Prayers for Bali

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September 2017 – Continually bowing to the might of Agung …

Please join me in prayer for the safety and wellbeing of the land, the animals and the people in the fragile time in Bali …

Black and white  

When I first started coming to Bali thirty five years ago, as a surf-stoked teenager, I vividly remember the black and white chequered cloths wrapped around statues of deities, hanging from sacred sites and worn as striking sarongs by many locals during ceremony.

Over the years I have heard many varied perceptions towards this cloth by bemo drivers, priests and locals  –   all seem to reference the struggle we face in the world of duality. The light and the dark, the like and not like, the good and the evil, the shadow and the radiance. … the ‘us and them ‘

I am not unlike you,  unconsciously placing lines in the sand around the world we see outside. I also notice that when I sense a lack of harmony from the inside, the more it feeds the outside … and vice versa. This mirror is a difficult one to accept.  It’s much easier to blame the rock-n-roll circumstance; the single-eyed, controlling politician; or the impatient truck driver for the apparent lack of harmonious integration.

Yet when I step aside and see — giving space to really see —  there is an allowing for something more integrated than black and white to step in.

Last night, at one-am, we were on motorbikes fleeing a potential volcanic eruption. With another 10,000 villagers, we were in fearful states of not knowing if disaster was about to strike. It was not an easy mind state.

A flat tyre on the busy highway had us looking for something magical to jump in and help out. Knocking on a door at one o’clock in the morning had four Balinese guys awake and changing wheels in a wonderful example of joyfully helping out another human being. In thirty minutes, and after lots of thankyou’s, we were back on the road.  In that precious moment, the black and white of division and separation was instead completed. In its place was simply one human joyfully helping another.

This morning our beautiful Balinese friends headed back to their village, returning to be with their loved ones — brothers, sisters, cousins,  nieces and nephews  —  who did not evacuate.  There is the call to now cease their past differences, join forces and ‘do this thing together’.  Does it really need a potential catastrophe  for us to step away from the unconscious conditioned worlds of separation, into our innate world of harmonious integration?

Maybe my natural inquiry into the black and white cloth in Bali many years ago was a sign, asking us to  “wake up  and look a little deeper,  beyond our world of separation”.  Maybe it was asking us to be at harmony with the ups and downs, the light and the dark, the shadow and the radiance.  By simply embracing the spectrum we can come a little closer to a more unified state of togetherness … inside and out.

Now more than ever I feel the planet is asking us to not only look a little deeper, but, like the midnight mechanic, to act from this fresh new integrated sense.

Everyday is an opportunity.

With love,

Gwyn

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Connectedness in vulnerability 

Connectedness in vulnerability  

The Talking stick.

Is it an Indian tribe thing? Is is a hippy thing? Maybe. Does is matter? I actually love offering this and being part of this experience during special occasions. Why? Because it opens your heart and when you open your heart you get better.

This a simply a heart sharing circle.  A chance to be Perfect in your Complete imperfection. A chance to share without reservation around rules and regs.

‘A conversation that comes from the middle of the moment. ‘

The power of talking stick  is in the simplicity and the attention to really listening.

Sit in a circle around a fire and pass around the stick. Only one speaker at a time, everybody listens. There is a lot of space in between sentences and people, where we simply are silent and integrate. No words of approval or disapproval, suggestions for solutions or murmurs of judgment.

Last week during a Circle a young, special, innocent Japanese student shared an embarrassing and obviously lingering incident that had occurred when he was only five years old and was still being obviously played out in various parts of his life.  The sharing was very powerful and a very courageous act of vulnerability. My heart became incredibly expansive and pounded with compassion. There were tears welling in the eyes of many in the circle and raw emotion was tangible with human beingness, alive in its pervading brilliance.

For the next minutes I could feel all hearts were pumping with the same intensive, connected rhythm.  This was an opportunity to experience a wonderful connection that only raw vulnerability offers. Compassion and connection alive to the core.

Hours later,  I reflected how unfortunately rare this experience is. How so many hide in the fear of exposure, noisily sharing the big suitcase of all the things they know to gain some sense of control or approval. We sacrifice a real connection when we only relate in this half mast state. Maybe today is the day we say we don’t know, gain the courage to be really vulnerable and simply share yourself without any thought about how others may perceive you.

The beautiful thing about this state is we all get a chance to really feel the truth around unity.  When vulnerability steps in, it carries it’s best mate of deep rich interconnectedness.

Beyond the delusion of separation is us really doing it all together.

With love,
Gwyn

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Buoyancy 

July 2017

I am sitting in awe in the French Alps, transfixed on the snow-capped peaks of Chamonix and the the lush valleys of the surrounding green,  fed by an untold numbers of pristine clear streams.

I’m filled with an incredible amount of new found buoyancy. I am not completely sure if it is from hanging out with a dear friend and master of Asana for three weeks, where breath and movement has been a continual focus … or is it from the boundless prana that is being consistently fed by this beautiful mountainous area and snow fed streams. Or perhaps it is simply that my eyes have been reopened to a new found wonderment in the simplest of things. I guess it is a mixture of all, but surely this fresh buoyancy has definitely enriched this remarkable ride we label as life.

The buoyancy that sees a skip in your step as you walk down the street; the buoyancy that allows the trek to be a dance up and down the mountain track; the buoyancy that sees a unique beauty in the face in front of you as lift each other up in presence; the buoyancy the evolves from a deep sense of detachment, knowing that each moment whether blissful or awkward , light filled or heavy, will pass with time. This buoyancy instigates a gracious thankyou, by noticing a light fresh offering in each brand new day.

With love,

Gwyn

ps. registrations are now open for zenthai flow training in Bali 2018

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SALLY MEREDITH

~Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist & Facilitator~ Based between Melbourne & the Sunshine Coast. Offering treatments, trainings, retreats & Zenthai Flow Asana classes.

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Sally brings deep receptivity to her treatments. With presence and precision, her touch has a listening quality. It reaches beneath the surface without force, helping to relieve symptoms whilst gathering information about the causes. Guided by her intuition and thorough understanding of the structural and energetic body, Sally will follow the rhythm of your body and it’s unique needs.

WHERE CAN I FIND SALLY?

 

Sally is currently based on the Sunshine Coast where she is working with Gwyn Williams at the Zenthai Shiatsu Healing Centre and offering treatments, group Zenthai Flow classes and private sessions from a number of beautiful locations.

Every 6 weeks Sally is in Melbourne and is available for bookings during her visit. 

You can also find Sally facilitating Zenthai workshops and trainings at various events, retreats and festivals, and at the Shanti Agung centre in Bali.

 

Please refer to Sally’s website for details about booking a treatment or joining a class, or get in touch via phone or email.

SALLY SAYS…

I’ve always has a passion for exploring our inner-space and really getting to know ourselves.  Being a dancer and practicing yoga since I could walk, when I first came across Zenthai Shiatsu in 2009 I was immediately moved by the practice. Gwyn had come down to teach some workshops at a yoga studio I taught at in Melbourne. I was deeply touched by Gwyn’s teachings and the dance that Zenthai is. A dance that brings fluidity, aliveness and totality to the body, mind and spirit.. A dance that guides us back home to our true and natural state of being.

Since graduating as a Zenthai Therapist in 2015, I have been teaching with Gwyn on the Sunshine Coast and on Bali trainings. Zenthai Shiatsu and Zenthai Flow have become a big part of my life and offerings. I am forever grateful to be on this path and hold my many teachers dearly in my heart including my peers, students and clients.

Zenthai creates space and time to be with ourself and start to listen. To listen to the tensions we’ve been carrying around, as they unravel like old stories from our joints, tissues, organs, nerves, mind, heart.

For me, Zenthai is a practice of letting go. Getting out of the way so that my client, my students, myself may become hollow like bamboo, and a force greater than we can imagine can flow freely.
It is such an honour to guide my students and clients into that non-judging listening space where they can be with themselves, and where necessary bring light onto the causes of their symptoms and be on their path to healing and wholeness.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Sally is a warm hearted, sensitive, open and well trained practitioner; I received her treatment within a relaxing environment which helped calm my mind. Sally was very intuitive with her healing and I really felt like I was in good hands, so I was able to surrender and allow my muscles and nerves in my neck to heal and realign. Zenthai shiatsu is just as much the patients responsibility for healing as it is for the practitioner and I felt like I was able to relax and let go of my pain and disharmony in my body, whilst Sally helped me to realign to a more harmonious and balanced state. I would definitely recommend booking a session with Sally and encourage everyone to experience this beautiful and effective technique.
-Justin Sherwood – Remedial Massage Therapist

I have known Sally for several years having attended her yoga classes and recently I had a Zenthai healing treatment. It was amazing and I felt the healing continue over days. Sally is a beautiful spirit and is so intuitive with the work she is doing. I loved it so much I took my mother in law to her also, she is 80 years old. She loved it and we can’t wait for our next treatment. Keep shining bright Sally, you are awesome.
-Helen Georgos – Mother and Yoga studentSally Meredith is a naturally gifted intuitive healer, body worker and teacher. She has matured and grown very rapidly in her art as a Zenthai therapist and facilitator.
-Hugh Lee – Yin Yoga Teacher Trainer

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Amandala

~ Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist ~ Southern Gold Coast treatments

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Amandala is passionately committed to living from her heart, cultivating loving presence and serving life through the artful dance of Zenthai Shiatsu. Her love of connection –  blended with intuitive listening and focused intention –  takes her clients on a healing journey that eases tension, opens flow and gently guides them to a place of deep inner peace and greater self awareness.

WHERE CAN I FIND Amandala?

You can find Amandala in Burleigh Heads, southern Gold Coast. Nourishing treatments are available at her beautiful home healing space, surrounded by nature.

Amandala is available for retreats and events and can be found at some markets and expos for more spontaneous treatments.

 

Please connect via mobile and messenger to book an appointment ~ 60 and 90 minute options available ~ and check her website for up to date information.

Amandala SAYS…

“I fell in love with the amazing power of healing touch and breath work at a young age through my mother’s nurturing way and I gently wove this awareness into my life as a nurse and masseuse. 

After venturing into the corporate healing paths of humanitarian aid and the medical device industry for a decade I found myself a mother, which swiftly returned me to seek and explore more deeply the benefits of touch and breath awareness again.

I am truly grateful this self inquiry led me to Zenthai Shiatsu, its loving founder and teacher Gwyn Williams and a vast community of soulful inspiration. The introduction and training revealed a beautiful healing dance, which frees and supports us on all levels, allowing energy to flow, balance in motion and space for self healing. I am humbled and blessed to be on this path and look forward to sharing with you.

Namaste” 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

“Thank you Amandala for a beautiful and nurturing treatment. Your passion and heartfelt love for what you do is felt on every level, I didn’t want it to end!

Michelle Collier, Mindful YOGA NOOSA

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Essentially You

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May 2017

I’m witnessing  a deep loving in nature at the  moment —  a gentle discarding of the old, allowing a synching with the essential core. The trees are dropping coloured leaves, as they appear to focus on the life force coursing through the centre of their trunks; the birds have a softer chatter and appear to be effortlessly gliding on the calmer winds;  the faces I see in the street appear to affirm this yearning to be immersed quietly in the inner environment.

Life is calling us home to what is really important. … what is essential. We find opportunity to question what is really at our core, in the centre of our trunk … what do we really value?  Are we spending our time and attention on the parts that are truly at our innermost calling?

It appears that, for many, freedom is commonly high on the value list, so it’s possibly a good time to ponder “is Freedom here”? By simply looking at nature we notice it is really saying “take off the back packs: less is more”.

To invite freedom we are asked to think less, eat less, talk less, argue less, need less and feel freedom more. There’s a call to stop ‘the argument’. As we give freedom back to the world, everyone and everything is free to be as they are. And as it is.

Phew!

Maybe you can feel a shedding of skin, a lightening of the load, and gliding on the gentle breeze, as you truly stop the argument and give this gift of freedom back to the world.

The wonderful revelation for us, as we give this freedom back to people, is we get less concerned how we appear to them.  Letting go of a constant need to be seen as someone, to simply revealing all we are, creates a new-found inner energy — no need for bright shiny leaves, no hiding under pretty feathers, just pure and raw in our true essence. This is freedom.

As we shed our skins at this time of year, the one thing I really love is the simplicity of it all.  And if it’s still getting complicated, it is a good indication that you are off track.Take a good look at life. Our best teacher, a big exhale never felt so good.

Blessings,

Gwyn

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