The simple fact of walking in the streets of Rishikesh to observe this cycle of life-based on a core need, the food; a core value, sharing; and a core religious belief; the karma, made me reflect so much on my own beliefs and behaviors.
Bali has an incalculable number of Hindu ceremonies. I’m talking about my favorites, Nyepi, Galungan & Kuningan, cremations and Balinese weddings.
Bali has more than 10,000 temples! I chose three very different temples (Pura Tirta Empul, Pura Besakih, Pura Tanah Lot) for their importance, their symbolism and the good memories they evoke when I remember the last year that has just passed.
I was surprised to realize that I had only published one article about Bali in a year! In fact, I realized that I was writing more when I am in a nomadic mode visiting other countries than in a sedentary mode in Bali. I thought, mistakenly I think, that my travel stories were more interesting than my regular daily life.
I have forgotten that my Balinese life, as simple as it may be, remains beautiful and wonderful to tell. And before leaving Bali, I thought it was a good time to share one of those simple yet memorable moments with you: a morning at the market.
It is said that the vipassana course comes at the moment when the student most needs it. It was my case! Since the beginning of the year I had the feeling of trampling on the same comfortable path between episodes of keeping on extending my smooth routine and the need to shake things up a bit.
I was seeing these ten days of meditation as a strong breeze capable of dissipating the thick fog that weighed down my thoughts and uplift my energy. I was anticipating a remedy to make me move forward again. But I was far from imagining that the experience would be so demanding and painful …. before being rewarding.
Since the dawn of time, the moon, and especially the full moon, has been part of many legends. Still now, the moon continues to enchant us, to intrigue us. This celestial body continues to have a sacred place for many cultures and religions throughout the world.
The energy of the full moon invites us to free ourselves from all the worries and negative thoughts accumulated during the month. A ritual on a full moon day aims to get rid of what no longer vibrates with our true self. It is a ceremony of purification, liberation and gratitude to free all the space for the new.
I have collected different ideas learned over time to offer you my best Full Moon Ritual a la Ray of Nath!
I wish you a wonderful full moon evening!
When I started to write this story, it sounded like a tale. I imagined myself seated in front of you with my hardcover book, reading it out loud and showing you pictures of Balinese people in their beautiful clothes and the ogoh-ogoh, demon monsters made to exorcise the island of evil spirits on the eve of the Balinese New Year.
So here’s the story written as a tale but based on a true facts!