Be Like Bert

I’ve just returned from a 6 day yoga retreat in Bali – it was bliss. Yoga was held twice a day overlooking the glorious Ubud forests. On our last day we were invited to a ‘farewell ceremony’ where we sat around a flower and candle offering. We were invited to write on a piece of paper something we wanted to ‘let go of’ as part of the ceremony.

This paper was then burnt by the flame of the candle and its ashes placed amongst the flowers (to be later released into a river), it is very beautiful and moving tradition. After the ceremony, as I was talking to the other yoga participants, including husband Albert (aka Uncle Darling), it came to light that the women of the group had thought long and deep about what to write onto the paper.

They had things such as ‘don’t take criticism personally’, ‘don’t replay distressing scenes in my head’, ‘let go of unwelcome comments from work’ – you get the drift. Then we turned to Albert who stated that he wrote ‘don’t eat biscuits in the evening’


When I questioned him later about the depth (or rather lack of) of his writing, he responded ‘I haven’t really got anything I need to let go of’. My god, how fabulous! This is how Albert thinks. ‘I am what I am, I don’t stress about what I am and I don’t think I need to let go of anything’! How enlightening, how liberating! How like Albert!

Next year, when we return to the yoga retreat, I am ready. I’m following Albert’s lead and embrace that idea that I don’t need to let go of a single thing. I am what I am what I am (with or without the biscuits).

Uncle Darling

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7 Responses to “Be Like Bert”
  1. kerry says:

    if that’s what Yoga does for you, then I’m in….. where do I sign up ?

  2. Erin says:

    I can’t see how that pose is even possible. My pernickety nature would not allow it. I can feel.
    And I already don’t eat biscuits in the evening – much…

  3. Siobhan says:

    How did he even think of biscuits before bed??? Crumbs must concern him somewhat! Hahaha

  4. Donna says:

    He cannot let go of the Italian V Irish dance-off!

  5. Donna says:

    Oh, thats not a criticism …!!

  6. Donna says:

    …AND … thats his typical pose, Yoga or dead ant !!

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