Dear Students and Friends,
Mediation tells us stir the pot of good intentions during our inner time. Mediation tells us to listen to our inner voice and let it resonate within us on the inside and on the outside in our daily actions. If you were listening to my voice inside like a tiny fly on the wall then you would here ” peace,OM,live in peace, live with nature, be active, live stress free, practice yoga, be one with the water, you are healthy and strong, you are blessed, share your blessings, less is more ,OM” and similar things going through my head during my meditative process. This is all part of a “self” inventory of a reminder of what is important to me and of anything that I may need to improve on or where I consider myself to need to work on.
Part of reaching inside is to bring what we learn to the surface and apply it. For my husband and I that is to follow the beat of a different drum and not just follow along with the mainstream. We both have always applied that to our work/ living arrangements and lifestyle as well. Basically we are artists in our own ways. Artists need a creative space to blossom. Speaking of that you know certain things can really be overrated and the differences in what American cultures and other cultures standards are are amazing. As an American I can tell you other countries are doing things a lot differently then we are and at the end of the day I think they are happier for it. I’ll explain what led me to believe this to be true and how I have incorporated it into my daily life practice.
If you’ve ever considered changing things up in your life you’ll enjoy this blog.
During the last decade not only have we have seen so many changes in government and the economy but also in the way people are “feeling” about their lives. Their not hiding it if they were before,no, they are expressing it mostly in outrage over the way things are going and others just hobble along (you know who you are so I won’t call you out) and the hobblers they don’t say much but they are suffering inside too. The hobblers just have a knack for putting one foot in front of the other and dealing with things as if they have no other options. Could it be the state of things in the US and in the World is just over the top and out of control?
I have been a travel agent as a hobby for 7 years always wanting to explore new places and for us the water and beach where 2 key elements we knew we needed in our life as I am a Pisces and he is a scuba diver. We live about 10 minutes away from the beach in Florida but we wanted to actually immerse ourselves into “island” culture and try living on an island and not just another beach town. We talked about it for about a year in 2010.
We did tons of research explored the possibility of living in Curacao which at the time was still part of the Netherlands Antilles. We also went to Nassau, Bahamas several times St.Thomas U.S.V.I. and St.Johns. We looked at many options. In the end what we found was that it costs a lot to move and reside in these places and was not going to actually “fit” our lifestyles once we landed as residents to live in any of those places day after day when we were no longer tourists.
After more research Ira and I took off for a year to live in Key West Florida a tiny island on the southernmost point of Florida exactly 90 miles to Cuba. That was a magical journey a beautiful charming quirky city that everyone should experience. Key West although US (almost felt like it’s own country) was just as pricey similar to the other countries.When we moved down to try it out we thought we were never coming back. Once we landed and went through “culture shock” and adapted to their way of survival we soon realized that we could never afford to buy a home there and renting long term was a huge financial investment and not a very nice experience. We were on this tiny island and becoming claustrophobic and it was not at all what the “island” experience we dreamed of would be.We made some awesome friends there and so I believe we were sent there for many reasons which included making these special friends. We had a business working out of our rental home which was way cool but we could do that from anywhere we had decided to move back to our home and the island residency was not going to work for us in Key West.
A bit disappointed we both carried that with us inside for about the next year until we reasoned with the facts. We went back 2 weeks ago and visited again and of course questioned in our head “did we make a hasty move back home?” and the end answer was “no”, we did the right thing it was not meant to be a long term island experience for us in Key West. However, the US is not all it’s cracked up to be these days and with Obamacare don’t get me started, bottom line we will be making changes and Ira and I will find that island in the sun where they actually make health care a priority and affordable. We aren’t giving up on living here in Florida part time because they truly need 2 crazies like us to keep the crazy population thriving but we will consider our options to not make the US the only option throughout the year for living arrangements as we move ahead.
Who says you have to live in one place? Is that a rule? I never saw it in writing. I saw this article that pointed out a funny story that I want to share do you see yourself in it?:
Go to school, buy a car, find a job, get married, buy a house…
Raise the kids, get a better car, get a better job to pay for the house, the kids, and the car…
Get a better house, get better kids (wait a minute!), get a second car, build your career to pay for the better house, the bigger kids, and even more cars…
Get the kids out the door, keep paying for them, keep working…
Keep paying into your pension, retire at 65, get a gold watch, move to Florida, collect your pension…and enjoy your declining years.
That used to be the answer. Before you had to worry if you could afford to live in the US and if you would have enough to survive off of in the older years to come, it is truly a sad story but it does have potential for a silver lining or a golden rainbow if you think outside of the box like we do.
People are changing because we have to do something to afford to live and if you don’t understand politics let me just spell it out for you the Government doesn’t have your back people.
I hope the White house meditates on where it needs to do better as hard as I meditate on my weak spots because that is where we truly need change.
I don’t usually talk politics but I feel so disturbed by our current Government I am sharing the facts:
(in a nutshell:
Obamacare imposes penalties of $695 per adult and $345.50 per child up to $2,085 or 2.5% of income above the filing threshold. For any month without coverage, you’ll pay a twelfth of the penalty amount, although you can have up to a three-month gap in coverage without incurring a penalty.
Moreover, what constitutes “eligible insurance” gets complicated as well. Insurance has to cover at least 60% of an average person’s medical costs, which may exclude certain high-deductible health plans. In addition, policies have to cover certain categories of benefits, including mental health, maternity care, and hospitalization, among others.
(in a nutshell:
But the main reason Obama care is encountering obstacles is simple: the American people do not want it. Recent polls show 54 percent of Americans oppose the law, 53 percent want opponents to “continue trying to change or stop it,” and 56 percent want to return what we had before. This June will mark four solid years of public opposition. Some polls show a mere third of the public supports Obama care. Unions that supported it are now “frustrated and angry” over its unintended consequences. One such union is calling for repeal
(in a nutshell: lady makes $19,000 at a $9.25 per hr job and can’t afford to have kidney stone fixed and can’t qualify for help even with new program under Obama care)
As for us yogis we will learn to live with less, be proactive, help our neighbor, and live in peace.
Enjoy the following drum mediation and learn to live to the beat of your inner music.
I gave you a video of where we are headed next on our travels to show you what I mean.