|At the graveyard on the way to Tenejapa.|
These are Mayan crosses which predate Christianity
|In the caves of Arcotete|
|A show "Pakal" - the last great Mayan king|
|At the Orcquideria in San Cris|
|The Church of our lady of Guadalupe|
in San Cristobal de las Casas
|These are political statements and|
all are blown up as "Judases" on the night
|Bromeliads growing at Huitepec|
|Several beautiful queens of|
The Primera (spring) festival
|Stalactites at Parque Arcotete|
|Entering the caves at Arcotete|
|The graves in Chamula - with doors|
to open during Dia de las Muertos
when the dead come back to visit. Mexico
has such a different approach to death
|Rabanos (radishes) at the market in|
|The hat of the officals of Tenejapa|
with background of the typical textiles of this town
|Many of the women of Tenejapa have|
this type of braid
|Street art in centro|
|Impossible to photograph the people but|
this shows their native clothing - a feast
for the eyes at every corner
So, back to my intentions. In San Cris I went to at least one yoga class everyday and sometimes two. I finally can do Chataranga correctly without plopping down on my belly at least one or two times a class and working up to more and as you can see from my picture....also Urdhva Danurasana. I hope to keep this up in SMA and develop a practice of my own as we travel.
My second intention of creativity daily was jump started when I heard about "Sketchbook Skool" an online 6 week course, with a different instructor each week with videos of lessons, motivation and homework. Many of us posted pictures on their website of our work as well as Facebook and it has been a wonderful way to learn and develop a practice. In addition we are taking another 6 session free class on drawing technique that also has homework and a bonus gift if we do it all. You know me...I am great at following direction so am doing all my homework which means I am doing something creative everyday. Just walking around this town and some of the surrounding towns is creative in itself as the color and design of nature and craftspeople gives many gifts to the eyes. Last week I purchased some shawls in the indigenous town of Zinacantan which I will cut apart and make into something - not sure what as yet.
|First day of "skool"|
|Casa de Te|
|The roof garden of Teresa's house|
|Linda, Victor, Mona, Vernon - from Ajijic, MX|
|Erin and Phillip (we knew from SMA)|
|Miguel, Bridgette (from Normandy, FR)|
and Patricia and Oscar from Merida, MX
|Kristen, our guide Alex and Linda|
Tamales in Tenejapa
|Friends from SMA in San Cris -|
Yogesh, Katia and Sally
Traveling through this part of our world has not only brought back memories of my childhood, but has added something new to my spirit and maybe the way I see the world today. I have said for a long time that things are never what they appear to be, that always there is another side or dimension and here in Chiapas one can't help but see that maybe something else is going on that I cannot explain.
When I was younger visiting my grandparents in Guatemala which borders Chiapas, and has the same Mayan spirit, I saw things differently than I see them today. What a difference age makes. I now see with older eyes versus those of a youth and a spoiled one indeed, I was. Here you see that belief can be very different than what you were taught to believe. Here the people are beings of kind spirit with respect for all living things which is an attitude that comes deeply to indigenous communities like these where nature and people are one and therefore all are better served.
I wish that I was a poet so I could better explain my feelings about what I sense about indigenous communities like theses in Chiapas and Central America. What has hit me the deepest is the strong sense of community in the villages - everybody has each other's back and nobody seems to goes hungry. What is most intriguing here is not just the extremely close family and community ties but their relationship with death. Nobody dies as long as they are remembered and here stories and connections go back generations where for me I have no further stories beyond my grandparents.
So, once again, thanks to everyone for traveling with us and we look forward to seeing many of our US friends and family in June/July of this year.