San Ignacio, Belize
The Lodge has such an incredible herb garden so I have made it a new goal to make fresh tea every morning, this morning I harvested some mint leaves and brewed up a batch to take to class with me.I am getting into a bit of a schedule now that I have been here for over a month, Wednesday mornings mean metaphysics class with Randy. He swings by in front of the lodge around 8:30 and we head to the Ashram, this morning my friend Marissa was with him…she had been here a few weeks ago and went to Guatemala for 3 weeks. She was just back for a day so we hopped out and walked to the Ashram and Randy went down the road to pick up Mary. We had a nice chat about each of our adventures, she is one of my favorite people that I have met since I have been here, she is from Portland and I plan to go see her when I am in the PNW next.
I am getting into a bit of a schedule now that I have been here for over a month, Wednesday mornings mean metaphysics class with Randy. He swings by in front of the lodge around 8:30 and we head to the Ashram, this morning my friend Marissa was with him…she had been here a few weeks ago and went to Guatemala for 3 weeks. She was just back for a day so we hopped out and walked to the Ashram and Randy went down the road to pick up Mary. We had a nice chat about each of our adventures, she is one of my favorite people that I have met since I have been here, she is from Portland and I plan to go see her when I am in the PNW(Pacific Northwest) next.
Metaphysics class is a very open environment for any conversation regarding life on earth or even the infinite life that we all journey through, there’s no telling where we will head up when 10 people start talking their opinions on life and death. Randy does a really good job at teaching extremely complex things in a way that most people can understand and evaluate, I have learned a lot from him in the past few weeks that I have been going.
After class we got dropped off at Suzie’s house, she is a healer with a focus in reflexology and acupuncture. We were a bit early so we took a quick adventure to Jeffrey The Coconut Man. He had a fully set up coconut oil factory in his back yard, I was amazed to see the making of a product I use everyday. He sells cooked and raw oil, coconut water, shavings, and more. I was in awe. We were only there for a second but he invited me back to learn about the process. We walked back towards Suzie’s as it got closer to 1.
I did not have a treatment done today, but I witnessed my first acupuncture session when Mary was worked on. Small needles were strategically placed throughout her body from big toe to tip of head, I was amazed by the precision and elegance that they were inserted. Mary mentioned that she only really felt one of the needles out of all 20 or so that went in. Mary was much different after the session; she is always in a good mood but afterward she seemed more energetic for sure. I am considering getting treatment from her before I go home but I am not sure how I feel about needles, there are needleless forms but I’m not sure what I will do yet.
Mary and I walked down the driveway to her house, we had an afternoon of working on our book ahead of us. We started with a nice lunch that sparkle had ready: veggie chili, lettuce-less salad(avocado, tomato, cucumber, edible flowers, carrots), kale and spinach salad, and a blogo and pineapple smoothie. I am yet to have a bad meal at their place, always vegan and always delicious. I can’t wait to show some of her recipes in the book next year.
We finished eating and went out to their covered patio and dug through dozens of cookbooks and flash drives full of recipes, needless to say we are at the beginning stages of planning. We made progress on the project and are one step closer to being done. After an hour or so we decided to go on an adventure hike towards the river, or shall I say what was the river. There was no water and she mentioned that there had only been water there a few times since they have been here. There were pools everywhere with beautiful waterfalls, but rumor has it a farmer directed the water to his farm for hydropower and it stopped the flow so it was barren.
I got my normal ride back at 5 o’clock, the workers next door pass in front of the lodge so I always just hop in the back of the truck with the other guys. There are various ways to hold on while you go through subpar roads and hills: Sit on the gas can at the front and hang on to the cab(max 2 people), hang on to the tailgate and side while sitting on back corner(but make sure to hold on right becuase the tailgate might open), or do what I did and just sit on the floor of the truckbed and hold on tight. We went away from Mary’s house and it started to rain, I usually don’t care about getting wet but my computer and notebooks were in my backpack and I didn’t have an emergency plastic bag like I should’ve. It only sprinkled for about 5 minutes and it stopped. I hopped out at the lodge decently damp and went in for dinner.
Eggs, spinach, fruit and toast left me nice and full, I made some Passionflower tea and relaxed for the evening. I am excited to have learned a bit of a new healing modality today, I am broadening my view for alternative healing every day that I am here.
Tomorrow is Garifuna day at the house of culture, Mary and Sparkle invited me along with them for the day. The best days are when I just go where they have set up, it is always a new adventure that leads to meeting more new incredible people.