If we remain true to our core values, are actively and authentically loving ourselves, we'll discover the peace we seek is already present and available. Not intellectually, but from the tangible shifts we'll see unfolding around us and the experience of it in our day-to-day life.
Humanity can predict what happens to this planet, but in order to do so, we have to work together. In honor of Earth Day 2016, I hope everyone can be affected by some of this information presented above in the same way that I am and do what you can to help in the most effective way possible.
You notice the sweet smell of dragon fruit blossoms as you take a stroll down the street to fill up your water bottles (you'll get sick if you drink the tap water). You aren't sure what the latest fall fashions are, and you don't really care.
What they say about Thailand being the "land of smiles" is not hype. And if you love Thai food ("real" Thai food, not the Americanized versions), super inexpensive massages, vibrant nightlife, and a very favorable exchange rate with the U.S. dollar, Bangkok is bang on.
In case you hadn't heard, Thailand is cheap. Like, dirt cheap. Like, $10-a-night-beachfront-hotel cheap, and $3-a-day-food-budget cheap. I'm not even joking. In fact, it's so cheap here, we've been in the country for three months.
"Come on, Alec, let's do it!" "Okay Liz, let's cash in our savings, pack our bags, and hit the road." Meet Alec and Liz, two NYC professionals who quit their jobs and tossed their armchair to the curb.
It's a long haul from the United States, but you'll find the journey is worth it the minute you land. The exhilarating sights and sounds of Bangkok, the perfectly turquoise Andaman Sea, the romantic resorts of Koh Samui, the unique cuisine of Chiang Mai ... we could go on forever.
My take away from the Thailand spiritual experience is that women don't have much power within Thailand's Buddhist teachings--but there's hope for change! I've seen it in other cultures and countries, and each year I am gratified.
I want to capture something real. Something that quenches my thirst for authenticity. Big words for something that is just a simple personal emotion, that if you are lucky, is shared by others as well.
The ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok have made many change their travel plans to Thailand at the last moment. But life in most other parts of the Thai capital remains open to travelers.
Riding an elephant in Thailand is a direct contribution to a heinous cycle of abuse which occurs throughout the country. Those who pay money for this experience are effectively making a financial vote in support of this exploitation.
As the cool days of fall are now upon us, I naturally escape to thoughts of a warmer place and ponder where I'll go for my next vacation. Last year's travels were pretty epic; they took me to a place that I've yearned to go since I first caught the travel bug: Thailand.