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Retreat and Relax

We are coming closer to the middle part of the year. And since almost half a year has passed, I’d like to talk about Retreat and Relax cause between now and August is a great time to do both!

Why?

Cause we’re going into summer time in the northern hemisphere and winter time in the northern hemisphere. Both are great times to take it easy – whether to be more playful, or to take a reflective rest. 

Cause it’s the school holidays for those of you with little ones, still in school, or teaching at a school.

Cause it’s a good time to take a break, recalibrate, and gather energy to head towards the second half of the year :).

I believe that our beings are made up of a mind, a body, and a soul and that all 3 parts form a balanced trinity that make up our ultimate healthy, beautiful, amazing self. Unfortunately, most of the time, we pay more attention to 1 aspect of the trinity and neglect the others.

For example, in this crazy fast-paced world, often times, we only stop and take sick days from work when we are physically very sick. It’s rare that we stop and take a sick day when we’re just mentally exhausted. And that is not quite right cause a mental exhaustion impairs our ability to perform as much as a physical ailment. Luckily, our body is a very intelligent being, and normally we are just so exhausted that we take off days for the sake of our sanity and well-being.


Here’s an idea: don’t wait till your body sounds an alarm to take a break.

 

When was the last time you take a break from your life and really allow your mind, body, and soul to rest? When was the last time you go on a retreat?

Ever since I made my mental health and well-being a priority a few years ago, I started taking a retreat yearly and that is one of my greatest ways to stay balanced and to be reminded of the greater picture in my life. Some retreats led me to a journey of wonder and magic, like this one. Some reminded me why it is important to unplug from the world from time to time (as I wrote in my old post here).

So folks, if any part of you wishing you were taking a break somewhere else or if you’re wishing to retreat and relax, don’t hesitate. Make the time. Open your calendar and book the time and start making all necessary reservations.

Commit to honoring this time-off as much as you commit to your work cause your health and well being is extremely important and should be a priority in your life.


Now, if you’re interested to go on a retreat and don’t know where to start or where to look for one, you can join me and a bunch of friends at Glow in Thailand by Social Zen Retreats.e-flyer of Glow in Thailand retreat

My friends and I will be holding a retreat in August in the beautiful Koh Samui! Your days will be filled with Yoga, Meditation, Dancing, Great nutritious food, Pool time, and time to connect with the beauty of the island. Head over here to read all the details about Glow in Thailand!

I am extremely excited about facilitating Yoga and meditation in this retreat and I would be sooper excited if you could join us! It would be really awesome to share this beautiful retreat with you!

 

I hope you you give yourself a chance to retreat and relax and I hope you get to reconnect with your true self.

Good vibes,

PS: share with me stories and photos of your trip! I would love to hear about it!

Health is Gold

I recently got a big reminder to rest and embrace life through being sick. I think I was down for a good week plus. I realized it was something that already started in late January when I was in Myanmar. But I guess I was too stubborn to rest. Whenever I got slightly better, I jumped onto the next thing and unknowingly never fully recovered from it.

LEARNING TO BE SICK AND TO REST

My god, I haven’t been that sick for a while. I was so out of it that all I wanted to do was to sleep and sleep and sleep.

In the beginning I actually felt bad for being sick. And I realized that I had always felt guilty when I was sick. I can’t remember the last time I was sick and not feeling bad, cause in my mind there was always some work to do, some tasks to complete.

When was the last time you were sick and really rested without feeling guilty or feeling like you have to rush your recovery cause there are tasks to be completed?

I had problem resting even when I had no task and no boss to answer. I guess my mind’s been framed by society that being sick is not right. Taking time to rest is not right, cause well, you ain’t meeting your KPI while resting! (such a first world problem isn’t it?).

Realizing that wasn’t right, I learned to rest, to not do anything and just sleep and just gave what my body needed. Slowly, I really rested actually enjoyed it. No more guilt for being sick!

ALLOWING LIFE TO HAPPEN

In the period I was sick I also realized that I haven’t been fully accepting the slower pace of life. Subconsciously, I was still in the same rat race that I just left behind. So instead of taking Universe’s lead and letting things unfold, I was already anxious and agitated to start doing things again cause it felt wrong to not do anything.

I realized that I got so many ideas in my head for things to do, (which was great!) but what wasn’t right was part of the motivation was the feeling that it was wrong to not be busy. Interesting isn’t it; I’ve been molded by this life to think that constant busy-ness is the right way to go, when it actually isn’t. Back when I worked hard I complained that I had no life. And here I am, having anxiety for actually having a life! Hah!

So with that, I started embracing life. Started embracing the slower pace of life. Started being more grateful that I actually have the privilege of having a slower life. Started appreciating all the other little things that I had not appreciated. And life looks much rosier now :).

PRIORITIZING HEALTH

So this period has been a wake up call to put my health as a priority and take control again on living a healthy life. And to get back to that healthier lifestyle, I just have to put in a little more work.

My environment and my life has completely changed. It was much easier living a healthy life in Singapore. Since I moved, I’ve been eating less nutritiously, the environment is less healthy, and I exercise a lot less.health-quote-small

I took the first step of doing health checkups to see where I am in my health. And I’m paying more attention on how to maintain a good health in all aspects of my life.

Turns out that I have developed a hypersensitivity to dust, smoke and pollution (which is kinda hard to avoid in the big cities of Indonesia – Tho I’m thankful to live in an area that still have pretty good air and I can still have my morning walks). So this means an adjustment to do more indoor exercises and be diligent in doing that. Plus, a quest of finding the next city to live that has a better air quality.

I’ve also consulted a nutritionist to learn all the good plant based nutrients I need in my diet. 99% of people here are huge meat & seafood eater. So finding healthy vegetable option outside can be a little bit difficult sometimes. (I ate kangkong for 3 days in a row when I was in Lombok cause most places didn’t have any other plant option. THAT ain’t healthy #talesofavegetarianinIndonesia). Most food here has tons of MSG and lots of salt. So the solution is to cook more at home. That way I can also make sure I get more nutrients.

On top of that, I’m continuing to maintain a healthy well-being through my daily meditation and art.

I still believe in living life naturally. I believe that the garden is my beauty shop and my pharmacy. I still love Jamu and natural healing as much. And I would love to share about them one day. So I’m taking baby steps towards that. I think I’m given this time to take care of my health also as a way for me to learn more about the amazing qualities of plant medicines. That being said, I still think western medicines are important. I just believe that we can maintain our health more naturally rather than relying on man-made chemical aid :).

So stay healthy and may the force be with you.
[I watched 6 Star Wars movies when I was sick. So I’m in total Jedi mode now.]