HEAVEN AND HELL Is it possible to know what life is without experiencing death? Is death the end or just the process of a new birth? Life takes us on a journey to understand the meaning of death and fear of death often accompanies. Our understanding of what this looks like, however, may change over […]
Affirmation: I am motivated, empowered, and excited to follow my bliss today. It’s been two years since I bought a domain to begin my spiritual writing journey. The date was August 21, 2015 to be exact. I had a dream. I had a name. I had a terrible bout of procrastination. I am certain that […]
I hear you calling me out. You think I’m late to the game. It’s February! Everybody knows that January is the time to talk about resolutions. February’s the month to act like you haven’t already thrown your New Year’s resolutions to the wayside. I’m here to tell you the New Year is just beginning. Again. […]
During my last birthday, I had one clear goal in mind: to travel outside of the country before I had another one. I put that goal aside when I was accepted into the Peace Corps because I was about to spend two years in a foreign country – which seemed to more than fulfill my desire.
But then that dream was postponed and the next thing I knew, I was purchasing a roundtrip ticket to Bali and using the time to cross a few things off my bucket list.
- Go on a Silent Retreat? Check
- Visit some Temples? Check
- Embrace yoga and meditation? Check
- Learn to Surf? Check
- Hike up Gunung Agung? Okay, I didn’t get around to doing this – as I was in no shape for the 12 hour vertical climb – but all the more reason to return again for this particular spiritual journey.
While I was in Bali, I was taken by the extreme kindness and openness of the Balinese people. Although it was easy to see where the Australian crowd, as well as the EPL women, have infiltrated some of the local traditions and ways, it was also easy to see the tones of welcome that echoed throughout the island. Equally as easy to hear was the roosters that echoed every morning and the musical chants of worship that echoed throughout the day.
What I loved most about Bali was the smell.
Everywhere I walked, it smelled like incense – the world was their church and their temple – and there wasn’t a moment that you forgot it.
Life isn’t one size fits all. Or ever 100,000 sizes fits most. We all have our individual journeys; we all have a different path to Truth. Don’t be afraid to walk it.
How do you find clarity when you have no control over the outcome? Waiting for a Peace Corps interview is tough, that’s why it is important to embrace the uncertainty and use it as a time of self-examination.
If the dead could talk, what do you think they would say to you? I think they would remind us to make the most of every moment. Don’t let those minutes pass you by and never be afraid to embrace your life dream.
Do you know where you’re going? Sometimes the path you’re on doesn’t take you to where you long to be. When that happens, don’t be afraid to forge a new trail.