It is hard to imagine that my first ten nights in Nosara have already evaporated. A great reminder of a recent favorite quote: Wait for nothing, especially happiness.
This small village is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. The sleepy surfer town has dirt roads, a serious yoga vibe, healthy food, and a general sense of well-being. Playa Guiones has a long surf break and there is no development on the beach. The local animal rehabilitation center cares for injured wild monkeys and the neighboring village, Ostional, has a turtle refuge where nesting sea turtles deposit up to 10,000,000 eggs each month. Since this country is near the equator, the sun rises at 6:00 AM and sets at 6:00 PM each day. The turtles make their monthly visit to the beach to sustain life, Around 5:30, the locals have a nightly migration to the beach where an amazing sunset closes the day. The brilliant display of color sustains gratitude for the community.
Last wednesday, I was lucky to share the sunset with my friend Andrea. She teaches an amazing vinyasa yoga class and we became friends last year. May is the beginning of the rainy season and the second major rain of the season made its presence known during our meal by pelting the tin roof above our open-air table. As we were leaving the restaurant, she made eye contact with one of her local friends. I do not think I have ever seen two faces light up with so much joy as they grabbed each other in a warm embrace. I was introduced to Ellen and her daughter Shae. Ellen explained that she was on a “soul-date” with her daughter. She does this every two weeks with one of her three daughters. I smiled and thought about how much better the world would be if every family adopted this practice. She noticed my height and told me that her husband is a seven-footer. I said, “That must be Michael. I met him last year at the Bodhi Tree Gym.” Two nights later, I gave her a copy of my book after we participated in a sound-bath meditation at an open-air yoga shala.
On Thurdsay, I decided to practice with Marck. I arrived about twenty minutes early and used the extra moments to enjoy some reading time on my kindle. I noticed a young mother and an adorable daughter walking hand-in-hand up the jungle path. I could not stop smiling as I overhead the mom say, “And then there is Lord Vishnu. He protects the universe from being destroyed.” I interrupted and said, “Wow, I rarely hear that conversation. You obviously love Indian culture. Have you ever been to Rishikesh?” She nodded in the affirmative. I reached into my backpack and pulled out a copy of Practice. She grinned while reading the dedication (To Surinder Singh for selflessly sharing yoga). She looked up and said, “I have taken his class many times.”
When synchronicity floods my life, it is an affirmation that my current path is exactly where I need to be at this moment.