That's what this place is. Over and over and over again. Soul expanding, marrow loving, consciousness spinning, joy dancing lovefest. Bali.
I have to admit that after my not-even-very-long flights here from Cambodia, after clearing customs and sitting in a taxi for what seemed like an eternity in the now-dense Denpasar traffic, I thought, "This isn't worth it."
I thought, "I can't ask people to take a day and a half out of their lives just to get here for a restorative week this summer. It's too hard."I was thinking about my COME TO YOUR SENSES retreat in June. In my mind, it was a done deal. Find another spot. Mexico maybe. What the hell? Why not book it in Ohio? Same difference, really.
And then I got out of my taxi and walked down the lane to the sweet little Ubud Aura, a stone's throw away from the astounding Yoga Barn. Five minutes after I knew for sure I wasn't coming back, I became equally sure I didn't want to leave.
This. Place. Is. Magic.
For the last five days I have settled into a languid pace of living and breathing and connecting. I have had the cleanest more glorious food I have ever had. I have met inspiring new friends and a special tender soul.
The other day, I drank from a young coconut and had the feeling that I might never find the end of the quench. I kept drinking and drinking and drinking from the seemingly endless well of the fruit. A Bali minute later, I was settling deep deep deep into my joints in an open air Yin Yoga class, experiencing the same sense of endless wonder. After that, I sat in candlelight and watched a woman become ready to offer healing with the Tibetan bowls. It seemed an endless ritual and by the time she played the bowls directly above my head, I could see the stars in the deep space of my own consciousness.
Later I walked with a friend and we found a butterfly on the pavement, sprawled out in all its beauty. We took photos. A Balinese man joined us and we admired the beauty together. He held the butterfly and explained how he would place it in his taxi, an offering.
Happy birthday, indeed.
So for those of you who are thinking about joining me, do it. Your best self awaits you here. We will conspire to bring it out together but truth be told, you need only arrive. Bali will do the rest.
And know the journey to get here is just a metaphor for how long you have waited to feel this good.
|Yoga studio view.|
|On the ground floor of the Yoga Barn.|
|Sweet Ubud Aura. Where I meet new traveling friends poolside over breakfast.|
|Sign for my weekend workshops!|
|Even my laptop gets a Frangipani offering.|
|Just an everyday thing of beauty right off the busy street.|
|The meditation spot, post massage.|
|The walkway to the rooms at the Ubud Bungalow - spot for COME TO YOUR SENSE in June.|
|Imagine. This is YOUR room.|
|This is your pool.|
|This is also your pool.|
|A day-old baby at a Maternal Health Clinic. We will bring supplies for the babies when we come.|
|Afternoon rain storm? Okay, I'll nap.|
|We find the butterfly.|
|A better photo will come soon.|
|An aside: I think I want a dog.|
|Random beauty. Just every darn place.|
|Close up! New baby. Held by healthy mom, thanks to the free clinic.|