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Friday Thoughts From Puerto Morelos

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Keeping me company while I drink an early morning coffee.

Keeping me company while I drink an early morning coffee.

I am beginning to get used to the heat again now that a few days have passed here in Puerto Morelos. Coming from -20 C. to meet +28 C., makes for a need to acclimatize. It is obvious that one needs to “get used to” a change in weather and seasons in order to feel comfortable with change; but the same need to acclimatize is found in how one relates to others in a changed place.

Change the environment and there is a corresponding change in behaviour or at least in expectations of behaviour. There is a real period of time where one is treading more gently around others, even those one knows well, as one adjusts to the new environment. One can’t always safely assume that nothing has changed other than the geographic location. In a new location, one is out of familiar patterns and places. The newness creates unsureness. Assumptions are left behind, at least for a short time until the patterns re-emerge to say that there is no change other than in geography.

And therein lies a big shoal upon which wrecks can happen, making an assumption, even after an apparent reappearance of patterns saying it appears as though nothing has changed other than the weather, the background language and culture, and architecture. Though signs might indicate all is as it was, change has indeed happened. If one doesn’t take the time to look at self and other in light of shifts, even slight shifts, conflict will dominate and frustrate. That isn’t to say that the changes are negative or positive. It is simply to say that change has happened and to go forward assuming differently sows the seeds of confusion and potential conflict.

With this in mind, I am attempting to just sit, that is to meditate and see what there is to be seen, to feel what there is to be felt, in this new place for the moment, hoping that I get it right this time.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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  1. sitting still remains one of the best advice.
    the other : when in doubt, get horizontal.


    January 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    • Good advice that all should take. Thank you doctor Urspo. 🙂


      January 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

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