“Don’t think that thinking too much is right or wrong. If you are thinking then just let it happens in your head. Don’t judge it”
“Stay silent and focus on your breath. If there are thoughts wandering in your head then just let them be”
The first day I arrived at the farm was a big surprise to me. I realized this was a true farm and I did spend a night in a hut without a door to close. I still remember talked to myself. “It’s gonna be ok” and fell asleep with the wind coming from outside and the random flashlight from other farmers who went frog hunting.
My day started at 6 30 by a yoga lesson I took for the first and only time because our yoga teacher moved to another farm the next day. Not so much chance to fall in love with Yoga tho. Even so, it made my body a bit sore. Then I helped Pi Nan, the farm owner, prepared breakfast. Actually, I realized I had a good sense of cooking although I burnt my first bread, made a most bitter baby bamboo soup. But more than that, I knew that I have a good taste for good food if I really put my heart in it. During my 3 days at the farm, Pi Nan gave me good cooking lessons. Now I can cook 3 decent vegan meals a day. Big move.
Some people come to stay and volunteer simply because they want to travel long term but do not have enough money to afford that at a certain moment. It is how the couple I met on the bus who staying in Happy Healing Home – another farm also run by a former monk in the village – one is a sport teacher, one is an Italian dancer, afford to travel for six months.
Some stay for a long time because they want to learn about farming and want to build their own organic farm. A French woman, who stayed for 10 days and left for her next farm in Myanmar, said she had a farm back in France from her family, and her sister isn’t interested in so she started her job by travelling and learning what to do with her own place. I’m curious about what it’s like, the farming work in France.
Some hippies just keep wandering around places to places, farms to farms like the yoga teacher. I didn’t talk to her much, she seemed quite private and I didn’t have enough time to get close to her.
Some find Mindful farm as a place to heal their heart. Some find it as a new experience like the kids from Taiwan and America, or a place to forget their stress like Aina, the Filipino one, the young medical German girls, or someone like me.
On my last day, Pi Nan took us to the dam in the village. He showed us how to relax and get rid of the poison in our body. I wasn’t sure if it actually took out any poison in my body but I did feel really good messing around with the water, the mug, the sunlight, the wind and the sand, all the elements of nature.
It was a great time at Pang Term village in Thailand. It was not just a volunteer experience, but actually a treat for my soul.