Day 5 - The Faces of Bali
Beautiful, kind, happy faces.
I rode on the back of the bike with Nathan today and I watched. I simply just watched. Sweet round faced babies with big bright curious chocolate eyes lit me up. The smiles and giggles and laughs all rapidly passing me by. Filling the atmosphere with joy. A celebration of life, if you will. I am touched. I am moved every single time I give the slightest grin, I receive a huge, white-teethed smile in return. It took all of my fear and melted it with pure love.
I am inspired. I want to meet and greet with these faces. I want to hug and love and kiss these faces. I want to help and be a walking physical being of love every single place I may touch. This is what I say today on my bike ride.
Today it was just Nathan and I and we headed off to the beach. A different beach. Probably my favorite one so far. He calls it "the secret beach." It's about an hour away, but 30 minutes with Nathan's driving and the starting point is on the top of this cliff mountain. We parked our scooter and began walking down. It was steep and rocky, but the tropical breeze allowed it doable. I felt like I was in a jungle as we were walking down this naturally paved walkway.
As soon as you get to the bottom of this beach there is nothing but soft grasslands and palm trees and lively greens all around. As you keep walking, about 100 feet you enter the beach. There were probably 15 people all spread out at this beach. It is truly the "secret beach." Nathan and I laid in the shallow clear water by the edge of the shore and talked for hours. The sun was beaming down on my body and as I looked around I realized how at peace I am. How peaceful and healing and magical nature truly is.
We decided to go out further and I was so thankful to have my water shoes because the coral was very painful. We played in the waves for a bit, drank unwanted salt water, and laughed as the strong current pulled us under, and then went in for some shade and water. It was then, in this little area, that I met Ketut. According to the Balinese culture, people receive names in a birthing order and Ketut is the fourth born name. I really don't know much about what else it means, but I do know that this Ketut encountered me with a presence I would never forget. She was gentle and I could see the wisdom that lies in every crease of her face. Pure beauty. She sat next to my towel with a basket of pineapple, dragonfruit, and handmade bracelets. She called them "for good luck" and immediately I was sold. I bought 5 bracelets for 100,000 rupiah. I definitely got the deal here. I left this day feeling exhausted in all the best ways. I have nature and all of the love around me to thank for that.