Bali has a unique culture, it’s stunningly beautiful and home of maybe the most friendly and open-minded people in Indonesia.
Mass-Tourism and Money have destroyed a lot of Bali
In my opinion after living there for 1,5 years, not much is left of this once so unique island and its culture. Instagram, business and higher living-costs than ever before have turbo-boosted Bali into the world of capitalism and we all are to be blamed for this. Of course also me.
Beautiful history and Stories
Have you ever heard the story of mystical, powerful meridians surrounding our planet earth? It is said that were two of these meridians meet, its a special place. For example Stonehenge, Gizeh and Nazca. The story goes that in Bali there are crossing dozens of these meridians.
What do you think after living there?
Lempuyang Temple (the gates of heaven), Mother Temple Besakih as well as Canggu (the digital nomad-mekka) have turned into nothing more than beautiful backgrounds for instagram-pictures or asian Disneyland. Very few to none of the magic is left.
Its hard and definitely not easy, but I keep on learning. This morning I tried to “run” again and realized very quick (to be more specific “at the first step”) my body seems to have forgotten how running works. So I decided to give me and my body more time.
Its all baby-steps, you know?
Quite often I feel like a new born baby and before a baby can run, it needs to walk. So I keep on trying. Walking without the support of my walking-stick was a good and important decision.
You remember the MS-spasms I am suffering from? I thought they almost left for good, thanks to the meditation, but like an old friend does sometimes, they started to show up again to show me I am not forgotten and bother me around bed-time quite bad.
Since 15 months I am here in Bali now. I left my safe European home, left any medical support I could get in Germany, hung out strictly with local people to learn from them why Multiple Sclerosis basically doesn’t exist in Indonesia and how to fight my disease.
I am about to move to the rather remote island of Sumba in July and this are the facts helping me so far the most:
Daily meditation helps me better than anything else against spacicity
Daily yoga helps me with the pain in my back and the general physical coordination