Then we take them to someone like Mor Noi (Little Doctor). She is a traditional Thai doctor, an expert in healing herbs and other folk / Chinese / thai medicine. But more than that she is just a strong motherly presence who heals with the softest touch imaginable. But in this touch, there is no ego – no pressure – and no sense that she is “trying” to fix anything. She just exudes a deep sense of care, concern, and compassion. And in her honest questions where she teases out the emotional wounds that get lodged in the tissues of the body, people break down, let go of a tightness in their chest that they may have been carrying around since childhood and the tears flow. She sees the pain people carry with them. The wounds. And she helps expose them to the healing properties of the air and light.
And with people like this around, people who, as they age, don’t acquire, but let go, provide us all with a different example of how one can be in the world. About what is important. And where happiness truly comes from. As I’ve told you before Pichest owns nothing and he is one of the happiest people I know. And Mor Noi who says she is getting rid of everything and that she now sees her acquiring of things, of her clinic, and more, as having a seed of greediness. The Buddha talked a lot about greed and how it is disguised and how it leads inevitably to unhappiness. It’s embedded within the fundamental Buddhist principle in fact. It was his first talk after his enlightenment. Where he outlined the fundamental nature of life in a few simple sentences. That suffering exists. That suffering is caused by attachment or clinging to what cannot be held (a lack of understanding of the impermanence of all things – the transitory nature of everything). This is greed. It’s the wanting to hold onto something that by it’s very nature cannot be held. And of course, when it begins to slip away, we hold on even tighter causing more tension, more sorrow.
Pichest always mocking us. . . . I want I want. I like, I like. And then, I don’t want, I don’t want. I don’t like, I don’t like. And we bounce like pinballs between these two extremes, that which we have but don’t want and that which we don’t have but want. And of course we are never satisfied but we think that we will figure out the problem but we never do. It just keeps coming. It’s unavoidable. This suffering, in Pali language is called Dukkha. It’s the things that we don’t want or like in life, from the small to the big. From a bothersome fly landing on our food, to the death of a loved one and everything in between. And the more we understand about Dukkha and Impermanence, the more we can see the suffering we create in ourselves and others by our reaction to these situations. In other words, these situations are a natural part of being a part of this world. They are inevitable. These situations are opportunities to help us see how we cause ourselves endless turmoil and to learn about how things work. And in seeing how things work, perhaps we can understand more. And in understanding more and seeing our own suffering clearly, we may find ourselves better able to have compassion for ourselves and let go. This can then lead to peace of mind. Even if just for a moment, that moment can come as huge relief and give us the energy to continue practicing.
It’s funny how this trip on the outside is about Thai massage, but on the inside it’s about so much more. And I believe that those who came with us this year came away with insights well beyond the practice of Thai massage or Thai massage techniques atorvastatin dose. That is why I love this trip. And that is why I keep coming back!