Post Archive - April, 2013

Posts tagged "Bali Usada"

Luxury Meditation Retreats to heal the soul

Luxury Meditation Retreats

Luxury Meditation Retreats don’t get better than this. Luxury you here me say? No ashram and straw mats on the floor? Yes, you don’t have to slum it to find inner peace these days. Fivelements  in Bali is a luxury wellness sanctuary, one of our preferred Bali resorts.

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1 Giant Mind group meditation, Bali 10th June 2012

 

Yesterday a very special meditation gathering was held on a sacred beach site in Bali. People from all Bali communities converged infront of Pura Petitenget, a beach spot where regular Hindu ceremonies take place. The event was called The Bali Experiment and was the brainchild of American non profit organisation 1 Giant Mind.Their aim is to get millions of people meditating at the same time and measure the raise of consciousness. Spirituality and science converging.

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1 Giant Mind held 2nd annual meditation event in Bali

 Non profit organization 1 Giant Mind held their 2nd annual meditation event in Bali on the beach in front of Petitenget temple in Seminyak.

1 Giant Mind is a global research and education organization based in California. Their mission is to coordinate the largest simultaneous global experiences of “eyes closed silence” in human history and measure the collective effect through scientific research.  They are working towards uniting 100 million people to participate simultaneously in a global event and have the worlds’ leading scientific researchers’ study the effect on individuals, communities and society.1 Giant Mind also proposes to further the study of the effect of the collective human mind by conducting experiments on a scale never before attempted in human history.

Dedicated to the research and education of the effects of collective meditation, they use the term ‘eyes-closed silence’. Eyes Closed Silence (ECS) refers to any mental process including most common practices of meditation, prayer, observance of the breath, and contemplation that induces a set of integrated psycho physiological changes termed as the ‘relaxation response’.

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The World’s Biggest Experiment; One Giant Mind Meditation

We met up with 1 Giant Mind last week to put our giant minds together about a mass meditation in Bali this June. We first met Jonni and Tiana from 1 Giant Mind last September, when they organised an event on the beach infront of Petitenget Temple in Bali last year. Led by our own meditation guru Pak Merta Ada and Jonni, they encouraged everyone to sit in ‘eyes closed silence’. Love that term. Sometimes the word meditation can sound so daunting to anyone who hasn’t tried it and doesn’t realize that the ‘monkey mind’ is totally natural.

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Why a silent meditation retreat is better than a face lift.

 

Before 1 week Meditation Retreat

After 1 week Meditation Retreat

Having just completed a silent meditation retreat in Bali, I step back into the world of chatter, traffic and super connectivity. What better way to start typing again than by sharing my personal experience with all you Soul Sanctuaries blog readers. Since I do like to talk a bit (ok a lot!) in everyday life, most of my friends focused on the hilarious thought of me being quiet for one week. Let me tell you, that’s the luxurious part.

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Meditation and the monkey mind in Bali

 

I had the pleasure of  recently interviewing a great guy who completed his third meditation retreat with a wonderful organization called Bali Usada meditation. Having participated in these meditation retreats myself, I was excited to hear his thoughts on the retreat.

How did you hear about Bali Usada and Tapa Brata meditation?

My partner had participated in Tapa Brata I twice.

Why did you decide to attend yourself?

I wanted to widen my perspective on life.

And what did you find?

Something very different than I expected (smile). It was not a simple, unguided meditation. I discovered a way to heal myself, both physically and emotionally.

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Your 2012 Spiritual Guide to Bali

“Beyond our individual Soul is the One, just being in this timeless moment, right now, right here.” Ram Dass

At Soul Sanctuaries it’s our mission to offer authentic healing experiences and luxury wellness programs so we’re always on the search for gifted healers and practitioners in Asian places such as the mystical island of Bali. We like to know who’s offering gentle cleanses and 5 star detox programs, uncover traditional Balinese healers and be in the know on Bali’s spiritual retreats. Read More