazing thing, you can’t see these beautiful creatures with the lights on. You have to turn off the light, the noise and get quiet to see the lights of the glow worms emerge. And oh boy did they emerge. It was like the milky way had exploded on the ceiling of this cave, right before our eyes. I had never seen anything so beautiful. It was breathtaking. And the longer we stood there in the darkness and silence the more came out. It was a moment I will never forget. I can’t even capture it in this photo. It was so peaceful, serene and magical.
glow worms


You must turn off the light to see the light (Tweet this!)


Think about that for a moment and let it soak in. I find in today’s world we are so into technology and electronics and social media that we don’t take time to ‘turn off the light’ metaphorically speaking. We don’t take time to look inward and just be present with our thoughts.


It is so important for us to take time out of our busy schedules and just be quiet and meditate even for 5 minutes. Or you can go for a walk, leave the the headphones at home and just listen to the birds and the wind. I know many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are in the middle of your winter are thinking yeah right Brigid, it is freezing here. I used to live in Montreal, Boston and Minnesota so trust me I know cold.


I used to get out and walk in the middle of winter. I loved how quiet it was early in the morning, and I loved the sound of the snow crunching beneath my boots. And getting up before most people were awake, was the best, it was always a tranquil time.


For me and for most people I know getting present, taking time to meditate and just going inward allows you to tap into a different part of you where you can let  your creativity flow. I often think we are stifled by social media and electronics to really allow our creativity to flow.


So I encourage you this week to take 5 minutes every day to just get present, breathe and meditate. Tell me how you go. I would love to hear if your own “light” turns on for you in your life or business. In the comments below share what your experience is with meditation or just getting quiet and present.  I know for me it has been life changing.



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