Birthing Devotion in Bali: An Excerpt from Devotion to Self.

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My journey into self love began in China, but my devotion to self journey began in Bali.

A year ago, Mike and I spent a blissful three months living in Ubud, Bali. We had fallen head over heels in love with it when we spent our honeymoon there in 2011, and I’d been dreaming of going back ever since.

Ubud is my soul place, it’s where I feel most at home. The kind, joyful people, the lush, thriving environment, the spirit-infused daily offerings and passionate ceremonies. It’s a place I’ll be connected to forever.

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We were lucky enough to live in the family compound of our dear friend Wayan, who is one of the sweetest, kindest, funniest people I’ve ever met. I felt honored to be a part of the daily life of Wayan and her gorgeous family, they taught me so much about the importance of faith, family and finding happiness everywhere.

Every morning and evening, Wayan and the other women in her family would make offerings in their home temple, and would come into our bungalow and garden to make offerings to our little temple.

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So much care and love goes into those offerings, from crafting them by hand to making time every day to give thanks so generously, it’s truly magical to witness.

Seeing Wayan be so wholeheartedly devoted to her faith was incredibly inspiring. I could feel the peace it brought her vibrating off of her, I could see it in her eyes.

I yearned to have something so powerful in my life. I wanted to be wholeheartedly devoted to something. That’s when I started diving deeper into a devotional practice of my own, through self love, self care, soul searching and prayer.

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I decided to use the time we spent there to clear my blocks, heal past hurts and tune in to my soul.

One of my favorite songs is Alanis Morisette’s ‘Thank You’, and one line in particular has always stood out to me; ‘how about remembering your Divinity’.

I made that my intention for my time in Bali; to remember my Divinity.

Connecting to the Universe within me became my number one priority. That intention stayed with me all throughout the day, when I wrote blog posts, when I read submissions, when I explored Ubud, when I spent time with others. I made it the forefront of my life.

I dove so deep into devotion that I felt like I was opening my heart wider than ever before. I did chakra meditations, morning yoga, free writing, and hours and hours of EFT {Emotional Freedom Technique}. I studied A Course In Miracles, Balinese Hinduism, and the Law of Attraction.

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I got regular massages and facials, drank green juice, coconuts and kombucha every day, and ate bowls of salad bigger than my head. I went into full woo woo hippy mode, and it was intensely transformational.

I cleared blocks in my relationships to myself, to my family and friends, and to money. I let go of things that I thought would be with me forever. I had life changing realisations about my limiting beliefs.

For the second time in my life, I was going through a huge metamorphosis.

My world was changing from the inside out.

I’ve heard that the name Ubud means ‘medicine’.

It certainly lived up to its name for me.

 

This is an excerpt from my new online course Devotion to Self: A Gentle Guide to Remembering Your Divinity. Are you ready to dive into devotion? Enrollments close in one week. Click here.

 

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P.S: Want to see how women are already diving into Devotion? Check this out.

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