Leanne Barrett

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Walking mindfully in spring

I am imperfect. While I want to walk every day I often let life get in the way. I generally find that the best time for me to walk is as soon as I get out of bed. At this time of the morning the city streets are still quiet (only a few cars and cyclists) so I can walk more mindfully and notice the natural world around me.

We are now half way through spring and the trees are covered with leaves and there are new flowers blooming. Today the grey sky promises a potential spring shower and under this muted light the colours dance brightly before my eyes. 

In some spots along my walk I can smell the freshly cut grass. In other places the grass is thicker and longer (awaiting the gardener's mower) and amongst the leaves of grass I spy a special find that makes a smile form on my face...a feather. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

How are you growing?

At the begging of each year I spend some time dream visioning and creating a time line to achieve my goals. My main focus for 2020 was to;
  • form habits to maintain a healthier lifestyle,
  • support, connect and inspire creatives to live their dream life and
  • create art to share, exhibit and sell.
When COVID arrived I realised that I would need support from a creative coach whose energy would help keep me focused and feeling positive. 

This week I have been reflecting on how have I grown during 2020.
  • This year is the first time I’ve truly said yes to support from a coach, accountability sisters and from other wise women.
  • I am learning how to not listen to my inner critic and create new stories to listen to. 
  • I am embracing my perfectly imperfect life because forming new habits is hard. 
  • I am listening more to the knowledge and wisdom that is already inside me. 
  • I am learning to be vulnerable and put my artwork into exhibitions and competitions. 
  • I have learnt to consistently do activities that I know will raise my energy levels when I feel low.
  • I now recognise which days I need to go gently on myself and I give myself permission to take this time to rest and recover, especially at the beginning of my menstruation cycle. 
  • I have grown spiritually. Finding peace within the energy of nature and meditation.
  • I also have learnt to pause between activities and celebrate all of my small wins. 

                How have you grown this year?

                Wednesday, 30 September 2020

                Mindfulness: Being in the Moment

                There are times in life when you suddenly realise, that while you thought you were partaking in a experience, you actually weren't. 

                On my recent Dream Nourish to Kiama I experienced one of these moments. We had decided to revisit the blowhole, anticipating higher spouts of water due to a weather warning about the ocean swell. When we arrived at the point we saw the water shooting high into the air. Marvellous! Exactly what we hoped to experience. Then, out came the camera/phone to capture what we were seeing.

                But though this action, our experience changed. We lost being in the moment. We became caught up in capturing the moment for future use. The dialogue in our head changed because we began to view life though the lens. 

                The experience of the blow hole began to look like...