What is "Buena Onda"?
Only a prolonged exodus from Canadian winter across southern borders could legitimately inspire such a question, such a pursuit, or such a revelation. Which, of course, I have done once again!
And so, in 'ingles', I shall attempt to explain Buena Onda to you.
Buena= good. Good like, all is well, wonderful, warm and chili con carne (or sin carne if you are a vegetarian). Buena as in "buenos dias!" ("good day"), buenas tardes ("good afternoon"), or "buenas noches!" ("good evening") all uttered as communal intention, driving toward a positive spin on things. Why is this? Why is everything so linguistically bueno down here? Maybe because most days the sun does shine, or maybe because faith in the cultural backdrop of the stronghold of the catholic church, is implicit. Or maybe because being positive is simply part of the good manners that people generally have south of the border. Even the police, extorting money from tourists in rental cars in a shifty speed trap (not so bueno from the tourists' perspective), are extremely polite about it. But back to Buena Onda, which I shall now capitalize, as it is an entity in an of itself, and worth our discovery.
Simply put, Buena Onda has to do with finding or creating a good atmosphere, good vibes, cozy, pleasant, charming, lovely people, places, or events. Anything or anyone can have or make Buena Onda, even in the deepest of shithole moments. A welcoming smile, an infectious laugh, soft lighting, nice food being shared, music or singing of any kind, or any particularly lovely moment between people that injects light into a dark
situation, or maybe even a not so dark situation, qualifies. Simply put, we should all pursue Buena Onda, follow it, create it, subscribe to it, maintain it, and even dedicate ourselves to it, above all else. What did you do for Buena Onda today? Notice how good your toothpaste tastes, mmmm Buena Onda. Do a little dance in the kitchen with your kids, or alone, YEA Buena Onda, right here at home. Take a stretch or two, even if you don't make it to Yoga, mmmm Buena Onda. Reach out to someone, pay it forward, make it fabulous, go the extra mile, all them great clichés. Hang loose and groovy and celebrate each day. Don't linger in bad vibes-ville for anyone's sake. Don't be too cheap, don't be too rigid, don't be controlling, don't over-react. Stay where your creativity pops open like spring tree blossoms and take your leave where the environs are depressed, constraining, or too heavy/not silly enough.
Oh! I almost forgot. Onda= ripple, or wave. Once you are on this good wave, once you are in the groove of the good ripple, the most natural thing to do is to stay with it. Get on the pulse of Buena Onda and life becomes primarily a pod of positive vibration, even in troubled times. And it does not depend on any chemical, plant or vegetable inhalant to maintain. You put your eye on it, and it takes you for a self-sustaining ride.
And this is what I learn down south, every single time. That's Buena Onda.