Each year I visit Costa Rica for many reasons. For me it is a spiritual experience to be surrounded by nature and away from the complexities of American life. Part of the spirituality comes from a promise my Mom made to me before she passed. She made me promise to continue my trips because I came home lighter and happier. Then she promised to send the butterflies so I would know she was with me.
Every year we both fullfill our promises. Last year I was blessed with a pair of Blue Morpho butterflies that spent time with me in Curu National Wildlife Reserve. Then again in November for my birthday an injured butterfly kept me company at The Bakery. This year Mom outdid herself!!! While hiking in Cabo Blanco my friend and I experienced a mass of butterflies that surrounded us. There were at least 100 of these beautiful creatures gently flying around us and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. I have seen pictures of large masses of butterflies but to experience one was simply magical. I felt like my Mom was standing right beside me and it brought me to tears. I could feel the beauty of her soul and feel her amazing energy as it surrounded me. It was simply breathtaking!!
Just prior to this experience I was asking Mom for her help. My friend was in Cabo Blanco for the first time and wanted to see the monkeys so badly. We had made it about two thirds of the way through the reserve and still not seen any animals. I asked for her to let my friend see the magic of this place and the monkeys. Not only did she keep her promise to me, but just around the corner we came upon a family of monkeys. My friend was so excited to finally see the monkeys and it was beautiful to see her reaction.
I am so grateful to have the ability each year to make this journey. It keeps me connected to my Mom but at the same time allows me to let go a little more. This year in April she will be gone three years. It’s hard to believe but I know she is with me each day.
Thank you Mom for your beautiful soul and for always looking after me…even now.
Have you ever taken a moment to notice the difference between noise and sound? They both involve hearing and listening, but the effects of each are very different.
Noise drowns out sound and creates a state of chaos. It speeds us up and robs us of our awareness. Noise has become a part of our daily lives. Things like cars, sirens, machines, loud voices, and alarms create noise. Noise surrounds us everyday and we become immune to it’s effects.
Sound is a beautiful experience. It creates a sense of calm and allows the mind and body to slow down. Sound raises our self awareness. The sound of birds, crickets, the ocean, the breeze, and leaves stirring bring us back to nature and create balance. Sound can be a elody or song that brings you back to a good memory. Sound is part of our spirituality.
I live in a small city filled with noise. I escape each year to the beauty of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula where sound is what fills the air. This year I discovered that sound is my balance. Sound is what reminds me to breathe and enjoy the moment. It’s difficult to return to the noise of the city but each time I bring back a part of my trip ad allow it to keep me grounded.
What do you consider noise and how does it effect you? Have you taken a moment to enjoy sound and see how it makes you feel? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Have a beautiful sound filled day!
The holidays can be a difficult time for many of us who are missing loved ones who have passed. If you take a moment to just be you can feel their presence. Christmas Day for me isn’t about fancy presents, religion, or decorations. For me, Christmas Day is about putting aside your everyday routine to spend time with family and friends. It’s about enjoying the people in your life, both past and present, with honesty and compassion.
I am filled with such gratitude today for all the amazing people in my life. There are so many people who encourage and support me in all of my journeys. These people have been such a blessing to me and I want to take a moment to say thank you.
On this special day, take a moment to be grateful for all those who have touched your life. We all need amazing people in our lives because they keep the light bright and make the world a better place to live.
Happy Holiday to you all! My wish for you is happiness, peace and love for the coming year. May you recognize the amazing in yourself and those who surround you!
Be happy and well.