In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, he refers to something called sthira sukha – effort/ease, firmness/gentleness. In essence, this phrase reminds us to strike a balance between the force of effort (i.e.: challenge) and the natural ease that exists in both yoga practice AND life! – By learning to relax or soften within the greater, and even smaller challenges that are presented to us, we find our equilibrium and are less apt to be thrown off course with disappointment and frustration.

OK, so what does all this have to do with moving to Costa Rica…? What DOESN’T it have to do with moving to Costa Rica?

Believe it or not, we're actually REDUCING our volume. However...

All waking hours seem to be filled simultaneously with anticipation and apprehension. As we move through this process, everyday, every moment an old concern dies away and a new one arises. However, I realize, this is nothing new, it is just “life magnified”. As each box gets packed, logged and moved out to the back porch I feel a little more relief about the progress and a little more concern about everything fitting into the container! The anticipation of living a new and totally different life is exciting but the recent goodbye dinners are leaving us a bit melancholy.

... B R E A T H E.

And so I am discovering with every moment comes the opportunity to come back to my practice of sthira sukha, finding the ease-within-the-effort, that neutral space in between –  and …



  1. nino Says:

    To capture the thoughts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, imbedded in your mind, that falls in place at any time of need, is an asset of great value.
    You will succeed, slowly, and their will be a time when you can say, we have achieved.

  2. CR108 Says:

    thanks Daddy, i always appreciate your words of support! 🙂

  3. Anne Says:

    Hello to both of you. You don’t know me, but a friend from Maryland sent my husband an article from your local newspaper about your venture. My husband and I are strongly considering a move in a year or so to Costa Rica as well. My husband is an orthopedic surgeon who has been there about 10 times volunteering at various hospitals around San Jose. I have been there 3 times with him. I have a small Pilates studio here in Ohio. Our plan is to probably settle somewhere close to San Jose so he can get in to work, yet be out of the city and closer to the beaches. We are going to Atenas for a week at the end of January to check it out. I wish you both the best of luck. I admire your courage and I feel many of the same fears and concerns that you are feeling. Best of luck to you and we would love any thoughts you have to share as you make this huge move.

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