WellBeing Being

Issue 8

You know this state of presence by its feeling: aligned, connected and in flow. Sometimes our physical environment enables us to cultivate this sense of balance, ease and calm, which is why we intuitively turn to nature and other grounding environments to relax and reconnect with ourselves and the world. But, other times, if you adjust your internal landscape — your perspective on a situation — you can rediscover your presence, find more ease in moments of unease and surrender to the freedom of balance. Transitioning from a place of doing and into a state of being is at the core of this magazine, Being.

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Any activity done with the intention to discover is a form of exploring. While visiting new places is one of the more obvious ways to explore, there’s something to be said about journeying somewhere familiar but seeing it with fresh eyes. From noticing the change of season in an environment you often visit to exploring new depths of a relationship with a loved one or using unfamiliar ingredients in the kitchen while cooking, exploring takes many different shapes and forms in the human existence. Exploring requires conscious attention and an open mind, which are qualities akin to any mindfulness practice. By bringing deliberate awareness to the present moment as you explore, taking it all in through your senses — sight, sound, touch, taste, smell — you’re giving yourself the opportunity to…

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editor’s letter

Yesterday afternoon, I took our dog, Poppy, for a walk along one of our local tracks in the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary. The sun had just set and the sky was putting on an ethereal light show. As we meandered around a bend at the headland, I looked down at Poppy and noticed she was gazing inquisitively at a flock of birds above us that were majestically flying in tandem. I was watching her bright multicoloured eyes follow the birds — she was completely captivated and fully present in the moment. It was awe-inspiring that this eight-month-old Border Collie was teaching me about paying attention. Her mindfulness reminded me that one of the most powerful ways to bring yourself back to presence is to simply look up. Later that evening, I…

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glamping getaway

Nature is pleased with simplicity.”~ Isaac Newton The frosty morning air hits my face with the intensity of a cold-water dip during my quick dash to the toilet. The bathroom is located just a stone’s throw from our “Hybrid Tent”, which is most easily described as half-tent, half-cabin. Besides the kookaburras, magpies and cows having their varied conversations around the property, we’re the only ones awake. The alluring glow of dawn light reflects on Lachie’s face as I slide back into our bed beside the east-facing floor-to-ceiling windows of our home for the past two nights. It’s not quite sunrise but the sky is putting on a lightshow as bright orange hues melt into varying shades of yellow to pink. On the other side of us sits a cosy fireplace, with…

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cup of mindfulness

Mindfulness is a way of being present in the world and relating to an experience with open awareness, curiosity and non-judgement. The practice of being mindful is perhaps most accessible in everyday moments, such as while making a cuppa, which is what I’ve recently been contemplating with my daily cup of coffee. Embracing fika Many Western countries see drinking coffee as a habitual quick hit of caffeine, whereas Nordic countries carve out time in the mornings and afternoons to enjoy their cup of coffee with presence. This sacred and mindful ritual intrinsic to Scandinavian culture is called fika. Fika allows you to cherish the experience of drinking coffee in its entirety. It’s seen as an opportunity to slow down and be mindful. While often enjoyed with others inside homes, at workplaces and in…

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making your move

Dreaming of waking up to birdsong or the crashes of waves? While city living will always be popular, increasingly, people are not just pining for a tree change or sea change — they’re actually making their move. The year 2020 saw more people than ever move away from Australia’s major cities in pursuit of a slower way of life. Being able to work remotely or find a job in your new community can make the move easier, as three city slickers found when they relocated. Tree change Annastasia, her husband and their puppy recently shifted from Melbourne’s inner city to a town in the Yarra Ranges. It was an adjustment having loved living so close to the CBD, but Annastasia has been surprised by how much she enjoys living further out. “It’s so beautiful…

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ease over effort

I remember a moment in my early university days when a new friend asked what I was studying. When I answered, “Arts, majoring in philosophy,” she looked at me, slightly perplexed as another friend piped up, “She’ll end up being a waitress.” This memory has stayed with me and brought with it many philosophical reflections (what’s wrong with being a waitress?!). So far, though, I have had a really satisfying work life that utilises the skills I developed in that degree, which is, sadly, more than I can say for many of my peers. What this, and so many other life lessons, has taught me is that if you go with the flow, do what you enjoy and don’t push things that aren’t working, then the universe will usually have your…