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There is No Place More Perfect to Visit than Bali

The world is filled with beautiful exotic places that you can visit. You can pick the continent and surely there will be a popular place there that people rave about as being a paradise on Earth or a one-of-a-kind destination. Many of these places are in fact amazingly beautiful and possess qualities that are sure to make them memorable. But if you search the entire world, you will be hard pressed to find a place with the combination of attractive qualities as Bali. This Indonesian island has been described as paradise and for good reason. Here is why there is no more perfect place to visit than Bali.

Bali, the Island Paradise

Bali or Island of the Gods, is a scenic island that is a south eastern province in Indonesia. The island is the jewel of Indonesia and remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is frequently a top choice for the most beautiful and desirable places to visit by the top travel al leisure magazines.

Bali is known for its scenic beaches, lush green fields, forested volcanic mountains and amazing coral reefs. The island is also known for the beauty and warmth of its people, who openly welcome foreigners. Bali is an idyllic holiday destination for all ages and genders and excels as a destination for honeymooners as well as backpacking singles, and those seeking thrills and adrenaline pumping activities. Some come for the fun, others come for the quiet while some come to experience the amazing private villas in Bali.

Bali for Weddings

Bali is recognized around the world as one of the most sought after locations for a wedding and this is easy to understand. The island is a beautiful and memorable backdrop for a wedding and honeymoon. The island is filled with locations that are the perfect setting for your nuptials and it also has luxury hotels that cater specifically to weddings. Many of these hotels are five star affairs and sit right on one of Bali’s amazing beaches. Bring a good camera, because they provide direct access to the ocean and a perfect view of the sun setting. But is your budget is tight, there are dozens of other stunningly beautiful hotels that do not have all of the high end amenities. If you pick one, you will surely have a memorable affair.

Since Bali has a rainy season, the best time to do your wedding here is between April and October. Be aware that part of that period (June to August) is when wedding venues, hotels, and travel are more expensive and more occupied so you need to plan book early. During the rainy season, you have a fair chance of not having rain and usually when there is rain, it is only for a short period during the day.

Bali for Lovers

Most would agree that there is something about a beautiful tropical island that just exudes romance. Maybe it’s the white sand and the waves lapping against the shore, or the soft winds rustling through the palm trees. Perhaps it’s the smell of tropical flowers and fruits, or maybe it is the combination of these things. Whatever the case, Bali being a tropical island places it well on its way to being super romantic.

But there is much more in Bali that makes it an ideal place for love. The island has tropical rainforests with hidden waterfalls only accessible by foot and ancient volcanoes that are covered with green lush overgrowth. It is filled with ancient picturesque temples that beg to be explored and all within easy reach of visitors. Many of the resorts on Bali are built from the local woods and include the beautiful fabrics from the island making them lush, warm and inviting. And whether you are in a low budget hotel or one of the private villas, you can hear the island sounds filter through the breeze. You and your significant other can spend night after night in this paradise and never lose track of the fact that the crazy, bustle filled world that you left to get here, is still going on somewhere.

Bali for Water Lovers

Bali is an island with beautiful beaches a world class coral reef and has become a top destination for those who engage in water activities including snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing. Almost all year round you the island is a magnet for those looking to have a great time on the water. The many beaches offer every type of beach sports including: swimming, parasailing, kayaking and boating. For those who want to explore more of the water there is:

Diving and Snorkeling: The water in the Bali is among the best for diving anywhere. It is clear and warm with temperatures often hovering above 70 degrees causing and abundance of tropical fish to live right off the coast. Scuba diving and snorkeling around the island is hugely popular and the many diving spots present enormous opportunities for less and more experienced divers to explore. There is as incredible array of marine life including: Manta Rays that can grow to an amazing 8 meters in length and weigh up to 2,300 kilograms, Cuttlefish, Seahorses, Boxfish and more than a dozen varieties of sharks.

Surfing: Bali is recognized by the professional surfing community as a top spot for serious surfers. Since the 1960s surfers have come from all over the world to surf its large waves. The island contains several world renowned surfing beaches including: Kuta Reef, Padma, Blue Ocean, as well as top quality breaks on the Southwest coast of the island including: Pererenan, Canggu, Medewi.

Bali for the Family

The island also offers a wide range of activities for families and children. These include Elephant rides, a Safari and Marine Park, the Bali Wake Park, a trampoline center, adventure parks, and a zoo. In fact kids will find several dozen fun activities to occupy their time.

One other key areas to note is Bali’s vibrant nightlife, which goes into the wee hours of the morning seven days a week. It alone attracts revelers from all over the region and many parts of the world.

For the perfect vacation, there is no place more perfect than Bali.

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

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Earfree Nitebuds: For Better Sleep

Earfree Nitebuds, the two-in-one speaker and pillow that plays calming music, improving the quality of your sleep, is launching on Indiegogo.

The idea for the Nitebuds sleep pillow came from people who used to sleep with earphones in. Many of us who have trouble sleeping at night use earphones to listen to calming sleep music, but sleeping with earphones in is just too uncomfortable. Using earphones while you sleep can cause pain and inflammation in the ear; plus, earphones tend to fall out in the middle of the night. But the adverse effects of earphones on ear health is undoubtedly the most critical of these issues.

Nitebuds puts music IN the pillow to solve the problems caused by conventional earbuds. All you have to do is lay your head down on the pillow to be serenated with lovely music. There’s no earbuds involved – so you can roll around in bed all you like without having to worry about damage to your ears or earbuds falling out.

Nitebuds are simple to use. Just place the speakers in the special sleep-aid pillow, then use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone and begin your music therapy. Once your music is playing, Nitebuds’ crater-shaped design enhances the acoustics, making you feel like you’re listening in on a concert hall performance. This design also prevents the sound from leaking out, giving you the same quality of sound at a 30% lower volume, so as not to bother whoever’s sleeping next to you.

The Nitebuds app also provides free ASMR music and ambience, soothing the brain and easing any anxiety. This white noise works has great benefits on mental health and attentiveness, making the sleep music from the Nitebuds app particularly effective at inducing a natural sleep.

Nitebuds uses 3D mesh material for full, fluffy comfort. The mesh also helps the music play through the pillow without getting muffled, plus high-quality microfiber cotton is also used to give the perfect amount of depth and coziness. The microfiber cotton is also a renewable, biodegradable material, which means Nitebuds is eco-friendly, too.

Even though Nitebuds is electronic, the speaker and pillow are fully separable, meaning the pillow can be washed without issue. If you want, you can even use the pillow by itself without the speakers, or even place other items inside the pillow to help you sleep.

For instance, if you find yourself sweating a lot in those hot summer nights, you can place ice-packs in the pillow to help cool off. Or, when you’re stressed out and in the mood for aromatherapy, the CYPRESS insert can be used for some phytoncide healing.

Also, if you have a preference for a specific pillow height, just use the COTTON insert to adjust the pillow’s height to your preference.

You can back Earfree Nitebuds – the high-tech pillow that serenades you to sleep – by finding their campaign on Indiegogo.