In the spirit of full disclosure, you must know I am an admitted travel addict and spiritual explorer. My life and the traveled paths I have chosen have been inspired by the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Make as many experiments as possible.”
When you travel, your habits reveal themselves. You learn what triggers impatience, fear, anxiety, physical patterns of pacing, sitting and standing, and where your body holds tension. The more that travel reveals, the less we can blame on our home environment and circumstances. Being away from our typical routine shows us where we habitually knee jerk our reactions instead of responding mindfully.
For quite some time now I’ve come up with all sorts of excuses why I couldn’t travel by myself:
- My partner didn’t like to travel and I didn’t want to go without him
- The guilt of leaving my partner and family behind
- Not feeling worthy of the extra pampering and expense
- Traveling alone felt selfish and undeserved
- The fear of being alone. Even after all the years of yoga, meditation, and being on the mat on my own I was still afraid.
Life is too short to keep walking down the beaten path. Yoga inspires us to uncover our fears and hesitations so we can grow and move past them to reach new uncharted potential. The way in which yoga changed my life is that it has made me stop putting my true desires and excitement for new experiences on hold.
Situated on manicured wilderness, with more than 300 fruit trees, and nestled between two rivers with waterfalls that flow year round, Sanctuary at Two Rivers creates the feeling of being amongst a private reserve. This new 40-acre private luxury eco-estate is exclusive for only 20 guests. Home to countless species of flora and fauna including exotic mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians that are common to Central America, this tropical paradise embodies the essence of a tranquil eco-retreat.
My first introduction to the concept of the world’s happiest countries was through reading the book Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Prior to reading it, I hadn’t given the concept much thought. As part of his research he visited ten of the happiest places on Earth such as: India, Bhutan, Thailand, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Qatar, and Iceland to name a few.