August 30, 2018

Why are we here in Costa Ballena, Costa Rica? There are a variety of answers but they all sift down to us individually caring about what we see as the quality of our lives and our family's lives. We appreciate the clean environment, the always fresh food, time in nature and a little more freedom. This is self-care, we are choosing a lifestyle that supports our wellbeing.

Self-care has been a media subject lately as celebrities stretch the limit of self-care into self-indulgence. But why is the concept of self-care important? Because if we don’t take care of ourselves we can not take care of others.

Self-care is anything you do consciously to help maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. Things like exercise, time spent on a hobby, and using relaxation techniques to manage stress and anxiety, hiking to clear the mind and physically work our bodies are all good examples of self-care strategies. Self-care will help you feel healthy, relaxed and ready for whatever life throws at y...

August 7, 2018

It amazes me how little people think about their bodies, their habits, what they eat and how it all functions together. I have been blessed to have lived the childhood I did and to have come of age in a time of developing awareness to our environment, our food, to active lifestyles and healthy habits, into an era of consciousness.  

I lived a healthy life always, with a loving family, strong community values, spiritual beliefs in something greater and I was encouraged to pursue things that interested me.  And yet at a certain age, I got sick and did not know how to handle it. It was stress from my lifestyle, just too much living, doing, a marriage that was not a partnership, and all the busyness.

But it was figured out and I simplified my lifestyle by choice to do less.  And I studied how to help others find well-being.  It is in all of us, often we just need to slow down to see where those bumps are, or life can cause us to come to a screeching halt where we are forced to slow down...

July 17, 2017

“Follow your bliss … If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” 

— Joseph Campbell

The beginning of everything is a need or a desire, and the seed that sets fulfilling that need or desire is an intention. Having an intention is the first step in the conscious manifestation of a thing you want to happen. In the classic literature of India, a book called The Upanishads states:

“You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

Are you engaged and living fully each day or just going through the motion...

May 7, 2017

If there is one thing most of us have in common it is the desire for a long and healthy life. We want to live life fully, right up until the end. But how can we ensure this last? Is it left up to luck, good genes, hearty DNA or is it lifestyle?

It turns out that scientists say that 25% of our life span is based on genetics and 75% is our individual lifestyle choices. Lifestyle breaks down to things we can control and take action on in our everyday life. Healthy habits, having deep friendships, and creating a clean environment are conscious choices that contribute to longevity. It so happens that as they searched the world for places where people lived the longest they found one of them in Costa Rica!

‘The Blue Zones’ by Dan Bueter is considered an anti-aging book, however it is more profound and truly can be used as a guideline for a long and healthy life. The book lists nine powerful cross cultural distillations of the best practices from the four international locations chosen for thei...

April 4, 2017

Learn how to stress less and become more centered while living in Costa Rica. Bienestar Yoga's Lura Shopteau provides key information on lowering your stress.

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