Friday, December 25, 2009

the energy on Dec 25th at Rancho Margot - CR

Feeling a deep energy.....not like low in energy but more like gathering the energy from the surrounding nature, it  has penertrated every cell of my being.  There is an amazing sense of peace and surrender.   This sense was pre-dominanat in the morning yoga practice and teaching.  i was in meditation when the class participants came in and silently joined the meditation...............after the practice when everyone was in savasana, i went into meditation, and the savasana ended up being very long.   As my awareness came back into the room and i opened my eyes, the class was in complete surrender............When teaching a class, i keep my energy on the participants, hence these two bursts of my own meditation while teaching a class was new.

At breakfast i observed how we all exist in our own centre.................for each of us our world is an individual world, created by us...............and when there is a conflict in the objectives and goals of the individual worlds, it results in bad energy, energy driven by anger, greed and self serving interests.

I sit by lake arenal, the volcano beyond the lake is quiet and silent, the sounds of the waves caressing the shore.....at this moment this is my world..............arenal is an active volcano, if it erupts what I have created as my world will change.  I will try and recreate my world, will it be from the past conditioning or will I be able to surrender to the new reality..............I take a deep breath in, bringing my awareness back into the moment  as I brush a red ant from my clothes.........with an exhale I let go of any further questions and wonderings.............sensing, to allow life to to provide the answers and the direction, surrender to the moment to receive them.

11 at night, Frederick, Reuben, Rigo and I are sitting by the bar, everyone has left, as Reuben picks a guitar and starts singing............what a voice and although I do not understand the words, Spanish sounds so romantic.......and now Rigo is strumming the guitar and singing........his singing sounds as soothing to the ear as his food does to the palette.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

when the day comes around

the union of souls that are operating in the same energy field is the most beautiful site to see and energy to feel.......and today is one of those days.............call it anniversary, a reminder or a day to give gratitude for what is.............much love and joy be shared by all as Asim and Kamila celebrate their union.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

From Rancho Margot - CR


surrounded by the energy of nature............i surrender the thoughts to this energy and pause...........i begin to see the thought behind the thought...............every moment of noticing turns into the moment of being...........i look up to see the horseback riders off on their adventure...............Caramelita wakes up and nuzzles her face on to my lap................i pause from the typing, as she wants to keep her face on my forearm...............and so be it, this is the moment.

Monday, December 21, 2009

as the life goes on at Rancho Margot - CR

the ranch tour, was an eye opener...............for 7 days i had been experiencing the ranch, not realizing what an amazing job the owner has done...............starting with a vision and bringing it into a reality..........every waste is transformed into energy, food for the animals or a product..........this includes the hot water flowing throught the pipes, and in the warm pool, the gas used in cooking............and haven written this, I find I am not doing justice to the scope of this work.................the work that continues to grow,,,,,,,,,,,

The early morning dips in the warm pool, before the yoga, brings a lightness to the practice.............as I surrender the class feels the energy and follow with their own surrendering............we have had people in the class who have never practiced yoga before.......the mountain, the trees the river and the singing of the birds.......gives all practioners the energy to flow, and surrender into their own practice.........evident in the final relaxation, the savasana pose............at one class, I had the guest Kari (sp), who requested yoga nidra.....as I guided her through the session, she surrendered so completely.........my connection with her energy was so pure, that I felt there was no body in the room, and when I opened my eyes and saw her lying on the floor, I was thrown off
.......for a couple of us, the morning session today, turned into an extended, beautiful session............each moment full of breath and connection.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

piano recital and yoga at rancho margot - CR

i was still walking on cloud nine  after the yoga practice of this morning, when Frederick offered to play the piano........what a delight, to both watch and hear him play.............watching his fingers weave music, as they float over the keyboard and seeing the contentment, peace and joy on his face.

Monday, December 14, 2009

a day at the rancho margot - CR

Rancho Margot after teaching the morning yoga, just as we finished  meditation Fred mentioned that the sound we were hearing was the toucan, perched high in the tree, and hidden amongst the leaves, we were able to spot it before it took flight.............

later that morning we watcheed how the fresh cheese is made, it was an interesting experience............what was even more fascinating was watching and participating in how the hand made soap is made at the rancho.........as i encouraged Mosco to add extra volcano rock for exfoliation, he also suggested he add the coffee ground...........we put in some ginger essential oil and lemon grass........just watching the creamy mixture come together as it was hand stirred,, the colour and texture was enticing enough for one to use the soap............the reuseability of the oil to make soap is just one of the many ways this ranch is helping the environment........stay tuned, more to come on this.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Joy, peace of mind and ease of well being - May always shadow you, Asim

My heart is singing, for now, for what was and what will be.  A present, which is a presence............the energy manifested in a baby, born 32 years ago.  The baby who turned me into a mother..........With much love, accompanied with my learning, and mistakes, I watched you grow............. you are an AMAZING son, and  a great human being.  My wish for today, on your birthday Asim, is that you continue to spread the unconditional love, created with trusting and complete acceptance of oneself.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

from monteverde to la fortuna - CR

On the unpaved road, shared by all modes of transportation, Ginette had a brief moment to take the picture of the oxen cart carrying sugarcane.  The camera belonged to Gail and Bill,  fellow travellers.............timing and a steady hand and in an instant the moment is captured.




Arenal view from the front yard of Casa de May, where I stayed

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Amongst the wordly glamour - Multiplaza in CR



As Ela and I sipped our coffee, we shared the changes that are occuring in our lives.......our last conversation had been sitting under the mango tree in Pacha Mama.  This time the energy around Ela was vibrant, flowing and it felt like she had grown out of physical limitations, both in body and location...........Ela spent four months in Europe, and conducted yoga workshops in Holland and Spain.  Commenting that the experience she had changed her life.   

It was a good sharing time, we laughed at ourselves, the limitations and obstructions created by thought..............discussed how yoga, when done with surrender and trust,  creates a stillness within, and the guidance comes, as a sense of knowing
..........can the body be the temple, and the guidance from within, the god one seeks............

Friday, December 4, 2009

The magic of Rancho Margot - CR



at the foothill of mount arenal.........the full moon brings energy............where the forms are separate, their energy one.............. this energy flows with no distinction between the you and I...........when the duality ends with the non-duality of existence ...........as ego and form drowns.

the moment passes and in wonderful company bread is shared...........Rigo, an amazing chef, uses the bountiful creation of the soil to prepare the food for the body and soul.

the birds have flown into the sky
as the last cloud drifts away,
we sit together, the mountain and me
until, only the mountain remains
Li Po


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rustic Lodge in Santa Elena, Monteverde - CR


The top of the table is a slab of rock, I am sitting at the table writing. All the furniture at this lodge is made by the owners, using branches and pieces of wood. The Rustic lodge, is a family run B&B, located in Santa Elena.
Jose is the family member that speaks good English and spent time showing us the grounds around his property. With all the benefits of modern communications, the trip to Monteverde feels complete after staying at this place, with a comfortable bed, cleanliness and delicious home cooked breakfast. We were offered tea and fresh cheese the night we got in.
The hummingbirds in the courtyard, Jose knew their song and as he whistled we soon saw the birds sweeping towards the feeder.
Last night dinner at the Don Juan restaurant, was well worth the price...........fresh cheese from the Monteverde cheese factory, and plantain and mango soup with a dash of cumin.....mmmmm