I had the opportunity to attend my daughter Kayla’s last school carnival before she graduates from 5th grade. It was a beautiful day and I felt a little sentimental as she took off with her friends to run around, play games and eat lots of junk food on her own. I remember what seemed like just yesterday, when she was in Kindergarten, and wouldn’t let go of my hand as we ventured around the same event.
As a volunteer, I was assigned to every kids favorite ride…the Bounce House! I stood there collecting tickets and helping kids in and out of the entrance, while observing all the youngsters having the time of their lives.
It was so magical to witness the pure joy they were having with each other. All diverse ages, races, colors, genders and abilities jumping side by side without a single inkling of their differences.
And as they leaped, sprung and knocked each other down, they would reach out to a perfect strangers hand and help them back up again. How wonderful to be fearless of judgement and connection.
What if life were like a bounce house? What if we walked around admiring each other’s unique appearances, personalities and beliefs and treated them like the gift they were intended to be. What if we extended our love outside our family and friends to strangers and people in need. What would our world look like, if we took guidance from our children? They have so much to teach us if we just open our minds and hearts to listen.
For our year-long trip around the world, I was inspired by these acts of wholesome kindness and set an intention to positively impact every country we visit and leave it a better place than when we arrived. I don’t know what that looks like yet. All I know is my intention will make it a reality.
What actions can you take to make your world a better place? What intentions will you set to enhance kindness and connection in your world? As my Teacher once said, “People do exactly what they WANT to do, ALL the time.” What will YOU do?
Join me for my last retreat in the U.S. before we take off on our big adventure. Our 5th annual Women’s Weekend Wellness Retreat coming up this May 18th-20th in Wimberley, Texas is always filled with nourishment and connection. ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT!!! Please CLICK HERE for details.
Or meet us on the first pit stop of our trip on the beautiful shores of tropical Costa Rica. Scott and I would love for you to join us for our 8th annual Costa Rica Yoga Retreat June 30th-July 7th, 2018. Can’t make this retreat in July, but always wanted to go? We are holding another fabulous Costa Rica Retreat January 12th-19th, 2019! More details to come!
Guatemala anyone??? I am so excited to partner with Rod Hairston on this Journey to the Heart Retreat on the shores of mystical Lago Atitlan in Guatemala November 3rd-10th. This is going to be a full mind-body-spirit immersion into the local Mayan culture through transformative workshops, yoga, ceremony, meditation, chanting and dance. Three powerful volcanoes and the beautiful lago will be our backdrop as we embark on a Journey to the Heart. Visit www.growth-u.com/events for details and to register today!