I realized this trip became an “Intro to Buddhism” course for myself. I have tumbled into the philosophy and become smitten. My brain has an endless thirst for more knowledge and practice. I have been meditating, going to monasteries, and reading as many books by Thich Nhat Hanh that I can get on my Kindle from the New York Public Library. I am excited to start meditating in some local communities (sanghas) when I return to NY.
I feel like I have been searching for a spiritual connection this year, and suddenly this clicked for me so quickly. I can meditate while I practice Alexander Technique, and my mind and body feels connected for the first time in my life. Buddhist philosophy works seamlessly with a minimalist mindset. The idea of not being attached to objects and that everything is impermanent helps me stay more in the present moment. My favorite new mantra has become, “This is a happy moment.”