Jalan Jalan

February 2, 2012

After Ty and I got married last summer we took a two week heavenly honeymoon to Bali and spent a big chunk of the time outside of Ubud. We walked around a lot. Everyone seemed to walk everywhere and as you passed people would ask “Where you go?” and the common reply was “Jalan jalan” which means something like “walking, just walking.”

They would say that even if, in fact, they were going somewhere in particular.

I liked it when we were there because it sounded nice – it sounded relaxed, comfortable, and confident that things are the way that they should be – “I’m walking, just walking”.

Not – I’m rushing to the grocery store to get a few things for dinner and then rushing to meet friends for a tea and then rushing to yoga and then rushing home and rushing to make dinner, to eat dinner, to finish dinner, to do whatever we have next – which I have been so guilt of on so many occasions.

The more that I thought about it, the more I liked the reply. Jalan jalan. A bit deeper it seems to convey that it’s more about the journey, the transitions, the process of getting from here to there and less about the destination, less about arriving there.

I find those two words to be a simple yet great reminder to be present in each moment in life. Here and now – time is passing, life continues, everything is changing, nothing will remain the same – show up in every moment, don’t take life for granted.

Even in moments that seem like they are irrelevant or mundane. Even when I am washing dishes, sweeping the floor, folding laundry, or waiting in traffic. Be here now. Delight in this moment in life, in this breath, be grateful, give thanks.

But, of course, maybe everyone was just going for a walk.

Hope you all have a great Thursday, the weekend is almost here! Speaking of the weekend, are you planning to watch the super bowl on Sunday? Hosting a super bowl party? Just in case you are, here are a few ideas for vegan super bowl snacks:

Big Pot of Really Good Chili – a Super Bowl tradition, right?

Garlic and Oregano Sweet Potato Wedges

Last-Minute Spinach Dip

Black Bean Chili Dip

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Simple and Fresh Pico de Gallo

25 Recipes For Your Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party Picks from PETA


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Karangoo May 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

Yes, very true! There is a Japanese music group called Jalan Jalan that make very good music. Amazon was selling it.

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