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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 


The Museflower Project


 

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Three Friends’ Visit and Review of Museflower Retreat and Spa

GUEST BLOG BY Ophélie, Chloé and MariE


We are three friends from Paris who enjoy personal development, meditation, yoga, treats for the body and the mind and a healthy lifestyle. We had the chance to spend 3 amazing days at Museflower Retreat and Spa during our last trip to Thailand in March 2015. We are sharing a little bit of our experience with you with the hope that you’ll want to go and enjoy this experience as well!

Ophélie, Chloé and Marie.

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DAY 1 (Ophélie)

I can feel it as I come by the entrance, my body and my mind are already relaxing. The welcome of Tania and her team is so warm and so kind that we feel like home. The Spa centre is surrounded by nature and its sounds, everything is so quiet.

Since we arrived under a grey sky and my body is a bit sore for the past stressful weeks, I suggest we enjoy the steam room to start our weekend in this amazing place. And what is so cool with the Museflower team is that whatever you ask, you can be sure you won’t get a no or a “it’s not possible”. As it takes time (around 20 minutes) to get the steam room warm enough, we do a tour of the place. And what a place! I’m so happy to be only the three of us to enjoy this perfect location.

The steam room is perfect to relieve your body from painful and sore muscles. You store your clothes in a changing room and get a sarong (you can choose to have or not a swimsuit underneath). The spa is built in the middle of the center, shielded from the rest of the park. The steam seems first to not work well (not warm enough and the plant-scent was insufficient) but the team rectifies it really quickly.

The Himalayan salt treated swimming pool helped me to relax deeply and to get definitely away from work and daily life preoccupations. I deeply feel connected here to nature and myself, and for the first time in months I know my night will be long enough to get me rested.

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Museflower is a perfect place to enjoy a “me-time”, be centred and have room in your day to do nothing else than be.

Ophélie @ophelia_af

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DAY 2 (Chloé)

In the morning, I woke up rested and calm. I sit on the terrace of our little bungalow and enjoy a cup of hot organic tea. The birds are chipping. I don’t remember the last time I heard the sounds of nature. I stay there, looking at the horizon, watching the sun rising.

After a wonderful breakfast (I didn’t know kefir milk could be so good), I decide to go for a walk. I have the feeling that nature is calling me. I try to walk mindfully and pay attention to the earth under my feet. It is still humid from the rain. I take a long inhalation and smell the trees, I sit near a pond. The water is still and so is my mind. This landscape is breath-taking and I feel grateful.

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I come back to Museflower in a different state of mind. I feel relived in this place, mindful, open. I savour a delicious lunch that fills me with joy and pick up a book about Reiki from the library. Tonight I have an introduction to this spiritual practice also known as a traditional medicine.

At 18.00, Tania welcomes us in the meditation room. The sun is going down. We sat on the floor and she tells us about the practice, but not for long. To understand it, we have to practice. My friend lies in front of me and I put my hands on her. I let my intuition guide me and invite the energy of nature to come through my hands. I try to channel this energy to her. I don’t know if I’m doing it properly but it doesn’t really matter. I can feel the warmth under my arms. Tania tells us that anyone can practice Reiki, no matter their age. I find this amazing and decide to use it at home if a member of my family or if my partner feels sick, tired or low in energy.

I come back to my room and decide to go to bed even though I am not tired. I rest and decide not to take my book but to listen and stay alert for a few minutes. Doing nothing, it is difficult but relieving as well. I end up falling asleep. This was such a wonderful day…

Chloé @chloe_chambraud

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DAY 3 (Marie)

On the third day we went for a cycling tour in the beautiful surroundings of Museflower at sunset. Thanks to our two Museflower local guides, we had the chance to cycle on hidden paths and even stopped to look at the sun setting on the lake, whilst migrating birds were just arriving for migration. It felt a little bit like heaven on earth.

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We also had the chance to visit the local village and the cultures of tapioca, and to visit the New Life Foundation that aims to help drug addicts recover from addictions through the practice of meditation and yoga and to talk with some of the members.

I am a big fan of nature and for me it is important to have a daily contact with it. And Museflower was a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature in a beautiful, nature-friendly setting before going back my urban lifestyle in Europe. This caring and loving relationship to local nature infused in the food itself as the Museflower chef Santot cooked for us delicious vegan meals everyday with fresh products sourced locally. We could enjoy the benefits of nature in our minds and bodies. And even after returning to Europe, I can still feel the benefits of this trip in my mind and body as I am feeling calmer and healthier in my body and my mind.

Marie @ma_james

Photos of Our Visit: (by Ophélie, Chloé , and Marie)

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Want to learn more about Museflower Retreat & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand and the Museflower Experience? Check out our official website here at: http://www.musefloweretreat.com/


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