Meditation: Cultivating awareness of ‘The Flow’

I write these words from my current luxurious quarters in Cali, (self proclaimed Salsa capital) overlooking the pristine pool, under the bamboo shed roof. Beneath my computer is sprawled a large map of South America, the Amazon basin, in particular. Under my left elbow is a 1993 map of the country of Ecuador. I have gathered these icons to cultivate a deeper level of awareness of my impending adventure.

The photo above is of the Rio Napo, which flows into the Amazon

Have scoured the internet for posts of people who have done the ‘boat’ journey as far as Iquitos. One of the denizens of the hostel, a Michael, from Australia, reported to me just this morning of his journey from Leticia, Colombia to Iquitos, Peru (upriver) aboard a ‘fast boat’.  His boat got him from Leticia to Iquitos in about 12 hours. Other cargo vessels (probably what I will take) do the same journey in 3 days.

I will first be going from Iquitos to Leticia (downriver). On my ‘return’ trip, Leticia to Iquitos, (upriver).  Not sure how far I will go before reversing my direction (upriver) back to my starting point. May go as far as Manaus, Brazil before heading back upriver.  Undecided at this moment.

Have only a few options from which to launch the ‘boat trek’ down the Amazon if I wish to begin as close to the Eastern slope of the Andes as I can; which I do.

Peru: There are two such ports in Peru:  Pucallpa (down the Ucayali) and Yurimaguas (down the Maranon). Both of the above rivers flow into the Amazon.  I use the word ‘down’ as a simple means of referring to:  going in the direction of the river’s flow.

Ecuador: One port is Misahualli, and further down the Napo river, the port of Coca. I have read of,  heard of, and met others who have negotiated that route.  On my map, I see that there is a relatively new road/track that leads from the town of Puyo that appears to intersect with the Rio Curaray. The road ends near that juncture. The Curaray flows into the Napo, which flows into the Amazon.

Interesting sidenote: My 1993 map of Ecuador shows that the town/cities of Jaen, San Ignacio, and Iquitos are parts of  Ecuador; not Peru.   Ecuador ‘lost’, or gave up, (depending on your frame of reference) about a third of it’s territory in negotiations that signaled the culmination of the longest lasting territorial dispute in the America’s. For those of you who care about such things here is a starting point:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Ecuadorian%E2%80%93Peruvian_territorial_dispute

I envision a world where there are no borders. The need for separate ‘political identities’  being designated by  artificial, arbitrary lines on a map are no longer necessary nor even beneficial to humans.

When we were first presented with the picture of earth from a spacecraft that was capable of giving us that perspective, we were presented with a picture much closer to what is so. There are no artificial, arbitrary, imaginary lines drawn on the actual planet. There is only one big blue sphere, in an orbit around our local star (OR: ALL spheres are simply the effect of vast galactic electromagnetic forces, we don’t really know)

Upon the surface of that beautiful blue sphere, plants and animals, (and other ‘creatures’) exist.

We are but elements of a symbiotic relationship. We are ‘part’ of a MIRACULOUS WHOLE.

It is from that context that my adventures and explorations extend.

Completed another trip around the sun aboard spaceship earth!

Thanksgiving day Nov 28, 2013, 7PM, Cali

Today I rack up another full circuit around the sun since my current form exited my mother’s womb. That event took place in Cleveland, Ohio at 3:30PM (for those of you who may be interested to keep track of such things).

Today I find myself in the company of some very lively young folks from all over… Germany, England, Brussels, France, Australia, Estados Unidos, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, and I am sure a few others. These are twenty to thirty something folks who are out exploring the world. The ‘economic woes’ do not seem to have put much of a damper on these folks getting here. This place is packed.  They come and they go. Most stay for fewer than three days and they move on to other cities, towns, countries.

Met some folks from London yesterday. Hello/Goodbye to Lydia and Luke. Luke studied architecture and was surprised to learn that I knew a great deal about Buckminster Fuller. He was amazed to hear of my dome exploits. Luke spent some time inventing his own very unique laminar dome shape/structure. He made a working model.  Lovely couple.

P1000068Here is a picture of  the bamboo shed roof that covers tables and a bar (to the right)

Have noticed that my posts seem too long. Will make an effort to keep the length of each entry to 500 words or less, so long as I am posting daily. I may shift and change my habits around this as the internet service may get a bit iffy when I get on the river. I will then send my ‘I’m OK’ message with the Spot device, whenever I’m in between internet connections. If I find myself posting less than daily I will allow myself a few more words per post.

This is all situation dependent, of course.  Even though every day is an adventure unto itself. Some days are bound to be filled with more interesting tales than others. To say nothing of the various mood levels that I will be experiencing.  Writers report that if you are to maintain the discipline, then you need to write every day… no matter ‘how you feel’.  This is a good medium in which to practice that.

Thank you for being my audience. Every writer/artist needs to feel as though he/she is actually communicating with someone.

I miss everyone back in NH.  I miss the turkey. Maybe I ‘m not there in the flesh but we are united.  I am some kind of a link between EVERYONE with whom I connect. You are ALL part of my family.

Intercultural note:  Watched a newscast from England.  One report was from Plymouth NH. The owner/manager of the Sears outlet there is outraged that newly instituted ‘corporate policy’ now require her to be open on Thanksgiving day.  She is not going to do it, standing on ‘community standards’ grounds. Court battle ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving!