Cultivate Your Garden

A number of years ago we read a book written by Voltaire titled Candide originally written in 1759, that follows a journey of Candide who goes on his heroes journey and wisely comes to the conclusion that the best thing anyone can do is to ‘Cultivate your garden’ this wisdom stuck with me.

 

For sure it resonated. Candide experiences horrifying episodes of political oppression and religious intolerance on his journey across Europe and Asia. I don’t like to focus on these things because they are improving my they still exist, but he comes to the conclusion it is better for him to mind his own business, settle down and grow things in his garden and trade with his neighbours.

I love anything you can say that has a metaphorical and a literal meaning at the same time. To me cultivate your garden means tend to yourself, your thoughts, your mind, your body, your soul and that will no doubt have as much value as trying to go out and change others.

The human brain is an amazing tool to help us in life, our thoughts have the potential to make or break us. I have spent the last few years doing self-study and going deeper and deeper into metaphysics and how our thoughts create our reality from various teachers. Louise Hay’s work also teaches to planting mental seeds to help us to grow.

In the literal sense cultivate your garden is good advice in these times of change, I have always been a fan of growing my own food and think there is nothing better for our planets health and peoples health than eating locally grown food. I will work on my permaculture skills and eating straight from the garden.

 

This year [2019] was a great experiment in manifestation using the power of thoughts, vibration and feeling to bring about my desires in my reality. I still look around and see where people are blind to their power in changing their life and think if they ask I can tell them but if I tell them it is high likely they will not listen. As we come into 2020, I will continue to improve my mental powers to improve my life and have a constant high vibration and see what manifests.

What about you?

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Nature is our greatest healer

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Kuta Beach, Bali – photo by Sea Shepherdess

 

The ocean is my happy place, maybe that’s because I love living in a country where the majority of the population live on the coast or close by, on the biggest Island continent we call Australia. When it comes to Nature versus Nurture If I was to grow up in Bali my view might be very different.

I have traveled extensively to different countries and I found surfing and snorkeling in Bali to be one of the most irritating experiences I have ever had, having plastic on my arm on every paddle through the water and in my face on every snorkel.

Sri Lanka was another Island country that brought up this gross feeling of plastic pollution on every street, in every corner and pocket of the country, snorkeling, on the beaches, on the road side, along the highways. Single use plastic for snacks and shampoos that get left in waterfalls and fly onto the ocean. There was a massive rubbish tip like a plastic mountain in Colombo and single use plastic bottles on beautiful mountain paths.

Walking along the beaches in Hawaii, in more secluded beaches there was trash everywhere not ever just straws and coke bottles but laundry baskets chipping away, Styrofoam boxes, spray paints, aerosol deodorants, lighters, and other things that may have even floated there from Japan. It’s a really interesting place when you look and the five gyres and see how close it is to the Pacific Garbage Patch.

The north coast of Peru was littered with dead fish affected by some disease in the water, we weren’t exactly sure what but the fish couldn’t be eaten by humans despite the large size of them. The city of Lima had a popular surf beach near Miraflores that was dirty brown and had massive spirals of dirty foam on it’s surface. My first thought was sewerage water.

These are only a handful of my experiences with the oceans of the world, but it really made me think about the consequences of careless consumerism. How much  we have come to a total disconnect with nature. How much we have the power to change the world through our travel experiences. Or should I say how much we change through our travel experiences. It certainly made me aware of different cultural perspectives on waste, plastic, tourism, money and mindfulness.

I ended up meeting a number of locals in these destinations that did beach clean ups, because they saw how it was affecting their income from tourists if their Islands were trashed. If they weren’t educated by travelers telling them how beautiful their natural spaces are in their countries. My favourite experience is from a massive beach in Mumbai, India that had a truck driving along with 10 people behind it picking up all the rubbish on the shore. It was an inspiring movement started by one guy. He started something that others joined in on and it created such a large positive change in the area. A wave of change.