The Power of Mindfulness & Reflection


It isn’t until you come to Costa Rica that you realize fully how much chatter and noise fills your daily interactions. With the rise of social media comes the decline of quiet moments meant to calm your mind and still your thoughts.

In Samara, VIVA laxers head down to the beach after rising early, all before breakfast. Each traveller was given a Costa Rica notebook where they have been instructed to sit alone in a spot along the beach. They write what we call their “gratefuls” — 20 minutes of writing what your grateful for. Some draw pictures, some simply sit quietly with eyes closed. This is a meditation of sorts that is so rare in today’s culture.

It has been the most perfect way to begin the day down here in Samara, with thoughts of gratitude and profound fulfillment.


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