Thursday, 26 May 2016

A great way to start the day. Do you know how to walk mindfully?

We start the day with a walk into the paddocks behind our home. It is a dewy morning but not too cold. The rams see us first, then the horses and then the kangaroos. Howard and I are disturbing their routine. We notice a whole lot of new trees shooting up and enjoy watching the sunrise as we step over fallen branches and muddy pathways. Its a great start to the day.

I have some photos for you.


Awaken all your senses as you walk. Listen, see, hear, smell, touch. I crush leaves and smell them, feel the texture of the plants, look way off in the distance and close underfoot. Before we left i suggested that we don't talk about the business during the walk. It was nice to just take in the views and discuss what we noticed. Lovely...

It has been a very relaxed week following a meditation retreat I enjoyed in Canberra. I am reminded of the Ted Talk by Jill Bolte Taylor
Jill explains so well what happens when we meditate and how good it is to take a break from the part of the brain that is DOING all the time. This week I feel so present and I am excited about the year ahead as I explore a life of BEING.

The rain has been lovely and sowing is going so well. The farm is lush and green. It's a beautiful time of the year, a time of renewal and hope.

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Looking at each season with a whole new perspective.

23rd May

A bright red leaf is caught in the cool autumn breeze as it lets go, exposing the bare arms of the twisted grapevine branches. In the distance a new crop of wheat appears, as tiny frail green shoots are rising from the damp soil. It’s the first time I have noticed the way that nature is completing a cycle just as a new one begins. There is neither a total ending nor only new beginnings. It has me looking at the seasons in a whole new way. 

At the moment summer is turning into autumn slowly. Some days are still quite warm but there is a change in the air. Howard calls into the house with an offering of a pie and coffee, after running to town to register the truck. I’m grateful because the power is out at the farmhouse from 9.30am until 2.30pm. I sit by the fire, as we chat about the day ahead and see the red grapevine with its few remaining red leaves. The sun is out from behind the clouds now after a gloomy morning. I’m set up here in front of our big lounge room windows, with my notes from a meditation retreat, my lovely meal and the quiet, resisting putting a to-do list together. This will be a day of reflection; I shall indulge in a day of stillness.

So is it never fully one season or is the year a blend of the cycling of life, as new growth appears and dissolves back to the earth?

There seems to be a dominant theme each quarter and yet nature cleverly finds the balance.  Each season has cool and warm, day and night, new and old, letting go and new beginnings, giving and receiving.

When I first set up this blog a few years ago (in Fiji at the time with the family) part of my intention was to depict each season with my camera, while learning how to manage a farm. This was a fantastic period of learning and finding my ‘place’ in the business, to value my role hear but my sense of belonging didn’t arrive until recently. For me living on a farm is far more than a moneymaking enterprise. Sadly I see our wide-open places of beauty taken for granted and truthfully I notice city families enjoying their parks and beaches much better than the farming community is. (when I say taken for granted I mean, farming work is so demanding that the work is really never done and therefore its difficult to find time to simply Be Here…and yet we must.)

Embracing this Australian bush is something that is very innate to me, and I’d like to share this as I begin contributing to this blog regularly again. I’d like to explore the surprises each season brings, rather than only photographing the stereotype depictions of what we know each season to be.

As I explore ‘belonging’ here, I shall also explore the ever-flowing rhythms of nature, wherever I am.

I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Your daily mindful living guide

Blissfully Present
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Your daily mindful guide for awakening your most empowered self with simple practices enhancing present moment awareness.

'Inside each day we are awakened to a new beginning. A chance to give grow, and create the life of our dreams.' Adele Basheer.

Please print this guide and place it on your desk, fridge or mirror in your main bathroom. The aim is to be reminded daily of all the ways you can bring your attention to the present moment. Mindfulness reduces stress by creating a healthy mindset that inspires helpful thoughts, words and actions. Mindfulness also boosts a sense of present moment happiness, gratitude and wonder.

Ultimately we are awakening the inner witness, the part of ourselves that is deeply at peace during all life's ups and downs. It is brave, strong, courageous, whole, complete, kind and loving. When you connect with this true wise self not only do you start enjoying the present moment but you really begin to embrace being you!

Mindful living can align you with your true purpose, passion and creative talents. It helps you relax and have more fun, while being productive and efficient with your responsibilities.
Mindful living puts what matters on top and ensures you don't miss a thing.

'When we bring our attention to the present moment we are sitting in the seat of the highest self. ' Nel Hunter

Daily mindful practice
[] Notice your full calm breath
[] Listen to all the sounds around you
[] Taste your food with great awareness
[] Enjoy all the aromas today
[] Appreciate the sensation of touch
[] Take in all the detail you can see
[] Notice every part of your body
[] Focus on the movement of your body
[] Let your attention rest at the heart
[] Stretch your body and release tension
[] Be creative today and capture the present moment
Eg . Photography, painting, poetry, sketching, collages [] Be attentive to the people around you
Eg. Listen well, comfort, encourage, enjoy
[] Daily deep relaxation
[] Set a daily intention, 'Today my intention is to be..'
Eg. Calm, friendly, kind, patient, organised, funny, confident [] Daily self care
Eg. List all the ways you can nourish and care for your own body, mindset and true highest self today.

By. Nel Hunter 
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21st March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

'Boldness has genius, power and magic' quote by Gothe and Gothe

This quote by Gothe and Gothe says it all
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
We often put our big goals in the back ground, waiting for the right time, the safest moment to take the leap. And yet the moment you step up and become very clear about what you want and how you will make your dreams come true, opportunities turn up almost instantly.
I have learnt to be a bit flexible and ask for 'The right opportunity for me right now,' or  'The ideal person to collaborate with', rather than specific things. Yesterday I began a Pinterest album with lots of designs for a Creative Office Space. I wrote at the top, 'I am ready to manifest this space but I'm not sure of the exact location yet'. Literally within 2 minutes an opportunity arrived, an opportunity literally fell on my lap as soon as I put a clear dream out there. 
Enjoy being BOLD and exploring your own genius, power and magic when you bravely begin to ask for what you deserve. 
Nel Hunter - Blissfully Present

Sunday, 6 March 2016

10 ways to love yourself fiercely and why this is so important.

From by Nel Hunter

I read a quote recently that has me thinking a lot about how important self love is and the impact it has on the people around us and how we treat each other.
‘Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done’. Rudy Francisco’s words ring true to me like no other quote I have read before. I do a little research and discover Rudy was born and raised in San Diego, California and has a B.A in Psychology and a MA in Organizational Leadership. He is known for poetry that enlightens the mind and I am certainly feeling that.
So how do we love ourselves fiercely? The word 'fiercely' conjures more than a bit of self talk and a vision board. Self love that has passion and drive behind it, stands out and demands respect. So this is my attempt to think of 10 self loving habits .....No let me reword that.....THIS IS MY VISION FOR MY OWN LIFE.
10 Ways to Love Yourself fiercely
1/ Be prepared to stand alone - take the step to have everything about your lifestyle, be a clear reflection of your inner passion and purpose.
2/ Nourish your body with only high quality fresh food - eat to energise and enhance the health of every cell in your body.
3/ Work on a strong mindset by feeding the brain with stimuli that inspires, awakens and educates you in the field you are passionate about specialising in.
4/ Get creative - explore 'self expression' in fun and innovative ways. Play with a variety of artistic genres until you find the right fit.  How exciting it is to put your own voice into a form that is visible, palatable, original.
(Watch your own habits of communication, even a small change in the tone of our voice attracts others. Find clear ways to speak and express your inner knowings in interesting new ways. )
5/ Get excited about life - what is it going to take to love your life? You can only ever try to be the best version of YOU and if you have decided you don't like yourself or your life then its time for a brand new attitude. Lots of things in life change how we feel about ourselves, and our lifestyle can be very influenced by other peoples choices and not our own.   It's time to take the reins and start creating a life you can be excited about.
6/ Play with your imagination  - rather than picturing the worst case scenario, focusing on problems and accepting you are stuck in a life that you are not passionate about, picture your dream life. Resist picturing the dream house, car, bank balance and knight in shining armour and imagine you are doing exactly what you want to do to, to be living with purpose, passion and freedom.
7/ Smile, stretch, walk, swim, laugh - take yourself on adventures, spend time with the people who you admire. Research and make plans to visit the places you are interested in.  Give yourself permission to be constantly interested in the world you live in.
8/ Challenge yourself regularly - Step out of your square as often as possible for this is where you grow. Try something new, do something that makes you a bit nervous, learn a new skill, sport or hobby.
9/ Be great at waking up to the present moment - As you do one thing you do all things, so do 'now' well. Make sure every step you take looks and feels confident and self assured. Step into this moment with an upright posture and a sharp awareness of your body and what you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. Fill your heart with gratitude, wonder and appreciation.
10/ Be kind - Nothing says 'I love myself' better than a person who is  offering acts of kindness from a place of high self worth. It says, 'I care for myself so that I can inspire you to care for yourself', rather than, 'You need me.' A person who is connected to their highest self offers  empowering love. ' The highest in me greets the highest in you.' 
We can spend our life waiting for self confidence or for others to come along and make us feel important or we can dust ourselves off and do what it takes to enjoy our own company and take full responsibility for making each day count.
If I return to Rudy Francisco's wise words.  ‘Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done’, I can see in my own life where I can step up and value myself more. It takes courage to play big and be counted. Sitting on the fence is just keeping our true self tucked away.
What new habits would you like to add to your daily routine so that your love for yourself stands out load and clear, inspiring healthy vibrant relationships in your life? Most people will only treat you as well as you treating yourself, just remember that.  Enjoy being the best version of you....thats your job!

Monday, 19 October 2015

How parents can stay calm during the HSC ???

I don't enjoy the HSC I am sorry to say, it is the one thing I still get nervous about for my daughters, although I try not to show it. It is not about the mark they are aiming for but the impact this whole experience is having on their well being, that I worry about. Three hour writing exams where you come out with blisters, pressure, pressure, pressure; comparisons, fears, constant study, more pressure. You have to wonder why we have set up such an extreme challenge for these gorgeous young adults in the name of education. What are we trying to prove?

Well one big positive that can come out of the HSC is that you learn how to handle pressure. (oh and getting an education is a privilege of course!) Life has a way of occasionally throwing up some tricky situations that test us. The ability to handle a challenge proactively is key. As parents there probably isn't a lot we can do by the time the exam starts to ease the pressure, aside from gentle encouragement, lots of compliments and questions like; 'How can I help?' Or 'What would you like to eat?' Followed by a 'You can do this, just do your best.'  (as we mutter...Life will go on no matter what mark you get and you can find a way into the course or career you want, with some determination or a good bridging course.)

Some children are stressed, some are working far too hard and not sleeping, some are a bit too casual. As parents we are trying to read the signs and make sure our son or daughter is Ok. The impact of concern can also be stressful for some parents. I don't like the process but I am not letting it stress me out. Our calm demeanour can have a very settling effect on a child under pressure. So I thought you might like some tips on staying calm when you are watching your child learn how to manage pressure.

At the end of the day we can't sit the exam for them (for many students, including my daughters, they can be pleased about that.) Watching a close family member or friend experience a challenge can be hard as well, when there isn't a lot we can do. A proactive approach is to be actively calm, healthy and happy. As soon as the HSC started my fitness routine improved, as did my eating and self discipline with writing goals. I want to be good company for Kaylie and have a great routine. so there are many opportunities for us to eat a great meal together, go for a walk or prepare for a great nights sleep.

I am living very much in the moment, enjoying the detail in each day (not hard as the weather in Sydney is divine) and also very mindful of my breath. Our own calming, deep and steady breath can have an impact on everyone around us. Soon the HSC will be complete, just as harvest begins and we will return to the farm for the next 'family challenge,' the long hours and rush of crop stripping, hay making and stock work, meals, bookwork, housework and keeping the garden alive.

I take my role as a mum very seriously but these days I realise that the greatest gift you can give your children is trust in them and your own happiness. My personal goals of getting my web site live and creating audio and eCourse products, feels so good. I feel like I am in line with my true purpose. Who would have thought the HSC could be so...manageable.

Good luck everyone...breathe well

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