3 Tips for Balancing Body and Soul in Bali
For anyone who has seen the film or read the book Eat, Pray, Love, they’ll know that Bali is a special place, a place of conflicting stereotypes and cultures, but one tat achieves a strange and unique balance nonetheless. A Bali holiday is guaranteed to be a delight for all senses, but it can also be a chance to achieve a more centered and balanced outlook, and to nurture both the physical body and the spiritual self. Here are three tips on balancing your body and soul in Bali so that you return refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to live a meaningful and satisfying life.
Sometimes, getting geographical distance from your life gives you the chance to get some emotional distance as well. Bali offers some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring natural scenery, as well as people that show enduring spirit in the face of adversity and cultural differences. Being in this kind of environment is the perfect chance to meditate and reflect on your own situation–what you want from your life, what makes you feel happy, and what kind of qualities you want to work on. Being so far away from the day-to-day stresses of your life gives a welcome chance to stop and be still for a while–something we don’t often do in modern life!
Bali has a rich spiritual culture, and a strong sense of the divine. Balinese ritual and tradition all centre around the belief in a higher power, and it doesn’t matter if you believe or not–being around this kind of devotion makes you ponder the bigger questions in life. Along with the rich spiritual culture of the Balinese, there’s a long and colourful history available to learn about, and the discovery of other cultures, ironically, is often exactly what we need to discover more about ourselves. Absorb everything–the bizarre, the humbling and the joyful, and you will leave Bali changed–for the better.
Because your body is the vessel for all of the ‘you’ inside you, you need to give it a break every now and again and spoil yourself. Bali is the perfect setting in which to do this, with hour-long massages going for little more than a cup of coffee at home, spa treatments at Bali resorts everywhere you look and food that would make anyone’s taste-buds swoon. It’s a place where it’s OK to spoil and look after yourself, with long lazy mornings, drawn out dinners and relaxing afternoon siestas in the cleansing and detoxing tropical heat.
Beautiful Bali is definitely somewhere that will ignite your senses. To get the most out of your experience, it’s important to keep an open mind, absorb and reflect on everything you encounter and above all, be kind to yourself. If you are, Bali will be kind to you.