Bali News: DHARMA WINS TODAY!!!
SO happy to be in this pathful playful prayerful journey with you all! The span of 2 weeks happening right now is such a special time for so many people around the world.
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. It is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is nearly halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
India is celebrating Deepavali! Deepavali (Diwali), also known as “Row of Lights”, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year based on Hindu Lunar Calendar. This is a picture of when I was in India 4 years ago “celebrating” in a Tibetan Monastery in Bodhgaya, the city known for where the Buddha received enlightenment.
Last weekend, Bali celebrated Galungan. Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma, or as my friend here said, “When your path wins over the bad spirit or devil.” In short, it’s a unique 10-day celebration commemorating good over evil, and Barong performances are a must!
Watch 3 min Barong Music Surprise from the Balinese Children!
Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies, and marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is called Kuningan, when the ancestral spirits return to heaven (which is today). The date is calculated according to the 210-day Balinese calendar.
The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.
The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles weighed down by offerings suspended at the end. These can be seen by the side of roads everywhere…here is a picture from my neighborhood!!! Bali is extra beautiful this week!
Maybe this thought is clicking in your mind…”Is this for real? Whole entire countries stop everything, close everything down, go on holiday, and actually celebrate and ceremonialize together in a way where everyone knows their part, preparation and prayer…and beer and bonfire on the beach is not a part of it? How could this be right???”
Some places in the world have, what for me feels like, the missing piece. I remember the first time I came to Bali in 2009, and saw a traditional Balinese dance performance and Kecak – I started crying.
To my right was a cliff with crashing ocean shores. The water looked and smelled, and even tasted like, San Diego ocean water. And to my left was the most sacred dense community tradition of spirit and art…the piece that I was searching for to complete me, give me breath, and fill my fire.
That fire and spirit is directly influencing my Woman’s Online Tantra Yoga class that has been going strong for almost 2 years now, and traveling with me to serene and spiritual locations all year long.
It was my intension from the beginning of the year to use the live streaming video, that the online class requires, to show the ladies in America what is happening in other parts of the world. Not only teach (the most bomb ever!) Tantra Yoga which shifts perspective and expands the mind, but show tangible, real-life, examples of what shifted mind and expanded awareness looks and feels like around the world.
It has been a super special experience to create a bridge from east to west, and share the local realness that feeds me everyday with some of my favorite women…
and so I’m giving you a sneak peak into our Online Sacred Yoga Classroom!
Instead of hearing about Galungan from this white girl…in the video below
my Balinese friends meet the women in my online class,
and give a first hand explanation of the meaning of Galungan.
WATCH NOW UNTIL THE END!
This Saturday registration closes for the last 2 months of the Woman’s Online Tantra Yoga Class.
There were 3 spots left yesterday, and now there is only 1 spot left!
If you are feeling what we are feeling,
and want more of it…