Surrender Diaries: Week 10

So this week the retreat finished on Tuesday. It was an intense experience, waking at 4 am each morning and then being in the meditation hall at 4;30 for sitting meditation before chanting and then leading the mindful yoga practice. As I was a facilitator volunteer on the retreat I was not fully in silence.… READ MORE

Surrender Diaries: Week 9

So this week I surrendered to my impulse to go and volunteer my services at the Wat Kow Tham monastery to help with their Vipassana retreat.

I was unsure if I wanted to do this, and then I realised that I would also live to have the opportunity to go inward and retreat. So I said yes, and on Sunday I showed up for my duties.

And So I have been here, leading the yoga sessions at 5:15 each morning. Current attendees come from around the world, mostly Europeans, and although they started out at about twenty people, now it’s day 4 (of the seven day retreat) and there are about half left.

Each day there the bell rings at 4am, and at 4:30 sitting meditation begins. From then it is sitting, walking (meditation) sit, walk, sit walk, along with a few insrtuctions and dhamma talks from the Thai Buddhist monkt who is leading this retreat.

Of course a meditation retreat is the perfect environment to practice surrender, because each and every moment during the meditation sessions, you work with the mind, watching the thoughts, watching the breath, and being present to what arises. READ MORE

Museflower Retreat, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Museflower Retreat, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Museflower Retreat is a beautiful and peaceful spa and wellness retreat in Northern Thailand, about a half hours drive from Chiang Rai. I was lucky enough to spend a few days there recently after finishing my yoga teacher training in Koh Phangan.

Me with founder Tania Ho in front of the Soul Food Corner Dining Room
Founder of Museflower, Tania Ho, is passionate about aromatherapy and flower essences, including the famous Bach flower therapies, hence the name Museflower. In her previous incarnation Tania was a manager for a number of luxury spas in Asia, so she was able to put her years of experience to good use in creating Museflower. Rather than creating something that was beyond the means of many people, Tania really wanted to create a haven for retreat and relaxation that was accessible to most people and I think she has been successful in this mission. READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Healing belief systems and patterns with Erika Johansson

INTERVIEW: Healing belief systems and patterns with Erika Johansson

Erika Johansson is a Theta Healer based in Bali, Indonesia, where she works from Taksu Spa in Ubud.

I caught up with Erika to speak about how Theta Healer can help clear the subconscious blocks that stop us from being aligned with our highest good. I speak to Erika about surrendering to the flow of life and how the Theta Healing process can help this to happen. READ MORE

Surrender Diaries: Week 7

Surrender Diaries: Week 7

I have completed the Samma Karuna 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. The graduation party was last night. I wore by t-shirt of a blue butterfly with a white background that my Mum gave to me, which is a blue butterfly on a white background. The symbol of transformation is a good one for wearing at this graduation.

This was week four of the training, and I found that I was more in surrender in most of the classes than I have been during the rest of the weeks. Perhaps because my body mind was becoming used to the gruelling spiritual routine of up at 5;30 for some work or youtube listening before meditation at 7:15, followed by yoga, followed by non stop classes throughout the day until finish at 7pm when it is already dark here in the tropics. READ MORE

Surrender Diaries: Week 6

Surrender Diaries: Week 6

This week I have been more present than last. I am thinking it is because I am more surrendered in general to the rhythm of being in this military regime of classes starting at 7:15am and ending at 7pm each night.

Monday was the community dinner here at Samma Karuna. I brought my guitar and after dinner a spontaneous jam session emerged, with an English / Polish guy and an Isreali guy taking turns on my guitar as we all sang songs together. An amazing positive energy arises when people allow themselves to fully express. It is like their love comes straight out of them in the form of song and everyone is automatically united and comes into the oneness consciousness. I felt so much love and connection and was totally surrendered in this moment. A strong feeling of relaxation of the ego mind and of control. READ MORE

Follow Your Joy to Align with Your True Self

Follow Your Joy to Align with Your True Self

How many moments of joy did you experience?

What if living a fulfilling and enriching and wondrous life was much easier than you think?

What if, actually, it is the thoughts themselves – the overthinking, that was what was getting in the way of your following your joy?

I have been tracking my Surrender levels over the past five weeks or so, with the intention of discovering more about when I am in the flow of life and when I am out of it – stuck in the eddies of the stream so to speak. Snagged on a stick.

And the thing I have noticed, that whenever there is too much energy in my mind, and I am thinking too much, usually I am stuck on a stick. This is when I can easily get involved with the constant commentary of the mind and then lose my presence. READ MORE

Surrender Update: Week 5

Surrender Update: Week 5

So, this week has been interesting.

Sunday I spent mostly in my favourite cafe here, the Art Cafe, where I did some work for a yoga retreat client and read a book on Energy Healing by Silvia Haartman. I was very happy because 1. It was the day off and 2. I was in a beautiful place doing things I love to do.

Then Monday during the training, my mind was mostly quiet, and it was OK with being in the classes. The commentary was not too loud. By about Wednesday though, it was screaming at me in some of the asana classes.

Please. get me outta here. it was saying. ‘I don’t want any more of this stupid asana bullshit. Enough already. Let’s go back to that cafe where it’s beautiful and quiet and eat some of that yummy banana cake.’ READ MORE