Intention: kindness. When sitting down to write of kindness, I feel a quiet metaphorical smile begin to spread across my insides. I feel in my body an ease, a mellowing, a warmth. What a gift true kindness is; what a gesture of support. Kindness can shape-shift dramatically depending on the situation, the giver, the recipient. … More Travels, Day 18: Narita
Intention: savor. Yesterday, I spoke of joy; today’s intention might feel similar but has a decidedly different flavor. The concept of savoring brings with it an understanding that whatever pleasure is currently being experienced will not last. There is an understanding of the temporary nature of all things, including the highest highs and the sweetest … More Travels, Day 17: The Road Home
Intention: ENJOY! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that “joy” doesn’t always fall high on my priority list. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important, but more that setting aside time just to — what, experience pleasure?! — is often hard for me to justify. So many other things feel more pressing; amidst a … More Travels, Day 16: Ngapali Beach Bliss
Intention: non-attachment. Letting go of expectations: this is something I will likely be challenged by throughout my lifetime. And there is a scientific reason for this: our memories are programmed to recall “highs,” “lows,” and “endings.” There are so many times when I essentially completely disregard the process of something, fixating only on whatever emerged … More Travels, Day 14: To Ngapali Beach, we go!