Surrender Diaries: Week 3

Surrender Diaries: Week 3

So, I arrived in Koh Phagnan Wednesday night after leaving Melbourne at 1am Wednesday morning and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 6:30. At 11:30, after sending out my email about the Global Yogi Community, I got a flight to Surat Thani, on the Thai peninsula and the jump off point for the islands of Koh Phagnan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao. 

I have had a feeling for a long time that I needed to come back and visit Koh Phagnan for some time now. And I finally surrendered to this feeling, and booked my ticket and well, here I am.

As soon as I got onto the big slow boat here from the Surat Thani pier, I felt I was on my way home. This island feels like home to me. As as the boat motored gently across the waters I was slowly lulled to sleep by the rocking motion over the waves. Surrounded by backpackers and Thai people, I remembered the last time that I had been here, back in 2013, a few months after I had been here with my amour fou, the lover I thought was the man-of-my-dreams. The one who I waved goodbye to from the boat when I was heading off to Bali after two very short weeks with him, uncertain of our future but with the feeling that had to continue on my journey to go to the Bali Spirit Festival. READ MORE

Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

Have you ever wondered if perhaps there was an easier way to live? If perhaps you are paralysed by indecision in your life, not knowing whether to take this or that path, and so you end up stuck in your head, thinking about it? I know I have experienced this many times.

Generally, when we are thinking too much, clarity in our decisions will not arise, instead it will move further out of our reach.

I recently read an amazing book called The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. It had the subtitle: My Journey to Life’s Perfection. If that is not an alluring title, I don’t know what is!

I read this book on my Kindle reader on my phone in just a couple of days. It was that compelling. I just couldn’t put it down.

This is basically Michael Singer’s life story. He begins when he is in his twenties, studying economics at the university of Florida. He is hanging out with a friend one day when he asks the friend –

“Have you ever noticed that there’s this voice talking inside your head?” READ MORE

Breathe out Fear, Breathe in Love

Breathe out Fear, Breathe in Love

Do you feel like you have tried everything but that some stuck patterns keep on repeating in your life?

I have been practicing yoga and meditation for over ten years, and also teaching them for a few years, but I still have some persistent areas in my life where stuck patterns make it difficult to move forward. Though I love Vipassana meditation for its illuminating clarity with regards to the workings of the human mind, and I adore yoga as a practice of unifying and harmonising body, mind and soul – sometimes you need something extra to release deeply stuck emotions.

It is how we feel about things that really makes a difference. We might be living the life of our dreams on paper, but if we don’t actually feel good inside that life, it doesn’t matter how great it looks from the outside. READ MORE

Anxiety: What it is and how to transform it

Anxiety: What it is and how to transform it

What is behind anxiety?

In its essence, anxiety is the result of attachment to thoughts. It means we are living more in our head than our body, and that we are not really in the present moment. As Eckhart Tolle says, in the present moment, there are no problems. Problems lie in the past and in the future (thinking about what you may have should have could have done in the past and worrying about what you should or could to to create a desired future.)

Anxiety though, can also be a wakeup call, that you have somehow slipped off your path in life, and that you are not being true to your heart’s desire. In my case I think this is a part of why the anxiety has shown up right at this moment. It’s the universe giving you a nudge: hey, what are you doing? What happened to that thing you said you were going to do? READ MORE

INTERVIEW: Sound Healer Swami Arun, Bali

INTERVIEW: Sound Healer Swami Arun, Bali

I interviewed Swami Arun, who is a sound healer working with Tibetan bowls and gongs who has been giving classes and sessions at The Yoga Barn in Bali for the past ten years. He currently offers four classes a week as well as private sessions and teacher trainings. READ MORE

How to Work with Your Mind to Let Go of Attachments

How to Work with Your Mind to Let Go of Attachments

I picked up one of the free books last time I was at the monastery, called “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” by Buddhist monk Ajahn Amaro. I had been staying a week and in just one week I had had a couple of contentious episodes with the head monk. Firstly for my wearing leggings (I thought that… READ MORE

IGNITE: Five Core Attitudes and goals of a Yoga Practice

IGNITE: Five Core Attitudes and goals of a Yoga Practice

My word for March is Ignite. What are you igniting this month? What fire is burning in your soul that wants to be expressed? How does it want to be expressed? What form does it want to take? What poem is being whispered deep into your heart to find expression in your life? When I… READ MORE