HI my friends,
Bali is one of the most special places on the planet.
I was lucky to live in Bali for more than 33 years.
Of course the island has changed drastically due to the mass tourism development from 1990 onwards (to see the how the old Bali was when I lived there, you are welcome to join my Facebook group ‘Lost Bali’ [https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lost.Bali/]).
No matter how Bali has changed, to this day I have never visited a place in the world that has the same qualities that Bali does. There, spirituality and creativity intertwine with nature. It is absolutely impossible to go through one day without a smile from the locals directed your way. There is a feeling of delicious sacredness in Bali that is hard to describe.
Living in Bali is very different to my life now in Los Angeles, where you might receive a weird stare if you smile at a stranger. You could be a weirdo (ha..).
In the West not many have the time nor sensitivity to acknowledge relationship. Most are too busy ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’. The Balinese seem to be experts in going with the flow of the day and feel relaxed in themselves.
The Balinese culture revolves around prayer and devotion to their Hindu Gods. Every Balinese home compound has a temple where daily offerings are made to. They follow their own lunar Çaka calendar. The holidays they observe takes precedence over work obligations. When you visit Bali one cannot not be touched by the Balinese’s dedication to their spirituality and culture.
There is one quality in the Balinese mindset that I particularly admire. This is the quality of humbleness.
The Balinese always have time to stop and talk. They will put your needs above their own with a gentleness and happiness to oblige no matter what they are doing. You rarely see a Balinese raise their voice or be angry. They seem to have an inner self control where ‘keeping the peace’ or ‘Damai’ is more important than satisfying one’s urges to lose control. It is this humility that is their strength. In fact the Balinese see any kind of aggressivity or selfishness as ‘not cool’. Not that it is cool in the West either, but we are more accustomed to e.g. road rage or people losing their temper. Yet in Bali you would almost never see a Balinese have road rage or complaining because a queue in the bank is long. Being at peace within themselves is paramount.
It is the quiet humility in the Balinese that makes Bali special. They have a strong belief in ‘karma’, – that what you put out will come back to you. Therefore having peace in your heart is good for you in the long run of lifetimes. Losing your temper will only lower your chances of getting off the karmic wheel of birth and death. Their humility puts relationships at the forefront, more than the need to be right. Damai…peace..
In the West we sometimes (or rarely) meet a person who is humble. It is not part of our dog eat dog culture. These days it feels like ‘survival of the fittest’.
For the Balinese humility is ingrained into everyday way of life as a collective conscience.
How amazing would our world be if we too could ingrain the strength of humility in our day to day lives? Imagine a world if we put the respect of others needs above our own? How amazing our relationships would be if we took time to listen and be present with another even though we have a million to-do’s on our agenda? You might think I am writing daydreaming about a Utopian world, yet the Balinese show us by example that it is possible. They are doing it.
I want to thank the Balinese for your beautiful gift of humility and kindness.
Keep your beauty and culture and keep shining your wisdom.
Our world needs it.
We have so much to learn..
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