After a good nights sleep in our rented tent, we awoke to find breakfast. All the food stalls were supplying organically grown produce, mainly vegetarian and some raw.
The food was delicious and highlighted the importance of good food. Reducing the consumption of meat is not just a craze or a fashion, it is a healthy and more sustainable way to live.
Following breakfast I attended a chakra opening workshop, which used forms of yoga to activate the seven main chakras. Again, with an open heart and mind I fully submerged myself in the workshop. One part of the workshop involved finding a partner with which to work the heart chakra. The facilitator explained that this particular activity is one to open the heart and improve relationships.
I found a male partner, we placed our hands on each others’ hearts and looked directly into each others eyes whilst taking deep relaxing, trusting breaths.
It was unbelievable the connection that this created. Taking a complete stranger and sharing this intimate experience really does open the heart and emphasizes compassion. You are able to see yourself and truly feel the depth of a human connection, embracing my fears of judgement and allowing this moment to absorb into my field of consciousness.
Without having said a word to one another, this previous stranger and I; now had a profound connection . The simple art of allowing this to occur without judgement seemed to enable each of us to open to the experience and feel each others space and develop confidence.
The workshop progressed to a group activity involving five separate smaller groups chanting a different tone or beat. Each group chanted their particular routine and then slowly intermingled, continuing to chant as we all walked among each other. This developed into a highly energized coming together of power and connectedness. The energy I felt during this exercise was intense and very difficult to explain.
The entire experience was very special and highlighted the importance of human connection, the presence of a higher energy and the depth of human experience.
We are much more than a physical body and a set of circumstances, you simply need to learn to connect to that depth.
Here in Costa Rica, they don’t have a military. (I was going to stop writing there, as that’s really all the info you need, however…..) The United States has a military that costs $1.4 trillion a year. Costa Rica is one of the happiest nations on the planet. Speaking to a local, he says he is free, liberated, because of there being no army.
If every country needed no army we would surely be in heaven.
I have been treated to a night at a Spa. Once I set off for the spa I will be turning off my phone and disconnecting from the grid. I am seriously addicted to my devices. It is my source of news, entertainment and life line.
Despite this I am sure it’ll be a great relief to be ‘free’ from technology, even for this short time. Maybe it will encourage longer times away from technology in the future.
Whilst sat in the sunshine, alone in Tofino with no distractions other than my own thought patterns, I once again raised the question, “what do I want?” This question has so many connotations. What do I want to do, what do I want to be, what do I want my life to look like, what do I want to do for fun, what do I want to do today. So many questions that always leave me lost and confused. Then it dawned on me. What I really want is to be free of all those questions. It’s the questions that confuse me. We can not possibly know what we will be doing later or what we are going to do tonight. There are too many variables that can get thrown into the mix to even contemplate in too much detail. So in the simplest terms, I want peace, peace from the constant internal questioning of what I want. When all the wanting subsides, I am merely left with tranquility and contentment. The next simple want or need will become apparent at the moment it is required and the repetitive self questioning need be no more.
So from this minor insight I will try to stop wanting to know the answer to my wants and just bask in the simplicity of the peace that currently surrounds me here in this beautiful moment. Remain clear; stop asking!