As of May 1, I have retired from teaching martial arts and I have left Keswick, Ontario and moved six hours away to Ice Lake on Manitoulin Island.
I didn’t really want to retire, but circumstances dictated otherwise [namely, this neurological condition I’m experiencing]. The stress of running a business was working against me and it was becoming more difficult for me to teach, particularly due to the challenges associated with loss of balance. At the same time, I came to the conclusion that in order to overcome this condition I needed to “get away from the world.” And so, I retired and moved to Ice Lake [a lake, not a town] in order to enjoy some peace and quiet at my own private ashram.
Living on the lake, I plan to focus on four things: recovering my health, writing books and blogs, learning Estonian [Mari is originally from Estonia] and working on projects around the house.
I am confident that I will recover my health living here on the island. It is very peaceful and quiet, an opportunity to really embrace spiritual consciousness. The most predominant sound is that of the birds, mostly robins, cardinals, woodpeckers, mourning doves, hawks and seagulls. We also hear squirrels and chipmunks scurrying through the forest and Canada geese flying overhead. But the most pleasing sound, which I’m listening to as I write this, is the sound of the loon [it reminds me of my favorite movie, On Golden Pond]! It is both haunting and beautiful, and if there was ever a sound to help someone recover their health, it is it!
Have an awesomely healing day!