Miguel Angel in action.
During a special three day workshop at the SunWater Spa (Friday-Sunday, June 17 – 19th BTW right before summer solstice) Miguel Angel Vergara (along with Kat Tudor teaching Halach Uinik Yoga and Juan Pablo Barahona doing Shamanic Yoga and a Cacao Ceremony) will help participants reach a deeper level of consciousness in body, soul, and spirit through teachings, meditations, yoga, and ceremonies. I skyped with Miguel Angel who explained “I like to help people put things in order, the Mayan way.” The ultimate goal for the workshop is to obtain inner transformation while giving practical tools anyone of us can use in our every day life.
And, why is he so in the know? Miguel was born in the Yucatan and raised with the Huichol people (a fascinating group of traditional native Mexicans) later he studied Mayan traditions in Mexico City for seventeen years. He explained there are three important aspects of the spiritual path according to the Ancient Madrid Codex (not to be confused with any types of – hello google – code we talk about these days) it’s an ancient document in Madrid that contains Mayan calendars, rituals and daily activities from throughout history.
Mayan calendar on ancient parchment.
Ancient rituals work, in fact the Spafinder Wellness 2016 Trend report uncovered that going back to the future is becoming more and more popular, read more about that here. At SunWater Spa the workshop focus is on three tent poles. The ideas are interesting and timeless, take them onto consideration, it’s a creative way of thinking about starting a new chapter in your life.
Transmutation: This Miguel Angel explained “is all about transferring negative thoughts into positive thoughts, like alchemy.” His word, which – in case you aren’t familiar – love this part – is the medieval forerunner to chemistry – in particular alchemy was about attempting to convert base metals into gold or sometimes to find a universal elixir. Take away: Wouldn’t we all love a magic potion for wellness.
Transformation: It’s about the fact that most of us have blocks and we need to, as Miguel Angel succinctly says “return to nature’s aspect of discovering new fruits and gifts to find peace in out hearts.” This is where the artistic representation of the seven eagles and serpents (the heart of the sky and the earth) come into the equation that you see on ruins in places like Tulum. Takeaway: Ultimately, we have to realign the physical with the soul and (regardless of your beliefs) spirits: nature, higher being, love.
Realization:The goal in life, is to figure out our purpose. Miguel described it in such an amazing way “we all have a unique finger print, everyone has something that they need to do, to support the planet, to extend our hand, to do something special.” Takeaway: Meaning is what makes the world go round in a good way, not in a whirlwind kind of way.
Miguel concluded our conversation by saying “regardless of religion or your beliefs we all need to get in balance.” Um, yes. What a great message at anytime in your life, but in particular at a graduation or the start of a new chapter. Giving someone or yourself a creative graduation gift is the gift that keeps on giving. Opening new doors is fun and challenging, why not take the time to really feel and honor it, the way ancient cultures did.
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