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…

Play with wonder and create magic.

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Believe it or not, we are all creative and nurturing our relationship with Creativity is vital to living a full and enriching life. When we develop a loving and respectful relationship with this sacred force, we give ourselves permission to be child-like. At the same time, we also set down the heavy load of expectations and demands.

In this busy world, I so often see creatives crumble and collapse by placing too much pressure on themselves. They are endlessly chasing certain outcomes, hustling for money and validation. Many also struggle with perfectionism. …

A practice to teach yourself to sit with uncertainty

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Uncertainty is a word that echoes around me at the moment. During these strange and difficult times, I have heard over and over again, ‘things are uncertain’ and ‘I don’t know what is going to happen ...’. I too have found myself uttering these words.

I confess that one of my major triggers of anxiety is uncertainty. I fear what I can’t control and have done so since I was little. For many years worry controlled and defined me, becoming a dominant part of my personality. I worried so much during…

Ponca Stories of Courage for Uncertain Times

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Reading and listening to the words of others can be a wonderful source of inspiration, especially during difficult times; such as those we are currently experiencing. Words can move us, feeding both our hearts and minds. They too can help us see the world from different angles and inspire us into action.

Today, citing the words of others is a popular strategy utilised by entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations to communicate to their tribe what their core values are and which experts, authorities and influencers they align with. However, during the process of cutting…

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Lisa is an Australian researcher, educator and artist and holds a PhD in Archaeology.

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