Once the New Year socialising was over I headed to Ubud to take some downtime, reset my mind and replenish my body. I wanted to use the start of the year to make some intentions and ambitious goals. So I decided to book accommodation and work on recommendations for yoga & meditation classes once I arrived. When visiting Ubud I instantly feel calm. There is something magical about the place. I remember my first yoga class going back a few years, which was during sunrise. I had an overwhelming feeling, fully appreciating my surroundings. As daylight broke above the rice fields there was a wind that hit my face and I felt like Mother Nature was enlightening me.
The healing power of colour
On this trip I left the hotel booking to a friend, I was not disappointed. Our accommodation was a Hippy inspired hotel which was perfect for me, a massive lover of colour and quirky interior. The room was so uniquely decorated you instantly felt at home. The staff were so welcoming, happy & had a genuine love and appreciation for their job. Everything from the bathroom to the breakfast was perfect. We spent a lot of downtime chilling in our ‘Zen den’ in-between yoga and classes.
Mindfulness – Social Media
It was during my time in Bali I decided to cut myself off from social media, especially in the mornings to be more mindful of my surroundings and fully ground myself being present each day. I asked myself the question: ‘How many times a day do you check into social feeds?‘
Being mindful brings realisations.
I have a love-hate relationship with Social media. Knowing it is a very powerful platform for my business, blog and connecting to my wonderful clients and friends it is also, possibly, the most widespread addiction on our planet right now. I needed a timeout.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness, if you are attentive, you will see it.’’ Thich Nhat Hanh Mindful Meals
As a practice, I also began to leave my phone out of reach during my meals in an attempt to bring attention and encourage mindful eating. Being mindful during meals can bring awareness of our own actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations around food. I started to examine the beauty of the food, the colour and textures. Now I notice how my body reacts to different tastes and sensations and how I actually become full before clearing my plate.
“Mindfulness is the cure for everything; the essence of being alive.” – Ellen Langer
The Balinese people generally live a low-income hardworking lifestyle. The humid conditions and limited resources never seem to dampen their cheerful, friendly nature. Growing up in the western world, I have been extremely lucky to have access to food freely. I deeply empathise with the less fortunate and will make a conscious attempt to never take a meal for granted. I am mindful of the things that bring me joy and ‘Downtime’ is one of those.
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