Living Abroad

Crossing Into Other Realities

Posted in Discoveries, Health, Living Abroad on February 3rd, 2012 by Sandy – 2 Comments

I just spent a week in the sleepy village of Barra de Potosi on the west coast of Mexico. Up the road is the bustling tourist beach community of Zihuatenejo where the action resides.  Barra is more like a zen experience. I stayed with friends in a camp (as in cool) little b & b on an unpaved village lane. A Trip Advisor review had given it a poor rating because they said it had bugs and seemed run down. I reflected on how frequently people impose expectations into just about any situation without regard to where exactly they are. I was  happy we had hot water, clean sheets, and mosquito netting, which we did. Furthermore  the French Toast was remarkable.  But that is not what made this entire setting memorable. read more »

The Mindful Art of Travel

Posted in Living Abroad on August 9th, 2011 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Me being part of the crowd

A few posts ago Sandy wrote about travels in Mexico.

I am the Rick who was traveling partner for this trip. So far as I can see Sandy has ended his story at the back door of the hotel in Puebla, our first stop. I’m hoping he will report on the rest of our journey; even though I was with him, it is always interesting to find out what he saw that I didn’t.

I am personally unused to cataloging the instances of intuition (which I take to include the idea of “invisible helpers”) in my affairs. That’s because the interaction is so ordinary. Decisions in my life can certainly make sense, but they have to feel good too, feel right deep inside of me. I know how to deal with other people and situations by that same “feel.”

So the interface that Sandy studies, the role of intuition, is of interest to me partly because I have never studied it and partly because I have lived it. read more »

The Pursuit of Happiness. Did our Parents Have It Right?

Posted in Discoveries, Health, Living Abroad, Thinking Patterns, Uncategorized on July 9th, 2011 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

The Happiness Rug

Most parents at some level want their children to experience a life of happiness. It was so important that it was part of the American Declaration of Independence. However the decision making process around pursuing happiness has been changing. Perhaps we need to apply more open-mindedness and  creativity to the way we think about it.

When I was growing up, my father would take me for those father and son drives and when we passed somebody digging a ditch, he would say, “ If you don’t continue with your education that’s what you will end up doing.” It did scare me and was more of the stick than the carrot. Yet, I didn’t have the presence of mind to ask my father whether he thought the ditch digger was happy or not. My dad’s assumption was that that man’s life was miserable, limited, and with no real choice. At that particular time the idea was that becoming all that you could be would give you the material wonders of the emerging world and a correspondingly better life. Is that true today? read more »

Balancing Out Our Experiences- The New Interface of Decision Making

Posted in Discoveries, Living Abroad, Thinking Patterns on July 4th, 2011 by Sandy – 12 Comments

Umm! Yeah I kind of get what you're talking about

I have been blogging about how we have been living in a time when technology is capturing our linear thinking time and  forcing us to develop our intuitive side.  When we bring an open mindedness and  consciousness into the process, we enter the territory from a new perspective. Our antenna is up.

Heretofore we have been very comfortable in our rationale and linear mind. It lined up resources in a predictable  manner and when favorable enough, caused us to take action.

The new territory is the intuitive mind’s domain, but to feel comfortable in transitioning,  the linear mind still wants a map: something that makes it believe it can count on it.

So how much do we trust to our linear mind and how much do we reserve for our intuitive mind? In reality we usually  use our linear mind for as much as possible and accept the unknown as the domain for applying our intuition. However if we go about this process consciously we can decide to what degree we want to trust our intuitive mind.

How do we best do this? read more »

The Core Issue in Politics and Finance Which Makes Decision Making So Difficult

Posted in Living Abroad, Thinking Patterns on June 28th, 2011 by Sandy – 4 Comments

Dancing at the Jardin

When you dust away the rhetoric the basic issue is whether a community does better by looking after everyone in the community or just having a loose confederation of individuals who ban together for only the bare essentials such as fire, police, road maintenance etc. And ultimately which form is the most rewarding?  This is the great divide between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. It is the fundamental core philosophical difference and one in which creative thinking needs to move to the fore.

In this debate those who favor strong individualism with minimal government services maintain that those who make the money deserve it, and they will pump more money back into the community for the benefit of all but on a mostly voluntary basis.

In the community first idea where the community provides a safety net for all of its citizens the theory goes that everyone will pull harder to support this set up and as a result it will create a tide in which all boats will rise: the wealthy will actually do better than in the minimal government model.

Which is it? read more »

Looking for Small Synchronicities and the Extra ordinary

Posted in Living Abroad, Thinking Patterns on June 24th, 2011 by Sandy – 6 Comments

On The Road In Mexico

With a friend, Rick, I am beginning a ten day Mexican road trip from San Miguel de Allende  to Puebla, Oaxaca, and points to be decided upon. Anytime you drive in a foreign environment and are not familiar with anything, everything is a big deal.

One of the goals of our journey is to look for synchronicities and flow: make it a Zen trip if we can. That is  as we physically journey we will look for feedback and endorsement that we are on the right path. There may be subtle intuitive urges, synchronistic feedback signs popping, or both, which will validate the course . When approaching a task or journey from this conscious viewpoint you can feel a certain slowing down of time. You become both the observer and the observed. You become more present appreciating everything around you and paying attention to the subtle forces.

Today for, example, after a long drive, we were trying to find the hotel Colonia de Puebla.  The entrance eluded us because it faced on to a walking street and we were turned around to say the least. However,  we knew the hotel  garage was on a back street and we were close. We just didn’t know where. Rick, said, “Pull over after we pass that parked small truck ahead of us on the curve,. I think there might be an opening.” I do sliding  into a nice wide space so as to let traffic pull though. I stop, open the car door, scoot  across the street and ask  a fellow who seems to belong in the area where the hotel garage is. He points me to a squawk box directly behind me.  I am literally at the garage door . It swings open. Driving into the lot Rick comments about how fortuitous and easy getting into town and the hotel has turned out to be.  There was a certain ease in entering the unfamiliar city. Then our  Tom Tom GPS gal guding us to the city center after we had missed a turn, and then our hesitating right in front of the hotel’s unmarked garage door not knowing that that is exactly where we needed to be. The down pour turned every cafe on the Zocolo from being inviting but we wandered still protected from rain into a very nice Italian restaurant in the midst of the storm.  It was a nice day.

These tiny events, are the subtle nuances that may come many times in a day. They are so small that one can breeze past them unaware of the subtle forces at work. But once you begin to see the coincidences as actual guidance and manifestation, then everything begins to become a bit more surreal and exciting. The  ordinary does indeed becomes extra ordinary.

It is said that once you start to recognize synchronicities, however small, more will appear. We’ll see.

My guess is that each of you has at least one or more events that take place daily. Ou know, the kind which are smooth as silk. Stop next time that happens.  Take a moment to appreciate it. String these events to one another and notice how you begin to feel.

Puebla, where we are staying is a beautiful city. It was called Puebla de los Angeles, the city of angels because it was the result of a great idea to impose civilization, controlling those Spaniards driven by greed and to reduce the tributes paid by the Indians in exchange for their help in building the city. We are going to see it tomorrow.

Tell us about your own experiences of this nature.

The Journey of Truth

Posted in Inspirational Quotes, Living Abroad, Thinking Patterns on March 10th, 2011 by Sandy – 2 Comments

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. “  Arthur Schopenhauer

In today’s world you have to be very vigilant in discerning truth from hype.  I am currently living in Mexico. People back in the states asked me if I am not crazy saying matter of factly they would not go near Mexico with a ten foot pole.  Are they right? read more »

A New Way to Think About a 2.0 life.

Posted in Living Abroad on September 28th, 2010 by Sandy – 1 Comment

Winton in 2.0 lifestyle attire

When I was in graduate school, I wrote a paper on “Resistance To Change.” My observation was that  people are far more willing to endure the misery of the known, than to take a chance on the unknown.

While on the one hand the world is becoming more accessible both technologically and physically, the news media creates in many cases a sense of fear which fuels a latent sense of insularity.

I recently came across a  statistic that I found stunning, telling and sad all at once… “Read more” read more »

On Living Abroad In Mexico

Posted in Discoveries, Living Abroad on April 17th, 2010 by Sandy – 5 Comments

At any age it is easy to become immersed in the all too familiar. It can become a routine of comfort and what we know. The outside world is brought to us through the filtered lenses of someone else’s point of view.  The internet, movies, television, newspaper, magazine book print bring us these images and ideas and we form opinions about how it is out there.  But these viewpoints for the most part are fueled by an agenda of one sort or another to motivate, sell, or entertain;  with more of  an undercurrent of  fear than we would like to admit.  We are fascinated by threats and danger as long as we can safely observe out of harm’s way. Yet there is a wonderful sense of self-reward when we physically step into the unknown. We find out for ourselves. We have experiences which can affect all of the senses. I find that visiting or living abroad for extended periods of time throws me into a space where everything is new. The landscape, the people, the food, their art. Language and entertainment’ and their ways of life  are all rich variations to what I have known.  The longer I can stay the more I become immersed.

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