I didn’t even know it was easter. It’s weird because to me it has been like it’s summer now during my travels, which we in Sweden have in june-july. Now the autumn is coming here, so it feels more like august or something, but it’s only march. It’s sort of messing with my head.
Anyhow. The yoga was cancelled this morning since there is a lot to do because of the easter. The hare Krishna doesn’t celebrate Easter, but the people here in Lima has a tradition to go to the beach then because they are free from work and because it’s the last summer weekend. They put up tents on the beach, all the restaurants are open, there are stands where they sell snacks and other stuff, there’s music, football, volleyball and other activities. It feels like a festival!
And here at Eco Truly Park there are maaaany visitors! Tours, workshops and different spiritual activities. I worked in the kitchen today again, and I was really busy. It was actually much more fun today because I had Luis and Oscar telling me what to do all the time. They are two young devotes who I met the first day who has been here for 7-10 days or something, really sweet. I had stuff to do all the time even if we were like 15 people working in the kitchen today!
After a late lunch we said good bye to Daniel and Ann-Sofie, buhuuu… I hate when good people leave, the good thing is that they are from Denmark so it’s not thaaaat hard to say good-bye because it’s a bigger chance we’ll actually meet again.. But still it’s sad, they really fit in here at the park.
I had a short siesta before a workshop of “Therapy music” that Rainar, Susana, Esteban and Didac hold. I talked about it yesterday at the beach party with Rainar, he learned about it in India, and traveled around in a Music Therapy Caravan before in Brasil. So interesting. He told me that some people get so affected by the music that they cry, or they shake like 30 cm above the ground without noticing it, some people just laugh… it’s different for everybody, it releases what you have inside. The sessions duration was about one hour, and it was AMAZING. I haven’t felt anything like this before. When I told you I felt relaxed that first yoga-morning, it was nothing compared to this one. In the beginning I wanted to cry, but at the end I was so relaxed. I was totally in another world. When they rang in a bell my left arm moved of it self, weird. Also I know that I have been “ dreaming “ stuff, like solving problems in my head, which felt really good, but I just can’t remember what it was about afterwards… to bad.
In the evening we went to the beach to have a look at the sunset, Francesco is leaving tomorrow so it was his last. Every time we go out to the beach, there are at least 3 dogs from Eco Truly following us and protecting us. And they are so funny, I don’t know how many times they have kicked sand in my face while looking for a crab in the sand 1 meter from me, or just bumped into me while playing with each other (I swear they do it on purpose!). Haha, and they are so dirty! But really sweet, they are my friends now.
At night we got out of power, but I didn’t mind it so much. It doesn’t feel like electricity is necessary here since we live so down to earth somehow. We lit some candles instead. But it did ruin some plans, like there were going to have a concert and they needed lights for it, or for the freezer to keep things cold etc..since there’s gas here, you can still cook, so that’s good. Anyhow. There was a fire show at the stage, with a band of drums, and it was so cool. It has always been a dream of mine to belong that kind of drum-band. Someday I hope I can! It’s so cool. Also there were some fire shows, really impressive. After we went to the temple were there was another Music Therapy session, but it was too crowded, so I didn’t hear so much..so it wasn’t as earlier today, but it was relaxing, Esteban and Francesco fell asleep and snored.. haha. After that we went to sleep.
Today there wasn’t any Yoga either. After breakfast I helped out in the bakery, and it was so fun! I helped out with 8 pies, I don’t know how many muffins, pizza, chocolate cake, alfajoles (yes, the argentinian thing!)… and it was a lot of fun! I’m surprised I enjoy it so much, I think it’s because I do it in good company and not for myself, and because I have good guidance. : ) The only thing here is that you are not allowed to try anything while you cook it/do it, because Hare Krishna is supposed to try it first or something like that.. to bad, haha. But after lunch I bought one piece of everything and shared it with the other volunteers, and it was DELICIOUS! Mother is such a good baker! It’s good because you can call all women for mother here, and all men for prabu, it’s respectful to call that. I do know quite many names but not everyone’s, so it’s good to be able to call them with respect even if you don’t know their name.
For every day that I’m here I enjoy it more and more. I remember in the beginning that I was a little bit uncomfortable because of the religion here, since I wasn’t hare Krishna myself and I don’t believe in any particular God,but I noticed that the others here aren’t religious either. They are more like me, we take a little bit of every religion and make our own guidelines. And it’s ok to do that here, the hare krishnas don’t judge. They are very open-minded here and it’s a very nice community to be a part of. I really like how they work together, help each other and take care of each other. It’s beautiful. They are all so nice, no one is egoistic, which is amazing to experience today. I also enjoy the yoga and the meditation, it makes me more spiritual, makes me more calm, open-minded, secure. I’m starting to get to know myself in another level. I’m not a fan of hokuspokus as we say in Sweden, but this feels real, it really helps a lot. I think it’s good that there hasn’t been any internet here these days, I think it has helped me to be able to live in the present – enjoy what’s here and around me right now and I’ve spend my free time with the volunteers and devotes doing different excursions and workshops.
Today I went to Music Therapy again, and once again, amazing! I love it. I feel soo relaxed, and I really think I’m traveling somewhere else, because I’m not really there but I’m there. During the therapy I got a face massage, and right after that, my heart started beating soooo hard, it was crazy. Also, my left arm moved again when they rang in a bell! I don’t know what that means, but I sort of wake up of some level some how. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s true. And after the therapy, there’s like a magical moment, when we are sensible, and someone can come to you and give you a long hug, and it’s not strange at all, we just share some love and appreciation. Even after yoga or after lunch you can hug someone here, doesn’t matter if you know each other well or not, if it’s a man or a woman, it just feels right here and nobody feels uncomfortable or strange by doing so. It’s beautiful. For example two men, hugging each other for a long time just feeling each others love through the hug… At home, it would feel weird if someone did that, they would probably feel uncomfortable and think it’s gay or something, I think they aren’t that secure about themselves and their sexuality.
Today it was time for Francesco to leave this place, and damn it was hard. He left right after the music therapy too, when you feel really open and vulnerable. I felt really empty when he left and I really wanted to cry. He is one of the sweetest guys I’ve met, with such a good heart, a noble gentlemen, so kind and always offering his help to everyone. We came quite close during this week and I will really miss him around here. I sat down this evening talking with Didac about good byes, and I realized that I think I’m an addict by nature, it’s either coffee, chocolate, training, or like now, I get easily attached to people. Some people you meet are just amazing, there have been some that have meant more to me then others, and then when I have to say good bye I’m always really sad.. But I’m also so glad I had and have the chance to meet so much wonderful people on my journey.