A Sense of Peace

Every single time a monk crosses my path I can’t help but stare. The blast of colour from their auburn robe awakens me. This striking bright shade layered onto glistening brown skin,  a cleanly shaved head and pearly white smile is just about one of the most captivating images I have ever laid my eyes on.  Simply being in their presence evokes the most powerful sense of peace. No matter what is on your mind, this sensation grabs hold of you like the strongest gust of wind and leaves you wanting more.  Stepping onto the grounds of a temple resembles entering a mysterious enchanted forest. Even if the location of the temple is right in the city center, all of the trees and greenery easily make you feel thousands of miles away from civilization. What a magnificent place to live. The temples alone are a sight to see with their detailed artwork and when placed in this setting, I have a terribly hard time ever wanting to leave. We had the opportunity to participate in a Vipassana meditation session led by the monks at a wat in Vientiane, Laos. Anticipating our session, I was as excited as a child on Christmas morning. Walking onto the grounds trying to take in as much as I could, the excitement I felt grew and grew. Wild dogs happily chased each other in the lush grass while a few monks quietly raked leaves nearby. Birds chirped a familiar song in the rustling trees surrounding the temple as we chose our pillows and sat in lotus pose. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. They began to chant. I opened my eyes and smiled at B. Oh what a wonderful day! I tried my best to shut everything else out except the cleansing sound of their voices. Completely in the moment, I inhaled light, love and serenity.

F.

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