Posts Tagged "LiveYourTrueNature"

Whispered Way

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Live Your True Nature, Poetry, Reflections | 3 comments

 

Something Shifted
as we drifted
A P A R T
as sudden
as together
we came
like plates of the Universe,
a subtle shift,
a quake of the earth,
and all has changed

Where do we go from here?

Is there a way out?

No need to shout or doubt.
Amidst the rubble is your path.
Light will shine
and all will be revealed, as you follow your essence,
true and Divine.
Your heart knows the way.
Move one rock at a time.
Sit in stillness to hear the whispers of the Universe,
as to the next move.
Whose turn is it anyway!?
Yours?
Mine?

The Divine.

©2015Britt Nielsen

 

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Cerro Chato Volcano Hike

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Drama, Live Your True Nature | 2 comments

Over the few rainy days, I got to know the people in the tiny town, and relished the fog lifting to show off the view of Lake Arenal and the Arenal volcano, which last erupted in 2010 and is illegal to climb.

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

Instead, I chose to hike Cerro Chato volcano (3740 ft, which last erupted 38,000 years ago). It’s said to be about a 4 hour round trip walk. Though less hiking time, that was about right with all my picture taking! The hike starts out on the lovely grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge. White-nosed coati, or pizote as they are called in Spanish, roam freely. More on them as they are frequently seen.

Pizote in Spanish or White-nosed coati in English

Pizote in Spanish or White-nosed coati in English

I was lucky enough to spot the less frequently seen anteater. He greeted me with open arms;-)

Anteater or Oso Hormiguero

Anteater or Oso Hormiguero

The Cerro Chato trail is more like a narrow path sometimes a foot deep and wide enough only for one foot. I was glad the rains of the past couple days had ceased, or this would be slippery!

Deeply rutted Cerro Chato Volcano Trail

Deeply rutted Cerro Chato Volcano Trail

Caterpillar not to be messed with

Caterpillar not to be messed with

It was definitely steep and a good workout in the humidity. When I got to the top, the view of the crater lake was socked in, so I hiked down the muddy trail to take a swim in it! When I came back up, the fog had lifted enough to reveal the beauty of the laguna.

Happy Honeymoon Hikers David and Maria

Happy post swim in the Cerro Chato crater lake. Thanks to David, Maria for the photo

Espejito or Glasswing Butterfly

Espejito or Glasswinged Butterfly

Cerro Chato Hike

Cerro Chato Hike

I descended with David and Maria who were on their honeymoon. We shared the steep descent, waterfall side tour, howler monkey show and baby coatis on the run. They so kindly offered to give me a ride back to  where I was staying since the bus wouldn’t be coming for a while and it would be making a long detour first.

Happy Honeymoon Hikers David and Maria

Happy Honeymoon Hikers David and Maria giving perspective to the rutted trail

Again, today I was grateful for the kindness of fellow travelers. A family of four gave me a ride from the hotel to the trailhead in the morning, which allowed me to leave an hour earlier. I was amazed and happy to see them at the top of the volcano with their young kids about ages 4 and 6. And David and Maria told me they got a good view of the Arenal volcano after they dropped me off, so it was a great day for all!

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How Many Pairs of Underwear Do You Need?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

The car is in storage for the winter, bills on automatic pay as much as possible and I’ve taken that last trip to town for that final item. Or have I?

the packing process

the packing process

On the eve of my departure I still seem to be in the midst of the on-going process of laying out everything I think I’m taking, packing, unpacking, eliminating and repacking. Do you really need shampoo? How much Dr. Bronners and contact lens solution? How many pairs of socks, underwear, shorts, pants and shirts do you really need for a Costa Rican winter in hot humid areas and cooler rainier areas? I’ll let you know. I’m ready, well, as ready as I’ll every be!

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Junction Ahead

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

This photo seems to fit the journey ahead. Plane ticket to Costa Rica is purchased and the first two nights at a guesthouse 10 miles from the San José airport are booked. That’s it! It feels like a big junction coming up, leaving the snow and my Vermont life for a new adventure. I will have all winter to keep choosing at each new fork in the road! Though I love the freedom of not being tied to an itinerary, it’s not always easy for me to make a decision when that fork in the road feels more like an octopus. This will be a time to quiet the mind, tune in and practice choosing.

Junction Ahead

Junction Ahead

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Is it a Sign?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

“What amazing adventure can I have this winter,” I’ve been asking myself?  Two years since I left my teaching job, I was free to venture for the winter. It felt as if now was the time! I have wanted to learn to speak Spanish fluently for years, so I considered a Spanish speaking country in Central or South America. Costa Rica popped to mind as one possibility. Honestly, I’m not sure why Costa Rica. I stayed open to possibilities of places I might go. One day in August, I went to the food coop. After I paid for my purchases, I put the change I received in my pocket and left to do more errands. When I got out to pay at a parking meter, I dug out the change. One coin was neither American nor  Canadian, which we sometimes see in Vermont. What was it? I couldn’t believe it was a coin (1 Colón, I’ve since learned is no longer in circulation) from Costa Rica! What were the chances of that!? Was it a sign?

Is it a Sign?

Costa Rican Colón. Is it a Sign?

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