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Heather Day Heather Day unstressing visionary. connected traveller. one of us.

Heather Day spearheads the Unstressed Revolution, inspiring people to choose trust over fear with gentleness and ease. A teacher of simplicity, she crusades for a world free from stress. [www.vitalbeingwellness.com]

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The bank line, of all places. Mundane, everyday, cell phones buzzing and impatient children whining. In Spanish. Of which I understood not a word. Alajuela, Costa Rica. Alone. So, so alone.

Having never really envisioned solo travel in Central America, I hadn’t ever bothered to learn Spanish. I knew rudimentary Dutch and conversational French, both of which were rustier than I’d like to admit. And because of a confused but sweet taxi driver who couldn’t find the hostel and, instead, dropped me off at a hole-in-the-wall hotel the next town over, there I stood. In a town not really intended for tourists, especially not ones who don’t speak Spanish. I just wanted to cash a traveler’s check and pay for my run-down room.

Apparently in Alajuela people get to the bank early. They leaned against the cool stone wall, and so did I. They pecked at their cell phones, checked their makeup, chatted with friends. From what I could tell there was a line for seniors, populated by old men with potbellies and deep smile lines who laughed heartily about something. I wanted to be laughing too.

I felt helpless. Out of place. I imagined glowing lights around me that shouted, “One of these things is not like the others!” I could feel myself shrinking despite attempts to act casual, like it was a totally normal Wednesday morning.

As my mind began to race, envisioning the fabled banditos and volleying angry rounds at the cab driver (aren’t cab drivers supposed to know where they’re going?!), the words of one of my teachers rang in my heart:

“I am you, and you are me. Relax into the simplicity of oneness.”

Lifting my gaze from my feet and relaxing my grip on my messenger bag, I openly gazed into the faces of the men and women around me. Men and women living their lives, who have hobbies and struggles and pets and pictures of their kids in their wallets. My pulse slowed. My shoulders softened. And so did my heart. I am you and you are me. We are one energy, not so separate at all.

And suddenly, as if in slow motion, I was absorbed into the rhythm of the morning. The doors opened and we streamed in. Seamless. Unified. Trust replaced fear. Not me and them; we were all in this bank line together.

- Heather Day

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