So recently, I decided to pretty much run away from reality as I was feeling pretty dry in my well of inspiration. I bought my tickets last minute and hopped on the earliest train to Ratchaburi, Thailand. I was hoping with all hopes that Damnoen Saduak, the famous water village in Ratchaburi would with every touch fix me.
When I arrived, I was still quite dazed. I could hear the voice inside me telling me what my mission was, but all the sights and elements surrounding me at that point in time was pretty much overwhelming, so I decided to just rest at the hostel and recuperate from the travel fatigue.
I started off slow (and steady).
I played with my camera and lenses, just clicking at random things, and the voice in me was still pretty faint.
After a couple of days, my ears finally started working. I reconnected with the voice in me and I could feel this magical kind of feeling that guided me to know where to look and to snap.
I did realize that that feeling came upon me when I recognize and acknowledge the beauty of the spirit behind Damnoen Saduak. And no, I am not talking about things that the Winchester brothers (from Supernatural) deals with. I was just really impressed that the community in Damnoen Saduak has preserved this tradition of water as a daily transportation. Water wasn’t only a medium for them to clean or wash but they built a village on it and rely on it for their trade. I personally felt that Damnoen Saduak, as a whole community was living a godly life. They ingenuity in building the water village was a sign of gratitude to the beauty of their natural surroundings and a tribute to the greater being. (Of course that being said, there are some cases of irresponsible use of the environment. But that I would probably leave it to the experts.)
Well, in other words, when I grasps the spirit of the village and gave thanks to the beauty of it all, I found myself again. I felt gratitude and thanks-giving from the villagers and I found them in me all over again. What a relief to know that I wasn’t broken (just bent).
I always encourage them to practice in a way that will help them go back to their own tradition and get re-rooted.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha,