On May 15th, 2020, we reached our one-year mark of living in Ajijic, Mexico. It has been an incredible year! The first six months were challenging as we adjusted and adapted, but we’ve now found our place of comfort, safety and joy. Then 2020 brought Covid-19 that shut down the world! The Turning of the Ages, with Pluto and Saturn, arrived with a fury, and a Great Pause came over the land. What a gentler and quieter time it’s been, even in Mexico, where the normally high noise level has abated and the village looks a bit like a ghost town. For such a social, Earth-based culture it’s rather sad to see, but La Gran Mamá evidently needed to put her children in a time out. Alex and I wonder if we didn’t have some form of covid infection ourselves in mid-January, as we were quite ill with some unnamed […]
Earth Day 50th Anniversary—Gone Viral!
I celebrate this 50th anniversary of Earth Day with deep grief, reverence and optimism. Fifty years ago, there was such promise of cutting back human consumption of Earth’s resources, of curbing fossil fuel emissions and for environmental justice…but human behavior didn’t change. The planet is heating up. The ice sheets are melting. The oceans are dying. Then 2020 arrived and everything changed, but not as we had expected! We have finally reached the tipping point of life out of balance and what the Hopi call “Koyaanisqatsi”. Nature has arisen like the wrath of Kali and released a deadly pestilence. Now the world and its economy have been quarantined until we can figure a way out of this via a vaccine, behavior change or spontaneous immunity…or all three. I do not grieve the lockdown and isolation, though inconvenient to my physical activities. I grieve the path that got us here, such […]
Gringos in Paradise – Phase II – Seven Months In
Seven months into Gringolandia find us enjoying our mañana lifestyle where it’s OK to put off today what you can do tomorrow, or the next day or next week! We feel we have entered Phase II of our permanent Mexican vacation—living more comfortably and consciously in our adopted country. The first six months, as mentioned in prior posts, felt like “bootcamp”, or campo de entrenamiento (say that quickly after a couple shots of tequila!). It has been an initiation into a different culture, language, monetary system, and living at 5,000’ on an uneven, rocky terrain. However, we’re living and learning—estamos viviendo y aprendiendo—and adapting nicely! It took us nearly six months, but we found our ideal, bright, modern lakeview home that we have leased for a year or more. We are feeling blessed, having gotten our sky back and being able to watch the planetary conjunctions along the ecliptic celestial […]