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Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said "I Do," and Found Bliss by Linda Leaming

March 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 137

A wonderful view of this small country, Bhutan, that is hidden in the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered by China and India. Although not a spell-binding read, the author provides an endearing and enlightening look at the Bhutanese and their culture.

Time is different in this remote country. We get the sense of a slower, more conscious culture, people who know the value of enjoying the moment and savoring life without the trappings and amenities we have come to rely so heavily on here in the US. At a time when many of us are trying to live a simpler life, this book shows a culture which has successful accomplished that. While the author may be a little biased, since she is lived in the country and is married to an artist from Bhutan, the reader feels that she is accurately portraying, not romanticizing, the people. There is a joy that emanates from her story.

Death is a subject we don't discuss too much in the United States, preferring to pretend that life does not just naturally end. The Bhutanese, however, understand the cycles of life and don't fear their demise. Many of the elderly go into meditation centers and pray to help prepare for death, or their next incarnation since most of them are Buddhist. This seems to be a healthy approach to their final stage.

"There is much I will never understand. I have learned that asking questions, trying to find the underlying cause of things, is most often futile," Leaming explains about Bhutan. This is hard for many of us, she points out, because we want a rational world with specific answers. Maybe we need to be a little more spontaneous, she suggests, and believe in magic sometimes. Perhaps she is right. And perhaps that is the message of Bhutan.

Cheryl A. Chatfield, Ph.D. invites you to visit her nonprofit organization at http://NottInstitute.org to preview the first chapters of her new novel, As The Light of Venus Rose, a spiritual and mystical novel. Receive a free download when you post a comment on the blog about the story.

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