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Living with monks

04/07/2016 at 16:45

From day to day my head is quite fully occupied. Thinking what to eat, mails, new projects, finish my to do list. Specially in this world of data there is always something more to check. There is hardly a moment of rest these days. Even on the toilet I watch Youtube. This ends up in a Monkeymind. To much random stuff that goes through my mind, i have no control at it. I just start to think about stuff and before I know it its one hour later.
I wanted to learn to control the mind. So I went in retreat with the buddhist monks in Thailand where they practise vipassana meditation. You can go here living with the monks and fully focus on meditation, nothing else. Its super boring but an amazing experience! It that really helps to get a clear mind and learn to control your thoughts. They learn you to not think about the past of worry about the future. Live in the now. Really taste the food you eat, feel the sun on your skin, the air you breathe. It makes you live in the present. Obviously I don’t master this amazing skill after 10 days, but definitely learned a lot from them!

There are several of these places around the world. I went to Wat Rampoeng
in Chiang Mai, Thailand. And the nice thing, its open for everyone: Christian, Hindi, buddhist, black white, purple, big, small. They welcome every being that wants an open-mind. Oh, and its completely free! But they appreciate a donation. 😀

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