#BellaBeautyTribe Feature No. 3: #ButterflyBella

What makes you beautiful?
This is a love story about the women we know and the women we want to know.
The go getters, the humble souls, the women who inspire us to be the best version of ourselves.
The true goddess who is centered in love and joy.
The women to whom you can relate, who find humor in their own flaws, and who tell it to you straight—when no one else will.
A celebration of beautiful women who shine bright from within.
They don't follow the pack, they lead the crowd.
Their beauty is contagious.
They lead with their heart and follow their dreams.
They balance so much, and they do it with grace and beauty.
They are the true definition of Bella.

"When I imagine a beautiful and colorful butterfly effortlessly fluttering in the sky I think of Monica.  Monica's beauty and grace is so magnetic that I find myself awe struck every time I'm in her presence.  Without going into too many details, I’d like to be pretty open and honest with this feature, Madame Butterfly gave me HEALTH.

When my son Keenan was born our life of travel and business did not slow down, therefore my body made me stop when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, where I was almost paralyzed to my bed and I no longer had control of my body. After seeing many specialists both Eastern and Western I searched for something more on a trip to Bali....

I'll never forget Monica’s words, 'Angela, the body is a magical being'...this gave me the strength to make the right changes in order live life to it’s fullest potential of mind, body and spirit health.

Monica embraces love, adventure, health and wellness. She's a true goddess with a passion for helping others and I feel incredibly blessed to know her and am forever grateful for how she turned my health around. 

Often times my mind can be so cluttered with different health and wellness methods, the Madame Butterfly Holistic Approach is grounded in nature and truth."   
   
-Angela O'Brien
     

   

MONICA GUHA (MADAME BUTTERFLY), Health & Wellbeing Advisor / Nutritional Consultant / Cleansing & Detox Specialist.  

 
ABOUT
“Madame Butterfly was an expression close friends referred to me as in terms of offering healthy lifestyle advice. I found this expression both amusing and endearing and it resonated with me. When starting up my business focusing on Personal Metamorphosis, it was a natural fit.

I work from my home-office in Bali, blessed with a very serene and luscious tropical garden view, where I feel inspired to create cleansing & detox programs. In the previous 4 years, I would meet clients at their house/villa/hotel to initiate the cleansing & detox journey. Currently MADAME BUTTERFLY HOLISTIC HEALTH is undergoing a personal metamorphosis itself, and from 2015 all offerings will be online via the website. I will still offer personalized cleansing & detox programs in person to past clients and word of mouth referrals.

Bali chose me. She does that. I was fully embraced from the moment I arrived, and this afforded me the time and space to unfold all the layers, to truly know myself and discover my vocation. It’s a very special place with an abundance of natural healing energy, so it was an obvious choice to lay down some roots. There is a palatable sense of opportunity here, to found a desired life with a freedom of lifestyle, surrounded by an inspiring and diverse mix of creative people.  I always start my day with a little morning meditation, followed by a waterfall of fluids; zeolite in water, lemon in water and organic apple cider vinegar with sodium bicarbonate in water. Then a beach walk/run with Angel, arriving home to a couple of glasses of Himalayan salt in water (electrolyte), and finishing with a fresh cold-pressed green vegetable juice. Breakfast is usually at home.

Sunsets in Bali are truly stunning and create a magical atmosphere in every sense of the word. So naturally, endings of days here are often met with a sunset beach walk, or a catch up with someone over a coconut water (occasionally a cheeky glass of wine) at a local beach café. Dinner often follows on at a local vegetarian restaurant or at home. Evenings for me usually involve reading one of/bits of all the 5 books I’m usually reading at one time! Having said that, I do love a little escape into the re-run ‘Sex and The City’ world also now and again. Throw in a bit of yoga, adventuring, and full moon Disko Afrika dance parties at a beach café, that reasonably sums up life in Bali in a nutshell.

Mother Nature is where I find my greatest inspiration- she provides everything we need. I’m also inspired/fascinated with the evolution of the human condition. ‘The human condition encompasses the unique features of being human, particularly the ultimate concerns of human existence. It includes concerns such as the meaning of life, the search for gratification and the sense of curiosity.  In essence, the human condition is the self-aware, and reflective nature of Homo sapiens that allows for analysis of existential themes.’

Angel [Monica’s dog] is one of my greatest loves. She chose me really. She was one of a dozen puppies born at the same time by two female dogs that lived in my neighborhood. The owners of the little hotel where they were born (under a car) were desperate for me to help find homes for the pups, as one of the mama’s had disappeared. I went to visit the pack on two occasions. The first time, all pups were asleep, and Angel woke up and came over to me. The next time the same thing happened. At that point I knew she had chosen me as her human-mama. That blessed moment was 13 years ago!”

From Madame Butterfly’s soul sister, Sonia Washington: ““I would describe Madame Butterfly as synonymous with Mother Earth. Nurturing, kind, knowledgeable and truly beautiful, inside and out. Those that have had the privilege of experiencing a cleanse with her are gifted with the personal care and touch that doesn't exist nowadays. As a friend, she is loyal, mischievous and fun. This life and animal loving vegan rocks!”

  
HEALTH
“Health encompasses all facets of life; a state of mind, an expression of love for self, a collective consciousness. I organically evolved into this profession really. My understanding of healthy practices began as a child through following (or being made to follow - thankfully) my mother’s lead. My interest was inspired by living life in my 30’s with a plethora of health-related symptoms and lack of trust in the western health-care system. When arriving in Bali in 2002, I commenced a life-altering journey into the world of health and well-being with my first cleansing & detox experience. This ultimately planted the seed for a major, positive life transformation, which founded my desire to pay forward my learnings. In tandem I began studies of nutrition and diet in Australia, which resulted in a choice to progress down the path as a Holistic Health Advisor.

    

Angela is one of my greatest supporters and promoters! Thank you Angela. A cleansing and detox is a very effective way to ‘reset’ your body in order to stimulate its natural healing abilities. There is often a lifetime of accumulated toxins within our cells (and our thoughts), and due to the modern diet and lifestyle, our bodies are unable to detox naturally in the way they have been designed to.  It only requires a minimum of 72 hours of fasting for our bodies to release built up toxins – not a very long time in comparison to how long we are alive!

  

A physical detox will often generate a general life-cleansing process of; the mind/thoughts, emotions, living environment, and in some instances can include the people in it. It’s an organic process to remove the inauthentic and replace it with the new and more aligned.”

  
BELLA
“The soulful, beautiful and talented Angela O’Brien and I connected when she arrived in Bali, and at the time was seeking health and wellbeing advice. Our meeting evolved into her completing a personalized cleansing & detox program, and during the journey, we formed a kinship and beautiful bond, what a blessing for us!  ‘Bella’ embodies the essence of a woman; beauty in her thoughts, her intentions, her contribution to humanity, in the way she loves her life and the people in it - the beauty reflected in her soul. I am a very true Virgo in every sense of the word! Grounded, practical and organized, and for sure a little mischievous when the inner child feels its time to emerge.”
    
Madame Butterfly Holistic Health // connect@madamebutterflyholistichealth.com // http://www.madamebutterflyholistichealth.com // instagram: @madamebutterflyholistichealth
    
Madame Butterfly is wearing the Maleena DusterGibraltar Dress and Piper Dress in these photos. She is carrying our overdyed ikat Antigua Tote.
   
Photography by Taryn Kent // http://tarynkent.com // instagram: @taryn_kent