Love, Grace and Gratitude at Christmastime
The specialness of the Christian and Jewish holiday season has manifested in me a sense of love, grace and gratitude. I believe that we are all One and all connected, and it matters not what we call our Consciousness, God or Supreme Being. At the delicious age of 65, I am feeling more and more optimistic that we humans will eventually find our way to peace, or at least peacefulness.
In my younger years, I imagined that I would somehow make a significant footprint on the planet, although I was not sure how or when. Now, 65 years into life, I realize that this will not happen in the way I suspected.As a hotel owner, mother of incredible yoga teacher, Nancy Goodfellow, and someone who has practiced yoga for more than 15 years, I have recognized that each of us can make a heartfelt impression around us. If we consciously practice non-violence, non-judgment, and extend love to people on a daily basis, we can change the energy vibration of the planet. I have watched guest after guest finish one of my daughter’s amazing yoga classes, and I have seen incredible transformations.
Top Reasons to Keep Traveling and Stay Young at Heart
People love things that make them feel young (or remember their youth), feel free and be happy. Traveling is usually in the top 10. Why?
1. Traveling opens up your world.
In today's world where emails and smart phones often replace face-to-face interaction, traveling makes you get out and interact with humanity. Traveling changes your scenery. When you travel, you are away from the daily routine of your life and you see new things which stimulate your mind and invite creative energy.
2. Traveling teaches you to relax.
Whether you want to or not at first, you have to chill out to really enjoy traveling. Traveling for pleasure rejuvenates you physically and mentally so you can return to your daily routine with more energy and patience. Taking a break from your routine – work, school, daily to-dos of parenthood, household chores, etc. – refreshes your mind and gives you the freedom you need to renew.
Eating these top medicinal foods will keep the doctor away.
What if what we eat on a regular basis actually helps us keep a doctor’s visit at bay? Further, what if we could treat our own ailments, including the pesky common cold, with herbs grown right in our backyard and foods we can pick up at any corner store?
For thousands of years humans relied on foods and herbs for medicine. In Costa Rica, it turns out that plenty of easy-to-find familiar foods are actually just what the doctor ordered.
Here are 10 top medicinal foods and a list of herbs commonly found in Costa Rica. (Most information is taken from the book Medicinal Plants of Costa Rica by Ed Bernhardt.)
Pineapple: Pineapple is nutritious and full of antibacterial properties. This tropical fruit contains bromelain, which is effective against certain throat and mouth infections. It is high in Vitamins A, B and C.Papaya: Papaya thrives in Costa Rica and is the most common fruit next to pineapple, especially at breakfast. Papaya is effective at treating digestive problems – indigestion and constipation – as well as liver problems, as a diuretic for the kidneys, and to lower high blood pressure.
Santa Teresa is an iconic Costa Rica tropical paradise.
Santa Teresa, like many other small communities located in gorgeous locations in Costa Rica, finds itself at a development crossroads. Pave or not pave the road? How to solve the fresh water issue? How to avoid high-rise overdevelopment?
Yet Santa Teresa’s growth spurt has definitely brought positive outcomes like jobs and a thriving multi-cultural community.
Residents at the laid-back beach town, near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, say that despite the growing pains, Santa Teresa will remain the pristine paradise that first lured surfers and backpackers two decades ago.
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