Name: Lowell T. Miles
Age: 63
Occupation: Retired
Location: Seminyak

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

The greatest lesson I’ve learned is that less is more. It’s a very simple philosophy. The less I have, the more I have. I have more freedom, and I’m not as tied down as I used to be. I have the essentials of life now. I have health, food, a home, friends and an electric motorbike. I’ll also be doing some volunteer work for a medical doctor here who’s in charge of a clinic here.

What’s most important?

The most important thing in life for me is health and the ability to laugh and smile. When you have your health, you can do everything you want to do. That’s why I’m so protective of my health. That’s why health is the most important thing.

What advice would you give to younger generations?

Enjoy yourself. Especially if you’re under 35, don’t take yourself too seriously. To thy own self be true. It goes right along with less is more.

Are you worried about dying?

No, but probably because I’ve accomplished and done more than some people would be able to do in two lives. I have a lived a life that most people wouldn’t even be able to dream of. Do I fear death? No. I’m surrounded by beauty in Bali. If I died here in Bali, I would die with a smile on my face.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Probably now. I have no anticipation. This is the first time I’ve been free from obligations. Right now is probably the happiest time in my life.

And the worst?

The worst time in my life was when I was 35 because I was struggling with a career and health problems.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity, for me, is about treating people the way I would want to be treated and looking at life, not from the standpoint of religion, but from the standpoint of spirituality. It’s about helping other people, but also concentrating on yourself through meditation.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Religion and politics.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

In my lifetime, a peaceful world is impossible. In another lifetime, I think a peaceful world would be possible. I think after my lifetime, women eventually will rise up and say, “I’ve had enough.”

How old do you feel?

Mentally, I’m 18 years old. My body is 35, but it just so happens that the rest of me is 63. But that’s why I surround myself with young people in volunteer work and at the gym, because they keep me young.

Is there anything you still want to do?

That’s an interesting question. I still want to help people with my volunteer work and maintaining health is a full-time job. Other than that, I’ve done just about everything I’ve wanted to do. I’ve traveled around the world twice already.

Is one lifetime enough?

For me, yes. I think one lifetime is enough. I don’t think I’d want a second life. I think the world is getting more complicated by the decade. One of the reasons why I live in Bali is because life is so simple here.

How has Bali changed since you first got here?

New hotels and buildings have been added, but I think those are positives. But I think Bali is never going to be the tourist destination it could be because there are no sidewalks for walking. Motorbikes are parked on sidewalks, and it’s impossible for pedestrians to even cross on crosswalks. I also wish someone would do something about all the potholes here.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, I think so. Yes. Again, however, if Bali wants to see more tourists, someone’s going to have to do something about the sidewalks.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?

I think people in the West don’t make time to enjoy themselves anymore. The work ethic is totally different. People in the East also don’t need as much as people in the West need in order to be happy. People in the East are also more family-oriented.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

The reason I’ve never doubted my religions is because my beliefs are based more in spirituality than they are in religious structure. People who are spiritual don’t pray. We meditate. Praying is talking to God, but meditating is listening to God.

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