What we think we become. What we dream we create. I slept under this very dream catcher and a million stars at The Retreat Costa Rica, the exquisitely beautiful healing space created by Diana Stobo. I have always believed that I can create what I want in my life. Yet like so many of us, my "protective persecutor" has at times told me to stay small, to not grow, to not dare to live the life I know I am here to live. I met several beautiful souls during my trip to Costa Rica, people who once had to feel broken in order to push them to live their dream. From a successful chef and writer, to a European restauranteur, to a nature loving professional skier... These souls dared to build their dreams here in Costa Rica. They have each created beautiful spaces that reflect their individual stories, that welcome in other seekers. I can see the dreams I am now living in the web of this lovely catcher. Dreams do not need to be grand to be recognized. Cultivating a wholehearted life. This is the work. To achieve it is the dream.
Good morning friends! I have some exciting news- I've been invited to be a part of the largest travel conference in Central America, called Expotur. It takes place in Costa Rica in May, and will be a great preview of the properties we'll be offering in our November retreat. The conference will be all about experiential and sustainable travel, and I will be lending my knowledge of wellness integration to the mix. I'm so excited to be a part of something so special, and even more excited to invite all of you to join me in November. More info to come soon...
Yoga is the Practice, not the Pose. I learned this concept from my Dear Daniel. I have heard it in my head many times in the last few weeks. After a life threatening experience with a loved one, I had to continually bring myself into the present moment. The presence of the unexpected, the fear of the unknown, were at my feet. As uncomfortable as the present moment may be, we must show up for it all. Find our breath, our calm, in the midst of chaos. A student in class this morning told me that during a recent painful procedure she brought her attention to the discomfort. As we have spoken of in class, she did not ignore it. She leaned into it. Breathed into it. It passed.
How beautiful to know that we can take our yoga off the mat. Unveil the layers of protection we have built around our heart. Silence the noise in our minds. Appreciate our bodies. Unapologetically love ourselves. Our whole selves.