I am in Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon, waiting for my plane to Geneva via Bangkok and Vienna,
This morning I read a quote of Thich Nhat Hanh that someone posted on Facebook, about being an island to oneself…to be safe on
"Mindfulness of breathing is your island, where you can be safe and happy, knowing that whatever happens, you are doing your best thing. .....
You can take refuge here and now.
You only need to dwell deeply
in the present moment"........
so I have plenty of opportunity to practice this in the coming hours,
My god, I have travelled so much in my life, airports have a feeling of « home » in a way…just joking…but
I do practice, I have arrived, I am home, while strolling around in airports while being in a sort of « no mans land » between to flights, and truly it helps to stay grounded and happy,
After Hue I had a great time
in Hoi An, a charming beach resort. Marie Fleur a young volunteer of TTG joined me and we both enjoyed being « tourists » for 2 days, in the lovely tourist destination Vietnam.
In Saigon I joined the Interbeing Sangha
for a mindfulness day at Chua Phap Van where Thay founded the youth for social service during the VN war.
I was moved to meet many of the pioneer members of this community there. Doing walking meditation there early morning, I had to think
of Thay when he was young and practicing here. Did he know what destiny awaited him ?
Did he know, did he feel that he would become a world citizen and that his life would become a service far beyond Vietnam ?
some young members too at the mindfulness day, who joined the Interbeing Sangha only a few days ago in Thailand.
I enjoyed meeting them (most are my FB friends anyway) and in the evening we had a lovely birthday party in one of the
young members house.
Yes I was waiting for this generation to emerge in Vietnam...for so long !
I always said to Mrs Trinh who as a pioneer in TTG sometimes felt they were quite « alone »
with so many things they do « so differently »in TTG, that soon young people will wake up to an alternative lifestyle, young people will want to innovate and live a meaningful life…not only running after money etc as only motivation
And here they are ! I meet them everywhere... in VN, but also in other places
Young people do WAKE UP !