Post Archive - May, 2012

Posts tagged "Meditation Retreats"

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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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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Balancing the Chakras Balinese style at Fivelements

Yesterday I took my blocked and spinning chakras up to the sacred space of Fivelements in Ubud. I was met with a warm and open hearted welcome and immediately felt at one with the elements (pardon the pun!). Set at the foot of the sacred Ayung river in Ubud, Fivelements is eco luxury at its best. Imagine bamboo structures with high tech, minimal impact lighting. I was there to experience a Chakra Balancing session with Balinese healer Pak Dewa. Fivelements base all healing treatments on the Balinese principle of Sekala-Niskala. There is an understanding that we all live equally in two worlds; the conscious or seen world Sekala and the unseen or physic world Niskala. At the beginning of our healing treatment, Pak Dewa called upon a higher divine source to help to facilitate the process.

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When did choosing a yoga class become so complicated?

Once upon a time you just rocked up at your local yoga center (or open yoga shala if you’re lucky and live in Asia) and be guaranteed a good, traditional yoga experience to revitalize body and soul.

These days, even in the mystical island of Bali, it’s sometimes difficult to choose your yoga path. You can find yoga set to techno (not my bag!), hot yoga (for goodness sake don’t mention the B word otherwise you might be sued!) or a copyrighted form of Hatha yoga which centers on balancing on your arms for half the class. And, for those of us who can’t bare to share, private yoga classes.

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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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