Seeing these countries, though rich in beauty and culture, made me feel so incredibly fortunate to live where we do, despite our current political situation. We are not living in an oppressive state in which we are restricted in every possible way, as the people of Tibet are. We visited spectacular ancient Buddhist temples in all the countries we visited.
We were most impressed by the Kingdom of Bhutan – a tiny sliver of a Kingdom with less than 750,000 population, wedged between China and India. I found it to be a very conscious country in which Gross National Happiness is what is most important. They have a zero-carbon footprint, are very much into recycling and protecting their land, which is primarily forested. The image pictured here was taken at the Samya Monastery in Tibet. I’m hoping this season brings more inspiration, reflection and connection to yourself and others. All my best for a wonderful holiday season. Karen