Australia is undoubtedly a lucky country. We are blessed with opportunities and services – education, health care, clean water, fresh food, career choice, peace and so much more.
So why is it that on my recent holiday, the Balinese seemed to more content, more community-minded, more happy, and definitely much less stressed, than most Aussies?
Driver Dewa Alit puts it down to three things – balance, gratitude and positivity.
Balance – the number three rules in Bali. Three shakes of holy water as you enter a temple. One god with three aspects – Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector and Shiva the destroyer. The trio of harmonious relationships – between humans, between humans and God, between humans and nature. Mind, body, spirit. The three Buddhist ideals of right mind, right speech, right action. The number of days it takes to relax – okay, that last one might have been just my experience.
Gratitude – every morning Balinese thank god for the day to come, every meal they thank god again, and in the evening they thank god for the day that has been.
Positivity – Balinese people smile often. They look for the good in everything and everyone.
What could be more balanced in your life? Work & life balance is often touted, but how about sitting, resting & active? Family, partner & self time? Acidic, neutral & alkalising food?
How could you welcome gratitude into your day? Perhaps jot down three things you are happy for when you first wake? Or as you get into bed at night, list three things you appreciate happened that day?
Would being more positive allow you to smile more often? Could you look for the silver lining in the challenge you are facing? Perhaps gently remind yourself that you may not be able to change a situation, but you can choose how you react to it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences, join in the conversation by leaving a reply.