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Published: April 24th 2018
For the next few blogs I am going to blog my experience this past week to share with you but also like anything else that I write about, it is a memory to remember through words and photos 😉
My mind has always been busy, it never stops, I can never relax, even on my sleep. My mind is always going and going and going and I can’t meditate. Lately it has been really hard for me to put the breaks on and relax and enjoy the moment. My attention spam is almost zero as Im already gone while I am here. I’m not really sure where that comes from. Part of it is because my guardian Orisha is Obatala. Also being a chef that travels from place to place and that is in permanent movement has a huge contribution to this state of mind…
At this time of my life I decided to dig deeper into my inner self guided by specific tools that I am interested on at this particular moment which I also know and I am aware that might change as I move along the way.
I started this journey by nurturing my body,
which is very easy for me: Exercise, practicing yoga and choosing carefully what I eat is like 2nd nature for me. I have been learning the poses for Vinyasa yoga for about a year and finally I can do a complete flow on my own. Also I feel that a healthy plant based diet makes my body feel really good and I work better. But I needed to take it to the next level. I needed to work in my mind.
Between jobs I decided to take a few retreats in different places in Asia and explore the tools available to relax my busy mind and focus on myself.
The retreat : OM HAM
The first stepping stone was booking a week at a unique holistic center in Bali. I chose a Restore and Renew package that offered to “Revive my spirit with Kundalini Tantra Yoga, enjoy healthy food and they vegan restaurant, indulge my eyes with the views of rice terraces, replenish at the spa and relax and unwind by the swimming pool”.
I all sounded great! My package included 2 Yoga sessions, 1 spa treatment and 1 meditation session at night and healthy food
I had a consultation with the restaurant manager on my arrival and together we created a menu that fulfilled my expectations and added a green detox juice in the morning, herbal revitalizing teas during the day and a calming tea before bed. Talking to him, pretty soon I discovered his knowledge in plant based food and organized a one-one work shop in Balinese healing foods and ingredients, which I will blog about separately.
The retreat is located in Ubud, Bali which is known as a perfect place to disconnect from the pace of life and reconnect with your inner spirit in a highly energized natural environment by allowing its energy to flow over you to refresh your body, mind and soul.
I have been in Bali countless times for my underwater photography and have quickly passed through Ubud to pick up some of the amazing wood carvings for the house and for a long time thought Ubud is just where tourist go shop. Well, I never stayed long enough to discover this magical and healing side of Ubud. Ubud is packed with art, vegan and vegetarian restaurants in stunning settings serving foods for the soul,
yoga studios, spirit and healing workshops, spas left and right and much more. People from all over the world come with similar personal quests to mine and its just amazing to stop and share with compatible energies. It is the perfect place to unwind. It is located in the middle of Bali known as the island of the Gods and is highly energetic.
I received a welcome ritual ceremony at my arrival that was a symbolic letting go of the past by washing my feet with different salts, galangal, ginger and lemon and inhaling cleansing aromas to open up my spirit and body to new and fresh energies and thoughts. I also received another ceremony for my farewell. And a gift that included natural body products from the spa and much more.
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