Alignment, I AM, Mango Season, Place

On the Origins of Mango Season

November 20, 2014

The “hows” are the domain of the Universe. It always knows the shortest, quickest, fastest, most harmonious way between you and your dream. – Mike Dooley


costaricameghangengeTwo years ago, Mark and I were on holiday on the island of St. Vincent, and I was moaning about the lack of local fruit available. We could have strawberries and blueberries and apples – apples?! – but there wasn’t very much tropical fruit. Apparently the bulk of their customers wanted fruit that they knew. So rather than fill the buffet with local fruit, the company would ship fruit in from Mexico and the US.

Desperate for local fruit, I asked one of the locals where I could get some mangoes. She explained to me that while there was lots of other fruit available (which I quickly found and ate embarrassingly large amounts of) the mangoes weren’t currently in season. Thinking about mango season made her grin wickedly. She said that when mangoes are in season, they are everywhere! You can walk along the road and just pick them off of the tree.

She said that once she ate so many mangoes that she got Mango Boils.

I have never forgotten that smile and that image of unlimited, ripe, juicy, dripping, golden fruit.

It feels like abundance to me.

If I know one thing for sure it’s that we cannot dream big enough for ourselves. So when I think about what I want my life in Costa Rica to look like, I am deliberately casting my net wide. I will not be working with the hows. We are taking the leap and then following our hearts, because I know what I do want.

I want Mango Season.*

* We have invited as many people to stay as we have beds, and they have all come for rest and retreat and collaboration and community. They are all people whose art – whatever form it is – enchants or interests us, and the mixture is eclectic and delightful. The mornings begin with breakfast on the deck, Costa Rican coffee, and never-ending bowls of fruit. The days are filled with creativity and camaraderie and solitude and waterfalls and whale watching on the beach. The evenings begin around our enormous dinner table which is overflowing with delicious, local, seasonal food. The food and the wine and the laughter and the real, honest, open discussion flow through into the night. Everyone feels rich and juicy and replenished and abundant and connected. And sitting there, in the glow of lantern and candle light I know that I am exactly where I dreamed myself to be.

Mango Boils and all.


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  • Johanna November 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Everybody needs a bit of mango season in their life! I love this and yes!!! dream big. Jo xx

  • Mandy November 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I love this dream. Oh, Mango Season indeed!

  • jane November 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    hells bells the goosebump antennae were in fully-alert mode reading this Meg. I will be there watching whales with you, wiping mango juice off my chin and picking the stringy bits out of my teeth. I once had pineapple squits in Kenya… maybe we could arrange that in Costa Rica?! 🙂

  • Deb November 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

    So beautiful, and really, delicious.

    “Thinking about mango season made her grin wickedly.” –tee hee– and giggle wildly 🙂

  • CONNIE November 24, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Oh Meghan!! I have to warn you, that when mangos are not in season in Costa Rica, they are in my opinion actually even BETTER!!! You’ll find venders on the side of the street selling green mangos cut in perfect slices with a bag of salt for dipping them in. Oh. My. Goddess!!! You better have your colónes handy—these babies are addictive!!!!

    I love your dream Meghan!!!! I can feel it coming true already!

    Pura Vida!!!!!

  • leonie November 27, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I love that you are making this happen. And I love what you wrote recently about a holy yes. I had never thought of things in quite that language but when I read what you wrote, I thought “yes, that’s what we are doing – living our holy yes!!!”

    cheering you on always from here. looking forward to the day we can sit with you in YOUR holy yes eating mangoes and exclaiming over many, many other earthly delights