San Ignacio, Belize
Lazy Rainy Days. The rainforest is so beautiful as the rain pours through the canopy, I haven’t had any days in Belize without a bunch of stuff to do…it was nice to relax and get some work done while staying in my pajamas all day (my comfy pants, my pajamas are boxers…can’t imagine sleeping in pants.)
I spent today gathering some information for the organic products that I have been using, compiling them into a database for possibly selling them on Grassfed Marketplace, the online store that is going to be under construction this winter. I want to be able to provide people with clean products, directly from the consumer without the huge retail markups that usually turn people away from buying the best things on the market. The main factor is education, if people know why they should take certain supplements, or avoid certain toxic household products, chances are they will spend the extra few dollars to use natural things but the crazy markups scare people away. I like to make the comment that either you spend it now on healthy products and clean food, or give it to a cancer doctor in 30 years, you decide.
I try to find a happy medium of being in tuned to the current world situations without allowing it to consume my whole mind and steer me from my current mission, today I looked a little but into the NoDAPL cause. The Dakota Access Pipeline will rip through a Native sacred ground. It is really upsetting to know that what little Native American land there is, continues to be destroyed in the name of corporate interests…complete lack of respect for sacred ground to make a profit. I am taking part in a massive postcard mail in to the government to petition the continuation of the project. Check out my Facebook page for more info.
Days like these are days that I have to keep somewhat busy or I start to get homesick, not being able to see friends or family can be a little hard sometimes. Most of the time I don’t think about it because I am surrounded by new friends but if I stay in my room, sit on the computer or don’t do anything productive I begin to feel like I am wasting time. I am only in this situation for another month, my duty is to learn everything that I can and soak up as much information as possible while I have nothing else on my plate.
I have really lucked out with the amazing people at the lodge, the staff has taken me in as a new member of their family with open arms. I am learning a lot about Belizean culture and the ways of life in this tropical paradise. Things are so much different than in America, I think that it is a much better way to live…no rushing around everywhere or sitting in traffic. Just like Angus says, “L-I-V-I-N” just living life the way it should be. I can’t wait to be able to show my friends what they are missing out on.
The afternoon was full of rain, showers, rain, and more rain. Typical rainy season in Belize. I enjoy listening to the drops hit the tin roof, ever since we had our cabins in Missouri it has always been one of my favorite sounds. One thing about Belize is with the humidity in the air, you have to be careful about having books and paper outside, even if it doesn’t get directly wet…the humidity will warp hardcover books. I used this as my excuse to cut my studying short, I need to be working on my NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) exam prep…I am going to take the test around the first of the year when I get back to Dallas. This is a very long process, I have to learn every bone, muscle, body system, and much more. Although difficult, the information is so useful that I will definitely benefit from learning it.
I had planned on going up to Cristo Rey Village to meet Suzi the acupuncturist, she lives on the same road as Mary so it is not too far away but the idea of walking down and back up that big driveway in 3 days’ worth of mud was not something I wanted to do today. I hope to go down and meet with her this coming week, in my time here I want to experience all of the different types of healing that I can. I tend to be afraid of needles but I think that is more subconsciously not liking what they would be injecting me with, since these are small needles without a syringe on the backside, I think I would be a lot more comfortable with the idea.
I have been hearing all about the “Purge”, Belizean form of detox. I purchased some of the infamous senna leaves a few weeks ago but have been cautious to brew them into tea. Supposedly a few glasses of the tea will send you to the toilet in no time. I have heard that sometimes it flushes you out too much, sending the good gut bacteria out with it so I decided to only drink a little bit. I had a glass and saved a glass for a later time. I figured it wasn’t a good idea to have a bunch before getting up at 5:30 tomorrow to go to Belmopan.
I am being picked up at 6:30 to go to Belmopan for BTIA fair, I was originally informed that it was taking place today, but correct info showed Saturday, November 5th. Beth, Mary, and I are going to set up a booth for Pro-Organic Belize to promote our cause in front of a wide variety of tourism companies. BTIA is the Belize Tourism Industry Association so there is no way to know the variety of people that will be there. Along with marketing Pro-Organic and our Cayo co-op, I always have a good chance to spread the word about The Grassfed Way.
Another fun day in Belize, this one not as exciting but every day teaches me lessons that help me gain patience, grow as a person, and expand my knowledge of natural healing. Tomorrow is a new day, new adventures, and a new chance to be better than I was today. Every day I try to better myself and help myself achieve my dream of living healthy and allowing others to do the same.