I don't know about you, but I can't believe how fast this year is going already! When I was a teenager and always wishing time away, whether it be for the school holidays, my birthday or Christmas - I remember my mum telling me to wait until I was older as she assured me that time would speed up... I think I'm there now and I don't mind admitting this - Mum you were so right! LOL :-)
In mid-January I went along to the Krishna Village in Eungella, NSW and stayed for a week as a Karma Yogi. Being a Karma Yogi involves volunteering in their beautiful gardens for 5 hours a day x 4 days . One hour into my first shift and I was already feeling pretty challenged... oh dear, what have I signed up for I thought?!
The self doubt and negativity crept in quickly, as in reality I'm someone who has spent the last 27 years working in offices and not really getting her hands dirty! Moi, a princess?! Maybe maybe!
I'm pleased to say though that after my first shift the self doubt dissipated and turned into an appreciation for the garden & all of the tasks involved; from harvesting tomatoes, zucchini and herbs, watering the new seedlings, carrying and laying mulch around the citrus trees, and planting new herbs. My favourite shift in the garden included my new friends in the Eastside Garden team and I collecting rocks from the local creek to plant in (as support) around some frangipani trees. We were able to have a lovely dip in the creek before heading back to the garden, the water was so clean and refreshingly cool, ahhhh, total bliss!
The rest of my days at the village were filled with Yoga Asana Classes, Meditation, Philosophy Talks, lots of yummy food (with the majority of ingredients sourced from the gardens) and generally feeling lucky to be spending quality time in such a beautiful part of Australia with new friends & beautiful souls.
I also had an awesome day out at the Crystal Castle whilst I was down that way, it really is a stunning place that has such a relaxing and blissful atmosphere... I'll be visiting Krishna Village and The Crystal Castle again in the future that's for sure!
Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this, I hope that you're all happy and making sure to include self-care into your life every day? Remember that it's not selfish to make time for yourselves, quite the opposite in fact... it's a necessity, as none of us can serve from an empty vessel! So please be kind to you!!!
AKA Yoga Owl
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