The year 2016 exactly one year ago, I travel to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, forty-five days after having an ACL surgery on my left knee. I knew it was a challenge, but I determined it was not going to be a blockage.

Marcia Campbell in Bhutan

Marcia Campbell walks up and down the mountain in Bhutan, forty-five days after ACL surgery.

I had the feeling of just being there was going to be a healing experience to my spirit.

It was the year 2007 when a group of representants from Bhutan visited Hawaii and made a full installation of culture and prayer wheels at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Art After Dark was the opening night of the exhibition, filled with dancers in the courtyard. I felt fascinated and knew one day I was going.

Bhutan is an ancient kingdom secluded high in the Himalayas with unique customs and people with deep beliefs. A small country in between China and India the most populated, polluted countries in the world. Bhutan is carbon free. To learn more about it visit Teds Talk and listen to Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister of Bhutan.

Bhutan teaches the world a big lesson of humanity. To be is more important them to have. Happiness is a choice of the soul independent of the circumstances you find yourself in the present moment.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan — Gross National Happiness

“Where we live must be clean, safe, orgaized and beautiful for national integrity, natioanal pride and for our bright future. This is too is nation building” Rabi C Dahal

“A nation made up of happy families couldn’t be anything but happy. So building a happy  family is the same as building a happy nation. So a happy family is the foundation of a happy nation and a happy nation is a strong nation”

Happiness and contentment are inside myself, and my whole world begins with me. When you visit a country, where the core philosophy is public happiness, integrity and well being it just make you want to be a better person. Kindness, service, and gratitude are the seeds to enlighten our path in this challenging world.

The aloha spirit — Is what Hawaiians have in common with the Bhutanese 

After ACL surgery I was on crutches trying to cross a street after a PT session when a Hawaiian Wiki Wiki bus full of tourist, and the driver sees me. She screams: “hold on!” Stop the bus and walk down to the street to stop the traffic. This Hawaiian lady, made my heart sing of appreciation and gratitude for her attitude of kindness. She smiles saying: “Now, everybody is taking your picture!” Indeed the spirit of aloha is well.

To see more photos from my journey to Bhutan — Marcia Campbell Photography

The link above you will find a gallery full of pictures from my trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The leading country into the “NEW ERA.”

To book a tour, please visit Live Laugh Love and let Melina, Yangki, and Kezang be your guide. Glimpses of Bhutan

Let Bhutan be blessed and protected forever!


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