This mantra is the breath of this place. It has calmed me, inspired me, bored me, and frustrated me. At Eco Truly Park in Peru, steady rhythm pervades the actions and the mental flow of daily life. The concentration focused around balance and inner strength has filled me with a calm sort of passion for simplicity. It has also brought forward a number of faults and flaws that have so far remained hidden behind the buzz of western society living. What I have appreciated the most about my time here, is the increase in patience and attention to detail that I have begun to notice in my actions as well as in my daily sketches. The vegetarian diet and a physically and mentally active schedule has created space in my body, allowing my consciousness to flow freely from the top of my head to the soles of my feet without much interruption.
It is a strange feeling to get on the internet every now and then and be reminded of the intensity of world events. As we huddle in the small wifi corner and inform ourselves of the continuation of conflict, drama, and a few tidbits of humor, I chuckle now and then at the capacity we humans have of such different activities and mental states in very short periods of time. From deep meditation to surfing Facebook in the span of only an hour, it makes me wonder why we are attracted to such opposites.