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Happy thanksgiving November 22, 2012

Filed under: bali,food,gratitude — britpressley @ 10:33 am

Here in bali today is the third Thursday so it is “technically” thanksgiving. However since it is an American holiday I don’t suppose it really counts until tomorrow.
Tonight we will be doing meditation on gratitude in lieu of having a feast.
I have so much to be thankful for this year. It has been a tough one for me, but the support and love I have felt has been my life source. I’m so grateful to have friends and family who support me without condition or expectation. I’m a lucky girl in so many ways. Thank you thank you and thank you!

Here’s a quick wrap of of the goings-on of the past few days: I met with an osteopath who also specializes in subtle body energy and healing. It was an interesting experience (incidentally he told me I should probably not be doing yoga but that’s a whole other thing!)
Although I don’t plan to stop my yoga practice any time soon, it did help to solidify my intent for this training as well as for when I return. Which is that my “goal” needs to be oriented towards doing less not more. I’m a “pusher”. I like challenge and I have a high threshold for pain. I often ignore what my body is telling me and opt instead to push through the pains or limitations. I know this is a foolish and ego driven practice. But I struggle with the idea of being lazy or too quick to give up. But I need to trust that I can let got sometimes and do less. I think I have proven myself to be a dedicated yoga practitioner but from now on I need focus on what is right for me and acknowledge and embrace that what feels right today may not tomorrow. And that’s ok. Be present and stay humble.

On my day off I traveled to Ubud with Mckall for a Balinese cooking class. It was amazing. We met at the city center at 8am and headed off for a tour of the market. We then stopped by a rice field before heading to the family compound of our teachers and hosts. This family was so amazing and generous. They had such a great sense of humor and spirit. W were met with fresh lemonade and given a brief overview of their family life and insight into balinese culture and tradition. Family is very important here and they stick together. In some compounds there are as many as 50 people all living together! Family harmony is very carefully maintained. To ensure this these families have a practice where by they have regular meetings to discuss any discord or disagreements. They do not go to bed angry or unresolved. The idea is that when one member of the family is unhappy it leads to unhappiness in the entire family. So they nip it in the bud right away.

The food we made was amazing and we got recipes for everything so I look forward to attempting to replicate this meal when I return home.

The sun is about to set and I make a point never to miss it. So that’s all.

Sending lots of love and gratitude out to you all!

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Night Market November 10, 2012

Filed under: bali,food,travel — britpressley @ 6:43 am

At the very top of the long road leading to Balian beach there is a market with a few small shops. These are very simple shops with meager offerings. At nightfall the market square turns into a bustle of local activity as several food vendors set up shop to prepare incredible food. The energy is fantastic. These are family businesses and there are many children playing. Many of the older kids speak perfect English and will help collect the money and communicate with the tourists if their parents are too busy cooking or simply not as comfortable with English. The food is simply amazing! I’ve had a wonderful chicken soup called Sato Ayem which comes with fresh vegetables and lime and a side of rice ( everything comes with rice!). There are a Few vendors selling some of ( if not the) best fried chicken I’ve ever had. There is also a woman quite popular for her fresh avocado milkshakes—a surprisingly refreshing and not at all heavy or rich treat. I’ve had a bit of the black rice and coconut pancakes (awesome) and I look forward to returning to try the fried bananas with cane juice. (good thing I’m doing lots of yoga to balance out this food intake!)
When in Rome….or Bali:)
Oh by the way..this awesome food cost about oh….80 cents!
My soup and rice with a drink cost me 15000 rupiahs which is about $1.50 usd

I’m so struck by how joyous these people are. Even as you walk up the road everyone says hello and smiles even if they are sitting inside their house. If they see you they call out hello!

I was thrilled when they agreed to let me take their photos but I quickly realized they were more thrilled to have their photos taken. I think for many of these families, photo ops are not that common. I’ve decided I want to try to take more photos and if I can, I will have them printed out and give them as a gift to the people before I go.

Here are a few of my favorites

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