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Buddhist statue, Thailand

Explore the majesty of Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, the capital of what was once Siam, lies at the heart of Ayutthaya Province in central Thailand. Named after the Indian city of Ayodhya, birthplace of the Hindu god Rama, Ayutthaya offers those seeking to restore their life balance the opportunity to immerse themselves in a tranquil environment of spirituality and history.

The city of Ayutthaya was established by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and grew to a population believed to be as large as 1,000,000 by the year 1700. However, in 1767, the kingdom was besieged and subsequently destroyed by the armies of Burma. The kingdom eventually succumbed to ruin. After a period of restoration beginning in the 1960s, the site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.

Not only do the ruins of the many Thai Buddhist temples in Ayutthaya provide an excellent opportunity for personal reflection, but also offer many places to practice private meditation. Some visitors may find the peaceful surroundings conducive to the study of their inner self in a way that may be more difficult in busier surroundings.

Though any journey of personal discovery must begin within, traveling to places of such deep historical and spiritual significance may offer visitors an opportunity to truly study the path of their inner self in an atmosphere of calm and reflection.

The Source of Intention

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.

You came into this world wanting to be someone who makes things happen. From day one, you were a creation machine. You picked up objects in your tiny hands as soon as you could manage to grashp them. You fumbled them around in hands, feeling their shape and texture, and even popped them in your mouth, wanting to know everything about the world around you.

As you gained knowledge of the world, you wanted to assert your influence over these objects. You pushed your bowl off the table, just to see it fall. You cooed and squealed, trying to understand the nature of your own voice. All your senses were open to discovering the living world around you.

This same drive eventually pushed you up through your own developmental process as you experimented with your body, and you eventually learned to walk and talk. All the while, magical events were happening in your brain-brain cells growing and connections developing. Dahn Yoga practice can help expedite this process. As you grow older, you became more and more proficient at influencing the world around you. You earned money, gained status, and developed a solid sense of identity. But along with this came suffering and a yearning to go somewhere beyond this physical world. At some point, you may have asked, as Ilchi Lee, the founder of Dahn Yoga did, “What is this really about?”

The problem with the physical world is that it is easy to forget what lies under the surface of things. When you were that infant exploring the world, you had just come into the world with a purpose. But the world of form distracted you, and you forgot, for a moment, who you really were.

From Brain Wave Vibration by Ilchi Lee. You can practice this at a local Dahn Yoga center.

It has often been observed that there are two selves within the human being. There is the self who is present in the surrounding world-interacting, doing, making, having-and then there is the self watching the self. The false self is a mask we wear for the world, a manufactured product of the ego. It is something we build on and construct throughout life to give ourselves a role to play in the world outside ourselves. The true self, on the other hand, is the higher you, the essential and unchanging part of you. It craves the highest forms of human interaction, such as unconditional love and harmonious unity with others. The struggles of life stem from lack of accord between these two selves, a predicament that arises from humanity’s unique place in the universe. In Dahn Yoga center you can practice various programs to take care of this issue.