WellBeing Being

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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4 min.
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…

5 min.
a mindful way of being

Q: What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? A: I would say that they are both yoga. They are both methods for helping to quiet the chatter in our minds, for bringing unity and equanimity. Meditation is a more formal practice that requires you to withdraw from the world around you and detach from the activity of the mind. Essentially I see meditation as an internal exploration in, and into, stillness. Mindfulness is being fully present, without judgment, in the current moment. Practising mindfulness means you are fully aware of what is happening in that moment: thoughts and emotions, the external vista or activity you are participating in. I see meditation (and yoga asana) as a practice, or a drill, for mindfulness. A bit like a pianist would perform scales to improve…

1 min.
mindful colouring to cultivate calm

“I prefer living in colour.” David Hockney From the bestselling author of The Mindfulness Colour Book, Emma Farrarons has created an anti-stress activity book called the Art of Mindfulness. This colouring book acts as a relaxing activity to help you connect with your creativity, flow and presence to the task you’re undertaking, whether it is drawing, colouring or hand lettering. “Mindfulness meditation is all about paying attention to the present moment. Almost any activity done right can be an effective exercise in mindfulness, and colouring in, with the gentle action of putting pen to paper, is well designed to help clear your mind of excess thoughts,” she reveals. Ally McManus…

1 min.
journalling for greater ease

“The beauty and nobility, the august mission and destiny, of human handwriting.” George Bernard Shaw Mindfulness can be applied to even the shortest snippets of our day, but we often think mindful practises will take a considerable amount of time and effort. As a result it’s easy to reason that you don’t have the time to be mindful, yet it’s when we’re at our busiest that it can be most beneficial. This beautiful journal is full of prompts to guide you through self-reflection, whether it be tuning into your senses, writing what you’re grateful for, considering your potential and unpacking any challenges you’re facing. Some exercises might only take five minutes or you may want to spend longer on them. With eye-catching photos and illustrations accompanying the prompts, it’s not a…

2 min.
how you’re being

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1 min.

Contentment is a state that arises when you’re feeling at ease, happy and satisfied with your life, just as it is. We invite you to contemplate when you feel most content in life. Perhaps it is while relaxing in nature, sharing a meal with a loved one or listening to your favourite song. Contentment is also a precursor to feeling at peace, according to this Indian proverb: “A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment.” And feeling at peace is perhaps your most natural way of being. It can be easy to forget about contentment in the busyness of everyday life and the striving it can sometimes encourage. But by taking a moment to pause, reflect and count your blessings, you may just realise that you’re already floating in a sea of…