Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Observation number one, everyone is so kind and thoughtful. They welcome you and smile as you pass by. I love this.
The coqui frogs sang me to sleep last night. Holy cow, it’s 6:00am, the sun is rising above the ocean to the east and I am looking at it through my villa window. The breeze blows through one side of the villa to the other. I feel enveloped in universal protection and peace. Everything is so welcoming and well rested; the people, the landscapes, the ocean… everything is calm. I didn’t drink a glass of coffee today, I didn’t even think about it.
After journaling as the sun rose, I headed to breakfast at the lanai. Other volunteers greeted me, sat any chatted with me; you can tell they know what it’s like to be the new person in such an overwhelmingly amazing place. My villa sits below one of the founders of Kalani. He introduced himself and we chatted over breakfast. He and a gathered mix of people invited me to go swim out at the black sandy Kehena Beach, before I knew it I was snorkeling out in the ocean as waves crashed the shores of the beach. It was invigorating to say the least. I then made my way to a Vinyasa yoga class in the large open air studio that is surrounded by the Pahoa jungle landscapes. It’s now only 12pm and I’m beat! Time for lunch, and another pleasant experience chatting with fellow visitors and volunteers. I sat at the pool after lunch and read myself into a short nap, followed by a tour for my on boarding orientation. What a day! I’m exhausted but every second of it was with it.
So what did I learn today? Be kind to everyone, we all could use a friendly smile to make us feel at home. Take it all in, look around, thank god or the universe, remember the feeling of the moment. Chew your food, savor the flavor. Repeat new names, it helps you remember them. Take people up on their offers to show you something new, always expand your horizons. Try it all, if it doesn’t feel right, you don’t have to do it again. And most importantly, trust, you’ve always got this because you’re always supported.
Over and out. I can tell this is going to be great.
Love love love,