Lessons in Paradise


Maldives was definitely one of the shortest and most interesting trips ever…
The natural beauty of the islands. The crystal water, the sharks swimming around your feet, the horizon and the sun melting on the ocean. Majestic. Such a gorgeous place!

However, since we arrived, I was confronted. As a wanderer, I try to be adventurous, and I do not like to book in advance. But in this case, it was not really handy. In the Maldives the whole thing is organised in a way that only a few can access the islands. All the islands are controlled by resorts, and is so pricy. I didn’t like that. I didn’t book or plan either, so ended up doing the whole commercial thing. Being part of a group of holidayers. Following a man with a board. Being welcomed in a group with cocktails. And having a schedule for breakfast-lunch-dinner. My ego didn’t like it. I was like –I can’t believe I am being part of this-. I was being judgemental. Trapped in my mind, stuck on my point. Forgetting the beauty of the surroundings.

It took me relatively short to let go. I accepted it. I had started enjoying the rays and view at the beach…. Suddenly, I felt quite itchy on one if my arms. I looked. I had a bunch of bites. Which, in a matter or hours, multiplied and spread all over my arms and back! Noooo…Bedbugs!!! A few hrs later the itchiness and burn was unbearable. I cried. And I was angry at the same time. I couldn’t believe it –in such a resort, in this commercial trap, and now bedbugs. They were eating up my arms , those little “monsters” !-

Even though, I was in pain, hours later we still went snorkelling. We had a waterproof case for the iPhone, so I thought -let’s take some underwater pictures. I love photos! That will make the day brighter -. The salty water was soothing. The multicoloured fishes and all its funny faces were defenitely uplifting. I started enjoying again. Took many photos. And, after a couple of hours in the water, once on the beach. I was excited to look at the photos! When, all of the sudden, I realised that the waterproof case was broken, and, with it, the phone too! I was in pain. It was a challenge to practice stillness and accept it at this point.

It took me a couple of hours to come to a sense of peace. It was hard to embrace the whole situation. I was ok with the prices -the “so called exclusivity”- the phone… But my arms, those bites were killing me! And I couldn’t fight them. I could not run away. I could not stop it. I looked at the white sand beach and remember… “Peace starts within”.

I was tested. I was faced with a burden. And I could not get rid of it. I looked at all those bites, red, inflamed. This was such a wonderful opportunity! For me to work on acceptance, compassion and patience. Even when being in “paradise”. Now, 5 days later, I feel stronger from within. And also grateful for this Maldives experience. I know life will keep on throwing us challenges in the most unexpected moments -surprise :)- And, I know it’s all for us to grow and be stronger from within.

Sometimes you won’t be able to escape or run away. And we just gotta be loving, patience and compassionate. At the end all happens for our highest good. Namaste everybody!

Here some of the pictures from Embudu Village in the bounty Maldives… 🙂

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About TALES OF THE WANDERING SOULS

We are not lost, we are just wandering. We love to absorb all that surrounds us, inspire and be inspired by others submerged in adventures and occasional happenings that we love to share with you. Our common denominator is yoga, surf and coconuts. That's our playground and it keeps us grounded. Connected with our true selves, growing and being just the person we love to be. Life is a roller-coaster and the trick is to enjoy every ride. Every bit of negative is a positive too as it brings new experiences and connect us with new people or events. We are learning and having fun. We focus on all the good things we find on our journey and be inspired by inspiration in everything we encounter, these are our Tales of the Wandering Souls. On our blog you will find all the categories that we want to share with you: Saturday Chronicles: A returning post where we will discuss Past, Present and Future with awesome people we meet along our journey. People A deeper and more profound conversation that can be in the form of Q&A or a random dialogue. Just because we are always inspired by people that follow their dreams in life. Be You Displays those things that makes us happy. We love to dress up, enjoy cool clothes that makes us feel awesome within the moment. We are evolving and transforming so just BE YOU today, and enjoy what makes you feel at your best. Inspirational We share all those interesting & worth seeing places we find in our path. Quotes & stories we write, words of others, art, tunes, books and everything that can inspire you. Food Who doesn't want to have a yummy meal? We will share our favourite dishes, our own & others… And of course we will give you the full low-down with an easy DIY. Our Playground From Yoga to Surf and do not forget the Coconuts. We love being active while having fun. From poses we enjoy repeating, to favourite breaks and specific excursuses. Our playground is the place where we connect. Our playground can become yours.

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