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. 🙂
The Practice of Simple Bliss
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.
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?
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.
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.