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What can Americans learn from the country of Bhutan?
5/2/2011 12:37:03 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Linda Leaming a Nashville, TN native shares her experiences in “Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said 'I Do,' and Found Bliss” as she learns the language, customs and religion of Bhutan while married to Namgay, a Buddhist artist and fellow teacher. Leaming gives us a rare glimpse into Bhutan and the town of Thimphu where they have lived and worked for over 10 years. The village, rich in natural beauty, has no traffic lights and minimal electricity and plumbing.
Located on the east end of the Himalayas Bhutan is remote and nearly inaccessible. It's a small landlocked country (100 miles from north to south and 200 miles from east to west) bordering China and India. Although the government embraces “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross National Product the people are relaxed and content. Leaming says Bhutanese toil and struggle with grace and dignity as their “wealth” does not come from money.
Bhutan's rules of social behavior are age-old. The ancient ways of conducting rituals and caring for the environment and each other, as well as the codes of behavior, manners, religion and sensibility had not changed until recently with the introduction of television, Internet, roads, cars, currency, schools and health care.
Leaming says Bhutan has reshaped her since she came to the country at age 39. She lost 30 pounds, gained a Bhutanese family, quit smoking, started meditating and learned to walk everywhere. Even more importantly it changed her attitudes and ideas. She no longer thinks it's wrong to work less, have less stuff or go on more picnics. If she doesn't get things done in this life, then perhaps she will in the next. She's learned to slow down, to pay attention and laugh more.
Leaming says living in a country where decisions are not based on economics made her realize that less is more and the danger of associating happiness with comfort. Ironically giving up, letting go, peeling off and culling makes people happier. Also to realize happiness comes from within, our attitude effects our view the world, happiness can't be willed and a daily awareness of death manifests gratitude. When Leaming feels stressed she remembers the world is fleeting like water in a river. Like the Bhutanese she tries to live in the moment, refuses to be controlled by the clock and speaks when she has something to say. Leaming came to love the self-containment of the Bhutanese. They are comfortable with silence and often eat, drink and even schmooze nonverbally.
“Married to Bhutan” is a wonderfully wise and witty memoir.


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