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It’s All in Your Head

It’s All in Your Head

The mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost On my trip to Tibet several years back, our small group camped in the countryside, visiting remote nunneries and other sacred sites. Set high atop mountainous terrain, many of these sites […]

A Typical Day in Playa Guiones

A Typical Day in Playa Guiones

In Playa Guiones, the howler monkeys start chortling and roaring around 4:45 A.M. I usually hit the howler-snooze button until around 6. Breakfast on the patio. Usually fruit with yogurt and a little granola. Sometimes it’s dense bread smeared with avocado. Yum! Yoga in one of the many studios here. One of the reasons I […]

On To Something Big

On To Something Big

My friend Molly Barker says when she feels both fear and joy in the same moment, she knows she’s on to something big.   I know exactly what she means. On the day I left for Costa Rica, I couldn’t stop tearing up in the USAirways Lounge.  It had started at home, when I said goodbye to my […]

What to pack?

What to pack?

I packed meticulously for nearly 2 months for my extended stay in Costa Rica. I brought a magnification mirror, a water purification pitcher, two pounds of my favorite tea, extra thumb drives, candles, a battery-powered bedside light, enough Aveda products to last 6 months, scented eye pillows and recyclable shopping bags. Five pairs of ear […]

Buy a Shoe, Give a Shoe

Buy a Shoe, Give a Shoe

While on my visits to Peru, I learned about the Quechua concept of ayni. The theme is integral to the country’s indigenous cosmology and, according to writer J.E. Williams, “…ayni manifests as mutual sharing, respect and understanding the needs of others.  By reciprocating all the good that comes to you from others, nature and the spirit world, you become more […]