Begin at the Beginning
The Maya are Alive and Well
Contrary to popular belief the Maya are alive and well. Beyond the ruins of once-proud cities like Tikal in Guatemala, Palenque in Southeastern Mexico, and Chichen Itza in the Yucatán can be found the ancestors of the ancient Maya. Centuries of subjugation by colonial powers have not dampened their spirits nor destroyed their ancient ways – their uuchben kuxtal as it is called in Yucatecan Maya. For it is in their resiliency and their ancient ways that not only the secret to a long and fulfilling life can be found, but also the secret to overcoming adversity and adapting to a rapidly changing world.
My personal journey with the Maya of the Yucatán began in 2019. I was captivated by accounts of expeditions such as those of Stephens and Catherwood, J. Eric Thompson, Frans Blom, and others. I wanted to walk in their steps and experience first-hand the wonders they described. I traveled to Mexico and the ceremonial centers of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Mayapan, and Cobá. There I met and befriended a Maya guide by the name of Jesús of Eco Mayan Adventures who introduced me to The Maya Way.
In these postings you will discover with me the Maya secrets of personal transformation and what it really means to be in community with others. My writings will relate both my experiences and my impressions of living with the Maya. My art will try to capture the wonders of village life. But above all, my learning and sharing about Maya spirituality and philosophy, I hope, will inspire you to visit my Maya to experience for yourself the riches that lie hidden beyond the ruins in the jungles of the Yucatán.
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