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Friday, 5 October 2012
"If you want some magic, look with your heart"
has been my tenth trip to Chiang Mai (Thailand).
the first few visits I explored most of the streets and lanes within
the old city surrounded by the moat. Afterwards I was happy to
“settle down” as the main focus of my holidays took on the theme
of a “full body service”. This translates to healthy food,
massage, reflexology and catching up on reading. I await the day when
I will grab the last unread book from my home library. French
back to the story ...
my recent holiday, instead of taking my usual route to the printer I
slightly deviated and stumbled on something very special.
was a shop set up under the canopy of green canvas with matching
walls, filled with a variety of colourful little knick-knacks and
intermingling sounds from many different wind chimes.
I got closer, I could sense this welcoming and playful energy calling
me in. Then suddenly, I felt like a little child full of excitement
as if someone has cast a spell on me!
all I could see was a treasure cave. A secret place.
entering, I was greeted by the girl with a lovely smile. She was
wearing a head band decorated with two red apples of reasonable size,
which looked great with her long wavy hair. Her free spirited energy
felt familiar, but I could not put my finger on it until much later.
asked me to wait while she brought me a drink, and before I could say
anything she disappeared into the adjoining house.
moment later she reappeared with a cup of cold drink in one hand and
a piece of lime in the other. In a story telling way she said to me
that if I squeeze some lime into my drink its colour will change. I
followed her instructions expecting to see my light blue drink
turning green, but to my surprise it became a beautiful indigo. Wow!
I asked about the secret ingredient my drink was made of, she pointed
to the bell shaped indigo blue flowers on the vine next to us.
sipping my mystery drink and twirling around the shop with eyes wide
open, a young couple stepped in unaware of the upcoming magic. I
decided to get a little bit closer to share their excitement. Unlike
me, they were a bit unsure about the drink, but following my
reassurance the lime got squeezed and the indigo colour appeared in
its full glory once again.
“Classic Summer House” shop is not that big, but because it has
so many little things it takes a bit of time to see it all. In the
centre, there is a smaller square area (with its own silk canopy)
where you will find shelves filled with little figurines, tea pots
and tea cups as well as other tiny treasures. The eclectic content of
the shop definitely adds to its uniqueness.
I was equipped only with my film camera at the time, I decided to
revisit the treasure cave a couple of days later with a recently
gifted to me digital technology.
feeling about the place had not changed, but my drink had! This time
it was a non alcoholic banana “Baileys Cream” on ice.
a “happy hour” mood I started taking some photos and as I got
closer to the indigo flower vine to capture a secret ingredient of
the magical drink, I couldn't see any left. They were all gone.
hearing my disappointment, my lovely hostess took me to the vine
closer to the house to show me the last flower. As she gently lifted
a leave, she pointed to the indigo bud while saying: “But it is
still asleep.” Ooo ... so sweet!
I finished taking the photos and a video clip with permission for the
blog story, a couple in their late 20's walked in. They seemed even
more unsure about the drink than the couple on my first visit. To my
surprise, their level of excitement about the place was rather low
compared with mine, so I may have appeared to them a little bit on a
crazy side especially at my age.
this point I realised that they did not see and feel what I did.
through my inner child's eyes, I have transformed the “Classic
Summer House” to a treasure cave and my lovely hostess to a ...
(can you guess?) Fairy God Mother!
don't know where my 49 year old self was at the time, but my 4 year
old was definitely having a great time. A time of care free joy!
to a generous support of August winds, the sound of the wind chime
that was wrapped with greatest care for safe travelling frequently
remind me of this special encounter.
to ponder on ...
way we perceive the outer world is strongly influenced by our inner
feelings and the uniqueness of the moment at the time.
we may have little influence over the uniqueness of the moment, the
same does not apply to the garden of our feelings.
gardener we have freedom to create a beautiful space as long as we
are prepared to do some regular weeding. This can definitely be very
challenging at times as some roots can be very deep or generously
spread out. To clear all the weeds in one life time is pretty much
impossible. However, this should not hold us back from attempting to
release at least some of the feelings that prevent us from seeing
something special in every moment of our lives.
With each weed
removed we create more space for the seeds of loving energy to
sprout, followed by the blooms of happy moments.