What is the meaning of life if we only have the surface experience?
This is a good time for a change!
“All emotion, even those that are suppressed have physical effect. Unexpressed emotion tend to stay in the body like a small ticking time bomb — they are illness in incubation.” Marilyn Van Derbur
Are you ready for weekend release this month?
We start to realize the condition of our mind. We start to recognize how our mind is very busy and fast. Within this condition, it’s hard for us to be focus even to feel relax. Thus, many problem appears such as anxiety, worries, stress or even frustration. When the mind is feeling agitated, the body become agitated. It’s hard for us to feel good in our body.
Most of the time we ask ourselves “what is love?” Do you now what love is?
Love, truly is very very very quiet.
The true knowledge (about love) arise when you give it (first) to yourself. Love, is not about someone else. Love is all about you (you, you and yourself). In order to know this, you must give love to yourself.
“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” – Marianne Williamson. As we watched the pieces of our life stories fading away, we are preparing for the dawn of a new age, the age at which the life is said to begin.
We are like a butterflies preparing to break free from the chrysalis into the light, ready to spread our wings and feel what it is to be free, a freedom that is born from a deep realization in this healing journey.
The catalyst for this journey of introspection was the breaking of our hearts. Our hearts that was hardened from many old wounds, scars from turbulent past. The hearts that was shattered with an astounding glory that it felt as though it will remain forever broken and disconnected from ourselves, the wonder of the delusional thoughts that live inside each and every one of us.
As we watch the pieces of our hardened heart crumble to dust, we keep learning to understand and find something buried deep within. A consciousness that we had never before felt or experienced. The understanding of the consciousness by witnessing the feelings, the pain, the fear.
We have dealt with the previous pain, fear and anxiety by suppressing this extreme feelings or distracting ourselves with work, parties and avoiding of time alone. This time, in this retreat, is going to be different. Instead of suppressing the feelings, we will allow ourselves just to be.
These feelings that want to arise, will arise. And we will learn to recognize them and let them be. The feelings that will make us understand who we really are and rejuvenate our hearts. Heal the hearts and allow us to reborn within this life time.
Within the process we will learn and prove to ourselves that no fear is greater than the strength we have within us. And our life will never be the same. We will dive into ourselves and dig up all we had buried, in every skeleton and every corner of our joints. Look face-on at the parts of ourselves that we love by opening, understanding and healing every wounds we had ever allowed ourselves to carry.
We will walked ourselves through each memories and let us learn knowledge from them. For each and every situation we learn to observed and accept the responsibilities for all parts in all situations. We will learn to sit with our understanding of emotion, not judging or criticizing, just observing and allowing it to just be.
Within this week of retreat, we will begin our journey and bring calmness and sense of peace to our experience. Each shining path of the enlightenment will come to us as we learn about ourselves layers by layers, and we will find ourselves to be more present and living in the moment. The powerful energy from places we visit and the energy from our healing center will induce the healing process, renew ourselves, and give us protection when we return home.
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Yoga Shala Umah Shakti
The retreat will be held at Umah Shakti Yoga, home for the hearts that crave to explore, learn and experience life mindfully. Our healing center is located in the heart of Sanur city, a peaceful house compound surrounded by gardens and family temples that protect our home. The surrounding energy is cleanse daily to maintain the purity and create strong rail of protection for us to live, and to practice our spiritual journey.
At our family temples we connect to our ancestors who protect us through life, at the same time gain knowledge and guidance to solve obstacles we face in this reality; mentally and physically. Our home and the Island of Bali possessed unique vibrancy that powerfully support our journey of hearts.
Daily Meditation, Pranayama and Gentle Asana Yoga
When we first hear about meditation or pranayama or asana yoga, many of us think that it is something complicated, something we cannot do or don’t have time for or something reserved for only certain types of people. The truth is, when we finally make time to do it, we may understand that it’s something we can do and will help us to understand ourselves better. All of these practice is aiming to help us become more relax. We will learn to allow our mind to rest, while the body is having time to heal. We will learn to connect our body and our mind and synchronize the language that might be lost between the two parts.
Healing Breath & Trauma Release Therapy
“You think freedom is something you can take of give? Freedom is just as essential as air, and without it, there is no life. There is only darkness.” – Guru Lahima.
As we breathe every day, we might think that our breath is something that is not so special. Thus, we have taken advantages of our breath. We never think of the breath during our daily life, cos we think there are many more things that is more important than the breath such as work or money. We don’t realize that without breathing, there is no life.
Through this practice we will learn a technique to approach our feelings with our breath. We will learn to understand and differentiate the complicated relation between emotion and feelings itself. We learn that emotion is something in the surface, while the deep within lied down feelings that we never touch, or even want to see. When we understand truly about how we feel, we will know what we want, thus we know what we should do in this life. Following the true desire and hidden talents that we always have. We may finally do things we love and find happiness in this life.
More about Healing Breath here.
Practice making offering and Balinese Purification
In Balinese tradition, each of the purification required offerings that is made with natural material such as coconut leaves, flowers and fruits. The making process of this banten (the offerings in Balinese language) is as sacred as the purification process itself. Each of the offering represent the connection our our life and what is the goal of our life. Connecting each relation with the energy of the Paramatma Sang Hyang Widhi who inhabit each of our soul and give direction in this life.
The offering will be made by each of us (participants) with the direction from the assistant of the priest, who will led the purification ceremony. On the purification process we will use the banten that we have made. Purification ceremony is not only to cleanse the physical body, but also to enlighten the mental body. Create tranquility and peace in the mind also feelings of contentment in the heart.
Visit to the Biggest Botanical Garden on the island
We will visit a large tropical botanic park located in the central of the island, about 56 km from Denpasar area. This park is place for botanical research, conservation, recreation and education. It provide a place where we can relax in a beautiful and peaceful surround while learning about the function of the plants in our daily life. The park provides vast cool space to enjoy and meditate, also to practice yoga asana under the trees. This one day is going to be “back to nature” day for all of us!
Balinese Purification (Melukat)
Melukat is the ceremony that is spiritually purification the mind and the soul. This ceremony only carried out in the good day in it’s tradition. Purifying spiritually means a process to remove bad influence or klesa (Balinese term). Klesa translated as “dirty”, there are four klesas which are: Awidya (soul darkness that is come from egoist), Asmitha (attachment & craving), Dvesa (rejection and hatred) and Abhinivesa (fear). As this klesa always exist in human, the ceremony helps to reduce the klesa in the mind realm, thus can help the person to feel to calm and peaceful.
The first purification will take place at our home perform with the priest and the second purification will perform at the ocean. We believe that one of the most powerful source to cleanse ourselves is the ocean at dawn.
Art and Expression
One view of emotional expression in art is that, “It is proceeded by an excitement from a vague cause about which is a person uncertain and therefore they become anxious. This person then proceed to express their feeling and ideas through words or paint or stone, something they can create and they love to do, to clarify them and achieve the release of a tension.”
Instead of reflecting states of the external world, art is held to reflect the inner state of a person. At least, seems to be implicit in the core meaning of “expression” as the outer manifestation of an inner state. Through art, we will closer to ourselves. We allow the idea to be projected and manifest these ideas into the reality.
During the retreat you will be staying at Griya Ayu Inn, located 5 minutes walk from our center. Standard room facilities: Garden view, smoking/ non-smoking, balcony/ terrace, air conditioning, hot shower, writing desk, seating area, swimming pool and garden.
This retreat is limited to 10 participants so book early to avoid disappointment!
The length of the complete healing retreat program is 5 days/ 6 nights: Monday, 8 Oct 2018 to Friday, 13 October 2018. You will be check in at Griya Ayu Inn on Monday, 8 Oct 2018 and check out on Saturday, 14 October 2018.
What’s Not included?
It is written in yoga sutra that we start our practice in yoga because we want something in ourselves to change. We believe that yoga can give us the true path to that changes we expected to have. One of the path to change our life and change our karmic circle.
Let’s start our practice today!
When sickness manifest in some part of the body, this might be related to some blockages (opening or closing) of the chakras. A blockage in one primary chakras causes imbalance to the rest of the chakras. This blockages can be overwhelming and in some cases causing severe illness and discomfort in the body. That’s why it is important to find out where is the main blockage what cause the blockages. This knowledge in some way can be a helpful guidance to restore the free flow of energy in your body.
ROOT CHAKRA (MULADHARA)
Color: Red | Element: Earth | Location: Base of Spine | Work of wheel: This chakra correspond with basic sense of survival both physical and mental state. Become the foundation that concern about life survival, comfort, safety, shelter and belonging.
When the Root Chakra (Muladhara) is closed or blocked: you feel stuck, slow and sluggish. You experience unrelenting stress due to the belief that you must rely on external circumstances, you may have persistent financial problem and feel that you are less-in-your-ideal-career. This might also because you have been abandoned by your parents, so you feel that you must survive in life and constantly getting by or going without. You might not hate or not satisfy about your body and who you are.
When the Root Chakra (Muladhara) is opened: You have strong connectin with your family and people you care about and loved, as result you feel loved and wanted. You feel like you are belong to where you are. You comfort with your body and feel satisfy about your life. You are confident with money and managing it well, having enough for what you need and what you want.
SACRAL CHAKRA (SVADISTHANA)
Color: Orange | Element: Water | Location: Below the navel become the physical center and looking at the body from head to toe | Work of Wheel: Relates with sexuality and the nature of relationship, freedom of guilt, pleasure, sensations, creativity and joys of life.
When Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana) is blocked or closed: You will find difficulties to allow yourself to feel emotional and have difficulties in your intimate sexuality. You might feel abused, hurt and confused, don’t trust that you can be loved. You have believe that sex is bad, or have belief that you have a bad manner in your sexual acts. You have feeling that you have to be sexy to be loved. You struggle with your healthy self-image. You move from one relationship to another, and desperately trying to find “the one” yet lacking sense that you are worthy of love.
When Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana) is opened: You have strong sense of your sexuality and recognize it as one of your most powerful creative energy. You create a healthy sexual experience with other that honor you and you enjoy pleasure in many different life experience.
SOLAR PLEXUS (MANIPURA) CHAKRA
Color: Yellow | Element: Fire | Location: Above the navel, to inches below the breastbone | Work of wheel: Take care of the relationship with yourself, personal power, self-esteem, self-worth and freedom of shame.
When Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra is closed or blocked: You feel that you are the victim of the world and often feel powerless relative with other people and in many circumstances. You easily give your power away to others as you feel that it is necessary to keep peace in relationship. You will find difficulties to take action in your dreams dues to sense of powerlessness and low self-esteem. In physical body, you might have problem or suffer with stomach pain or stomach anxiety.
When Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra is opened: You have strong sense of your own power and how to decide and make healthy way of living. You admire and appreciate others with power and influence and choose people who support you. You want to use your power to become a good influence in the world.
HEART (ANAHATA) CHAKRA
Color: Green | Element: Air | Location: Center of chest | Work of wheel: relates with understanding of love (both to other and self-acceptance) and spirituality, compassion, emotional zone, power of masculine and feminine of the self and forgiveness.
When Heart (Anahata) chakra is blocked or closed: You are afraid of commitments and have feling that you must please others to be loved. You have been hurt many times in relationship so then you have feeling that you must protect yourself in order not to be hurt again. You have problem with giving and receiving love and being compassionate. You hold grudge (anger and distrust) and become needy in relationships. In physical body, you might experience illness such asthma, skin problem or allergies.
When Heart (Anahata) chakra is opened: You are comfortable in your relationship. You can give and receive love easily, and you feel a heartfelt of gratitude for how wonderful your life is. You appreciate other and feel compassion for yourself and others without feeling sorry for other.
THROAT (VISSUDHI) CHAKRA
Color: Blue | Element: Sound/ Ether | Location: Hollow of throat | Work of wheel: this chakra works as your communication center, your voice and your creative self-expression. Speaking of truth, words come from your willpower, you have ability to listen and being heard.
When the Throat (Vissudhi) Chakra is blocked or closed: You feel afraid to express yourself with your word, you afraid to speak up and say what you feel. You are more comfortable to go along with others so you don’t upset anyone. You feel frustrated because you don’t feel that other people hear what you have to say. In physical body, you may have problem with sore throat and throat problem.
When the Throat (Vissudhi) Chakra is opened: You are comfortable speaking your truth. Others are listening to you and you feel that you are heard and honored for your truth.
THIRD EYE (AJNA) CHAKRA
Color: Indigo/ Blue | Element: Light | Location: Between eyebrows | Work of wheel: Responsible for psychic abilities such as intuition as well as sense of purpose of your life, self-reflection, visualization, discernment and trust your own intuition.
When Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra is blocked or closed: You have problem with finding meaning in life, and often have confusion answering the question of “Why am I here?” You feel disconnected with you intuition, or don’t feel like you have any intuition. You have trouble making decisions and you feel lost when it comes to your spiritual purpose and path in life. You feel frustrated that there is something wrong with you as you feel like other people have this intuition sense and you don’t. In physical body, you feel tension in your brows area and headache in the front part of your head.
When Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra is opened: Your intuition is your constant guide that you trust and act on with confidence. You have a strong sense of your own inner truth and listen to and follow it s it guides you on your life path.
CROWN (SHAHASRARA) CHAKRA
Color: Violet | Element: Thoughts | Location: Top of head | Work of wheel: This is the connection between you and the divine. It is responsible for spirituality, belief system, revelation, divine consciousness and enlightenment. Your brain function and central nervous system are controlled by the crown chakra.
When your Crown Chakra is blocked or closed: You experience loneliness, insignificance and meaningless life. You may feel a strong attachment to material possession and achievements, you often define yourself based on your material belongings and disconnect from spiritual side of life. You feel no connection and no guidance from higher power and often lost with your own delusional thought. You feel unworthy of spiritual help and you are full of anger with your belief that your higher power abandoned you. In physical body, you often suffer from migraines and tension headache.
When your Crown Chakra is opened: You feel connected to higher power and sense that you are being watched over, protected and cared for. You know you deserve immense blessings. you feel immense gratitude for the universal love and appreciation you feel towards yourself and others.
These list of symptoms of blockages can become the primary surface indication for us to learn and to know deeper about ourselves.
Practice yoga in Bali is a perfect experience in our life. The beautiful land of Gods provide powerful source of energy helps our nature to regain and rebuild the life force inside ourselves, including the wheel of life, our chakras.
At the inner core of each of us spin seven wheel energy centers, called chakras. Swirling intersections of vital life force, each chakra reflects an aspect of consciousness essential to our lives. Together the seven chakras form a system for that consciousness enables us to better ourselves — in the mind, body, manner and behavior and finally to enlighten our tradition and culture. This system is a valuable tools for personal and society growth.
Chakras are center of activity for reception, assimilation and transmission of life forces. All of our action and understanding arise and return to this points within ourselves, the chakras, as the core centers form a coordinating networks to our complicate body and mind system. This centers of chakras instinctual behavior to consciously planned strategies from emotional to artistic creations that governs our life, love, learning and illumination. Like the rainbow bridge, our chakras channel between mind and body, spirit and matter, past and future, Heaven and Earth.
The chakras are spoken of both as actual center and metaphor for the way our mind and body work together. It is a metaphoric qualities to express and expand mind, body and spirit focus on a gradual healing of both the inner personal quality and outer society relations, thus finally create an evolution of a human quality.
The chakra system works through many different quality of person. The lower quality support higher quality to be achieved, vice versa, the higher quality cannot the express before the lower quality is clearance. Qualities relates to chakra system as below:
When we work with chakras, we cannot separate our intelligent and our spiritual understanding. Both body of the material world, must be connected with the body of the spiritual world. Thus the healing will happen.
Signs when your chakra is imbalance?
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