La Vida Sencilla

I have entitled this post as La Vida Sencilla meaning “the simple, uncomplicated life”.  That is exactly how these past two weeks have been.  At times it felt as though time stood still allowing me to bask in the simple pleasures.

My daily routine in La Manzanilla is very low key: wake up around seven and make my way to coffee machine at eight.  Sit on the balcony with cup of delicious coffee looking out over the bay and listening to the deep groan of the ocean.

gorgeous view from balcony

gorgeous view from balcony

Daily walks along the three mile long beach are a must, usually with a stop at the half way mark for a slurpie margarita or a cold beer. Lunch or dinner is eating down on the beach.  The avocados and shrimp are absolute amazing, succulent and fresh.

On Sunday Leah, her friends and hosts (Linda & Claude) and I had a lovely brunch at a hotel on the beach.

Food for Royalty

Food for Royalty

A "simple" quesadilla and cold beer.

A “simple” quesadilla and cold beer.

Then onMonday I went to Melaque with Leah.  It was a thirty minute bus ride and cost 15 pesos.  One Canadian dollar is about 13 pesos.  We poked around town – always fun – and then had lunch on the beach before we headed back on the bus at three in the afternoon.  The Margarita hour was approaching!

That means a walk down to the beach to watch the sunset over the ocean and sip on margaritas served over shaved ice.

Golden ball sinks into oceanic

Golden ball sinks into oceanic

And now it is my last night here in La Manzanilla where there is no post office,  no bank and where the pace truly allows one to savour the moment.  We (Leah,Linda, Claude & I) walk down to Palapa Joe’s for drinks, guacamole and some fabulous music.

Always welcomed!

Always welcomed!

Zoë, you would have loved it.  I leave for the wintery north of New York.  It will be quite a change but spent in the company of a very dear friend from my student days in Spain.

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Winter? Tropical Summer?

imageThe next step to my round of adventures was arrival laView from my bedroomte Saturday, the 6th of December in Calgary with an overnight at a hotel near the airport.  Sunday morning I boarded a shuttle bus with a view of a beautiful full moon about to set as seen in this photo where it is “resting” on the outstretched arm of a crane.

It is always a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that modern travel catapults me from below zero temperatures to plus thirty in less than five hours with scenery such as the view from my bedroom window of verdant nature and the blue ocean beyond.   I try to imagine people making the same journey one hundred years ago.  In spite of my love for travel and adventure, I am not convinced that I would have happily embarked on such a journey.

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But here I am with every intention of making the most of these beautiful surroundings!

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NEXT …

On Monday, the first of December, I took a train to Ottawa.  It was wintery in St.Foy and no more balmy upon my arrival in Ottawa.  I love travelling by train.  To sit back in a comfortable seat which also allows one to get up and move around is luxury.  Stefan was waiting for me with his usual beaming smile and gave me the bear hug that I always associate with him.  I bathed in the waves of love … We dropped off my suitcases with my Airbnb hostess, Karen McHarg, and went to a Mexican restaurant on Elgin Street for dinner.image

The week in Ottawa was wonderful.  I got to see Stefan every day with the exception of one and enjoyed every moment that we spent together: visiting his digs, sampling different restaurants, applying for our EU passports and generally hanging out.  I even managed two visits to a yoga studio to which Karen introduced me.  Karen and her dog, Sandy, were one of a kind.  She made me feel like one of the family and watching the exchange between her and her dog, Sandy, was unique.  I have never seen a dog interact with its master as those two did.  It was all wonderful.  I truly appreciated the effort that Stefan made to stay in touch every day and now it was time to move on.  I went to the airport on Saturday evening, the 6th of December,  had one more dinner with Stefan before boarding my flight for Calgary.  Thank you Stefan for a most memorable visit!

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Magical Day

What a magical day I was blessed with today. Through the parted curtains I viewed a totally white winter scene before scurrying down stairs for breakfast.
After a light and quick breakfast Stephan drove Carla, Afra, Felix and me into Old Québec.  imageWe parked in the citadel and walked past field stone manorial homes, some still serving as private residences but many turned into museums and civic buildings.  The whole scene was truly magical. Not only was it wintery imageWinter Scenebut all the Christmas decorations that festooned the trees and buildings added an air of festivity.
We had a lovely brunch at L’Omelette,

At Restaurant

At Restaurant

Musical Santas

Musical Santas

Two gorgeous People

Two gorgeous People

after having attended an Anglican church service. Then a visit to Morrin Centre, a beautiful manorial centre with an amazing library.

Then It was off to a Christmas Market with a very authentic Santa Claus, hot wine, food and music.

 

 

 

 

 

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Manifestations

Wow, I simply have to take some time and list all the fabulous gifts that have come to me this past month.
First of all I found a beautiful person to live in my home while I travel and play abroad. Then I had a great week to re-organize all my affairs for my absence. It was in the apartment of a friend who was absent and invited me to stay at her place and the plus is that it was in my building so I could access my storage and take out, consider and either pack or return to storage. Next came the offer from a friend to stay in her home during her absence. This allowed me to relax, withdraw, entertain my next move and then act.
I flew from Vancouver to Quėbec City. At least that was my plan but upon arriving in Toronto, the continuing flight was cancelled. I was able to manifest a helpful traveller with my wifi connection, then a complimentary hotel stay for the night at the Marriott. After that I had an amazingly helpful driver take me to a train statin although he operated a shuttle service from the hotel back to the airport.

Now I am on a train heading for Québec City.  I  was assisted by a very helpful ViaRail employee on the shuttle into Montreal’s central station; my luggage was taken checked in for the long train ride; I was assigned a seat in the “comfort” section although I had paid economy class fare … So many lovely helpful people; so many amazing events and experiences!

I am truly blessed and grateful!

Just a little warning … I have not blogged for a very long time.  The WordPress platform looks alien so it will take me a few tried to once more become familiar with the various features and options.  I am delighted that you are here, dear reader, but I ask for your patience and understanding while I make my way into the familiar.  There will be more news and, hopefully, many photos to record the various happenings.  Until the next time … CIAO

 

 

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Under The Piano

It has been some time since I posted a blog.  Initially I followed the advice of the savvy internet gurus who recommended that a blog can only be successful if it contains new material regularly; regularly meant at least once a week.  I took this to heart and posted regularly, sometimes from a truly inspired position but many times not.  Then I decided that I would write and share only when it was meaningful and effortless.  In other words when an inspiration would flow naturally.

On the 7th of March I had an amazing experience.  I crawled under a grand piano onto some lovely silk fabric and rested my head in a nest of luxurious silk pillows.  At the keyboard Craig Addy started to play as I settled in for a magical experience called Under the Piano.  Although I had done this once before it was over four years ago and I could not really remember much about it other than the fact that it too had been magical.  And anyway, that was then and this was now and I just wanted to immerse myself in the present sensations.

Sensations?  Wow.  I flew like a bird.  I floated like an angel.  I was in a different realm.  I was out of my body.  I was weightless.  I was being caressed from inside out.  Not only was I able to experience the magical effect of the sounds and vibrations while under the piano; they appear to be etched into the very cells of my soul, reverberating from the core of me out into the universe; waves of sensation rather like a tuning fork diminishing but eternal like an echo.

The music that Craig played for me is all around me right now because he records each session and makes the music available.  And each time that I listen, that tuning fork is drawing back those sensations and having a continually amazingly soothing effect on me.  The same effect as initially?  I cannot really say.  Is every kiss the same? Every hug?  I gravitate to the recording because my soul craves that magical reverberating, that internal caress.

I wrote about this experience Under the Piano several days ago but was not totally satisfied.  I felt that there was more to be said. A dear friend (and skeptic) has revealed to me what I believe that “missing bit” really is.

First of all one needs to relax totally while under the piano; to surrender all thoughts and feelings that may be going on in the mind and allow the heart to take over.  It takes a great deal of courage for modern western man to surrender to the feelings and emotions that are normally under many layers of the conscious mind.  That can make one very vulnerable.  Modern man does not generally like to be vulnerable.

Yet surrendering, letting go, being vulnerable is the fulcrum of every self-help, personal growth program.  To surrender to what is; to the awareness of now which is where true power lies, as Eckhard Tolle tells us is the secret of happiness.  And this is exactly what happens while the body, Under the Piano, is absorbing the vibrations; allowing the music to wash and infiltrate the body and spirit.  Upon crawling out from Under the Piano there is only JOY!

In this busy world the media and advertising direct our focus to our bodies.  We go to gyms and spas; we diet; we work out.  And yet there is more and more evidence that the body is a reflection of the mind and spirit.  This is not only a message from Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer but more and more hard-core scientists are coming to the same conclusion.  Yet how many of us take our mind and spirit to the gym or spa or nourish it with good healthy organic ingredients?

Julian Treasure, a master of sound, who has given numerous presentations on Ted Talks crawled under that same piano a few days ago and allowed Craig’s music to create magic, no doubt personal and therefore different from mine but nevertheless cathartic and ethereal. Here is his testimonial: Under the Piano with Craig Addy

Show your mind and spirit how much you love them.  Crawl Under the Piano and let Craig Addy reveal to you your true inner self, your angelic higher self.

And here are a few sample playings and testimonials: Under The Piano

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Under the Piano

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LOA

LOA, the Law of Attraction, is now such a common expression in the western world but I wonder how many really believe in it or adhere to it.  In September of 2012 I went on an amazing trip to Europe and I know that I attracted the whole experience.  In other words, the Law of Attraction went to work on my behalf.

What is interesting here is that when we get an idea, have a wish or a desire then we want to take control on the how and this is where we stumble or said more directly, we get in the way and it does not come into our life.

My desire to go to Europe was very general.  And suddenly I was made an offer that I could not refuse.  Accommodation and the use of a vehicle just dropped into my lap … All I needed to do was purchase an airline ticket that would get me there and back.

Ten days into the trip I “left” my wallet behind.  I did not lose it; it was not stolen; I simply forgot it on a step where I had been sitting.  Upon realizing what I had done, I was very careful in my choice of words, even in my head.  In my mind’s eye, I saw the wallet back in my possession.  I gave thanks to the person that found it and gave it to the police. Furthermore, I gave permission for the money to be taken.  The money was the least of my concerns as I had passport, driver’s licence, credit and debit cards and other sundry items in the wallet.  I had no idea how the wallet was going to make its way back to me.  I simply knew that it would.  And it did!

During the time from the absence of the wallet until its return, which was about sixty hours, I kept reminding myself of the Pray Rain clip that I had heard from Jeannette Maw. I simply focused on the end result!  And this is probably the most difficult part. Remember I said at the beginning that we want to take control and design the how.  It is a tall order to tell an adult conditioned by life in the western world not to go there.  But that is the key to manifesting, to making the Law of Attraction kick in.  Just relish in the feeling that you are going to experience when it does show up and stay with that feeling.

Good luck and may all your wishes, dreams and desires come to fruition!  That is my wish for you for this new year.

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The Labyrinth

I started this entry by saying “good morning beautiful world” but since I am posting it well into the afternoon, that statement no longer applies.

Last week, exactly a week ago today, a dear friend told me about a labyrinth in a neighbourhood church that I knew nothing about.  Curiosity took me there and I had a wonderful calming experience walking through it.  It was actually such a pleasant experience that I have been going every morning since then.

As I walked the labyrinth today I had several powerful revelations come to me … AHAs that totally overwhelmed me.  Now if you are a skeptic, you may say that I willed those thoughts into my head but believe me when I say that they truly did come a source outside of me.

Recently, on my birthday, I discovered or perhaps should say learned about and connected with my Essential Silent Partner.  We all have one of those but may give different names to them: soul, inner being, higher intelligence.  The title does not matter but what does is the connection.  And that is absolutely divine!  Personally I love the name Essential Silent Partner (ESP).  It includes me in this role of creator of my life; this is team work and we are a powerful team, my ESP and I … as you and your ESP are!

My First AHA: As I was walking in the labyrinth this morning my ESP lovingly talked to me and said that I do not need to keep asking.  I have placed my order and the Universe has received it.  It always does.  All I need to do is to believe, to trust that it is coming just like my dinner order in a restaurant.  It is not necessary to keep reminding the waiter that I have placed an order.  I need to embody this trust much the same way that I trust the path of the labyrinth even when I am walking it backwards.  I may need to stop and sometimes even to step aside to allow another to pass by but I will always get there; get to the centre.

The universe is abundant and since I am one with and a part of the Universe, then by simple deduction, I too am abundant.  As an aside, or perhaps not, I had a very strong urge to make a donation to the church for the maintenance of the labyrinth. I have a one hundred dollar note in my wallet and I felt the strong urge that this one hundred dollar note should be given away because it is in this act that I demonstrate my trust, that there is so much more coming to me.  It is the walk in the talk.

I would like to mention here that this $100 is not extra cash; it is not discretionary income.  My present resources are limited and this money was ear-marked to pay some bills. This gesture was somewhat like the drowning swimmer who is told by the lifeguard to stop thrashing, to relax, to let go and to allow the lifeguard to do his work.

My Second Aha: For some time now I have been trying to feel the presence, the connection with dearly beloved who have made their transition from the physical world.  My father is one of these “spirits”.  I had a very strong connection with my father when he was alive.  I think that it would be fair to say that he was truly my role model and my life’s accomplishments are a result of his examples.

The church housing the labyrinth is called St. Paul’s.  For some reason I had never really paid any attention to this fact.  And now, as I walked the labyrinth, it occurred to me that my father, whose name was also Paul, had to be with me in spirit.  How appropriate that I was having this experience of Peace, Love and Joy in a place with my father’s name and this thought infused me with unconditional love.

Just to back-track a little, as I walk into the centre of the labyrinth, I have been using the mantra “I release all limiting and negative thoughts from my consciousness”  and then as I am walking our I mentally say to myself:  I am pure joy, I am unconditional love”.  As I go through the day I remind myself of this unconditional love that I claim to be especially when a street person with very foul body aromas plumps himself beside me on a bus.  Like the devout Catholics with their “Hail Mary full of grace …” I keep repeating in my head “I am unconditional love” and paste a grin on my face that I hope is not too revealing of the struggle that I am having about us all being one.

Well I actually have a real live target upon whom to practice my “unconditional love”.  I have a friend who at times irritates me dreadfully.  I know that this is my issue but the lack of patience and irritation invariably surfaces when I am in her presence.  Each time I remind myself that here is a perfect opportunity to “walk the talk” but I rarely succeed.  Today, I was instructed to invite her to come to the labyrinth.

Even though the labyrinth is a very recent practice in my, life it has become a sacred ritual for me.  The walk to the church allows me to focus and centre my thoughts.  It prepares my mind and spirit for the walk inside the labyrinth.  And after the walk I love to sit quietly on a bench outside and to reflect on the experiences, the thoughts, the emotions that occurred during the past thirty minutes.  This is a routine that I do not wish to alter and the presence of this friend may be like a stick poked into the blades of a moving fan.

And yet, I have an inner knowing that if I place challenges before me, possibly necessitating modifications to my routine, the whole experience may, in fact, be enriched.  So I have made a resolve to invite this friend today!

The Final Aha: I was actually out of the labyrinth when the most powerful revelation came to me.  I was putting on my shoes and as I did this, I reached for the amulet that I always associate with my mother.  This is a rose quartz pendant that my mother wore in the last years of her life and as her care-giver I clearly remember seeing it on a gold chain about her neck.  When my mother passed away this pendant was a reminder of her.  Although I did not wear it, the pendant was always with me, either in my pocket or on me in some other fashion and I “worried” it much in the same fashion that men in the Mediterranean region handle worry beads or Catholics pass a rosary through their fingers.  While trying to find a connection with my mother, I used the presence of this object, which was once so much a part of her, as the conduit to her.

As I was reaching for this amulet in my pocket, I could not find it.  At this precise moment a very clear message came to me that there was not need for a “trinket” in order to have a connection with her.  This was such an all- encompassing feeling.  There was such a strong surge of love and I felt my mother’s presence more strongly than I have in a very long time.  As I sat on that bench in the sunshine, outside the church, I realized that the pendant could be put to rest.  When I arrived home I placed it in a small chest with some other treasures of mine because I realized that her spirit is not in that rose quartz amulet.  It is in my heart!

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Love what you do …

If you cannot do what you love then try to love what you do.  This is actually not as difficult to do as it may sound and the results are pure magic.

In every conceivable situation there is something that you can be happy about or love.  You can start with something very simple like the colour of the paint on the wall of your work-place.  Laugh if you like but then try it.  When you find yourself focusing on something unpleasant at your place of work just look at the colour of the paint on the wall … really look at it … or smell the scent of the soap in the washroom … If you really focus on it you will find yourself shifting away from the unpleasantness.

Make this practice a habit so that it will become second nature to you and just watch how much better you feel and now the synchronicity kicks in … This is the key to the magic.  You are promoted to a different department; you see an advert for the job of your dreams;  a head-hunting firm contact you … the possibilities are endless.

Just focus on the pleasant and not on the unpleasant … make it your daily intention to see something, anything, positive.

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