Discovering Your Passion | Escape Haven Yoga Retreat in Bali

Discovering your passion

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.”  – Maya Angelou

Something we often talk about at our Bali yoga retreat is as we get older, we lose touch more with our passions and try new things less and less. Many are searching for a passion that really drives them, looking around for something that lights them up inside. Below are a bunch of ways to help you narrow down that passion list! The goal is to find activities or work that allow you to fully connect with the flow and joy of life. From there anything is possible.

For me helping women to grow and reach their potential was something I discovered by accident. It wasn’t a conscious choice or a lifelong plan to open a yoga and health retreat for women in Bali. Rather it was a journey that I found myself on – with an end that has fulfilled me more than I could have ever expected and made me firmly believe that it’s all possible.

That’s not to say it’s been easy or that is was obvious to begin with. Here are some of the tips I’ve discovered that have helped me on my journey that I thought I’d share.

Seeking Long Lost Dreams

Someone once told me that the little person inside of each of us knows instinctively what’s right and what’s wrong – so the first thing I do when I’m on the hunt for a new path is to try to tune in to that voice of instinct.

  1. Asking yourself these four simple questions can help and have been the starting point for many inspired conversations on our Bali retreat. Finding your passion could be easier than you think – when we get stuck we tend to overcomplicate things and try and force an answer. By answering these questions authentically, you could work out how to uncover that passion.
    “If I couldn’t fail, what would I do?
    “What fires me up when I talk about and gives me energy?”
    “What could I do for five years straight without getting paid?”
    “What would I spend my time doing if I had complete financial abundance to do anything?

2. As we get older we so often don’t try new things and stick to those things in our comfort zone. We often ask at our Bali retreat, when was the last time you did  something for the first time? Many of our guests only realise then and there that its been so long, they can’t recall. We recommend to sign up for new things. Make a list of 30 things to try this year – big or small and tick them off. Only by trying new things do we get an understanding of what truly gets our heart pumping and have a lot of fun along the way.

3. Get creative. Start by taking a large poster board, put the words “New Chapter” in the center and create a collage of images that give you inspiration. When you surround yourself with images of your creation — who you want to become, how you want to feel when there and what you want to create — your awareness and passion will grow and become clear. As your board evolves and becomes more focused, you will begin to recognise what is missing.

4. Make a list of people who are where you want to be. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Study people who have been successful in the area you want to pursue and understand how they got there. After understanding the journey, is that a path you are willing to tread? If so, don’t be afraid to ask for help from those that are more experienced. The worst they can say is no. I have always done this and have been humbled at how generous many female entrepreneurs have been with their time and advice.

5. Take a break. While it might feel uncomfortable to put your planning down, the mind sometimes needs a rest from intensity. After you take a holiday from thinking, indulging in something you’re passionate about, come back to a journal and writing down any business ideas that come forward you’ll be amazed how creative your ideas are. Allowing yourself space will create space required to get revitalised. We often have women come to stay at our yoga retreat on the cusp of making a big decision and we love hearing what they come up with, when they return home – inspired and revitalised.