Koala spotting – can you see her?

Last month we visited Port Stephens, a lovely sea side town in New South Wales, Australia. One of the reasons I was interested in going there was to see koalas in the wild, something I have never seen before.

There is a koala feeding and resting habitat there called Tilligerry Habitat. We arrived at the habitat’s souvenir shop to pick up our free map of the reserve, then headed out on the 45 minute walk. The map had two red spots marking the locations of the most recent koala sightings.

Tilligerry nature reserve

The walk was stunning, with pretty wooden paths winding through huge trees however we didn’t see any koalas. We walked back to the souvenir shop and they told us of a koala living near the local police station, so we headed that way.

We arrived at the police station and parked under a gorgeous big gum tree. I started following a path towards a mini forest. It was a lovely green area, a setting where I thought for sure our mystery koala would be living. My husband and our daughter stayed behind at the big gum tree, certain that there was a reason a bucket of water sat at the base of the tree.

As I walked the windy path observing the lovely big trees with my two sons, they decided they would race back to where their Dad was, unmoved at the large gum tree. My daughter caught up to me and spotted eight or more rainbow lorikeets that she had to photograph, and as she started my youngest son was motioning excitedly at me to return, to the original big gum tree.

Photo courtesy of flickr.com
Photo courtesy of flickr.com
There are lorikeets in this photo taken by my wonderful daughter
There are lorikeets in this photo taken by my wonderful daughter

High up in the tree was a beautiful, soft and cuddly looking, sleeping koala .

Right above our original parking spot!

The beautiful koala in her own habitat. Can you see her?
The beautiful koala in her own habitat. Can you see her?

Limited time? Grab some mindfulness and fitness to go!

time clock
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If you have a limited time budget and want to input some healthy habits into your life without breaking your time bank then keep reading…

Among many things, fitness helps prevent disease and obesity, and relieves stress. Mindfulness also has many benefits, including helping ease anxiety and stress. Sounds like a lot of stress relief here! So why not aim to have a little of both in your life every day?

This week I have been watching two great videos, a five minute mindfulness meditation and a seven minute workout. I have shared before the benefits of mindfulness, and there is also scientific research behind the seven minute workout showing how it can provide health benefits.

Video links – feel good in no time at all

1. This great seven minute work out:

Via this link if you’re interested http://7-min.com/

2. Awesome mindfulness meditation, it is only five minutes and puts the focus on listening to bells:

Oh and since I’m new to posting videos on WordPress here is the YouTube video with a quick ‘how to embed a YouTube video on WordPress’ guide that helped me:

Enjoy!

Hello Reiki, talk to me

Reiki Japanese text

Today I had my first ever experience with Reiki. I took my youngest son for a body talk appointment and I was really impressed with the whole session. It was a non-invasive, genuinely relaxing healing process.

A Reiki practitioner locates and relieves problems of energy flow in the body. The word Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words – Rei which translates to “God’s Wisdom or Higher Power” and Ki which means “life force energy”.

The synchronicity of the appointment with my son was obvious straight away. He is learning Japanese and this week Japanese students came to his school, and as the practitioner walked us to the room she told us she had been a bit busier today as she had a Japanese student staying with her. If you don’t think that is enough and you are rolling your eyes right now (like my husband did) she also explained she was getting ready for her grandson’s visit this afternoon, and his name was the same as my son’s name. You nodding yet?

So I won’t go on too much about it but I really felt the session was fantastic. It involved gentle touches on my son’s arms, feet, abdomen and head; combined with simple questions and answers from the body itself. The two pearls of wisdom from the wonderful practitioner I would like to share were:

“Feel the energy running down your body, like a feeling of water maybe running through it.”

“Imagine a plunger at the top of your head, pushing all the bad energy down through your body into your feet and out into the Earth.”

Made me feel so good, sitting there and imagining the energy running through my body, and it wasn’t my appointment!

creek-water flow

霊気 by ケリー

Wanna be happy?

If you’re pushed for time and want a quick response to the title question, all you need to read is this first paragraph! Do one thing a day that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to cost a thing. It just has to be something that puts a smile on your face.

My one thing today is my coffee. You choose what is right for you but if coffee is on the list try ordering something completely different maybe, variety is good. Be there with the coffee (okay, that sounds creepy but I just mean really taste it, smell it, etc.). Enjoy and if the mood strikes you, share below what your one thing will be today.

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This time I’ll listen

Gut feeling? Intuition? Guides? Instinct? Are they all the same or are there differences? If I tell you I’m trying to “listen to my guides” do you think I’m crazy but it’s okay to say I’m “going with my gut feeling?”.

I don’t have the answers, today I just want to get it out there that I am listening, I’m trying to get off this merry-go-round with my occupation and find something that gives me a sense of fulfillment, of contribution. To see more beauty in every day.

Image from www.pixabay.com
Image from http://www.pixabay.com

The only lesson you need

Have you ever had the same argument with (maybe) the same person year after year? Feel like you’re on a merry-go-round that never stops? I have. After having this same argument again today I decided to take time out and check my email, and I had a free mindfulness lesson waiting for me from the website http://peacethroughmindfulness.com.au/

Many times I don’t take the lessons straight away as it may not be an appropriate time however today I dove (is that a word?) straight in. It was a great lesson with a simple message to pay attention to your breath, I enjoyed the lesson so I decided to check the website and see if I could post a link here but instead found the great pic below. Sorry you’ll have to check the website yourself if you are interested in the lesson that I referred to, however I think the pic below sums it up nicely.

And what I took from today’s argument and lesson was that I can only control myself, and my breath is a great place to start. So if the same argument occurs again fingers crossed I tackle it differently. My breath will definitely be there anyway 😉

It gets easier every day.