Monkeys, Markets & Meditation
In the four days I spent in Ubud, I made peace with garden monkeys, filled up on yoga & healthy eats and fought a great meditation battle. It is easy to see why Ubud is referred to as the spiritual center of Bali.
the energy here is contagious
Ubud is alive with monkeys, dancing and colorful rituals, and there are temples everywhere. Each house has its own small temple or shrine and larger, more elaborate temples (primarily used for community holidays and celebrations) are scattered in between residences and colorful retail shops.
Balinese are devout in their Hindu faith, and it is lovely to see the relics of their devotion. Beautiful offerings (such as the ones below) are laid out carefully each morning in order to please the gods and appease the demons.
The shopping in Ubud was addictive. In addition to the open-air markets, some of the specialty shops were pretty darn alluring. Though pricier, most items are pretty affordable - on my daily budget, I could buy a couple of purses, a pair of earrings and a beautiful dress and still have enough for dinner.
That brings me to the food!!! The food in Ubud is healthy and delicious - try a Buddah bowl at Alchemy or anything at Garden Cafe at the Yoga Barn. You can get a really tasty meal at most restaurants for under $10 US. Careful with the booze though, that is where you will blow your spending money.
Pondok Wahyu, a tropical paradise just outside the bustling city center, topped my accommodation expectations. In addition to amazing service, beautiful Balinese style rooms and a gorgeous infinity pool, there was a breathtaking view that made meditation a pleasure.
After struggling through a 35 minute guided meditation class at The Yoga Barn, I found refuge in this tranquil spot and was able to connect a bit deeper. Sometimes in order to clear your mind, you just have to clear your life of big distractions.
With this sacred spot in mind, I created a meditation shrine in my Portland apartment the minute I returned from Bali, and I am so glad I did. As I tend to be easily distracted, it has helped me to get in the zone and plug in more regularly. I highly recommend setting up your own meditation altar if you want to get the most out of your meditations.. especially if you live in a place surrounded by commotion.
This was my amazing cab driver Sam. Having a reliable and kind cabbie was a game changer for me in Bali. Thank you for everything Sam!
Traveled to Indonesia or surrounds? This trip was just a tiny taste.. where should I go next!?