Oh it feels wonderful to be surrounded by nature.. The air is fresh and you can hear the sounds of nature. Birds and wildlife going about their business. Frogs croaking, insects calling out each other. No sounds of ambulances rushing by nor skytrains rolling past. No one misses them.
Most wonderful of all, you can hear yourself think. Your senses are rejuvenated.
This morning I went for an early morning horse ride around the countryside. We rode pass corn fields, potato fields, yellow dalia flowers… The view was to die for. The horses brought us a step closer to nature.
We don't have to rely on oil to travel. All we have to depend on is loving care of these horses. Horses that are smarter than you think.
Horse riding is a great sport for knowing and exploring your own mind. It enhances self awareness. How? For one thing, horses have a sixth sense. They can sense how you feel.
Fear is instantly recognized. If you fear, you lose control of your horse which has a mind of it own. If you are easily surprised or scared, your horse will be likewise and could jump from a little bit of unexpected noise. To ride, you have to overcome your own fears.
Fears that may be stopping you and your horse from getting to your destination. Fears that hinder your path. Instead, enjoy the breeze flowing through your hair as you ride by golden fields surrounded by deep blue mountains. Yeee ha!!!
Today I left the hectic bustle of Bangkok to relax in the mountains of Khao Yai. Only around 140km from Bangkok I wonder why I don't take short trips more often. It feels wonderful to just leave the concrete jungle and immerse yourself with nature.
Trees line the road to the Kirimaya Resort and once you enter, you feel like you are in another world. The place is so peaceful and the interior in tune with nature.
Wooden doors and a beautiful wooden walkway above water features greet you. Water plants of different varieties emerge from the water swaying in the wind. A cool breeze from the mountains makes the leaves rustle. Ripples flow across the swimming pool. Birds chirp high up in the trees.
I love it here.
Soft sofas on my personal balcony make me want to just lay there and unwind with a good book. I can stay in my room all day. No need to go anywhere.
I explore the hotel, but that's all I can see for now. It's nighttime so I shall have to wait until tomorrow to see the view.
Peace and quiet is definitely good for the soul.
Last night I was browsing around YouTube and couldn’t stop myself watching “America’s Got Talent” and especially Kaitlyn Maher. (Ok, I’m 2 years late….but she is still awesome.) What amazed me was that she was only 4 years old at the time of the contest and yet she knew what she was doing.
The other day I managed to make myself sit still and watch the movie “Precious.” It’s a sad and stressful movie yet at the same time full of hope.
It portrays the life of a teenage girl who has had an abusive childhood and is again pregnant with her second baby at the young age of 16. Illiterate and obese, she doesn’t seem to have much of a life ahead of her. Her mother lives on welfare and despises her. Her father is a painful memory she wants to forget. She gets kicked out of school for being pregnant.
My goodness, it’s a depressing life. I can’t imagine what it must have been like growing up as she did and experiencing all those abuses. It requires strength. It makes me feel so happy and grateful for everything I have. A place to stay, food in the fridge and people who love me.
What I do like about the movie is that the girl “Precious” overcomes all these obstacles no matter how grave they are. She dreams of one day being successful and well-known. Of being a Star. Despite her mom’s objections, she pursues her dreams and continues on with her education.
At an alternative school, she meets friends, gets pushed to learn how to read and write, and expands her horizons. She gains courage to stand her ground and seek a better life. She evolves as a person and is no longer just that “abused” girl. She is on the path to being the “Precious” she wants to be.
I feel like I am witnessing a bird being freed from its restrictive and suffocating cave. Precious is liberated from her abusive childhood.
Like Precious, we all have our cages. Our cages or “comfort zones” are where we are comfortable being, and believe that is our life. We do things a certain way because it is “comfortable” and is what we are used to doing or believe it should be. Sometimes though, a venture out of that “comfort zone” can reveal to us wonders. If only we dare let ourselves leave that “comfort zone” for awhile we might discover a new freedom, a new life we never expected.
Try doing something outside your comfort zone ..Go sing in the rain… it’ll twinkle your brain 🙂
“Perception” is a word that I find fascinating. I truly appreciate the ancient philosophers who came up with this word. They really knew what they were talking about. (Socrates and his Allegory of the Cave, Descartes…)
As I put on my jeans this morning and grabbed a belt, a thought flashed across my mind. “I now understand and really use belts for their original purpose.” I use belts to keep my jeans and pants up. I never had to before during my chubby days.