The smell of fried chicken and drying fish fills the air as I walk into the marketplace. Stand upon stand of different foods, partialy cut pineapples, tomatoes, onions, and durian. Klak! klak! the butchers blade slams against the wood, parts of the pig now in pieces. It’s head and snout staring straight up into the air. I ignore the mosquitos biting at my ankles, the chatter of voices blends into nothing I could ever understand and a woman sits cross legged on the floor with a bowl filled with bahts, one hand in prayer position, the other gone. Most walk around her, others stop to drop a few.
I see a women selling waffles, another selling made-to-order gourmet pizzas that are topped with what looks like a new take on mayonannaise and a liquid tomato paste. She places a pizza into one of her two ovens under a table and I wonder if she has a generator to power them.
I pass an older woman, with graying hair, pulled into a tight bun, ignoring the man seated in front of her, meldling and molding a metal casing with pliers, getting it just right. She doesn’t look up. She’s selling Buddha pendants on a small table, a foot high. Some pendants are stone, others metal, and some that look like they have been carved from clay.
I look up.
I realize. Amidst all the hustle and bustle there is a quiet, just beneath the sounds or maybe in between them.
The present moment.
We contain everything that we need for our greatness. I’ve recently moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand and you can imagine…total culture shock. The shock literally brought out a lot of unconscious fear and security issues that I wasn’t willing/ready to heal. But ready or not I, had to face those feelings of insecurity and inadequacy because what we ‘put a muzzle on’ always exists in the background of our lives, depleting our energies a little at a time.
One of my mentors has always told me, “pay attention to those hairline fractures” and I always do. It’s important when going through a big move to make sure that you are completely grounded via crystals, smokey quartz, mediation, healthy eating and/or working out. More than likely, your ability to remain present will be compromised in some way. Stay grounded and that will keep you in the present moment. The intelligence of your spirit already knows the move is coming and will naturally begin to acclamate to the new location while you are still in your present location. This can be a bit disconcerting, but know that is a natural process.
A move in any direction in life, whether it be a new job, relationship, family and/or location change creates change in your life. Remember, change is the only thing guaranteed in life, so embrace it.
During this big move, I’ve found that I’m far more resilient than I realized and the fear I felt was really my courage in disguise waiting to be nurtured. While I’m still adjusting, I know now that this is a process.
Visiting Angkor Wat was an amazing experience. We chose to do the 3 day pass but were only able to make it for two days. In the morning, at 5:00 a.m., we left for Angkor Wat at Sunrise. When we arrived it was still pitch black and we needed flashlights to light our way.
We waited. There were people all around us, each of us holding our positions to take the best shot.
When the sun began to rise, each of our cameras seemed to pick up more and more of Angkor Wat, temples forming with the light shining from behind.
Enjoy the video. It was well-worth the journey.
Neither of us have been on an island on New Year’s Eve with so much energy. There was a feeling of well-being and excitement. We went to an amazing beach party and there was a connected feeling, and in that connected feeling everyone felt free.
One of the most amazing moments was that of watching people send their floating candles off into the sky. It was really inexspensive at 100 Baht(about $3 U.S.). Michael and I were told it was good luck to light one. Many of the people wrote in black marker their wishes, prayers, and intentions for the New Year. Friends gathered around trying to light flying candles as you heard the click, click, click of the lighters until the candles were ignited.
Groups of people stood around these candles, letting the heat build. If they let them go too early they would sink to the ground, so they had to be patient. As the heat in the flying candle built, peoples arms would raise, and finally they would let go.
We watched dozens flying in the sky and wondered where they would land, or would they just disappear into the universe. Answers to all these prayers finding their way back to each person in magnificent ways.