Celebrated in March, Nyepi, or day of silence marks the New Year according to the Balinese Calendar. It’s the oldest recorded ritual celebrated in human history.
It’s a public holiday in Indonesia but celebrated mainly in the city of Bali.
During Nyepi, the entire city is closed. There is no work. The airports are at a standstill. Lights are kept low. There is no entertainment, electronics aren’t permitted, and no one cooks.
There is also a security force patrolling the city to ensure silence in the streets. Some will even refrain from talking and eating for the day.
It reminds me of my time at Vipassana.
It’s a day reserved for self-reflection and contemplation. It’s a day to forgive yourself and others.
It’s starting the New Year with deliberate intentions to be the best version of you that you can be.
In our noisy world, a few minutes of daily silence can do wonders. All you need is yourself and the loving patience to be in your company.
Silence, much like water is underrated. It’s something we should have every day, that we don’t nearly get enough of.
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