Hope you all are doing great and having a fulfilling or meaningful week so far!
Here are few things I've been thinking about...
Being vulnerable with loved ones and showing our true selves is an ACT OF LOVE. Yessss! And yet, too often we don't want to show our weakness. We hide away. We pretend we have everything together. We don't want anyone to know that we are imperfect. And it's so untruthful. And so our loved ones or colleagues will continue to wonder THIS unnecessary bull crap : "Is everything okay?" "Did I do or say something wrong?" "Why isn't she/he connecting with me?" "Am I not lovable?" And then a story gets started in their heads...one that is often not based on truth because they are left to wonder in the dark. And the ping pong of dishing out dysfunction to each other begins. Anybody with me here? All along, truth could have been shared. And two people could have embraced in human connection, understanding, and love.
We just finished hosting our 14th retreat last week!! I must say, it feels incredibly triumphant for us. To think that we've put something out there - and it has been received. Um - that feels incredible. And I'm feeling deeply grateful for Danny. This guy! Oh, he is a superstar at our retreats. He truly is in his element with the management and logistics. It's been really great for us to find the ways in which we can contribute the most to this endeavor. We've come a long way with this and we've been learning a TON together!
Adoption still isn't something we've made plans to pursue. I must say, all of this shocks even me! But, the timing just doesn't feel possible at the moment. We are still living in a foreign country, we are trying to keep up with our retreats and mentoring so that we can make a living doing something we love. So the energy and ability to start the massive adoption process - under our current circumstances - has not been there. In the meantime, we're getting older and older and I wish that wasn't the case. It's an unusual place to be in and admittedly, I wish I could stay young forever. At the same time, I'm sooo grateful that life has felt incredibly meaningful. That is a miracle to me and I don't take it for granted one bit. We will continue to try and make the most of our lives as best we can, even though our lives look different than we ever could have imagined. I know that if I can continue to do that, all will be well. And, if the opportunity to adopt does come along somehow in the future, we will embrace that wholeheartedly as well.
We're a little late on this, but we watched Making of a Murderer (made by Netflix) and O.M.G. it's one of the most gut wrenching stories I've ever seen. We just watched with our jaws on the floor. Have you seen it? Also, I served on a grand jury once in Brooklyn for an extended time. I can say that the experience was VERY disturbing, in regards to the thought processes and reasoning that the jury members would have. It also seemed like whomever spoke the loudest would sway the decisions the most. While the idea of a jury is great, I actually don't think enough random people are capable of absorbing all the details and making good decisions in a jury without "groupthink", preconceived ideas, outside influences, and judgements. And on top of that, the majority of the jurors DID NOT WANT TO BE THERE and were barely present! All the while, lives, families, justice and society were on the line! Anyway, I really, really wish there was a better way. What has your experience with jury duty been like?
Do you know that pizza is the most beloved food on earth? Haha. That's just my humble opinion. But trust me on this one, if you were dairy-free and gluten-free, chances are there would be NO OTHER FOOD that would pique your cravings more than pizza. (Anyone with me on that?) Here in Cuenca, being the apparent New Yorker food snobs that we are, there are not a lot of restaurants that we enjoy. But, there is a really good pizza place here, and it tortures me so. How I want to eat that pizza!
Has anyone seen these articles suggesting high altitudes might be related to depression? Researchers have been studying the rampant depression in the Rocky Mountain states. I'm curious if anyone out there has experienced anything unusual mood-wise while living at a high altitude. I currently live at a MASSIVELY high altitude of 9,000 feet! And the truth is: I actually feel sluggish and not myself every time we come back from a trip. While in the States, I feel INCREDIBLE. Just full of energy and creativity galore! I've experienced this "switch" so many times now and it's so obvious. So I'm wondering if I could actually be someone who is affected by the high altitude. I'm personally excited to live at sea level again. :)
Because of this, I'm in the market for new underwear and I'll just leave it at that. Do you have some favorite underwear? :) :)
As always, we'd love to hear any of your thoughts.
Hope your week is full of LOVE in big and small ways,
- I put a feeler out on Facebook to see if people wanted one more Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador before we move back to the States. The answer was YES!! So we are working to narrow down the date, likely in mid-October, 2016. We should launch that next week.
- In July, don't miss our 1-Day Love Boot Camps in PORTLAND, AUSTIN, and MESA (AZ) and our 3-Day Body+Soul Camp in PA.
- Our Skype/phone happiness mentoring sessions have resumed. You can book a space now.
- Are we connected on Facebook yet? It's fun to stay in touch with you there.