8 am in bed listening so Antonio Carlos Jobim with a hot cuppa joe. Kitties are gleefully playing around the house, now that it is (mostly) rid of sand from this past week's sandstorm that came in and held my house hostage... Yea, true story. Sand everywhere. I could track all movements throughout the house using my cleaning skills as an indicator of where there were still layers of sand I had not excavated deep enough & cleared. Obviously, my cleaning skills lack but whatever...
As I woke up today I thought to myself, "Do I spring out of bed" Do I get it together to get myself together and get in car and drive to 9:30 yoga class? Or, do I lounge in bed and drink coffee at a leisurely pace?" Option 3 works for me today!
Speaking of coffee, I'm quite excited about my Yemen coffee that I recently purchased... I am patiently waiting for the Starbucky's swill to run out so I can test out what I think will be an excellent brew. Perhaps I should have gotten more?
Yes, relaxation rules the day, or the weekend more appropriately. The past month every weekend has been absorbed by travel and running around. I am ready to simply sit and stare at walls... Yesterday even staring at walls was interrupted- by 11 episodes of House of Cards... Honestly, it takes me so long to watch these awesome tv series. When I finally figure out how awesome they are, I go on an episode binge. I did have intermittent bouts of house-cleaning, running, yoga and push-ups though so not all was lost in slackerverse...
Today. Today though is all about the animals! I'm catsitting for my downstairs neighbor and he just had his balls chopped off so... he needs some extra loving. My kitties need loving too! As well, they need food! Yes, it's a trip to my favorite pet store on Budaiya Highway. It's a completely rural experience here and I love it that I can find gems like that here in this strange little island nation.
Lastly, today is about the BSPCA. Yes, it's a day to share some love with all the homeless kitties and doggies! I suppose the animals are not exactly 'homeless' as they do have a home to live in while they await their forever homes. There are far too many homeless animals here in Bahrain though. Also, there are far too many assholes here in Bahrain that treat animals like shit... That is universal though. I'm quite impressed with the large community of animal care-takers here honestly. Some asshole burned a cat alive last week, in a cage, and got it on video. It was posted to many websites (I was following the BSPCA Facebook page), and within a few days a few supporters got a reward bag of 600BD together (approximately 1500 US$) and within days, the culprits were turned in and, apparently are currently arrested. I'm hoping for a positive ending with this (goes something like, "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth...")
It got me to thinking about religion- all religion. Isn't it supposed to be about love and compassion and acts of charity? Sick of all the hypocrits- from all religious backgrounds. I'm not an aethiest by any means (to me this simply begs for inclusion into some group of non-believers that wishes to adhere to some group norms- such as a 'religion'). I simply pick and choose what I wish to accept at various times when I think about these things.
What exactly is a 'pious' act anyway? Is this possible in the current state of the world? Can you be pious in advance so you can 'sin' at a later date and use that ace in your back pocket as a 'get out of jail card' such as in Monopoly? What exactly is a 'sin' anyway? I vaguely remember what is represented during my youth spent in a Catholic Church every Sunday morning at 7 am... I have different opinions now. Or, I've decided that it is a gray area. There is no black and white.
Let's just say that this Sunday morning I am reflecting on going to my type of institution of worship- a jungle back home in Hawaii. Filling my body with Mana from the land. Having my body adorned with black sand from Maui's volcanic shores of the east part of the island. Having seawater, (my 'holy' water?) in my hair to put a spell on me and not let me forget who rules the land, the heavens, the hells of my world. Jumping naked into waterfalls and feeling free. Feeling like perhaps people are watching, but do they really care? No, not really. Not in my world.
What else am I thinking about? I'm thinking about how back home in the summertime I feel so free. My HQ is up in Makawao- Cowboy Country. I think about how I get up and decide to go to the beach and simply walk into town and hitchhike down into Paia and walk over to Baldwin Beach, or Tavaras Bay, or at the Youth Center. I think about lying on the warm sand and how the sun eases away all the stress and tension from my body that has been building up from living in this part of the world. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the challenge of living where/as I do, but I do need healing every year away from it.
I think about how not strange it is to be in constant movement back home. Dancing in reckless, wild abandonment (and not in a thumping nightclub full of losers and hookers intermixed with a few like-minded expats). Choosing to do yoga on the beach rather than inside a classroom. Want to do a headstand on the beach? Why not. Go for it. No one will stare you down. No one will even notice. You have a teeny bikini on too? Not a problem. Do your thing peeps. Smoke. Drink. Make out. Read a book. Whatever.
You read my words this morning and you might think my mind is in the gutter. Nope. It's already back home on the shores of Maui. As well, my mind is projecting on my future home- Istanbul...
(how's that for a cliff hanger...)
|The race is on folks...to get back to my 'normal'|
|... to get back to MY frequency of LOVE. Soon come Hawaii...|