Over-thinking

February 23 – Tuesday Barra and Tenacatita
I could either title this Lesson in “over-thinking” a problem… or the mind is a dangerous tool.

Up in the morning. Donn led the charge to further diagnose the fuel problem with the engine. Two hours later we identified a possible pinched fuel line. Further investigation of the tank revealed the real problem. To our great embarrassment we had been chasing an issue so simple that it takes all my courage to disclose it. The fuel gauge read full but the tank was empty.   Simply stated we ran the tank out of fuel, and didn’t discover it until hours of diagnosis and meticulous tracing of everything from the tank to the engine. OUCH!

Making the logistics of life work and using knowledge and logic to think through a problem and choose a decision, is a uniquely human capability. Perhaps it is what has enabled humans to dominate as a species. Einstein said that “everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”   Over-complicating always lurks as a possibility. But the result of all our “overthinking” is increased confidence in and mastery of RD’s engine and fuel system.

Spiritual leaders point us toward a quieter place beyond our logical thinking where our thought-created problems dissolve.

Spiritual leaders point us toward a quieter place beyond our logical thinking where our thought-created problems dissolve.

“I speak of a   profound transformation of human consciousness, not as a distant future possibility, but available now – no matter who or where you are.   You are shown how to free yourself from enslavement to the mind, enter into this enlightened state of consciousness, and sustain it in everyday life.”
(Eckhart Tolle)

To my mind, this points in different words to the Holy Grail I seek. And I find it a lot easier to reach this enlightened state in the serenity of a still anchorage at sunset than I do doubled over in the engine room dripping with sweat and nauseous from the smell of diesel fuel.  All of this informs me as to where I’m at in my spiritual development.
We deemed the Barra lagoon a “must-stop” (more important than fuel or water or provisions) because we needed another round of croissants from the French Baker. Following his visit we left the Barra lagoon and motored and sailed the 10 miles to Tenacatita.

We arrived there in mid afternoon and launched the dinghy successfully to the beach for three hours of beach walking and beach coming.  Along the way we saw the launching of harvested baby turtles and their instinctive crawl down the beach to the sea.    Barely out of their egg they begin life by  struggling mightily to crawl down the beach. Those not eaten by the birds reach the sea to be pummeled upon by the surf, and if they succeed in a heroic entry they are eaten by undersea predictors.  It’s the cruel world of survival against great odds to be born as a baby turtle.   And it is estimated that only one in one hundred turtles makes it to maternity. Yet for four beach-walking Gringo bums it was a lesson on nature while enjoying heaven on earth.

Aboard at sunset heaven on earth continued with a spread of hors d’oeuvres,

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Living well on Raven’s Dance

a fabulous dinner of chicken and fixings, wine and conversation — and then off to bed wondering how life could possibly be more magical.

Lisa and I (feeling like Lewis and Clark) explored the mangrove canals in the dinghy.

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Lisa enjoying the mangrove canals.
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Tenacatita mangrove canals
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Tenacatita’s mangrove canals
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Tenacatita’s mangrove canals
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Tenacatita’s mangrove canals
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Entrance to the mangrove canals
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