Pushing A Reset Button

Posted on June 6, 2013 by

I have just finished my solo vacation in a far-away island in the south of Thailand. It was amazing and I was so happy. I caught an overnight bus to get back to Bangkok just in time to change my bags and run for a road trip to the Northeast. (Don’t ask about taking a shower; I didn’t have the chance. Just time to take a quick dump by the mercy of Taxi driver, who was kind enough to wait for me to do my natural duty; I was blessed enough.)inspirational quotes: balance, mindfully, way of life, happiness, calm

Counting the time after I left on a speedboat at Koh Payam until I arrived at the forest where Wat Pah Sirisomboon (name of the temple) is located, I completed a 29-hour journey by boat, vans, and bus. (I called it a “commitment” — even many people said, I was rather crazy.)

Let me say again, I was very happy and fully charged from spending time alone swimming in mangrove forests, riding on motorcycles with the locals, and watching stars and crabs at night. But I was a happy person with a few big things on my mind like many other people who go through life.

My first 2 days on this spiritual retreat at the temple was a real struggle due to the lack of sleep since I departed the island. I left behind the comfort at a luxury resort to embrace a real basic living: sleeping on a hard floor with the villagers, a dog, bugs, ants, and dirt; eating a better version of dog food once a day; taking cold showers; resting 4-6 hours a day including day and night; and cleaning for everyone as much as I could. I worked on meditation, praying, breathing, walking, giving, sharing, accepting things the way they were, and focusing on my mind. In the process of being with myself and letting things in my muddy mind sit for a while, there were 20 things I learned. I wrote them down in the order they came to mind.

  1. Two old women with complete white hair, dressed in white, chatting together look so charming. Their facial expressions are outstanding and the massive, deep wrinkles are clearly the work of art from nature.
  2. Sticky rice is not only the primary food for the Northeasters, but also a favorite dish for northeastern squirrels.
  3. Pit Bull can stop barking and biting. It can become Golden Retriever if it lives in the right environment and is surrounded by calm and happy people who care.
  4. Pit Bull thinks he owns the temple. BTW, he has a name.
  5. In the summer of Thailand where the temperature can be 40C outside in the mid day, it can be chilly in the forest with only small amounts of rain.
  6. Happy dogs are the dogs that live life fully and learn to take some space. Live life with no fear doesn’t work only for human, but dog too!inspirational quotes: simple, mindfully, way of life, happiness, calm
  7. Walking with bare feet on mud is amazing.
  8. There are more old people than the young when it comes to reaching out for the peace of mind from living with oneself and being in the now.
  9. Somehow there is no mosquito in the forest temple.
  10. If you are too skinny, sleeping on the hard floor can be painful. Meat is a necessary cushion between your bone and the floor.
  11. Once you can control your mind, you will realize a powerful ability. There are no more physical limitations, mental limitations, and spiritual limitations — you become smarter and richer.
  12. Basic living actually gives you happiness from inside and makes you appreciate little, nice things that happen around you and within you.
  13. Going to poop or taking a wiz is what you can share and say naturally, openly, especially at the temple.
  14. Making a list, prioritizing, paying attention to cleanliness, thinking logically, and appreciating good things people do for you are what have been told to us since more than 2500 years ago.
  15. I now appreciate a cold shower and I take one at least twice a day.
  16. Eating one meal a day is not that bad. Actually it is manageable if you know how to handle your mind.
  17. If you can see things as pictures hitting yours eyes, and hear things as sounds going through your ears, you won’t have emotions. That is when you can make the right decision.
  18. Always carry extra tissue when you go to the temple. People need to use it all the time but they usually don’t carry it with them.
  19. Educations, backgrounds, knowledge, experiences, and age give people no difference when it comes to reaching complex philosophy, life realization, and deep intellects. So what brings somebody to this capability? The answer is relatively complicated but it is possible — as long as you practice your mind seriously. Once you arrive at the calm stage, intellect will emerge.
  20. Success takes ongoing efforts and persistency. Persistency always comes with patience. Don’t forget this.

inspirational quotes: success, mindfully, way of life, happiness, patienceAt the beginning of the retreat, I was dreading on the 3rd day to realize that I still had more than half way to go. But when day six arrived, I felt that I could stay a few days more (as long as I did not need to do the laundry). After I completed the 7-day course of living a basic life and being with myself mindfully and consciously, I walked out of the temple as a person who was simply content and a few questions I had had in my mind were resolved.

I came home and could perceive things deeper and richer. I could laugh at so many ridiculous things that used to bother me. The overwhelming feeling and weird fears I used to have gone away. I am still the same person, live the same life, do the same things, and face the same difficulties; but simply happier.

When you are at the point of life where you fall into one or more of these categories: you are wondering about who you are, whether you will ever succeed, if you achieve anything; your thinking begins to loop and you see no answers – you feel you have learned very little; you barely know what you want for your life; and you cannot confidently say to yourself that you are truly happy; it is time to push a reset button and return to your being at peace with yourself.

I have given myself a complete system reboot. I am now ready for a powerful start.

Can you?


PS: Thank you Al Da Silva for touching up the English in this blog post.

Since the age of 35 and after the loss of a loved one, I came to the realization that life was meant to be lived freely and fully. I let go of everything I owned and finished the marriage that had been wrong for so long. I started my exploration of this world that I used to pay very little attention to and became a member of it. I now pay a great deal of attention to my friends, my family, and more importantly myself. I commit to do the right thing, and I strive to surround myself with people who believe as I do. So when my time comes to an end, I will be ready to leave this earth on any given day as a good person who is happy.

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