Trip Start Mar 15, 2009
2Trip End May 05, 2009
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Maybe these thoughts can bring some good feelings to you too, especially during the hard times. The clearance comes in so better things can come later on. Change. Growth. Cycles.
OK, that was the section of this blog "Deep Thoughts with Heather". Now I'll tell you about what I've been doing here! It's been an amazing three weeks and there is everything to love about Bali. It's a magical place (yes, like Fairyland at times) filled with so much wonder and beauty. Everything around me is beautiful here and appeals to all the senses: constant incense wafting, colorful offerings to the Gods placed in tiny banana leaf baskets in the temples and on the streets, lush gardens fiilled with fragrant frangipani and champaka, the Balinese people and their special temple dress with sarong and sash. It's very special to be in a place where it's socially acceptable for men to wear flowers behind their ears. And how happy am I to see statues of Ganesha everywhere I go! I rented a bicycle long-term and love riding around and exploring through the rice paddies and side streets.
I've figured out there really is no difference, no split. It's living yoga all the time. That mat is
just a piece of flypaper anway. Enter the matless universe.
I live in a sweet little house within a family compound; it's like a homestay. There are three families and they are all so kind. My house is right next to the family temple and I love that. My dear friend, Doah that I met here also lives in a little house in the compound, around the corner from me. So it's homey.
My days are full with lots of learning, observing (I love looking around!) and being. I have a lot of time for my yoga practice and have been really getting into the dance community here, with 'classes' offered at The Yoga Barn, the main yoga studio here in Ubud. One is called 'Ecstatic Dance' and on Sunday mornings a bunch of us get together with music and just move! The other is 'Contact Improv' and it involves connecting through movement and dance in contact with others. In some ways it can relate to Contact Yoga, Partner Yoga or Acro Yoga by tuning in to your partner's energy and flowing with them. It's all about trust and not getting attached; human touch without commitment or intention in an underlying way. It's very beautfiul and it's feeding something within me right now. There's a great community of travelers and expats here and I feel so grateful to have such wonderful people around to get to know and learn from.
Doah, Khira and I went to the beach, a little island off Bali called Nusa Lembongan...it was incredible! Talk about paradise with peace and quiet. Blissful.
Today I visited Besikih, the Mother Temple of Bali at the foot of volcano Mount Agung. Of course there was a ceremony going on and it was very special to be there. I'm always in awe where ever I travel when religion is truly a way of life and being.
There's a lot of potent energy here on Bali--a lot of fire and water; some big time Shakti, feminine energy that puts you in touch with your sensual nature and your ambition to be creative and grow. It can really make you look at your 'stuff' and see it. It's a good place for me to be right now. Cycles. My only complaint: I wish it wasn't so hot! What I would give for a snowstorm!
My last travel blog was called 'Living yoga on and off the mat'. But I've figured out there really is no difference, no split. That mat is just a piece of flypaper anway. Enter the matless universe.
OK, I've written more than I normally do in these blogs, but I guess I had a lot to share. I send you an infinite number of blessings from the land of blessings and beauty!