A year and a bit ago I found a puppy ten miles from Ubud dying on the side of the road. I wrapped him in a sarong, put him in my lap and drove to BARC (a Dog Rescue, Rehabilitation and option Centre) where he was vaccinated, fed, quarantined and cared for and eventually adopted. BARC does amazing work for the street dogs of Bali of which there are thousands. Today I visited the centre again and was shown around by one of its youngest volunteers, Ellie who blew me away with the amount of drive, maturity, compassion and intelligence that can fit into one little girl. Thank you Ellie @where.next.mum for hosting me at BARC and please guys check out the incredible work that this organization does . If you live in Ubud you can drop by with treats, to play with or foster the puppies. If you’re overseas any donations through the BARC website are more than welcome. This center takes in more dogs in need than it can handle because they have huge hearts, please help them foster and heal these babies!!!
The idea for the You Live 2 Inspire Movement came to me after I had been asking myself the same question time and time again. Why am I here and what is my purpose? The answer may have been obvious, I had been involved in music and visual arts for most of my life and yet I was always looking for something with deeper meaning. I had been living in Bali for a few months practicing meditation and yoga when the answer finally popped into my head seemingly out of nowhere. It came in the form of a phrase “You Live To Inspire”. A little phrase with big meaning, as in that moment I realised that my life’s purpose is not conclusive in just furthering my own development, but moreso in encouraging the people around me to reconnect with their authentic selves and fearlessly pursue their passions, using the way I choose to lead my life as an example.
Through a series of personally transformative life experiences I've come to believe that whatever it is that you choose to devote your life to, your calling is to live your life in authenticity and alignment with your highest self (with love and integrity towards yourself and others), in a way that inspires others to also strive for and reach their highest potential. A life well lived is one where we encourage and inspire one another to live consciously in service of not only ourselves, but of others, facilitating positive change all around us.
#YouLive2Inspire was born as an embodiment of these concepts. It's a movement and an international community of like minded individuals who believe in expanding their own horizons and while doing so, giving back to the community around them whether it be through volunteer work or transformative workshops, keeping us all connected.
- Deniz Reno
While in Bali, I had the pleasure of connecting with and contributing at the Permata Hati Orpahan Centre in Ubud. The centre welcomes children of all ages who have lost a parent or a family member. They have created a beautiful community which fosters artistic and musical talent. I really bonded with the kids there, giving vocal and language lessons and can’t wait to visit them again on my next trip to Bali. To find out more about Taman Permata Hati and donate visit http://tamanpermatahati.com
Together with my friends I also visited The Vidya Guna Orphanage and Centre for Underprivileged and Special Needs Kids outside of Ubud and spent a day painting murals with the children there. The kids were so incredibly sweet, affectionate and creative, it was one of the most transformative experiences I have had to date. To find out more about Yayasan Widya Guna and donate visit http://www.yayasanwidyaguna.org