Acroyoga with my favorite Dutch Deva.
At Sukha Yoga in Amsterdam. Lessons learned over a year.
"We have to give back to the animals. We have to look out for them. They need us, but we need them more."
I met a man on the Amstel this morning. Raheem from Kenya. Living in Amsterdam studying mathematics and religion. For the past few years, every Monday, he rides his bike to a local bakery, picks up their old bread from the weekend and then pedals across town to feed the birds on the Amstel.
After spending a while with him, and the flock of birds, Raheem passed me over a bag of the fresh bread the bakery now supplies him with because of his commitment of kindness. He told me to share it, eat it with tea and think about the act of sharing.
Raheem is one of those people in one of those encounters that passes faster than you can catch up with in the moment, but lasts longer than you’d have expected on a typical, cold Monday morning.
For a brief, brief moment, when all moving parts are fully connected and there’s that taste of a universal synergy bigger than all that feels entirely intoxicating to wake to, it’s good to open your eyes and give back to the animals. And, share. Share bread. Share kindness. Share a smile.
Briefly back in California. Morro Bay, December 2013.
tinyroads asked: Hi there! I've been skydiving twice, and I love yoga as well so I'm very excited to find your blog. I just need some advice trying to fit skydiving in my life, I travel a lot and I'm a budget backpacker hehehe
Yoga, skydiving, travel and budgets - yep…that’s my language. :)
Get your skydiving license and suddenly the sport becomes super affordable and the freedom to fly keeps your entire life in perspective + gives it a completely new meaning. Really.
Until you get that license, it sounds like you’ll be enjoying other things in your life, too. The key is to keep it light and balance your passions…and all other things.
Have fun & get your fill!
thisis-myjourney asked: Hello dear, since you live in Holland and skydived a lot, I wondered if you had any advice for me. I want to go skydiving, somewhere in June next year probably. I have never done it before, but I've wanted it for years. Any advice where to go? x
I can plan you the perfect firs time skydive. Absolutely. There are a few dropzones in Holland and a few great ones in Europe. Texel is great, Teuge is great and Spain is wonderful!
Big Sur, California. December, 2013. Visiting my old self with a new appreciation of the miles between she and I.
Yesterday I celebrated my 300th skydive at skydive Spain. I am so present and alive in those moments of freefall, under canopy and on the ride to altitude. It’s heaven.
Yoga has become a part of my life over 2013. It has helped me adjust to a new country, deal with life’s painful side and has helped me immensely with my skydiving. Building strength and flexibility helps me in the wind tunnel and in the sky.