This morning I went for a longish beach walk with my life partner. We do this most days unless we have a longer walk through the jungle to a distant beach. At the north end of the beach, we saw small towers of stacked stones.
Naturally, this was an invitation for me to do the same, something that had my partner record the event with a photo. I was soon engrossed in the process and was beginning a second stack when my partner decided that I was disappearing and that we needed to continue the walk.
Now before you ask, no I wasn’t nude. My swimsuit was hidden by the rock. Nudity is not a thing in Mexico as far as I can tell. Even younger women being topless is an extremely rare event.
Sorry for that diversion. I have a bit of attention difficulties. I blame it all on living in my head for so many decades.
It wasn’t really a long walk, just over four miles. We will be going out for a second walk into the pueblo in order to meet up with another couple for a night dining experience with Mexican cuisine.
This is the first installment of Mexico Musings. Hopefully, it won’t be the last. These posts are sort of like keeping a personal blog site — or diary so-to-speak. It will be dependent upon energy. The more readers acknowledge these ‘musings’ the more likely they will continue to appear.
Street Art — Is it a gringo thing?
As I travel in Mexico and other Latin-American countries, I am always intrigued by the street art. This example appears to be telling a tale of the Aztec, Huichol, or even Mayan culture. At least that is what is implied in the use of wildcats and jungle scenes.
Yet, there is a question of it being authentically cultural from a Mexican worldview. It’s the woman in the picture. This woman is a modern world vision that would have women objectified as alluring, sexual objects. The ancient version would have a more robust woman that is indigenous.
Now, when I see these kinds of images, it is easy to see that the art is appealing to gringo visitors. The artists know what sells to gringos and take advantage of that knowledge. When away from the streets that are swarming with gringos, art takes on a different look.
I have seen similar scenes with Mexican indigenous people in cultural centers in pueblos where gringos rarely go. They are typically restricted to these centers, especially where local senior citizens gather.
In comparison with the first image, which really is a work of art, this one is based on authenticity. People did and do dress this way for cultural celebrations, whether it be for festivals or for other cultural events within the community.
In the highlands of Peru and Ecuador, one gets to see traditional costumes worn for everyday activity, including working in the fields or caring for domesticated animals such as alpacas and llamas. Scenes capturing this modern reality are also archetypal, uniting the present with the past.
Nudity and Therapy
It’s morning time. Low tide happens just before 2 pm, which means that we will leave for a jungle walk that will take us to a different beach, a longer walk than we had yesterday. This suits me just fine as it gives me time to post to my account here.
As you can see from the image above, I have honestly used the word ‘sky-clad’ as this is how I am dressed when not out in public. This is my therapy. When one is wounded, the healing process doesn’t have an end point. The wounds never go away as they leave scar tissue on the psyche.
I don’t advocate this healing strategy to other people. Is there a real value to using nudity for healing for other people? Maslow once advocated for having clients use nudity as a way of breaking down the barriers to healing created by the ego.
A few early psychologists such as Freud and Jung were not averse to going clothing free though neither of them thought of it as a way to deal with psychological issues. But then again, both of them had no issue with having sexual relations with their clients. It was a different world at a different time.
There was one particular psychologist, Paul Bindrim who worked actively with the idea of using nudity for therapeutic purposes. He is known as the founder of nude psychotherapy.
Despite the successes he had in the 1960s, I will not even suggest this in the present. Our world is shifting more to the right, more towards fundamentalism in all of its extreme forms.
For those who are interested there is a book called Therapy, Nudity & Joy, by Aileen Goodson that details the benefits of using this type of therapy. With that final note, it is time to recommend other Medium writers.
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Stone stacks are everywhere. I’ve seen them in Canada too. Amazing, how some people put them together.
Have a great stay Robert!