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The Adventure of Skydiving in Queenstown

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What's interesting is that it’s been just four months (as of publication) since my Queenstown...

Romeo & Juliet at the San Francisco Opera

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When I heard that Romeo & Juliet was performing at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera...

Learning From Good Timber

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I have written about my martial arts journey in an earlier post and the important...

New York City’s Zodiac Room for Afternoon Tea

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Introducing a relaxing afternoon at the Zodiac Room, which is a wonderful place for a...

Rejuvenate & Transform

An Interview with Issho Fujita in Kamakura Japan

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We had a Blue Soul Chat with SotoZen Priest Issho Fujita at the 760 Year...

The Coronavirus: Travel & Health Implications

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Inspirational slogans plaster the walls of my gym here in Taipei, as I imagine is...

Luxury Travel Meets Transformation

Relaxing in Luxury by the Sea at the Hotel Viking

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We were thrilled to head back to the Hotel Viking, which is about a three...

Wisdom 2.0 in the Midst of Corona Virus Warnings

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Luckily, this year's Wisdom 2.0, an event we team up with every year as a...

Facials for Men: NYC’s Heyday Skincare Spa

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Before I had my first facial, I honestly had no clue what to expect. I’ve...

4 Wellness & Comfort Holiday Picks from HoMedics

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We were recently sent a few HoMedics products from their team to test out which...

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For those of you who don’t know about Kerala, it is a stunning part of India known for its nature, wildlife, beaches, hiking and hills. Many may have been to India but not visited Kerala – in addition to great hiking, there are also some stunning waterfalls here as well as culture -- think forts, palaces, museums, monuments and pilgrim centers. And the sunsets are....well, simply breathtaking!-
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-Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Maray​oo​r has a history that is over ten centuries old. Some say “a stone clad secret.” The jungles and hillsides are filled with what they refer to as muniyaras (burial chambers) which go back to the Megalithic Age.​ Humbling is how you feel resting in the presence of history and wisdom that goes back over 1,000 years. -
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-It’s a mystical place, one of transformation. As the folks from Kerala say “It is, after all, this is where the spirits of the past sleep.” We love this analogy and find it to be true.
Think mystery, wisdom and serenity and you will BECOME IT. Intend and know it and you will BE IT. Embrace it and you will BECOME ONE with its energy and everything else.
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The Coronavirus: A Spiritual Perspective. Join us Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm pst via Zoom for a LIVE CHANNELING session on the Coronavirus: What Does its Consciousness Want to Teach Humanity? Scroll down for International Times to dial in! -
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We'll be gathering via Zoom where we'll take a spiritual perspective or you could say one from a higher universal consciousness.
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-Hear the wisdom from Higher Dimensions about Covid-19 and its own unique consciousness.
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-Why is Covid-19 hitting humanity? Why now? What can humanity learn from it? Why is it here and what is it teaching us?
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-We'll also touch on how to diffuse the fear, step into love & stay grounded during times of physical isolation. -
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We will also be doing a meditation and a higher vibrational healing for all who register! Submit your questions upon registration if you have something specific you’d like to address.
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-COMPLIMENTARY to all those who register!
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-INTERNATIONAL TIMING:
2:00 pm PST San Francisco/LA |
5:00 pm EST New York |
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10:00 pm GMT London |
11:00 pm CT Berlin |
12:00 am EEST Eastern Europe | (March 22) |
8:00 am in Sydney (March 22)
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There’s nothing like a spring walk in the mountains - where snow is still on the peaks, there’s a briskness in the air and yet the sun radiates on your face as a simple reminder of how much we are connected to our planet and her to us. -
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When we connect in this way, we realize just how much our consciousness affects the universal consciousness of all there is. -
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If everything indeed does have a consciousness then do too does the Corona Virus - send the virus love rather than fight or move into paralysis & fear. -
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Don’t panic but try to understand it’s consciousness as a way to dissipate it but not with resistance and anger, but with love! Martial arts understands this approach as does every other ancient modality & philosophy from the beginning of time. -
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Sit with it, become it and the watch it (along with the fear) dissipate and retreat! Namaste on this beautiful day all!
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Join us at Wisdom 2.0 this year, an event we team up with every year as a media partner. They are at the crossroads of innovation, technology, wisdom & heart-centered connection.
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-They aim to address the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.
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-Thru meet-ups, talks, events & workshops, Wisdom 2.0 brings critical topics at these crossroads to the forefront all under one roof for a few days -- in a way that is accessible, innovative & inclusive.
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-In addition to topics focused on mindfulness, connection & kindness, you'll get experiential sessions as well -- from yoga & meditation to dance & movement. There are also exercises as well as something they call Hosted Conversations. -
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We'll be doing one of those as well as a hosted dinner around the topic of Consciousness. We'll write about it in more detail later in March, but the jist of it is addressing questions that are on our minds most.
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-Are you living your life’s purpose and what are the distinctions between a career you may love and living your life’s purpose?
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What stops us from stepping into our purpose and living our passion?
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What stops us from speaking our truth without fear or resistance? (difference between claiming “”this is true” versus “this is my truth)
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Where does Consciousness come from? Is Consciousness located in the brain - or somewhere else?
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-What is the difference between the Soul and Consciousness?
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-The speakers are always really powerful as well and are working on aspects of health, humanity and technology, mindfulness, well-being and social change. Some of this year's line up includes Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Jack Kornfield, Byron Katie, Diego Perez, Dan Siegel, Russ Hudson, Rick Doblin & others.
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The raw beauty of hiking in and around Hermanus, which is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town. It's known for whales, great wine and food, Voëlklip Beach and tGrotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. Theres also an ia fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. ...

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I love being involved as co-curator of TEDxBerkeley every year. This year’s theme is Moonshot: Small Steps to Giant Leaps. Join us Saturday, Fab 8 at TEDxBerkeley.org for live streaming of the talks all day. -
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The phrase “moonshot” has its origins in the audacious mission to put humans on the moon, a feat that most thought would be impossible. In his famous 1962 speech announcing the start of the American moonshot, President John F. Kennedy famously remarked that “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” -
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-Many doubted that America would be able to achieve such a lofty goal in such a short time frame, but through bold innovations & sheer perseverance in the face of obstacles, we achieved the impossible. Fast forward 50 years. We live in an incredible time — an era of new possibilities in realms that were previously unimaginable.
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-TEDxBerkeley 2020 hopes to capture the sense of wonder & enthusiasm for discovery that comes with the beginning of a new decade. Today’s issues are not just limited to technological progress but instead cut across all aspects of society. We need moonshots — solutions that aim to address the insurmountable — to solve humanity’s most pressing problems, from climate change to human rights violations. -
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-Paving the way forward will not be easy, but the most remarkable challenges are always big and bold. Join us at TEDxBerkeley 2020 to grapple with the greatest challenges of our modern age and launch your own moonshot!
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We are thrilled to be speaking at this years New York Times Travel Show! If you’re in the greater NY area and would like to come to the show, tickets are only $20 to attend —email me or comment for discount codes! We will be focusing on Transformative Travel on Sunday, Jan 27 at 1 pm at the Javits Center in Manhattan! ...

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We loved our time in Yamanashi & Nikko and spent a lot of our time exploring the various shrines and temples of the area – they are endless and the energy is so powerful! - -
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It’s the sanctuary of Syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism, so for Japanese, they run alongside each other – one is not necessarily practiced or embraced and not the other. During the Edo period, the Nikko shrines were managed by the Tokugawa shogunate.
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-Stunning and not to be missed include Toshogu Shrine, the Five Story Pagoda, also an important cultural monument, the massive and ever so impressive Rinnoji Temple, which was built by the Holy Priest Shodo, who is known to found many temples in the Nikko area. Note: if you go here, call in advance and make sure they’re not expecting school tours or other larger tours – you want some sacred quiet time in this place.
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-The Nikko Futarasan Shrine is also an incredible wonder – there’s a sacred bridge here which is connected to snakes (a legend where snakes turn into a sacred bridge so that Shodo could cross the Daiya River – early 1600’s). the Takinoo Shrine is breathtaking here because it’s located in heavily wooded mountains roughly a mile from the main Futarasan Shrine entrance. -
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More on the shrines, temples, Mt. Fuji, food of Japan, Yamanashi, Kofu, Kamakura, Tokyo and culture in a future post when we begin to push out our articles which includes reviews of the various onsens we stayed in as well.
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It’s been an amazing round trip via the #Nobu Railway Ltd Express from #Tokyo to #Nikko. We’ve been in good hands with #TepWireless, a mobile router that goes with you everywhere and is about the size of an iPhone. So far so good - we’ve gotten connected seamlessly & instantaneously everywhere we’ve attempted to connect, whether it be on the train, car, in the rural countryside, the mountains around the lake, or in off-the-beaten path cafes. We are loving our experience so far! -
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Note: we were sent a router to review temporarily but all opinions expressed are our own.
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So the truth is, we didn’t realize that vineyards existed in #Japan and I’ve sampled wines & done wine tours all over the world including South Africa, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, Washington State, France, Italy, Chile, every wine producing region in California, Oregon, Arizona, Mexico, upstate New York, Germany, Austria, Israel — the list goes on. While Japan isn’t a large grape producing nation & the climate isn’t ideal for some of the deeper bolder reds we gravitate to, we were surprised by what does exist.

Our tour of the wineries in the greater #Kofu area was amazing, kicking things off at Xhateau Mercian which is the most renowned & has won several awards. -
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We really loved the #Chardonnay from the #Hokushin region of #Nagano Prefecture. It is not oak heavy like Napa & Sonoma Valley wines nor is their white wine they call Koshu, which is super light and delicate, making it a perfect wine pairing for so many of Japanese dishes and raw fish delicacies. -
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Some of the Koshu is almost orange in color which if you didn’t know, might be confused for a Rose. The white grapes in particular were huge and people served them to us at many restaurants in the area as a fresh but simple way to end the evening! Loving our experience so far!
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When you write about travel or have traveled for as long as I have (am starting to count those wrinkles 😉), there are some destinations that call you in ways others don’t and Mount Fuji is one of them. Although I’ve been to Japan before, Mount Fuji wasn’t on the itinerary so am thrilled to be here this week. -
There’s a resonance & knowing about volcanoes 🌋 (inactive included) that seem to surpass other forces of nature. Their strength & ability to shift an entire planet is innately known by all living creatures and so there’s a sacredness in honoring its presence in ways that we have forgotten to do with lesser natural forces of the Earth. -
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Our hotel overlooks this beauty and you can see it from our private onsen we soak in early in the morning and late at night. She is truly a force that is felt even in her silence as she is awe-inspiring every time you set sight on her!
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I always feel rejuvenated when I spend time around the Redwoods. Not only are they the tallest tree on Earth, growing up to 300 feet or more, but there’s a spiritual connection to them —a mystery if you will. Despite its root system being only 6 to 12 feet deep, Redwoods create the strength to withstand powerful winds and floods by extending their roots more than 50 feet from the trunk and living in groves where their roots can intertwine.
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-Apparently they are also almost as old as Dinosaurs — and came before flowers, birds, spiders… and, of course, humans. They’ve been around for about 240 million years and in California where we see them all the time, for at least 20 million years, compared to about 200,000 years for “modern” humans.
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-Coast redwoods along the Pacific Ocean where we drive often, can grow 100 feet in their first 50 years. -
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The other mystery about them that shouldn’t really be a mystery (for me, it’s an inner knowing of their magic), as climate change begins impacting the Earth and all on it, if one of very few places that provides it is cooled by coastal summertime fog and is still largely unpaved. And so, wild animals also thrive here as well as endangered species because they need large, connected areas of diverse habitat to thrive among humans. - -And, did you know that a Redwood’s bark contains tannin which protects the tree from fire, insects, fungus and diseases and so she is certainly a sturdy one. Resistant and strong because she’s an old one as the bamboo can bend, not break. -
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We have so much to learn from trees 🌳 🌲 if we only listen to their wisdom & of course protect them as they deserve to be protected!
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Summer bliss at its best — unedited too. We were sitting on this dock sipping a glass of wine not realizing just how dramatic the sky has become before our eyes! Pure and simple, spending time in #nature & more importantly, listening to her #wisdom will soothe your soul like no other experience will! ...

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We love Golden Gate Park for its beautiful natural setting and the ability to find a quiet corner to yourself under a tree 🌲 or on a patch of grass or flowers 🌺! -
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Pianos are set up throughout San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park every summer for people to play and from small children to professionals, music lights up the skies, warms people’s hearts, heals people’s souls and entertains visitors. -
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Here’s a link to our video from the day! https://bit.ly/2KdzDFn
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Driving up and down the hills of #Marin never gets old especially in the summer and especially in a convertible. Feeling #grateful for beautiful Northern #California ‘living!’ ...

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I love Sunday walks in nature, especially at the end of the day when you have a chance to greet the sky in several shades of color. May you remember that everything you touch in #nature is alive and accessible to you, energy field to every field — listen for the #wisdom & guidance in her silence & the #nothingness around you. From this place, your #HigherSelf will speak and you will then know there’s nothing to #achieve,# nowhere else to “be”, nowhere else to “go” and every moment is perfect as it is right NOW! ...

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Learning About Sound Healing from Minna in the SF Bay Area

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Our Top Picks for Your Spring Wardrobe

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Cultural Guide to Matsumoto Japan

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Our Top Picks for Your Spring Wardrobe

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Spring is such a wonderful season -- the annual in-depth cleaning is nearly done and...

Add More Wellness to Your Life With 5 These Lifestyle Changes

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Wellness is a hot topic these days, but some people are a little confused with...

Taiwan Tourism at Travel & Adventure Show in Chicago

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At the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show which took place from February 8-9, 2020, the...

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Covid-19: A Spiritual Perspective!

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What a turbulent ride over the last few weeks as we have all been dealing...

An Interview with Issho Fujita in Kamakura Japan

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We had a Blue Soul Chat with SotoZen Priest Issho Fujita at the 760 Year...

Wisdom & Inspiration

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Anatole France

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

― Alan Keightley

 

The destination matters not, for the journey itself is the ultimate prize. Go forward & embrace the unknown and your blueprint for life will never be the same.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.

― André Gide

At the Moment of Commitment, the Universe Conspires to Assist You!

― Goethe

A truly magical life begins after the journey furthest from your comfort zone!

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

If you do something that has never been done you will collect treasures that have never been found.

― Jenna Newton

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

― Heraclitus

Break bread with people as foreign to you as an ancient language and be forever changed.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

― Lao Tzu

The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.

― Sir Richard Burton

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