The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens .
The places these photos are from is Cumberland River Camping grounds, White Beach in Tasmania (just around the corner from Port Arthur) and Riverview camping grounds in Ocean Grove! I can’t wait to keep checking out more places!
When I say camping I really do mean Glamping. I’m not going on a 10k hike into the hills carrying everything I need to survive. I mean taking everything to make the trip as comfortable as possible- the champagne, the feather duvet, lights and lanterns, incense to “enhance the romance” and the kitchen sink.. almost literally. Running water, flushing toilets and hot showers!
Camping or Glamping you just can’t put a price on waking up to the morning chill or going to bed under the stars and saying goodnight to the moon!
But I was still working for someone else.
What are you prepared to do, or how involved are you prepared to be – for the money they’re paying you?
What does OFF THE GRID MEAN?
Thinking about my upcoming trip to America to Burning Man (OMG I STILL NEED FLIGHTS) I have been looking at some amazing pictures of Off the Grid homes. Check out the photos on my photo blog: http://onlypinkthings.tumblr.com/ They’re beautiful and more and more I am craving the bush, camping, water in lakes and rivers. Which is ironic considering Burning Man is a desert. In a dried up lake bed. However it is self sustainable, and eco-friendly… for the week that the city exists…
I’m looking forward to a week offline, disconnected and blissfully out of touch with reality.
Living off-grid, or off-the-grid (OTG) means living in a home that operates without using municipal water, gas, power, sewage, or other publicly supplied utilities. Instead, off-grid homes use renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal technologies. A number are heated via wood stoves. Many also use a number of inventive water capturing and repurposing systems, such as rain barrel water collection, grey water systems, composting toilets, energy-efficient appliances, energy-efficient lighting, non-electric/hand-powered appliances, and passive heating/cooling systems (which involves the use of methods such as layering clothing for warmth during cooler months and closing window blinds to keep out heat during warmer months).
Our modern world has jaded the population into believing we need certain things in order to survive. The internet, for one. A cell phone. A car. But what if I told you a person could have all of these things, and still live off the grid?
Nick Rosen, author of Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, says: “You can’t get off all of the grids all the time. It’s a question of which grids you choose to get off of and in what way and for how long. [But] going off the grid is not a game. It’s real life and a real choice for real people.”
“The era of 40 acres and a mule has been replaced by the era of a half an acre and a laptop and a solar panel.”
You must love yourself first and foremost. It wasn’t until Amani and I had done much inner healing work on ourselves that we had the adhikara to attract this kind of partnership. You get what you put into the world, especially in relationships where the other person is always your clearest reflection. If you fill yourself with love, love will be reflected. One person could never be everything you need, and it’s selfish and unreasonable to place that burden on someone. Instead, be whole unto yourself.
Fill yourself with radiance, love, fullness, dreams, aspirations, joy, beauty, and magic and you will find that your partner is simply pouring magic and wonder out of their pores for you as well. Then you exponentially better each other. Become vessels, and like two mirrors held to one another whose mere proximity turns them into an infinity mirror, you will grow infinite depth between you.
A person’s heart is a precious and highly sensitive gift — don’t grip it! Hold it gently and reverently in your open palm, let it soak in the fresh air and sunshine. It’s been caged in your partner’s ribs for so long. Now that it’s with you, give it the freedom to fly. To love someone unconditionally is to desire their happiness without rules and conditions as to how they may seek it, or to require that they appease your own selfish comfort zone and personal triggers. To trust someone completely is to honour and value their integrity, to know they will make good decisions for themselves and the partnership. When you are free, every day you spend together is a conscious choice you make — a privilege rather than an obligation.
Quotes directly from here: Burning Man and Wife
I’m currently learning a brand new way around my heart on a new level. I’ve been doing allot of reading, self analysis and love. Talking to a psychotherapist and really learning to love myself and understand my purpose and sense of personal value to myself.
It’s a glorious experience. I’m glad I have the intelligence and self awareness. It’s exciting and empowering to fell strong and grounded. With that foundation I can entertain the idea of sharing my life and affections without losing my own self, and be strong, relaxed and confident doing so. Although without acknowledging my vulnerability and nerves – it’s an exciting prospect, possibility. Adventure…I’m looking forward to going back to Burning Man 2015 to revisit my awareness of myself.
Looking back to last year: So there I was, walking through the desert, tears streaming down my face, wondering why the hell I had spent so much time and energy to get here. For what, I wondered? For this sensation of being completely overwhelmed and this moment of loneliness? Realising that I needed to love myself, like really open up and experience life, be open to experiences.
I realised that this feeling of overwhelming angst and complete sensory overload, that the fact that my system literally couldn’t handle one more thing (in retrospect) is exactly what I had come for — the time and space to get real with what I was feeling about the my life at large, to actually take the time to feel the stress in my body due to overwork, non-stop noise and complete lack of opportunity for a break or real mental rest, go-go-go, me-me-ME world we are living in.
Time to reconnect with the real inner me; not the appearance, the perception or any of the responsibilities of day to day life.
2015 has been such a year of heart warming growth, friendship, excitement and love. I look forward to the curve ball and discovery that will happen this year. That week where the Default world stops and gives me a moment to experience sensory over load and GET what I’m actually feeling. Dig up my subconscious feelings and become at peace with all the change, the emotion this year has already thrown at me – and the rest I anticipate experiencing between now and then.
They did say “Welcome to Melbourne” when we were complaining about numb toes!
If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!
We’ve family over this weekend from New Zealand so I am super excited to be playing the role of tour guide around Melbourne. We’ve planned to go back to some of the places we have loved and run around the city to explore some new adventures.
I think the highlight of the weekend will be visiting an Asylum on a ghost tour. Not the kind you wander around looking at the outside of spooking looking buildings but where you go in, professional equipment and all!
If you’re feeling in that hideous rut, take a leaf out of my go-getter-book and put that sparkle back in your eye by looking forward to something. We’ve found googling what to do in an area really highlights a number of things that we wouldn’t have even thought of doing initially.