Thursday, 20 December 2018

Life Lessons from a Monk& Teaching English.



So imagine yesterday  I decided upon a day trip to the Wat Arun Temple of Dawn instead of attending some random meeting for this dead job. I got fired but I don’t care cause today I met a real life monk and had an hour long conversation with him and that was waaaay more valuable than some dead job.

I took a motorbike all the way there and the temple was stunning. I gonna have to update photos but need to get a laptop since I got rid of mine for no reason other than the minimalist documentary on Netflix lol. 

Anyway, I was wandering back from the temples and remembered on my way about some little place selling 20 baht juices at the door that I wanted to go back and try and since I no longer to rush back for this meeting, I get to be way more open to deciding exactly what I wanna do which is bliss in my opinion. The juice was like some never before seen mix of fruits and flowers and topped with lychees and I asked the woman what was inside. She said it was a meditation centre and invited me in so I wandered in and next thing you know I was face to face with an actual monk who like bowed down to the Buddha statue on his way in and everything and he asked me what I wanna know. I obviously wanted to know everything about life but didn’t know how to say that so just said that I have been practicing meditating but don’t know what it is so he gave me a lesson. I learnt that the aim is not to clear the mind, it is to watch your thoughts and cleanse your mind and it made so much sense. You practice things every day like go to the gym to take care of your body and wash it and feed it but you do nothing for your mind and explained cause and effect situation being the law of nature and I’m sooooo here for it all. These are the type of conversations I adoreeee. 

He told me his story of when he was a CEO in Indonesia making loads of money and exactly what I wanna be basically and then he moved to Thailand to become a monk and had to spend 2 years alone in a jungle with nothing but a shelter, robes and mosquito net and a bowl that he got filled up by fishermen to eat and did nothing but meditate for two years and said it was the most life changing experience. You learn so much about yourself when meditating as every action comes to from your thoughts like for example, I decided to act on the thought of not going to the meeting today and “cause” of that I got fired (That and other things cause I can’t hold down a job 😂) but the “effect” of that was I had more time to have this whole experience I never would have had. I don’t get to chat one on one to monks everyday but jobs and money comes and goes. 

I asked him how to let go of the need for so much money cause it’s greedy but without letting yourself run out of money cause gotta pay bills and shit still. He brought everything back to cause and effect. He had nothing after he quit being a monk but kept giving and had absolute faith everything would come back to him so he lived every day being kind to peopl, if he had money he would give it to people who needed it more and eventuslly he was helping an American couple adopt two Thai brothers and they thanked him with a cheque for the $100,000 he needed to open his meditation centre. It’s literally the most beautiful story and the most beautiful and welcoming place I’ve ever been. It’s a safe place for girls who would otherwise be victims of human trafficking learn and go to school and practice Buddhism and I absolutely love it.

After our lesson, I, as the angel I am, was really excited to help the kids learn English and helped them read in English and they are adorable and so polite, and then they all 5 of them walked me to the boat so I could go back to my hotel in Sukhumvit, which was a journey down the Chao Phraya river. I actually really loved teaching them in such a beautiful environment so if I never come back to UK, you know where I’ll be lol. 

I literally had the best day and it wouldn’t have happened had I just gone to work, listen to people complain, do the same thing and probably still have to fight to get paid at the end of the month lol but that’s another blog post. I tried to find the name of the place but it’s absolutely nowhere to be found Online so if you find it for me let me know so I can move in.

Cheers.


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