This last month and a half here in Bali has flown by so fast. I only have one week left of my yoga teacher-training course. It has been a bumpy ride with many personal ups and downs. Although I signed up for a teaching degree, I also gained a greater perspective on life, people, and myself.
My eyes have been opened up to a broader world filled with different cultures, beliefs, and a way of living so opposite than the way I was raised in middle America. I’ve learned how to adapt to different environments and look at everything with an open mind and heart.
I started my yoga course in Balian Beach where I was immersed with 23 other yogis from all over the world I had never met before. Upon arrival we were immediately taken out of our comfort zones. At first it was thrilling, but then that excitement turned to fear, which turned to aggravation, which turned to acceptance, which ultimately turned to gratitude.
When I first checked into my room things were smooth sailing. The beach was so beautiful and I was feeling at ease. Then little things stirred up some fear such as the first cockroach I found in my bedroom along with several massive spiders. Then I woke up with a massive red itchy rash all over my body, which The local doctor blamed on “bed bugs”. My bed was rock hard and the showers were ice cold. I felt like I was in a jail sell that left my body and mind super uncomfortable. My initial reaction was to freak out. I panicked and put myself into a frenzy.
I was so freaked out the first time I found these little critters crawling around my room, but by the end of the trip they were not even a big deal. I don’t think I got one good night sleep while I stayed in Balian Beach. Even though I felt extremely uncomfortable, I learned to accept things for the way they were and tear through my state of worry and need for control.
After a long month, we finally arrived in Ubud just a few days ago. We’ve been upgraded to living accommodations that are comparable to 5 star status. I’m back to all the simple comforts that can so easily be taken for granted. Warm showers, comfy sheets, cozy beds, wireless internet, access to grocery stores and shops for any necessity that you can think of. It has made me realize how lucky we are for the things we have rather than wish or dwell upon the things that we don’t have. It also taught me that no matter what circumstances may arise in the outside world we have the choice and ability to remain calm, unaffected, and centered on the inside.