Wednesday, March 25, 2015

photo of the day

The Trellis Tunnel on the Seaside Trail, one of Paya's natural wonders. Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, March 23, 2015

latinos are happy people

For the first time in a decade, the top 10 happiest countries in the world are all in Latin America, according to the 2014 Gallup Here are the 10 happiest countries, listed with their positive experience index scores:Ÿ
  • Paraguay, 89 
  • Colombia, 84 
  • Ecuador, 84 
  • Guatemala, 84 
  • Honduras, 82 
  • Panama, 82 
  • Venezuela, 82 
  • Costa Rica, 81 
  • El Salvador, 81 
  • Nicaragua, 81 

Friday, March 20, 2015

beautiful, blissful day

We are having some beautiful weather right now in Roatan!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

hope: UK establishes new 322,000 square miles marine reserve in the pacific ocean

The UK is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, around the Pitcairn Islands. The Pacific zone will cover 834,000 sq km (322,000 sq miles) - more than twice the land area of the British Isles. The intention is to protect the wealth of ocean life from illegal fishing activities. A satellite "watchroom" has been established to monitor vessel activity, and to gather the information needed to prosecute unauthorised trawling.

This is awesome news! Kudos to the Brits on this brilliant action to help conserve the wildlife of our oceans!

Other massive marine reserves that have been established and that are mentioned in the article:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

zen rock

A guest enjoys a tranquil moment at Zen Rock, a chillout station overlooking Bliss Beach.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

zen birthday

repairing the seaside trail

Now that the Buccaneer Landing platform has been completed, we are continuing the post-storm repair project by tackling the Seaside Trail, also damaged by last year's Polar Vortex winter storm. So far, about one third of this awesome shore-hugging walking path between Buccaneer and Secret Cove has been reconditioned. Its strong association with the good energy of the sea makes the Seaside Trail one of Paya Bay's most spiritually impactful features. I've found that it's impossible to walk this trail mindfully and not emerge from the experience spiritually transformed in a very positive way. Facing west, this trail's energy is particularly powerful right before and during the sunset hours. I'm thrilled we're getting the Seaside Trail completely back online!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

dance church

Dance Church is a freestyle dance event at Paya Bay Resort where participants are encouraged to "dance their spirit." Those who surrender to the music will soon experience the blissfulness of no longer dancing, but rather *being danced* by Spirit. Sundays, 2-3:30 PM at the Ananda Pavilion, Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras. "Dance like noboby is watching."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

twisted internet stuff

How President Obama would look...

...with Kim Jung Un's new haircut (and new eyebrows)

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Recent racism- and religion-related events around the world should be raising the eyebrows of anyone paying attention. When will we humans realize that it is precisely our incredible diversity that makes our miraculous existence on this precious, one-in-a-billion planet so awesome? It's high time we, a conscious, hyper-intelligent species, leave behind the limiting stupidity that is racism.

Rodney King's immortal words 23 years ago are still seared in my psyche (and, I suspect, the psyches of many from my generation):


Don't stay silent in the face of any form of racism. Make it known that you have absolutely no tolerance for it. Say it: "Not only is your racist joke not funny, dude, it's deeply offensive to me." This is one of the most effective actions we can take as individuals to help eradicate this toxic virus from human consciousness.

Friday, February 20, 2015

the great sargasso invasion of 2015

Winter in the Caribbean is characterized by a series of cold fronts that burst out and quickly seep down from the hyper-frigid Arctic every couple of weeks or so. The fronts, known locally as "Northers," unload most of their cold fury on the landmass of North America, warm up significantly as they cross over the relatively tepid waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and enter the Caribbean region a mere shadow of their former bone-crackingly cold selves.

The seasonal visits of the Arctic air masses typically begin affecting the Caribbean region in mid October, occur most frequently during the months of December thru February, but can show up as late as March. As mentioned, the bodies of cold air lose a lot of their chill and oomph as they slide into the warmth of southern latitudes, yet upon arrival in the tropics they can (and do) cool ambient temps noticeably (when a Norther is blowing it can get as "cold" as 65 degrees Fahrenheit [18 Celsius] at night here in Roatan). The encounter between the visiting Arctic air and the resident moist, tropical air invariably results in at least a couple of days of rainy, stormy weather as the front moves through.

This winter, the storm events produced by the Northers have been followed by unusually large  "invasions" of Sargasso seaweed. Literally, millions of tons of sargasso weeds have been pushed by waves from the winter storms from the Atlantic Ocean into the Caribbean Sea basin (and unto our beaches and seashore). While an unusually high volume of this particular species of seaweed may be a cyclical phenomenon, one can't help but wonder if this strange occurrence isn't yet another eerie 'canary in the mineshaft' result of global climate change.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.