This past Sunday we took our first field trip with The Daily Love Writer’s Mastermind group.
We had a very full day of being immersed in the land.
One of my favorite things about Bali is that it’s a place of total devotion.
I once heard Joseph Campbell say that you can tell the priorities of a country by what its tallest buildings represent. In the case of Bali – its tallest buildings are temples.
The fact that they are Hindu temples means nothing; there are many paths back to Love. What matters is that that the people here embody the virtue of Love and service in such a beautiful way.
If The Daily Love were a place, it would probably be Bali.
Which is why I decided to start leading retreats here. The experience of just witnessing what the land and the people here embody is so transformative .
Our tour guide Agung (the best tour guide ever) took us around Bali. Our destinations for the day were a beautiful rice field and a sacred water temple.
Agung told us that the rice informed the philosophy of the people in Bali. He went on to say that when the rice is young and “uneducated” it is straight and full of ego. But, when the rice matures and gains wisdom and is ready for harvest, it falls to the side with humility.
Agung said there are two kinds of rice – the young, uneducated “ego rice” and the mature, “humble rice,” which falls to the side.
He said that in Bali the goal is to be like “humble rice” – that this is something that he and the community value above almost anything else.
I thought this was such a special philosophy. My mentor Guru Prem once told me that humility is to “remain approachable.”
I do feel that this is one of the most important values one could embody. Why? Because with this value it becomes so much easier to embody many other values, including Love, courage, gratitude and forgiveness.
I can’t say that I have fully become humble rice, but it’s something that I work at each and every day.
Which one are you? Ego rice or humble rice?
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Love from Bali,
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