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Land of Smiles

Written by Gede Prama

There are times in life, especially in the early stages of family growth, life’s performance is measured by economic indicators such as savings. But there are times when economic indicators are not only inadequate, but it can also disturb your soul journey. The growing rates of suicide, divorce and drug victims everywhere, keep telling us that economic indicators only, are far from enough.

Like a married couple. Being able to support yourself, having a house, sending children to school of course needs money. But as we can see here and there, the growth in economic indicators are not always followed by a growing soul. In a number of stories revealed, a growing economy is followed by the collapsing of the soul.

The increasing income makes a person have a love affair, then the spouse asks for a divorce, and finally children become the innocent victims. The end story is very touching, in the old age that should be filled with plenty of holiday time, people become restless and sleepless because of having to take good care of children who are mentally ill.

Before the same touching story visits your life, let’s begin as early as possible to maintain a balance between economic growth and soul growth. Learning hard is of course good, working smart is also good, but allocating parts of the time to take good care of the family is also important. It is not only a good preparation for the future, but also makes the inner soul garden grow in such a beautiful way.

As the first step, it is important to reflect deeply, only gardeners who have healthy bodies can take good care of the garden. In the same way, only one who is beautiful inside can make the family grow in a beautiful way. For that reason, no matter how limited your time is, always train yourself to improve your smile.

In line with this, it’s important to recognize the symbols of smiles in nature. From the singing birds, the jumping dolphins, the blooming flowers, the playing children, the peaceful trees, until the moon and stars in the sky. These symbols are necessary in everyday life, especially as a continuous reminder that can make people never forget the beautiful inner angel named smile.

Every time you see these signs, always have a little smile inside. To put it more precisely, a smile which is full of inner acceptance. A smile indicating that there’s an inner flower blooming within. A smile that keeps telling you that you are no longer a victim in life, but you are a master of your life. At the same time, keep in the mind and in the heart, that the best angel who can save your life is yourself.

It is certainly uneasy of course, but no matter how difficult the temptations is, keep moving forward. Persistence is your best friend. The courage to stand up after falling is the best protector. Forgiveness is a sign that someone has a very beautiful soul flower inside. As a material of reflection, even the most holy saint must fall again and again on the journey of perfecting the soul.

Whenever a person grows deep on the path of smiling, life will be similar to driving an open truck on the journey to the top of a mountain. The longer the journey the fresher the air. While anger decreases, patience rises. While conflict decreases, tolerance increases. While judgement disappears, friendship appears. At this level of energy frequency, not only does your soul grow beautifully, the surrounding environment will also grow in a beautiful way.

This is often called “changing frequency is changing reality”. As one grows convincingly at the frequency of smile and peace, some close people change beautifully without being changed. Any spiritual seekers who can arrive here will understand through attainment, not through conversation, that every land where one step is transformed into a land of smiles.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
Photo Courtesy: Phuket News.
Proofread By: Kirsty Spence.

About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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