This Bali adventure has surely had its moments. Some very blissful, and some that weren’t quite what we were hoping for. I have been entertained, frustrated and enlightened by seeing all the varied responses when it’s NQR (Not Quite Right: my code phrase for “This is NOT what I signed up for!”) On our third day, we had some traveling to do…Over the mountains to our beach eco-resort, Gaia-Oasis.
At first, one of our drivers/vans didn’t show up, so we re-arranged ourselves into 4 vans instead of 5 and it was cozy to say the least. Think tiny vans, not those giant Mom-mobiles in the US. Then the a/c didn’t work (and the windows didn’t roll down) in one van. They had experienced this on a short ride before and it just wasn’t going to work on a 1/2 day trip. Those riding in that van were so poised…they just let it be known they were due for an upgrade. So, all the vans stopped while we waited for a better Van to arrive.
As we waited, it was hot and humid, and the alley didn’t offer the best views in Ubud. Some people complained. Others headed out for cold beverages. Still others got to know each other. Now we knew why there was a clause that we promised to go with the flow…in the agreement we signed for this trip! The combination of “how it is in Bali” and Mercury being retrograde promised some interesting logistics. I loved watching the people who found the middle ground: those who stated their needs and trusted they would be taken care of. Not victims, not making a scene, just holding the energy of the experience they desire. Thank you for modeling that for me. I hope I can have that much grace under stress!
As the day continued, we traveled over mountain roads, and the Balinese form of driving with lots of motorbikes, trucks, and Vans on very narrow roads, leaving us with the options to surrender and trust or to be uptight and scared. I heard later that some vans sang the whole day, others laughed. It was truly a bonding experience!
It turned out that our travel day was also a holiday in Bali where apparently the entire population traveled to Temples. We saw families of up to 5 on a motorbike, often without helmets. (Sorry, no pictures that I can find so far…) It was a challenge not to project our values onto them. I sidestepped this by imagining I was from another world, learning the customs of Bali! This attitude continues to help me, as I am not used to traveling in third world countries, and there is a lot I’d rather not see here.
So I focus on that which I want to see, and hold the energy template of Bali Bliss inside of me, in order to attract more of what I want. And by the way, it was SO worth it! We had the privilege of receiving of receiving a traditional Balinese blessing from a local priest as the full moon rose behind the temple!!
Here I am with Jody and “our” priest at Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pura_Besakih
What particularly annoying situation can you use to practice your “Law of Attraction” skills today? Please share so we can all be inspired by your creative approach!
Love and Light, Elaina