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    Magnificent indeed! You have a wonderful gift for describing things so beautifully and observantly. Gorgeous photos too, and everything resplendent with colour and life. Thank you. Just as an aside, a few years ago I tried to swim across the Mekong from Thailand to Laos. Needless to say I did not succeed.
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    I hear outside a million panicking birds, and know even out there comfort is done with; it has shattered even the stars, this creature at last come home to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    I've been meditating for so many years. I started just constantly returning to the breath. It took me a long time to realise that I shouldn't be trying to get something from meditation. If you're trying to get something it means you're striving. Now it's not about quieting the mind - I'm pretty good at that, but more about watching and questioning. The mind makes up stories. The issue isn't the mind, or it's stories. It's that we believe them. So my meditations are sometimes just about exploring/resting in the emptiness, and sometimes challenging the mind stories with "is that true?" The question doesn't have an answer. it's simply to challenge any fixed or rigid position of the mind.

    Everyone has a roaming mind because we've all been taught to believe that's who we are and therefore need it to survive. Funny thing is at the times there's no thoughts - there we still are
    I tried meditation before but gave up ... just didn't try enough. Perhaps some day, I will try again. I find the 'focus' method hardest. Thanks for the experience sharing. I will keep that in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orientalplane View Post
    Magnificent indeed! You have a wonderful gift for describing things so beautifully and observantly. Gorgeous photos too, and everything resplendent with colour and life. Thank you. Just as an aside, a few years ago I tried to swim across the Mekong from Thailand to Laos. Needless to say I did not succeed.
    Thank you so much for such wonderful praise still, it's hard to go wrong when the subject matter is something as stunning and extraordinary as Shwedagon pagoda.
    You tried to swim across the Mekong Huge kudos just for trying! You must be an excellent swimmer.


    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    I tried meditation before but gave up ... just didn't try enough. Perhaps some day, I will try again. I find the 'focus' method hardest. Thanks for the experience sharing. I will keep that in mind.
    I kind of fell into meditation as a hippie in my twenties. Everyone was doing it so I decided to try it. Then I gradually discovered how beneficial it could be. I think there's been times it's kept me sane
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    Thanks for sharing Alilou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Thanks for sharing Alilou.
    My pleasure Buzz. Thanks for reading!
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    Mandalay! I have a post about Mandalay ready. I had such romantic notions about the city of Mandalay. I was in for a bit of a shock, but still there was plenty to see and do that was amazing - the "docks" (I use the term very loosely) on the Irrawaddy River, the climb up Mandalay Hill, and the Maha Muni Buddha - talk about an enormous pile of gold!
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    Another spectacular blog post is ready

    This one's about the ruins/pagodas left by a megalomaniac king and his grandson, and a fascinating ceremony to welcome young boys into the monastery.
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    There's a new blog post ready

    The saga of our travels in amazing Myanmar continues - this time to more temples (of course!), more ex-capitals, a very long teak bridge, and a much longer boat ride down the Irrawaddy River.
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    I've been catching up with your June entries, alliou.

    So much to think about and admire in all of them.
    You continue to share ideas/places I'd never be exposed to, without you.

    Your blog/you deserve all the "attention" you are receiving,

    I especially love Pt. 4, where you were taken to that place where tourists aren't usually allowed.
    Ahh...the photos of that "temple of gold", or whatever it was.
    Amazing!

    I still think that you should submit your work to other publications.
    (Even the "high-end" ones).
    You could fund your travels for as long as you wish to continue them!

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    Thank you so much. I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog. And Myanmar definitely is an amazing place. That golden temple! I know! Just beautiful.

    Eventually I'll get to submitting writings and photos to other publications. I need time to look into all the copyright issues. Also we plan a book of course - it will be partly travel stories, partly the inner journey of becoming nomads and what that life is like, and a lot of photos.

    In the mean time I'm just trying to get the blog up to date
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    I'll look forward to whatever you plan and decide.
    Your work deserves a wider audience!

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    Thanks
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    I have a new blog post ready - about some marionette performances, the "real" Bagan, and the astonishing sea of temples there. A sea of temples! Really! I've never seen anything like it.


    There's also a new post in the Nomadic Life series about how we decide where to go next.
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    Today I took photos of the front of Toller Cranston's house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
    I am crazy stalker lady

    ETA: I forgot to mention there's a "For Sale" notice on it!
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    Keep the excellent blog posts and photos coming Alilou!

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    Remarkable, thoughtful, inspiring and quite beautiful writing. I have tears in my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    I hear outside a million panicking birds, and know even out there comfort is done with; it has shattered even the stars, this creature at last come home to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orientalplane View Post
    Remarkable, thoughtful, inspiring and quite beautiful writing. I have tears in my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    You're so very welcome. Thank you for reading. I'm glad it resonated for you.

    I guess I didn't mention it here yet that there's a new post in the This Nomadic Life series about how I've changed since we began this journey. I'm assuming that's the post you're talking about. So I mention it now in case anyone else is interested in reading it.
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    alliou, you are mastering the art of adapting to, and enjoying the circumstance/environment where you are.
    That's a good lesson for all of us!

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    Not sure mastering is the word , but I'm definitely getting better at it. It's either acceptance or suffering, and suffering's such a drag
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    And another new post is ready; they just keep on coming. We're still in the amazing country of Burma, or Myanmar, either way is right.
    This post is about:
    Vintage peanut oil production
    A colourful and unique ceremony for initiating boys (and a few girls) into the monastery - on horseback!
    A Buddhist and Nature Spirit temple/monastery at the top of a volcanic plug - 777 steps to climb Fitness rules!

    We're actually in Mexico. The blog is still 3 months behind
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