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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bali: the offerings

These #blessings and #offerings are everywhere in #bali and there is something about the ceremony and ritual and simplicity of it that has totally stolen my heart. Love, big time.

One of my favorite things about Bali were the offerings - a daily spiritual practice of the Balinese people as a way of creating blessings, gratitude, and connection to their spiritual practice. These gorgeous offerings were everywhere, friends. I found the spiritual practice not only incredibly beautiful, but it's simplicity profound. Each time I came upon an offering on the street, I would pause, even if just for a moment, to be thankful and hold that energy/space.  

The offerings themselves are simple and beautiful - created with leaves, flower petals, perhaps a cracker and some incense.  The offerings are placed everywhere: in front of stores, temples, statues, homes. They're on cash registers to welcome in abundance. They're at busy intersections to aid in protection.  Everywhere. 

Earlier today I told John all about the beautiful way the Balinese people leave offerings/blessings everywhere. Later he went out into our yard and gathered up petals and leaves and created this gorgeous offering/blessing for me. How sweet is that? I put

The simplicity of the ritual, yet profound connection of the practice stole my heart.

On the first day back home I told John all about the Balinese offerings - about how I wanted to create a little alter in our dining room and begin our little version of the same practice. I love the idea of using it as a sweet, beautiful tool to teach True all about blessings, intention, and gratitude. Later in the day John went out into our yard, gathered up a big leaf, a couple of sticks and pretty petals. He came back in and surprised me with our first offering - we lit some Balinese incense and chuckled a little bit at ourselves. My heart leapt.

I learned so much in Bali and this practice of simple connection, gratitude, and intention was an important one.


curlygirlpress said...

Thank you so much for this reminder about gratitude and simplicity! Little things add up to big world changes, right? Little offerings can only lead to big things, too.
= )

Priscilla G. said...

I love it that your husband supports you and listens intentionally.
What a beautiful gesture and a way to transition back to being at home!