I just come back from Chiang Mai Center for the Arts. There, a few hundred meters from the airport, is a wonderful piece of land. Old wooden houses remind me of my house in Phayao. The special light of Northern Thai winter shines between the trees. I am there at the invitation by Laurence
: I am joining her meditation group. As a special treat, Ajarn Pramual will tell his story. A philosophy professor at the University of Chiang Mai, he quit his job to walk all the way from the Northern city to Samui and back, a journey of 2800 km. He would set neither goals nor time frame, but he had a rule: he would walk as long as he would be happy. He would stop if he was not and let his body reconnect with mind and nature. I have not traveled to Samui and it is unlikely that I ever will. But Ajarn Pramual’s story resonates with my own experience: when I am happy, I am on track, and when I am not, I should stop and reflect and see deeply why I am not.
This thought brought me back to the Knowledge Fair and my happiness in the room during three days. Why was I happy? Because I left my “baggage” outside the meeting room, and connected with the family members of the Constellation, who like me had left their “baggage” outside. Three days for reconnecting with myself and others. Three days for appreciating the strengths of others and transferring the energy gushing from their stories into my own life.
Thanks to Ajarn Pramual, I decided to state what so far I have been shy to express: when we belong to the Constellation we embark on a spiritual journey. Indu
once told me: spirituality is reconnecting with oneself and with the communities to which we are linked. Isn’t that what we did during the Chiang Mai Knowledge Fair? And wasn’t our happiness rooted in those connections? When we truly connect for life competence, we are happy. If we are not we should stop and reflect why not. On our journey towards life competence, let us use our collective happiness as our compass.