~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathing in, I’m aware of the painful feeling in me. Breathing out, I’m aware of the painful feeling in me.” This is an art. We have to learn it, because most of us don’t like to be with our pain. We’re afraid of being overwhelmed by the pain, so we always seek to run away from it. There’s loneliness, fear, anger, and despair in us. Mostly we try to cover it up by consuming. There are those of us who go and look for something to eat. Others turn on the television. In fact, many people do both at the same time. And even if the TV program isn’t interesting at all, we don’t have the courage to turn it off, because if we turn it off, we have to go back to ourselves and encounter the pain inside. The marketplace provides us with many items to help us in our effort to avoid the suffering inside.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
"The main affliction of our modern civilization is that we don’t know how to handle the suffering inside us and we try to cover it up with all kinds of consumption."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
As we have now entered a new moon, I have chosen this time to embark on a new endeavor. This season, I will post a quote every couple of days from Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering.
This book embraces the essence of what my blog is about and ultimately my belief in life.
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"When you love someone, you have "to offer that person the best you have. The best thing we can offer another person is our true presence."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Today is the first day of the English Playground, a summer English camp for low level learners. I initially thought I’d only gather teaching material for this program but when I arrived this morning the Korean co-teacher asked if I were ready to begin class. My mind immediately went “what”! So quick fast and in a hurry I had to shift gears right away. Three out of four students that were registered showed up, not so bad. I idea of the class is more so one on one tutoring for a two hour period - 9am to 11:00am. Quite a good deal if I’m asked. We’re reviewing all of the lessons from the first semester of school - 1 thru 7- so the kids are somewhat familiar with the material. I ended up with two sixth grade students Joon Hyuk and Jiwon.
The boy is a problem child in class, always talking, not paying attention and then saying, “teacher, teacher, I don’t understand,” “slow down please.” Me, I chime back, “be quiet please and listen carefully.” He is such a trip, but an overall cool kid. I found out later in the day that his Mom made a deal with him to attend the camp and let’s just say that come the end of the day Friday, he’ll walk away with his pockets on swole.
Although I’ve been teaching this group of sixth graders since February, I can’t say that I recall every seeing the girl in class. She’s quiet and unassuming but absorbed the lesson and corrections like pro and finished the lesson on review with flying colors.
Review - Lesson 1 (keywords and expressions)
Dialogue of key expressions
What grade are you in?
I’m in the _____ grade.
Writing - key expression
Spelling - ordinal numbers
Months of the year review
Drills - ordinal numbers and months
Zip-It Game: crossword puzzle
So we are now just entering the Winter season and I’ve commited myself to shedding a few pounds. I’ve had my eye on an herbal oriental detox and diet program that is amazingly popular here with Korean woman. Several of my co-works completed the program a few months back and their results have be astounding.
3 Day Detox Regimen
Detox Tea – breakfast, lunch, dinner
Cherry Tomatoes (if hungry)
Sunday Day 1
It’s the first day of the detox program and all is well. I’m managing taste of the tea and feel fair energized. I will be hiking Waryong Mountain today
Monday Day 2
The Principal of the school is treating everyone for lunch today so I am compelled to eat with the group, even though nothing being served is part of the regimen. To keep it simple I enjoy the Tteokguk (Rice Cake Soup) but only have the broth. Tteokguk is a traditional New Year's dish in Korea -“tteok” means rice cake, and “guk” means soup.
The soup is usually made with garaetteok, which is unsweetened and shaped like a long cylinder, sliced rice cakes, usually in beef broth.
Tuesday Day 3
Yippie! My two week supply of diet tea arrived as scheduled at my school today and I will begin the actual first day of the diet tomorrow. There are a total of 45 individulized packets of tea in one box and as I live about a 15 minute walk from school to home I am dreading the journey already. As I see it, it’s impossible to put another item in my already overloaded back pack. I will just have to push through. The up side is that the box has a handle and with a few intermittent stops the walk home shouldn’t be so bad.
30 Day Diet Plan
Morning Weigh In: 60.6 kg/
Today is the first day of the diet. Like the detox I will have three cups of oriental herbal – once after each meal.
So far, I do not feel a desire to eat and do not feel jittery. My mind is clear and I will soon down the last package of tea for the day. Just when I thought the taste of the earth could not get any worse, the diet tea arrived and proved me wrong.
Hi, My name is Kai and I am a yoga instructor from Atlanta, Georgia. I've chosen to step outside of my very comfortable and somewhat static existence to explore the world. Right now I am teaching English as a foreign language in Daegu, South Korea, which is about five hours from the capital city of SeouI. Please join me while I eke out a living teaching and traveling through the rich, dynamic countries of South East Asia.