5 Things you Learn from a Solo-Travel Retreat by Aia Faham

For so long, I have been dreaming of a far-Land Retreat of my own, where I can just spend some quality time away from the crowd, or maybe I was looking for a refuge where I can find some clues for my long-unanswered questions. In Jan 2016, I finally had the chance to travel for a week to Nuweiba, a quiet and small city that lies on the red sea coast in South Sinai, Egypt. There, I stayed in a very modest yet simple camp Called ” Fayrouz ” .. I came with the purpose of deepening my Yoga practice with Susan Metwally in ” Yoga Studio Nuweiba “. But ended up with a different mindset that changed the way I look and perceive things.

Though my stay was somehow Short to witness any radical changes, I felt that this week had enriched my soul with Harmony, Balance, Inspiration and taught me 5 New Lessons.

Lesson 1 : We are Nature
It is True that we are the Universe, and the Universe is all within us. It does not need any scientific proofs, or metaphysics explanations.. It is as simple as ” The more we get in contact with Nature, the more we understand our own Nature”. And it is the main reason why we feel Peaceful, Happy and Serene within the Hugs of Nature .. because We Feel HOME. Whether You want to believe it or not but the more we fall in love with nature, the deeper we Love ourselves because WE ARE NATURE !

Lesson 2 : Happiness is Simple
My whole Life, I have been living a quite Comfortable and luxurious life. Where I always felt that I need to Live, buy and use more things to be happy. I can’t deny that everything I bought made me happier, but a kind of happiness that only lasts for a little while, and afterwards I start to feel shallow again. .. But in this Retreat I decided to live in the simplest way, eat what is available and sleep in a hut with only a Mattress .. without TV, Make up, Newspapers. I was literally aware that I was consuming what I actually need.

Yes, we always mistake Happiness for Pleasure.. we think that material things we buy give us happiness, or that people we fall in love with, can fill the gaps in our hearts. The Truth is that Happiness is a decision we can make whenever we please, No matter what we encounter or the circumstances we face.. we are capable of changing every situation by simply altering how we perceive it.
HAPPINESS LIES IN SIMPLICITY JUST LIKE DEVILS LIE IN THE DETAILS.

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