Ellen Adarna undergoes mental training in Bali after being ‘stuck in this black hole for almost 3 years’
Ellen Adarna’s recent trip to Bali, Indonesia was far from a relaxing stay at the beach, though she did find inner peace.
The actress took part in a one-on-one mental training for 14 days on the island, which she explained was for her mental health.
“I was isolated for one week no phone no contact with world,” she said, and noted that the documentation she shared on Instagram Stories today, March 15 were taken by her mentor so she could see “how [I] dealt with my demons.”
One exercise she was made to do was standing for five hours. She shared pictures of her standing in a chalk-drawn circle until nighttime. “It’s all in the mind. True story,” she said.
Another exercise saw her trapped in plastic wrap and she had to figure out how to get out on her own. She admitted that she was “full force [panicking]” and unable to breathe.
She was also made to jump for 5 kilometers for her “sanity” and did blindfold exercises while standing on a block, which she described as “f*cked up” in jest.
A challenge she faced was to cut Bermuda grass and arrange them “harmoniously” for four hours by lining them up on pieces of paper.
Adarna shared an online conversation where she was asked if it drove her crazy. She explained, “The point was to go crazy and to know you’re going crazy and [it’s] useless to go crazy so [you] meditate.”
At the end of the 14 days, she received a certificate for the “meditative gymnastic program of the Kokoro Team Bali.” She recommended her mentor with the Instagram handle @pondoktaksu.
Adarna also explained why she was willing to endure the tough program: “[I] did mental training coz [I] was stuck in this black hole for almost 3 years. My [anti-depressants didn’t] do me any good, it made me immobile and numb. [I] was getting weaker mentally and emotionally — something had to be done.”
“I can now finally say, after years of [struggling]… I am no longer a prisoner in my own mind. Ahhhh!!! Freedom we meet again.”
The actress has been away from the spotlight and kept a low profile in social media in 2017, back when she was in a relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz. She resurfaced on Instagram this January and has continued to maintain privacy about her personal life, such as avoiding posting pictures of her son with Cruz. JB
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