We hiked a volcano. The day started early, we were preparing with water, snacks and layers for the hike scheduled for that day. Little did we know that it would be a long road to a beautiful lagoon in the crater of the volcano. We drove to the beginning of the trail on the back of a pickup. Some real group bonding followed as we rode together in the pick up and helped each other through the climb. Although the hike was difficult, the end result was a great lagoon in the crater of the volcano. As we gave thanks for making it to the that sacred place, the fog came in through the trees that were surrounding the lagoon. It was a quite, calm place with the fog covering the whole lake at times. The Mayan ceremony we experienced there was made all the more special because we were surrounded by such natural beauty.
In a little closing near the side of the lagoon, the professor gave us a mayan cosmovision ceremony. The ceremony consisted of various incenses and candles that were lit on fire. We threw in candles and incense as offerings for the spirits of the nahuatl’s that were called out. We were connected with the spirits of nature through our energy and thoughts. The ceremony provided a way to cleanse my mind of worries and be at peace with the nature around me. It was a serene place to contemplate about our past year and how the people connect with the earth. Maybe it was the physical act of burning things, but after the ceremony, I felt relieved. Relief about the past and the future. The way the professor explained it, the different nahuatls symbolize different energies.
After the climb back down, we went to a restaurant with a panoramic view of the whole city of Xela. As I was looking at the whole city, I remembered that calm lagoon that had not been touched by humans. That hike to the quiet lagoon seemed like it was on a different world than that city. Although the city has much to offer, it will never be as beautiful as that green volcano. I realized why the Mayan people were and are still connected to nature, why they would fight to preserve their connection with the earth, why they are against mining, why nature is so special. It was a great day of stimulating thoughts and increasing heart rates.