Former Bachelorette contestant Luke McLeod agreed to do the reality show on the advice of a ‚Äúguru‚ÄĚ.
They Sydney meditation teacher who starred on Sophie Monk‚Äôs season and then Bachelor in Paradise, flew to Perth this week ahead of hosting his Soul Flow meditation workshop at Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club tomorrow.
He revealed he was approached twice to do the show and finally agreed after his own version of an ‚ÄúEat Pray Love‚ÄĚ trip to India.
‚ÄúIt was so foreign ‚ÄĒ not something I would ever do,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúI went to India for two months and did a lot of spiritual work… there was a guru there that said ‚ÄėLuke, you need to do something soon that‚Äôs really going to test you and put you out of your comfort zone‚Äô. I don‚Äôt really know what he meant by that but you take it on board.
‚ÄúA week after I got a call from a casting director of Warner Brothers. I thought ‚ÄėMaybe this is it, maybe this is the thing I‚Äôm meant to test myself and put myself out there‚Äô.
‚ÄúOne thing led to the next and there I was.‚ÄĚ
There was a guru there that said ‚ÄėLuke, you need to do something that‚Äôs going to test you‚Äô
During Bachelor in Paradise, McLeod started dating Lisa Hyde only to split months later, admitting dating hasn‚Äôt been on his mind lately, choosing to focus on his business.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs almost been non-existent and I think I‚Äôve done that on purpose,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúI gave that a go and it didn‚Äôt quite work out the way I wanted and that‚Äôs life, I‚Äôve learnt from that is every story has a struggle and ups and downs and mine didn‚Äôt work out the way I wanted it to and as much as we tried to work it out.‚ÄĚ
Saturday morning‚Äôs event will see McLeod take attendees through a guided meditation, the first time he has held this event in Perth, urging first-timers to give it a go.
‚ÄúI think people are becoming more open to it,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt is a personal mission of mine is make it more mainstream and every day.‚ÄĚ