Sabrina is a smart and witty woman and a close friend of mine. I met her a few years ago in Frankfurt, and what I love about her, something she genuinely radiates, is her positive mindset and attitude towards life.
Working as a consultant and in project management on behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health she usually has a lot on her plate. In 2019, eventually, a bit too much. As an antidote to Frankfurt’s busyness, Sabrina set off to Bali for five weeks. In this interview she shares the story how she gained back her focus, discovered the power of rituals, and fell in love with Bali.
In 2019 you travelled to Bali for five weeks. What was your background, why did you come to Bali?
When I came to Bali, I had a lot on my mind. Life in a city can be stressful and fast-paced. There so many expectations and influences hitting you all the time. I felt like I was trying to meet all those expectations for a long time, putting my own needs on the back burner. At some point, I wondered what this is all about and why I’m doing all those things. I urged to go somewhere faraway, get offline and sort through a few things.
What have you been up to in Bali, how did your days look like back then?
Back home in Frankfurt I discovered boxing for myself, so when I found a place in Bali offering boxing classes, I knew this was it. I rented a place near the beach and stayed there for five weeks, only doing me.
I went for a Muay Thai boxing class every morning. Afterwards, I headed to a sweet little café for breakfast. A smoothie bowl and a Coconut Cacao shake. Every morning. Very soon I knew all the employees. In the afternoon, I had a siesta on the beach, read a book or just bathed in the sun. In the evening, I went for another boxing class, sometimes Yoga.
I wasn’t up for any trips, tours or get in touch with people. If someone was approaching me on the beach or somewhere, I pretended I don’t speak English. Thinking back, I had the most precious time. Only being for myself and cutting down on activities was wholesome.
Is there a place or moment that particularly holds your heart?
At the end of my time in Bali I visited the Tirta Empul Temple and performed the purification ceremony. The water is believed to purify yourself from physical and mental illnesses. It was early in the morning, so I had the chance being the only one in the sacred pools. I went from fountain to fountain, cupping my face and head with the fountain’s water. It was an exceptional and tranquil moment, a little hard to put into words.
Whether you’re spiritual or not, there’s something magical about Balinese customs and rituals. Repeating the ritual on every fountain as a metaphor for healing, each fountain stands for something you let go of, you leave behind, I found that, actually, I have everything it takes.
In which way has Bali helped you to realign?
It has some sort of natural power to reconnect you with yourself. The awareness of nature, the food, the belief in karma, people’s kindness, mystical traditions and customs. I’ve been to some faraway places, but none has touched me as much as Bali.
Also, having a healthy routine and only being for myself – no dinner dates, parties or sightseeing trips. When I left Frankfurt, I felt overwhelmed and exhausted. There’s so much going on in between work, family and friends. Bali helped me find my inner peace again.
Is there anything you take away from your experience in Bali?
The experience with myself and the people still accompany me today in a valuable way. Usually when I’m returning from my journeys, I’m excited for my hometown, apartment and everything, but leaving Bali, I felt sad.
My days were simple and I was only for myself, but I was happy. I figured out, I enjoy being on my own and that’s all it takes. It doesn’t really need much to be happy, and what it takes can only be found within.