Bhutan's Magic

I'm so grateful to live in this tiny, peaceful place. It's such a refuge from the chaos of the world. I pray every day it will remain so, and I wish the people I love who are tired and struggling could get some relief and come here.

Bhutan's magic includes the ability to get things in perspective. Living here is grounding. Even winter we're very much tied to the land, which is both harsh and beautiful. I love to walk up and down mountains. It takes stamina, focus, sure-footedness, and commitment. It's toning for your body and your mind. I look at the image, below and think how gorgeous these mountains are, and the little farming valleys that thrive in pockets all over the country. I feel tremendous respect for mountains and a little fear. There's no controlling the Himalayas. In Bhutan there's unpredictability. Even though it's a very peaceful place we're still at the mercy of the elements. Walking in the mountains in Bhutan teaches you to focus, breathe, and be ready for whatever happens. Keep going no matter what. 

It does not matter if lightning strikes from above, if the earth caves in from below, if the land and the sky crash together like mighty cymbals, if your head is ablaze, if poisonous snakes crawl on your lap, whether you have time or are busy, are hungry or well fed, happy or sad; whatever happens you should not give up.

--Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, high holy man, statesman, magician, warrior, unifier of Bhutan in the 17th century.
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Happy Day!

Today, September 6, 2016, I made it (walking!) up to Sangaygang, the look-out point overlooking Thimphu Valley. I've done the walk hundreds of times over the years. Today was special, and I took this glorious photo of Thimphu Valley canopied by late monsoon clouds. To me it's the most beautiful sight in the world. I've been dreaming of this day, obsessing, focusing my whole existence on it at times, visualizing myself standing on this very spot, looking out onto this place I love so much. I fractured my kneecap last February in an accident in the U.S. and have had a long and painful recovery. But it wasn't all bad. I was so lucky to have angels and Buddhas around me the whole time: a great surgeon, Dr. Chris Anderson, and an army of techs, friends, nurses, and physical therapists who got me to this place. In no particular order: my sister, Elizabeth Starnes, Monica, Gary, Beautiful Joelle, Bev Graves, Indiana, Jamie Richards, Dennis, Morgan Clouse, Eva, Colleen and Harry Whitver, Marilyn Murphy, Barry Buxkamper, Mary Talley, Vin, Rob and Carol Stein, Suzanne Cassel, Cody, Nichelle, Belinda, Lynee Durham, Jeff Danley, Vicki Wilburn, Lonnie Frey,  Bob Durham, ANGIE!, Anne Whitver and so many others. Thank you! With your help I can climb mountains. Sending love from Bhutan.  

Today, September 6, 2016, I made it (walking!) up to Sangaygang, the look-out point overlooking Thimphu Valley. I've done the walk hundreds of times over the years. Today was special, and I took this glorious photo of Thimphu Valley canopied by late monsoon clouds. To me it's the most beautiful sight in the world. I've been dreaming of this day, obsessing, focusing my whole existence on it at times, visualizing myself standing on this very spot, looking out onto this place I love so much. I fractured my kneecap last February in an accident in the U.S. and have had a long and painful recovery. But it wasn't all bad. I was so lucky to have angels and Buddhas around me the whole time: a great surgeon, Dr. Chris Anderson, and an army of techs, friends, nurses, and physical therapists who got me to this place. In no particular order: my sister, Elizabeth Starnes, Monica, Gary, Beautiful Joelle, Bev Graves, Indiana, Jamie Richards, Dennis, Morgan Clouse, Eva, Colleen and Harry Whitver, Marilyn Murphy, Barry Buxkamper, Mary Talley, Vin, Rob and Carol Stein, Suzanne Cassel, Cody, Nichelle, Belinda, Lynee Durham, Jeff Danley, Vicki Wilburn, Lonnie Frey,  Bob Durham, ANGIE!, Anne Whitver and so many others. Thank you! With your help I can climb mountains. Sending love from Bhutan.

 

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On the way to Sangaygang

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