So I spent my time there immersed in meditation, mindfulness practices and techniques, discussion on many topics of life and spiritual practice in the company of some beautiful women and some seriously delicious vegan food.
When I returned home I felt grounded, well fed and very content - however, I realized how much time I really do spend in my head. The self love practices I believed were filling me were actually taking me further away from being in my body, present and connected to my life and those I love.
I felt that my visit to Maitripa Centre had helped me remember what I do know and jolt me awake from my usual ways of being. Being present isn't hard it just takes practice and commitment and courage, be aware or allow yourself even a few minutes a day to quieten the constant chatter in your mind and focus your concentration on nature, sounds of the birds, a smell, a feeling.
My favorite is taking off my shoes and wandering around bare foot and concentrating on what I can feel beneath my feet - simple as it may seem we are often way to busy to remember to do that....give yourself 5 minutes its a brilliant grounding technique. x