|At the Mexico City Buddhist Center.|
The retreat was wonderful. There were over 50 women, around half from the US and Canada and half Mexican women, at a beautiful and spacious retreat Center in Morelos state, called Chintámani.
I felt very sad, or at least cried easily, the first couple of days. I tried to welcome it, I have cried so little this year. The first day of the retreat was Day of the Dead, which I LOVE, but I felt too weepy to participate much. I very much enjoyed leading a Vajrasattva puja (ritual).
Trying to speak and understand Spanish to chat with folks on the retreat was a bit frustrating for me. (For events everything was translated.) By the end my Spanish had came back a bit. I have been told I have a good accent in Spanish, but unfortunately I don't know many words and am trapped in the present tense...
Symptom and self care update:
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- I slept great on the retreat with no drugs. I am very very happy about this.
- Digestion has been weird but that's caused by the herbs Misha gave me which I have mostly stopped taking.
- I am not eating a lot of veg or getting as much exercise here. Although yesterday we walked a lot, including up the large and amazingly steep steps of a pyramid. PT, Dawn and I were talking about doing some kind of cleanse/fast when we're all back.
- I have around two (total) eyelashes now. There are a few new hairs on my head.
- I had a couple of days of extreme fatigue on the retreat, not sure of the cause. Sometimes that happens on retreat. I think I burned my eyes a bit too (I was not often in direct sunlight. My eyes seem to be very photosensitive now, possibly because of burning the crap out of them while in Tahoe a few years ago). And the pollution from burning cane fields.
- I felt some congestion, or something, a slight ache, in my lungs. (Could be from the air quality, or emotions.)
|At a local church|
I am reading the excellent A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (public domain books are free on Kindle), and Subhuti's paper, Re-Imagining the Buddha, which I am mostly enjoying.
Heading for San Miguel de Allende tomorrow morning. More about the retreat later.
Las cosas como son.