Lessons Books Can’t Teach: Pura Vida

Hola, I’m back from my first-ever LIVE retreat in Costa Rica!

 

There are a lot of things I miss already:

 

-the beautiful place I got to call home for a short while: an intentional living space built on the premises of sacred geometry

 

-fresh deliciously cooked, perfectly seasoned meals inspired by “Tico” tradition with an Ayurvedic twist (best part: I didn’t have do any of the cooking ;))

 

-waking up with the sunlight streaming through the gorgeous windows (waking at dawn has never been easier)

 

-the breathtaking view of our pool framed by a well-kept organic and ornamental garden, and the ocean and sky in the distance

 

-catching the sunset at dinner time each day overlooking the view above

 

-spending the day with like-minded souls who came together to co-create a truly transformative and life-altering event

 

-the abundance of wildlife and nature in every square inch of a sacred land

 

-the lack of pressure and “rush” to “do more” (but never be satisfied with what you have)

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It’s taken me some time to just sit and reflect on this truly transformative experience of a lifetime.

 

And it’s true what they say: you need another vacation after vacation.

 

(Even though it was far from a vacation for me in my role as a facilitator and guide…)

 

I had to mourn the ending of the experience now that I’m back to “normal life.”

 

I also had to integrate some powerful shifts and lessons learned.

 

As a teacher, a leader, a friend, a partner, a parent, a business owner, and a human being.

 

I’ve learned more in diving into this experience (with little more than blind faith), than I could ever have learned in a book, or even from another person’s perspective.

 

I guess some people need to learn some stuff the “hard” way… 😉

 

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I learned about success, motivation, fear, faith, logic, wisdom, vision, money, energy, and manifesting.

 

I choose to take the wins with the losses…for it is always darkest before dawn.

 

It is in the dark, moist womb that a seed is nourished until it sprouts.

 

And even though it’s far from perfect, NY is my home.

 

I choose to see the beauty in everything.

 

And be a weed among the cracked sidewalks of a bustling city.

 

Pura vida!

 

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