WellBeing Being

Issue 9

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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Your lifestyle is a way of being that is shaped by your values, passions and those you interact with regularly. By using mindfulness, non-judgement and compassion, contemplate the quality of your lifestyle and whether you are pouring enough energy into these pillars: • Diet• Sleep• Movement• Laughter• Connection• Learning One of the key philosophies of Being is cultivating balance, which is an ever-changing, fluid notion. This means that your lifestyle will ultimately have the same sense of malleability. By consciously choosing to put energy into the things you care about the most, you’re prioritising your health, happiness and the importance of a well-rounded lifestyle. We couldn’t think of a better way to be in the world.…

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editor’s letter

Something enchanting happens when we walk. The gentle motion of the body elicits a change in our biochemistry, affecting everything from our thoughts, emotions and mood to our energy, creativity, clarity, memory and even immunity. And when actioned mindfully, walking can transport us into the elusive state of flow — a place of presence and just being. “Artists have always been such enthusiastic walkers,” shares Charlotte Wood in her latest book The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life. “It’s a useful trick: silent walking allows the mind to empty without the paralysing fear of stillness. A letting-go takes place. An easy, featherweight attention must be paid to the material world of the kerb, the footpath, the pedestrian crossing, which then allows the ethereal, invented world to expand inside the…

3 min
nature immersion

Baby-pink brushstrokes lightly cover the pale-blue sky as dawn mist envelops the valley in an ethereal state. We’re sitting on the verandah cocooning hot mugs of herbal tea in the crisp morning air. All we can hear are the waves, the birds and the wind. It doesn’t take long for bright-orange sunlight to shine through the spaces between the gum trees in the nearby forest, illuminating my boyfriend Lachie’s face in dreamy morning light. From the rumble of the rugged ocean in the distance to the morning birdsong and the gentle breeze making the native flora around us dance in the wind, this environment is nothing short of serene. Restful retreat Glenaire Cottages is nestled in 30 acres of natural bush, adjacent to Victoria’s Otway National Park on the renowned Great Ocean…

3 min
an ode to happiness

Many of us can spend our days, weeks, months — even years — searching for happiness outside of ourselves. From landing that “perfect job” to finding “the one” or obtaining your “dream home”, several Western ways of being have influenced us into believing that everlasting joy resides in our external world — in material possessions, job titles, even people. And if we’re lucky enough to obtain said goal, does the profession, home or partner give us the happiness we were promised it would? Other ways of being around the world suggest that it’s less about an individual seeking a perceived sense of success in something external, and more about understanding our threads of connection to each other and how they create a tapestry of collective joy. Shared joy worldwide Mudita In Buddhism, mudita means…

3 min
leave me the birds and the bees

I started my gardening journey by growing flowers, specifically sunflowers. As I began to grow more and more, I realised I didn’t just have flowers in my garden, I suddenly had many buzzing bees, too. Industrious honeybees, tiny native bees, speedy hoverflies and, my favourite, the Queensland blue-banded bee, all found in my backyard and zooming around on a daily basis. But, as I fell in love with my local bees, I realised this situation was in stark contrast to what’s happening in the world at large. Bees, particularly honeybees, have been dying by the millions over the past decade, simply because the modern world has become inhospitable to them. With high levels of pesticide use, highways, concrete jungles, mobile phone towers and lack of flora, bees are struggling to survive. But the…

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mindful seed raising

There are few experiences as magical as conjuring food, herbs, flowers and even trees from tiny seeds. Along with the Jack and the Beanstalk excitement and the mystery of partaking in the creation story, there’s the satisfaction of supplying your own needs. As it combines so many concepts we’ve fallen in love with — self-sufficiency, DIY and local-made — it’s little wonder so many of us are turning to hand-raising leafy babies. During the Covid crisis, for instance, The Diggers Club reported a 200 per cent increase in demand for seeds! The perfect conduit for our hope and creativity, nurturing seeds connects us to nature’s wisdom, the healing balm of sunshine and a healthy sense of perspective. Almost one in five Australian gardeners surveyed in the 2020 National Pandemic Gardening Survey…