My natural state is gratitude, mindfulness and wonder. I enjoy sunshine, warm breezes and nature; deep philosophical conversations and shared silence; and holding hands and love. I can quickly walk or jog to get somewhere, but I like to practice walking meditation, whenever I can. I listen to singing birds, ruffling leaves and falling rain; feel the sun and wind on my face; savor a good cup of coffee and appreciate the beauty of flowers, trees and clouds.
Yet, I also read the news and worry about the world. I can also be silly, appreciate a good story, and slow dance in the kitchen. I have studied art and architecture in Florence; sailed the Caribbean and swum coral reefs; hiked rain forests and snow-capped mountains; walked the bones of ancient places; and cared for loved ones to their last breath.