bali, indonesia: five findings

I first utilized the phrase "five findings" in one of my Hanoi, Vietnam posts as a way to collect my thoughts on the amazing things I stumbled upon. I foresee this terminology becoming a pattern as I am continuously discovering so many things in my travels. Aside from the couple of places in my other Bali blogs that I planned to visit, here are a couple of things I found spontaneously: 

I. Street Art

Not only is there the most amazing street art in Bali, it is also the most uplifting! Two I was able to capture were "100% love is the goal" and "Don't hold back. Let out your lion." I LOVED these! I found the placement of the first behind the soccer net to be incredibly creative and mindful. It was a great reminder of what matters most at the end of the day... for everyone. My friend Jai's friend did the lion one. Here, again, I loved the purposefulness of the backwards "back," ironic isn't it? There was another one down the road about unleashing your genius! For both, the self-empowering, strong and courageous messaging shines through here.

II. Co-working Spaces (Onion Collective & Hubud)

Visting the Onion Collective and Hubud brought my number of visiting co-working spaces in Asia up to 5.

I discovered the Onion Collective through my Holy Spring Water Temple tour guide (love learning about new things unexpectedly!). The Onion Collective's Passion Lab is an open, pay- as-you-can co-working space that is designed as the epitome of Bali. There is a pool! I sat around the pool surrounded by digital nomads working on a variety of things. So cool to see people in their bathing suits getting things done in such an innovative way! I even met an author who has written books on the universe and energy- so much goodness. 

On Tuesday night, I went to Hubud (Hub Ubud), another co-working space built out of bamboo. I am constantly rejuvenated whenever I enter these warm spaces by the energy of those present and their work. I attended, The Filter, a weekly seminar on crypto-currency and the new global economy. I knew very little about this going in but that's why I was so excited to go! I am grateful for these opportunities to go outside of my comfort zone and expand my knowledge. Also, having dealt with over 20 currencies in the past few months, it was very enlightening to learn about efficiencies and new opportunities to work across our economies. 

III. Conscious Arts Tattoos

Bali's socially conscious level is unparalleled. There is so much of it, it is embedded into the state. I even came across Conscious Arts Tattoos, a business that uses vegan ink and donates profits towards art and yoga programs for disadvantaged youth in Bali. I am such a fan of high quality businesses, such as Conscious Arts Tattoos, who are experts in what they do, are able to generate a sustainable profit and then in turn give back to the local community. I imagine you could choose any type of good or service in Bali and you'd be able to find at least one that was purpose-driven.

IV. Rice Terrace Tegalalang & Tukad Cepung Waterfall

On Tuesday I took a day trip to the Rice Terrace and Waterfall per my good friend Leena's recommendations. It was so beautiful to drive through the countryside of Bali and through all of the villages. The patterns, texture and scale of the rice terrace was astounding. The rows curved in step-like formation and the greenery exploded before your eyes. This waterfall is less known to tourists and locals alike. My driver had never been before so he decided to trek down with me. The waterfall was situated in a cave and the large rocks and huge flowing wall created an entirely mystical experience. Every time I am in nature, I am constantly reminded of the beautify of our world and the importance of doing everything we can to protect it. Also, I am quite positive that Bali is the greenest place I've ever been in my life <3. 

V. Pura Tirta Empul (Holy Spring Water Temple)

I went to the Holy Spring Water Temple on a quite rainy day. It made it even more fun getting into the water in a sarong in order to make my wishes. I was grateful to go with a guide who explained to me the religious importance and meaning of the temple and its rituals. Upon getting into the water, I was to make 14 wishes. Upon each wish I approached a different spout and washed my face three times and then my head three times. It was incredibly moving to think about what these wishes would be. I try to think often about what I am grateful for, however, putting them into future wishes was a new experience. I felt so cleansed and with a full heart. What would you wish for? 

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