Mid-winter escape, Reflections on Stillness

Oh to be still

There is nothing like a day of reflection. As I write this, I am sitting overlooking the newborn winter lambs we have sitting in our back paddock. Chooks rummaging around in the garden enjoying the cool crisp chill of winter. In the stillness of the foothills of the Waitakere ranges as they meet the grey and moody skies of a wet and soggy Auckland day. ⁠Fire crackling away in the background keeping the chill outdoors not inside.

It is in this reflection I realise how blessed we are and the gratitude we need to show as few get to live the life we do in New Zealand with a permanent connection to nature both land and ocean. ⁠

What started this reflection was looking at the photo of our Native Rituals table set for dinner in January at Wharekapua Beach House Rarawa beach in the far north, the white sandy beach empty of people.⁠

We were there to work on a project for Ka-Uri Unearthed but were able to spend time soaking in nature, walking beaches and dining quietly on the nectar of the land with Okahu wines fresh white Shipwreck bay wine. It felt so simple and timeless, just the two us where there was no one but us on the beach for hours on end. ⁠

Stillness and calm are so often perceived as an unattainable dream but can be obtained by just taking a moment to disconnect from technology, live and breath in the moment. ⁠

Stillness is something we overlook and struggle to achieve even though we are surrounded by nature even in the confines of an urban jungle, it takes conscious effort to engage and find stillness.⁠

A walk in the park near your home or if you can stand barefoot on a patch of grass and allow your body’s energy to balance and centre. ⁠

Simply being present in the natural world - with all our senses fully alive - can have a remarkably healing effect. It can also awaken in us our latent but profound connection with all living things. This is "forest bathing," a practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. It is a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature and an antidote to our nature-starved lives that can heal our relationship with the more-than-human world.

What for some may be simple may seem impossible for others as 55% of the world now lives in the city predicted to be over 68% by 2050 according to the United Nations.

If there is an inability to physically connect with nature we encourage the use of essential oil diffusers and burners that help to give some of the sensory elements. 

We are fortunate to live in a rural environment on the outskirts of Auckland New Zealand.  Though we are rural when the winter months close in getting out amongst nature can be a challenge. 

This connection with nature is one of the drivers we have with Native Rituals, When the rain is thundering down on the roof and the wind is howling around the home. We are not exactly bounding out the door to walk among the trees. We came up with a solution that helps both sleep, muscles and connection with nature with our detoxifying bath soak

We wanted to create a nature bathing experience like no other where your quality sleep and rest were supported while allowing you to bath in nature in depths of winter. 

What measure's do you take to find stillness and to engage with nature where circumstances don't allow this to happen?

We would love to hear your stories where ever you are in the world. 





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