It is 20:41 pm as I write this. Peter is in the background, making funny noises. He had a drink with a good friend/co-worker, and I think he had fun. I really want to stick to my schedule and release an update today, so I better stay a bit focused. I enjoy writing this blog and editing videos, but if I don’t make a deadline, I will keep on delaying it infinitely.
Development #1: Settling
We had planned on going to LIV this week, but things went a bit differently. First, I really needed more time to settle down. The place is lovely, especially the garden, and it feels like a house that is very much loved by the owner, but I also know that for a fact. It is very well taken care of and decorated with memories of all sorts of things, pictures, furniture, beautiful artwork from all around the world and art inspired by the nature of Bonaire. No matter how great the place is, I always need some time. I need to get to know how I will move in the house, what I will use often and what not. I get my most used kitchen things in place, make sure I have a good place to practice Yoga and meditate, get my ‘office’ organized, get the first routine in washing and cleaning, etcetera. Peter is a natural at this, and finds his way almost immediatly. For me that doesn’t usually work out perfectly the first time I try those things, it takes some days. It is an interesting process. Somehow surprisingly, taking care of the garden helped with this. I love taking care of plants. I used to have a sort of jungle in the Netherlands in my appartment and a small vegetable garden some ten minutes bicycling from my home, and on Bonaire at my old home in Belnem, I had a gigantic garden and (a smaller) greenhouse we maintained. The garden here is diverse, big and well designed, and since we got here and watered the plants, we see new green fresh leafs and flowers develop and this is such an encouraging view. This really helped me to feel at home. I took a lot of pictures from all the beautiful plants and flowers that surrounds us, but I cut it down to the best three, since it is already 21:20 pm.
Yes! It’s 22:30 pm and in the last hour I made a video of me giving water to plants. With the big garden, we get a lot of visitors for free, and I could’t help it to film one of my favorites.
Development #2: Sugarthief
Talking about sugar, at Sugarthief they have some of my paintings for sale! I made a small painting for them to celebrate their second-year bird-day and they liked it! They suggested putting some of my works there so if people want to, they can buy it there. Absolutely GREAT!
Development #3: Yoga
This is something I put a lot of effort into the last weeks (and months), and I am so happy to have found a place where I can assist and teach Mysore and Ashtanga Yoga. I am going to teach at the Smiling Buddha Yoga Studio! The announcement was released today and that felt like a very positive landmark for all the work and drive I have for this opportunity.
The text from the post:
New Teacher Alert! Beginning on the 7th of August we will have an Ashtanga/Mysore program again! This invigorating program will be held every Monday to Friday, from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, except on full moon and new moon days. If you’re new to Mysore, your initiation begins with a personalized introduction private class with our experienced instructor. Continue reading to learn more about @rustycat124
“After leaving my job as a pharmacist on the island, my plan was to embark on a sailing adventure. However, we had to adjust our original plans when my boyfriend and I discovered that our boat required some additional work. This unexpected turn of events led me to a transformative opportunity and to begin my journey as a Yoga Teacher.
Yoga had been an integral part of my life for nearly a decade, but it was during my Yoga Teacher Training that everything fell into place. The rational and scientific approach of the philosophy of Yoga and the use of the philosophy for guiding and assisting students in their practice, but also in my own life, was what made it clear that this is what I want to do every day.
Dedicating myself to the philosophy and practice of Ashtanga Yoga, I am passionate about sharing the knowledge that has enriched my life in many ways. As a Yoga Teacher, I am grateful I can help people live a healthy and more conscious life, and hopefully in the long term prevent the use of medication.
I practice the eight-limbed path of Yoga, and the physical aspect of those eight-limbs I do with the Mysore style. It is a confronting practice, because it shows the obstacles in life directly on the mat.
Supporting students with their own obstacles, providing a safe and stable environment to grow and discover their possibilities, is what motivates me the most.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue my journey as a Yoga Teacher at the Smiling Buddha Yoga Studio, and I am looking forward to supporting others with starting or continuing the profound and lasting positive changes Yoga can make on their lives.”
It is 23:07 pm and I think I made quite a good representation of the recent developments. Peter is sleeping now, and I will follow him soon, because tomorrow is full of plans which I will write next week about.