Published on Living Magazine – Albania |View pdf here

‘I work hard but like to take it slow; since I decided to put my work into my function and not the other way around, my life changed 100%’, says the entrepreneur.

rafaela-ricaWhen life moves fast, there comes a point when a voice from deep inside begins to tell you to stop. You start to understand that the balance of a good day is not only measured by the results for your career or number of finished jobs, but also by the time that you spent with yourself. This is what happened to Rafaela Rica, the founder and manager of an advertising agency since more than 19 years.

After first focusing solely on work the new entrepreneur soon began to realize that if she does not feel good physically and mentally, neither will her business. From this moment on Rafaela Rica made sure that she never neglected traveling and sports in her lifer. ‘Since a few years now, I have become a person that tries to avoid the volume and stress that is often triggered by the work of a manager.’


owa-rice-fieldEarly on, Rafaela understood that if the balance between the time spent working and the time given to herself is good, so is everything else in her life. Travelling is among the things that the young entrepreneur does whenever she wants to press the stop button and recharge her batteries. Last year she spent her holidays in Thailand and India making many exotic discoveries, but it was Indonesia that came on top of her experiences. She has just returned home from Bali, one of the country’s most exotic islands, where she embarked on a unique journey––a Panchakarma treatment program in an amazing, therapeutic Ayurvededa centre.

‘I wanted to do something different this year,’ she tells LIVING, ‘I wanted to give myself a special gift, take some time for myself, and so I decided to spend ten days of my trip in an Ayurveda treatment centre.’ Rafaela has practiced yoga and meditation for a long time and was looking for a deeper experience, and when a friend shared her experiences with Ayurveda and its medical principles, she immediately decided to try it herself and booked at the Oneworld Ayurveda Panchakarma centre. Upon arrival the first thing she did was to hand over her cell phone so that there would be no external distractions during her treatment program and to be fully focussed. ‘Family, work, friends, everything else needs to stay out”, Rafaela explains.


your-health-is-your-wealthThousands of years before modern medicine was able to provide scientific proof for  the mind-body connection, Ayurveda was developed in ancient India; an alternative medical science that today is one of the most effective health systems for the body and mind.

Not just a simple treatment for a disease, Ayurveda is the science of life; Ayur means life and veda science or knowledge. According to the principles of Ayurveda, the mind and the body are inextricably linked, and the mind has the power to heal and transform the body. Healing from an illness depends on our awareness and bringing our bodies and its energies (doshas) into balance.

To achieve this balance, this thousands of years old discipline includes spiritual, physical and lifestyle practices that are crucially important for our well-being and healing.

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