I’m journeying beautifully on my Noosa Camino. Every day life has given me an invitation to experience something new. I’ve melded into the places, the mental spaces. The vigour of being outdoors and creative surge have stippled routine. It has made me want to go further into the reaches of my day. To delve, accomplish, connect more with vitality, grace and the hallowed space that joins me to the sparkle in someone’s eyes. I follow Paul Coelho, author of the popular spiritual novel, The Alchemist, who wrote his first book after walking the Camino De Santiago. Coelho spotlights finding life’s pleasures in delicious crescendo when he says that God will finally ask of you only one question: Did you love enough?
I travelled with two impassioned friends one morning on the coastal track through the Noosa National Park at dawn. I could feel their happy energy and we chatted like the early morning birds.
I cycled on my trusty bike twice this week. Once early morning with Kevin, up and over hills to Sunshine Village, alongside an egg sun cracking its yolk over the ocean which beckoned us in for a swim. Later in the week I cycled to a business meeting early evening with my favourite music flowing from my backpack into the cool night. I have great fondness for the ability of my bike and leg power to get me so easily around Noosa. I follow this Instagram, Forgottenbike, which always transports me to a world of roaming in far away places.
Another Instagram favourite is full-time traveller, Brooke Saward’s WorldWanderlust.
One evening the first week of June, the sun put on this performance, reluctant to let go of its love for the day, smooching dramatic colour all over the sky. Lovers gazed, mothers and fathers preparing the evening meal glanced and felt the instant grace of the job at hand, students looked out and sighed thankfully at accomplished essay word counts.
Kevin, my faithful Camino buddy, joined me on an early morning run to the edge of one of the headlands in the National Park, called “Hell’s Gate”. The sea swirls menacingly below but on clear days turtles defy this evil wash to float and languish on the breaks. We ended the run with a swim at glorious Little Cove.
Another day this week I led Kevin through bootcamp on the beach, which was full of power poses to build us for the day ahead. Dr David Hamilton promotes this as a great way of “wiring-in” self love. In this amazing piece, he explains how your posture can change how you feel and why you should “fake it till you make it”.
I switched tempo to some calmer ways later in the week, stand-up paddling with dogs in the clear waterways of Weyba Creek.
The next day some keen travellers, my parents, stepped in with us along one of the Great Walks of Queensland up in the ranges. We stopped in Montville to buy fruit at a kerbside stall with an honesty box.
Then lunch and afternoon tea with lots of family banter and views across a pristine Winter sky.
It is always a special kind of harmony to side-voyage with my parents. They are such great company, so wise and of course, among my greatest supporters.
Motivational author and founder of Hay House, Louise Hay, reminded me that everything begins with self love and of her simple, charming mirror therapy, revisited in her Hay House health summit last month. “When you get out of bed, go to the mirror and say “I love you, I really, really love you” no matter what you look like first thing in the morning!” When Louise passes, and catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror, she says she finds herself fondly saying: “hey kiddo.”
I loved this article on “saying no”. “I had always been a “yes” woman. You know, that woman who wants to make everyone happy, not ruffle any feathers and above all, lend a helping hand,” says M. Shannon Hernandez.
Angela Mollard hit the spot in her piece “Turn Off, Tune In” where she advocates focusing on one task at a time above brain-cluttering multi-tasking.
Other gems in my week were:
- The emotionally direct cards cancer survivor, Emily McDowell designed that say the things she wanted to hear when she was ill.
- An emailed note from my faraway sister-in-law which made me miss her wise feminine ingenuity.
- A bunch of pastel mauve roses from my sister!
- My son confirming his purpose by sending me this tingling quote: “If you have a dream you have a responsibility to yourself to chase it, otherwise you’re just a dreamer.”
- This quick, healthy chocolate bark recipe which didn’t survive a day in my house!
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. organic maple syrup
1/3 cup organic cacao powder
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
Line a plate or baking tray with baking paper, place the macadamia nuts on top. Add coconut oil to a small saucepan on low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and add the organic maple syrup, whisking briskly until well combined. Add the cacao powder, stirring until well combined. Pour the chocolate over the macadamias, ensuring that they are evenly coated. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to set for 20-30 minutes. Take out and break apart to serve.
Love every mouthful!