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Sunday, 01 April 2012

Where do I live? Right here in the moment

Every second person asks me where I'm from but perhaps the more pertinent question is: Where do I live?

Before starting my pick-a-path adventure I used to spend far too much time living in the past or worrying about the future. Living day-to-day and simplifying my needs has reminded me the only thing we have for sure, is right now. To combat my brain-wandering I make time for activities that I can climb inside and get lost within, where time and space become irrelevant. Here are three ways I've found to keep me in the present moment:

Wave  Saratoga

1. Push and pull and push and pull - finding rhythm

On Wednesday I left Sydney on my bicycle 'Meg' on route to the central coast and it was the same old story. The first hour of every ride is a battle between my conscious and subconscious mind. The conscious part is thinking, 'Oh man, 3 hours to go, my bum hurts, where am I going, am I getting sunburned?' but slowly my subconscious brain takes over, like an old friend who places a reassuring arm on my shoulder and says, 'Don't worry, we'll be fine, just relax and enjoy the ride'. That's when I slip into an almost meditative state, as addictive as a flat white coffee but without the lull after the high. Check out the view at Saratoga when I finally arrived on the Central Coast of NSW in a loved-up, happy state.



2. Pulling a rabbit out of my pencil case - drawing out creativity

Just like cycling, getting out a sketch pad and pencil always feels like a mammoth effort. Procrastination kicks in and I cook a meal, check my email or braid my hair - anything except for starting. But once the first marks go down on the page my chatterbox consciousness stops asking, 'What should I draw? What if it looks crap?' and just gets on with it. I can lose an hour or two as I slip into a different world where I'm a magician and my pencil is the wand. This picture is one I drew when sitting at the Manly Wharf bar with my little cousin Bry.



3. Hoola hoop or do the funky chicken - you're never too old to play

After cycling with a 78 year old and babysitting a six year old, in the last few weeks I've seen first hand that age is just a number. For some reason with every year that passes (especially when it ends in a zero) we think our behavior has to change, normally in a conservative direction. Whether it's making up moves on the d-floor at a wedding or hoola hooping on the beach I try wherever possible to let go of self consciousness thoughts like, 'What will people think, what if I look stupid?'. When I relax and let all 31 years of imagination go wild it normally ends in a heap of giggly breathlessness, like yesterday's hoola hooping at Freshwater Beach with Ariyah and Sharne. 


Yesterday while sitting at Balmoral Beach in Sydney with friends, we spotted a woman who was enjoying her sandwich so much that we couldn't help but watch her eat it. With every bite she seemed to find new pleasure and she was completely unaware of anything else around her.

What are your tricks for getting lost in the 'now'?

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Latest Poll Results
New York: What will Indiana June do in the big apple?
21% Track down and visit Oliver Jeffers:
Renowned Children's storybook writer & illustrator
11% Walk the High Line:
A linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the elevated NY Central Railroad 
11% Be a NYC detective for a day: 
Part game, theatre and tour to discover some of NYC's most off-the-beaten path spots
13% Explore the City Hall Subway Station: 
Abandoned & hidden from the public for 60 years
12% Flying trapeze class:
Hone her circus skills learning how to fly on a trapeze 
30% NZ Flag + Statue of Liberty:
Bodypaint the NZ flag on her body and go up the Statue of Liberty
2% Go to Queens and find a 'Nanny' sound-alike:
Video someone with the nanny accent saying "noo Zealand, i love that place"
Voting closed | 204 VOTES
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