I just hiked the Inca trail in Peru! It was one of the hardest things I have ever done both mentally and physically! Before we began one of our guides took me aside and said, “Are you the leader of this group?” I responded “yes.” He leaned in closer and looked me in the eye and said “You have a great responsibility. You will determine how the group does on this trail. They will look to you as their guide to find strength, encouragement and positive thinking. If you are positive they will be and if you are scared they will be.” I said “Yes, I don’t take that responsibility lightly.” He said “yes, but, this is even more serious because the mountain hears you. She will hear your thoughts and your words and she will give you whatever you are asking for. It is imperative that you keep you thoughts pure as we embark on this journey.”
Every year I go to Costa Rica and every year it gets harder to return home. I asked myself what is it that is so magical about Costa Rica and the answer that always comes to me is... PURA VIDA My biggest take away from the retreat to Costa Rica this year is "Life is … Continue reading Pura Vida
Happiness isn’t something that happens outside of us. It is something that happens inside. It isnt in things or experiences. We need to stop allowing our TV programming be our guide to happiness. Watching every night and thinking "They are happy. Maybe if I have that thing I can be happy too."
Did you know that in the united states over the past 30 years Antidepressant prescribing has risen nearly 400% and suicide has surged to the highest levels ever. Studies show that those suffering the most seemed to be Middle aged women and men who are no different from you and me…
-The Key to Happiness Can be Found in Gratitude~ You must find gratitude that your dreams have been answered even before they have been. Gratitude is a state of being and a way of life. It is easy to be grateful for our loved ones, friends, kids, the warm bed where we rest our heads, … Continue reading Gratitude
How does your body wear happy? Maybe the corners of your lips turn up, you throw your shoulders back and lift your chest. How does your body wear sadness? Do you throw your shoulders forward, your chest sinks in and you turn your lips down? If you were to take the shape of happy into your body would your emotional being feel happy? Try it now. Just smile and see how you feel.
Do you work sacrificing health and well-being and eventually you arrive at someone’s idea of the top? Then, upon arrival at this preconceived idea of joy, do you think “now I can be happy”, and you wonder “why don’t I feel any different?” So, you decide you should start pretending until the line gets so blurred that you wonder to yourself “Do I even know what happiness is?”