"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen
Life is full of moments that capture you completely…weddings, births, deaths...but there are also moments that capture you just as completely that may go unnoticed by those around you. They are moments when you feel whole, at peace, content, connected and full of love. They can happen when hugging a friend, when looking at a child, when sitting on your mat. They can happen with the sea on one side and the jungle on the other, waves crashing, birds chirping, sun shining. They can happen as you inhale and exhale and move with your breath. They can happen as you sit quietly, meditating on the wonder of your journey - the journey that has ultimately led you to this magical place, both physically and metaphorically. This journey that started two years ago when you reached deep within and found the last bit of strength you had and offered it to yourself as a gift…the gift of peeling back the layers that the world had built around you…the gift of tears and pain and self-discovery…the gift of an open heart and an open mind…the gift of love and acceptance and healing. These moments can take you off guard and sweep you off your feet. They can be all encompassing. These moments can take place sitting on a step with a friend sharing secrets and a view of bouganvelia. They can happen swaying in a hammock watching the setting sun or whispering late at night with your roommate who has changed your life by bringing you to this spot on the map. You can be giggling with friends while covering yourself in Mayan clay and then sitting in the sun in silence feeling their presence in your soul. These moments can be in a candlelit room awaiting the sunrise and they can make you feel like the journey has all been leading you to this exact moment, the moment when you are finally able to utter the words I am recovered.
The photo above was taken in the morning yoga room at Amansala Resort in Tulum, Mexico during the Abi Yoga Retreat in October 2014. The image has not been photoshopped. This is not what my naked eye saw, but what was captured on film...another magical moment.