Special People We Met in Thailand

In Thailand we were lucky to meet some very interesting people. We had two great meditation guides who educated us and inspired us to meditate every morning. A practice that we continue to do. On the left of the picture is Yongdu a Buddhist Lama. On the right is Frans, a former CEO of an important emergency management company in the Netherlands. Frans left the corporate world to live in Thailand and run workshops to help people find their purpose in life.

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Another person that guided us during our fast and provided a lot of useful information is Tom Coghill. For the last 30 years all his efforts have been focused on juice fasting. He runs a fasting website and has written a few e-books on this subject.

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Another aspect that we are exploring in this trip is researching and learning about the mystic world in Asia. In Thailand we met Papu (picture below) who is a 1,000 year old monk. Papu is currently using the body of the Thai woman in the picture. She married an English speaking person who translated Papu’s guidance for us. Papu gave us advice, good luck amulets and told us that the future is looking bright for us.

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Before leaving this wonderful country, we spent some time on top of a scooter around Mae Rim and Chiang Mai visiting rice fields, Buddhist temples and delicious restaurants. Here are a few pictures:

Rice is starting to grow on the fields around Mae Rim

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Tarci negotiating our fresh fruits and vegetables at a local market

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Salva happy to find our moped in one of the largest motorcycle parking places we have ever seen

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Full moon night with the view of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai

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We survived our first detox fasting!

We have finished the detox! Detoxing and not eating made us think about food.  This past week has been full of detox drinks, colemas, herbal supplements and laxatives. Almost every night we dreamt about food and it was not easy.  We realized how much we are attached to food, even when our body does not really need it. We are very happy we have done this program as it is probably one of the most important steps for us to move into a holistic well-being.  Fasting (or semi-fasting) targets the body, the mind and to a certain extent the spirit.

Body: We have lost significant weight very quickly (Salvador almost 8 kilos) and we managed to do Yoga almost every day.  We are getting quickly back in shape. We are more flexible and more energetic. Internally we feel our blood cleaner and purified.

Now that the fast is over, we know that if we return to our same diet then we will lose our lively state of being.  Besides, we would gain the weight back and probably put on extra weight.. So we need to change some of our old eating habits.

With this in mind we have decided to educate ourselves on healthy eating. We have read the ancient ways of eating in Asia, eating healthy with whole foods, raw foods, food combinations and more. You can expect to see more on this topic soon.

Mind:  This week has been a roller coaster for our minds. Up, downs, left and right and then again up and down. The first day we were all excited to start a detox program. Day 2 without food and with the detoxification starting to kick in we felt a bit miserable. Day 3 was a repeat of day 2 the only difference was that we slept poorly the night before and in the little sleep we had we dreamt about food. Day 4, 5 and 6 were probably some of the best days of our lives. We woke up full of energy, our minds clear and a very active unpolluted mind. The energy level lowered a little in the afternoon/night and we would forget basic things such as where we put the keys or if we had taken our pills (for Tarci this is normal but for Salva is a big deal).

We fed our minds with great books we borrowed and deep conversations with researchers, writers, teachers and several other interesting people we met at the Spa.

Day 7 was the last stretch and we were just happy to know we did not have to be tied to a schedule with literally 19 activities every day (including 2 colon enemas!)

Spirit:  Fasting is the world’s most ancient and natural healing mechanism and for some people it is also a Spiritual experience. Hindu Yogis are famous fasters and colon cleansers. Muslims fast during Ramadan, the Jewish calendar has several fast days and both Jesus and Buddha fasted for up to 40 days at a time.

While we did not have any major spiritual experience, we felt the thirst for greater spiritual knowledge.  Every morning we went to meditation class and during the difficult times we would breathe into the aching parts of our bodies. It is pretty amazing how we have the power to heal ourselves.

Usually the last session of our meditation classes were dedicated to send Love & Kindness to people in need.  Since we were “starving”, we talked about the difficulties and sufferings that children have to endure due to the lack of food.  Maybe because of this we came across a video of a starving boy drinking milk from a street dog. This video affected us greatly at a spiritual level and put things in perspective.

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The fasting and colemas begin – Day 1

This morning we found out we could start the Detox program and that our pre-cleansing steps haved worked. We woke up around 6 am to do the pH Test of our saliva. The pH test is performed to find if it is safe to start the program. Too much acidity means we could have problems with lactic acid later on. We moistened with saliva the yellow pH paper and it turned green/blue which meant our acid levels were fine.

At 7 am we started our cleansing fast with a detox drink. This drink is composed of “Bentonite” clay liquid detoxifier mixed with “Psyllium” husk bulk intestinal cleanser in a glass of pineapple juice or watermelon juice. We took 5 detox drinks every 3 hours.

Picture: At 7am sharp Tarci waiting for her Detox drink

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At 7:30 we had our meditation session with Yongdu, who teaches loving-kindness meditation. During the last 10 minutes of each session we send healing energy, love and happiness to our body, family, friends and to the world.

At 8:30 we started taking the herbal supplements: 3 intestinal cleanser capsules plus 3 Herbal Nutrient capsules.  We took a total of 30 capsules throughout the day.

At 8:45 we had a class of Yin Yoga. Much of the yoga now practiced in the West is Yang practice, which is an active practice that primarily focuses on movement and muscular contraction. Yin Yoga focuses on body awareness and deep stretches of joint, ligaments and fasciae.  With Yin Yoga you hold poses for at least several minutes and stretch the connective tissue around a joint. In order to do so, the overlying muscles must be relaxed.  We did a whole hour of stretching the hips.

Early in the afternoon we went to the steam room and had our first ampuku massage. Ampuku therapy, or abdominal massage, is an offshoot of Shiatsu which deals with the stimulation of the “Hara”, the area of the abdomen.  All vital energies flow into the hara. The major blood vessels including the Aorta and Vena Cava pass through it, and, obviously, the hara is the seat of the digestive, reproductive and sexual organs. At an emotional level, the hara is the place where much of our deepest emotional armouring is found.

The colema is probably the scariest part of the program.  It consists of putting a bucket filled with freshly ground coffee (2 cups) and apple cider (2 table spoons) and about 16 liters of pure water on a hook high above in the wall. Then you have to  lie down on a “colema board” which is attached to the toilet and make yourself comfortable. Finally you insert a small tube in your anus and let the solution fill your colon. Then you release the water inside and you re-fill the colon. You continue this process until the mixture finishes.

It was a bit of a dramatic experience for both of us to have so much liquid mixture in our colon and more shocking to see how much “stuff” we had in our body. We were thankful that our landlord Steven had given us plenty of tips. He took a whole afternoon explaining what to expect and how to make it a more enjoyable experience.

Now at the end of the day we are dead tired! It has been a long day without food and a lot of emotions. We are going to have a broth that tastes like a tea and is made by boiling 21 different vegetables. This should help replenish the minerals and vitamins that we are consuming throughout the day.

We don’t think the next seven days will be easy, but we have decided to start our trip taking care of our bodies. This fasting cleansing that we are doing has been highly recommended as the first step to healthy living.   By experiencing this detox program we expect to learn and build our knowledge on holistic healing.

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