Saturday, March 6, 2010

Surviving in the city

After many weeks at the rancho of the Gonzales family out in the boondocks, suddenly life is in the city of La Paz.

At Punta Boca del Salado life is simple and natural.
With the Sea of Cortez on one side and long time friends on the other.
Pelicans patrolling the shore, whales coming up to breath and cows coming in from the mountains to drink water at the well.
The sun comes up and after some time the sun goes down.
The days seem uneventful.
And they are.
But that creates space to have in the spirit and the soul events happen.
To reflect, to meditate and to spiritually grow.
To use the peace and harmony of the location to become a little more complete.

In the city of La Paz life is not simple and not natural.
Compared to Punta Boca del Salado.
There are a million things going on around a visitor of the city.
Little events all asking attention.
Suddenly the capacity of absorbing impressions has to work at maximum level.
However, it is impossible to be aware of everything going on in a city with the consciousness that has been used in Punta Boca del Salado.
Too many impressions would tumble over each other in the consciousness all asking for attention eventually deeply confusing the innocent city-visitor.
Who then loses the inner centre and balance and will meet serious demons.

Hence, once in the city, a defense mechanism becomes active that starts to work as a filter.
A limit is placed on impressions allowed into the consciousness.
A terrible thing to do.
To deliberately lower the level of consciousness.
But one needs to survive in the melee of the city.
It makes no sense to get drunk, to buy useless things and have happy endings.
Empty activities nobody likes even to remember.

However, there is a trick to survive in a healthy way in the city.
This is to limit the amount of events to wish to become aware of.
But at the same time to focus on specific events and to give those the privilege to enter deep into the consciousness.
To be very selective.
To open for only one specific happening.
For only one specific person.
To have Punta Boca del Salado experiences in La Paz.


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