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nikki and jason wynn walking along beach in Aitutaki

This Is Our Meditation

The wind is whipping but the sun is shining and we’re anchored in a little paradise.  So, we take a cue from all the guidebooks and do what most come here to do: Slip into the island life.

This is Aitutaki, the honeymooners island, the Bora Bora of Cook Islands and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from years of travel, it’s to go with the flow.

The only thing missing from this video is a self-misting fan…so grab one, take a deep breath and immerse yourself into island life with us.  It’s good for the soul.

And just like that we’re on our way again.  Out to sea with a course set for an even smaller island.  Next up, Palmerston…population 33.

The Art Of Doing Nothing

We may only move at an average of 6-8 knots but even we forget how important it is to slow down.  From the twenty or so minutes of life we share each week, it may seem as if we live in a dream world.  And some days it feels that way.  But, we spend most of our time underway, maintaining, repairing, planning, cleaning, editing or eating.  Sometimes we sleep.

We’re Americans. Full throttle and staying busy is etched into our DNA.  We’ve been raised with this idea that doing nothing would typically be associated with being lazy.  Most of the westernized world probably feels this way.

But doing nothing is important!  Which is why I believe people are drawn to meditation, tai chi, chi gung, yoga and anything else that represents the calm vs the chaos (or the balance of).

For us, being out in nature is our meditation.

jason and nikki wynn aboard sailing vessel curiosity enjoying the calm anchorage and sunrise

Jason Wynn relaxing, reading and enjoying the peace of the island life

palm tree swaying against a blue sky

jason and nikki wynn sitting aboard Curiosity watching the sun go down in the south pacific

I forget how good it feels to just stop, meditate, vegetate and relax.  It always takes me a little time, but once I relax…I am in the zone!  The clutter in my head slowly reorganizes itself.  The white noise fades and everything gets clearer.  I can see, breathe and think again.

I know how important it is to take this mental break, how it increases productivity, reduces stress and a long list of other benefits…yet I still struggle to work it into my life consistently.

Anyone out there relate?

Nah, I didn’t think so. 😉

But seriously, if you have been there and found the secret to the balancing act of life…please do share.

 

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  • Anchorage: Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  • Date:  June 2019

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (35)

  • Brandi

    So fun! I just read you love Pippi! Fun fact my cousins built a Pippi ride in Sweden years ago. Have you been? I’ve never even met them, or been, but have heard about it through family.

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  • Randy

    Nothing but best wishes being sent your way. Your videos are so well done. I will probably never go to the places you visit and I love how you tell your story.

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  • Michael

    Since you asked, the secret to finding balance in life is to follow the Creator’s directions. He set aside one day out of every seven just for us. We are to relax from the normal hubbub of life, regenerate, focus on other things and find sweet peace away from the world’s problems. Looks like you found a fine spot to do just that. And doing that while enjoying some of the world’s most beautiful vistas can only make it that much nicer. Totally awesome! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Lana J

    Happy sailing to the cutest and kindest pirates! My 10 year old and six year boys and husband and I love watching you every Sunday night! What a beautiful video!

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  • Rob Wilton

    You guys are looking so physically fit like teenagers. A real good example of fresh air and exercise.

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  • Hank Heyns

    Every time I watch I am so excited for you both, what a great adventure you two have undertaken in seeing the planet.

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  • Gregory

    What a beautiful spot. I do not think I would mind “being stuck” there. Gorgeous water colors and I always love the sights and sounds and movement when under sail.

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  • James

    Singa is a talkative cat But then again he’s a Bengal and that’s to be expected. Nice vid guys 👍

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  • Bahamamama penny

    Met a couple at Farmers Market last Sat who said “ we saw you in Gone with the Wymms. You’re famous!”!!!
    Love your adventures!!!
    Tks for sharing!

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  • Peter

    I’m sitting inside my boat having a coffee, taking a break from winterizing, watching your video. Wishing I was there. Thanks! Oh did I mention the weather here is 44 degrees with a 36 knot wind and I found if you put a shot of 100 proof in the coffee it wont freeze right away, just in case you need to know.

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  • Karen

    I love your stories! And I have been watching also since your Alaska trip! Where are your cats during that very windy cruise? In a crate?
    🙂

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    • Curious Minion

      The each have spots they like to tuck into when it’s bumpy. They do have access to their crates and sometimes like to just hang out in them, but Nikki & Jason don’t force them to stay in the crate when it’s bumpy.
      Curious Minion

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  • Alan Solomon

    Doing stuff you would normally do on a Sunday to relax before going back to work on Monday. At the beach in Texas or Florida but, you are doing this relaxing stuff on the beach in the Cook Islands!! The Tropics are so cool. Your experiences and informative videos just make it easier and provide answers to questions not even thought of yet. More probability of getting out there and doing relaxing stuff on the beach in the Cook Islands, the Tropics or somewhere different that the usual surroundings and environment we all have and know.
    Thanks,
    Safe Travels.

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  • Bruce Lachiusa

    I totally get the beach thing. I live @ 100 yards from the beach in Venice, Fl., and I never go there. I haven’t laid down or sat on that beach in 7 years. I do however take my boat to the sand bar 100 yards offshore to play. Weird huh? I anchor just off of beaches, walk on them to get places, eat at restaurants on sandy soils, but like you I just don’t hang out. Although I must say you both looked pretty relaxed for about 10 minutes so maybe I’ll try it too!

    Fair winds.

    Bruce

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  • Deborah Kerr

    That.Blue.Water. I’ll never tire of seeing the islands!! Thanks for sharing such a great video!!

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  • gary crompton

    I enjoy watching your lives on your trek ,the places you show us ,the people you meet . To be young an able to enjoy your experiences as you do .

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  • Jeff F

    Might be one of your best videos! So relaxing and the photography was superb!!

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  • Jen Swain

    I’ found you guys and your videos since I’ve been here in the South Pacific (Kingdom of Tonga 🇹🇴 on Tongatapu). Are you heading my way?

    I really appreciate that you share your adventures and life experiences with all of us. I’m here in the Peace Corps — been wanting to do it for 35+ Years and having been a hospice volunteer (and been with people in their deathbeds), I don’t want to have any regrets at the end of my life.

    Thank you both for your videos and for sharing your lives, dreams and realities of your life (warts and all) so generously with us! ‘Ofa atu, Jen

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    • Curious Minion

      Curiosity is on the hard in Tonga while Jason & Nikki are back in the U.S.A. for some friends & family time. They’ll be heading back to Tonga with duffel bags full of boat parts!
      Curious Minion

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  • paciii

    You TRIED to relax back an island or two in that pond by the waterfall… the wildlife (bugs) wouldn’t let you. At least the hermit crab on this beach appeared to leave you alone to relax!! (it was cute!! thanks for sharing it’s picture!)

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  • Roger B

    We slow down on the weekend and enjoy watching our favorite sailing and RV videos on the big screen TV. When the weather is good we’ll RV somewhere and totally relax. We love your drone videos.

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  • Lourdes (Lou) Valentin

    I love watching tour You tube. Especially when I am packing my rv for a weekend. I pack, rest, watch your program, keep going. I am 66 and your energies are contagious. So it helps me to finish. Can you believe that? Keep up your good work.

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  • Kirsten

    We love spending our Sundays with you and this video was particularly lovely and peaceful, thank you! I’m not familiar with Maya Isaac and was wondering which song you have in the video? Also, wondering how Nikki’s ukulele playing is going?

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  • Jim

    Nice! Cold and rainy here along the Mississippi In the Quad Cities. Your video brings a bit of warmth as the Fall happens here. It was great to see you get some R&R. Easy to forget you need that.

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  • Thomas C. Fuller

    Have either cat ever taken a header off the boat?

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    • Curious Minion

      Singa has fallen in while trying to catch fish, but he hauls himself right back out on the sugar scoop. He’s a maniac!
      Curious Minion

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  • YDion

    I loved the stillness, the quiet, the slow pace, the wind, Life…
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Dave

    Something my mother used to say was “the hurrier I go the behinder I get”. I think it was from Pogo, but maybe not. The point is relaxing sometimes let’s you get more done. Your mind thinks about things in the background sometimes. Relaxation and meditation is necessary for a balanced life. I don’t think that a lot of people realize how much work goes into your videos, it ain’t all rainbows and unicorns, although it sometimes looks that way. You guys have a wonderful way of making my Sunday mornings very enjoyable.

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  • Greg Prince

    That was a special Special place for you kids!! It’s the first time I’ve seen you take just a moment to sit, reflect, recharge on the beach and then the sunset views on the boat with the Ray’s putting on a show!! Wowzers just peaceful and calming..
    Love the drone work, how does she handle in the trade winds? Could you have the drone up and filming while you are entering or exiting the bays? Stay safe really enjoy watching and remembering my island visits, Guam, Tinian, Hawaii, Caribbean thru you kids.Enjoy life and chill!

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  • Mike Priaro

    “Dolce far niente”! (literally “sweet doing nothing, sweet idleness”). The Italians have known this for a long time.

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    • RUTH

      I agree. My son has lived in Italy over 20 years.

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  • richard

    Still waiting for the invite– I only wish I was able to do what you two have been doing when I was younger in body…hahaha

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  • richard

    still waiting for the invite

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  • Paul Gagnon

    I love watching your videos I have been watching them back since you were in your rv, but I especially like the Pacific videos. i spent 4yrs cruising around there while in the navy. You and your husbands videos make me feel what it what it would like for an average person to sail.

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  • Hunter

    Totally relaxed after watching!

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