Congratulations to Xuan-An Thai, an upwardly-mobile seeker from Texas who took a clandestine trip to Cuba — and stumbled upon a smokin’ (cigar, that is) smiling Buddha
Then, some in our Soul’s Code circle may have quietly imagined . . . ‘Megan Fox meditating at Machu Picchu’?
Still others may have projected: modern-day shaman, Tony Samara, imagining satori in San Francisco?
But we suspect that you fell in love with the winning entry (left) because Xuan-An’s moment of Zen-lightenment in Havana, Cuba is such a pristine revelation of the serendipitous, sublime, shit-happens quality of being that defies linear thought.
In her own words: “My life is about movement — meeting new people, changing jobs, up-rooting my life, and saying goodbye. I make it my business.”
I was wandering around, lost in the breezy streets of Central Havana, nose buried in my Lonely Planet Travel Guide, when I turned the corner . . . and there she was: this lovely, eccentric, old woman. I couldn’t help but smile with surprise.
She had the most wonderful raspy Spanish. We didn’t talk much, but she was so friendly! I gave her a hug, and I left with a profound feeling of warmth . . . Like finding family all over the world.
Sometimes traveling can harden you. Sometimes it invites you into the beauty and fun surrounding you, wherever you are.
Congratulations to Xuan-An, for sharing a snapshot of her journey — and to all of you for your votes. Everyone actually is a guru.
Hey, if you clicked on a different favorite during the contest, check out our finalists and other entries in the newest Soul’s Code slideshow: 7 Images of Zen-lightenment
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