I’m on my way back from spending two glorious weeks in Bali (Indonesia) where I led a 10-day retreat for an amazing group of clients.
When I am in Bali, I am much more strongly connected to spirit, to universal energy, and to my intuition. And on this trip, my intuition has told me that I will be leading only one more retreat here in the next two years.
Knowing this made this most recent time in Bali that much more special.
As a gesture of gratitude for all the gifts that I have received in my time here, I wanted to share with you what the Balinese culture has taught me is most important.
GIFTS FROM BALI
1. NOW / BE PRESENT
All that matters is the present moment.
2. SPIRIT / GOD
There is life force energy in everything. And the Balinese unconditionally equate this energy with God.
In Trees and Flowers.
In each Breath.
In Food and Water.
3. FAMILY / GENEROSITY
Take care of your elders.
Nourish and love your children.
Help others who need support.
4. CONNECTION / INTEGRATION
Prioritize giving reverence to your connection with God, Nature, and Family.
(If you do not feel comfortable using the word God, substitute Universe, Spirit, the Divine, or another term that aligns with your belief system.)
5. BALANCE (Yin and Yang)
Acknowledge — and do not deny — there is both good and bad (or positives and negatives) in you.
Support balance of universal energies of yin and yang in your daily life and practices.
(Hint: the vast majority of us living and working in the modern world need more “yin” – more flow, more freedom, more space to breathe and be.)
6. DON’T WORK TOO HARD
As one of my dear Balinese friends said:
“I have too much going on. If I don’t write it down, I forget. I get stressed.”
(That was a wake up call for me. How about you? Are you unnecessarily attached to being busy for the sake of being busy? Or are you unnecessarily attached to producing more and making more money when in truth you are seeking more meaning and connection in your life?)
FREEDOM AND JOY
When you put together a culture that openly shares and consistently upholds these priorities, you have healthier, happier human beings and a more sustainable natural environment. Bali is a rare gem in the rough modern world – with a culture that is bursting with connection and contentment. It generates a vibrant sense of freedom and joy – what most of us crave.
As you may know, my vision is to cultivate a movement of more sustainable ways of living and working. When I teach you simple practices to slow down, be more present, and enjoy life more, the result is greater freedom and productivity at work and at home. Immersing yourself in the Balinese culture is like taking yourself for a tune-up…and sometimes when you are here you get a few parts repaired or replaced*. (*Figuratively, of course. And they often relate to your mindset and expectations.)
NEXT (and final?) BALI RETREAT
The size of the retreat group in Bali is intentionally kept small so that I can give lots of individual attention to each person. And priority is given to current and past clients.
On this retreat that just wrapped up on Sunday, each morning I led the group through yoga and meditation, sharing with them a framework for understanding how life force energy flows in the body – and how the balance of that energy in their body affects them emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, socially, and physically. Each member of the group also received one on one coaching and Reiki from me, supporting their individual breakthroughs and positive transformation. (Note: Reiki is a form of energy healing said to be of spiritual origin.)
If you know you want to be a part of the next transformational and healing spiritual retreat with me in Bali, let me know now by replying to this email.
MORE FREEDOM & JOY NOW
If you can’t wait for Bali, and you want to know how you can experience more freedom and joy in the present, reply to this email and we will find a few minutes to talk about your situation.