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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!


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!

When it Rains…

Back when I was still an IT auditor, when we analyzed client’s processes, we got this thing we called WCGW. It stands for “What Could Go Wrong”. We would list out the WCGWs, see the risks, and make sure there are processes in place to mitigate the risks.

Well, life is not that neat. And lately it seems that all my WCGWs went pouring down at me in glorious thunderstorms. And I am walking around in a large open field.

Like my body, for instance – she has just been going through changes. My stomach seems to start a life of her own. First she was eating like she was constantly famished. Often my brain went “hey stomach, you know that you’re eating for a petite 5’1’’ body, right?” And of course she didn’t listen. Later, this was followed by days of weird stomach upsets. (Don’t get me started on the excretion).

It continues.

My body is changing by the day. Everyday I would look at myself in the mirror and see a new body. I am getting wider in some of the areas’ circumference. This changes my body into a new shape. I feel like this happens every time I look into the mirror. And to be honest, this was and still is a lil bit disconcerting.

My right knee has been aching.
And yesterday I hit my own achilles tendon with my garage door in the most foolish way. I pulled my door behind me, slowly, and I just hit myself with it. *shakes head.

And my dreams! Oh my dreams. Last night I dreamed that I had a skin disease with pustules all over my face and body. And the pus, when leaked, spreads in the most disgusting way, creating root like shapes. OH WHY?

And it gets better.

I just bought some beads from a seller in Bali and I gave him the wrong house number.  I have lived in this house since I was 11. How did that happen?! I don’t know. I couldn’t even believe I could give a wrong address.

Oh and I bought my dad the wrong flight ticket for one of his flights.

Oh and tonight was just filled with hourss of figuring out why my site and my email at metavashti.com didn’t work. As of now, they both still don’t work. So I’m sending this letter from my gmail to show that I am human and I don’t have it all figured out – (computer stuffs are super complex). Plus, I don’t really care at this point. I can go back and fix it some other time.

Cause tonight I reached a point where I said “THIS IS ENOUGH”.

The key to life is how we handle situations.

The rain can pour as heavy as the rain wants, but that shouldn’t stop us from dancing and doing cartwheels. And there is music in every droplet of rain, so if we close our eyes and feel the rain, we might just hear it. 

So I stopped, closed all my web browsers, turned on some Coldplay and started dancing. (Yes, dance is really my answer to everything).

To my body that’s constantly changing, I say, well, the only constant thing in life is change. So I’m gonna introduce myself and get to know you, my dearest body, over and over again, every single day.

To all the weird accidents I got, well, this is just a reminder to be mindful and extra present in life.

To the wrong ticket, the wrong address, the domain names and failed email, I say, borrowing the words of Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable. I will figure everything out, as I always do.

And to all the dreams and the weird aches, I think my body is just getting rid of the pus on the physical, subconscious, and all other levels, so I’m just gonna enjoy this detox.

What happens when it rains?
People stop. 

They might stop to take shelter for a lil bit.
The might stop for a second, startled by the rain, looked up, and then ran from it.
Cars slow down.
People indoors stop to look out of the window.

Everything just slows down.

So yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of these little annoyances, but it’s nice to be able to laugh at them and see them as reminders to slow down.

In the middle of the excruciating pain, I couldn’t stop laughing when I hit my own ankle with that door, purely from the foolishness of the act. My mom and I laughed so hard when I bought the wrong ticket for my dad cause by that time we were just both so tired and delirious.

Shits happen and they can be really funny.

So Meta, what’s the forecast on your side of the woods? 
If you have rain, I hope there’s lots of rainbows and some light in the horizon.

Screw the umbrella and just dance in the rain!

With rainbows,

Let’s Dance

Recently, I’ve been reminded of the magic of dance.

Last week, I talked to a mandala artist for a writing assignment. Our conversations revolved around life and how he sees it as a dance. When he referred to it as “a Dance called Life,” I was reminded of my first ever blog, also titled “this Dance called Life”, that I set it up in 2004 – the early days of blogging. (It’s actually still up and running on this massive world wide web. So if you’re intrigued, I welcome you to find it :D.)

A few days ago, I went to watch a performance put up by my old dance mates – these are the girls that I learned ballet with from the age of 5 – 14 or 15. They put up a performance as a tribute to my late teacher in the theater I performed many many times when I was young. Watching the performance brought back so many memories.

Life reminded me of my love for dance and how I relate to things through my body and movement. Movement has been an integral part of my life that has taught me so many lessons.

My early ballet classes really taught me about discipline and hard work. The early performances taught me to breathe and calm the nerves, step into the lights and perform like no one is watching. It also taught me to let go and completely trust my body to remember every movement.

Later in LASALLE, I learned about being part of the company and that dance is really a group effort. A dancer who is technically brilliant is not going to look good on stage if he/she doesn’t match the group’s energy.

I’ve also experienced so many magical moments on stage. There were many times when excitement and higher forces just took over and I became the movement and the character. There were moments where the energy of my dance mates and I became one and I could sense everyone on stage as we move together as one.

And for me, life is really one big dance.

Living is about following the inertia of the movement, allowing the energy to finish its extension before pulling the movement to go into a different direction.

There are a lot of allegros as well as adagios in life. We just have to follow the pace and be flexible.

There are many moments where you have to get on stage and step into the light, despite how nerve-wrecking it feels. There are moments when you have to wait backstage cause no matter how eager you are, it’s really not your turn yet.

We’re all really connected as one big company. Physicality doesn’t stop the connection. One person excelling is not going to make the whole thing look better. With each of our expertise, we have to move as one company. And the energy we put up, affects others.

And that there’s so much we can learn from our body if we just listen to it.

So, You, if you never dance, give it a try. If you have been dancing, never stop.

I haven’t been taking classes lately cause I just haven’t been inspired to do so. But that doesn’t stop me from moving. Dance to me is the solution to everything. When I’m sad, I move. When I’m happy, I move. When I need to be inspired, I move. When I need to wake up in the morning, I move. And so I continue moving on my own.

I am trained in a lot of things. I can do ballet, I can do contemporary, I can do jazz, I can do a bit of salsa and a bit of samba. But You, I’m an expert in Crazy dance – it’s the kind of dance where you say “to hell with form and alignment and steps” and move as however your body wants to move.

So I’d like to encourage you to do your own version of Crazy dance wherever you are. I promise you it will boost your mood, raise your heart rate, and release any tension that you may have from stress. Plus it reminds you to not ever take life so seriously, cause after all, life is just a dance.

So, shall we dance?