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Practicing Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

En route to Can Tho, Vietnam

sunny 34 °C

My partner unexpectedly got us into this “express” minivan instead of a regular bus to go on this 4 hr trip to Can Tho. It was only $4 instead of $8. But daaang, it was hella hot (no AC) and cramped the whole way there. Also the driver was hellla crazy felt like he was going 90mph, weeving in and around motos and slamming on the breaks. At one point my partner was complaining about her back and getting whiplash. We even got pulled over by the police! But the worse part was the cockroaches! This is where the Buddhist mindfulness comes in. So this is what happened. About 30 minutes into the van ride and gripping for our lives in this bumpy hella hot minivan with 10 other ppl and I looked over and spotted a cockroach in my partner’s hair. I totally freaked out. I got up out of my seat and started saying “bug, bug” and pointed at it to tell her. She was all calm and flicked it out of her hair and onto my bag which freaked me out even more so I climbed next the ppl in front of us. I tried to point at the creepy crawly bug running around to the other ppl but no one seemed to care, they just all stared at us blankly. Then I spotted a couple more crawling in and out of the cracks of the van. Ugh. It was the worse 4 hr ride ever.

I tried to make the best of it thinking about what Thich Nhat Hanh would say/do in this situation. He would say something along the lines of “smile at the bug” “it is connected to you and all of nature” blah blah blah… So I actually tried to do that. Whenever I saw a cockroach crawling out of the van crack, I tried to smile at it and think bugs are my friends…for 4hrs! 4 HOURS! Freaking A, the cockroaches didn’t seem to phase my partner at all. Instead she was all happy. I hate her so much sometimes.

Posted by lesbotravels 04:31 Archived in Vietnam Tagged buddhism meditation bugs cockroaches minivans mindfulness

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