You’re brain is a muscle. Sometimes I think people forget this simple fact. The more you exercise your brain, the stronger it becomes.
For example, learning a new language is a really difficult project for everyone. But if you never try to push your brain – much like you would push your body to get those last 10 squats in for the a fit bod – you won’t see any improvements in your comprehension of grammar structure.
This is something that I experience day to day with my expat neighbors here in Guatemala. Many of them have lived here for 20+ years and still don’t speak Spanish. Why? Because they do not exercise their brains – they have made a conscious decision not to try or improve.
I’m sitting down getting ready to Skype with Jessi Luna, one of our retreat leaders. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m nervous. I’ve never interviewed anyone before…except for maybe my old family dog, Daisy, when my sister and I used to record talk shows as children.
As I think about those times, it becomes clear that I do, in fact, have some interviewing skills to dust off and put to use. Thank you Mom and Dad’s camcorder circa 1990. Pep talk, check. Water poured, I’m ready to go. Jessi is a fiery, red-headed yoga instructor and practitioner who is also largely involved with community empowerment. As I talk with her more, I can tell she is a genuine person who really cares about others. She is leading a yoga teacher training retreat from November 20th to December 15th in Costa Rica – and wait until you hear about this place! You can find out about the details here: