No alarm, nowhere to be and almost everyday I’ve woken up before 6:30 am in Bali. I’m actually excited and giddy to start my day, to see the sun, to soak up all of the peace and quiet that early. It’s so simple but it brings me such joy and serenity.
Over the last few days, I’ve been especially intentional about how I spend my time after waking up. I’m deliberate about doing things that help me get grounded. And since I’m in Bali, I’m taking advantage of being by the ocean and going down to the beach first thing.
Even before coffee. I know, crazy!
When I get there, I take time to just watch and listen to the waves crash. I’m completely in awe of the ocean. I’m so present there. Then I find a spot to sit down and proceed with my meditation. I focus on bringing my energy from my mind, through my body, and into the earth. Breathing in and breathing out. One after the other, over and over again. That alone has improved the quality of my day.
I take it a step further though and make my way to a cafe, get comfy, have some coffee and start to journal. I let whatever comes into my mind flow onto the page. I’ve noticed that sometimes my mind jumps around mid sentence and onto another thought. I don’t question whether I am doing either the meditation or the journaling right. I just listen to myself and stop when the time feels right. When I no longer have an effortless thought, I put my pen down and move onto the rest of my day.
There is just something about how you start your day that heavily influences the way you feel. It informs the flow and energy of everything else to come. I’m not surprised that I’ve noticed a dramatic difference after meditating and journaling. It’s even impacted how I choose to share my experience with you.
Early on, in the midst of my writing process here, I would review, rewrite, reword, reorder over and over again. Sometimes it felt like a lot of pressure because I wanted everything I wrote to be meaningful. I wanted to share with you learnings, insights, and inspiration.
At times, I was concerned that if I just told you about my day and these experiences that I was having that, they may come across as mundane. The question I had running through my mind was, how do I report back and communicate through my writing in a way that you feel it too? I want to give you something through my writing, so that when you are done reading, you will be able to say that you got something of value. I wanted everything I shared to have some profound message.
I realized that this was a big ask of myself and as I reflected a bit, it occurred to me that this was a hinderance to sharing. I got curious about how I would reconcile that. After some thought, I discovered that I’m not responsible for what you take away from what I share. The only thing I can own is my giving. I can commit to giving without expectation and trust that what I share will resonate and everyone will experience it differently. My job is to write for myself and from a place of authenticity. I will capture the essence and learnings of my experiences, click ‘publish’ and then let it go.
The last 4 weeks in Bali have been a time to experience, to connect, to reflect, to learn and to grow. Thanks for being on the journey with me. Stay tuned for more to come.