Natures Heart Intentions

Getting Started Challenge – Freedom

Freedom Lifestyle – A new story about what is it and why.

Yesterday I spoke briefly of what freedom means to me. In the brief for this blog challenge Natalie said that ‘freedom is different for everyone’. I would like to add that the ‘story of freedom’ changes as our world-view, cosmology or mindset changes. Curious? Read on.

My old story: For many years freedom has meant being able to go surfing and have time to do what I need for my body and soul to be healthy. Like many others I have suffered from physical and mental pains and being able to work on getting rid of these was important. I have had freedom to choose whether I work for myself or an employer, and whether I chose an ethical employer or one that meets my financial needs at the time. I have gone along with the financial freedom stories sold to me by economists and saw freedom as having time and money. I have made employment decisions for life-work balance and I think I have done fairly well. Call it ‘Good enough freedom!’ However, it could not be defined as a ‘freedom lifestyle’. A freedom lifestyle would mean living true to my inner values and following my passion. Working for an employer, even if considered an ethical employer, restricts my freedom to be who I really am, the authentic me. Freedom would be to work without concern that my employer has a different agenda such as meeting funding requirements. It would mean being able to live and work where I feel called to be (plus where the surf and weather is just right for me).

Once I decided that having an online wellness coaching business would have the potential to provide this freedom I started delving deeper into my passions and calling. Initially I looked at my skills, tried to work out my super powers and although I knew I had a lot to offer a large global population of people suffering mysterious symptoms like pain and fatigue I did not feel passionate enough to push through the self doubt. But asking ‘why’ led me to reflect on my present, in the now experience of joy and happiness found through mindfulness. Eleven months ago I set a goal to spend one year to increase my skills to be able to teach mindfulness, possibly through an online process so that I could have freedom to travel to places where I could surf, do yoga and be in nature.

My new story: As part of that learning journey my story about a freedom lifestyle started changing to include inner freedom. Changing the story of freedom to being free of entanglement with thoughts and self limiting beliefs sparked a passion that has helped me make friends with self-doubt. It’s all about the relationship!

An Ah-ha moment occurred when an advert popped into my Facebook page, from a page I had liked, promoting the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. The symposium gave me hope that I could contribute to helping preserve the ocean, wildlife and all I cherish about this world. By sharing new stories and tapping into the collective power of healing for the planet I will be fully resourced to coach and mentor those who are suffering. Answering the ‘why’ clarified my purpose.

Sure, self doubt was still hanging around, but this time it was “I have so much to learn; I don’t use Twitter or Instagram, only Face book, and I need to work out how to set up the web site.” …“I will wait until I have finished the Game Changer Intensive, then I will be ready”. Was I procrastinating, or is it a true enough logical reason?

Along comes an email from Natalie Sisson; a challenge to start blogging within a week. Strangely, thoughts of “I won’t be ready” didn’t get any traction in my head, just flowed by like the sticks Pooh bear watched floating under the bridge. My passion to change the ‘Planet Earth Survival Story’ supplied me with energy and clarity of mind to get a WordPress website up, write some blogs and complete the extensive course work for Week 2 of the Intensive. It is truly amazing what can be done with passion on your side.

Disclosure: There are many other freedoms I have enjoyed, some of which have been available to me because I am a member of the dominant race. As I have become more aware of power and privilege I can see that some of my freedoms are not available to others in the world. Some may even have the impact of less freedom for others. For any transgressions – I am sorry, please forgive me, thank-you.(part of Hawaiian Ho’oponopono mantra/meditation)



Getting Started Challenge -SLB’s

Three reasons mwe (me and we) are not living a life of freedom: Conversation with Self

You may think “Not me, I am free. I live in a democracy. I chose to go for a surf this morning. I choose to work for a NGO helping disadvantaged families, and accept the lesser pay I could get in another field.” And relatively you and I are free compared to someone living in an occupied area, war zone or other place that is ‘so in your face not free’.

But today I am reflecting on challenges that are, or have stopped me from living a life following my passion and dreams. For me that is a life that is spiritually fulfilling, environmentally sustainable and socially just. Mostly that comes from my way of ‘being’ and the stories I live by; the stories I listen to and tell about the world. Freedom is also the time and means to have fun, maintain my vitality and communicate with others.

Biggest Challenges that have or are holding me back

Number One is Self-limiting beliefs. Our self limiting belief system (SLBS) could also stand for self limiting bull shit! The never-ending thoughts going around and around in my head: “How can I be an ‘expert’ if I can’t heal myself.” I would ruminate on the famous quote – ‘Physician heal thyself’ taking it to mean I have to heal myself first, rather than being about judgment.

Number two, I would become entangled with the thoughts, self-doubt growing to the point where I lacked courage, felt unworthy of being able to speak to others about their lives.

Wisdom lessons provided another story; “They are just thoughts, it is not reality. Look at how you live your life reducing but also accepting the suffering”. Some days I feel inspired and start to plan, to prepare to write a new story.

Then another thought argues back “But it is true. I have been depressed, in pain and suffering many other complaints labeled fibromyalgia that stop me doing what I want”. This could be number three for you and me (mwe); real physical health challenges?

“But does that thought help you to live a life of freedom?”


“Can the challenges also be your reasons?”

“Yes. Mindful meditations, taking in the good, being grateful for ancient wisdom and modern quantum science, growing compassion and forgiveness: these things have helped me develop a passion and purpose for my life that is bigger than me.”

So, I begin to write the stories…




Ocean Blues

Swimming with manta Rays in Nusa Penida, Indonesia is an awesome experience. I make sure I go with a boat guide who is ecologically aware and makes sure the people he brings don’t touch the mantas or coral.

The Blues: However, like all good things, more and more people visit, many chasing after the Mantas for selfy shots or even trying to touch them. The Mantas come to this point to feed and clean (little sucker fish hitch a ride and clean up organisms on their skin). I wonder how frightening it is to have so many people splashing around disturbing their home?

Depending on the river run off and ocean flow sometimes the feeding grounds are full of plastic. The Mantas feed with their huge filter mouths open. Even the experts were not sure how much harm the plastic was causing.

I have joined many sites that aim to get rid of plastic by reducing initial consumption, promote picking it up off the beach and recycling – like Bali-eco Pallets, making pallets out of Bali’s plastic!