Bali, Indonesia — inner space


We are at Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. I read the Tao te Ching.

The beach

I read chapter 11 of the Tao te Ching by Lao tsu (trans. by Steven Mitchell):

“We join spokes together in a wheel
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.”

We walk down the street, listening to chimes from a temple.

There is sound and non-sound. The chime ends but there are other sounds.

A couple performs a kind of ritual at the beach (close to Kuta Beach).
Ritual is a bridge between doing and non-doing. What are the couple doing? Taking water from the ocean for a home ritual.

View of a Hindu shrine close to beach in Bali. People do rituals here. Guardian spirits provide protection.

What is being done? The seen and unseen worlds are joined.



We make coffee in our room using a French press. Making coffee involves a ritual –but it is mundane, not religious.


Food stalls – I like to eat at these places.

Food — eating involves custom and ritual, filling inner emptiness with Nasi Campur.

Food — Indonesian food centers on rice or noodles.


Roasted corn


I look at a shrine by the ocean.


We seek a visa extension — doing something that includes non-doing. We plan to stay in Indonesia for longer than one month.

We enter, get a number, then wait for our number to be called.

The first day, we fill out the form and wait to submit it. We must come back two days later to pay money. Then, after a few days, on our third visit, we wait to pick up our passports with the extended visa.

We are in a restaurant, eating Nasi Campur.

The pool at our hotel

I swim in the pool –doing the back stroke — and make a video of what I see above me.

We met a work group — from a major Indonesian bank — they are in Bali for a kind of recreational conference. Doing and non-doing. They want to take a photo of us — we are part of their adventure.


We walk along the beach each day.

We have walked the Camino Portuguese from Lisbon to Santiago, Spain. We visited the relics of all the Apostles of Jesus — India, Spain, Italy, Turkey. We visited Rumi’s grave in Turkey and walked on the Lycian Way. We flew to Israel and walked where Jesus walked on the Jesus Trail. We took buses and trains through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, then back to Thailand. We flew to Japan and walked the sacred Kumano Kodo. We returned to Bangkok and went through Malaysia, Singapore, and flew to Indonesia. We went overland around the world and now we will fly back to the USA.

Flight — we are leaving Bali.

Back to the USA.

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