WellBeing Being Issue 5

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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being open to friendships

When was the last time you made a friend? Perhaps this person came into your life unexpectedly, yet the relationship blossomed as you were open to letting them in. As we get older these occurrences can be less likely, as people tend to establish friendship groups in their late teens and twenties and then feel they don’t “need” any more friends. We might feel too busy to get to know someone new or unsure how to even meet potential pals. “Many of us go through stages in life where our focus and energy for our friendships fluctuate,” says counsellor and psychotherapist Wendy Gilroy. “When we’re young, we’re surrounded by friends so much of the time. Friends help shape who we are through play, learning, sports activities and generally having fun,” she…

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surrender to simplicity

I still vividly remember a conversation I had with my best friend 10 years ago. We were on a six-month sabbatical from our corporate jobs and travelling through Southeast Asia. One night, while sitting on our bungalow balcony, she looked at me and asked, “How much money do you want to be making in 10 years?” I considered the question and answered something along the lines of, “Probably around 80k.” But then I paused, considered a little more and piped up, “Wait, no. I don’t think I care how much money I make. I just want to be happy.” Epiphany had! Less than a year later I left my nine-to-five city job in Sydney and moved to the humble Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Ten years later and I’ve barely…

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recipe for zen

I used to spend an extraordinary amount of energy and emotion manipulating experiences to be to my taste. Had I not noticed that life is full of different flavours? Becoming familiar with the bitter and the sour as well as the sweet not only gave me a richer life, it aligned me with the truth of how things are. “We think that to study Buddhism is to take the food out of the refrigerator. Whenever you want it, it is already there. Instead, Zen students should be interested in how to produce food from the field, from the garden, should put the emphasis on the ground. If you look at the empty garden you won’t see anything, but if you take care of the seed it will come up. The joy…

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mindful apiculture

As our interest grew in sustainable beekeeping, we began providing honey to friends and family before deciding to commence small-scale production and local supply on the Bellarine Peninsula. Our focus is around local, small-batch honey production with the health of our bees a priority. Our honey is sourced from a range of apiaries across the Bellarine Peninsula and our varieties are location-specific and extracted as small-scale batches. This allows us to produce from the same locations throughout the year but with different characteristics and flavours. Our spring, summer and autumn honey taste vastly different and we feel it a shame to blend these together. Where possible, we chase varietal honey from one floral source, creating some distinct flavours. Bellarine Apiaries is made up of a trio of surfers — Ed Sloane,…

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man of the wild

“There is a slight delay; I’m calling from a satellite phone because I’m out in the country!” Cyrus Sutton’s voice suddenly crackles in my headphones. He’s calling from Washington, Oregon, in the US and I’m in the hills of Byron Bay. He’s a man of the wild and I wanted to learn more about his story. Cyrus’ career began a long way from his San Diego home. In 2020, on the wild islands of Samoa, the professional surfer’s bare flesh met with a reef break, leaving the young Californian kid with a staph infection that would take the best part of 12 months to heal. Unfortunately, that reef incident ended Cyrus’ professional surfing dreams although, unbeknownst to him, it would steer him towards a prolific career in filmmaking — one that…

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Enchanting in nature, creativity is a form of play. With a beautiful, boundless nature, it is accessible to everyone and the more you connect with it, the more readily available it becomes. The magic of creativity resides in the process itself, rather than an outcome or result, as author Elizabeth Gilbert suggests in her book, Big Magic. She likens the embodiment of creativity to going on a treasure hunt: “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to discover those jewels — that’s creative living.” Your journey of discovery is what holds the most weight, rather than the jewels themselves. Perhaps life itself is the greatest treasure hunt of all. By consciously connecting with creativity in everyday moments,…