Meditation as an offering in Bali

Meditation as a Balinese Offering, called Canang by Sangtu, our Balinese cultural advisor.

The Canang offering is seen every day, everywhere in Bali: This spiritual practice is how each individual Balinese person retreats into God, Spirit, Ancestors and Nature, if only for a few minutes. Canang (pronounced chanang) is the little orange box as well as the daily offering. Can=Beauty and Nang=destiny and intention. So Canang means the beauty of destiny.

We call it Balinese-Hindu.

To ‘do offerings’ is to meditate,  in all different types of places; car, kitchen, office, rooms,and even on the street.

  • on the ground, to be grateful to Ibu Pertiwi (Mother Earth)
  • on our tools because we are grateful these tools can help us (car, knife, computer)
  • on each building, both shrine and house; always giving offerings for buildings because it’s important to maintain a harmonious energy within them.  . .  kind of like electric cables being properly connected. After the original ceremony for a building, the offering is like the maintenance program for connecting with the soul of the universe.

Why every where? Because our life is everywhere and god is everywhere.

Read more about the components and meaning of these meditation offerings in the full article on our Articles page:

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