The story of Carly Soda

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It’s day one of a seven day snap lockdown here in Adelaide, Australia. I am one in 13 million Australians currently self-isolating at home after the latest COV-19 outbreak. Today I found myself watching a video posted by Laura Woods. The video was by Carly Soda, a creative from regional Victoria. Carly openly shared that like so many artists and creatives, she is struggling to keep her head above water. The cycle of lockdowns in Melbourne over the past 12 months has prevented her from accessing her clients who live there. Meanwhile, she is ineligible…


How adult play can help you reconnect with wonder and build wellbeing

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Games and other types of play are important no matter your age. Research highlights how imaginative and creative play is important for the development of children. It helps them grow in many ways — creatively, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Yet, it is also vital for adults (Robinson et al. 2020). It helps to reduce stress, stimulate the brain, and helps build connections with others.

In this story, I will share how imaginative play with miniature fairies has helped me rediscover wonder and impacted my wellbeing in a positive…


An example of how the Law of Return and kindness really work

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In our fast-paced modern lives, we are encouraged to dream big, do big and make something of ourselves. It follows that every action needs to be ‘engineered’ and ‘actioned’ to achieve big outcomes. But what happens when despite our best intentions, we fail to achieve greatness?

Over the past year, I have been reviewing what I understand about success and life. Like so many business owners, COVID-19 forced me to reset my projects and goals. As I assessed every aspect of my business, I realised that it was…


How walking meditations in Nature can help us relax and heal

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Walking in nature is beneficial for our health and wellbeing. As studies highlight, walking helps to keep us fit; it can increase our bone density, improve our muscle strength and even lower cholesterol (Griffiths et al. 2020, 126). Yet, Mother Nature offers potent emotional and spiritual medicine; what you might call ‘Vitamin G (Green)’. Many of us live in busy urban environments surrounded by buildings, tall and tiny, and bombarded with constant noise. As critical studies in the Netherlands and Sweden reported in the 2010s, spending large amounts of…


Reported sightings of a mythological creature in Northern Scotland

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Through the centuries, around the world, there have been reported sightings of mermaids; from Northern Europe to New World and Africa (see Hayman 2018). In this story, we will look at reported historical sightings recorded from the northern region of Scotland. These give us a glimpse into the Scottish imagination and what these legendary mythological creatures are like.

The Selkie of the Sea

The sea is a place of enchantment and mystery. Stories naturally flourish in places where wonder captures the human heart and imagination and the sea is one such place. There are folktales and…


Thank you for writing this refreshing and honest piece, Vico. You have given voice to many of my own concerns and challenges. I appreciate the conversation.


How adversity can inspire you towards your best path in life

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A dream that many of us share is to live a happy and healthy life. In a modern culture that is obsessed with beauty and youthfulness, there are tips and hacks for reaching your optimal state of health everywhere. There seems to be less authentic discussion about how to deal with adversity in health. Yet. as I have experienced, illness can act as a profound catalyst for becoming and uncovering your best path in life.

When illness strikes

This year I have been undergoing a major transformation. Just before COVID-19 struck, I was diagnosed with lupus. …


Principles for authentic living

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It may be a cliché, but one of the greatest keys to living life in an authentic way is to know yourself and be true — and this includes knowing your shortfalls and where you can grow. In this story, I share three principles I have try to live by and these are patience, persistence, and peace.

The Origin Story of the Three Peas

It has been almost twenty years since I first dreamt of the three peas. Five days before my twentieth birthday, I had a vivid dream. I was at a house, near the beach, and I was standing in a…


Moments of joy and wonder arrive when the portal of our imagination opens

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Recently, I have been exploring the mysterious and magical world of nature spirits. I confess that I have had a lifelong love of them. I was the kind of child who drew and wrote stories about the fairies, gnomes, and elves. However, I eventually stopped sharing stories because I was often made to feel embarrassed of my interest. Then, late last year, my life came full-circle, as I began to trace the footsteps of my Scottish ancestors. I am learning Scottish Gaelic and reading Celtic mythology. As…


Feed your spirit by spending time in Nature

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In more recent times, studies have shown that spending time outdoors is very beneficial for your health and wellbeing: for example, it can help fight short-term memory loss, reduce anxiety and stress, and improve your ability to focus.

I personally have experienced some of these benefits. Spending time outdoors has been one key way I have taught myself to reduce stress and anxiety but also cultivate mindfulness. Now in hindsight, I also consider that deepening my relationship with Mother Nature helped me express my creativity and find joy again after experiencing significant…

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Lisa is an Australian researcher, educator and artist and holds a PhD in Archaeology. www.ancientexplorer.com.au

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