The Heart of Bali

Written by on June 21, 2010 in Features, Interviews

Buddha said, “your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

Last year, I traveled to Bali and provided Thai Massage for residents of a foundation called Senang Hati (“Happy Hearts.”) Their vision is to help disabled people have a chance to be independent and to participate fully in the society around them. Through programs which teach economic and physical skills for a self-supporting life, the residents go from “disabled to enabled.”

This was the first time I had an opportunity to provide Thai Massage for the disabled. The experience was incredible. At Senang Hati, I was welcomed in as family and set up massage in their community room. While their legs were crippled from polio or a limb was missing, their hearts and eyes were filled with love.

If they did not speak English, they would point to a place on their body or say “sick arm.” Once on the table, they closed their eyes and I said “santai” (relax) This was an amazing experience of trust for giver and receiver. I felt connected to them. They opened their hearts to me.

A sense of belonging, creating community, and making a heart connection are qualities of life I believe are happening and shifting the lives of people. I share my story as a reminder of the goodness and joy present in the world.

Suzanne Miller is a LMT and Certified Master Level Thai Massage Practitioner. She can be reached at 972-319-3661. For more information on Senang Hati Foundation, please visit www.SenangHati.org

About Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller is a LMT and Certified Master Level Thai Massage Practitioner. She can be reached at 972-319-3661. For more information on Senang Hati Foundation, please visit www.SenangHati.org


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Suzanne Miller is a LMT and Certified Master Level Thai Massage Practitioner. She can be reached at 972-319-3661. For more information on Senang Hati Foundation, please visit www.SenangHati.org

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  1. ruth drayer says:

    Dear Suzanne,

    I am moving from Santa Fe (NM) to Tyler in October and am crusing the web to see what is going on in the area and begin to make friends and connections. I am a painter of healing colors, author and numerologist…and I spent a month in Bali, on my way to moving to India). It is very close to my heart and I fantasize moving there but it would be too far from my grandkids…so I’m going to Tyler because they are in Longview. Thanks for your Bali photos — it was a great way to start my day.

    Your project sounds very wonderful. God bless you and your work. Ruth

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