We just got back from Mexico Monday night (yes, just in time for the storm)! The time I spent in Mexico City (the first 5 days) turned out to be very much a personal retreat. I woke up, sat in the grass to do my practice, ate breakfast and worked with people. My daughter traveled with me and fortunatly she was on her own retreat which consisted of a hammock, quesadillas, card playing and reading. I was only needed to slice up the super ripe mangos for her.
I saw 17 clients in three days in Mexico City. It was an amazing blessing to work with such a variety of people in such a short amount of time. Each person I worked with responded so very differently to the work, but there were also the common elements; everyone left relaxed, calm, happy and really surprised at how the gentle the process was.
There were of course some language issues. My clients and I did not always understand each other when we tried to speak, but fortunately the look on their faces and the shine in their eyes when we were done didn't require any verbalization. Nor does the natural unwinding of the body! It was actually my limitation with Spanish that confirmed my theory that the less I know about a persons story, the better off they were going to be in the session. Without knowing what the "issue" is I will not anticipate or guide erroneously. The body always shows the way, and that is exactly what I relied on.
After the last client of the day I would stay in the treatment room and sit with the resulting deep sense of gratitude and awe that moved me to tears. It was amazing to have this time to acknowledge the blessings of service. Usually at home I am on to the next thing right away, but here I had time to sit and remain in this feeling. I understood in these evening sittings that you can know you are following your dharma when you feel it in your bones, and that dharma can only be known through surrender.
I also taught two 4 hour TRE sessions, which I will write about next week. Until then, stay warm and cozy!
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