Pura Vida

Pura Vida! 

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica and slowly getting back into life in America. This was my third trip to this beautiful country and hopefully won’t be the last, but every time I visit it strikes me how a country with so little can be so rich. The slow easy pace of the Tico lifestyle is a great contrast to life in the United States. The people take their time to talk with you with their full attention. They live free from distractions and seem to have found the key to focusing on what’s most important in life, free from clutter, stress and busyness.

I think many Americans would like to simplify their lives. To slow down and relish each moment, and live with balance, but where do we begin when everything, and sometimes everyone, around us screams do more and have more?

By looking inside ourselves we can clarify what we value most. What do we really want our lives to look like? What areas of our lives have we left unattended? Then begin to implement new ways of doing things into our lives.

For me this begins with de-cluttering, not only stuff, but the amount of things I do that don’t bring great value to my life. It means looking at what and where to put energy and letting go of what no longer serves me very well. It’s a process that takes time, but like an onion, each layer that’s peeled back exposes another that needs attention. So, it’s time to begin the peeling.

I believe to create balance we need to give attention to our body, mind and spirit. Our body needs proper nutrition for energy and health as well as movement and rest to keep us strong and fit. Our mind needs to be nurtured to heal, grow and strengthen our character, and our spirit needs to trust God, to surrender control, to stay connected with Christ and fully receive His love. Anytime we don’t tend to one area of our life the others are affected.

So, where will you begin to bring Pura Vida into your life? If you have the desire it’s not too far away. This week find one thing you can do to nurture your body, mind and spirit. Give each area attention with something that will start to bring more balance into your life, and if you’d like some help let me know. I’m only an email away.

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