After arriving here safely in Bali I’d love to share some of my experiences, thoughts, first impressions of these past few days. On the one hand there is the indescribable beauty and dream-like experiences in this city on an island that is a totally new world for me. On the other hand, there is the constantly developing situation around the corona-virus. I hope my experiences and thoughts will bring you some positivity and sun!
What a world to explore here in Bali. The beauty of nature, the best food I’ve ever eaten and couldn’t have imagined to exist. Busy traffic, small flower and petal offerings all around the town, the smell of incense. The feeling of being in a dream, meeting wonderful like-minded people.
About corona: a lot of opinions are being spread, back in Holland, here in Bali and in a lot of other countries. The world is experiencing a situation that is challenging for us as human beings.
A fear of the unknown is coming to the surface. So many views, so many uncertainties and pretended certainties. What to believe? That has been one of the main questions of these past days.
The importance of community and coming together is one of the things I personally believe we have to rely on even more now in these times. The more and more individualizing society has been showing symptoms of the lack of this already and now this virus is asking us to reconsider our values.
Gina and I have discussed a lot of subjects about life in general and in our way of looking at the world I really find a sister in her. We both have a very positive look towards life and the world. Speaking for myself, I know how positivity can be perceived as naïve and that’s also why I myself can be precautious about it. But at the moment, I’m convinced that living from a heart-centered space brings us towards positivity and love, that has more power than we might believe when in case we are still living our lives while mainly involving our heads.
Applying the positivity of Gina and me to this situation, we believe that no one is being served by letting themselves be consumed by fear. To practice being in the moment and being grateful for what is there, is even more important within this situation.
At the moment, people are isolating themselves completely. Regarding the circumstances, it’s understandable that people that are scared to either get sick or infect other people make this decision. Of course, taking care about each other is one of the most important things we have to do – always. But it doesn’t have to result in complete isolation. To gather in smaller groups, while avoiding contact with risk groups, is also a way of acting responsible, but not letting ourselves completely being overwhelmed by fear and stop living.
We as people have the possibility to rely on nature, always. That doesn’t mean that we will be saved by it. That means that the earth is not afraid and will find her balance back when the balance seems to be lost. That may sound harsh, but it’s us humans that are putting labels on events. Being attached and trying to control everything around us, we suffer. We have the choice to change our perspective any moment. To change our actions, any moment.
This is a situation where we have the opportunity to learn as human beings. It’s about surrendering. About taking a step back, slowing down. There are many dark sides about this situation that cause a lot of grief. This is also part of life and I realize that I’m in a very privileged position to write this. But also for people that suffer from the situation it’s possible to look at the bright side. By us humans taking a step back, nature is being healed. Water becomes clean again, one of the signs of rebalancing, that may be followed by more signs.
Just now I came back from a tasting at restaurant Sayuri, where a group of people that just finished a raw-food cook training presented their delicious food. Singing together. I feel a lot is moving inside me and am curious to see what more events and inspiration this amazing journey will bring. I wish you all, wherever you are, to feel connected with your beloved ones. Take care of yourself and each other, don’t let fear take your life over – we are all still so gifted to be alive and have the ability to enjoy every moment.
To finish of, I’ll share a beautiful quote that has been shared a lot these past few days and that I feel really resonates with me.
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passes, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
I’d love to hear how you’re all doing, feel free to leave a reaction!