I lay tossing and turning in bed…embracing jet lag, as this reflection came to me about my time approaching Bali, and my time in Bali on a Yoga Leadership Retreat. Written in a style inspired by Jill Mason, my editor for Reclaiming Joy and a writer herself!
I dedicate this writing to all of you who say YES to life on a daily basis, in both small and big ways--unsure of how it will all go down—as you courageously follow your still deep voice within.
I also dedicate this to my Shakti goddess sisters who made it all possible – by being who YOU are!!
Bali Ma- Lifetime Moments in a LIFETIME…
Shakti Calling. Pondering. Decision. YES! 500 Hour Yoga Leadership Training in Bali. Application. Acceptance. YES! Really?! Planning Begins. Saving. Crowd Funding. Reading. Tao. Gita. Secret Teachings of Plants. FB Posts. Papers. Conference Calls. Commitment. Doubt. Excitement. Plane Tickets. Itineraries. Support. God. Family. Friends. Clients. Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary. The Universe. Preparing. The Lists. Packing. Unpacking. Repacking. Trust. Departure Day. Goodbyes. Unknown. Fear. Excitement. Airplanes. Thousands of Miles. Neck Pillow. Eye Mask. Earplugs. Snacks. Books. Movies. Check. Plane Food. Time Zones. Pray. Surrender. Sleep. Arrival Bali. Vibrant. Warm. Moist. Whirlwind. Nauseous. Chaos. Scooters. Temples. Statues. Offerings. Simplicity. Reverence. Exhale. Money Changers. Rupiah Please. Hotel. Beach. Pool. Warm Shower. A Meal. Nasi Goreng. Fed. Exhale. To Bed. Deep Rest. Disoriented. Sunrise. Sanur. Indian Ocean. Magnificent. Breathtaking. Deep Stillness. Here. Now. Exploration. Culture. Alive. Lotus Everywhere. YES! Massage. Meals with Sisters. Bonds Forming. Fun in the Sun. Snow in NY. Swim. Laugh. Share. Eat. Yoga. More Massage. Shop. Repeat. Training Day Arrives. Van Ride to the Mountains. Windy Roads. Lush. Rice Paddies. Bali Faces. Bright Eyes. Smiling Love. Wild Dogs. Scooters. Roosters. Chickens. Arrival. Retreat Center. Home Now. Sisters Meet. Roommates. Rooms. Logistics. Training Begins. The Daily Shakti. Schedule. Intense. Morning Sadhana. Afternoon Sadhana. Asana. Pranayama. Chakras. Mudra. Mantra. Chanting. Journaling. Pray. Sharing. Diving Deep. Excavating. Resistance. Holding On. Laughter. Tears. Sobbing. Joy. Gratitude. Holding. Being Held. Rice. Noodles. Eggs. Ginger Tea. Cats. More Roosters. Butterflies. Saraswati. Gayatri Mantra. Sweaty. Damp. Incense. Temple. Blessings. Music. Gamelan. Ants. Afternoon tea. Wi-Fi. No Wi-Fi. Power. No Power. Tempeh. Tofu. Rice. Banana. Peanut Sauce. Ginger Tea. Coffee…please. Napping. More Cats. Rain. Exploring Neighborhood. Coconuts. Massage. Guitar. Singing. Head cold. Homesick. Belly ache. Constipation. More Rice. Papaya please. Full. Empty. Dizzy. Surrender. Dessert please. Excursion to Mimpi. Yes! Long Road Trip. Attack Monkeys. The Views. Pool. Beach. Snorkel. Scuba. Rest. Goddess Talk. Shakti. Green Tara. US! Life Talk. Hearts Merging. Opening. Bonding. YES!! Buddhist Temple. Hot Springs. Shopping. Bargaining. Sarongs. Kabayas. More Rupiah. Gifts. Back to Training. Diving Deeper. Excavating. Clearing Space. Making Room. Gift Share Prep. 3 Days of Silence. YES! Sit. Walk. Meditate. Repeat. Monkey Mind. Physical discomfort. No! Scream. Loud. Now. Be Quiet! Pray. Exhale. YES! Witness. Laugh. Nadi Shodana. Chimney Breath. Blue Pearl. Kumbhakas. Bandhas. Silence Speaks. More Rain. Re-Entry Sound. Chakra Love. Safety. Family. Security. Passion. Creativity. Sensuality. Sexuality. Yoni. Braless. Topless. Naked. Dancing in the Rain. Color. Joy. Sisterhood. Sadness. Transitioning. Letting Go. Duality. Stepping In. Raw. Vulnerable. Naked. Manipura. Power. Own It. Hold It. Do It. Fire. Anahata. Love. Grief. Forgiveness. Expansion and Growth. Resistance. Voice. Truth. Speak It. Third Eye. Wisdom. Compassion. See It. Crown. OM. Be It. Time Passing. Changing. Releasing. Honing. Bali New Year. Nyepi. Joy. Rain. Colorful Umbrellas Everywhere. Preparing for Completion. Gift Share. YES! Celebration. Graduation. Parting. Forever Changed. Intimately Connected. Birth. Death. Rebirth. Strength. ONE. Community. Sisterhood. Paths Diverging. More Exploration. Temple Lodge. Bukit. Beach. Rest. Sunset. Stunning. Menu Food. Green Juices. Organic. Fresh Fish. Cashew Milk Cappuccino. Ayervedic Ojas Tea. Choice. More Massage. Infinity Pool. Gratitude. Accomplished. Yoga. Last Stop. Ubud. Yoga. Shopping. Food. Drivers. Nose Piercing. Ouch. YES!! Yoga Barn. Markets. Kafe. Soma. Jamu Juice. Mi Goreng. Massage. Sisterhood. Reflecting. Integrating. Preparing for Home. Plane Rides. Layovers. Rest. Eat. Read. Pray. Repeat. Touchdown JFK. Heart Full of Love. Terima Kasih. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.