Welcome back !
Yes I am back in Thimphu, Bhutan,
Walking down the streets I enjoy to see quite a few well known faces and quite a few people and friends are saying : welcome back !
I have been 2 ½ months in Europe doing my work for Eurasia (www.eurasia.org.vn) and being with my family, babysitting my 3 grandkids…it was wonderful
But as said previously
in one of my old blog entries : I love to be here with Tho in Bhutan, I love to be in Vietnam with my Eurasia team and friends, and of course I love to be in Switzerland with my family…there is only here and now to be happy…right ?
and this is my life !
We had a great GNH and Mindfulness retreat with quite a large group in Paro a few days after my arrival in Bhutan,
It was a mature group, with very serious practitioneers. All went smoothly
and after a few days I felt we were all together deeply into mindfulness helping each other to deepen our understanding and practice of GNH and Mindfulness.
Some in the group were close friends, some new…and to walk together up
to Tigersnest was such a JOYFUL and « destiny »experience,
It was wonderful to experience the deep understanding and the very inspiring and « down to earth » aproach of the GNH Centre team and
friends and how all participants left with intentions of implementing GNH inspired initiatives. Networks came about and ideas that bring hope and enthusiasm !
Yes as the new PM of Bhutan says : GNH is an idea who’s time
has come !
Last Sunday was the first Sunday of August…it should have been a NO car day, but this initiative has been abolished to only a once a year No Car day…
Yes I can imagine that some people
were annoyed and hindered in their activities with the no car day, but I really did enjoy it !
It was like « meditation », a sort of stopping…once a month…we all stopped together…stopped
our habit energy, we had to slow down, think : what do I really need to do NOW…do I have to rush ?…we had to walk and what I most enjoyed was that HUMANS and Animals took over the streets again : children playing on the streets,
old people sitting by the side of the road, gangs of teen agers hanging around…I made some quite wonderful friends « by chance » on these "strolling around" days…
As I do not drive , neither here nor
elsewhere…I can easily continue with no car days…but of course it is more fun together…
Today I will hike up to Cheri with some friends of the GNH Mindfulness retreat who still are in Bhutan ,
One step at a time…slowly mindfully, joyfully
May be I am getting older…I truly think these are so precious moments that make life worth living…one step at a time , walking with family, with friends old and
new…on the path…there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way !