Post Archive - April, 2013

Posts tagged "Meditation Asia"

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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Self Healing and Spirituality in Asia

 Yoga and Self-Healing in Bali

self healing retreats

It’s all well and good to go to your yoga class, to do your 20 minute meditation and talk about spirituality..but then you must live it. And here’s the rub. Life isn’t a continual series of Shivasana (much as that sounds highly appealing to me right now!). Life is full of challenges, can be a roller coaster and god damn it if I don’t lose my cool now and again!

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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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One Day Without Shoes Bali Style

Yogi’s gather for One Day Without Shoes

Once upon a time a young entrepreneur named Blake MyCoskie took a life changing trip to Argentina, where he witnessed how devastating it was for youngsters to go without shoes. Not only did they suffer from debilitating diseases but many schools refused them an education unless they came to school wearing shoes. Determined to do something about this, Blake (who knew nothing of the fashion industry) set up his shoe company TOM’s and declared that for every pair of shoes purchased, TOM’s would give away a pair to a child in need. That was 6 years ago and over 1 million pairs of shoes given away later (by Sept 2010).

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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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The gift that keeps on giving

 

Central to our business plan for Soul Sanctuaries is a giving program called ‘Give a Little Soul a Sanctuary’. We believe that it will be the icing on the cake if somebody came to partake in one of our health programs or wellness retreats and not only helped themselves but also benefited someone in need too. A portion of each participants payment will go direct to a child in need. You’ll be able to see how children have benefited in our website widget and our Giving Reports as well as Social Media updates.

Spend a moment to recall the last time you helped someone in need, whether donating funds, time or advice. How did you feel afterwards? Pretty damn good eh. That feeling of universality and love is just like the gift that keeps on giving. Lets see what the guru’s say about this…

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A seaside sound meditation

Soul Sanctuaries will offer world weary individuals the opportunity to meet their inner selves, rejuvenate, detox or simply pamper in luxurious surroundings. We think that, if your budget affords it, you don’t have to deny yourself to meet yourself.Think yoga and meditation with living food and personalized guidance with the additional benefits of Egyptian cotton sheets.

We want to be able to tell our clients that we’ve personally experienced all our wellness retreats. Authenticity is key. Sometimes locations fall short but this weekend we experienced the most magical sanctuary imaginable. Read on… Read More

Is it my ego or does this Yoga Retreat suck?

Part of our work in developing Soul Sanctuaries is to seek out amazing off the beaten track havens where we can send guests or run one of our signature Soul Retreats in the near future. So we packed our bags and headed off to a possible sanctuary in the misty mountains in Bali.

Location, tropical wilderness (check)

Greeting on arrival, warm and friendly (check)

Accommodation, luxurious, nice energy and peaceful (check)

Cuisine, mediocre and a bit disorganized

Spa Treatments, automotron comes to mind? When did a soft Javanese massage become a shiatsu?

Yoga class (advance apologies to anyone who thinks my ego got the better of me here but this class was awful, hilarious and a bit dangerous for your health at the same time!)

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