Hello friends. Happy July! I hope summer is treating everyone well. I’m fortunate to have just returned from a retreat at the treasured Hui Ho’olana in Molokai, Hawaii with my dear teacher, mentor and friend Flint Sparks and one of the best teachers of mindful movement and embodied experience I know, Donna Martin. I’m so grateful to have attended for my third year and once again I was amazed by the nourishment, nurturing, and renewal that revealed itself. The theme of the retreat was “The Restoration of Joy.” I am admittedly still digesting the profound shifts delivered by the many teachings and will be excited to share my reflections soon. But for now, I turn to the past year reflections which seem equally fitting and relevant. Check out my mindfulness booster from last year of how to welcome sounds in our mindfulness practice. And explore my 3 Hints to Inviting Vacation Life into Everyday Life from the year prior.
As I continue to integrate my experience from this year, below I leave you with a time lapse sunrise I took at the Kalapaupa overlook which was formerly a leprosy colony. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship, struggle, and pain that was experienced in the midst of such beauty, lushness, and vibrant surroundings. But I guess that is the lesson for us all. That even in the midst of darkness, clouds, and fog, each day the light always finds her way, ALWAYS.
ps. Be sure and check out my Instagram for more sunrises, sunsets, and mindful moments (and a better version of the video below:-).
Molokai Sunrise: Wait for it..wait for it..no really, wait for it. (mindfully of course:-)