Guatemala – A Country Representing Humanity’s Eternal Double Morality

11by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
about two weeks ago, I shared an article with you guys called “Reflection On The Current Energy Movement – A Spiritual Voice”. In this piece I gave some insides about the similarities I can see in the collective movement which is going thru the United States right now, and a violent incident that happened in my little hometown San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala.
I was surprised about some of the reactions in town, as I had the feeling people could still not see the double moral that our situation has been unveiling. And now I run into an article from a Guatemalan blogger, who took on exactly that theme from her own unique understanding of her home-country. Please dear ones feel invited to read her piece with open ears and eyes, the example is Guatemala – but the same expressions of inbalance exist all over the world right now!
Love and Awakening Blessings
Edith

This is an except of the article Melisa Rabanales wrote, translated by me. The original is in Spanish available at this link: medium.com
I lived in Spain for a few months and one of the main things that struck me was the costumes of Europeans. I was accustomed to a „good morning“, to a smile from all people, to the kindness and hospitality of my countrymen. To my surprise when I arrived, I ran into long faces and the coldness that only someone who has lived there can understand. I was walking in the streets without anyone looking at me, no one offered me a chair or exchanged a smile (except for a woman I will never forget, who without saying nothing stood next to me and shared her umbrella to cross a street). Of course, no one helped me when I was about to unboard a train and I was dealing with my three suitcases, because I had gotten into the wrong train department.
And that was what I missed the most, life was good but I needed that “Latin flavor.” When I returned to my country I felt a relief, the people thanked me if I gave way and greeted me when I entered somewhere. But of course, now I saw it with different eyes.
I come from a country where it seems that most people are friendly. However, we are one of the most violent countries in Latin America and the world, reporting up to 15 violent deaths per day. The people are warm and supportive, but there are grenades in markets and hospitals killing thousands of innocents and gangs do not hesitate to threaten, extort and dismember whoever gets in their way. We are speaking of hospitals where women have to give birth on the ground because there are not enough supplies.aSure, they do not throw the door in my face here, like they do in Madrid, but when a man opened the door for me in a 10-zone mall – the first thing he did was take a good look at my ass when I passed. Of course, the men here smile and give us their seat but in the transmetro masturbate and ejaculate on our pants. In Madrid nobody’s head would turn to notice me, in Guatemala I have to dodge the glances and walk with stones in my hands, only because its a hot day and I decided to wear shorts.
We boast that we are the most hospitable and empathic, when more than 60% of the population live in poverty and yet, the former president and the ex-vice liked to sunbathe on their farm in Zaragoza, which they went to by private plane one day after seeing newborns in hospitals sleeping in boxes because there were no incubators.
We are a society that invisibilizes, we attribute the overthrow of a president and forget that there were demonstrations, indigenous movements, that began long before us; but did not go on television, nor did they change their profile photo of facebook for all their friends to see their “political activism”.
Let’s not talk about unity when CACIF asks for tax exemption. When the arguments against pluralism are based on “because they will lynch”, but we are in favor of the death penalty. Or when we were outraged because they said that Tikal was from Mexico, but we believe that Mayan traditions are stupid and force our children to learn Spanish at school, because their mother tongue is “not good enough.”

I live in a country where the President of the Republic arrives dressed – or better disguised – in traditional clothing to present the agenda, but let someone ask the official bench what they think of indigenous justice. Than nobody wants to be so “indito”. I also live in a country where former soldiers, who are convicted for cases of genocide and crimes against humanity – came to the court house also dressed in typical traditional clothing; after exterminating the Ixil people and subjecting the women of Sepur Zarco, and who knows where else, to slavery.
My country is where the daughter of a former military man, condemned by genocide and now clinging to senile, asks for the “death penalty” as a solution to the murderers. In a country where those who are in favor of that penalty now come out as being “pro-life”. And vice versa as well. Oh, and by the way – these are the same people and pseudo MPs who refuse guaranteed sex education.
Where the army, as said by Manuel Jose Arce, “has bombarded miserable villages, tortured children, cut off the breasts of mothers, overflowing with milk” now scream in favor of life; and who swore not to allow the famous „ship of abortion“ to touch Guatemalan lands.
I live in a country where we blame women for being raped or beaten. Where we see people dying of hunger, where there are pregnant girls, a childhood full of work, an oppressive and dominant elite class that does not pay taxes. Where we complain about the traffic but do not mention the pilots killed in it. Where the right hand is corrupt and the left hand is also corrupt.bAnd I do not try to endorse a very civilized Europe here, because of all the problems it has and because a great part of its “grandeur” only exist – thanks to our countries. But what is true, and that I can say from my personal experience, is that there I never was threatened with a gun in the face to steal my cell phone, there are special lanes for people with disabilities and the elderly do not live hidden in their homes because the cities are not adapted for them.
And then I realized, that maybe I do not want them to smile at me, maybe it’s okay if they do not greet me when I am entering or if they’re not the warmest people in the world. Maybe I just want us to be more empathetic, that the children do not starve, that the daughter of the lady who works in my house has the same opportunities as me and that in the end, we can, even if we do not all agree, achieve to build a better country.
Because I feel disgust by this double standards.

Source Article in Spanish: medium.com

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What Entrepreneurs And Millennials Gain From Their Alternative Lifestyles

1Dear Friends,
nearly a year ago, I shared with you an article from the author and entrepreneur Gustavo Tanaka, in witch he talked about the changes we can currently watch in our world, the creation of new life styles and life choices that lead to higher life quality. He pointed out that one thing changing now, is: “The fall of exaggerated consumerism. For too long, we’ve been manipulated to consume as much as we possibly can. To buy every new product launched, the newest car, the latest iPhone, the top brands, lots of clothes, shoes, lots and lots and lots of pretty much anything we could get our hands on.
Low-consumerism, slow life and slow food are a few excerpts of actions being taken as we speak, pointing out by contradiction how absurdly we have come to organize ourselves. Fewer people are using cars, fewer people are overspending, and more people are swapping clothes, buying used goods, sharing assets, cars, apartments, offices. We don’t need all of that they told us we needed. And this consciousness of new consumerism can take down any company living on the exaggerated end of it”.

Now, nearly one year later, I ran into this two articles that explain to us what it is that people are seeking these days, if they choose to leave their comfortable homes and carriers, to give a different life style and value system a chance for life!

This is an extract  from the article “How Millennials Are Finding Purpose (and a Better Life) in Guatemala” by Jenn Miller:
Our adolescence didn’t play out across the backdrop of the Great Recession. Most of us could still, realistically, expect to get a job when we graduated from university. A perk not enjoyed by the Millennial crowd. So, what’s a young person to do? Stuck in the middle of an economic and social quagmire, with a job market that is less than booming for recent graduates, faced with the prospect of living in a childhood bedroom for an extra decade? This generation might be guilty of a lot of things, but settling for the status quo isn’t one of them. Digital natives, their lives flow fluidly between the analog and the digital in ways that those of us less than a decade beyond them often envy, if we’re being honest. They’re on the cutting edge of everything, or they could be, from politics to the religious revolution, to what it means to create community.

The Innocents Abroad:
Guatemala is a place near and dear to my heart. I spend rather a lot of time there. Winters, six months at a time. A month this spring, holding back rainy season with the force of my sunshiny attitude alone. I’m not above a two-week trip, but that would just be enough to make me homesick when I had to leave. Driving through is always an adventure; you should try it sometime. One of the things that has percolated into my consciousness over a years-long love affair with the country is the number of Millennials who are living there. The question is why?pThe Gap Year Crowd:
There’s the Gap Year crowd, blowing through with a checklist in hand, comparing notes over beers in my friend’s hostel of an evening. They’re fresh-faced. Their backpacks are clean. They’re wide-eyed and gushy about all of the wonderful places they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Many of them, for the first time, are realizing that there’s life beyond school, options beyond an office work environment, and ways of living other than the one they encountered growing up behind the white picket fences of middle America.
“For Millennials, growing up as the first generation of digital natives, jacked into the matrix since before they could walk, encountering the analog world, in places without ubiquitous connection, is an awakening.” It’s the discovery of another kind of community building and a tactile learning experience. These young people come to Guatemala to breathe in the color and exhale experience. They come seeking ceremonies, cacao, nahual, drum circles and kirtan; hell, sometimes just a rousing round of karaoke therapy among strangers who are friends. They come seeking truths that weren’t found in their textbooks and connection of a deeper sort.

The Longer-Term Travelers:
And then there are the longer-term travelers, the ones out “finding themselves” for a bit. Studying as they go, volunteering a bit, living on the cheap while they figure out where the road is leading. These tend to be the middle Millennials, late twenties to thirtyish. Maybe they worked a while in the real world and became disillusioned. Maybe their advanced degree landed them nothing more than a barista job and they began to wonder, “Is this all there is?” These are young people with ambition and energy who want lives that will truly matter. They’re the ones who took a look at the treadmill of the office world and couldn’t quite make themselves fall in line.
The ways they support themselves are fascinatingly diverse. They trade hours for lodging in hostels and hotels. They play music. They teach lessons. They work online. They save furiously to earn their freedom and then they turn up in the highlands of Guatemala, bringing all of the bright energy of youth and their creativity to bear on building something beautiful, serving in ways that matter to them, and making it last as long as they can.
These are young people who are living up to the Millennial reputation for insisting on work-life balance and on work that is satisfying to the soul as well as the pocketbook. Does this make them lazy? Is opting out of the traditional route, and living barefoot in a highland village on ten bucks a day instead a red flag for lack of ambition? No. I’d argue the choice has more to do with idealism, and a passion for making a difference, and using their talents (creative and otherwise) to their best end, and nothing at all to do with laziness.aThis is an extract  from the article “I left corporate life behind, to live in a camper van” by Vanessa Runs:
That first year in the RV was like a vacation. Both of us overworked and under-stimulated, we drove from San Diego to Alaska, across Canada, then back down the East coast. And for the next two years, we did our favorite parts all over again. We own two bowls, two spoons and two forks. We wash our dishes with creek water. My husband goes fishing for our breakfast. I walk a lot. I seek solitude like a junkie seeks crack. I sleep extravagantly.
The miles have been kind to me. I’ve known hummingbirds as friends, holding their tiny pulsing bodies in the palm of my hand. I often waste an entire day reading. I can sneak up on a squirrel. I live and write offline. The sunsets slip by one after the other, and I am sentenced to watch them quietly, without reaching for a selfie. I tuck these moments away in my heart where they fester into a messy sort of love. I have learned that I don’t need to possess things in order to love them. I have learned that most people are not like me. I have learned that many people are exactly like me. I have learned that security is a myth.

I have faith not so much in the positive outcome of things, but more strongly in my own ability to endure everything. There will always be times of trouble and I will always survive them. I am good at making jokes in the dark places. I am good at suffering. I am good at loss. Today I went to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico. Seven hundred years ago, Mogollon natives inhabited these caves. I walked where they walked. I saw where they ate and drank and slept. I looked out of their windows and saw the same views they would have seen.
I’ll probably never have a 401K, but I have some trout from the stream and there’s enough to share with you, too, should you drop by. I have fresh water from the mountain and an extra mug of coffee. I have a little bit of bread, some wine in my mason jar, and a messy sort of love for you.
And everything is going to be okay.bird4

Sources: bootsnall.com, medium.com, theguardian.com

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Emergency Tips To Center And Ground Our Energies

njhby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
in the last post about taking physical and spiritual self care to higher levels, I mentioned that the energy field of the recent Cancer New Moon triggered in many people a need to develop the deepest levels of self care and evaluation of their needs. As one way of increasing our personal energy level, I suggested the rejuvenating process of cleansing our liver and colon system. Such a cleanse helps us transform the lower feelings we carry around over years in our livers energetic memory.
But not only is it an important step of increasing self love and self care to transform our body’s memory and change the impact of our past, we should also have some techniques at hand to center and ground our energies, in case we feel a bit lost in the chaotic energies of the collective out on the street.

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One thing that is helpful to practice, is a payer that is designed to transform lower vibrations. You can choose any prayer, from any religion or tradition, important is only, that you feel safe and strong in the energy field that you create with it. Personally I enjoy working with the violet flame of transformation, it allows me to keep the fires burning all day long ;-).
If you train yourself to shift energies in your surrounding in order to navigate your day, you probably will not come to the point of feeling overwhelmed by the outside influences. If it should anyway happen, you find a list of simple helpful emergency steps below, to center and ground your energies again.

Violet Flame Prayer
I AM a being of violet fire
I AM the purity God desires.

imagesHere are more simple techniques how to get your pieces back together, if you feel lost in the energies of the collective:
1.) When ever you find yourself in the middle of a crowd of people, with no feeling for where your body starts or where it ends, if you lack the ability to identify your feelings as separated from the collective emotional body, or you find your mind engaged in conversations that are alien to the ways you are usually thinking – your conscious breathing is what can quickly separate you!!!
Our breath allows us the feeling of being “The One”, within the “Oneness”.  As the veil between us all is crumbling more and more, and we are extending into recognizing ourselves again, it’s our breath that will carry  us home. So put your hands on your body. You can embrace yourself or you put one hand on the belly and one on the chest. Give your arms some pressure, so you can really feel your physical body with every breath you take. Breath with an open mouth – deep into the belly, make sure you feel your feet on the ground, increase the pressure on your body if needed and repeat in your mind: “With every breath I take, I am bringing my full awareness into my physical body”.

2.) Another super effective practical and always available tool to gain control over your energy body, is “humming”. Take some deep breath and start humming one sound over and over again. Try not to make it a melody, just a sound. It is not for the others, only for your recognition of your body – as sound. Try not to think about what the people might think! There is nothing embarrassing about it! It is easily done and nobody will care. You can be as gentle and calm with it as you want, indeed the more internal the humming, the more intense the energy will flow.
If your crowd is a business meeting or you are at a public speech you are giving, try and make it to the next toilet!! Lock yourself in a cubicle and hum! Be patient and kind! Take your time and give yourself the luxury of internal life music:-). For sure it has taken you longer to get yourself into this state, than you are aware of, so talk kindly with yourself (in your mind) while waiting for the irritation to pass.

3.) If your crowd is a friendly one and you feel free to seek the help of a neighbor, ask somebody for a hug! Be very clear in the communication about your current need. Explain that you need to be held very tide and that you need to breath in their arms, until you feel your senses all coming back into your body. Make sure you are well understood and that there is no sexual tension involved (if there is any second agenda in the mind of your helper – this energy can have an even more irritating effect on you, in a moment of vulnerability and need). Choose wisely!!.
When you are in their embrace, make sure your feet are standing strait to each other and fully touch the ground. Make sure your body is standing strait and your breath can flow freely until the feet (don’t allow your bud to stick out like a tail!! the energy can not flow that way!). If necessary, ask your hug partner to put a hand firm against your lower back. If you feel pressure in this part of your body, you will automatically start breathing deeper. Keep breathing deeply – if possible with a sound on the out breath – until you can feel yourself fully arriving in the body.14.) In case you get lost in the middle of an outdoor concert, a big festival or anywhere else in nature, look around and scan your surrounding for hand size stones or bigger rocks. Rocks are a very tense manifestations of mother earth, which gives them the power to ground us. Take some hand size stones and hold them. Make sure your feet are both on the ground and your legs are strait. Breath deeply and concentrate on the weight in your hands. After some minutes you will feel the smoothing, grounding and centering effect they have.
If you can sit down, do so! Take two rocks of the size of your feet and step on them. At the same time put a big rock in your lap and allow yourself to feel its weight. Now concentrate on the rocks under your feet, start moving your feet a very little bit and feel the different parts on the surface of the rock. This brings your awareness to the ground and therefor your energy into the earth. The weight in your lap will work with you on this! To intensify the effect of this exercise, you can also combine your mind with your breath and think on every out-breath: I trust myself, I let go, I am sinking in.

5.) All of the above mentioned techniques are much more effective, if you take your shoes of. The rougher the underground, the better! If you have the choice between soft grass and little, spiky rocks – choose the rocks! The very minimal pain will remind your brain that you have a physical body, and set your energy in motion to call all your senses back into body awareness. To make the impact more powerful, remind yourself that it is you challenging yourself! The feeling of “loosing yourself” very often triggers the idea of being a victim of the situation. By reminding yourself of your co-creator role, you delete immediately again the energetic impact of your thoughts, feelings and expressions of victim-hood,  from your karmic records!!

Dear Ones, be kind to yourself and top up on self-love and self care when ever needed these days! The collective has gone into a big wave of chaotic shock right now and is in need of many safe anchors, people who hold space for the calm and safe transition of all of us into the Golden Age of Aquarius!! Be one of them!!
Love and Blessings ;-)!

Edith

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What’s Wrong with Voluntourism? “Everything” – This Beneficiary Feels

aaDear Friends,
at the beginning of last month I shared an expect from the article “are you a truly spiritual person, or simply full of it”, written & translated by Giulio Pietro Benati, where the author shared his thoughts and concerns about the “fake spiritualism”, that also seams to have made its way into the awakening movement of our society. The question was raised what the student of spiritual practices truly gains, when the exercise is rather consumed as under fashion demands, than driven by the desire to surrender to the teachings in everyday life. Today’s piece is a cry for more attention towards our giving, and if everything given as a present – anyway still has a price in this world.

Since eleven years of my life, I have the incredible blessing of spending time in my wonderful second home; San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, in Guatemala. In this little highland country side town, we are living together in a wild mix of world people. The original San Marcos population are Mayan people, from the tribe of the Kaqckikel, and the rest are a crazy colorful mix of foreigners, from all countries, cultures, character, colors and languages of the world. You could say the divine plan has used its complete crayon color box in San Marcos La Laguna.
Something I watched over all these years is – the coming of the archetype of the “helper and healer”, with or without any kind of religious background, inspired to “safe or local population” from their lot. People who often very quickly, very profoundly get frustrated with the locals respond (or NON RESPOND) to their efforts. So I found it very interesting to read this intense piece from a person who actually received all this “supporters” gives AND takes.

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Dear Ones, I hope you enjoy the read. I hope the authors fiery words will make one or the other of us check in again, if all our givings are truly as unconditionally as we would like them to be.
Love & Peaceful Awakening!

Edith

pocc5q6kw06photo: Prisca                               I am the default brown girl in your dorm room pictures. 

written by Prisca Dorcas:
I will preface this by saying that a lot of my doctors and dentists were white Americans, and that I have a soft spot in my heart for those people because they are working hard to change someone else’s life. Access to medical care, good medical care, is nearly impossible for many poor folks in Latin American countries and the Caribbean. These doctors and dentists came into communities that most outsiders will not step foot in.
In fact, my first tooth was pulled by a white American dentist when I was a kid growing up in Nicaragua, and I remember the care and attention I got like it was yesterday. You always remember your first visit to a dentist, it sticks with you. Another time I had a huge fall off my bike, and a white American dentist was staying at our home and he sewed me up, giving me seven very necessary stitches. I will always remember this. I also remember that they never asked me for a picture. They were too busy helping people. I hold these people who come to our countries and do that kind of work in high regard. Voluntourists and missionaries are another story.

Why We Should Listen to Our Inner Brujas:
Gospel Outreach came to Nicaragua when I was a little girl. All of my toys, clothes, and much of our food came from ships that were stocked with their goods. I remember walking into those boats and seeing piles of toys and boxes upon boxes of minute soups. These much-needed supplies were crucial to my childhood. We were that poor. But the people sending this very important stuff decided that they needed to see the faces of the lives they were changing. It was not enough to just help, they wanted to see where their selfless donations were going.
I have many childhood memories in Nicaragua that include voluntourists and missionaries. I remember that they were really kind, almost too kind. When you grow up poor, you have a lot of street smarts and reading people comes second nature. It was like they were trying to make up for something. They really wanted us to like them, because they loved us — indiscriminately. It was the sort of love where they did not get our mailing addresses or phone numbers, because it was not about becoming lifelong friends. They loved being around me, it was something about my poverty, brownness, and how they felt like they were saving me. They loved that feeling.
It was as though in exchange for life-giving goods we had to give them a life-changing experience. We had to welcome them to our lands with our arms wide open, as though they were blameless as to how our country was in such distress. As if they did not inherit their comfort and safety from the presidents and governments that they had elected who had done this to us. They wanted us to say mil gracias to their smiling faces as if reparations were not due, deserved, and rightfully ours.indexAn Open Letter to My Gringo Boyfriend:
We have always been able to see right through this facade. Since I was five years old I saw right through it. I probably did not have the words as a kid, but I knew you were trying to get something out of me. I do not have fond memories of the Beckys and Chads who came to my country and took pictures with me so that they could hang the photos in their dorm rooms and go on with their lives. Those same Beckys did not stand up against Trump’s xenophobic agenda. The Chads stayed silent during that Cinco de Mayo party that their roommates hosted, perpetuating problematic stereotypes about ALL Latinxs. The Beckys know that NAFTA and CAFTA rulings keep kids like me in poverty, but still shop at stores known for using slave labor and sweatshops.
Those Chads and Beckys have never done anything for me. When they’re asked why they went to my country, they probably said that they wanted to help, but after they were done planting the trees that their church donated, they went home and did nothing besides wear our trajes tipicos. You left and told your life-changing story, but you’ve dismantled nothing. You’ve helped no one but yourself. What have you done for those brown children in your dorm-room picture since you left? I personally resent that you have pictures of us brown poor children, because while we probably changed your life, you’ve done nothing for us but used our brown bodies as a reminder of your good deeds.

Source: VIVALA.COM

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Chaotic Collective Shifts – 5 Ways That Quickly Ground Us In Body Awareness

oby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
in this amazing moment in human evolution, we can clearly feel the beginning of the gathering of the new tribes on the planet. In daily more place in the world the collective awakening process is recognized by the masses, and events like the recent Super New Moon are celebrated in many ways. There are parties, ceremonies, rituals, moon dances, women’s circles, men’s groups, collective meditations and much more. Activities that can lead to the unfolding of beautiful relationships, intense energetic connections, and for some to emotional entanglements and a lack of clarity about their personal energy field.

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On a daily base, I have the chance to meet incredibly talented and unbelievably magical beautiful people from all over the world, many of them Indigo and Crystal Children, who often report a feeling of getting “lost in the crowd”, when interacting in groups of people. Many seam unable to hold space for their own energy field when the collective energies get to strong and pushing. A feeling that is triggered by a disconnection of the emotional body and the physical body or the energetic body and the physical body. At the same time there are daily more people re-connect with the higher frequencies of the universe these days, and as result become more sensitive to collective energy impacts in general.

Also the bigger issue for Crystal Children is that they are born with an increased inner clarity of our collective oneness, on the energetic level. And Indigo Children are emotionally highly sensitive to the collective feelings, as they are the keeper of the emotional energy field for the Golden Age of Humanity. That makes it harder to navigate their own energy in big groups of people! Crystal Children have a special relationship to space and to respecting equality. This creates the challenge, no to get to irritated when confronted with bully behavior or peoples ignorance for the collectives needs. When weekend in their spirit, it takes them out of their center and make them loose their power to others.
aHere are some simple techniques how to get your pieces back together, when lost in the energies of the collective:

1.) When ever you find yourself in the middle of a crowd of people, with no feeling for where your body starts or where it ends, if you lack the ability to identify your feelings as separated from the collective emotional body, or you find your mind engaged in conversations that are alien to the ways you are usually thinking – your conscious breathing is what can quickly separate you!!!
Our breath allows us the feeling of being “The One”, within the “Oneness”.  As the veil between us all is crumbling more and more, and we are extending into recognizing ourselves again, it’s our breath that will carry  us home. So put your hands on your body. You can embrace yourself or you put one hand on the belly and one on the chest. Give your arms some pressure, so you can really feel your physical body with every breath you take. Breath with an open mouth – deep into the belly, make sure you feel your feet on the ground, increase the pressure on your body if needed and repeat in your mind: “With every breath I take, I am bringing my full awareness into my physical body”

2.) Another super effective practical and always available tool to gain control over your energy body, is “humming”. Take some deep breath and start humming one sound over and over again. Try not to make it a melody, just a sound. It is not for the others, only for your recognition of your body – as sound. Try not to think about what the people might think! There is nothing embarrassing about it! It is easily done and nobody will care. You can be as gentle and calm with it as you want, indeed the more internal the humming, the more intense the energy will flow.
If your crowd is a business meeting or you are at a public speech you are giving, try and make it to the next toilet!! Lock yourself in a cubicle and hum! Be patient and kind! Take your time and give yourself the luxury of internal life music:-). For sure it has taken you longer to get yourself into this state, than you are aware of, so talk kindly with yourself (in your mind) while waiting for the irritation to pass.

3.) If your crowd is a friendly one and you feel free to seek the help of a neighbor, ask somebody for a hug! Be very clear in the communication about your current need. Explain that you need to be held very tide and that you need to breath in their arms, until you feel your senses all coming back into your body. Make sure you are well understood and that there is no sexual tension involved (if there is any second agenda in the mind of your helper – this energy can have an even more irritating effect on you, in a moment of vulnerability and need). Choose wisely!!.
When you are in their embrace, make sure your feet are standing strait to each other and fully touch the ground. Make sure your body is standing strait and your breath can flow freely until the feet (don’t allow your bud to stick out like a tail!! the energy can not flow that way!). If necessary, ask your hug partner to put a hand firm against your lower back. If you feel pressure in this part of your body, you will automatically start breathing deeper. Keep breathing deeply – if possible with a sound on the out breath – until you can feel yourself fully arriving in the body.24.) In case you get lost in the middle of an outdoor concert, a big festival or anywhere else in nature, look around and scan your surrounding for hand size stones or bigger rocks. Rocks are a very tense manifestations of mother earth, which gives them the power to ground us. Take some hand size stones and hold them. Make sure your feet are both on the ground and your legs are strait. Breath deeply and concentrate on the weight in your hands. After some minutes you will feel the smoothing, grounding and centering effect they have.
If you can sit down, do so! Take two rocks of the size of your feet and step on them. At the same time put a big rock in your lap and allow yourself to feel its weight. Now concentrate on the rocks under your feet, start moving your feet a very little bit and feel the different parts on the surface of the rock. This brings your awareness to the ground and therefor your energy into the earth. The weight in your lap will work with you on this! To intensify the effect of this exercise, you can also combine your mind with your breath and think on every out-breath: I trust myself, I let go, I am sinking in.

5.) All of the above mentioned techniques are much more effective, if you take your shoes of. The rougher the underground, the better! If you have the choice between soft grass and little, spiky rocks – choose the rocks! The very minimal pain will remind your brain that you have a physical body, and set your energy in motion to call all your senses back into body awareness. To make the impact more powerful, remind yourself that it is you challenging yourself! The feeling of “loosing yourself” very often triggers the idea of being a victim of the situation. By reminding yourself of your co-creator role, you delete immediately again the energetic impact of your thoughts, feelings and expressions of victim-hood,  from your karmic records!!

Dear Ones, I hope you feel inspired and will try out this techniques! Hope you feel safe and well within the immense shifts required from us these days!! I am happy to know you are on the road with me!! Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place with your effort and personal awakening!
Love and Oneness!
Edith

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The Festival Of Consciousness in San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan

LAGO-ATITLAN-2by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
even that I announced my holidays to you, I could not resist to prepare some special treats for you! First up the reminder for the “7th Festival of Consciousness“, that is taking place here in San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – starting this Thursday March 17th, running till March 21st!!! This is an amazing opportunity to get a taste for the magic of our little town, to connect with people who share their spiritual teachings here and simply have fun at the theater and music events provided!! I will be holding 2 workshops for “Silent Community Play Time” and a discussion circle if “Indigo Children are the Natural Leader for the Golden Age of Aquarius“!

focAnd as divine timing always works out perfectly for all of us, this month I am free for a personally designed One on One training week that I can share from March 28th to April 1st ;-)! I am already excited to see, who it will be that claims the spot!!March 16-pageThis is the official flyer announcing the Festival:
The 7th Festival of Consciousness will begin on March 17th this year! Passes are available online and will be available for purchase in person at the beginning of the week. So many great workshops and events! Be sure to stay informed at sanmholisticcottage.com A long version of some workshops will be uploaded tomorrow! This is a GREAT event to be in San Marcos for! Remember if there is no accommodation in town, private boats can easily be arranged to take you back to Tzununa, San Juan, and San Pedro, So come play, learn, share and connect in San Marcos!

zI hope my friends to meet you there!! To share some silent deep rooted, soul connecting, playtime with you; or have the chance for a passionate discussion about the role of Indigo Children in the creation of the Golden Age of Aquarius!!! For the following 5 days I have prepared simple guidlines and high vibrating songs for you, to make a deep inner connection with the forces of the elements. Than I am back with the energies most present for all of us, in that very moment of this ever shifting, ever changing experience we call “life” ;-).
Love and Blessings… I am off for the beach now;-)!
Edith

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Are You A Truly Spiritual Person – Or Simply Full Of It

guihjby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
just some days ago, I shared in my post about the Food Project “Konojel”, that in my wonderful second home; San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, in Guatemala; we are living in a wild mix of world people. The San Marcos population is made up of original Mayan people from the tribe of the Kaqckikel, and a colorful mix of foreigners from all countries of the world. Many of this people consider themselves part of the New Age Scene, a tribal movement or travel the world as alternative healer. Life styles and philosophies of all kinds are practiced in our little town, bringing the positive and the negative side of a spiritual life to the surface. So when I ran into this article raising the question, how much spirituality is truly translated in divine actions in the many new awakening movements, I felt like this is truly worth questioning
!!! Let me know what you think, and what type of feelings this article has created in you! I hope you enjoy the read!!
Miraculous Self-Discoveries and
Blessings ;-)!

Edith

This is an expect from the article “sei-spirituale-o-pieno-di-te-stesso”, written & translated by Giulio Pietro Benati
We hear it all the time: “I am spiritual, but not religious.” Recent human history has probably seen more conversions to spirituality than any other era. However, what does it mean, “being spiritual”? I grew up an atheist, with the certainty that religion was the opiate of the masses. The Catholic Church, in particular, looked evil to me: opulent, false, opportunist. It burned witches, molested children, and fought holy wars against imaginary enemies.
However, I felt an inner calling to look for something more than sheer matter. That’s why I started to seek. I found a yoga school in Thailand that taught me several techniques meant for the attainment of the infinite without the need for any divinity (or, at least, that’s what I thought). At that school, I observed that for many people spirituality means practicing yoga, reading books about self-development, and speaking about being spiritual. Even at that time, I felt that something was wrong with this idea of spirituality (which I considered really shallow) compared to the lives of the saints and mystics who followed many genuine ascetic traditions.
Today, when I take a look around, I can only confirm what I saw seven years ago.5681“Being spiritual,” according to the latest New Age trends, often includes everything that I said above, plus some other ingredients like dressing up as a “spiritual person” and sharing a “spiritual look” on Facebook or becoming vegan/vegetarian and pointing the finger at anyone who is not.
Appearance overcomes essence, facade overcomes truth, and falsehood pervades everything.
I don’t want to say that doing yoga is something bad. It is totally appropriate to follow yogic principles if you follow them with honesty and compassion, just as you are perfectly entitled to have faith in Jesus Christ, Buddha, or Muhammad if you live with the open heart that a true seeker should have.
The bad thing is if, on the other hand, you hide behind yoga or religion in order to justify all the shit you spread around. I’m strongly convinced that an aggressive attitude against non-vegan people masks the same tendencies that brought about the Inquisition and the burning of witches in the name of God!

Substituting One Dogma for Another
Many seekers leave their parents’ religions just to substitute one dogma for another. Instead of considering pre-marital sex a sin, they consider eating sugar, not recycling, or using a car instead of a bike sinful. As in the past, the fundamental tenets of a genuine spiritual path (truthfulness, freedom, and unconditional love) are lost along the way. In other words, the everlasting happiness independent of the external world is overlooked.
And sometimes, that spark of the Infinite that you tasted makes you feel special, favored. Suddenly, you are right and the rest of the world is wrong. You are the special child of God, your path is the unique, authentic one and anyone who doesn’t follow it is making a mistake (and, even if they are following it, you are doing it better!). Chanting Sanskrit mantras, not cursing, always being kind (even if it’s a false kindness), having symbolic tattoos, and becoming vegan are not true signs of spirituality.
However, this is exactly what the vast majority of “spiritual people” do nowadays, thinking that this is enough to be elevated, special, and dear in God’s eyes. They think these actions make them better than the rest of the world. Obviously, I don’t think that every single person who walks the spiritual path today is doing it so blindly. There are undoubtedly people who are sincerely seeking the Absolute in their lives. However, from what I have observed in my (short) experience, an overwhelming majority of those who define themselves as spiritual have a very distorted conception of themselves and of the path they are walking.khkjiThe Spiritual Path Is the Path of the Common Man
If you are REALLY spiritual, allow yourself to simply be you. This “spiritual you” should be kind, compassionate, and gentle (although it is said that many mystical people have tremendous personalities 😉 !). Take care not to fall into the trap of dogma; you don’t have to fight to be like that. You don’t have to force yourself to be spiritual. Even more, you don’t have to strive to appear spiritual. You are already spiritual! These virtues are already in you!
What you have to do is simply decondition yourself and recognize the truth deeply embedded in yourself. This is what the spiritual path should be—simply the search for your true nature. Spirituality simply means to be authentic with yourself and others. Pay attention, though. It is not easy to be authentic! In my whole life, I have met very few people who are truly authentic. Being authentic means being open, not being afraid of the judgment of others, trusting in the universe. It means to believe.

Source: Hridaya Yoga

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Easter is coming… How about Fasting for 1 Week for Food Funds of 1 Year

nby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
so many of you, who are reading my post on a regular base are what we call, Friends and Family of San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, in Guatemala, and well aware of the Konojel Food Project. For the ones who are new to my blog and have not heard about my wonderful second home jet, we are a very small town on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The population in San Marcos is made up of original Mayan people from the tribe of the Kaqckikel, and a colorful mix of foreigners from all countries of the world. Alternative life styles of all kinds are practiced in our little town, bringing also new opportunities for our local people. In 2011 an American couple, home owner and regulars in San Marcos, decided to fund a project where children, elderly people and pregnant women, would receive a hot meal the day – in order to fight chronicle malnutrition in town. By now this activity has grown and became a community project and Non-Profit organization:  The All Together Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit EIN 47-2522190.

So now, every year our little community is running a fund raiser in order to continue with our efforts, to give our neighbors a healthy foundation for their life’s. Right now the “Konojel Nutrition Center” is sending out the call to join a liquid fast for 1 week (from March 20th – 27th) and o support the Daily Lunch Program. As we are already in the weeks before Easter, and so many people feel inspired to fast during this time of the year, I thought I bring our activity to your awareness… so you can make this year one that counts even more than your lost calories ;-)… I hope that many of you will join us in our task to show, that even the smallest of sacrifice from one human to another, can change a persons world forever!! Food safety is the foundation of growth and reaching our potential, maybe you wanna share your safety with a sister or brother from our town this year!!
Love you all!! Blessings and Full Plates!!
Edith

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Since 2011, Konojel has served more than 75,000 nutritious lunches in San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala. We provide a hearty lunch every weekday to 65 of the most at-risk individuals in town — children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and elders who are often overlooked at home when food is scarce.
Konojel’s daily lunch program works to strengthen and stabilize the weakest members of an impoverished community in which nearly 7 in 10 children suffer the effects of chronic malnutrition. The food served at Konojel represents a tremendous improvement in the diet of those who eat there. The menu includes fresh vegetables grown in our organic gardens, both cooked and raw in salads, proteins, superfoods, and many other components of a balanced diet. The goal is to include as many vitamins and minerals as possible, which are lacking in the typical diet of our beneficiaries and are the main cause of chronic malnutrition.

The daily lunch program is our oldest and most established program, and all money raised in this fundraiser will support the costs associated with creating and serving lunches. Our goal of $30,000 is $6,000 over the current costs to run this program each year. If we reach this goal, the extra money will be used to increase the amount of protein used in our menu. Additional protein from locally-sourced eggs and chicken will provide further growth and benefit to Konojel members.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. If you would like to join our liquid fast, click the “Become A Faster” button and share your page with your friends, family, and online network. We have an incredible schedule of events, workshops, and classes planned for those fasting for funds in San Marcos.

If you need help signing up, watch this short video the team has put together to help —

 

Konojel means “All Together” in Kaqchikel, the Mayan dialect spoken in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. That’s exactly what we do — bring people together to do incredible things. Help support our work by participating in our fundraiser, donating, or volunteering with us.

Konojel is a project of The All Together Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit EIN 47-2522190.

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The Gathering Of The Tribes & Community in San Marcos La Laguna

maxresdefaultby Edith Boyer-Telmer
Dear Friends,
over the last few month I have shared information and insides how the collective awakening into the Golden Age of Aquarius will transform our Paradigms for Community Living and gathering in Soul Tribe, as we planed by Soul Contracts. In the last two days I posted that the time has come for the tribes to unite and how it is on us to develop the emotional intelligence needed to succeed. If you follow my posts regularly, than you also know by now about my second home San Marcos La Laguna, Solola Guatemala. A place where international traveler gather, many foreigner have found a second home, and the locals are from the very humble and gentle Kaqchickel tribe. A mix that allows us all intense cultural exchange and deep learning from another.
And of course such a merging of that many cultures, traditions and different worldview’s, is also filled with the challenges to truly listen to another, respect each others ways and seek to find common ground, that allows all groups involved to live their life authentically, peaceful and stress free. Over the past few month the resistance of the original town people against curtain culturally challenging behaviors has suddenly increased, and so it is time for us to step up, listen and learn from another again right now.
Being aware that this is truly the time where the doors of heavens one more time opened, to shower us with clarity and guidance for the new paradigms of community and tribal living, San Marcos is collectively spot on. We are also known as people with inspirational initiatives and so I was not surprised to find yesterday an invitation on facebook, to gather the beings in town for a speaking circle of Native American style, and see how far we can get this very moment in time. Read here the invitation, and the first steps for solution finding and better communication, the San Marcos crowd came up with!mujeres-con-sus-trajes-tradicionales-en-san-marcos-la-laguna_galeria_principal_size2
Dear San Marcos Family,
I am suggesting a ‘town gathering’ open to all who are willing to be a part. The tension regarding mutual respect between locals, imported residents and tourists has gotten out of hand. There are many who want to help, but don’t know how. Though I understand it’s not my place to take charge in this matter, as someone who cares for and wants to help build this beautiful community, I feel the need to at least try to organize people into an awareness of the issues at hand. A collaborative, non-heirarchal and genuine approach can help shape life for all present and future San Marcos stakeholders. Let’s get together so we can move together. I am suggesting perhaps Sunday afternoon. While I envision this meeting happening in the main square under the comfort of the great tree, I also see reasons that may be less than ideal. I am open to all advice and thank everyone in advance for your cares and concerns, hard work and dedication to unity.
Love you Marcosians, let’s chat.

Comment 1:
As a local and being part and understanding all the parties basically at some level, having gone for a week and just now hearing just the surface of the stuff that has been gong on, you can count on me for whatever is needed,Guatemala is a country of connections and if its for the good of our pueblo.. being resourceful could help.
Comment 2:
Yes, a real tricky subject. Is it Xenophobia and cultural conservatism? And what is the right balance between preserving cultures and being open to change? Is the new age more about allowing the clash of cultures to create a new openness? What is our/your/my role in bringing much needed change to the world we live in. Problems in this community has been described to me as Guatemalan resistance to progress. How do we create change without offense? Is it possible, or are revolutions by necessity violent or confrontational.
And what is progress? The grip of the Church, oppression of women, etc does present a conundrum. A fine balance, a razor’s edge exists between being true to yourself in spirit and respecting local custom. I know that preserving or learning from indigenous cultures and their closeness to nature is fundamental to planetary survival, and our new “hippy” culture largely carries those values, and the local customs are largely influenced by Catholic conservatism. A fine pickle we’re in. Takes some finesse to navigate this delicate balance.;
Comment 3:
I appreciate the vulnerability this community is willing to enter when I read this thread. Which to me, is an important aspect to be considered when a proposed town gathering , with the desire to hear , share, and come to better relationship and understanding, is at hand. I personally have no huge stake in San Marcos; I do have a large stake in the humans currently figuring out how to live together on this planet. To me this thread speaks to a universal need. I would love to see a gathering of this sort end with hugs and smiles, and most of all, with open hearts for all.
However, I feel personally afraid to attend , let alone speak, at a gathering with no facilitator. For the reason that in order for coherence and understanding to arise in a group, I believe there needs to be a strong and clear container for it. Perhaps someone would volunteer to facilitate who is experienced in these ways and is not directly involved with the issues? Someone who feels they can hold space for the container, for the dialogue? To call on people and summarize what has been said, to determine if breaks are needed, if something is off topic, etc. a space keeper entrusted with the stated mission and goals of such a town gathering. The goal stated that I see is for an organization of awareness of the issues at hand, with a theme of unity and peace. Perhaps the goal of this meeting could be to
a) come to shared understanding of the issues at hand and
b) come up with a goal for what future meetings would try to accomplish…. and possibly
c) determine a meeting structure to support future town meetings to happen.
I am in complete agreement with a collaborative, non-hierarchical and genuine approach to this meeting and hope that my comment here elaborates on one option to move in this direction.wide-1000-San.Marcos.la.Laguna-1
I attended circles that were fruitful, without hierarchy, people listening. An amazing experience. People sharing and listening. So I know it’s possible. I know how it can work. I know it is very hard to keep this kind of circle together. It would need a strong group of people facilitating such a circle here in this town. A spontaneous circle under the tree in the center cannot hold space for the ones who don’t have a loud voice. Whoever has knowledge of talking circles and feels it is possible to pull this off, I’ll help. Basic rules: only one person speaks at a time, everybody has a chance to speak and to be heard (one by one in a circle, no cross talk, wait your turn) speak from the heart, no judgements, no accusations.
Dear Ones, I hope this words are help and inspiration for you and more communities, to take their first steps on the way to unite the tribes again!! Sending Love and Blessings!!!
Edith

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The rise of traveling families and world-schooling

640Dear Friends,
by now many of you know that I currently spend my live in a small Guatemalan Countryside town called San Marcos La Laguna, Solola. What is so very special about this place is that it attracts traveler, spiritual seeker and any types of people who challenge the status quo of our momentary society systems, by trying out new ways of living. Many of the people who come to town are young parents, long-term traveler and creator of new schooling types. So I found it very interesting to read that the world has picked up on this movement and the first public discussions about the pro and cons of long-term traveling with children, education outside the official education system and learning by experience – rather than studying the world from inside a classroom, have started. I hope you enjoy the article and maybe you feel inspired and take a little trip yourself!? I am very interested to hear, what you think about this topic and if one or the other of you has dreamed a similar dream already!! Have another wonderful day of learning on planet earth!! Love and Blessings
Edith

More families than ever are taking ‘adventures’ – long-term trips where children learn on the road. We talk to nomadic parents about the pros and cons of dropping out to travel the world. World-schooling, adventuring, life-learning, whatever you call it, more parents are doing it – if the proliferation of blogs and books by families on round-the-world trips is anything to go by. Driven by a desire to spend a greater amount of time with their children, escape the pressures of work and discover new cultures and lifestyles, a growing number of parents are jacking it all in, taking the kids out of school and setting off on an adventure.
Take Jo and Jamie Robins, who are two weeks into a four-month South America trip with their daughters, aged 10 and seven. “We want to take some time to step back from life, the treadmill of working hard to pay a mortgage, not having enough time for family or to follow our interests,” says Jo. The Robins have only just begun their adventure and are planning to come back home later this year – maybe. However, many parents find that once they are on the road, they can’t imagine going back to their old life. David and Debs Hurst’s three-month mission to visit their Facebook friends, with their sons, aged six and four, turned into an extended camper van trip across 13 countries, which they dubbed “education by astonishment”, visiting people and places with a “wow factor”. 3264“To our minds, they are learning in a more interesting way. We don’t know if we’re right, but it’s our gut instinct. We don’t have a TV in the van and the boys only have one small box of toys each. We encourage them to spend as much time as possible outside,” says David. They were so inspired by their journey that they are setting off again, this time to Spain where they hope to buy some land and set up a family campsite with a focus on learning through outdoor play.In 2014, Martina and Julian Tyrrell sold their house in Cambridge, their car and 90% of their belongings to sail off into the sunset on a 36ft yacht, with their daughters, aged five and four. Nearly two years on, they are temporarily based by the Guadiana river on the border of Spain and Portugal, while the girls go to a Spanish school, and are wondering where the wind might take them next. “When people asked us how long we would be away for, I jokingly said between six months and 60 years. The kids love the life and I’m not that concerned about school because we always said we would homeschool them. If they get to a point where they want to go to school, I won’t stand in their way,” says Martina.
For many traveling families, homeschooling is not just a consequence of travel, but part of the attraction. Overall, homeschooling is on the rise. Local authority figures released at the end of last year show a 65% increase in children recorded as home educated in the UK over six years. Vagabondfamily.org, which profiles over 100 nomadic families, has a series of posts on the benefits of “roadschooling”, while Daniel Prince, who has been traveling for nearly two years using lovehomeswap.com, talks about the inspiration for homeschooling, as well as some of the resources he and his wife use to educate their four children.
One thing these families have in common is that their children are very young. Single parent Theodora Sutcliffe traveled the world for four years with her son, but settled in Bali when he turned 13. Sutcliffe has no regrets about their travels and says her son benefited “hugely”, but their journey came to an end when he decided he wanted to go to a conventional school. Whether parents choose to homeschool on the road, like the Hursts, or more radically “unschool” (whereby children are give free rein to learn at their own pace – or not), the Department of Education takes a dim view of any time away from school. “Obviously, we do not condone it. Children must receive a suitable education. Even missing a week of school affects children’s attainment,” said a spokeswoman.4608It’s no surprise that the government disapproves, driven as it is by targets and goals – the precise thing many parents are trying to get away from. But are there other reasons why long-term travel is a bad idea? The people doing it – typically well-off liberals who can afford to fund a long-term trip – justify the experience on the grounds that it will benefit their children immensely. But would those kids be just as happy and learn as much by doing activities each weekend? Are these parents just being selfish? In a recent Observer debate about taking term-time holidays, philosopher Julian Baggini accused parents of being disingenuous about their true motives.
“The value of out-of-school learning is real, but often a convenient alibi for selfishness,” he wrote, adding that he suspects parents who use the “holidays are cheaper in term time argument” are the pushier middle-class parents who are manipulating the system, rather than “genuine cases of hard-pressed families who cannot afford holidays when school’s out”. When it comes to long-term leave, Baggini is more understanding. “I think it is probably true, and not just self-serving, that children gain more from spending an extended time abroad than the equivalent in a school. Partly, it’s because diversity of experience is generally good in itself.” Most round-the-world family blogs hail the experience as life-changing in the best way possible, illustrating gushing blog posts with snaps of beaming children in exotic places. Few admit to finding it tough, or question their decision.
Lara Pennington-Ellis, a British single mum based in Barcelona who set off on a round-the-world trip with her eight-year-old son in 2015, is one exception. Her blog zzzworldninjas.com broaches the challenges of travel, as well as the fun bits. “It’s a wonderfully romantic idea but the reality is much harsher,” she says in one post, admitting that being together with her son 24/7 can feel claustrophobic. “I’m loving our intense time together but I’m also missing my personal freedom and adult conversation.” Her take on homeschooling is far from rosy, too. “World schooling sounds easygoing but it’s actually the hardest hour of the day, to knuckle down and do maths/Spanish/English/handwriting homework. We are not your typical hippie family!” These are luxury “problems”, of course. Any talk of round-the-world travel – let alone complaints about it – will rile a large portion of the population. But it’s refreshing to hear a few gripes among the sea of breathless accounts, especially at this time of year, when more parents than ever will be fantasizing about escape. Are you one of them?

Source: The Guadian

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