FC: Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored...
1: "nurture your body calm your mind inspire your soul" | ... each step of the way. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift." The gift of being and enjoying the moment, observing the world with the curiosity of a child, wondering about the mysteries of life. Do we really see? We see the world as we are. Often we just see what we want to see and sometimes we don't see what is just in front of our doorsteps. A little step out of our normal comfort zone can open new worlds, new horizons to see, to feel, to experience. Openly loving life and the wonders that naturally come with it, may give us peace of mind. A journey we often don't know exactly where it will lead to, but we can learn to trust, trust our own inner voice, our innate wisdom that lies within our hearts. We hope that this little book will provide some inspiration for you on your personal journey to peaceful, healthy and joyful living. Renate Hermes Group Spa Director Duniye Spas
2: "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
3: Take your mind, body and spirit to a place they long to be; a place where healing traditions, mindful connections and contemporary skin care blend into a holistic spa concept. Duniye Spa was founded in 2002 upon this vision to provide and create this special place to experience holistic well-being. Today Duniye Spa is a leading spa management company in the Maldives and Seychelles. Referring to the original meaning of Duniye (=Universe) in Dhivehi, we honor an universal, multi-cultural approach to health and well-being. Our spa services are inspired by traditional and modern therapies from around the globe with an emphasis on regional healing traditions from Asia and Africa. When you visit Duniye Spa you experience world class spa facilities, in unique, unsurpassed surroundings. While our caring and passionate spa professionals bestow their expert touch upon you, you drift away with the sound of the ocean; fascinating colors shades from turquoise lagoons to purple orange sunsets are soul inspiring and part of your Maldivian spa experience. Allow us to share our passion for beauty, healing and well-being. it is our commitment to inspire and assist you on your path to holistic, joyful and healthy living.
4: "We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." - H. G. Wells
5: "Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star."
6: Leisure What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare? No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows: No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass: No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night: No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance: No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began? A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. by W. H. Davies
7: The Morning Ritual In todays world it can be hard to switch off. Literally. Our gadgets enable us to keep in touch every moment of every day if we wish, and its easy to become addicted to checking for the latest updates. But lets not forget these devices were created as tools to enhance our lives, not to enslave us. Modern technology can become a barrier to our ability to be present in the moment. By constantly recording through the camera lens, the post, the status, we separate ourselves from truly experiencing the now. How easy do you find it to leave your mobile behind for a few hours? How often to you allow yourself to simply be? For our physical, spiritual and emotional well-being it is essential to find time to refresh and nourish ourselves. To take a break from the need to be busy. Establish a morning ritual in which you give yourself space and permission to be still, away from the static of modern life. Create an environment that inspires a sense of peace within you, even if its just a corner with a scented candle where you can sit quietly. Meditate, do yoga, go for brisk walk or run, write in your journal, or simply watch your thoughts arise. Give yourself 20 minutes every morning to get in touch with your inner wisdom, to peacefully prepare for the day about to unfold. It will change your life.
8: " At the end what matters most is, how well did you live, how well did you love how well did you learn to let go."
9: Holistic Healing Yoga The ancient Indian tradition of Yoga can bring health and harmony to our lives. The word yoga means 'join together', thus its purpose is to unite mind, body and spirit through the combination of breathe and movement. There are eight limbs in yoga practice, the most well-known being Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation. Prana refers to the life-force within. The most popular styles of yoga practice include: Hatha: slow and gentle, focusing on breathing. Good for beginners Bikram: practiced in a very hot room with lots of humidity. Has 26 poses Iyenger: focuses on alignment and strength, uses a variety of props Ashtanga: physically demanding with constant movement, known as 'power yoga'. Whichever discipline you choose, daily practice of yoga instills a sense of well-being. Reiki Our body is not only composed of physical elements such as muscles, bones and organs, it also has a subtle energy system through which 'life force’ flows. Maintaining health requires that this energy can flow freely through the body, but stress and tension can create blockages and imbalance. The word Reiki refers to the universal energy (Rei = universal, ki = energy). Our energy system within is comprised of chakras (seven energy centers) and meridians (channels through which life force runs, like a river). Reiki uses the hands to transmit the healing power of life force to restore balance and gently open blocks in our energy system.
10: "Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." - Henry D. Thoreau
11: Sunshine We hear much about the damage that sun can cause us. Linked with skin cancer it is important to be safe and that sun exposure is taken in moderation. But sun also has many health benefits: it can lower cholesterol stored under the skin by converting it to Vitamin D as so keep bones strong. It improves our immune system by stimulating production of red and white blood cells and increasing supply of oxygen in our blood. It activates endorphins, the body’s natural anti-depressants, particularly serotonin and melatonin, making us happier and helping us sleep better! Be reminded: always use protective sun screens when you are in the outdoors. | "Keep your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." - proverb
12: Aromatherapy Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Romans and Egyptians understood the healing power of plants, although the word ‘aromatherapy’ – literally meaning ‘fragrance treatment’ - was not used until 20th Century; credited to French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé who became interested in the medicinal properties of essential oils after lavender helped heal his burned arm quickly and without scarring. The distillation of volatile plant parts into essential oils is now a popular alternative medicine. There is a vast array of essential oils with different properties ranging from relaxation and stress relief to skin repair and boosting the immune system. The two most common methods of absorption are smell and skin. When a scent is inhaled it travels through the olfactory nerves to the limbic system which controls mood, memories and our ability to learn. Aromas trigger a variety of chemical reactions within the body, including the release of endorphins to make us feel good. Essential oil molecules can be small enough to enter the bloodstream through inhalation and through the skin (the largest organ of the human body). Massage increases skin absorption, and applying oils to the soles of feet and palms of hands speeds absorption into the bloodstream. Essential oils should always be respected. They are very potent and should never be applied neat to the skin. Always dilute in a carrier oil, preferably a natural, vegetable oil in which they are soluble.
13: "When you touch the soil of our land, you feel a sense of personal renewal" - Nelson Mandela
14: "The Joy Of Life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."
15: "Heaven on Earth is a choice we must make, not a place we must find."
16: The Bounty of Your Kitchen Cupboard At Duniye Spa, we focus on combining the benefits of fresh and organic ingredients with the latest scientific research to ensure our product lines give high performance results. However, if used correctly, the ingredients you find in your kitchen cupboard can give you an effective spa experience at home. Lemon & Thyme Body Scrub (for smoothing and toning skin) Ingredients: 1 cup sea salt 1/2 cup pure almond oil 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (leaves stripped from stems) Zest of 1 lemon Directions: Pour the salt into a clean, sterilized container with tight-fitting lid. Add the thyme and lemon zest, then pour in the almond oil and screw the lid on tightly. To use, give the jar a stir to mix the oil and salt together, then scrub away in the shower! Benefits: Sea salt; a wonderful natural exfoliant, detoxifier, skin softener and antiseptic agent. Sweet almond oil: amazing moisturizing qualities Thyme: with many anti-oxidants it works as natural astringent for skin Lemon: treats pigmentation issues, acne, softens skin—one of the darlings of natural skin care!
17: Ginger & Lemongrass Tea Recipe GINGER has been used by Chinese herbalists for more than 2,500 years as flavoring in food and also as a medicine. It has long been renowned for its use in cooking and for its aromatic smell, but did you know that there are also many health benefits of ginger root? Ginger tones the digestive system, stimulates the production of gastric juices, relieves cramps in the intestine, calms the stomach, stimulates the immune system and is the best remedy for travel sickness. Enjoy DUNIYE SPAS’ homemade recipe: 1 tea bag or loose tea (black or green tea) 2 pieces lemongrass stalk 3 slices of ginger root (peeled) optional honey or sugar as preferred Bring water, ginger and lemongrass to boil and let soak for a few minutes, add tea bag; sweeten with sugar or honey as preferred before you serve. You also can add some lemon.
18: You Are What You Eat The greatest wealth is health. Our bodies are wondrous, complex machines and food is the fuel that keeps us working. Everything we eat, we digest and break down, to metabolise in our bodies for good or bad. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre and low in saturated fat and processed sugars will support you. Use colour as a guide: foods with bright colours such as broccoli, berries, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, carrots, oranges and kiwi are rich in anti-oxidants, which protect our cells against free radicals. Reduce your intake of white, processed food - simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, white pasta and instead eat wholewheat or grain versions which contain fibre to help cleanse your digestive system. Moderation and balance are key to a healthy diet, so watch your portion size, keep your intake of processed and sugary foods to a minimum and drink lots of water! Making small changes can have a big impact on your health.
19: Tropical Breakfast Smoothie Inspired by the fruit of the Maldives, here is a recipe for a healthy start to your day (enough to make 2 small glasses) Ingredients 1 cup of pineapple 1/2 cup of passion fruit juice 1 banana 1/2 cup low fat plain yoghurt 1/2 Water 1 tablespoon of oat bran Put all the ingredients together in a blender and whisk until smooth, then enjoy! | “What you put at the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle.” - Dr. Mark Hyman
20: "Take time to do what makes your soul happy"
21: "We will see beauty in the outer world, when we see beauty within ourselves. And this is the best thing we can do for ourselves and the universe." - Anita Morjani
22: "Taking joy in living is a woman's best beauty recipe."
23: Organic Skincare Knowing that your skin is the largest organ of your body, it is imperative that we treat it right. Organic means that the ingredients are derived from living matter which means they are delivered in their purest form. More nutritious, packed with vitamins and a great deal fresher. High quality, pure and natural derived products are perfectly absorbed by the skin and delivered to the skin cell where they can work form inside out. | Our bodies thank us from the inside out allowing our true beauty to shine. Enhanced natural protection and renewal of our skin with anti oxidant function and powerful anti-aging properties. Organic skincare gives our skin an illuminating glow, along with an innate sense of holistic well-being which flows with it.
24: When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a Joy." - Rumi
25: Benefits of Massage Massage is greatly known for its manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of connective tissues and muscles using multiple techniques. Thus enhancing muscular function and aiding in the healing process. The positive effect of regular massage can also been seen in improved immune system functions and an increase in lymph drainage activity. Apart of these physical effects, the sense of deep relaxation and a sense of inner calm and peace must be regarded as one of the most prominent benefits of massages. Time your body and soul deserve.
27: "We are all here for some special reason, stop being the prisoner of your past, become the architect of your future"
28: " 'It's impossible' said pride, 'It's risky' said experience, 'It's pointless' said reason, 'give it a try' whispered the heart."
29: If you feel lost, disappointed, weak or hesitant, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now. When you get there you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond- beautiful and strong. - Masaru Emoto
30: "Dance like no one is watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like no one is listening, live like its heaven on earth" - Willian W. Purkey
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