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Discover Awe, Recipe for Recovery

In life, we often find ourselves faced with unexpected challenges, moments that test our resilience and force us to adapt. I had one of these moments this winter when I broke my foot the night before leaving for Kauai. 

Excitement coursing through my veins, I could almost taste the saltwater on my lips and feel the rush of the waves beneath me. But fate had other plans and came in the form of a broken foot. Disappointment washed over me, threatening to drown my spirits. How could I not surf or even walk on the beach in Kauai? It was a bummer, but I refused to let my broken foot define my experience. 

I chose to spend this healing time experiencing the AWE of Kauai. My partner, Michael, is a medical doctor and researches the healing benefits of awe. I focused on the awe-inspiring: the mountains, the sunrises and sunsets, the rainbows, and the soft, warm sprinkles on my skin. I spent countless hours on the sand observing the extraordinary in the ordinary. It was a surprisingly awesome perspective to be on the beach rather than in the lineup. 

While Michael rode the waves, I got creative. I came up with a variety of deep core exercises and stretches that I could do either sitting or on one foot. I dove deep into my daily breathwork practice and 6-minute plank. I was determined to keep my body and mind happy and strong. I went swimming with my taped-up injured foot, so I was extremely careful where and how far I went out. I had many turtle encounters and even an eagle ray. I discovered hidden gems under the sea that I never took the time to explore before. Swimming became the highlight of my days!

A friend gave me a paint-by-number art piece, which happened to have my old dog Hula and my favorite surf shack in it. This was something I hadn’t done since I was a kid, and I found myself looking forward to this meditative experience every day. I told myself that by the time I was done with painting, my foot would be healed. Between my daily swimming, exercises, painting, and appreciating awe in the every day, I was able to stay sane and happy.

Through the pain and uncertainty, I was reminded to embrace the beauty of the present moment and to find strength in the midst of a challenge. I emerged from the injury stronger in areas which I may not have taken the time to work on if I was one hundred percent. I feel a deep appreciation and awe for my body, its ability to heal a broken bone, and my mind's ability to stay positive and creative in a challenging situation. 

Life may not always go according to plan, but in the moments of adversity, we can choose how we react and have the opportunity to discover new awe-inspiring parts of ourselves. 

Looking ahead to November 2024, Michael and I are excited to announce our upcoming

mindfulness and yoga Power of Awe retreat at one of Mexico's world-class retreat centers, Xinalani Eco-Resort. Set amidst the picturesque backdrop of rainforests and the Pacific, this retreat offers a luscious blend of activities for your body, mind, and soul. If you are looking to rest and rejuvenate, this is the ideal healing retreat to unplug, reset, savor the fresh ocean air and nourishing food, and experience the Awe of Mexico!

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