Sunday, January 12, 2014
I have dreamt of going to Costa Rica for several years. In my dream, I am laying in a hammock between 2 palm trees watching the ocean. I don't know why my dream has consistently been of Costa Rica. I don't have friends or family from there--in fact, my paternal grandparents are from another Central American country...so why not there?
I have had very strong pulls towards things that I can't seem to find the connection to. As a child, I was fascinated with World War 2 history; mainly Holocaust studies. This fascination lasted all through college when I was actually debating getting a Ph.D. in Holocaust Studies. Several people asked me if I was Jewish or had family affected by the Holocaust, I don't. I was never able to pinpoint the connection, but the passion was sparked and I pursued it. I spent 5 wonderful years studying History and learning the power of compassion and empathy through these studies. Horrible things have happened, but there seems to always be a story of someone or a group of people willing to help and ease suffering.
I think finding what creates that spark inside of you and pursuing it is so important. Therefore, I knew I had to plan a trip to Costa Rica to see what this spark is all about. When I actually began booking my trip, I got butterflies in my stomach. I love those moments when nerves and excitement create a gushing emotion that leads to gratification and gratitude. I anticipate many more of these moments as my trip approaches.
Dreams coming true is like a hug from the universe saying "You're on the right path." This is when gratitude is critical. I am a very spiritual person and I believe in a higher power that has provided the dreams and blessings in my life. There have been many times when I have felt like I was going in the wrong direction and didn't know what I wanted or needed. But, then my soul is nudged and a new spark is created and I pursue it. If I don't pay attention, it keeps showing up and urging me to the experience. I can't wait to see what Costa Rica has to show me and what lessons I will learn while I am away.