To never give up or to let go?

I had an interesting thought about what this resolution is teaching me. I realised that it’s helping me to let go. Then I wondered… wait.. is that a good thing?!

All your life you hear about how important it is never to give up. Be brave. Follow your dreams. Never let anything stop you. But maybe this message, on delivery, go transformed into a different message and changed into something more like, “Never give yourself a break” or “run yourself into the ground” or “never give yourself a chance to see things from a fresh perspective”.

As I’ve spent the last year reading a few self help books, something that seems prevalent is this concept of “letting go”, and how healthy it can be to move on. So where is the line between recognising when to dig a bit deeper or simply move on… let go?

The past ten months I’ve finally made some progress with my goals in life. Not as much as I’d like, sure, but certainly more than I had at the beginning of the year. Something that has been central to the success has been the permission the resolution gave me to drop the whole thing after the end of each month and move onto something new, a different focus. It’s been really helpful in opening my eyes to the fact that there isn’t one way to get where I want to go. All of these goals I have are somewhat interlinked, and by allowing myself to move on each month I was able to discover new ways of achieving what I want most out of my life. It’s been a rather eye opening year.

Guess I better get back to doing then!

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Day one of spirituality

To kick off November? Time to get in touch with my spirit. I’ve had mind, I’ve had body, now it’s time for my soul. I’d like to connect with my spiritual and soulful side, that underlying current tha directs me in life. But the problem is, I’m not sure how to do that exactly, so I think the best place to start is by doing a bit of reading on the topic, and referring back to some books I’ve read that have mentioned it. PLUS, id like to see if a bit more Buddhist meditation is for me, so I plan on going to a Buddhist centre for just that once a week this month.

As for the rest of my steps towards living a more spiritual life? Creating that list is the first thing on my list!

Off I go to do.

Nature wrap up

Well I didn’t post as much as I’d intended this month, but I was busting myself with nature for much of that time, I went camping!

I spontaneously up and decided to reconnect with nature and go on a camping trip. It was a beautiful trip and so rejuvenating.

Something I did learn from this month though is the importance of doing some of my activities alone, and also practicing mindfulness while doing it. It’s hard to realllllly connect without doing that.

Otherwise, while I didn’t check off everything on my list, I did spend a lot of time with nature and I did regularly take time to notice my surroundings and appreciate it.

Definitely not the end of this journey, much more to do!

Day seventeen of nature

I’ve been busy! Yesterday I had lunch in a park instead of heading home, I did a Google search, and I made a list as a result! Here’s what I summarised the list down to so I can have a clearer focus for the rest of the month:

  • Make a commitment to nature  (check! ✔️ )
  • Stargaze
  • See a sunrise
  • See a sunset – somewhere beautiful
  • Go somewhere new (check! ✔️)
  • Go on a ‘day walk’ (aka a mindful nature walk)
  • Hit the park weekly – take shoes off!
  • Figure 8 pools at royal national park
  • A scenic motorbike ride
  • Beach it up – shoes off and even swim if can brave it!
  • Lake or river – swim?! 
  • Take 3 close up pics of nature and post about the experience
  • Spend 2 mins with nature first thing in the morning – noticing, appreciating, drinking it in
  • Sketch something in nature
  • Do 3 or more of above ALONE

So that’s my list of things to achieve by the end of the month. May not get through all of them but it’ll certainly help when I’m wondering how I can incorporate it into my day 🙂

I found the below lists helpful, and while you’re reading those, I’m off to do – in nature!

Day sixteen of nature

As I’m finding happening more and more towards the end of the year, I haven’t posted in a week! And it has reflected in my outcomes towards this goal. Monday-Friday I didn’t really do much about my goal except for occasionally noticing it around me and being grateful for having it at my finger tips. As far as immersing myself I. It for all its  wonderful restorative, grounding and uplifting power, I didn’t cease that opportunity really. Over the weekend I participated in a tree tops adventure experience, and though it was in a beautiful setting I honestly spent most of my time completing the challenges and high ropes tasks.

I still have two weeks left. My main challenge will be my insanely busy schedule. I have a lot of responsibilities and deadlines over the next fortnight, so prioritising and carving out time for nature will be difficult. I still hope I can spend my Sundays in nature though. If I work hard on my assignments during the week this is actually feesible, I think.

I’d like to go for a bush walk and see the figure right pools in royal national park, I’d like to go to sculpture by the sea, and there is also an outdoor art exhibition on Sydney observatory hill that I’d like to go to. All free too!

That’s what I’m discovering about this months goal, for all its rewards, nature is often a free activity/outing!  Which is great considering I’m trying to save for an overseas trip in Decemeber.

Anyway. I’m in a pretty good place the past week, and al feeling good, so I want to try and keep the ball rolling. I’m also trying to think of a way I can incorporate more nature into my day-to-day life… and it’s hard! The local park is nice but it’s not the immersion I’d like. Still, it’s better than nothing. I don’t have a national park unless I’m willing to drive for half an hour, and during the week that’s just not realistically possible. On my days off I could definitely have my lunch outside… that’s doable. I also read about a course that teaches the meditative potential of drawing nature, whilst it was booked out it’s certainly something I could look into. I’ve always loved the idea of sketching, I just always give up because I feel like I suck at it… which really isn’t the point but it’s hard for me to enjoy something I believe I suck at.

What else could be a good way to explore nature in day-to-day life?… I’ve been walking more! Less travel and transport, so that’s been nice. I might do a quick google search then post my results tomorrow.. 
Yep! Off I go to do!

Day seven and eight of nature

The past two days I’ve had a few options of being in nature but what I noticed were the things that actually got in the way of me being able to appreciate it. Yesterday I was babysitting and I found that all my focus was on worrying about her care (obviously) and thus I didn’t really take any of it in. We went to a wharf and for a walk along the waters edge and I didn’t really take in my surroundings once.

Today I did a tandem bike tour of a local beach destination and found that I was a bit consumed by angry feelings I was having towards my partner. I also found that I was more focused on socialising and chatting that on nature, which also prevented that fully immersive and almost ephemeral type of experience you have with nature. I think it’s nice to share these experiences with others, but I also noticed today that it can sometimes prevent them from happening at all.

I’m happy I still spent some time in the great outdoors this weekend, but I’d like to up my game next weekend. I have Sunday to do something special, so I think either alone or with my partner I go somewhere I can really get lost in.

Day six of nature

I’ve had a bit of a revelation. I realised that a lot of the time for these challenges, though I’m doing very little differently, just by having a focus I’m actually much more aware of what I already have. For example, so far it’d easy to say I haven’t gone out of my way at all to be closer with nature, and yet I feel like I’m noticing things all over the place. The feel of a soft breeze, the warmth of the sun, the colour of a flower, all these things are speaking to me in such a meaningful way, like they are suddenly not just been subconsciously noticed but in consciously noticing them they are reaching my soul.

Today I have a bit of a busy schedule so I won’t be able to, yet again, go out of my way for Nature, but with these things in mind I’m actually pretty ok with that as I know I’ll simply be appreciating what I already have that little bit more.

Day five of nature

Well I wasted an opportunity to go to the park this morning because I was hungover. Yet again, a mid week binge.

So I’ve decided two things, no more midweek alcohol, and I’m going to appreciate my interactions with nature for the rest of the day. I have a walk coming up around the city which can be nice or annoying depending on how you look at it.

I’m also going to meditate. I find that it helps remind me of what is important in life and will likely better help me appreciate Mother Nature today. Especially considering I’m not feeling very well.

Plus, I wore my spring skirt. That might seem silly, but it helps me feel light and breezy, just like spring. Somehow I feel more connected to Mother Nature when I wear it. It’s completely strange and I’m even the first to admit it sounds a little hippity dippity, but for me it’s true 🙂

So in my favourite skirt, off I go to do.

Day one, two and theee of nature 

My first few days I’ve had a few opportunities to appreciate nature. On the first I went to a park for a birthday party, at which I simply took some time to lay in the sun alone and just embraced its effect on me- pure contentment. On the second day, though I reeeeeally didn’t feel like embracing the beautiful day we were having (for some reason I just wanted to curl up on the couch despite the perfect blue skies), I let my boyfriend drag me to the local park where we through the frisbee, and I did a bit of exercise and meditation. It turned out to be really nice actually, and I’m glad for the effect it had on me. Made me realise how much more I need to do that.

Third is today. Today I won’t get to go to the park for my exercise this morning, but maybe I can do a bit of research on what new places I can explore this week. I can also look at opportunities to get organised for my regular life so that when I get chances to appreciate nature I can ACTUALLY lose myself in them rather than worrying about “other things I should be doing!

Off I go, what to do? Not quite sure exactly, but I’ll be doing something that brings me closer in line with the person I truly am, that’s for sure 🙂

October: nature

Nature.

A perfect way to follow on from a month of physical health. I’d like to use Spring for all it’s glorious natural beauty and immerse myself in as much nature as I can. I’d like to

  • have phone free or even device and screen free days
  • explore somewhere new in nature weekly
  • appreciate nature daily, being mindful of what i’m experiencing
  • add to the below list of ways to achieve getting in touch with nature throughout the month (i’m not expecting to tick all of these off my list, but it’s nice to have suggestions and things to come back to in the future).

 

Ways of achieving this could be to do certain types of activities:

  • bushwalks
  • visit national parks
  • anything with water (hard to use a device in the water!) (paddleboarding, kayaking, etc)
  • take my social groups outside too!
  • join a meetup group that goes for walks or something similar
  • look up bike paths, go for bike rides
  • start my day with a morning walk to the park
  • walks on the beach and around rockpools
  • royal national park figure 8 pools
  • rebook my treetops adventure climbing activity
  • commit to my tandem bike tour with my social group
  • go for motorbike rides to locations a little further away but still getting in touch with nature on the way
  • pot some more plants inc herb garden
  • look into composting?
  • try out rockclimbing through a facebook group that does it for real outside

 

October and Novemeber are going to be really busy months for me, but I’ve been going pretty well with this challenge this year so far, so hopefully it’ll continue through.

Off I go to do!