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From Brazil to Texas with LOVE



“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” – Jodi Picoult

I was feeling a bit homesick tonight after 5 days in Brazil. Sao Paolo has been a great city so far, but I’ve lost my groundedness a bit from being so tired and busy with work. My typical schedule: 8am-11pm, 4-5 meetings a day, about 2+ hours sitting in traffic, lots of heavy meals, and tons of Brazilian coffee. This is quite far from my normal life, and it has really put me out of my yogic element.

travel lesson #1: let go of control and just roll with it.

I got home the other day from work and hopped on skype to chat with Andy. When my face popped up on the screen, I had a big sad face and droopy eyes. It was supposed to be the highlight of our day, but I was utterly exhausted. So we decided to hang up for a bit, recuperate, and then call back. I was planning to run to bed and crash out (meaning I’d probably not make it back to my computer), but I really wanted to give Andy some time, so I made a choice. I unrolled my mat, turned up krishna das, and spent 45 minutes doing restorative yoga. By the time he called back I was totally blissed out and had a goofy smile on my face!

tudo bem? tudo bom.

There is a typical Brazilian greeting which translates to, “all is good”. You hear it incessantly, and being a lover of languages and linguistics, these four little words made me so happy when I first learned them! It reminds me of the Costa Rican pura vida and it gives you a bit of insight into this crazy, beautiful culture. In this concrete jungle with its never-ending skyscrapers, fast-paced business life, and insufferable traffic, the general mentality is still “all is good”. What an amazing outlook. I’m glad to say it’s catching on fast!

Tonight I was a bit homesick, and for the first time in all my years of travel through 70+ cities in this world, I finally thought to group skype my parents, richard/vicky/bentley, and andy/terri/olivia. It was crazy, people were talking over each other, dogs everywhere, so many questions. But it was my family. It brought me home. Technology is an amazing thing that makes the world a lot smaller, and I never appreciated this more than tonight.

So while I’ve been complaining a bit about being in Sao Paolo for work, it’s really taught me some great lessons: When traveling, no matter how crazy, cranky, tired, out of sorts you get, you can always:

  • Let it go
  • Do yoga
  • Say: tudo bem
  • Skype your loved ones

I feel recharged, and tomorrow is a new day! I’m ready to shine :)

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