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Guest Blog – First published on the melaneyryan.com blog – 24 March 2016
Sacred. Blessed. Lucky. Fortunate. Bold.
They’re all words that float through your mind when on retreat in Chiang Mai.
The space, the people, the place – they’re all sacred and you cannot help but be drawn into the magic of the energy that surrounds you. You know, in the innermost core of your being, that you will not leave this place the same as when you arrived. Your life is changed forever – even if you can’t quite put your finger on how just yet.
Every step on retreat leads you to a deeper connection with yourself and with the world around you. You are surrounded by blessings – from the respect filled greeting of every member of staff, to the beautiful food prepared with love and pride, to the surrounds of the resort, to the commitment to the group energy from your fellow retreaters.
Every breath reminds you to look around you and drink in the smell of peace and solitude that the surrounds provide. You are in a fully supported environment where every step of your journey is acknowledged and celebrated by people who accept you unconditionally. You cannot help but feel grateful for the unwavering support around you – you are lucky.
Connecting with group energy in such a sacred place is nothing short of humbling. When doors that previously didn’t exist start opening and you receive experiences you never would have dreamed to be possible you know the group work is fully supported and that you are fortunate to have been a part of it.
Mostly – you cannot leave this retreat without a deeper knowing. You might have no idea about the transformation that has taken place, and it may take some time for the transformation to be integrated. But I truly believe you will leave the retreat with a new, and bold outlook on your life, your path, your purpose and the impact it will have in the world.
Mahatma my beautiful soul family – my tribe.
First published on Huffington Post – 14 March 2016
Where do you begin when you’re surrounded by the most beautiful people and you feel that there is something inside you that is inherently wrong and you bring down the energy in the room simply by being there?
How does it feel when you walk into a place and you are immediately in tears because you don’t feel like you are worthy to be there?
It feels dark. It feels dirty. It feels like shame.
Dark. Dirty. Shame.
They’re just words. Their power comes from the emotion that we give to them.
What happens when we deliberately set out to apply a different meaning and a different emotion to the same words?
What happens when dark, dirty and shame move from being bad things to being good things? What if we can turn ‘dark’ into nothing more than an adjective that we use before other words – a ‘dark colour’ or a ‘dark sky’.
When we take the emotion out of our words, we can view any situation from more than one position. We give ourselves the space to walk around a problem and see it from many sides instead of only being able to see it in one way.
Imagine being able to see things from many different perspectives. We no longer have to reach outside ourselves for our answers but rather can look inside ourselves, knowing without a doubt that we have the answers we need.
When did we learn to seek answers from others about things they don’t have themselves? People cannot give what they don’t have themselves.
Emotion keeps us small in our lives and imposes boundaries on us that can be very hard to break through. We move to a position of overwhelm and our relationship with ourselves and others is negatively affected.
Opening our thinking gives us the space to let the light into our thoughts. With light comes lightness of spirit and with lightness of spirit it’s much easier to live life in a simple way. Simplicity is the pathway to happiness and the best kept secret is that it is really easy to get to.
Start asking yourself the answers to your questions FIRST. Initially, you might be surprised at the depth of your knowledge and how quickly the answers come but in no time at all you’ll be comfortable that everything you seek to know is already within you.
We are all more than enough. We’re the only ones that don’t already know it to be the case.
There are loads of tips and tricks on how to think and live differently in ‘Keep It Super Simple’ – you can buy a copy from my website or call me on +61 438 624 868 to discuss how I can help you to implement small steps to simplify your life.