Sunday, 30 April 2017

365 Stress Less days...update

Hello and thankyou for reading my blog, visiting my pages and patiently waiting for updates. When i started this farm blog I was vigilant in posting weekly. I will try to pull up my socks but this is my year of manifesting a few main ideas, so I am very focused.

I have 3 new classes starting this year.

1/ Yoga tree studio Young 4-5pm Restorative Dru Yoga to Rest, Repair and Renew
2/ Yoga tree studio Young 5.30-6.45pm (as above)
3/ Sow the seeds Wellbeing Program fir farmers with Dr Douch Begins 5th June, Boorowa St

and I am now offering freelance Mindfulness Workshops for Active Farmers (Rural Mindfulness)

UPDATE 365 Stress Less Days

I have really enjoyed a mindful month. On the farm we enjoyed shearing because the team where awesome and we worked in our new shed. I was more involved this year which I enjoyed immensely. I have been on the road less and made the most of our school holiday break with the girls on the farm. They rode horses, helped Howard set up for sowing, met with friends and helped me with some great evening meals (we love our food.)

I do feel some tension in my upper body and Im not sure what that is all about. Ive been practicing a more Restorative Yoga which I love and I can feel a deep inner healing happening. Its like relaxing on the inside. I look forward to exploring this more throughout May.

How are you? What stresses you out and how do you cope?

Monday, 27 March 2017

365 Stress Less Days

I find the title "365 Stress Less Days" in my draft folder and wonder why it is sitting there with no blog attached. It looks like another one of my great ideas. I have plenty of them. Ideas and opportunities flow my way constantly from how to make money, the book I could write, what the community needs for better wellbeing, how we can reduce the amount of drownings and assist people that are ill with an app I designed.

This is all well and good but to date there is no book, no app and no invention that is helping the community. If you can hear the subtle self criticism well you could be right. Ideas are only dreams coming true when we choose one and work towards making it happen. To be fair I have been busy raising our 4 daughters who are now aged 15yrs, 17 yrs, 20 yrs and 23 yrs old while assisting with our farming business. My private yoga and meditation work has also been very rewarding as I assist palliative care clients, patients experiencing cancer treatment and my beautiful student with motor neurone disease, dear Skye and some of her close family members.

I have witnessed courage in many forms from my daughters battling with the HSC exams at times to clients battling with insomnia, depression, stress and pain. What I know to be true is that we are stronger then we know, wiser then we imagine and our deep inner calm is the peace that gets you through most things.

So taking on a personal challenge of "365 Stress Less Days" wow that seems a big ask. I suppose the challenge is only asking of me a fraction of what I ask of my clients. I can't tell you how many times I have said, "I don't know if I could do this in your position but you need to practice ...this breathing technique...this mantra...this yoga posture ...and this meditation." Over and over again I have witnessed the beauty of a person who is stuck in their stress, become empowered by their self nurturing choice.

Now you may think I am over dramatising if I could Stress Less for 365 days, after all I am a Dru Yoga and Meditation teacher who should already have a pretty healthy balanced calm lifestyle. On many levels you are right. I have a daily spirituality practice, a daily yoga practice and a new cardio workout. Those who know me well would probably describe me as calm and relaxed but....I am human and if I took this challenge on I would do it for Skye, for Lyne, for Fay, for Lorna, for Di and for my new 90 year old client Irene. I would live with less stress, with a good approach, a positive, proactive, empowered lifestyle for those who we have lost or those who are truly challenged, heartbroken, grieving or alone.

I am willing to take on this challenge and document my progress honestly to show my admiration for the courage of the human spirit that I have been so privileged to witness. As my thank you.

So here we go....

I shall begin April 1st 2017...Would you like to join me...I will offer weekly practices to help you manage your stress...Join by sending your contact details in the form to the right of my blog.

Kind Regards
Narelle Hunter

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Follow me as I set up a retreat space on our new farm.

It's almost 3am and as a meditation teacher helping people with insomnia, I should be asleep. I was tossing and turning in the bed, eventually listening to a deep relaxation. When that didn't work I thought a warm cuppa and a look at my old blog would help. So here I am and wow, over 40000 views now. Perhaps its time I started saying hi regularly here again. You are viewing my blog even when I'm not updating it, thank you.

So my update; Howard is still a busy farmer, passionate about his work. Our girls are now 23, 20, 17 and 15 yrs old, they are divine! I have completed my Dru Yoga and Meditation courses and I am now half way through a post grad Diploma in Dru Yoga Therapy. Over the past few years I have worked with highly stressed clients who are managing big life challenges such as a diagnosis of cancer, MND or pre diabetes. I then like to share with business and private home groups, the simple yoga, mindfulness and meditation techniques that have complex benefits during times of pressure, worry and fear.

So my life is still a beautiful mix of farming, mothering and yoga. My favourite hobby is still photography and my curiosity around spirituality, the present moment and modern day enlightenment has grown into a personal inner pilgrimage that I absolutely love.

What I have learnt over the past few years -
We are complex beings each on our own journey of self discovery.
We think life is about money, career, status and busyness but its mostly about realising, all we long for, we already have.
We are stronger, wiser, calmer and more beautiful then we could ever know.
We mustn't loose sight of how precious each day is.

The only other thing I want to share with you, before I get myself back to bed - Howard and I have just bought a new neighbouring farm and it has a stunning 5 bedroom home on it with beautiful views. I see this as an opportunity to set up a peaceful space for visitors and a place to run my workshops. Perhaps I could blog about how we go about setting this all up. How do I create an ambiance in the home that welcomes everyone? How do I promote the business as a farm stay? How do I find a way to furnish it and get help cleaning up the place?

Stay tuned....Its time for bed for me..