Lessons from a seaside village in Germany

SEEKER, WANDERER

Fresh back from 12 days in Germany I’ve been reflecting on my time spent there; the people I met, the places I visited and the experiences I had. This caused me to think about some of my observations and prompted me to share some of the lessons I learnt from my time there…

I was based in Strande, a seaside village just north of Kiel in the North East of Germany on the Baltic Sea. It was summer time and the weather glorious. Roses were blooming everywhere and the birds were tweeting. People were happy and friendly and my lack of knowledge with the German language was no barrier.

After hiring a bicycle on the first day I set about exploring the surrounding countryside and coastline and this is what I found…

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way…

One morning while peddling along the bike path I came upon a lighthouse with a little cafe nestled at it’s base. Brightly coloured flowers bloomed in pots and stripes deck chairs were arranged comfortably in the garden. The owner was a cheery lady who was happy to speak in English thankfully as it put me out of my misery of not having a grasp on the German language. We struck up a conversation and she told me of how she had started her little business, some of the history about the lighthouse and some stories of some of her visitors. She asked where I came from and I shared stories of my home and family and my plans to go exploring on my bike. Before long we were having a good old laugh, she pointed out a few bike paths and I left feeling rather buoyed by our spirited conversation. I guess it goes to show that if you greet people with a smile they are more often than not willing to respond with mutual respect and kindness.

Meaningful Connection Is The Key To Happiness...

My home away from home was right on the promenade across from the beach which had a great vantage point for people watching. It’s fun to see how people interact and I love watching the subtle differences you see in other cultures. One of the most significant things I saw was the connections people had with one another. They took the time to stop and chat, maybe a touch to the arm and a smile before moving on. Fathers playing with children, elderly people strolling arm in arm and almost everybody had a dog that was also making connections! Everybody it seemed was happy and content just being. Sometimes people would be engaged in conversation for ages with seemingly no rush. Just being in the moment, and each moment was important. Maybe being a small village had something to do with it but it made me think how nice it was that everyone was connected in some way. How are your connections with the people you see everyday? Do you know your neighbour? Do you chat to the cashier at the checkout? What about your partner and you children? Do you take the time each day to truly connect on a deep level?

A Dip In The Sea Sets You Up For The Day…

Early each morning I noticed people dressed in their robes make their way down to the sea for a dip. It seemed rather a reverent affair, more like a ritual, as they disrobed and made their was across the stoney shoreline and out into the water. Now it may have been summer but the water was still cold and I personally couldn’t come to terms with it but I am in awe and have total respect and hope that now I’m home I may well take it up as part of my morning routine come summer. Until I’m brave enough I’m going to try turning the hot tap off first in my morning shower and having a quick rinse under the cold water to get the heart pumping for the day. There is scientific evidence that such practice can activate the immune system and help with removal of accumulated waste! Ah… those Germans. I think they’re onto something.

Contemplation Brings Peace and Perspective…

The other thing I noticed was that people would often sit quietly on a bench seat and look out over the sea. Sometimes they were alone but more often than not they were with someone else. Perhaps they had said all they needed to say but it struck me as a beautiful thing that you could sit in silence and be comfortable with one another without feeling the need to keep talking to fill the space. I spent quite a lot of my time alone and so found myself in contemplation much of the time as well. It was good. And like a meditation there was time for ideas to drop in, time for rumination of thoughts and then just time for stillness…

Move Your Body Everyday! Have More Fun and Spend Time In Nature…

I didn’t see a lot of fat people over there. I mean some people had a stocky build but you didn’t see overweight or obese people. Partly due to the fact I guess that everyone seemed so active. Every day I saw a lot of people out walking and cycling. I found myself checking out calf muscles and ankles and it was apparent that the fitness levels in even the elderly was impressive. And speaking of the elderly they all seemed quite spritely. One day I saw a lady of 60 or so out with what seemed to be her mother, both enjoying a beer and a laugh! There were happy people out and about everywhere and it really was the most wonderful feeling to be surrounded by happy people out in Nature enjoying life!

These were the lessons that I learned in a seaside village of Germany… I hope you enjoy them…

Bushflowergirl xox

Embrace Life with the Power of Nature

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New Beginnings…

DREAMER

They say there’s no time like the present.

And it’s also a New Moon so it seems like the perfect time for a new beginning!

Bushflowergirl started out just as a dream… a place to put my thoughts… my yearnings… my wanderings… a place to share my insights and love of the Natural world through words and pictures…

It still is… All that and a whole lot more

Bushflowergirl is growing up… She’s starting to speak up and take up space in the world… More confident… more in tune to herself and wanting to share what she has learned…

There’s so much to share I’m bursting to get started!

Enquiry, acknowledgement, calling back the lost parts and then transformation… and it keeps happening over and over going deeper and deeper each time… HOW EXCITING!

I still intend to share with you my wanderings, my dreams and the results of all my seeking but I want to also share with you an opportunity to work together… for me to share my gifts with you…

So WELCOME to the new look and feel of BUSHFLOWERGIRL

I hope you enjoy this new space and you feel comfortable here…

Poke around a little and see what you think… Let me know by leaving a post in the comments or sending me a message… I’m also on Facebook and I’m in love with Instagram if you prefer… occasionally I even Tweet!

And of course if you have any questions at all I’m here to be of service, to guide you on your path to happiness, joy and freedom by reconnecting with all your parts through Nature and celebrating with like minded folk…

I invite you to join the Bushflowergirl e-News Tribe and in return you will receive the Bushflowergirl Nature Journal downloadable pdf as my gift to you… It’s a place to start recording your own personal transformation as you Embrace Life with the Power of Nature...

Much love and gratitude to you all for being with me on this path to a contented life… It is my wish that we can all find true happiness, love and joy in this lifetime…

Love always from Bushflowergirl xox

Grounded in Nature…

DREAMER

Being grounded to me feels like coming home. It is my happy place…

It means being completely comfortable, open and true to myself. It means being fully present, relaxed and confident of who I am. An inner knowledge that I am exactly where I’m meant to be at this time in my life. I feel peaceful yet purposeful. I feel a strong connection to the Earth and to fellow man-kind. It is a reminder that we are all here for each other. But most of all I feel my heart expanding. I’m so grateful for the beauty of Mother Nature and the way she makes me feel. My cup runneth over… And when I’m in this place I can help others without depleting myself; I can be creative without running dry; I have unlimited energy, thoughts and kindness…

It’s like coming home, to me…

Some ways to Ground yourself:

  • Spend some time in Nature; a walk, swim, picnic, bike ride, surf, horse ride, anything you love to do that connects you with Mother Earth
  • Tend to your garden or someone else’s; if you don’t have a yard plant some herbs or flowers in pots and tend to them daily or join a community garden
  • Get close with an animal; whether it’s a domesticated pet or a bird on your windowsill or a lizard in the park, spend a moment of time with them. Really look at them and see if they try to connect back with you
  • Take off your shoes!!! Feel the Earth beneath your feet, the soft grass, the sand or even some cool mud. Let your feet breathe and enjoy everyday
  • Hug a tree! Seriously. Get to “know” the trees in your neighbourhood; how they sound, how they smell, how they feel, when they flower. Listen to their whispers

For me I like to walk in the bush… the many birds, insects and trees… by a creek or along the coast… It stirs the soul…

So how do you ground yourself?

Leave a comment… I’d love to hear xox

Sensing Nature…

SEEKER

Have you ever had a moment in nature when you felt totally content? A flicker in time where you felt at peace with where you’re at but also felt clarity as to where you are going? You find an answer you have been seeking or can clearly see the future direction you must take. Where you are just accepting of this time and space in this world? You are content. Or perhaps exhilarated and exuberant and bubbling with joy. For in this moment things just make sense. A homecoming of sorts to where you find yourself and where the true you feels happy and safe to be just you…

This is Mother Nature connecting with your Soul. We have all the answers we need within and by connecting with Mother Nature, or Gaia, or Source she has a calming effect on our mind, body and soul. She is nurturing and kind and we are all connected within and throughout her. If you take the time to listen to yourself, her messages, her whispers will all come through.  She has wisdom beyond our wildest dreams. And all we need to do is listen…

Listen…

Listen to the sounds of nature all around you… the little birds, the crickets chirping, a dog barking or a possum on the roof… Sometimes it’s just stillness… There is no sound… Hear the sounds of the wind as it ruffles through the trees or roars overhead… Recognise the symphony of the ocean or it’s gentle little wash as the tides ebb and flow… There is music all around us!

Feeling…

Feel the earth beneath your feet as you walk barefoot on the sand or run through the soft grass… Touch the velvety soft petals of a rose or cradle a prickly seed pod in your hands… Let the rain fall down upon your face or the wind caress you as it passes by… Splash in a puddle or surf like a dolphin on a wave… Embrace the warm sun on your back or from a crackling fire… Let your body feel alive!

See…

See the beauty of nature wherever you may wander… The clouds drifting by on your morning commute… or the dazzling blue sky of summer…  the sun peaking through your window as you enjoy your morning cuppa… A tiny weed growing up through a crack in the footpath… Walk through a garden or park alive with flowers or pick some for your own table… Witness the power of a raging river or climb to the top of a mountain for a breathtaking view… Lie under the stars in wonder and awe… Truly see the splendour of Nature!

Taste…

Let the food you eat tantalise your taste buds… Seek out the most nutritious produce for yourself and family… Find a Farmer’s Market and enjoy the community spirit while you source your food… Savour new delights and delicacies… Allow yourself to be adventurous and try new things… Slow down, chew your food properly and be mindful when you eat or drink… Celebrate the taste of Nature!

Visualise…

If you ever find yourself all alone or unable to be in nature take solace from knowing that you have your own inner resource with you wherever you go…

Close your eyes and take a deep breath… in… and out… in… and out…

Imagine a place in your mind, it may be real or imaginary, where you feel truly at peace… a place you like to visit where you can be just you… somewhere you feel secure and nurtured, where abundant love surrounds you… listen to the sounds of your sacred space, feel the sensations in your body and see the magnificence in your mind’s eye…

Stay here as long as you like… listen to your heart and let it reveal to you it’s secrets…

For this is your special place and accessible at any time you need to come home…

What would you say…?

SEEKER

Hello loyal followers!

I’m feeling refreshed and revitalised, renewed and enthused and bursting with creative energy to share with you some things I have learned to live a more authentic life with more joy and abundance in accordance with Mother Nature as my guide.  Is this a journey you might like to undertake too?  If so how may I help you too?  Take a few seconds to respond to the poll below and I’ll do my best to provide relevant engaging and inspiring posts for you…

bushflowergirl xo

 

One Hundred Years From Today

DREAMER, SEEKER, WANDERER

FRIDAY 25/11/16:

I’m in Byron Bay tonight and for those that have been here before you understand that the town has a heartbeat that beats to the sound of a bongo. Heck the welcome sign as you enter this laid back beach town even invites you to join it’s rhythm…

– Slow Down – Chill Out – Relax –

Young people in particular are drawn to this area. They mingle in small groups and straggle across the roads linked arm in arm from one happy place to the next; they sprawl out on the lawn that flows down to the beach past pandanus and seagulls; they stuff themselves into cafes and little restaurants along Bay Lane wedged in elbow to elbow. All smiling. All beautifully in touch with the moment. That moment of just being. Carefree. That moment of endless possibility. And they all seem so happy and beautiful. Not just in the physical sense but in that most contented phase of bliss where they are just enjoying life and seeing what it has to throw at them.

It’s a very nice feeling and the higher vibration soon imbues itself on all those that come to visit the area.

The moment I arrive in town I head straight up to the lighthouse on the point. The most Easterly point of mainland Australia. Somewhat an icon in this area and I must visit for tourists the imposing white tower juts up into a ridiculously blue sky warning all seafarers of the dangers that lurk below her headland. Sea birds drift on the up currents winging their way this way and that and the waves roll gently onto rocks below churning up the clear water. As I’d been driving for nearly four hours I just pay the $8 bucks to the friendly park ranger to park my car in the National Park grounds. I didn’t even blink an eye. Clearly the vibe had already entered my subconscious. Maybe because I had the windows down as I drove through town I mused. Ah, what the heck… the path of least resistance and is it really going to matter next week, next month, next year?

The coffee machine has made it’s last shot for the day so I celebrate with a decadent chocolate ice cream instead. I forgot that NSW operates on Daylight Savings Time during the summer months so I’m an hour later than I thought I was. (Although not technically – it’s just they like to think so!) Which also means I have less than an hour to view the lighthouse, check into my digs and get to the bookshop for an author talk I thought would be fun to go to. Easy. Remember, I’m just going with the flow…

The first person I see as I approach the corner bookshop with it’s white timber verandah and Illawarra flame tree spreading out a flowery red carpet is no other an William McInnes himself. The author I’ve come to hear speak. He’s quite tall and somewhat older than I remember although still handsome and charming.  I recognise that familiar Queensland sarcasm and wit which makes Queenslanders so endearing. He seems like a fun bloke, perhaps a bit of a larrikin and we exchange a little chit chat and share a laugh or two before he is set upon by some eager fans who have also forgotten the time difference and are in a flap to spend as much time as possible in his company. I smile as I make my exit to mingle with some friendly looking locals.
Margaret is a vision in her buttery yellow nylon outfit with the flower in her hair the only give away  of her kindness which is masked by her cynicism and dry sense of humour. Nick and his wife are along for a laugh (and a free glass of bubbles or two) before they head off to The Green as they affectionately call the Bowls Club for dinner, presumably crumbed chops with mash and veg.
The talk gets underway and we are soon swept along for a rollicking ride with tales of growing up and the little things that we remember, the people we rub shoulders with and the funny things they did, the mischief we get up to. All the flotsam and jetsam that fill the gaps and the spaces in-between the major milestones of life, the meaningless things, the seemly unimportant things until we muse upon them and then realise that they are the things that ultimately weave their golden threads throughout our lives and hold it all together. He speaks fondly of his parents and how they are no longer with him. He reminisces and can hear the sound of their voices in his mind as he recalls how their own unique quirky ways shape and mould us into the people we are today. And it’s the everyday things. Habits, sayings and mannerisms. It gets me to thinking about my own life and what we will be remembered for. Chances are it won’t be for money, fame or fortune so it’s time to make every day count. Slow down but also enjoy more. More of the little things. And to have a crack at a few new things too. Enjoy every moment and realise that this is your life.

The night ends with a short rendition of Dean Martin’s 100 Years From Today and as I stumble out into the night rubbing shoulders with the young beautiful people I somehow think they already have it all worked out.

Live a full life for one day all you will have will be your memories and the legacy you leave behind… Let’s make it a good one.

William Mcinnes’ latest book FULL BORE is available at good bookshops now

The Byron Bay Lighthouse is open 365 days of the year and is operated by National Parks

For a pleasant stay in Byron I recommend BYRON SPRINGS guesthouse.

Listen to Dean Martin 100 Years From Today for some inspiration xxx

(This is a personal account of a night in Byron Bay. I have no affiliates with any of the above mentioned links.)