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Bali Blessings: Day ten

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Nyepi, a day of silence. a day of quiet reflection, a day to discover who you are, according to what a Balinese man said the night before.

I lay down relishing in the sounds of nature. Pure uninterrupted sounds that are mesmerizing. Sounds of water moving through the fish pond, gurgling, splashing and jumping fish.  Birds whistling, chirping, frantic sounds of two sets of wings flapping around each other darting in and away from each other faster and faster then departing from each like they had never met. Slight rustling of leaves and more chirping.

The sound of my own breath in and out through my nostrils and then a sigh.

Sari the cat meows briefly for food, eats disappears to sleep.

The dog, Rooney knows the rules so it seems. Not one bark today, not one arrrhoo only the scuttle of her long claws on her delicate paws on the floor after she changes to another sleeping position reminding me she needs a manicure and pedicure.

Another bird sounding like a pigeon warbling and chirps from further afar. A cacophony of sounds.

Back to the breathe and a heart beating.  

The night comes, no lights are on its dark moon and so quiet. Occasional pulsing rhythms from frogs, different pitches get louder and fade away. The stars come out to play and so do the fireflies, I take a glance and at first cannot determine which is the sky or firefly closer to earth. Stillness on the land. No human interference of sound. No one can be heard. Quiet.  The whole island of 3 million people plus tourists are quiet.

Rest oh how glorious it is.

What if everywhere in the world stopped just 24 hours and meditated. Long enough to think about what quality their relationships were with people during the year, long enough to rest their bodies and simply be. Long enough to rest their frantic minds and just listen to nature.

The month before Nyepi male youths in all the 100's of communities around the island design and build monsters, Ogah ogahs', based on Hindu mythical monsters. Each community trying to outdo each other with the biggest, the scariest. The night before Nyepi the monsters were brought out, lit up and fought each other, among thousands of people screaming and frantic clanging and banging.

Evil spirits were cast off the island. It was then followed by everyone going indoors and keeping dark, no lights were on, no cooking, no flames were lit. The island goes quiet to prevent the evil spirits re entering.

The day of contemplation follows. 

Bali Blessings: Day nine

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Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

I like this quote. It is a blessing to have an attitude of gratitude. A few months ago my work contract with my main source of income fell through. When it happened it was traumatic because I wasn't sure how I would survive, but now I am grateful because I can now go forth and do what I love. I now 'have a life that works' and am based in a place (Bali) that understands and supports this lifestyle of the entrepreneurial gypsy.

Singabout started up 10 years ago as a hobby. I wanted to go out and discover new tribes, to dance the dances and sing their songs. It has been an incredible learning and I am so very grateful to all of you who came on that original journey and those who continue to come on these magical journeys. You have all taught me so much. I look forward to the next 10 years.

Jen xx

Photo: 2004 Singing in Tuscany group with Rachel Hore and Kavisha Mazzella.

Bali Blessings: Day six - Peia sings

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Blessed by the Bali Spirit Festival this weekend and the lovely Peia sings Blessed We Are.


Bali Blessings: Day three House blessing ceremony

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My apologies for not posting yesterday, I have just moved into my new house and had no internet.

I'll make up for it now with 2 posts in one on the 'heart' warming, 'house' warming blessing ceremony that took place before I could enter and live in the new home.

This collage of pics is of 2 gorgeous women who took part. I am so blessed!


Bali Blessings: Day two Saraswati Day

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Saraswati day offerings left on the footpath. This is in gratitude of getting an education. Where I come from children whinge about going to school.


Bali blessings: Day one

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A blessing a day keeps the negativity at bay.

I've decided to do a post a day just on offerings and blessings I find around me each day. It gives me positivity, warmth and delight every time I see examples of gratitude and beauty in this way so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you like it. xx

Ubud Markets: You can get your ready made offerings for the house here but you need incense, prayers and belief that it will make the difference.


Anita Daulne workshops in Italy and Bali 2014

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We are SO looking forward to having workshop retreat with Anita Daulne in Bali and in Italy in 2014. Ok men and women, get ready!

Anita talks about her workshops and her thinking behind it here on this lovely little video.

Moira Smiley and VOCO on TED

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Our wonderful Moira Smiley will be directing a singing retreat in Bali in May and November next year. Check out her talk and music on TED.

10 Reasons why singing is good for you: Reason 10- Makes you feel fantastic!

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Singing makes you feel self-assured, in control, physically alive and fantastically 
creative. It feeds your soul as it creates physical well-being. With increased self- 
confidence you can do anything! Physical, mental and emotional health is a great 
side effect of singing. There’s no doubt about it, singing makes you feel fantastic!

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What a great reason to close this series with!!! Overall singing is such a beneficial activity for your mind body and soul, that you might feel like you just want to sing all day long, isn't it! Well why not! Start with short sessions and go big whenever you have the opportunity. Join a choir or a singing holiday, get the taste of it and you will notice how every little cell of your body will soon start singing within!