I did a 1 day meditation retreat at a monastery in Chiang Mai on Friday. It was really wonderful to learn a few new meditation techniques (Dynamic meditation and Walking meditation). Normally, being in a group of about 50 people with a common interest would be my time to shine. During lunch I would usually ask a group of strangers to eat together, make meaningful connections, and collect their contact information for my shiny digital database. But this time, I found myself staying solo.
Minimal travel has meant minimal networking. I love making new ephemeral friends, sharing experiences, and appreciating the spontaneous connection. However, unless there is spectacular magic, I am trying to not connect digitally with every single human I encounter on this trip. It makes me grateful for the time I am sharing with them in this single moment.