Bali is a land of contrasts. Chaos and calm. Frantic movement and serenity. Force and surrender.
These are Western observations and determinations. To the Balinese, everything flows and they allow the current of life to carry them forward.
Every morning, a young girl walks through the winding path of the place where we are staying, placing a small flower or fragrant petal on certain spots. The statutes are lovingly decorated. Color lines the walkways like a jeweled necklace. When I renter my room after breakfast, petals are on the bed, dresser and shelf above the sink.
This ritual is not because we are tourists. It is part of their religion to give thanks for the new day, in as beautiful way as possible.
I think that is why people are drawn to Bali. It is a reminder that we are spiritual beings first, then human. When the spiritual side of our nature is cultivated, recognized and thanked profusely, the human side shows up in the world fueled by compassion, love and gratitude.
Bali is a dream for many, but you can carry the beauty of Bali with you without ever having to breath the air. Spend daily time in meditation, mindfulness and intentionality and you will find your Bali.
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance!