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Stephen and Dawn
Second Time in Oaxaca - 2020
Oaxaca-First Two Weeks
Oaxaca-Second Two Weeks
Brisas de Zicatela
We were back in Mexico this winter:
Feb 5 - 12 San Francisco, a stopover
February 12 - March 11 Oaxaca
March 11 - March 21 - Brisas de Zicatela near Puerto Escondido.
March 21 - Fly to Dallas Fort Worth and night in a hotel
March 22 - Fly home
We lost our non-stop flight from Mexico city to Boston when Jet Blue cancelled their operations in Mexico City. We thought that we would take the opportunity to wander home visiting family as we went, but the Coronavirus interfered with that and then interfered again when we made a quick escape from Mexico on Dawn's birthday.
Wednesday morning our alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. to get an early flight to San Francisco. What a treat to see my eleven year old granddaughter Lily perform in Matilda!
The show is produced by the San Francisco Players. The performers are aged nine to fourteen, forty of them selected by audition city-wide. The directors, choreographers, designers, musical arrangers and musicians are all professionals.
It was also great to hang out with almost ten-year-old Cole who is now into Cub Scouts, horseback riding, and guitar lessons. Amber and Patrick have such packed, busy lives that we like to help out as much as possible when we visit. Hence carpooling to rehearsals and performances, picking up kids at school, doing dishes, walking the dog, going to the cub scout meeting, etc. We love being part of the family and don't see them often enough.
Back to our trip: We went back to Oaxaca, Mexico but to a different apartment. We loved the indigenous culture and arts, the food, the architecture, historical sites, and of course, la gente, the people.
This Trip has a bit of Buddhist Retreat in it.
We are under the influence of a book written by Ken McLeod called Reflections on Silver River: Tokme Zongpo's Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. My favorite, most astonding quote:
"Do not hold onto the smallest hope or wish that you benefit from your practice.
Let it all go - every last bit.
You feel good about what you have done. Yet to hold on to it is to live in the past, not the present.
Let it all go - even the good that you do."
Excerpt From Reflections on Silver River: Tokme Zongpo's Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by
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The book is an antidote to any tendency to get self-involved with your practice. More thoughts appear later in this squished to the right format.