Had another I love bali moment today!!! Well I love yoga at desa seni, with my instructor tara trudell. Tonight I hit the jackpot by being the only person who turned up for the 5:45pm class, therefore getting an impromptu private lesson… this is the first of her evening classes I have ever taken… so while the class was amazing in usual way that tara’s class is amazing, there was a candle and flower mandala carefully placed after the sun went down… so while I was doing yoga to the glow of the candles of the mandala… I had to say thank you thank you thank you… this is my life!!!!
my car, which is what i call my scooter(i can’t get used to saying my bike), got blessed with the other vehicles by the balinese family i rent an apartment from. when i walked out to the car park, i found my car with two offerings on it. it is customary to leave the offerings on until they fall off or disintegrate. every time at i look at the offerings on my car i get so happy… the sweetness of the sentiment and gesture make makes me all warm and tingly inside. the ceremony took place before i woke, and emerged from my room. such a happy site to be greeted by. i hope the family can sense the gratitude i feel for being included in the ceremony.
zucchini restaurant on oboroi is an australian owned gem of a restaurant. seems to me the aussies know how to eat! the food there is so flavorful and delicious. i am particular to their various salads which you can combine 3 for about 7 us dollars for an awesome lunch, which is precisely what i was doing when a chicken wanders into the adjacent balinese temple to steal crumbs from the offerings.
i am always charmed by how close to nature i am while here in bali, and even on a congested busy street like oboroi a neighbor’s chicken will just wander by… but… this particular cock… was a more than a bit cocky! he seems quite accustomed to life in the big city, evidenced by his dirty white feathers and puffed up attitude. after pecking away at the offering and knocking it all over the ground he approaches the fenced barrier between the temple and the restaurant and came and stood right before me where i sat at my table. he gave my salad a sideways glare, and i thought, this can’t be good.
i started throwing rocket (american’s call it arugula) leaves over the fence which he then dove for, pecked once, and would come back and stare me down again. i threw pasta over the fence, then bread, then various other lettuces… all of them pecked once then ignored! not the expected interaction with nature, but i am happy to report another unique bali experience.
if your in the water and about to catch a wave and from no where you hear “beep beep” it’s me dropping in on you! but don’t worry we won’t collide because i have been practicing what my surf coach marcy says, “don’t look at them and you won’t hit them”… here is a still from a surf movie called “who is J.O.B.” that i watch over and over and over, because it inspires me sooooo much, of J.O.B. with a very intense focus on where he is going.
look where you want to go, is my new mantra, perhaps surfing will help me embody this practice!
found a frog on the road, flattened and exposed, drying in the sun and becoming particles. never seen the skeleton of a frog before… things i see around my place never cease to fascinate me.
i welcome the site of geckos here in indonesia. it means he’ll be eating the mosquitoes which are a far more annoying pest. this gecko was photographed at a friend’s villa where we witnessed a gecko biting another gecko’s tail. the geckos were out in full force at his place that night while we played guitar, and i enjoyed a bite free evening, unlike the gecko who got his tail bitten.
bali the island of Gods, constant prayer and ceremony, celebrated the full moon yesterday in typical style. in the morning while driving around on my motor bike i could smell incense burning stronger than usual everywhere. the smell of incense wafts everyday here but on ceremony days it is much much more pronounced. people in their ceremony best driving around and placing offerings everywhere. the family i live with the same. here is a picture from the corner temple behind the rooms they rent us foreigners and the manku (hindu priest) and ibu (mom, and most likely boss of the family). upacara (ceremony) in progress.
my friend melinda is one of the best humans i know. very honest, relaxed, humorous, compassionate and smart, she is the go-to person for A LOT of people on the island of Bali… but… one amazing amazing attribute to add to the above list or i should say two more amazing attributes are, passionate (for surfing particularly) and courageous, (which you need to charge BIG WAVES) anyway someone caught her on this big wave at sarongan beach and i made a small video of it… here it is
the foothills of mt agun is my next destination. i’ll be there for five days early next week. i’m excited to see a new part of beautiful bali and hopefully shake old, self defeating thought patterns out of my energy field!!!! YES PLEASE… om swastiastu ratu bagus!!!!
just back! ya… well… i am still processing… i definitely feel like there was great benefit… here is a picture from the drive up to the foothills where the ashram is… looking back over the terraced rice fields and at the indian ocean in the background.