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July 14 , 2009

Bali Mt. BaturBack from Bali - blissed, blessed and burning bright. Sorry about that, but Bali tends to lend itself to alliteration. Seems to be true of many paradise spots; Fun Fiji, Healing Hawaii, Titillating Tahiti… Bottom line is that if it has geckos and gardenias and ends in an “i” then I know I’ve found a little slice of heaven.

Every once in awhile it's important to step away from all things familiar and routine and enliven our senses and our spirit with a journey of discovery. Like shedding old clothes that have become too tight and worn and the style of which no longer fits who we have grown to be, conscious travel allows us to shed beliefs, patterns, habits and ways of being that no longer serve us.

My journey to Bali was not so much a journey of outer exploration to see as much of Bali as possible. It was a journey of re-connection with my core values, my deepest delights, my most intimate sense of purpose. There was far more sitting and being than there was going and doing.

Bali BlissThe purpose of such a journey is of course to return home with not only fresh perspectives, but with new commitments, practices and rituals that allow those new perspectives to have the greatest impact. The tricky part is having the perseverance, patience and faith to allow those new ways of being to really take root and become an integral part of who we are. That takes time.

 

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu.

 

So my journey to a land rich in ceremony and deliberate acts of faith, connection and joy has greatly influenced who I am and who I am becoming. My daily rituals have shifted to support my current goals and aspirations. I’ve included some morning ceremonies in my routine that inform and influence how I show up for the rest of the day.

I have returned home with a very clear set of commitments designed to support my intent to stay aligned with these new ways of being and seeing, these new ways of showing up in my world and doing the work I love to do.

Bali Rainbow

This month’s Big Idea is all about the power of the commitments we make while in states of extreme clarity. How to hold true to those commitments and how to ensure that they have the greatest impact on ourselves, our relationships, our teams and on our alignment with our greatest aspirations.

I hope you find the information valuable and perhaps you can find a bit of time and space for your own journey of discovery right here at home. But better yet, buy vowel, grab a gecko, sniff a gardenia and make an escape to paradise. Big, beautiful Bali baby! See, the alliteration is just way too easy.

 

All my best,

Chess

 

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