Dealing With The Balinese Day Of Silence (The Bali New Year)

Last year we had the fortune – or misfortune – to celebrate the Balinese New Year. In the western world you open the new year by painfully trying to figure out what the hell happened the night before…In Bali you open the new year very different- by softly reflecting on your life. The Balinese New Year is a day of 100% silence – and by the time we had woken up it was already silent, deafeningly silent…The only thing making any noise were the ocean waves. Even the birds kept quiet! Sounds like a dream, right? It was HELL.

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Sunset In Bali On The Day Of Silence

Sunset In Bali On The Day Of Silence

Sunset In Bali On The Day Of Silence

Balinese Day Of Silence (The Bali New Year)

You know that pleasant soothing sound of waves breaking by the shore? It’s nice as a background sound, but being the only thing making a noise was slowly driving me crazy – I felt like I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts! On the Day of Silence everything is closed – even the AIRPORT in Bali is closed down for 24 hours. Nobody is allowed to go outside their houses, and you’re not allowed to play music or watch movies. We stayed in a pretty little hotel right by the sea with an amazing view over the water and beach (see the picture above) – but we weren’t allowed to go swimming in the ocean – so it was over 30 degrees and this hotel had no pool, no TV, and no internet. They had hung up big heavy curtains on the hotel to shut off the street, which was empty. And as if that wasn’t enough, for some reason I still can’t understand, Nathan convinced me to do a food fast for the whole day. Fast! No food?! And I agreed?! When there is nothing to do, you EAT! You really make some strange decisions in strange situations…

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I had a funny feeling that fate had something to do with it all, and I was certain of it when I soon realized that the only book I had to read in my room was called – ‘The Science of Self- Realization‘ – I felt as if Life was laughing at me playing its little tricks. But it’s well thought through, this day of silence – it really does the job, and serves its purpose. Because when there is  nothing to do and it’s completely quiet, there is nothing to distract me, stimulate me and blind me from my ego and my thoughts. So I found myself for the first time in a long while, sitting silent and alone in my room, hearing my thoughts – and for once, actually listening to them… transformation takes place, leaving you feeling so peaceful and happy…

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