Packing my bags...and heading to Costa Rica!
Good Morning Friends!
Saturday morning I will be rising at an insanely early hour to hop on the C and J bus to Logan Airport (with several other sleepy eyed yogis) to embark on a week long Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica! I feel like is snuck up on me so quickly and now it's here. I used yesterday afternoon to pack and get organized for our trip. One of my dearest friends will be going with me on this retreat and it feels like such a gift. I have been thinking back to the Spring when plans were decided. After class one day our teacher announced they would be holding this retreat, and my friend and I turned to each other and said... "what to you think?!" The answer from both of us: YES. We trusted that the universe would take care of us, and even though things got a little stressful with career/job changes I am so glad we committed when we did without hesitation.
The retreat is lead by two amazing women Jo and Sarah. Another selling point of the retreat (I mean did we really need more enticement than a Costa Rica-Yoga-Beach combo) is that the location of the center is in Nosara, which is considered to be one of the five blue zones in the world. A blue zone is a geographic region in which the residents live to be centenarians. That alone is a pretty powerful message of health and wellness. Want to learn about the retreat or Nosara? Check it out here .
The retreat center Blue Spirit describes their philosophy as: "dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability." Another cool fact: The center was founded by Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD who is also a holistic physician and cofounder of Omega Institute in NY.
For a while I haven't let myself be outwardly excited about the retreat. I pushed it to the back of my mind and said I had to focus on things that were at hand: business, personal health issues, career shifts. I also felt a sense of guilt for some reason in being excited about this, why? I think we can live in a society that can downplay happiness, as if our worth is tied to the amount of suffering in our lives. I was speaking with a client about this earlier this week and she had shared that when she is around her family who is going through some big challenges, she holds herself back from being happy or expressing joy. We dove a little deeper and it was that she often felt guilty for being happy and didn't want to rub it in, or make others feel down. We talked about how the happiness of others can be up-lifting. Do you have that friend who is filled with an infectious positive energy and can make you laugh or smile despite what is going on in your life? Or the reverse when you have that person who is all doom and gloom and you find yourself grumbling and becoming negative? Being happy is OKAY... in fact we can argue that this is one of the biggest achievements, to feel joy in our daily lives. This doesn't mean we gloat or make others feel inadequate, it just means we let our joy be felt. So I am feeling my joy now, and expressing it willingly: HEY! I'm really excited about this! I saved up to do this, and I know it will be an incredible experience. I invite you this week to share your happiness with others, let it shine through you, and be a contagious light.
Hasta Luego mis amigos!