Belize is exactly the medicine i needed. Within days, my lungs were clear, i was off the inhaler i had to use to breathe, the pain in my knee and hips dramatically less, and the pain in my heart, unwinding and releasing with each new day meeting the sun and sea.
Unfortunately, the first place i rented was unsafe, and my friend and i were robbed twice before i was able to find a new place to stay. However, the new place is beyond perfect. It is safe, peaceful, and absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. And one of the best parts about it is that it has a phenomenally fantastic kitchen that is well stocked, and i have been having so much fun creating dishes for my friends here!
Coconut curried vegetables–coconuts picked right from the trees and hand grated and then soaked, stirred, and blended, then strained and cooked to a thick, rich cream. Yum!!!!!!
Vegetable tortillas with hand-made corn tortillas from a sweet family in the village stuffed with avocado, sprouted black beans and lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers marinated in a mango, chile, lime sauce.
Seasoned rice with asian-stir fried vegetables.
And last night, oven-roasted herbed potatoes; quinoa with green onions, basil, and spices; steamed broccoli and cauliflower with a “cheese” sauce i made from roasting red peppers, peeling them, and blending them with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and a little dried hummus mix.
Ah, yes, i am in my version of Heaven. i am realizing that i absolutely must spend real, solid amounts of time in the tropics, next to the sea, swimming, breathing warm, clean, salt water air, and making food for friends. i begin to heal on every single level in experiences like this. There are, of course, issues even here. But my capacity for managing my sensitive nature and all that goes on in my life and the world grows by leaps and bounds here.
Beginning in May, i will begin moving my home base here. And before all the comments from people who say how dare i give up on the U.S. and who do i think i am running off to some Caribbean Paradise. Let me say right up front, “i do not care about your opinions.” i have spent almost my entire life putting my needs behind everyone else’s. And it has had a toll on me. i would not go back and change a thing. But i am clear, that moving forward, i am planting my roots somewhere where i can heal, grow, thrive, and do the work i feel called to do in the way i feel called to do it.
And knowing this, my heart is tap dancing with joy and my spirit is soaring.
i will continue to do work i believe in, but i will do it in a way that is healthy for me. And hopefully, quite a bit of my work will include cooking delicious, healthy, vegan meals for people. : )
Lots of Love,