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An Unexpected Mindfulness Lesson

On our recent trip to Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to take a surf lesson with a man named Walter. The surf lesson ended up being the greatest mindfulness teaching I’ve discovered thus far. I wish I could recount the hour lesson here, but it was more than words - it was the relationship Walter had with the ocean, the way he tuned out his thoughts and placed all his attention on each wave directly in front of him, and the use of his breath as an anchor.  One of the most important things he told me was to only focus on three things in the water at a time (one of the things being my breathing). I have taken that philosophy from the sunset sky of Costa Rica back home to the bright lights of the Bay Area. I will be forever grateful for our trip and the reminder to KEEP IT SIMPLE!