Contemplating the stories we tell ourselves—about ourselves and our lives—and which ones we choose to believe has been on the forefront of my mind lately. As a writer, I know that a carefully chosen adjective can make the difference between whether somebody looks like a hero or a jerk. It’s the same thing with life. I can choose how I start each day based on what words I use—I can either wake up and grumble about how tired I am on yet another gloomy winter morning or I can wake up to another fantastic day knowing that something amazingly awesome could easily happen to me. It’s my choice! And, while I tend to lean somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, I find myself veering toward the grumbling more often than I’d like to admit.
When something not so amazingly awesome happens to me, rather than getting stuck in the “why me,” I’ve discovered that I recover a lot quicker from the hardship if I can find the blessings in it. That doesn’t mean I find those blessings right away—sometimes it can take a while, but they always end up revealing themselves. And when they do and that ‘aha’ moment occurs, I can relax in knowing that everything worked out for the best.
We’ve all heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” If you would have asked me this time last year, I never would have guessed that some of my teachers were going to be shamans and visionaries at the beautiful Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. But, that’s how the life journey unfolds—amazingly awesome opportunities are always waiting to find us. This particular opportunity arose last summer when Elaine and I got the chance to visit this incredible all-inclusive luxury retreat and resort center. Our trip was truly an unforgettable experience which transformed the way Elaine and I viewed our life journeys and the stories we told ourselves. Not only did we partake in all of the holistic modalities offered at the resort—a complete program for mind, body and spirit—we got to learn from Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, who was at Rythmia sharing his life transformation program, The Answer is You.
You might recall last month’s community spotlight article I wrote about Rythmia and its founder, Gerard Powell, a visionary who healed his addictions after experiencing plant medicine. He has now made it his mission to share these healing plants with as many people as possible. As I write this letter, I am getting ready for my second trip to Rythmia—a place that wasn’t even on my radar this time last year but has been given a special place in my heart. This amazingly awesome opportunity arose from a conversation with my brother Bruce and transformed into a brother/sister bonding trip to attend The Mastery of Self workshop with don Miguel Ruiz Jr., manifest some miracles and relax and rejuvenate in this awesome spiritual retreat center. While I don’t know what new awakenings await me on this trip, I do know that this student is ready and expecting something amazingly awesome to happen on this transformation vacation.
Here is my wish for you: May something amazingly awesome happen to you today!