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“The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.” ~ Rumi
Nestled in the pristine Raa Atoll in northern Maldives, JOALI BEING offers a transformative space where the Mind can be truly free. As you feel the cool ocean breeze against your skin and listen to the timeless songs of the sea, restless thoughts are gently washed away….
At night, the sky lights up with the constellations of the northern hemisphere. Star-gazing here is an incredible experience. It transcends the physical senses and allows the Mind to connect with the eternal cosmos, bringing a sense of expansion and tranquillity.
The Mind Pillar
The Mind is one of the Four Pillars of JOALI BEING, our unique framework for wellbeing. It is responsible for thinking, feeling and making choices, as well as directing our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. By nurturing the Mind, we can enhance how we express ourselves, handle stress and relate to others.
Island-scape for Mind Health
Discover mindfulness through the day at JOALI BEING. Designed according to biophilic principles, our Island of Wellbeing invites you to immerse in the abundance of nature at every step. Whether you are walking through our lush forest or meditating in the serenity of your private over-water villa, the Mind finds room to breathe and begins to feel noticeably calmer.
We encourage guests to bring their attention to simple day-to-day activities, from breathing more mindfully to eating in a way that nourishes mental health. Guests can also enhance their Mind journey with awareness-building experiences. At the heart of life at JOALI BEING is a new language of weightlessness – a feeling of freedom, lightness and joy.
Sound Healing Sojourns
At SEDA, the Sound Therapy hall, you can embark on a resonant journey of acoustics and vibrations, designed to enhance the senses and bring the Mind in harmony with the universe. Our practitioners use specialised instruments to create healing sound frequencies, seamlessly woven with natural elements.
The Discovery Sound Path, an outdoor sound therapy oasis, offers a self-guided pathway to healing. As you stroll down the palm-fringed trail, you will have the opportunity to interact with nine unique musical instruments, each one thoughtfully crafted to elicit a positive response in the brain.
Link Between Mind and Food
Food is an integral part of healing the mind-gut axis. The connection between nourishing food and emotional stability comes from the close relationship between your brain and your microbiome, often called the “second brain.”
Whether we opt to nourish our happy hormones or seek instant gratification for our taste-buds, our dietary choices invariably affect our state of Mind. What we eat determines the quality of fuel required by the brain to constantly work and direct functions such as breathing and digestion.
Processed and refined foods impair brain function and can easily lead to mood swings, oxidative stress, anxiety, depression, and neurodegenerative disorders. Unhealthy habits like skipping meals, excluding food groups, following dietary fads, or eating foods high in carbohydrates and fat are linked to emotional imbalances and poor levels of energy.
Healthy foods that nurture your neurotransmitters include whole foods, fermented foods, and ingredients rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants.
Here at JOALI BEING, our Earth-to-Table cuisine is carefully created and features many dishes on the menu that support the Mind Pillar. These wholesome meal choices are abundant in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent cell damage.
Our team of nutritionists and chefs are also able to guide guests towards improving their dietary routines to support mental wellbeing. Nutritious meals and healthy eating habits help to reduce stress and restore emotional balance.
We support the Mind Pillar through a number of therapies and treatments, designed to help foster trust in your innate intuition, elevate the spirit, and deepen your connection with the Higher Self.
Along with all-time favourites like meditation, yoga and tai chi, we also offer specialised consultations that draw on knowledge systems like Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Led by knowledgeable experts, our learning sessions invite you to explore the intricacies of your Mind and practice ways to find serenity even after you depart from our island. Guests can also nurture their creativity at workshops guided by the resident Art Therapist.