‘Some people possess something very special: they have the now in their heart.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m barefoot on the volcanic path, the jungle fully awake and the morning sky all silly blue, taking the 20 or so paces from home to the studio. Ten minutes early for class and there are a few people sitting quietly in the space. I set myself up and approach them, one at a time, careful not to intrude. I’ve meditated and am deep in the dimension of relationship. It’s the theme for my class and it’s a good one as it keeps me anchored into my big Self. I’ve got my presence on in a big way. And I am here. Ain’t got my head in no other place. I’m not with anyone else doing any other thing, following any other story, making any other plans. I’m here.
‘The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is good as dead.’
I’m channeling Russell Brand as I try to remember how he spoke about prayer. It was so eloquent and spot-on and he said something along the lines of prayer being intention. Taking the time to connect to an aspect of you that is bigger than you. To acknowledge guidance, to ask for support, to put yourself to one side and recognize that you don’t have all the answers. To simply put something out there into the world, with intention, gratitude and meaning. For me, prayer is all of these things but it is also inspiration.
‘It begins with a tickle and ends with a blaze of petrol’.
I’ve become a heavy breather. A hefty exhaler. An uninhibited sigher, catching the high notes as they roll down the back of my throat. Purring at the end of the exhale and letting the ripple take a soft seat in my cells. I think it started in meditation. Bliss trills would surprise me and trail out in whispers. That moment when everything settles down and you can really exhale for the first time.
‘Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.’
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A gentle artist of note from Ubud
Everyday in Penestanan, Ubud, we pass I Wayan Pugur. A gentle, old, artist, busying-away in his workshop between the rice paddies. He looks up over the rim of his glasses and smiles a wide smile with soft eyes. Sometimes, when he’s finished painting for the day, you’ll find him playing out with the taxi drivers at the other side of the valley. There’s something eternally mischievous about him.
‘Imagination will often to carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.’
As our time draws to a close this year in Bali, it’s good to reflect on a really positive story and some beautiful people we’ve met. We hope you get to meet them too. You can. Here’s how.
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