Tonight is the full moon, but I am not down in the jungle listening to loud rave music. Instead, I am sitting in my loft with a few of my friends and we have been practicing martial arts for the past few hours. Currently, the only sound to be heard is my keys intermittently tapping away at the keyboard. Before, Giuseppe played some beautiful guitar for us. The whole night Thomas has been spouting martial knowledge, trying to offer some insight into the practice to a new student.
Dave has arrived from his travels to study for a few weeks. An interesting character, he is a white guy from Africa with a British passport. Regardless of where he is from, because background is no judge of character, I like the guy. He has been involved in sustainable living and eco-friendly construction, and we have had many conversations about the possibilities here. Hopefully, we can convince the owner of the establishment the value of the investment. I think we will; each conversation I have with Sam I am more convinced he is committed to renovating his place. Either way, that’s the future, and I am still trying to live in the present.
It’s past midnight and I’m quite tired. Currently, I’m sitting on the floor, as straight as I possibly can, with my laptop in front of me. I had been practicing seated meditation for a long time and then decided to write. However, when I took my normal position, crouched over the computer, my body didn’t feel right. Now, cross-legged and upright, I feel much better sitting and typing.
I am reminded of my first night training session with Thomas. I had been quite tired and he urged me to stay awake and do a few more hours of seated meditation. I had breakthroughs in my practice as of result of pushing myself far beyond my comfort level. Tonight, I’ve been trying to impart my experience practicing, as much as possible, to our new student, Dave. For the first time, I led the group through the exercise set. It was amazing to hear myself explaining the exercises I had only learned a couple months ago. I hadn’t realized just how much I’d learned.
That night, seemingly so long ago, I was so tired that I couldn’t sit up straight for more than five or ten minutes at a time. Now, I am almost just as tired and, despite having been sitting up straight for at least a half hour, I feel like I could continue on indefinitely. Even thinking about it makes me tired, and I just had to take a second to relax and re-center on my practice.
Now the new student has gone to bed and Giuseppe is passing out on the couch. Only Thomas and I are sitting awake. I hope to get another bit of advice before I go to sleep, while I have my computer ready and handy.
Now, it is about two weeks after I had written the preceding entry. I didn’t post it sooner because it got lost in the shuffle. Life here is simultaneously busy and relaxed. Sure, I fill my days up with activities, but the entire time it is at my own pace. If I feel the need to lie in a hammock and kill an afternoon with a book, that is my prerogative, and I will do so. At the same time, there are so many things to learn and so many interesting people to talk to. Traveling alone, I was devouring books. Time spent in transit and throughout the quite hours of the day was usually passed with a paperback. These days, I find myself reading much less. Of course, I am still in the midst of a novel, but it’s taking a few weeks to read instead of a few days.
Like I’ve said in my recent posts, life is very good for me. I like to say money isn’t important unless you don’t have any. I’ve got enough to be comfortable right now so I have no worries, as well as no complaints. Realistically, I know that the holiday can only last for so long. So, I have been non-hurriedly and patiently been setting myself up to generate an income while I remain here to pursue my goals of getting in shape, learning kung fu and how to play the guitar. Along the way, I’m getting a bit of a broader perspective on the world and the experience of a lifetime. Truth be told, I’m getting more out of this experience than I would have ever dreamed.