The release of the movie Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts this August is sure to start many women thinking about what they really want out of life and whether they are happy with their current situation. The film is a true story based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert escapes from an unhappy marriage and travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia in an attempt to find true balance and harmony in his life physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
It is in Bali, Indonesia, where the story closes: Liz finally finds peace within herself and, after six months of self-imposed abstinence, finds true love in the form of Filipe, a Brazilian expat who later becomes her. husband.
In fact, people have been turning to Bali for physical and mental relaxation, as well as spiritual enlightenment for many years, and the island is the ideal place for anyone looking for a relaxing vacation balanced with real food for the soul. Bali offers everything you would expect from a tropical vacation destination: gorgeous white sand beaches, fantastic food and drink, accommodations ranging from simple inexpensive bungalows to five-star resorts, and there is certainly no shortage of sightseeing opportunities.
Many people choose to treat the island as a great place for a beach vacation, but it has so much more to offer. The Balinese people follow a devout form of Hinduism and this important part of daily life is impossible to ignore in the thousands of temples that dot the island and the daily offering ritual that can be observed anywhere on the island. This strong culture and religion provides the perfect backdrop for anyone seeking a spiritual escape.
In addition to attending temple ceremonies and meeting the locals (who are more than happy to involve outsiders in their culture), visitors to Bali can take part in meditation and yoga classes, either as and when they feel like it or completely. yoga retreat time. There are many yoga and meditation schools across the island, but the best selection is in Ubud, the same town where Liz spent her time on the book.