Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for Jan 15, 2009

I may be a week behind most of you, having just returned from vacation, however, my guess is that the New Year energy is still circulating.
We have an amazing opportunity at this time on the planet, to create, grow, change and transform our lives.

As we have over the past few years, my family and I spent a couple of weeks in a very interesting Mexican village over Christmas. I always find it tricky to re-integrate into life back home after being in Yelapa, as it feels like sensory overload here.

Yelapa is a small fishing village, a 45 minute water taxi ride south of Puerto Vallarta and is on the equivalent of our First Nations land. The community of Yelapa has had electricity for 8 years and recently built a pier for the incoming visitors. Life is simple in Yelapa. There are three grocery stores, 2 in the bottom of the owners homes. When shopping, there are 2-3 kinds of cereal, one brand of milk and amazing fresh fruit and vegetables! There is one store to buy clothes and a couple of small shops. One internet café with three dial up computers service the tourists in the village. More and more households have TVs and personal computers, however, it is not unusual on a walk up river, to see a group of people, sitting outside, watching one TV or simply chatting.

Conversations, family and relationships are very important in Yelapa. Children and elders are appreciated, loved and valued. Crime is almost non-existent and there is no police force in the village, although sometimes the Federales make an appearance.

Villagers are extremely healthy and only recently has there been a physician in the village. The village is set on a hillside, with no vehicle access, so the only forms of transportation are by foot, donkey, horse or more recently, ATV. All the walking and wholesome fresh food contributes to the health of the locals I am sure!

I return to the busy, crazy North American lives that we lead and wonder, are we all insane here? Why do we need 26 or more kinds of shampoo or yogurt? Why don’t we sit around with our families and friends and just talk more? Why do we jump in our cars for short trips to school or the store. Now, I admit, I get pulled in the cultural drift of complacency here too. I drive my car more than I need to and get watch too much TV on occasion. I too, get seduced by the “latest and greatest” beauty product or the newest techno toy. I become unconscious about my choices and less than mindful about my life. That’s why I keep going back.

I keep going back to Yelapa, it is good for my soul!

So, your self care enchantments for this week are all about what is good for your soul!

Self-care enchantments this week:

1. Consider the words “spirit” and “soul” and ask yourself if there is any difference between the two.
2. Identify 3 things that are good for your soul and plan to integrate these into your week.
3. Appreciate your relationships and do something wonderful and unexpected for a special person in your life!