Costa Rica – Day 43 and 44 – How time flies by, in the blink of an eye…

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and pain come and go like the wind.  To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all.  ~ The Buddha

I wake up and can barely move.  I was playing like my 10 year old self and my 40 year old body is not impressed.

Deep Blue, Biomat, yoga.

Jill and I traded services and I receive a food consultation.  I have a pretty strong constitution, and I can eat pretty much anything without repercussion.  I learn that I should stay away from broccoli, spirulina, ice cream (NOOOO!!!!!), and black and green tea.  I did have a pretty strong iced chai addiction back in the states, and for many reasons I will be cutting back on that.

Back on the biomat with Jill.  She gave me a mini neck and shoulder massage with Deep Blue.  It’s similar to China gel.  Bengay.  That sort of thing.  Jill is a distributor for Doterra, a company that offers pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, as well as lotions, skin care, body care, and this magical lotion that relieves sore muscles.

Dinner and a movie with Rachel.  We watched Julie and Julia.  I like it.  It’s better than I thought it would be.   The main character Julie is blogging for one full year about her experiences cooking Julia Childs’ recipes.  In order to continue cooking, and buying these expensive ingredients, she sets up a donation system for her followers to provide contributions, as they are able.

Rachel turns to me and says, “You should do that!”  And so I have.  I feel awkward asking for money.   It feels weird.  I don’t really like it.  But Costa Rica has proven to be expensive, and I have yet to work on my photo project.  I thought more opportunities would present themselves.  The right person, in the right time, with the right tropical back drop.  So with my remaining time here, I will need to go where the yogis are, and it’s mostly on the coast.

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Tuesday, August 19

Stay in the zone.  Focused.  Committed.  Loving and open.  This one life.  What will you do with your one precious life?

Love and be loved.  Yoga.  Skydive.  Photography.  Surf.  Travel.  Learn to play guitar (again).  Move to the ocean.  Maybe by mountains.

I often like to fantasize about my ‘perfect’ life.  What does that look like?  Are my actions supporting my direction, my intention, my Dharma?  If not, is it within my power to do so?  All of my people are moving west.  I think I may explore the possibility of doing the same.  What does that look like?  I don’t know yet.  I’ll mull it around a bit.  See how it feels, tastes, smells.  Check in with my heart.  Meditate on it.  Breathe it in.  Surrender to the infinite possibilities in this life.

Awakening is never the product of force but arises through a resting of the heart and an opening of the mind.  ~ Jack Kornfield

I lead yoga.  It’s just Rachel, Mary (from Toronto), and Monique.  I like these small, intimate classes in this jungle setting.  Rachel is leaving today.  It feels like she just arrived.


I know she came here for her birthday, but ultimately, it feels like this time has been my gift.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.  ~ Mother Teresa