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The Official Blog is Moved!

Hello Everyone!

After much consideration, I have decided to move the official Blog page of Museflower Retreat & Spa onto our newly relaunched website to combine into one site, instead of having an official blog page separate from our main site. It seems to make more sense when all the information is gathered in one site instead of two different sites.

That means from now on, all new blog articles will be updated at: http://musefloweretreat.com/the-blog/ 

In the future, our blog will focus more on sharing health, spa, wellness, and holistic therapies information with our readers.

Do you want to live a healthy, happy and balanced life?

Do you want to know what is the real meaning of being healthy in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual (energetic) level?

Do you want to learn about various holistic therapies out there that can transform your life?

Do you want to be inspired by retreat teachers and practitioner’s stories and their wisdom?

If you answer YES to any one of the above questions,

do follow our blog at the new address here so you will receive our latest blog update.

Remember to subscribe to Museflower Retreat & Spa’s Newsletter here as well for upcoming retreat programs and exclusive offers, and receive a 500THB credit voucher instantly to use towards your next spa/retreat booking!

Thank you again for your support and I hope that we can continue to share more useful information and tips that benefit your HEALTH.

With Love & Gratitude,

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PS: At the moment, I’m not sure what will happen to The Museflower Project blog site (museflower.wordpress.com), but it seems like there is an idea in my head and perhaps this blog site will be used for a different purpose later on. I’ll definitely keep everyone updated when the idea is more concretely formed in my head. 🙂

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Interview: Life of a Naturopath and Life Coach – David Arenson and Blog Update

Magic happens when we trust our inner knowing, and have the courage to follow the gift of surrendering to the mystery.

WHO IS david arenson? 

A qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Life Coach, David’s extensive holistic healing expertise includes working at some of the world’s top luxury destination spas as a “Visiting Master”, including Chiva-Som and Six Senses brands. He has an intuitive gift, which helps guide those seeking clarity and results, and has a background in theology, meditation, and spiritual counseling. David’s specializes in supporting people realize their true potential, managing stress, overcoming difficulties, and dealing with change.

 

A PEEK INTO DAVID’S LIFE

#1 – Where are you originally from? Please describe in few sentences of your background, including where and how you grew up. 

I was born and grew up in Cape Town, at the foot of Africa. It was an era of dramatic change and epic transformation with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, and the liberation from apartheid. My earliest memories are of pain, growing up with a tumour that was only diagnosed at age 10. By then my leg was broken and fortunately I had a great surgeon who removed the tumour. I recovered quickly and had one further tumour removed 4 years later. It was early on that suffering, healing and personal transformation were firmly rooted in my psyche as significant in my life.

#2 – How do you get to do what you are doing now? 

Growing up in Africa with a lot of pain helped me to understand suffering from the earliest age.

My first study was Architecture and graphic design, and my love of aesthetics and beautification of the world began. I think I also learnt early on that when you change how you look at life, life changes.

After working in the media, IT and Advertising industry, I made a dramatic decision to search for God. I spent some years studying theology and the ancient biblical texts in Aramaic and Hebrew with 3 years spent in Jerusalem. My family moved to Australia, and I spent some years studying naturopathic medicine there. In the last few years, my passion has been more for Eastern philosophy and healing.

I was always interested in the journey of the soul, and how to alleviate human suffering. Meditation practice became my source of wisdom and knowledge instead of seeking answers outside of myself. Divinity became something within, without needing guidelines or religious rules to follow.

#3 – When is a recent ‘a-ha’ moment, or a wake up call for you that you would like to share?

I realised that I was trying to create my destiny and in being achievement-oriented, I was losing the magic innate in letting go and letting God. I am finding the balance between conscious creation and allowing or surrendering completely to God. The alchemy happens at that fulcrum between choice and trust, conscious volition and letting go. My path is about allowing a balance between masculine and feminine forces, much like following the Tao teaches. I am consciously allowing more mystery and releasing expectation from my life (easier said than done, of course!). It is a journey of self-discovery and awakening

#4 – What is your motto, or if the essence of your retreat/workshop is boiled down into one sentence – what would it be and why?

Expect Magic!

Always when we make a commitment to shift our perspective on life, it is that decision that defines the result. Decisions like that define our destiny. Magic happens when we trust our inner knowing, and have the courage to follow the gift of surrendering to the mystery. My retreats are always about inspiring and awakening souls via gentle leadership and support.

#5 – Who is your Museflower – something from nature that inspires you the most along your spiritual journey & why?

The stars. I have a significant relationship to the stars and stargazing. For me it is about connection, or reconnecting, coming back to my true home. We are all children of the stars, created from stardust. I remember even as a child lying on my back on the grass looking up at the heavens and pondering our position in the cosmos. Now it allows me to envision, connect and puts my life into perspective.

#6 – Why should people join a retreat with you? 

I am passionate about retreats.

My work is in connecting people with their souls, helping people realise their true connection and potential. The tools we will be exploring together include ancient Qi Gong practices, Mindfulness, Meditation as well as supporting our body in transformation through a detox cleansing diet. It is through cleansing the body, that we invite cleansing of the mind, and open up a space, or a portal for change to naturally occur.

A retreat is a space of potentiality, of possibility, of awakening, and of change. A lot of suffering happens because of what we think our lives should be like. Retreats always create more perspective, open up and reveal hidden truths we have been escaping from. I also invite in gratitude. Fear cannot happen in the context of gratitude.

I welcome all souls seeking to learn and know more about the self, seekers of wisdom, transformation and healing.

 

DAVID’S JULY 2015 RETREAT AT MUSEFLOWER RETREAT & SPA, THAILAND

David will be holding his Detox Retreats at Museflower Retreat & Spa this July 2015, including a Weekend Detox Retreats from July 17-19 (3D2N), July 24 – 27 (4D3N) and July 24 – 29 (6D5N), 2015, Spiritual Alchemy Retreat: Meditation & Qigong from July 20 – 23 (4D3N), and Sacred Meditation and Detox Retreat from July 31 – Aug 2 (3D2N), 2015.

Check out more retreats in Museflower Retreat & Spa here!

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 Check out David’s personal website for his work and services at  http://findshambhala.com/.


SIDE NOTE: THE MUSEFLOWER PROJECT BLOG UPDATE

I apologize for being silent on the blog for the past month!

I was reconsidering and evaluating the direction of where the blog is heading, how it should create and add more meaning to all of you dear readers and to myself. The past two months I have been learning and receiving many new healing modalities and I needed a break and a chance to integrate everything.

Again, the daunting question: “Is this what I’m doing adding meaning to my life?”

Having read Arianna Huffington’s wonderful book called Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, I want to re-evaluate my priorities in life and really focus on what I love to do. As a business owner, I basically have to do everything myself which is fun in some way but also challenging at times, especially the mundane details and tasks to run and maintain a business that is still new – some days I really want to give up!

One thing I’ve learned throughout these 3 years of starting and running a business is that I really cannot do everything myself. To focus on what I love to do, I must say “no” to things that are draining my energy. I am still in the process of delegating and hopefully my goal is that everything here can be running smoothly without me to be here physically.

It’s still quite a long way to go. The Museflower Project Blog will also be part of this integration / change process. Some parts of the blog will probably change to reflect on my ongoing self-discovery and healing journey. I still don’t know exactly what the outcome will be just yet. Hopefully I will have a more clear sense of direction soon. I do enjoy writing in this blog though so giving it up won’t be an option.

So thank you to those who have signed up to follow this blog. Please do kindly stay with me during this transition period and hopefully you will find the articles posted in my blog useful and fun to read.

Have a great week!

With Love &  Gratitude,

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Another blog article written by David that may interests you:

Radical Forgiveness 


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Museflower Philosophy: the Practice of Simple Bliss

Today’s blog post is a bit different. I’d like to share with you what I have written as the base philosophy of Museflower Retreat & Spa. Before this place was reborn as Museflower, there was a different philosophy in place and it was written by someone else. So, when I made a choice to move forward to carry on this place, under a different brand name, it would only make sense for me to write a new one.

Though the philosophy of “Practice of Simple Bliss” has already been a reflection of this place before it was named Museflower, moving forward I also hope that Museflower can continue to be a reflection of ‘Simple Bliss’. It is easy to fall into the arms of comfort, but is that what our bodies and minds really need?

Since growing up I’ve always been a city girl. To be honest I never would have imagined myself leaving the city, not to mention living and working in the countryside full time.

Funny enough with life isn’t it though? After high school I went to study in an university where it was in middle of nowhere. After college I went to work on an island, and then an even more remote island where there wasn’t even one 7-11 (a typical convenience store that you can find anywhere in Thailand). With one thing leading to another, now that I’m in Chiang Rai, this is like a perfect blend for me between city and countryside.

I have always loved the city, I still do. I enjoy the buzz, the glamor, the excitement of it all.

But with all these years living nearby nature, I’ve also come to appreciate the sounds of the sea, the birds, the fresh clean air, and the green and the blue. I find that I enjoy being in the nature more than the city at the end (well, let’s say 80% of the time).

It’s really a balance, isn’t it, between city life and countryside life.

Well, I hope you enjoy reading the below. Something shared from my heart. 🙂

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The Practice of Simple Bliss

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We are submersed in a world where marketers define that having more things and doing more things equal happiness. We constantly are trained to seek happiness externally. If we have a bigger car, a bigger house, or more houses, then, we’d be happier.

Traditional hotels are also the same. The hotel industry has set a standard for five star, four star, three star ratings for hotels based on amenities they provide. If you don’t have a swimming pool in your hotel, there is no way that you can be a four or five star hotel. Coming back to think about it, can’t a hotel still offer 5 star quality service and product without the pool?

We are used to staring at a computer screen during work, stare at our smartphones in between breaks and during commute, stare at the TV when we are back home, and stare at the smartphone again before falling to sleep. And then when wake up again, we stare at the smartphone again.

Often times we became so lost in this busy world that is so busily bombarding our senses, we forget that bliss is simple.

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Listening to the birds chirp in the morning.

Breathing fresh air.

Feeling the rain.

Watching a sunset.

Tasting fresh vegetable picked from the garden.

Connecting with another human face to face. A smile is not an emoji but an actual smile.

At Museflower, we want to remind our guests how the simplest things can bring us the biggest joy.

When we are stripped away of all the entertainment – the TV, the internet, the smartphone, do we know how to spend our time?

When we are stripped away from air-conditioning, do our bodies still know how to regulate our body temperature?

When everything external is only a reflection of our inner world, then are we quiet enough to listen to what our inner self is saying to us?

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At Museflower, you will not find a TV in your room, nor free wifi. There is no IPOD dock, nor radio. There is no telephone, nor a working desk.

Museflower is a space for our guests to retreat back to their inner being, nurture themselves, and be reconnected to nature.

Watching the stars in the sky gives you more HD than a HD TV.

Listening to the thunderstorm gives you better surround sound than home theatre.

Having to walk to talk to a person gives you more reason to exercise.

And all the time, feel your inner being – smiling, crying, inspired.

In Museflower, we want to remind how simple BLISS can be.

This is a place to Be the TRUE You.

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Want to experience what it means by “Simple Bliss” yourself? Come join our retreat programs at Museflower Retreat & Spa throughout the year. We offer yoga, meditation, healing and awakening retreats, as well as Spa holidays. Check out our retreat program here


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母親:沒有你,我不是我。

GUEST BLOG BY OSIER


這兩年對母親鬧脾氣,跟她鬧意見的次數比從前多了很多,爸有表示過我較沒以前有耐性了。對此,我又掙扎、又自豪,因為我終於敢表達自己。舊日以為順從父母,他們就會開心;以為逆他們意就是不孝,而且順著他們我可以少一點麻煩。從心靈角度而言,無論因什麼理由,一切違心的做法,總有要清算的一天。現在的我就得面對從前逃避了的批評。

何解人類不像孫悟空那樣由石頭爆出來?不像母指姑娘那樣由植物授粉開花結果生出來?也不像月姬公主那般破竹筍而出?而是要有母親這個角色,要她懷胎十月把生命生產出來?別怪我把問題問得太古怪。聖經創世記2:7說:耶和華神用地上的塵土造人,將生氣吹在他鼻孔裡,他就成了有靈的活人,名叫亞當。為何每一個人都會有一位母親?聽過一個很浪漫的說法:因為神沒有時間照顧到每一個人,所以祂創造了母親。

在母體內的新生命跟母親脈搏有同一個節拍,吸收著同一份養分,感受著同一份情感,在那裡吃喝拉睡,一切都那麼舒適自然。這十月懷胎已經把母子的命運繫在一起,蘊釀了血濃於水的情素,只是小生命還不知道有個母親。然後,某一天,身處的地方發生驚天動地的震盪,有一股不能抗拒的力量迫使小生命由這個熟識的世界去到另一個未知的世界。他的吃喝拉睡不再是隨心所欲,他要使勁才能呼吸,要使勁吸啜才能平息肚子裡的空虛感,大小便後又要使勁大哭才能換來乾爽…一切都不再自然了。還好,不自然中自然有一個母親會順著他的需要回應他。隨著經驗累積,他大概意識到母親就是自己生存的依靠。

很多母親對孩子都有期望,都會有意識無意識地把自己的價值觀或多或少加諸於孩子身上:這個對,那個不對;這個好,那個不好;這個可以,那個不可以。母親是第一個照顧孩子心靈和肉體需要的人,孩子對母親的需要是無庸置疑的,母親跟孩子之間存在著一種捆綁式的關係。母親對孩子的好和壞,因為那個關係,孩子也會有意識無意識地全盤接收,母親的教養同時規範了孩子人格的形成和發展。就算對母親的批評、教導有反感,多數孩子也會逆來順受,偶而耍性子鬧脾氣,會換來更多批評和教導。這樣,一是孩子會隱藏部份的自我,一是孩子會耍性子或鬧事而得到了「壞脾氣」、「反叛」等等標籤,這兩個座向的發展,只會與日俱增。很多孩子從小就對母親又愛又恨,當然,程度深淺還是因人而異;只是,社會文化都歌訟母親的偉大,教化孩子要孝順,「說母親的不是」就是不孝。要是孩子沒有方法疏道自己的不平衡,他心靈上對母親的糾結和不滿也只能埋在心底,而二人的恩怨也就更加糾纏不清。與父母的關係,就是我們與原生家庭關係的最根本,關係當中的問題也會顯現於孩子日後與其他人相處溝通之中。難道母親的作用就是要教我們委曲求全、活在別人的陰影之下?那生命不是太身不由己、太悲慘了嗎?

我們都受社會文化的洗禮,深信母親是偉大的。與其說母親偉大,無寧說只是她本人偉大,母親這個角色因著母子關係,使她有彰顯自己的舞台。別神話化母親這個角色,別對母親在我們生命中起的作用有不現實的盼望,別盲目愛她、不理性地容忍她和遷就她。母親只是一個平凡人,她也是一個會困惑,會軟弱,受她自己原生家庭影響的尋常人。母子關係把我們緊緊繫在一種密不可分、愛恨

交織、欲斷難斷的拉扯之中,令我們容易失去重心、埋沒自我。

每一個來地球體驗的靈魂都是帶著一組意識,是我們因著父母親的個性選擇了他們,是我們借助父母的個性來喚醒我們原有的意識。如果無法體會自己對母親的恨意,那對母親包含了雜質的愛只會是一種自我感覺良好和自我陶醉的幻想,人也將無法完全體現自己真實的愛。相對於那些沒有母親關懷照料的人,如果無法體會自己對母愛的盼望,那對母親包含了希冀的恨意也只是一種自我麻醉的幻覺,他也將無法體現自己完整真實的愛。畢竟,我們是要在反向的環境之中才能體驗自己,我們是要在反向的環境之中才能知道自己成為自己。

母子這一種捆綁式的關係是要我們穿越一種最基本、最根深柢固的需索和操控的關係幻象,是要我們體驗真實的自己,承認自己和實現自己的一個生命覺醒的元素。

後記:曾聽說跟陌生人別談論宗教和政治,那是非常敏感和具爭議性的話題,我想母親這個話題能夠觸發更多情緒。我自己寫這篇文章的時候,情緒就是幾番上落,也影響得思路迴旋不定。這篇文章只是根據我的體驗得到的感想,也只是我的個人見解和立場。


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當心靈與天地大自然共振,就能啟動創作之源。

Museflower淨心水療旅舍是身心靈一站式的能量加油站。我們提供的有機素菜飲食、養生運動、各種醒覺、脫變工作坊及水療服務能夠淨化身體,洗滌心靈,讓精神煥發,絕對是講求綠色、追求身心靈健康人士不可錯過的選擇。

簡潔、實而不華的房舍裝有壁扇,太陽能加熱式淋浴設備,坐擁私人湖泊或有機農場的美麗景致。房價包括一日三餐的有機素菜飲食和一次活動,例如瑜伽、伸展、太極。旅舍設有Museflower水療中心,全天然喜馬拉雅水晶鹽游泳池、草藥蒸薰浴室、喜馬拉雅水晶鹽漂浮室、aquaponics (個別為收費項目)。有自行車出租,部份公共區域有提供免費無線上網。中心場地設施可容納多達36人,也提供租賃服務,歡迎查詢。

到泰國清萊遊覽或探索,Museflower淨心水療旅舍是追求養生或愛好大自然旅客不二之選。


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大細路一個,鍾意笑,鍾意喊,鍾意攞自己做實驗。

有人跟我說我之所以在情人節出生,是因為要找尋那跟我生命契合的另一半。

沒有宗教,但有信仰,相信愛,相信生命,相信生命不為尋找,不為學習,只為體驗經歷真實的自己。

 

 


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A Mother’s Love is Everywhere in Chiang Rai

GUEST BLOG BY MORNING GLORY


May is a month when most countries celebrate Mother’s Day, though not in Thailand. It’s not that we don’t celebrate mothers, but because we have our own Mother’s Day on August 12, which is the Queen of Thailand’s birthday. Since the royal couple are much cherished as the father and mother of all Thai people, then it seems only logical that we celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Days on their birthdays, doesn’t it?

Did you know, there is enormous mother energy everywhere in Chiang Rai! You might notice that the name Mae Fah Luang crops up everywhere – there’s a Mae Fah Luang university, hospital, botanical garden, and foundation, and all are named after the late Princess Mother, who was the mother of the current monarch. The Princess Mother was a trained nurse, a passionate environmentalist. and in the 1960s she started visiting remote hill tribes by helicopter, bringing doctors with her to give medical care to the mountain villagers. This earned her the name Mae Fah Luang, which means Royal Mother from the Sky.

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Srinagarindra, Princess Mother of Thailand” by The Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary – http://www.chiangrai.net/cpwp/?page_id=1424. Licensed under CC BY 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Princess Mother was especially passionate about flowers and collected pressed flowers which she picked and catalogued herself. She established Mae Fah Luang Garden so that local people who didn’t have a chance to travel overseas could enjoy flowers and get to see temperate flowers from other countries. It‘s filled with hundreds of different types of flowers and is considered the most beautiful garden in Thailand. You can also visit the beautiful Doi Tung Royal Villa, which was her home in Chiang Rai and is now a museum open to the public. She chose to live in Chiang Rai to be close to her royal projects, and it was her first real home of her own in Thailand since she had always lived in official palaces in Bangkok before that.

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She was down-to-earth and loved nature, trekking, and plants and flowers, and donated vast amounts of land and initiated the Doi Tung Development Project, which promotes reforestation and the development of crops that help improve the lives and livelihoods of the hill tribe people. When you see the name Doi Tung around Chiang Rai, you’ll know that these products are from royally sponsored projects that are helping the lives of local people. Doi Tung coffee, macadamia nuts and cotton fabrics are wonderful, high quality gifts to take home from Chiang Rai!

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Want to learn more about Doi Tung Royal Villa and Garden in Chiang Rai? Check out Chiang Rai’s attractions and tours available for our guests here at Museflower Retreat & Spa, Chiang Rai, Thailand? Find out more here.


ABOUT MORNING GLORY

morning glory flowerMorning Glory lives in Bangkok where she takes care of her family and works as a writer and communications consultant.Her past struggles with stress, chronic fatigue and a spine injury led her on a journey in search of alternative healing, and she has travelled around Thailand, Bali, India and Sri Lanka exploring different types of healing retreats and techniques, and led her to practice yoga and Reiki.

Morning is her favorite time of day, when she wakes up to the sound of birds singing in the garden. This flower always reminds her of her childhood, and Thai sautéed “Red Fire Morning Glory” is one of her favorite vegetarian dishes!


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