At the recent Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, there was an Indonesian author who touched me deeply.
Haven’t even left yet, and already I miss her.
A few photos from the Island of the Gods, 2008-2009.
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The touchstone of my 3 months in Bali has been a discussion group I attend three times a week called Philosophers’ Notes. Brian Johnson from LA has been in Bali for six months writing Cliff Notes-ish summaries on 100 self-development books and in our group we discuss the big ideas he extracts from each one. He records our discussions and puts them on his website. http://philosophersnotes.com/
We were on the neighbor’s ranch watching the annual gallop of the gauchos towards town when it was decided that I should see a doctor. I’d felt queasy all day, but, when it began to hurt to breathe, I knew that it was more than the bottle of Malbec wine we’d had the night before.
But last night my curiosity got the best of me and I broke my fast to read the local Bali Advertiser. There was no news of the economic meltdown. What is making the headlines in Bali?
So what is making the headlines in Bali?
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the ayurvedic massage not only puts me in a deep state of relaxation, but brings up insights and melts away negativity. I have long dreamed of living in Bali, and now here I am sitting smack dab in the middle of my dream my feet being washed lovingly, my shoulders being massaged looking out at what must be the most beautiful place on the planet. The world is my mirror. What I see, both good and bad, I create. It’s an analogy I’ve heard before. But it is not until this day during this massage at this moment as I sat here looking out at these scalloped mirrored rice paddies that the words take root.
Yep, we’re doing it again! We had such a successful voyage last September that we’re heading back to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in September 12-19 and September 19-26, 2009 for another week per workshop of sailing, writing, and wandering the ruins and villages.
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