|Up with the birds, a solo panguero sets off to work at day break.|
There is a Zen proverb that addresses what life is like after enlightenment. Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. When we open ourselves to the awareness of our tasks, they can become lighter. Work is no longer a burden, but can be enjoyable. Indeed, even the most mundane task can be approached with mindfulness and give rich meaning to life. In the Baja California Sur fishing village of San Evaristo each fisherman exemplifies this Buddhist philosophy. There is no rushing about, just purposeful, graceful movements directed towards an end, but it is easy to see that the process is as important as the result.
|The full moon has not yet set when the fisherman's day begins.|
|A day at the office in San Evaristo is seldom spend without buddies.|
|Fisherman casting their nets alongside sv/Tapatai|
After a day of fishing the fisherman gather at the waters edge to talk stories about their work, their families, and probably about the gringos anchored in their Bay. A beer or two may be shared in the process, but alcohol use is not prevalent in these small fishing communities. Part of the ritual also seems to include a group of local senoritas dressed in colorful t-shirts, tight jeans, and bright lipstick sashay by in an effort to catch the eye of their favorite fisherman.
|Comradery after a hard day at work|
|David enjoys the San Evaristo communal scene|
|Grace shines its light on San Evaristo|