Hil here! Happy Friday, babes.
I had the wonderful gift of living and teaching English abroad in Thailand in the year 2009. Thailand is beautiful. The people are kind, the food is insane (and spicy) the landscapes are stunning. If you’re ever given the opportunity to travel there, please don’t hesitate.
One of my fondest memories of that experience is of listening to Buddhist monks chant at a Wat in Chiang Mai. With my eyes closed, I could feel the vibrations in my chest. There was a calm to it, a sacredness. I’ll never forget the wave of peace that blew over me. But all of those monks were of course, men.
A Thai friend of mine shared this article this morning, and I am in complete awe of it. Take a few minutes to read about these Thai women who are claiming their right to be monks in the modern age.
“When I see men being so upset at the fact that women are ordained monks, I look at them, I smile, and I do whatever I want to do anyway,” one female monk told the Huffington Post.
Bad. Freaking. Ass.
I hope today you find the courage to smile and follow your calling. Commit. Don’t let anyone stop you. Move forward in strength and in peace.
A few photos from my travels in Chiang Mai that seemed appropriate . .