to abolish the blockage that may proceed your intent.
And acknowledge your efforts which you indeed represent.
To have polished the essence within your being is heaven sent.
Yet while we keep it positive and front a smile for our friends.
Everyday we face an obstacle that topples all our strength.
Yet we find a way to make another day be new again.
hear the wisdom from your heart the mind’s the one which condescends.
As truth awaits you, truth escapes you through the way you circumvent.
Embrace the truth and face the falsities of life by praising him.
“Jai Ganesha Jai” Thank you for being so next to Kin.
Gana pata yei, Chanting the wisdom thats from within…
And within this time I have been here, I have been inspired to share my heart more and more openly each and every day. I am practicing self-love and it’s as if the more love I give to myself the more expansive my bliss becomes. Others who surround me feel that and reciprocate, giving love back to me. It boggles my mind a little with regards to how that works. Yet knowing how it works is unimportant. What is important is my choices everyday and the experiences it has drawn forth so far. And my calling upon Ganesha to remove all obstacles, setting intentions daily and living as if all has been made manifest is the result of this journey in Spain.
It took me about two days after arriving in Barcelona to have a deep present awareness that I am half way across the world once again. My first time across the Atlantic; which I dreamed away and awoke to landing here. I am couch surfing so I have never met my hosts, yet they treated me as if I was there favorite cousin; instantly apart of the family. They are a young husband and wife with their little one-year old boy. “Here is your bed. Here is some organic breakfast, lunch and dinner all prepared for you. Here let me take you around town. Oh and I need to breast feed the baby. He can take the left breast while you take the right if your thirsty!”
Well, the last sentence did not happened but boy this is how nurtured I felt! It’s so inspiring! I already have plans to build a home and include few lovely bedrooms for distant travelers to enjoy. In the mean time I offer support, give love, massages and try to enrich the space I am ever so grateful for. The wisdom from my heart knows the truth in giving; giving everything I can without the blockage of an impoverished mentality. What gifts can I give to the world? Spain, as you will read, has given me one very insightful gift.
The gift to see beyond the superficial.
An organic farmer in Mallorca told me:”Spain has weapons of mass destruction: Tourism” This is true and I have seen this destruction throughout the world. First is the weapon of mass deforestation: Agriculture. This well-meaning farmer did not realize that even he him self is a weapon to our own ecological imperative – to restore the earth. You may be wondering why I might be saying this about an organic farmer. I buy organic foods and I encourage others to do the same. In a sense, it is a lesser of two evils so to speak (I don’t believe in anything being ‘evil’). I could write a whole book on this topic just from my worldly experience. However, I would like to say that making money is much more a priority to farmers (organic or not) then restoring the ecosystem. I guess its just not awe-inspiring enough to switch our focus on healing the earth. Well it is for me, because of what I see.
My last night in Barcelona (just two days) was with a friend I met in Thailand who lives here and happily hosted me. She sent me off for the day to see Guell’s art work; an astounding masterpieceof bio mimicry in art that attracts people from around the world. Hmmm… People would take time off work, buy aticket, travel across countries, stay in a hotel and pay transport just to’see’ the beauty of Guell and Gaudi’s work. A great attractor pattern amongst other things that Barcelona is investing millions to complete. Imagine if we looked at nature with the same regard, instead in our own back yards, and invested these millions in functional sustainable design to take care of the earth, ourselves and each other. We use bio-mimicry in permaculture design. Except we go way beyond just looks; we are finding solutions to life sustaining developments. This cannot be said for tourist attractions. The complete opposite is true.
The next morning I head off to help develop that new kind of tourist attraction in Mallorca. This lovely island now literally rapped and pillaged by agriculture and tourism lies another beautiful soul who I also met in Thailand. Chef Mango aspires to create a little permaculture/ raw food/ yoga oasis in the middle of this little island to set forth an inspiring example of caring for the earth and its inhabitants. She certainly did that with me. The 10 days that followed was an inspiring time of daily explorations of the island and nightly conscious evolving with spiritual books and videos. I loved it and blissed out most of the time.
I say most of the time cause initially I felt the negative sly of her perception to life. Something I find quite challenging in my travels. I’m not all the time hanging out with blissed out raw food yogis everywhere I go. Many, I am meeting for the first time. The fellow I met in Valencia was a trip! An old bisexual man who was very nice to take me around and host me, yet kept insisting on giving me compliments and making sly sexual remarks about me. With positive intensions I enter these new adventures with optimism and to my surprise they have friends who smoke, or they want to go out drinking, eating junk food, or simple things like wanting to talk all day long. Not my style. However the pros significantly out weigh the cons: Its interesting how when traveling outside of tourist accommodations, not supporting the consumer lifestyle, you get a deeper sense of the countries roots and their people. I was taken all over Mallorca and parts of Valencia and not only do my hosts not charge me for my room, my travel about, my food, etc. they refuse to take my money when I offer it. And the other spectrum of taking taxi’s, staying at hotels and eating out not only asks for money, they demand it!
Being inspired or ‘in-spirit’ charges me each moment I remember where I am, how blessed I am and how I choose to be. And my final stopping point in Spain (Madrid) deeply taped a root that instilled a defining moment for me. After traveling 4 hours through the country side, seeing fields of Solar panels and Wind Turbines and thousands of acres of monoculture (mostly barley and wheatand rye) to enter into a large and heavily populated city being driven by this monoculture (an unfortunately not by alternative energy which only makes up 20%); I wondered if we will ever all wake up. Will people in Mallorca keep driving by the thousands of acres of Olive and Almond orchards abandoned (because it cost more to pick the trees then the market demands) to cities never wondering why their almonds come from California? Will the 20+ million unemployed Spaniards come to terms that money being the only source to provide sustenance for life should no longer be our imperative? Some doubtful parts of me think we need another 50 Hiroshima bombs to drop in different parts of the world to finallyget people to wrap their minds around what I see behind the ‘fun’ of tourism, or the ‘be rich and be happy’ fasad .
I am inspired by change. It’s is the only constant. We are improving no matter who slow it may seem. After teaching a chain smoking group of 15 women, seeing a 5 acre occupy garden in Valencia and hearing about city gardens blooming up from the waitress in Madrid and Barcelona at an organic raw food café, these affirmations have kept my fire bright. I just smile from the inside out, knowing that peace world-wide starts from inside. Here I am, all the way across the world and the journey I take, the inspiration I feel and the power to change resides all along in my heart. You can choose to feel yours too. Cause I believe in you…