I recently took a trip with my boyfriend to Phuket and Phi Phi Island in Thailand. I had read a lot about it on blogs and forums before I left, but it was much greater a place than I could have imagined. Simplicity. Striking. Gorgeous. Nature. Peace. Tranquility. These are all words that describe this place perfectly. We stayed in Kata beach where the water is turquoise and crystal clear, we swam all day, rode on elephants, went snorkelling, explored the island on a little motorbike, we communed with nature!! Could you imagine that I felt the most alive I have in a long time just living with the basics in community with nature? 😉

Today we are too wrapped up in technology, fashion, and “keeping up with the Smiths,” as it were. We have isolated ourselves in concrete jungles and live a sort of half-life. The energy that lives in nature is the energy that we need. Before you die, take a trip where you also live with just the basics. No or limited internet, a shack or bungalow with a shower above the toilet, bring a small amount of clothing, and enjoy nature.

The Thai people of Phuket are so happy with so little. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that 95% of them are buddhists, but I certainly noticed that it changes the way they treat each other as well as foreigners. On their Songkran Festival they celebrate water, the mother of life. They openly welcome foreigners, playing and splashing each other with water like brothers. They pile their families and friends into the back of pickup trucks and don water guns and big buckets of water. They dance in the streets, soaking wet, with huge smiles on their faces. I was shown love by a huge amount of people that day and it really nurtured my heart and soul.

Let us strive to live more simple lives, to shift the focus back to living in community with our planet instead of separating ourselves from her. I promise there is much more happiness to be found in this sort of life.