It's 5 o'clock in the morning when the bell rings. Half an hour later 20 people carrying lanterns walk to Wat Suan Mokkh's International Dhamma Hermitage to meditate. The place is full of trees and animals, hence the lanterns in everyone's hand. We're told snakes are afraid of the scent of burning oil.
After sitting for half an hour or so in pitch darkness, a few are already fidgeting, including me.
"I can't do this anymore. Honestly, it's annoying. I had this recurring urge to stand up, after just 20 minutes," I told my instructor when everybody else had left.
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