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Restlessness and the Ordinary

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How cute is this gallery wall near my place, I love it!

So I’ve been feeling really weird lately, spiritually and mentally restless. I do get restless, and through out my twenties this just meant bouncing from one thing to another. Now I’m in my thirties I feel like it’s the first time I’ve actually had to weigh up my needs against my wants and my “now” wants against my “future” wants. It’s a strange sensation, but supposedly one that serves well as you get older! I’m not unhappy, don’t get me wrong, I’m just… restless!

I’ve been loving the idea of impermanence, and it just keeps popping up everywhere, as ideas often do once you fix on them.

I am so completely fascinated by the idea that we are matter expressing itself as a human.. matter that never stops changing and moving and interacting. I am quite literally a cluster of ever-changing and fluctuating energy in the form of protons, electrons and neutrons and so on. Did you know for example ninety-eight percent of our bodies’ atoms are replaced each year? I learned that from this article (which is great). The idea actually makes me feel really excited.

My friend went on a Vipassana retreat over the holidays and talked about how hyper-aware it made him feel, in terms of that idea of you being “a concentration of energy in a sea of matter”. Vipassana means “to see things as they really are”. During the retreat you practice noble silence (not talking to people) and do A LOT of meditation. I’d like to try it, but I think it would be a real struggle, but maybe a worthy one. The no talking maybe not so hard because I asked and you are allowed to talk to animals/insects/trees if you wish (don’t judge me) – but the sitting still to meditate – that I think I would struggle with. But from a spiritual point of view that struggling against your need to always DO (hello restless heart!) I see as a good thing, and probably something to consider. Have you ever done anything like this, or are you interested?

In other news, I’m planning a trip to the UK and Ireland and maybe some of Europe in August, so that’s exciting! I also started archery (so fun) and aerial yoga this year (also so fun). I highly recommend hanging upside down for any reason, it’s fun, and makes you feel good.

And on the opposite side of restlessness and constant moving a reminder to appreciate the every day and always look for the magical in the ordinary:

“As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being.  If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?” ~ Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

I found that lately too, also on Elephant Journal (great website). Maybe the universe trying to remind me that restless though we may be, there is beauty here, always. We just have to stop and look for it.

Happy New Year

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Did you have a good new years eve? Generally I’m not a fan of anything big, and judging by social media I’m not the only one. I saw that a study thinks it’s because we are disappointed when our expectations aren’t met. For me it’s just that I’m not always in the mood but the killer is getting home if you go anywhere (I’m in Sydney – we do a good new years but public transport, not so much). That said I actually had a really good time. It helps to not set expectations! We just had a few drinks in Surry Hills then came home to watch the fireworks from the Erko rail bridge then bed, glorious bed and to wake up in 2016!

2015 was a great year of learning for me. If I had to describe it in a spiritual sense, I’d say that I feel like all my atoms have come apart into a swirly pool of glitter and air and now they’re figuring out how to go back together. It’s crazy and beautiful and probably sounds totally nuts but I’m excited to run with it.

I went home to Wagga for the holidays, we have some great neigh-bours (they’re horses, get it?) and I just love flying over our gorgeous countryside!

 

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Also, I saw Star Wars and have you seen it because it is SO GOOD. Here’s R2-D2 & C3-PO in Lego @ Myer:

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And those Doctor Who leggings I invested in last month:

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I hope you had a great Christmas and here’s to an amazing 2016!

Spice Alley, Music & Crafts

Nothing to do with the title, but I just bought a pair of Doctor Who blackmilk leggings! 12am is not a good time to shop but could. not. resist. Look at this collection!

 

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Checked this out today (I’m two weeks into a current Roti obsession). It’s tucked away next to the Old Clare hotel (who have recently opened a pool/cocktail bar that looks AMAZING).

This is a cute little alley selling Asian goodies with various stalls and open seating. Payment is via pay pass or you can purchase a prepaid card to use which makes everything quick and easy.

This precinct based around the Central Park development in Sydney isn’t quite finished but you can already tell just how great it’s going to be.

 

Music

Work was a little stressful this week so I started out with a lot of Royal Blood and even revisiting Wolfmother, but the end of the week has mellowed out into a Holy Holy mood. I’ll also throw in Tame Impala for good measure, if you haven’t seen this clip yet then you should. I was lucky enough to see them at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt last month which was phenomenal!

 

Craft

Finished a wall hanging! This is the more sedate piece I said I was working on.
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Cheers to the weekend, I hope you’ve had a good week!

Week/Life in Review

I’ve tried practising my photography this week on pigeons and pelicans. I love birds, but they’re not that great at doing exactly what you want. Today I went into the city with friends to take some shots of buildings, pigeons and each other. Sydney is great for little nooks and crannies and interesting people. I have to see if I got any good shots! There are so many different aspects to get your head around when trying to use the manual settings on your camera, it’s insane. Luckily it’s not an unfun hobby to practice!

This is just going to be a general rundown.

Listening

Loving Grimes’ new album “Art Angels”. I was going to list favourites/highlights but the list was half the album… I am truly in awe of what an amazingly creative woman she is. Blood (fake) warning on this clip…

 

Making

This year I decided it was the year I’d start doing things I’d always said I wanted to do – you know, instead of just talking about it! So the first thing I did was take a crochet class.

I had bought hooks and wool and instruction books and watched youtube tutorials, but for the life of me couldn’t work out how to turn a corner.

I.e. do more than one line! I took a class with Laura at Paper & Pin, if you’re into craft she has some super cool tutorials on her blog.

So over winter I made myself some scarves and a started a few granny squares, but now I have finished my first real lap blanket and it’s really exciting (for me)!
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I also took a weaving class with Miss Helen about a month ago where I produced the following rainbow awesomeness:

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I’m working on something a little more sedate at the moment! Hopefully I finish soon and can share it with you.

 

How has your week been?