Writing from the plane ride home from Mexico City, I’m not sure where to begin about the trip that changed my life, the experience that (once again) had me transform from caterpillar to butterfly. And let me tell you, I had absolutely no control of how the journey unfolded. If I had, I’m not even sure I would have been courageous enough to make the step of traveling a “dangerous city in my lonesome”.
That’s in quotes because it’s the type of word that I heard from some, but gratefully, my Spirit had the strength to dispel it. Rather than a “dangerous city”, I saw a place that was filled with life, love, connection, Soul. The trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers that lined every street encouraged me to keep my eyes open and breathe deeply. The people who crossed my path had me smiling, trusting, and expressing my fullest self. The stories that weave this culture together seem to be what guides all the inhabitants, whether Mexican or expat. The ancient wisdom of the Toltecs around God/Energy still lives on today, as represented in the interactions amongst people and planet.
I entered the journey praying for Spiritual Liberation, the ability to follow my intuition in every given moment, and express whatever layer of myself needed to be. I didn’t know it in these words at the time, but I wanted to fully love/accept myself and my life as it is – not as it should, could or might be. My mind had me wondering how I was going to find that sense of peace in a hectic city, which I honestly booked because it was my most affordable option to get out of the country at the last minute. Of course my Spirit knew otherwise, remaining very calm from the moment I booked my flight until now.
The synchronicity of this trip started when I randomly grabbed “The Four Agreements” off my bedside table as the last item before running out of the door to hop in the Uber. I remembered that the author, Don Miguel Ruiz, was from Mexico, but knew nothing about his connection with Toltec wisdom. I’ll continue to reference this book throughout the story.
Having to prioritize work Thursday and Friday, I immediately settled into my Airbnb in Roma Norte. Every window that I looked out of, I could see tree tops and the air was cool due to the high altitude, inviting me to cozy up. A little bit of work, then a catnap was called for (hello spiritual freedom & self care – giving myself what I needed in that moment). I then woke up to tea and a little more work, then went out to explore the quaint corner of cafes, street food vendors, clothing shops, and my neighborhood yoga studio (Mula Yoga Shala). I stopped for my first ever Tamale (click here for recipe to make your own). I honestly found it to be just okay, preferring more moisture and flavor, but you could probably make it deliciously at home! I was still too early to enter the yoga studio so I decided to sit on a sidewalk under the shade of the trees to take in the beautiful architecture and slow pace of the people, and write about what I was experiencing inside. Gratitude filled my heart and I took a huge breath – I’d arrived, here I was, fully present and alive!
The yoga class further sealed in that energy – carrying me towards the Spiritual Liberation I’d asked for. And the thought hit me:
No matter where I am in the world, I can find a yoga studio or yogis to connect on mutual understanding that we all have the capability to be Gods/Goddesses sprinkling our special gifts out into the world.
You can see the yoga flow & reflection on my Instagram page by clicking here.
After a fully sensual experience at a restaurant that I randomly fell into (it was Asian – so I admit that I didn’t go to Mexico for the food) and journaling throughout the whole day, I got “home,” rinsed off and snuggled into bed, excited to read “The Four Agreements”. This is my second time reading the book, but (as is many things in life), I needed to experience it a second time to fully be hit by it’s truth. The first paragraph reads:
I was torn between visiting the pyramids (thinking I wouldn’t be able to appreciate it alongside all the other tourists) or hiking the largest volcano in Mexico (surrounded by nature). But after reading this, I couldn’t help but saying: “Okay, God, I get it”. I fell asleep with a deep sense of peace in my Soul.
The next day was so similar to the first that it felt like a routine that my Spirit had known, with the sensation that I had been there before, as if I was home (noticing the theme here?). After my morning yoga session, I fell into (and another?) a very simple spot. I was actually looking for another spot that someone from class recommended – God had other plans. The owner was working on his computer outside of the restaurant, and offered to help me as it was clear that I wasn’t sure what I would order. I ended up with a traditional meal of sopas, taco & tostada, sitting outside overlooking the road, perfectly content with my journal and brief phone call to check in with dad 😉
It was then time for the Temazcal, sweat lodge, guided by a modern day nagual (aka natural healer or Shaman). To be continued in Part II…
Thank you, dear readings, for reading this through and for being on my yoga, wellness & adventure team! I’d love to know how this hit for you – please do share your thoughts 🙂
I hope you have a marvelous weekend ahead!