My purpose in going to Peru was to experience more presence from the Earth’s beautiful energy. And simply to experience and be aware of more Life around me. And that’s just what happened. End of Blog.
But if you want a few more specifics, read on in all this spare time that I’m sure you have...
WHAT did I do? I arrived in Lima and spent a few days getting acclimated with the help of a friend who lives there. I then flew to Cusco, an ancient Inca City over 11,000 feet high. I spent over a week in the sacred valley hiking and seeing Machu Pichu. What a breathtaking, beautiful place filled with deep, ancient energy. The hikes I went on in the Sacred Valley were beyond peaceful. I wasn’t in a rush to conquer a mountain or finish a certain distance. I wrote some poetry, in which I’ll share at the end. I then went to the busy Amazonian town of Iquitos in the northeast part of the country. I met up with a small group of 4 people and prepared to go to the jungle. We spend over a week in the jungle with no electricity or running water, sleeping on mattresses on the floor in huts or malocas. We worked and healed with a shaman who I had previously worked with this past year in Colorado a few times and who I very much trusted. I did some ayahuasca healing and was able to connect even more with the Energy of Nature and the Earth. My experience was just what my whole body and being needed.
What I Loved: the food, the pace, the energy, speaking Spanish, the mountains, the adventure of traveling sola, the re-awakening to more of what/Who is important
What I learned: My mantra during the trip were two things: ‘It is what it is and what it is, is GOOD.’ And ‘show up, trust, let go.’ There were times I thought I would feel something differently when I was in a beautiful place but I felt kinda flat and tired. Accepting where I was, how I felt, whatever was happening helped. Even when things were challenging (the extreme heat, getting lost, getting sick, feeling overwhelmed), I was so grateful for the opportunity to be traveling, and to be experiencing more.
What Now? Well, it has been a wonderful shit show since I’ve been back and not the easiest of adjustments. I had this extreme feeling of overwhelm and culture shock. The general pace, values, and energy are quite different from Peru to Denver/US. Here, it’s do it faster/yesterday, do more, and numb/escape instead of slow down and just BE. Generally. It doesn’t have to be. I was in a minor car accident that has affected my physical health and brought a Lyme disease co-infection to the surface. It has caused me to slow down, cancel some work, and engage with my healing in new ways that actually makes me even more excited and passionate about healing and the expansiveness of how to do so (but trust me, it sucked like hell for about 10 days in bed!).
I press on, and continue to apply the mantras and lessons I was learning I took on in Peru.
SHOW UP, TRUST, LET GO. ACCEPT. BREATHE. REPEAT.
I’ll leave you with two poems I wrote while I was hiking and hanging out in beautiful nature.
BE. HERE. (HEAR).
Be here with the trees
Be here with the grass
Be here with the stones
Don’t let it all pass
Be here with the earth
Be here with the sky
Be here with the leaves
Don’t let it pass by
Be here with the River
Be here with the ground
Be here with the wind
Embrace all the sounds
Be here with the air
Be here with the sun
Be here with The Light
Be here with The One
Stay in the stillness a little longer. Wade in it. Bask in it. Soak it all in. Embody it.
Resist the urge to return to the seemingly pressing important matters....Release the desire for there to be more in that moment...
Stay longer than you think you can. Stay longer than you think you should.
And then... you bask in the ever-present True Rhythm of LIFE....
Until next time my friends...