corimagua

exploring my mind and spreading the light through blogging

Keep Your Head Up

I’ve been waiting on a sunset
Bills on my mindset
I can’t deny they’re getting high
Higher than my income, income’s bread crumbs
I’ve been trying to survive
The glow that sun gets right around sunset
Helps me to realize
This is just a journey
Drop your worries, you are gonna turn out fine
Oh… You turn out fine
Fine, oh, you turn out fine

But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down, eh eh
But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down, eh eh
I know it’s hard (know it’s hard)
To remember sometimes
But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down, eh eh eh eh

I got my hands in my pockets kicking these rocks
It’s kinda hard to watch this life go by
I’m buying into skeptics
Skeptics mess with the confidence in my eyes
I’m seeing all the angles thoughts get tangled
I start to compromise my life and my purpose
Is it all worth it? Am I gonna turn out fine?
Oh oh, you turn out fine
Fine, oh oh you turn out fine

But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down, eh eh
But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down, eh eh
I know it’s hard (know it’s hard)
To remember sometimes
But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down, eh eh eh eh

Only rainbows after rain
The sun will always come again and
It’s a circle, circling
Around again
It comes around again

But, you gotta keep your head up, oh oh
And you can let your hair down

 

South America 2018

South America 2018

My Beloved South America how much I’m going to miss you. What an Amazing place, full of wonder, full of history and full of amazing people, from the highlands of Colombia and Peru all the way down To the Flats of Uruguay. The more I travel, the more I realize that the world is not as violent, wicked, and chaotic as the television makes it out to be. I’ve encountered good people doing great things in all countries. I think this is in part because I chose to believe in the goodness of the world. If you think and believe that there is good out there then the Universe maneuvers to materialize this. The law of attractions affirms that what we put into the Universe comes back to us so we have to believe there is good in the world, we have to trust people, sometimes even strangers.

In Colombia my friends and I got stranded in the middle of the Mountains about 2 hours outside of Medellin, in unpaved dirt roads, after a rainy night. Not the best place to get stuck with a car and ours had a cracked radiator 🤦🏻‍♂️. In a difficult situation we chose to put our trust and faith in people and these people responded. We found a small town near by and met a wonderful old lady who took us to the house of the only Mechanic in town, a young man but experienced enough at 25 to take apart out car and fix our problem. He worked tirelessly on our car for almost 6 hours until he fixed the car, allowing us to get to the airport just in time to catch my flight to my next destination. We had no idea what this was going to cost us, we never discusses payment until the last minute of our whole ordel. We took about $400 dollars, and my friends i-phone and my go pro just in case we needed to use them as collateral. When we asked him how much, he only wanted about $30 USD. We payed him $100 which was much less than we had anticipated and thanked him tirelessly for his help. This guy was truly god-sent.

From Colombia I Traveled to Florianopolis, Brazil, a place where I used to go on vacation as a young child. I had wonderful memories of this place which all rushed back to the forefront of my brain once i stepped foot in this hilly beach town. I got to surf in the sun and also in the rain with the help of my teacher and friend, Matias, who helped me realize that the essence of surf is found in the relationship between man and nature. We met with some old friend’s of my parents whom i had not seen since i was 8 years old, Joaquin, the gorgeous Daniela and their amazing mother. It was good to re-connect with old faces and to see them doing so well. I’m in love with Brazil, with its natural beauty, with its samba and with the joy of its beautiful people.

After Brazil we drove in car down to Punta del Este, Uruguay, my little beautiful corner of the world, and then to the Capital Montevideo. I got a chance to reconnect with my family, to share experience and to spend time with them. It’s hard to live so far away from those you love so dearly and i’m thankful for this trip which allowed me to get a much needed dose of family love. I am blessed to have such a wonderful group of people whom I call family. From old friends, to my aunts and uncles, my amazing cousins who went the distance to make me feel welcome, my diamond of a sister and my mom and dad. I even got a chance to visit the cemeteries where my grandparents and grandma are buried and pay my respects. I think that rather than diminish, the love I share with my family is multiplied and strengthened by the distance between us.

Lastly, to culminate my trip, I traveled to Cusco, Peru, the navel of the world and heart of the Incan Empire. There we traveled along the famous Inca Trail, from Cusco to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world. It was a great pleasure to travel alongside a group of close friends whom are family to me, and most of all my dad, who turned 57 the day before we began our journey. It was a remarkable experience, made better by the fact that i got to live it with such an amazing group of people, sharing morning suns, words, laughter, struggle and sweat, tears, and moonlit nights. The “Pumas” as our group was called, will always have a special place in my heart and memory. I’m so proud of my dad for finishing the trip, which was not easy for the youngsters, and he pulled through even though he had some knee issues to deal with. You are strong like a puma pops💪 .

What a remarkable experience to walk along the same paths that the ancient quechua people used to walk hundreds of years ago, it truly felt like sacred ground. I always had a fascination and reverence for indigenous people and for traditional ways of living. I concluded that human beings flourish better when in close relationship with the earth. The greatness of the Inca culture is found in its superb architecture, building a city where you would think no city could ever be. It’s found in its rich traditions, in the friendly temperament and inherent kindness of its people.

It was amazing, to be walking amongst the clouds, feeling as if you were in the presence of the sacred, close to the gates of heaven. You could almost feel the presence of the spirit of Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth. And the deeper you dwelled into the Mountain, the higher you went up the steep Inca steps the more you felt the majesty of life. You had to climb, one step at a time, at moments on your hands and knees, in order to earn those jaw dropping landscapes and sceneries. The higher the climb the better the view. This trip was very much like a pilgrimage for me, one that allowed me to shed my skin, letting go of the old and the negative to make room for the new and the positive. I feel as if I was re-charged by the nurturing spirit of Pacha Mama.

What I admired most about the Quechua people is their ability to believe that anything is possible; yes, even building a city in the skies. Like our guide Climaco would say to us in a constant reminder, especially when the energy of the group was low, “Si se Puede”/ “Yes we can”and it’s true. Anything is possible as long as we have the mental fortitude to see it trough. Anything is possible if we truly believe in it, then take proactive actions in that direction. I thank life, god, pacha mama, or whoever is responsible, for allowing me to partake in this unforgettable experience.

Thank you South America for giving me so much in so little time. There is no Goodbye in the Quechua language, instead they use the word ‘Tunpananchiskama’/ Until we meet again, which promises a re-encounter, a continuation and never and end.

Your eternal lover,

Juani Z

The people I Like

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I like the people who are sincere

who shake your hand and look at you in the eyes.

who are amazed and emotional

who smile at life

who love animals

who respect elders

who don’t make fun of others

and who always show face, no matter how hard the adversity.

I like the people/ Me gusta la Gente

 

Con la gente que me gusta
me dan las claras del alba
compartiendo madrugadas,
palabras, risas y lunas.
Con la gente que me gusta
paso las noches en vela
deberían ser eternas 
como la lluvia y la sed.
Me gusta la gente
que cuando saluda
te aprieta la mano
con fuerza y sin dudas.
Me gusta la gente 
que cuando te habla 
te mira a los ojos, 
te mira de frente,
Te dice a la cara 
aquello que siente 
y nada se calla y no tiene dobleces;
me gusta esa gente.
Con la gente que me gusta, 
alrededor de una mesa, 
cualquier vino es un poema, 
cualguier charla la locura.
Con la gente que me gusta
me encanta hablar de proyectos;
de esos que se lleva el viento
y que se olvidan después.
Me gusta la gente
que cuando saluda
te aprieta la mano
con fuerza y sin dudas.
Me gusta la gente
que cuando te habla
te mira a los ojos,
te mira de frente,
Te dice a la cara
aquello que siente
y nada se calla y no tiene dobleces;
me gusta esa gente.



(English)

With the people I like

I get the clearness of daybreak

sharing mornings, words, laughter and moons.

With the people I like

I spend sleepless nights

that should be eternal

like the rain and thirst.

I like the people

that when they shake your hand 

they do so firmly and without doubts.

I like the people

that when they talk to you

they look at you in the eyes,

straightforwardly,

and tells you to your face 

that which they feel.

And nothing has another face or is left unsaid.

Around a table

with the people I like,

any wine is poetry,

any conversation madness.

With the people I like

I love to speak about projects

Those that are taken by the wind

and forgotten later on.

I like those people. 

 

the Chase for Happiness

Zen Pencil Illustration quoting Henry David Thoreau, an American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. His words remind us that we can’t force happiness, happiness just is. When we frantically chase happiness like mad-men or mad-women it will continually elude us. Happiness is a by-product of living right and always comes when it has to. You can’t chase it, you have to create it. We must busy ourselves doing things we love, and doing it with passion, and happiness will float into our lives like a butterfly. Keep envisioning your happiness, trust yourself, trust your process, and like always keep growing, in the light direction.

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On Happiness

Happiness isn’t just a word. It is a World.

When I listen to music, it clears my head of all the worries & troubles this world brings. For those five to six minutes I go to a place where the sun always shines, and they don’t even have the word cloud because they’ve never seen one.

When I’m in love with someone and there is that hint of hope that they too might love me, I go to this place. When i’m having a great time with my friends, cracking each other up, I also visit this wonderful place.

That look in my dogs eyes when i return home whether i’ve been gone for ten minutes or three days, I know by that look that he’s in that spectacular place.

Enjoying food that is good for me also takes me to this other realm.

Happiness isn’t jus a word. It is a World. A world I try to live in as much as possible. I can understand the misconception between world and word, but if more people realize it’s more a world that a word; then this world would be a much better place.

It is and always will be about your perception; not about how other people’s world appears.

-Lisa has Heart



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Will’s reflections on Love

 

You cannot make a person happy……You can make a person smile, you can make a person feel good, you can make a person laugh, but whether or not a person is happy is deeply, totally, and utterly out of your control….. We fell into this false romantic concept that somehow when we got married we would become “One”, but what we realized is that we were two completely separate people, on two completely separate individual journeys, and that we were choosing to walk our two separate journeys, together. But her happiness was her responsibility, and my happiness was my responsibility…. Find your individual, internal, private, separate joy and then you can present yourself to the relationship and to each other already happy.”

-Will Smith