WellBeing Being

WellBeing Being Issue 4

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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page turners

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”Anna Quindlen For balance Ignite by The Essentialists Penguin Random House The Essentialists (Shannah Kennedy and Lyndall Mitchell), also known for their books Shine and Chaos to Calm, have penned their latest self-help offering. Designed as “20 tools to fire up your life”, Ignite will put back the fire in your belly and spring in your step. You can walk through chapter by chapter or just absorb one pearl of wisdom for the day, be it on themes such as Courage, Leadership and Legacy or Grit, Goals and Adversity. Hand-selected quotes from wise elders including Lao Tzu, Oprah Winfrey and Ginni Rometty (executive chairman of IBM) are sure to keep you on your toes…

4 min.
going it alone

Leaving Australia to backpack around Europe filled 21-year-old me with excitement and my mother with dread. She was less than thrilled at her daughter travelling throughout foreign countries alone, so far from home. My parents tried to convince me to get a backpacking buddy but when none of my friends were able to come along, I was determined to still go. With security advice from my folks ringing in my ears, I departed Australia and arrived in Switzerland. My year-long trip also involved stints in Austria, Germany and the UK, and I loved solo backpacking so much that I returned to Europe five years later, on my own again despite being in a new relationship. My partner was unable to join me but with my tickets booked, I visited Italy and…

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“being” in a time of crisis

This year has been a tumultuous one from the get-go. With bushfires raging across Australia, the lives of humans and animals were lost as land was scorched. Those living in high-risk areas were on alert to evacuate or fight, while many Australians followed the news with horror at the devastation the fires wreaked. Then there was the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to contend with, and the loss of lives, jobs and freedom (due to physical-distancing laws) that came with it. Further unveiling of race-targeted violence sparked the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, with many people around the world moved to action. If even reading that paragraph makes you feel weary, it’s no wonder many of us are worn out by the events of this year. In a…

1 min.

Clarity with yourself may mean facing a confronting truth you’ve been avoiding; clarity with others might mean saying something that will invite temporary discomfort. But by embracing a quality of kindness in clarity, you may feel more at ease and calm with what’s present. It’s important to remember that being transparent doesn’t necessarily mean you have the answer. Sometimes clarity means having the courage to say, “I don’t know.” Perhaps, when it comes to clarity, what’s most important is threading kindness into the tapestry of your experience. As author and researcher Brené Brown famously said, “Clear is kind.”…

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for calm

This year has been one of embracing local travel, which makes Ultimate Road Trips: Australia the perfect read to plan your next roadie. Author, award-winning travel writer and self-confessed “road trip junky”, Lee Atkinson sheds light on 40 epic journeys across Australia, outlining detailed route maps, what to see and do in each hotspot, ideal times to visit each location, as well as advice on where to eat and the best hotels, guesthouses, caravan parks and camping spots to explore. It’s broken down into Bucket-List Drives, Long Weekends and Short Breaks, Gourmet Getaways, Coastal Road Trips, Capital City to Capital City, Country Drives, Outback Adventures and Epic Journeys, so you’ll no doubt catch the travel bug while flicking through this handbook.…

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for ease

In Mindful Eating, Jan Chozen Bays offers guidance on how to cultivate a healthy and joyful relationship with food by learning how to be present with it. “When we learn to eat mindfully, our eating can be transformed from a source of suffering to a source of renewal, self-understanding and delight,” Jan shares, offering wisdom from her perspective as a doctor and long-time Zen teacher, reflecting that she has “come to trust mindfulness as one of the very best medicines”. She invites readers to engage in practical exercises that bring increased awareness and connectedness to the body, helping you to honour what it needs. This mindful approach encourages a richer relationship with food alongside increased ease and contentment with your eating experience.…