In August I wanted to travel somewhere completely different from my normal winter snow missions, and where I could explore opportunities and new techniques for my art. For the merging of spirit, mind and body it's a wondrous place in the world. It has a fizz much different than what I expected and in some ways it is as sad a place as it is happy.
I meditated, met with local craftsmen and women, yogied, hiked, biked, and absorbed different music, art and culture. A country and people of so much love, colour and openness it was truly exceptional to have this opportunity, but it is also an area consumed with commerce, tourist jaunts and an infrastructure which is nowhere close to coping with the changes being inflicted upon it. Attending a traditional cremation ceremony and local orphanage was mind and heart opening and being able to wander and talk with locals gave me an insight and deeper perspective below the presented exterior.
In Ubud I closed chapters and made space for dreams to become reality. I forgave the past, came to terms with the present and learned a few more life lessons in the process.
As my yogi informed me "You can lie to your friends; your family but you cannot lie to yourself"; when you know you have to change some things only you can get that ball rolling.
This little leopard feels like tweaking a few spots... ^-^