Ayubowan Sri Lanka!
DANCING IN THE DIRT ON THE RHYTHM OF THE WAVES
As you may know already I have left my life in the Netherlands and set out for an adventure in Paradise. I have minimized my life as much as I could in the little time that I had to prepare for this journey. Getting rid of most of my stuff and fitting all that I need into one suitcase. I still feel like it’s too much, but I can always give it away along the road. Minimizing ones life is an ongoing process.
Besides ‘stuff’ I have also downsized my administration and such. I am now officially stateless and I do not belong to the Dutch social system anymore. Simply explained: I am no longer a Dutch citizen, however I do retain my nationality. Meaning I have a passport without being part of the country and it’s system. No tax, no insurances, no health care, no nothing. I have to get used to the fact that I’m not covered for anything and even though that scares me a little bit it also gives me a sense of freedom. I’m no longer bound to the system. SOCIETY!
It has been almost two weeks since my arrival on the south coast of Sri Lanka. I adapted in no time and it feels as if I’ve been here all along. I live in a simple apartment and have more then I would need. The staff cleans my room every other day and refreshes the towels. I have breakfast and dinner in the restaurant with ocean view and lunch at the Ayurvedic lunchroom. The fact that I’m having a candle light dinner in a 5-star restaurant every single day is overwhelming in a positive sense and something I can’t get used to, neither do I want it to become ‘normal’. I feel deeply grateful.
Every morning I share my Yoga class on the rooftop op the Ayurvedic Spa where we see, hear, smell and almost taste the ocean. During practice the sun rises and slowly fills the space with a warm golden light. After my class I always go to greet the ocean for a refreshing dive followed up by some free diving technique training in the pool until I sit down for a freshly prepared breakfast. The mornings are pure magic. Silent and serene.
Besides my two regular yoga classes at 6:30am and 4:30pm I spend my time bodyboarding and connecting with the guests. Sometimes I work one-on-one in private yoga sessions going deeper into their specific body and emotional needs. Working this close with the people here gives me a great sense of purpose which is reflected in the grateful and bright smiles I’m receiving every day. That moment that you truly know that where you are right now is exactly where you need to be.