GRATITUDE. I’m so grateful for yoga. And it may seem silly to be grateful for a popular form of exercise, but movement is medicine. Prior to yoga I used to experience uncertainty which lead to self-loathing, but now I feel so much self-love. Yoga has healed my stress, it keeps me balanced, agile, and its also helped me develop strong relationships. And if you haven’t figured this one out yet, yoga brought me to India.
Yoga took place in a shaded hut infront of the ocean as we flowed to the sound of the waves crashing. The warmth of the sun melted away any tension in my body and I discovered that I could move into shapes that not only requires strength but mindfulness.I found peace and creativity by journaling each morning. If you’re a writer, you should try it.
Instead of reaching for your phone when you wake up, reach for a pen.
The most inspirational moment for me happened at a local spice plantation. We were walking all around the property- smelling leaves, sniffing bark, tasting fresh spices like cardamum and peppercorns straight from the tree. I found it easy to identify cacao, clove, cinnamon, curry leaves, lemongrass, etc., but I was completely stumped when our guide showed us a piece of fruit with a red flower and a brown nut. It was nothing I had ever seen before, the smell was faint yet familiar… and that’s when I realized this experience alone was worth the entire journey. I just discovered nutmeg, a common spice in the US, in its original form, and a reminder that the power of education is priceless.
Nutmeg aside, elephant sightings happened and they’re my favorite animal. I’m not sure how I initially connected with elephants (possibly with the influence of Dumbo), but my current connection is Ganesha, the Hindu Deity (with an elephant head and a belly full of sweets) known as the mover of obstacles. Ganesha is my homeboy and I find it comforting to know that I’m being taken of even when he puts obstacles in my way.