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In praise of sitting still in Belize

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Frigate birds gather as Jose the fisherman cleans his catch on our dock. You can tell how Jose's day went by the number of birds he attracts.
Frigate birds gather as Jose the fisherman cleans his catch on our dock. You can tell how Jose’s day went by the number of birds he attracts.

I sit in the red Adirondack chair, the only one with a cushion, albeit a thin cushion,  and marvel at the well-practiced thievery of the frigate birds.

I used to think that they were like a natural GPS tracking system for schools of sardines. Where ever five or more were gathered, soaring so gracefully on the breeze, dipping, swooping, gliding sideways — surely there were fish below.

But while the frigates are doing their narcissistic act of effortlessly artful skywriting up above, it seems that kamikaze pelicans, low-cruising cormorants and the brisk business-like white terns are doing all the heavy lifting. Read the rest of this entry »

Dharma talk, guided meditation on Sunday at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat

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John Salerno-White, Dharma talk and guided meditation leader
John Salerno-White, Dharma talk and guided meditation leader

San Pedro friends, a special treat for us all on Sunday, June 14, 4-530 p.m.: Our good friend and Dharmacharya teacher from California, John Salerno-White, is visiting and will be presenting an afternoon of mindfulness and guided meditation at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat and Eco Resort.

John was ordained by Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn in 2005 and currently leads three meditation groups back home. John recently completed nine and a half years of Dharma prison practice.

With the guided meditation, John will deliver a Dharma talk on the Three Dharma Seals (Impermanence, Non-self and Nirvana). There is no charge for the afternoon of mindfulness. This is John’s gift to the island. Please join us! — Bob and Rose Alcantara

 

Free dharma talk and guided meditation this Sunday at Ak'Bol Yoga Retreat in the Tres Cocos neighborhood on Ambergris Cay.
Free dharma talk and guided meditation this Sunday at Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat in the Tres Cocos neighborhood on Ambergris Cay.

On Ambergris Caye, life begins at the end of the pier

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Now, I’m not saying that sitting at the end of a dock for an hour every day will cure everything that ails you.

Well, yes, maybe I am.

It certainly makes possible a beneficial attitude adjustment that will carry you through your day. Problems look so much smaller when you are gazing out at the sea. Life seems less in your control and more a microscopic part of the greater cosmos.

Gazing out from the end of a dock isn’t exactly like an astronaut gazing out into space. But I bet it is really close. Read the rest of this entry »