As the world is changing consciousness is growing and many people are feeling like they can’t keep on doing  what we have been doing that gets us by, but definitely doesn’t get us high (on life). If we were buzzing with content we wouldn’t need our vices, our holiday destinations because we are happy with exactly how we are and exactly where we happen to be.

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It  was simply put in front of me this week in the form of a Ven diagram. What we are good at doing and what we are paid to do is a profession. What we are paid to do and what the world needs is a vocation. What the world needs and what I love can be seen as a mission and what I love and what I am good at doing is my passion. The combination of these things is your purpose and is very much worth the journey.

To live our purpose is the combination of our mission, our vocation, our passion and our profession and can be seen as the motivation for so many people to be working for themselves now.

If you have been or are in a dark place not knowing what you are here for, we can take it one step at a time, one gift of gratitude, one affirmation, one hug of a tree, and some calming breathes because you are here for a reason.

The year 2020 is intense in a number of ways but had many positive outcomes at the same time, it has helped many people to start to question what they have been prioritising. A much needed pause for many of us to change our ways of being in the world. To use less, to value the small moments of human connection. To remind us our physical bodies and those of our family, friends and people in our extended community can leave the earth in an instance.

Death is a great motivator. It can be hard to accept at first but death is a part of life and by thinking about how we will be remembered can be just the thing we need to love the life we have and not waste too many moments going on doing things we don’t like doing.

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Over time I have began to edge more and more towards doing what is good for me, living for myself, trying not to let others opinions get in the way. I value the earth, nature and Australia is such an incredible place to live and experience nature, forests, oceans, waterfalls, and an array of wildlife. The average person has space for a garden to grow, houses are common for Australians, we are lucky for the expansive spaces. I value eating vegetables, fruits, legumes, and coffees with strong natural flavours. I value the conversations I have and the people I met, because this is part of the school of life, it lets me empathise easier, and understand others situations and reasons for being who they are. That is a whole other topic – why people are the way they are.

I have been living a life more aligned with my values, so over time I’ve seen the pattern emerging that I have become more and more selective with what kind of work I will do, as it’s not fun working among people who don’t ‘get it’, I prefer working for the change-makers. The companies that don’t understand there’s more to life than profit and the plastic they endlessly use for example will have more of an impact then their human life. Basically it’s helped me along the way to find my tribe. I am still on the path and maybe there is no actual end point and I haven’t quite got to the sweet spot of living my purpose completely but my intention for sharing this is that it will let you know we’re all in this together, making changes for the better.

 

LOVE,  Hazel Hearth

Every Plant has a Purpose

If we had the knowledge of all the weeds around us and how we can best use them, we may not waste another plant. In the world of Permaculture we eat them, give them back to the earth, make a tea, put them in a vase, feed them to the animals, find out the characteristics of a space, moisture, sun and soil quality too. It’s amazing, you’ll find that every plant indeed does have a purpose.

Just as every plant has a purpose so too does every person. This is where mainstream society may have failed us. In the past and maybe today still if you didn’t thrive in the school system, you didn’t achieve good marks, you were seen as some what useless and your value seemed meaningless. There was no way to measure on paper your childhood fantasy stories that could engulf a group of fellow children down your rabbit hole, there was no value in wearing second hand, you may have been seen as peasant-like not an ethical icon as the title you were more deserving of, your uniqueness is not meant to be a curse, it was something we would like to know for the greater good, the benefit of the world.

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The world is changing at a fast pace and our children’s knowledge will lead us in the right way. I remember moments in my life where nothing really made much sense the way things are done, how things are made, how long a product lives and where it goes to degrade made no sense, other than a quick thoughtless money making scheme an economy that needs injections and a high rate of infection and disease. Food without flavour. Food without nutrients. Soil degradation. Imitations. Not living within limitations. Someone changed and led a movement, of soil improvement nutrient rich clever pitch, seasonal produce not favouring limited veggies in production but seeing what works well at your place.

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It is also worth saying that society in general has not valued unique skills abilities and interests, instead in some ways rats that can contribute to economic growth. If you look after children you may fall into this category too, it doesn’t have a dollar value so it’s worthless but in reality it’s completely contrary. The children today are tomorrows leaders and too many issues in childhood affect a person’s potential to live the life the love. 

As I write this I am thinking the more we do what we love and value the more beauty will be present in the world. You are here for a reason and some time in the near future money may lose value your community may gain value from the uniqueness you bring to it. It has be research that Happiness has nothing to do with money anyway. Your success may have a different definition to someone else’s. Your values may be different to someone elses, but keep in mind Every plant has a purpose.

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