As I sit here amidst the incredible beauty and humidity of the beach off the Costa Rican jungle and, as I run on the dusty road that follows the shoreline, as I soak in the sun that is so strong it forces any negativity out of my brain, I am relaxing. Finally.
The food is delicious and wholesome–the sweetest mangos and pineapples, the most luscious papayas, the crunchiest cabbage, and the most soulful coconuts.
The laid back and happy nature of Tican culture reminds me that there is much more to life than running around in circles full of anxious, inflammatory energy and worries about things I cannot control.
I take in the sun, I inhale, I connect deeply with new friends and old, I smile, I exhale…
I begin to release the anxiety that has already built up within me at the start of this New Year and I say to myself, ENOUGH.
All of this reminds me that we only have one life to live. We are not cats, so I make an intention to return to this state of body, mind, and spirit right now, as they are. I have an intention over the next eleven months of the year to be whole, centered, to be reflective, and to be intentionally slow.
As the year goes on in its hectic manner, I will find a way to access this state of deep relaxation and wholeness I am feeling now.
I’d like to be able to remember the gentle breeze on my face as I do yoga on the beach, when I wrinkle my face out of anger or stress
I’d like to be able to summon the sounds of the frogs, birds, the scarlet macaws, the howler monkeys, and even the annoying roosters that beckon each morning as the sun returns.
I’d like to be able release the muscles in my legs as I do on my casual walk on the sandy beach when I am feeling defensive.
When I feel shallow and ungrounded, I’ll remember the strength of my legs on an unwieldy surfboard, and I’ll return to the deep inhalations and exhalations I took while gently swaying in the hammock under the shade of the mango.
When I run around aimlessly, head full of worries I will summon the incredible, healing energy that the sun gives freely and generously.
In 2019 I intend to:
breathe deeply and often
relax my face, body, and mind
listen to my spirit
And continue to spread the joy, relaxation, centering, and incredible fortune that I am feeling right now, to everyone I encounter.
I fully and magnanimously invite you to my circle.*
Welcome to my new blog! I haven’t quite named it yet, but it will encompass everything that I am about, and more! It’ll be about adventure, gratitude, running (of course), travel, family and friends, shout-outs to my sponsors and partners, and things learned during this wonderful life journey!