I want to introduce others to Bali as a cultural perspective shift. A possibility of a different way of being, of seeing, of feeling. So often in our culture there is a tendency to have so much pride in the way we do things in our country, like it’s the best way or the only way. Maybe that’s not true. Is it a threatening idea to have an open mind? Much of the time it is. There was a time when I couldn’t imagine not owning a house, not having a job or a mortgage. Like there was something wrong with that. There was a struggle to become the norm. I couldn’t imagine really being able to do what I dreamed of. I couldn’t imagine doing my music, really giving my gift of song to the world, and thriving in it. I didn’t even really let myself dream. Then at some point things were breaking down and it seemed I was forced to either get a job that would kill my soul or surrender to my dharma, my purpose, my true path and be open to seeing what could be. Of course there can be fear in that. This is the challenge, the practice: To dream, to believe in possibility, to trust.
Before 2015 I had wanted to visit Bali but didn’t imagine that it would be any time soon. I didn’t really consider that it could be manifested. Then a friend coached me a little on the power of setting intention and believing that it could be. I set that in motion internally and let it be. Then somehow, the possibility came into being. You don’t always need to know the ‘how’ of anything.
I suppose it’s like what my Sufi teacher was trying to tell me when I went to him for advice, distraught about my life, worried that I was going to fail. He said, laughing, “Fail what? You just need to surrender”. I’ve spent some years learning what that really means, but years later, I feel like I’m beginning to get some understanding of it.
As it turns out, I don’t have a need for a mortgage, or a house. At some point it might be nice, but I don’t even have ‘A Place’ to live. People ask me where I live and I say “I have many homes in many places”. So many friends all over the world. I live where I am. That makes me happy. Keeps things fresh and I meet so many great people in so many places. Going with the flow, depending on magic from the Universe. It’s quite a practice. Trusting.
I’ve given almost everything up that I thought I needed in the world and I’m happier than ever. I’m singing a lot. I’m traveling and seeing the world. Somehow. I don’t have to know how.
I’d like my friends (including the friends I haven’t yet met) to see Bali, to consider how some things could be different and still be ok, and, dare I say, better – if we could adopt a few of them in our own culture.
I don’t know all of Bali, but I’ve been to Ubud.
Imagine a place where it is the absolute norm to look people in the eye and smile, seeing with love and care.
Imagine a place where, if you stop for a moment appearing like you might have a need or a little confusion as to which way to go, someone will definitely stop to see what they can do for you, not wanting anything from you and giving way more than you would expect to help you.
Imagine a place where everybody smiles most of the time!
Flowers are everywhere, devotion is multiple times daily in every home and business.
People are not judgmental of you. I never felt a hint of that.
Coconuts are the size of bowling balls and so plentiful, and the land is SO lush and green. You can get one for like a dollar. You can get a MAJOR meal for $3-$7.
Every restaurant serves a myriad of FRESH juices. Mostly always organic.
It’s not ever cold. Did you hear that? The weather is so perfect. You could easily sleep outside, but NICE accommodations are so affordable you wouldn’t.
For me, the biggest take away might be to see that it is really possible to always be kind. That’s the norm.
Anyway, that’s a start. Need a little head shift? Come see for yourself.