Fun and learning at The Mindfulness Project & Happy Healing Home
The Mindfulness Project was a wonderful experience: full of joy and love, sharing and learning, letting go and relaxing, just being together and letting others in.
The project had been closed for a bit before we came, which made it that the whole of our group arrived on the same day. This made it so that everyone was in the same mindset, and we became a little family; a very special happening.
I guess the height of those 10 days would be the visit to the Wat Pho montastery in Khon Kaen, where we stayed one night and got up at 4:30 to start meditating. After that, we bought food for the monks and went to the ceremony where we could share out our givings in the long train of monk-bowls. So many people eager to share out what they had made or bought, respecting Buddha, the monks, their tradition.
Later we helped clean the monastery, which was received with many smiles and 'kop-kun-ka's'. The rest of the day consisted of more meditation, including one in 'the dark room', where it is completely pitch black, evening chanting, and joining the festival in the city. There was a huge fancy fair with loads of food stalls and games, and I bought a hand-made flower arrangement with candles and incense to put in the water, supposedly to offer to the water spirits. It was truly magical!
The following day we were free, so all of us gladly used some of our free time to take the massage school in the Wat Pho to the test. They passed. Our backs cracked, and our muscles ached while the ladies and men pulled at our limbs and stood on our bodies; others just fell asleep in heaven, it was superb!
As our ten days came to a close, more people arrived and it got véry busy. Scott and I could feel it was the right time to leave and headed for the night bus to Chiang Mai, where we stayed for two days wondering round markets, meditating in the temples, enjoying food all day long.
Then we took a little van/bus for about three hours through the beautiful scenic mountains towards our next project: Happy Healing Home, where we have now been for about 3 days. There's only four of us here, staying with Jim, Tea and their 10-year-old son. They have a beautiful permaculture farm which uses no electricity what so ever, except for one light in the evenings. So far, we have picked and roasted coffee, cut grass in the rice field, swam in the river, meditated together, plucked a chicken, made delicious Thai food... (Oh my goodness, the food just gets better! Every mealtime we tell ourselves we should just eat till we're full, but it's just too good...) Anyhow, it's a fantastic learning experience! Being among and learning from the Thais, sleeping in bamboo huts, practicing mindfulness -aaah, we can finally hear our own minds again-, living a simple, but happy life.
Love, love, love fom us both!!