Each morning begins with a beach walk, about 2 miles, from one end of the bay to the other. I see the same people each morning, we now exchange "hello's" and kind familiar glances, their dogs run to greet me and I almost feel like a local (although, we overheard that you have to live here 2 years before they stop considering you a tourist).
Today was different. As I walked past a Tai Chi class of about 25 people nestled into the corner of the beach, the instructor, a wise older man who was a dead ringer for Sean Connery, locked eyes with me. He stopped his class and beckoned me over. I declined, "oh, no, thank you, just going for a walk", I whispered nervously, trying not interrupt. But his eyes stayed on me, as did the students all with their hands in prayer position, it was kind of spooky, but his eyes were loving and kind, and so I went. I've never practiced Tai Chi, it was all about balance and concise movements that we timed with the sound of the ocean. We practiced for a full hour and then gathered together for a prayer about always having compassion, and then I was off to begin my day.
I have to say, the day felt more focused, Dave took me out surfing and I popped right up, what a great feeling! Later, we went out on a date, for drinks at sunset and dinner. Ah, romance, there's nothing like it!