Last month, Bruce and I headed back to Tamarindo, Costa Rica for an all too quick four days to prepare for our upcoming bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat “haven” and to meet and sail with our new friends at Antares Sailing Adventures for a fabulous sunset cruise out of Tamarindo Bay.
It got me thinking yet again how much my life has changed over the past few years. I mean a successful corporate training VP, turned yoga teacher/foodie/yogini-chef-to-be/entrepreneur in Costa Rica for four days on a “business” trip, sailing with my love, being served the freshest and the most incredible delectables, being serenaded by a classical acoustic guitarist, frolicking in the Pacific Ocean, and basically living La Pura Vida. Not bad at all.
So, how am I doing all of this? Believe me, sometimes I shake my head and ask myself that question. Well, it’s kind of like setting sail with Antares…
1) Get to it already! Book it, reserve it, sign on the dotted line and decide that you’ve decided. I can’t tell you how many of my family, friends, and students say “I wish I could travel the world but…”, “Someday I’ll…”, “That’s the life, but I can’t afford…” My answer? “We do exactly what we want to do in this life. Set your intention and practice living the life you dream, one day, one thing, one goal, one fancy yoga pose, one breath at a time. Oh, and just do it!”
2) Set sail with the best. This isn’t a newsflash, right? Find the winners, the growers, the most passionate and successful people, the most dedicated and disciplined yogis, the people who serve their bodies by nourishing it with beautiful, fresh, whole foods, the movers and the shakers, the global citizens, and those who are on their “p’s” & “q’s” serving the world with their greatest talents. Grab an oar and get in their boat now! We all know that saying “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” by Jim Rohn. So, make sure your boat is filled with rock stars, all rowing in the same direction.
3) Eat what delights and nourishes… You are what you eat, right? So why not eat gorgeous food that makes you feel and look fabulous? It’s all about choices. Would you rather eat something that’s vibrant, delicious, well prepared (or raw even) and delights your taste buds? Or, not.
4)…so that you have the energy to jump into the deep end when it’s time. To live the life you deserve you’ve got to have not only the mindset, but the energy to manifest and do the things that scare the crap out of you. A well nourished (and yoga’d) body helps to produce the energy you need to get up, each day and go get that life you imagine.
5) Use floaties. I learned to swim as a kid, but in swimming pools, not the ocean. So, when I finally took my first dive into the drink, I was like “Whoa! This is a lot of work!” Now, I don’t mind hard work, but I absolutely, 100% believe in the mantra “Work smarter, not harder.”, and so if there’s an opportunity to get to the same lovely ending, with an easy steady breath, a focused, mindful intention with the support of others, I’m all over it. And, here’s the thing. We’re in this together, so grab ahold of your floaties and take a break from that breast stroke every once and while.
4) Help others when they get seasick…There we were, enjoying our pineapple and the scenery, and this couple comes walking toward where we’re sitting. She’s super green. Seasick! Turns out, she’s a yoga instructor (I promise, we totally gravitate towards each other!) from Canada. So, as her head is slung over the bow, losing her cookies, I’m holding her hair, rubbing her back, and breathing with her. We’re rowing this boat together sister! It is our duty to help others along the way; to encourage, to soothe, to guide. It brightens their path and our own.
5) …so they can help you when you’re seasick. So ten minutes later I’m green and everyone is rubbing my back. What goes around comes around, so create the best karma you can. You’ll need it!
6) Be sure to watch the sunset. I’ve seen some pretty amazing sunsets. And, they never get old. We can easily get so caught up in the ego dramas of life, trying to get into that one bound pose, the daily hustle of family and work, and the constant noise that we miss all of the magical things that happen every single second. You’re sailing on the ocean of this magnificent life. Put down the oars, gather with the people you love (or like a lot), and take it all in. You deserve it!
Thanks to Antares Sailing and Bruce Dunkins Photography!