I really believe being in Oaxaca was part of my whole process of surrendering. Surrendering what I think my life is supposed to look like. Surrendering what I think I am supposed to do. Surrendering life as I know it. Being willing to be in the mystery and not knowing. Learning a new language was also a great lesson in surrendering. Surrendering looking good and knowing how. Learning a language is not easy for me and doesn’t come naturally. But I absolutely loved it.
I totally fell in love with Oaxaca. It was winter and it was warm, actually hot. Most of the time it was in the 90’s in the day. I loved walking to school. I loved all the jacaranda trees with their lavender blossoms often juxtaposed up against brightly colored bougainvillea trees. I loved the warmth of the people. I didn’t see many Americans or that many tourists really. It was very different than being in a beach town that caters to tourists for their sustainability. Oaxaca is a very pretty town and very clean. If I ever had a map in my hand people would come over to help me find whatever it was I was looking for. Everyone wanted to know where I was from and how long I would be there. I was met with open arms and open hearts. People were kind and never seemed to be judging. I loved the food. Oaxaca is known for great moles. It is also a town filled with lots of festive music and parades.
I never saw people rushing. They always had enough time. There was enough time to stop for a conversation. Enough time to listen to music or stop at the zocalo (town square). What I experienced was a culture and people who were deeply connected to their hearts and to the rhythm of life – of our mother earth. I feel so deeply grateful for this amazing experience and to all the people who deeply touched my heart. Coming home I have hundreds of loose ends to attend to. But instead of burying my head in work and not surfacing to breathe I am doing it differently this time. I am making it a priority to see my friends and share our heart connection and to say YES to life, YES to love!!!