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Life Lessons From Bali

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Leisa Wheeler, naturopath, health and healing mentor, and fatigue specialist, is the founder and director of Embracing Health, a business dedicated to bringing you health information that can change your life. Leisa’s passions include many areas of health – from food as medicine and nutrition, to physical fitness and detoxification; from emotional release work to spiritual healing; these varied interests shaping her belief in the value of integrated healing on all levels; physical, emotional and spiritual.

Greetings from beautiful Bali!
I’ve just finished an amazing retreat in magical Bali, and it always amazes me just how powerful the shifts that are that happen for the guests during the week. Spending quality time focusing just on yourself, drinking juices that assist in cleansing both the physical and the emotional body, clearing out old waste and participating in activities such as breathwork and sound healing, opens up a place for miracles to occur.
But at this retreat, the miracles weren’t just reserved for the guests.

I came into this retreat at a bit of a crisis point in my life. Over the past two years it feels like nothing has worked well for me. My book that I had almost finished writing has been stagnating – I felt that my early writing wasn’t up to scratch so this year has been spent in rewrites rather than finishing those last few chapters. Because my focus has been on writing, my business has taken a bit of a downturn and has become a struggle rather than a joy. My health has never quite recovered from the fatigue relapse I had a few years ago, and this year I chose to do some fertility treatments that left me severely hypothyroid, gaining another ten kilos of weight despite a healthful lifestyle. The grief from my miscarriages was still prominent, and I have been on the verge of closing down my business, putting my book in the bin, and walking away from everything.
So I came to Bali with some intentions in mind. To find a way of letting go of the past and discovering the joy in life again. To open my heart to the possibilities in life rather than closing myself off to them. To find out how to move forward in a way that nurtures and honours myself and my health.
During the week I found my miracle. It started with the support of a very close friend – one who reminded me of who I really was without my sob-story – the intelligent, loving, knowledgeable, kind naturopath who has so much to give. Then I sought out local healers – an energy worker who shifted my stuck energetic patterns and left me feeling so much lighter, a medical intuitive osteopath who reset my nervous system and shared words of wisdom that touched my heart, and finally a shamanic astrologer who put my life path in perspective and shared with me that I was at the very end of a two year cycle influenced by Pluto. A cycle that highlighted the themes of life and death, home and family, a cycle where I would feel that nothing in my life worked. He confirmed that I was absolutely doing what I am meant to be doing in life, and that over the next few months I would find things becoming easier and flowing again. I would regain my love for life as this phase passed and exciting new adventures emerged.
I was due to fly home on Sunday night, but with the re-emergence of a deeper sense of self and more optimism than I’ve felt for a very long time, I changed my flight and am staying in Bali a few more days to fully integrate the changes I’m feeling and to gently nurture myself. A choice that I wouldn’t have made in the past. I would have dashed home straight after the retreat, headlong into work and back into the patterns that have kept me from healing and stepping into my own power.
From these healings, insights and awareness has come clarity on what my next step forward will be. I have a retreat at Byron Bay in September, but I am making that one the last retreat of the year. I need some time out, time to rebuild my health, to find a more gentler way of being, to slow down and to establish a new pattern in my life – one where I am able to be kind to myself each day, and as Jason Dumas reminded me – to fill my cup with love and light every single day so that it overflows and spills out to touch everyone in my life.
If you were thinking of attending a retreat with me this year – September 4th – 12th is going to be the next and last one I am holding until February 2016. If you were planning on attending a retreat this year, then I would encourage you to secure your place as soon as you can as I am sure that it will book out now that there are no October or November retreats being run. See the Retreat website for details.
I want to thank every single person over the past couple of years who has been so supportive during my times of challenge, as I journey through the ups and downs of life. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but know that life is a process, not a destination. And the path ahead looks very bright indeed.

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