Dec 10 2017

Where to start?🧘 Tips and Tricks to Start Your Meditation Practice

When I begin to work with beginners, I generally start them on their backs. This can be dangerous territory, as it offers a great opportunity for them to fall asleep. Yes, I have heard many snores in my classes. To lessen the likelihood of them falling asleep, I offer these three tips to choose from:

 

  1. While lying flat on your back, bend your knees. Not only does this keep a part of the body active, it places the body in more of a horizontal seated position.
  2. Bend your elbows, keeping the hands ‘floating’ in the air. If you fall asleep, your hand drops and wakes you up. This trick was very effective in our transformational trainings.
  3. Bring your minds eye to the ajna chakra or third eye. When we sleep, we drop our consciousness down into our lower chakras as sleep is a basic survival need. When consciously raising our awareness to our third eye, that energy location just between the brows, we are making the choice to remain aware and awake. I like to visualize a rising sun sitting on the horizon over the ocean. This to me symbolizes the rising of my own consciousness being awakened through my meditation and my actions.

Once we have addressed the comfort of the body, we can begin the journey.

STEP ONE: The first step is to bring awareness to the breath. The breath is a magical thing. Without it we couldn’t survive. It can be manipulated to calm our emotions, mental and even physical discomfort. Ailments within the body can be diagnosed by observing the breath. So, what exactly does “bring awareness to the breath” mean? It means pay attention to the breath. Think about it, look at it. What is it doing? How does it feel? We all can remember a time when we have been out of breath. We certainly pay attention to it then.

Stop, right now, and notice what you notice. You may hear the breath, feel the breath or feel the body moving as a direct result of the breath.

Notice each inhale. Notice each exhale.

Notice the space between.

Where do you notice each?

Have you noticed yourself holding your breath?

Has the breath changed as you have begun observing it? This is a quantum physics truth. Whenever anything is observed, its behavior changes. True for animate and inanimate objects. Side note: one of my favorite movies is Down the Rabbit Hole.

Congratulations, if you just did the little exercise above, you have begun your meditation journey! Not so hard, eh?

STEP TWO: Once we have found the breath, the second step is a bit more interesting and quite possibly more challenging. What is going to happen, is your monkey mind, that clever little thing, is going to go for a little stroll, aka wander off. You may not even notice this happening…. Until you do…..then you remind yourself that you have chosen to take this time and focus solely on the breath and then you bring your attention back to the breath.

STEP THREE: Repeat STEP TWO… ten thousand trillion times over. 😊

By choosing to do this practice, we train our mind to focus on one thing—this is concentration. Through concentration, we find meditation. The more we breathe consciously, the stiller our mind becomes, and the more peaceful and less reactive we are. These benefits alone certainly make this practice worth the time, but keep in mind this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to benefits.

It is said that the breath is the bridge between the material word and the spiritual world. By bringing attention to our breath we invite spirit into our bodies. Pranayama, the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises, is made up of two words, prana which means life fore and yama which means to restrain or control. Bringing the life force into our physical bodies consciously, allows us to begin the process of unity. Excerpt from Yoga Onboard ~ a guide for cruisers and live-aboards

A few more tips and tricks:

Start slow. Committing to 5-10 minutes a day is a perfect place to start. If that even seems to be daunting, begin by simply bringing awareness to the breath while completing your chores or in the car, whenever you think about it. The beauty about using the breath as a focal point for your meditation practice is that it is always with you and always free. I find the breath is like a rising star… the more attention it gets, the more it craves. The more it craves, the more attention you are willing to give it. Suddenly, a year or two have gone by, you are meditating daily, and noticing the benefits. My how time flys!

Find an app that you like. There are a ton of fabulous apps available for download on your phone, many geared specifically towards beginners. A couple of my absolute favorites are Headspace, which has shorter, baby step meditations and comes with some cool, instructional videos and CALM. Both are free to download and have enough free material to last you several months, but also have in-app purchases that enhance your experience. I have been a member of CALM for several years now, and love, love, love it! There is even calming music and sleep stories that have been added.

Patience Grasshopper: do not expect immediate results. More often that not, I have run across people that have ‘tried’ meditation for a few times, expect immediate and earth-shaking results, are disappointed and then shrug it off as another goofy thing that doesn’t work. Meditation is not a band-aid. It is a tool that must be used properly, consistently and with patience to see the desired results. (Great time to plug my upcoming new book being released Oct 17, 2018! All about getting your desired results; the What’s? Why’s? and How’s?!)

Find a teacher. I can only speak from my perspective on this one, as I have never gone to a meditation class myself, only studied, practiced and taught them. However, I have received positive feedback from my classes that what and how I taught meditation gave my students exactly what they needed. My meditation classes were only 20 minutes long and were meant to be geared toward the beginner as a supplement of other yoga and fitness classes offered at the resort. Especially if you learn better in a group environment, I would encourage you to seek out some meditation classes and/or groups. Be clear that they offer ‘instruction’ as well as group meditation time, and ask about time. It may not benefit you to attend a group that sits for an hour.  As I write this, my mind is creating an online meditation course for you. I will get on this, and make available as soon as possible!

So there ya have it, in a nutshell a few tools to use for the beginning of your journey inward. Speaking from experience, you will have no regrets adding a meditation practice to your life. As a matter of fact, after practicing for several years, and then walking away from it for a while, for whatever reasons, I experienced some surprising and not so welcome results, that only through rekindling my practice could be alleviated. I will discuss this in Part Three.

Namaste Y’all

Kim

Nov 09 2017

What Could Sitting and Breathing Do for Me? Part 1

Are you struggling with meditation?

Why meditate? Great question. For anyone that has never meditated and then looked back in time and was able to identify the results, it does appear to be rather silly. Sit up straight…not so easy for some bodies…and “watch” or “observe” your breath. What the heck does that even mean? And my favorite is “watch your thoughts float by like clouds in the sky” or leaves in a stream”. What? How can I watch my thoughts when they are me? How do I get the thoughts out of my head to “watch” them?

When I first began my asana practice 17 short years ago, I resisted meditation, telling myself that my asana practice was a moving meditation and enough. I remembered when I first tried meditation (yes, I said tried). I was working for a transformational training company as operations manager and Pati, our office manager, one of our board members and a couple of our facilitators and I decided to start meditating for twenty minutes each day on our lunch break. Guided meditations and visualizations were a big part of our training, and we all had felt the immediate results, and were desiring to experience and understand the long-term benefits. So, for some time, we closed the doors at lunch time, went into the training center, turned the lights low and took a seat up against the back wall. I can’t speak for anyone else, but back then, this was excruciating for me. At the time I was also a step-aerobics instructor and personal trainer and ran or biked most evenings. My body was not ready to sit. ‘Yoga’ was a class I had failed my freshman year of university due to, well, let’s just say, it was lady’s night at the local pub where the football team hung out.

Still in a great relationship with my ego (like besties), I sat. In misery. “Noticing”, “watching”, “observing” how uncomfortable I was. I squirmed as little as possible, but the pain in my back from not having a body prepared for this made these sessions something I so wished wouldn’t be happening. I had no knowledge or guidance other than the guided meditations in the trainings, and thought that to meditate and get the results, it had to be done this way, sitting on a hard floor, back straight, lights low, in silence. Eventually this ritual of ours gave way to life, and meditation was packed away for several years, only to sneak back into my life easily and naturally.

What I have since learned and trust is that meditation is like climbing Mt. Everest. It is best done with intentional preparation, and, at least in the beginning, not alone. No one in their right mind would attempt to climb Everest without training physically, mentally and even psychologically for such a feat. Nor would anyone attempt this alone.

So, how does one prepare themselves to introduce the practice of meditation into their lives? Yoga asana is my answer. I know that there are many, many meditators out there that have not done any other yoga asana or posture other than sukasana, a comfortable cross-legged position. What I am unfamiliar with is how comfortable the beginning was for them, or if they had another means to find the ease that is necessary to sit for any length of time. So, I will share what I know, and how, through my asana practice, meditation has become a foundation of my daily practice.

As I mentioned earlier, after discovering yoga asana, I believed wholeheartedly that this was moving meditation (true) and was enough (not so much). After a couple of years of daily asana practice, I noticed that after my practice, first my savasana (ending resting pose) was becoming longer and longer and then I began to shorten my savasana again, but then come to a seated position and sit for a while. I did this naturally and without intention. What really blows my mind, in retrospect, is after this had happened for a year or two, I found that if I didn’t have much time, I would choose to sit instead of move. I also found that using a zafu, or meditation cushion, I could sit much more comfortably and for a longer period of time.

Meditation had become a safe place for me. Each time I sat, it was like coming home. It was a place I could commune with God & Goddess aka my-Self. It was just about this time when I was asked to begin teaching meditation at the wellness resort I was teaching at. This offered me the opportunity to begin the study of meditation and to expand and identify my own knowledge of meditation and how it had affected my life.

A meditation cushion
or zafu, makes sitting more comfortable.

 

 

 

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PART TWO……… Where to start? Tips and Tricks to start a meditation practice.

Dec 22 2016

Taking Yoga Off the Mat & Into Your Life with a Free Coaching Session

 

life-coach-picture-navigating-life-transitionsHappy Holidays!

Some big changes are on the horizon. I am shifting a portion of my yoga instruction from the mat, into life. I have found over the years, as I was instructing asana (postures) for physical and mental well being, I would naturally remind people, what is learned on the mat also applies in our lives. Over the last few months, with all of the personal changes in my life, I have been exploring ways to redefine what it means to be a yoga instructor. When I discovered the course Yoga2Life Core Coaching for Effective Change, I knew I had found a way to bring my ‘on the mat’ lessons into the world in a way that could change even more lives.

I am very excited about this new chapter in my life and am looking forward to the changes this will bring, not only my life, but those I work with and family, friends & community. As part of my training, I am offering 20 FREE coaching sessions between now and March 1, 2017.

What better time of year to take advantage of a free coaching session!life-coaching-process

What a coach will do for you:

  • Bring clarity to what you really want in life.
  • Break down each goal into manageable action steps.
  • Hold you accountable for the choices you make.
  • Provide unconditional support and encouragement.

What a coach will not do for you:

  • Prioritize what is most important for you.
  • Offer advice.
  • Do the work for you.
  • Criticize or judge you for the choices you make.

If you have a long ‘to do’ or I want to…’ list, but just don’t know where to start, a coaching session is for you.

If you are interested:

  • You will contact me at   https://www.facebook.com/TropicYogaSail via IM.
  • I will send you a form to fill out.
  • You will complete and return.
  • We will agree upon a time to “meet” via a phone call.
  • Phone call will take 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Follow up.

I look forward to changing the world with you!!

 

Peace, Love, Laughter & Pirate Yogis!

Kim

Oct 09 2016

Change is…

there-is-nothing-so-stable-as-changeWhen I was younger, my mantra used to be “change is bad”. I yearned for a feeling of stability which I perceived to be a condition of no change. I grew up in what I believe was a very stable home: routine, dependable, clean… in retrospect, I can see that I was shielded from the external changes in order for me to be allowed to experience my own internal changes throughout my childhood and high school years. Once I was a young parent and in the world, change became the norm, which I resisted. Now, in midlife, I embrace change, sometimes willingly, many times reluctantly. I am beginning to understand and trust the growth that change provides me. With this understanding, I can find my stability within change.

May 15 2016

Choices… allow introspection which leads to growth

i_am_on_my_wayWe all make choices in our lives, some big, some inconsequential; but everyday we make more choices than we are consciously aware of. Throughout my life I have made many choices, some good, some not so good, some amazing. Regardless of the perception, they all have led me to now, and all have served in my growth.

I have never been one to “do the right thing” or “do the normal thing”, but I can say I have led a life that I was meant to live. Apparently, I have some past fear issues and have unconsciously been taking them on. It seems as if every time I get settled and the fear has subsided, BAM out of no where The Universe is telling me, “It is time.”

In high school I had my early adult years planned out, I was going to University, getting a degree in Marketing, marrying around 25/26 and having my children a couple of years later. I even bet a friend of my parents a case of beer on each. I married at 19… paid my case of beer to him, gave birth to my daughter 2 months prior to my 21st birthday…and paid my case of beer to him. Ah, the best laid plans.

Since that time, my two amazing kids moved with me to Boise and to Mexico. Since they have grown, I moved back to Mexico by home while travelingmyself, on to Miami Beach to teach yoga full time, bought a 41′ sailboat and chartered with the boy scouts for a summer, moved to Tortola, B.V.I. then to the Florida Keys where my husband and I opened a restaurant (the scariest thing of all!). We are now in the process of selling the boat, which we are living on, and purchasing a bus. The bus, like the boat will offer us the opportunity to travel while being in the comforts of home (which as I age has become very important to me).

Each time a change is happening, I always have very mixed feelings. I feel sad for what I am leaving behind; anxious, excited, apprehensive, curious and, well, down right afraid of the unknown. During this time while I am ‘being’ with all the emotions, and ‘doing’ what has to be done, many of those close to me question if I am doing the right thing.

Choosing to live a lifestyle that is different than what was once the norm is fast becoming the ‘new’ norm. Having been

in the cruising (on water) community for some time now, I have seen the demographics shift, with more and more young people taking on their lives, alone, together and with families. I have met families that had over 6 figure incomes leave that life, so they could be with their families, explore and learn from the world and the people they meet, waiting tables and tending bar to make ends meet. We are now moving into a new cruising community (on land), and will be able to explore the entire United States, with plans to spend time in Mexico and Canada as well. While doing our research for this shift in our lives, we are discovering that the same demographic shift is happening in this cruising community. More and more cruisers, while on land or at sea are discovering how to ‘earn a living’, while actually living. We are blessed in the fact that as a yoga instructor and my husband being a musician, we are able to take our passion anywhere. We are able to meet new friends, and expand our extended family and explore this beautiful planet we call home.knowing people

 

New BeginningsDon't Be Afraid of Change

A new chapter or phase is starting in your life.

Remember life is an adventure

To explore whilst you have fun.

This is going to be great.

It is time to live your life.

It is time for change

Go for it!

courage amidst fear

Expanding ones comfort zone takes courage, I am told. I don’t feel courageous, I feel normal. Yes, I am afraid, but I will never let that or the perception of others stop me!

Apr 07 2016

Evolve or Die

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“Except for the word change all other things in this world are subject to change. It is an inseparable part of life. Some changes bring progress while some do not but there is no power that can stop the process of changing. The wise people make the best use of change and take it as an opportunity while the rest stare helplessly at the change taking place. As Winston Churchill pointed out, if one wants to attain perfection, he or she has to change very often, which is an inevitable part of life and if you fail to change yourself, and remain stubborn in the past, you will not be a part of future. Change is inevitable, change brings about a change in life, and change should be welcomed and cherished and not despised.”

Don't Be Afraid of Change

As with all things, my life & Tropic Yoga are evolving once again. Beginning my love of yoga and my yoga career in 2000 teaching on the beaches in Sayulita, Nayarit, MX, my journey has taken me home to Central Idaho, returning to Sayulita, then on to Miami Beach in 2003 where I took my studies to a deeper level and truly began my career as a yoga instructor, until finding myself in the beautiful British Virgin Islands in 2011 teaching Yoga Onboard to cruisers on their boats. In 2012 Tropic Yoga offered yoga in the Florida Keys for four years, and is now eagerly awaiting the completion of this current evolution. 

Sometimes change is by choice, other times, not so much. This is one of the “not so much” times. While I open my heart and soul to what the Universe is offering, I am leaning into the changes and looking deep inside for the lessons learned and the opportunities that lie ahead. I may not know exactly what is on the horizon,but I do know one thing for sure, I am coming home, back to that place deep within me that loves, learns, inspires and trusts. I have always said that spirituality isn’t pretty, and this is one of those times. Spirituality is like a pig rolling around in the mud, to evolove_or_diethe witness, looks dirty and chaotic, to the pig, when all is said and done… absolute heaven! It is my belief that if you are not getting dirty, you are not growing. Getting dirty many times means tears and heartache, sleepless nights and not so great nutritional choices. Each day, each moment, each breath a new opportunity; stay lying in the mud, or dance in the rain!

 

 

Right now, I am going to hop on my new yoga mat and…. Party Om!

My new yoga mat... and outlook on life!

My new yoga mat… and outlook on life!

Nov 28 2013

I Am Grateful!

turkey kissesThis morning I have much to be grateful for… a beautiful and amazing husband, two over the top, words cannot describe, wonderful kids (well, young adults), a family (both mine & Eric’s) that I am proud to be a part of, an abundance of supportive and loving friends (most of whom I call family)  my health, and now a new business that is already booming and will be a wonderful platform to begin my yoga career in sunny Marathon FL. I had so many requests for yoga classes last night on our official opening day of Dockside Tropical Cafe’.  I guess I hear the Universe speaking. Keep an eye posted for upcoming schedules.

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Jul 16 2013

Back To My Roots

view from balcony in Sayulita

View from balcony in Sayulita

When I first began to practice and teach yoga, I was living in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico.  The house we were living in had a huge round, empty palapa that overlooked the village and the bay. After my tea, visitors to the village began making their way up the hill, and placed their mats in such a way that insured them a beautiful view throughout their practice.  Never wanting to turn anyone away for lack of money, I accepted donations; sometimes receiving money in pesos or dollars, sometimes receiving gifts or other items. My roots: an outdoor practice overlooking the water, welcoming all. 

A few years later I found myself back in Sayulita, after returning to Idaho to teach for a couple of years and fulfilling the requirements to become a certified yoga instructor in Miami Beach. This time, I moved my classes to the beach; a short walk through the cemetery just past Villa Amor, would find you on Playa de los Muertos, a quiet beach surrounding a calm cove. Each morning I would arrive early, filling a large garbage bag full of bottles and cans that either washed ashore or were left by beach goers. As my students arrived, the beach filled with blankets and beach towels vs traditional mats.  We would emulate the flowing

Lobo during yoga class at Playa de los Muertos

Lobo during yoga class at Playa de los Muertos

palms in tree pose, and watch dolphins jump as we did our sun salutations. The breeze kept us cool, even as the sun filled the beach toward the end of class.  Always, my wolf Lobo (yea, we were very creative when naming him! J) could be found lying next to someone throughout the class. He had a peacefulness about him that only added to the practice as he moved around the class making sure everyone felt his loving energy. After class, some students would stroll back through the jungle to enjoy breakfast in the village; some would strip down to bathing suits and take a cleansing swim in the Pacific Ocean. 

Although I have practiced and taught in some of the most beautiful studios though out the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, being outdoors, especially near the water, to me, is the ultimate studio. Mother Nature offers invaluable lessons unobtainable from anything man can come up with; patience, trust, wonder, flexibility (in life), and dedication are just some of these.

I am a true believer that how you Be on the mat is how you Be in the world. What that means is you can observe your behaviors during your practice and if you are honest, see those same behaviors or approaches to circumstances in life. Some things to notice: How committed are you? Do you commit to each moment, pose, breath? Or do you commit to the practice, just to check it off your list for the day? Do you push yourself too hard? Or not hard enough? In other words, do you find and ride your edge? How easily are you distracted from your goal or commitment? All of these questions become very apparent when one is practicing outdoors, especially if near any sort of population. These are reasons I believe an outdoor practice offers the opportunity to grow your practice much deeper than one in an indoor environment. 

Living in Miami Beach I was given many opportunities too not only teach, but to bring my own practice outdoors, to the beach, but most of my classes took place in beautiful studios, in impressive resorts and gyms. Teaching indoors is predictable, quiet, and well, can be sterile. While this is a great environment to focus on specific postures and alignment, allowing for outer growth, it does less for any real internal growth. For this, we need to get down and get dirty. Practicing outdoors offers this.

Dockside on Boot Key Harbor

Now that we are living in the Florida Keys and I will be opening a restaurant with my husband right on Boot Key Harbor, I am looking forward to bringing my practice and my classes back outdoors.  Once we are open (plans are for October), I will offer morning classes on the deck of Dockside Tropical Café, with the breeze blowing and the dolphin and manatee swimming by. Classes will be basic hatha, geared toward all levels, with the possibility of adding additional classes that will have more specific objectives (power vinyasa, meditation, gentle, yoga nidra, yoga onboard for the cruisers out there).  

SUP Yoga

SUP Yoga

Plans to offer water sport rentals and adventures are also in the works; kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel sail charters. Once the paddleboards are in place, be prepared for SUP Yoga & Fitness!

All of this will be made possible once Dockside Tropical Café is open and running smooth. We are currently offering the opportunity to purchase lifetime discount cards, bar tabs, cool swag, or your very own bar stool or table. Anyone that takes advantage of this opportunity will give you the distinctive honor of being DTC Charter Crew. All Charter Crew will have a plaque with their name on it, and special t-shirt and hat. To become Charter Crew go to www.DocksideTropicalCafe.com. Yes, that was an unabashedly, not well hidden promotion for our crowd-fund we are currently running. Check it out then make plans to come see us in the Keys!

I am eagerly awaiting getting back to my roots… teaching and practicing outdoors.

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Peace, Love, Laughter & Pirate Yogis

Kim Hess-Stone

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Apr 14 2013

We must sail, not drift, nor lie at anchor…

compass“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving:   To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

– Oliver Wendel Holmes

a note from November ’08

I recently had the opportunity to attend Sea School as the first step in obtaining my Captain’s license.  During the time spent on plotting and since then, I continue to think about the courses I have set for myself at various times throughout my life and how many times that course has changed either due to external conditions beyond my control, or internal conditions based on choices I have made.  When discussing the set and drift and point to aim when plotting I imagined having a navigation chart that represented my life and how it would look. I recall being close to graduating from high school and making a bet with a family friend that I would not be married until I was at least 26 years old and wouldn’t even consider having kids until a few years after that.  Well, that course was certainly effected by the currents of life.  I was married at 19 and brought the most beautiful baby girl into this world shortly before my 21st birthday with her brother following two and a half years later.  I paid my bets and carried on with the new course that had been set.

After my divorce, (yet another course change) I did my best to raise two independent and Erika & Dallascourageous human beings. I believe I did succeed in staying on that course.  Since that time, my course seems to be constantly changing, bringing into my life excitement, fear, new friends, challenges and adventure.  Almost four years ago when I landed here in Miami Beach after living the previous 6 months in Mexico, if someone would have told me I would be doing what I am doing right now, I would have laughed until I cried.  For that matter, if someone would have told me 15 years ago I would not only have lived in Mexico, but moved there with two teenagers and our two dogs, I would have thought them crazy!

I wonder sometimes what has been guiding me.  What has led me to NOW. I did not set a course to be HERE or anywhere near HERE.  I have felt for the last few years that I have simply been doing what I was told.  Not by any one person, but by something greater than myself.  I listen and I take action.  It seems so simple. Having clarity of what it is you truly want is crucial, however that doesn’t necessarily mean knowing what that is going to look like.  I have said for years “All I want is to sail and teach yoga.”  I had no idea it would look like this.

sailingEvery choice I make in my life now is based on the question, “What feels best?”.  I have let go of allowing guilt, obligation or should’ves guide my life and now let peace, joy and passion guide me. Based on results it is working.  Seeing, believing, but most of all trusting are the keys to a life that causes me to declare on a daily basis, “Life is good!”

What courses have you set for yourself throughout your lifetime, and how have you dealt with the wind and currents that may have blown you off that original course?

Peace, Love, Laughter and Pirate Yogis!

Kim

P.S.  I passed my tests and am now gathering my paperwork for the Coast Guard and shopping for my boat!

KeysChartsP.S.S. Today is 15 May 2013, five years after writing this blog, and WOW where the wind has blown me since then! I bought a 41′ sailboat, worked as a Captain with the Florida Sea Base Boy Scouts for a summer, and met & married a wonderful man who I am living with on our boat in the Florida Keys with our two macaws, after spending a couple of years living in the British Virgin Islands. We are, much to my surprise, in the process of purchasing a tiki bar and restaurant in Marathon, Florida, mid-way between Miami and Key West. We have plans to turn this into a premier music venue (my husband is a singer/songwriter with a passion for good music and good times) I will bring my passion of the outdoors and health & fitness through yoga into the space offering yoga & fitness classes in the mornings prior to opening. I also have plans to include water sports via kayak & paddleboard rentals & SUP Yoga right in front of the venue. Keeping our dreams alive and moving forward with love and passion.

Everything that happens is moving you to live a bigger truth.

— Alan Cohen

Apr 13 2013

Inspiration from a Universal Citizen(TM)

you are hereI just ran across this inspiring quote again, not sure where I found it so many years ago, but the words ring true for my aims in life.

“I have a holistic perspective about the world; I have a natural tendency towards co-operative action; I am international and intercultural; I am motivated by truth, integrity and unity; I am responsive to intrinsic beauty; I have an appreciation for peak experiences; I’m open-minded and treat others with respect; I have the desire to communicate authentically, naturally and easily; I am aware of my self-identity but have the capacity to go beyond the self; I use my natural talents to promote peace and goodwill; I aim to be awe-inspiring and above all I am aware of the sacredness of every person and of every living thing.”

I am a Universal CitizenTMuniversal citizen

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