Back to Bali, Indonesia

back to Bali, Indonesia

 

Why I have fallen in love with Ubud, Bali  – June 2017 

Back to Bali, Indonesia:I throughly enjoyed reconnecting with Australia after all these years, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to stay in Newport Beach in the Northern Beaches. The Sydney Writers Festival was a treat and I even got to meet Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens and we had a chat about the music business in the 90’s.

Now it’s back to Bali and I am on a dog sitting adventure for a few months and living in my favourite place, Ubud. Ubud is the centre of spirituality, art, music, yoga and all things cultural so there is a lot happening here and I am looking forward to a Vegan Festival next month,  the Kite Festival and the Literary Festival in October and trying out all kinds of yoga you can think of – just for fun!

When I was here a few months back I tried all sorts of yoga, from Restorative yoga – a lot of lying down and not much movement (ideal for me), to Acro yoga – hanging from the ceiling in parachute type material (a little scary but fun in parts). There are all sorts of dance sessions as well,  I did try static dance at the Yoga Barn – but it really wasn’t for me. Although, I have been enjoying Kirtan with Punnu and Greg also at the Yoga Barn.

Since my return this month I have tried Beauty of Breathwork and have had some great results with Sam and Jacinta Hoogenboom at the Honai Resort in Ubud. She does this most Friday afternoons, it’s definitely worth a try… you might be surprised with the results. I know I was.

I have had the pleasure of staying at the wonderful Alassari Plantation Resort near Tabanan in the West of Bali. A really magical place that has this total relaxation effect on you the minute you arrive. I felt very spoilt staying in a beautiful Javanese villa, a stunning environment with views of Mount Batu. I really enjoyed taking photographs of the plantation and going on lovely nature walks enjoying the lush green jungle and beautiful scenery.  For more details visit:  www.alassariplanatation.com

ALASSARI PLANTATION

 

Jamie Catto (ex Faithless, Documentary maker One Giant Leap and All About Me) held a two day workshop in Ubud. It was quite funny, as on the online course I was doing in Sydney with John Williams, (author of Screw Work Let’s Play) Jamie was interviewed and he mentioned he was going to be in Bali in June. I emailed him directly and asked him to do a workshop, at first he wasn’t really interested but by the time I got there a workshop had been set up. So sometimes it’s a case of putting it out there for what you want and see what comes back! I throughly enjoyed the workshop and consequently listened to his audio book – to reinforce the learning and remembering to ‘GO YIN’ – go within and check in with yourself.  His book is called Insanely Gifted – Turn Your Demons into Rocket Fuel it’s definitely worth a read.

back to bali

 

Back to Bali, Indonesia

The number two:  Everyone is married here in Bali from quite a young age. The tradition of family is very strong, so it’s appropriate that Bali is represented by the number 2 on my blog.  Two – a pair, a married couple, each home has a set of ornaments representing the  man and wife, to install harmony in their house, ( see image above).

Colour:  Each country I visit I choose a colour that best represents it and Indonesia and specifically Bali for me  is the colour green  – rice paddy fields, trees, and being surrounded by nature the colour has to be green.
Cafe:   Attman and Kafe on Jalan Hanuman have the most delicious food but my favourite for lunch or dinner has to got to a lovely little Warung called Puspa, where I often ask for a bottle of Jamu to be made up. I love it! It’s made from turmeric, lime, and honey. Although Jamu varies in it’s ingredients, either way it’s really good of you. My other favourite cafe that needs a mention, has to go to Lazycats Cafe. I love the art on the walls, the food is delicious and the music is great too!
Inspirational /favourite book:  Insanely Gifted by Jamie Catto
Animal:  Butterflies – I see them everywhere, I have never seen so many in a long time.  It makes the place feel so magical.
Nature:  It’s so green and lush here… rice fields, trees and leaves galore!
I love seeing all the different types fruit trees and trying them out… jack fruit, dragon fruit – such a colourful combination on your daily dish.
Place:  It’s got to be Ubud, there is so much to discover… Junjungan, Penastanan…. can’t decide where my favourite area is yet!
People:  I have met such lovely people here.  Everyone is so generous, friendly and kind, and I feel at home already and I don’t want to leave.
Music: I have been listening to:  Mantras….. galore!  Gamelan music such a special sound it reminds me of visiting here back in 2001. The Gamelan sound permeates the air… and has a feeling of expectancy, and excitement that something wonderful is just about to happen!
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Cinema:  I would love to go to the movies and see a film. In Ubud we have the amazing Paradiso Ubud it is the first organic vegan theatre where you can have a beer and eat some gorgeous food while you watch the film or just before I think is best! You can check out the latest movies here:
www. paradisoubud.com. They also hold dance classes and other workshop and events. I was told by an Ayurvedic Doctor in Nepal, Dr Rishi that the answer to everything regarding health and well-being was to simply dance!
I hope to take up his advice this month…

Bali, Indonesia

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Love is like a butterfly

New beginnings & Endings...Love is like a butterfly … a rare and gentle thing…  

All about Love and Loss

I titled this post “Love is like a butterfly” because I have just been writing this post on the bus, and the song of the same title is playing very loudly which makes me smile!  In Sydney, drivers can play whatever music they like on their buses.   It floats through the air, so loudly I am unable to hear the Go-Betweens on my iPod. The music transports back to the to the  70’s sitcom show Butterflies.  It is also very apt as I am just been writing this blog post thinking about the fragility of life and how a delicate butterfly represents this.

Part of living is about losing,  whether it’s a loss of a favourite item or a person we hold dearly in our lives. We can lose them to death, an endless non-physicality, or we can lose a relationship,  children, grandchildren, or a friend; they don’t die but are removed from our present lives. Either way, the loss can be felt deeply and is often filled with deep pain and sorrow.  Overcoming experiences of both can be a lifetime’s work.
Love is like a butterfly
 ” I have tears streaming down my face, this book is so beautiful. We think the book is lovely! ”   The Child Bereavement Charity
Losing my Dad was the biggest physical loss of a person in my family and it happened back in 1999. My sister created a story about my dying dad it was her attempt to help our nieces and nephews to come to terms with the loss of our Dad.  It was their first experience of loss. They were all young children under ten years old. I later created the book for my Mum as she loved the story and I wanted to bring our special family story to life,  share the humour and love my Dad had for us all.  It was hugely difficult time back in 1999 and sometimes one loss leads to another.  Everyone’s story is different and in our case, we knew he was going to die soon…it was a case of when. Even so, nothing can prepare you for when they do leave you.  I hope this book is of some use to you and your family and friends. Sending love to everyone who is going through loss and remembering the love of their loved ones.

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Things I have found useful relating to understanding loss

Dr Kubler Ross – and her Kubler Ross Curve can be a useful tool to explain the ups and downs of the grief process.  Meditation of some kind is a good idea to have in your toolkit as it keeps you in touch with your inner feelings and well-being.   You can find meditation in many ways whether sitting looking at the sea, being in nature, or following a set meditation practice.

Sadhguru is a big favourite of mine. He is an Indian Yogi and Mystic and he has a free app you can download to your phone and use daily,  even when you don’t have a connection to the internet.

Sadhguru says there are 3 things we can do every morning.  When you wake up in the morning celebrate you have woken up and not died during the night and check that the 5 people closest to you are alive too – then celebrate again, how lucky you are!

Namaste
Alice
love and loss
Inner Engineering A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru
 
love is like a butterfly
Sunrising over Newport Beach, Sydney

 

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