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STILLNESS

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

My eyes were dry and sore, a disturbing reminder of my technology addiction and lack of productivity that day. It was the 3rd evening of 2015 and in my holiday leisure I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media from dawn till dusk.

Restless, fatigued and reluctant to let my phone go, I begrudgingly decided to practice some stillness. After thoughtfully arranging scented candles to complement the view of the city skyline and waterway I began to slowly stretch. Impatient, I decided to fast track to relaxation time and attempt meditation. Shortly after noticing the stars and the flickering of the candle at arm’s length my breathing slowed and almost instantly I felt grounded.

Suddenly it occurred to me that we don’t star gaze anymore… Our ancestors looked to the skies for hope, guidance and inspiration. Now we collectively look to our screens for thinspiration, fitspiration and emotional pornography of other forms. Cave men were once lost in the mesmerising fire flames; a meeting place, source of warmth, cooking facility and lifeline. Like the star and fire gazer, I adore watching and thinking or sometimes not thinking at all. Both the star and fire gazers enjoyed the freedom of stillness before we roamed then scrolled… They practiced the art of stillness often. An opportunity to allow the mind to wander, for the clutter and chaos of our thoughts to clear and to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

Three of my favourite things involve stillness. Watching the waves roll in, watching the fire burn and watching the stars. I believe it’s by design that I find so much joy enjoying all three. Man was made to do more than scroll, text and mind machines.

ROCK CLIMB BRISBANE

Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude. Some of my fondest moments were experienced with people I’d never see again. People who gifted me with knowledge or a feeling and carried on about their way. Have you ever heard the saying a stranger is a friend you’ve never met? You may be surprised how approachable and friendly most people are! 

I’ve always been in awe of extreme climbers, reaching new heights, these fearless adventurous spirits seem so carefree. Today I made some new friends! Dan and Matt x2 . These climbers lent me some special shoes and helped me to scale an 18m heritage listed cliff! I unexpectedly conquered a fear with complete strangers and loved it! The best things in life really are free.

Matt 1 let me in on a little secret. If you ever try rock climbing on a natural cliff you’ll naturally want to rely heavily on your arms, but the key is to drive up and lead with your legs. I was really surprised with how comfortable I was after learning this advice. 

So I dare you to do something outside your comfort zone, whether it be speaking to a stranger or scaling a cliff face – break the cycle – stray from the norm. And if it is climbing always do it with a spotter! 

Thank you @adrenalineshots for capturing this moment. Wearing @runstopshop http://www.runstopshop.com.au/

Portia x