I am constantly pulled back to work with the chakras in my asana and meditation practice. I find that chakra work often comes off the mat, coloring food choices, what colors I incorporate into my outfits, and which essential oils I wear. Further, if I’m working with a particular chakra, I’ll keep work in the front of my conciousness as I’m having interactions with people throughout my day. I’ll notice if a person may trigger some of the lessons I need to practice to balance a particular chakra, or perhaps I’ll notice that the somebody has a complementary chakra issue – where mine is depleted, perhaps their is showing in excess.
Learning the Spanish language has been a sometimes illusive goal that I’ve fiercely practiced for the last seven months. I’ve had my ups and downs – my nights of frustration at not being able to follow the late night, beer laden jumble of conversation and the sudden clarity as the vendors sing-songy jingles and the calls of mothers to children become intelligible. Each step on the long road to fluency is a joy, rewarded by further understanding and connection with the beautiful people I encounter along the way.
One part of language here is that it encompasses more than simply words. Communication in Nicaragua is a full body experience. Read the rest of this entry
Tomorrow marks 2 months here in Nicaragua. Prior to leaving, my hope was that I would be fluent in Spanish at 2 months into my trip. I’ve discovered, though, that Spanish language, like anything else in life, presents the opportunity for constant learning. That is to say, there’s always more to know!
However, I am pleased with my rate of learning. I’m happy that I can understand the majority of a conversation when the speaker slows it down for me. I’ve even found that I can translate when a native Spanish speaker is speaking to an English speaker. (Again, speaking very slowly!)