Wiosenna jesień australijska.

Zanim zaczęła się ta piękna polsko wiosenna australijska jesień, zaczęła się i skończyła kolejna jesień w moim życiu.

Ta była, jak cyklon, który przychodzi tu raz w roku, a co kilka lat z jeszcze potężniejszą siłą.

Tak jak cyklon Debbie w tym roku.

Szybka, nieprawdopodobnie wręcz intensywna i bez litości.

Zrobiła, co chciała zostawiając zniszczenie i błotniste szambo płynące przez wiele dni w miejscach, gdzie wcześniej była woda…

Brudna woda Slad po cyklonie Debbie
Błotniste szambo. Ślad po cyklonie Debbie

Ten brud, który wywalił na wierzch cyklon powoli dematerializuje się.

Debbie aftermath The bright side
Debbie pozostawiła po sobie dużo brudu w różnych wymiarach…

Ocean oczyszcza się, ludzie odbudowują życie.

Ja odbudowuję swoje.

W mojej bajce po jesieni przychodzi wiosna.
Bo tak można, bo to jest moja bajka i ja ją piszę.

Nie wiem, czy w tej bajce będzie happy end. To zależy od kryteriów – co się uzna za happy end…
Na razie w mojej bajce przyszła wiosna i ja się nią zachwycam, bo moje stęsknione polskie serce kocha wiosnę.

Przyszła też australijska jesień, która żywo mi pachnie świeżością polskiej wiosny.
Życie rodzi się na nowo…

Australijska jesień w południowym Queensland mieni się kolorami i tętni życiem, jak wiosna z mojej bajki.

Jeszcze ładniej niż nad oceanem jest w sąsiednich górach, gdzie kolorów jest więcej i są dużo bardziej intensywne i pachnące tą wiosnenną rześkością, którą tak kocham…

Wrażenia z Tamborine Mountain przyprawiają mnie o upojenie i zawsze zastanawia mnie jedno.
Tak blisko tutaj z Gold Coast, a jednocześnie jak tu jestem, Gold Coast wydaje się bardzo bardzo odległe…

Gold Coast view from Tamborine Mountain
GC niby tak blisko a tak daleko… *

Nad oceanem moja oceaniczna część serca czuje, że żyje, ale tu, w górach, z dala od wielkiej wody, moja miłość do polskiej ziemi wraca, bo ja tą ziemią tu mogę oddychać.
I jednocześnie rozpływać się w pięknie Australii…

Moje serce jest duże. Jest polskie, jest australijskie, jest człowiecze.

Jak się w tej mieszance połapać?

Dystans jest ważny…

Nie tylko dystans fizyczny.

Ile bezużytecznych myśli na minutę potrafi wyprodukować Twój umysł, kiedy jesteś naprawdę zmęczony?

Wiele…

Jeśli dasz sobie chwilę, znajdziesz moment nierobienianiemyślenia, to może znajdziesz dystans do siebie, do sytuacji, do emocji, do wrażeń.

I będziesz wiedzieć, co jest dla Ciebie prawdziwe właśnie w tej chwili.
I będziesz też wiedzieć, co jest dla Ciebie prawdziwe nie tylko w tej chwili…

W ciągu ostatnich dwóch miesięcy nauczyłam się dużo.
Bardzo dużo.

Wszystko, czego nauczyłam się, dopóki ostatnia jesień w życiu nie przyszła z siłą cyklonu, było solidnym fundamentem do zrozumienia rzeczy, które niby wiedziałam, ale których sama nigdy ich nie poczułam.

Ile naprawdę możesz wiedzieć o czym mówi drugi człowiek, jeśli on to przeżył lub przeżywa, a Ty nie?

Co sprawia, że uważasz, że rozumiesz? 

To trochę, jak z tym misiem…

Koala Binna Burra
Miś koala do przytulania

Dla nas wszystkich zaskoczony koala był pod tytułem “oooo, jaki śliczny, chciałoby się przytulić!”

Ale czy koala miał takie same intencje?

Wracając do tematu…

Moja jesień przyniosła mi wiosnę, dzięki której wszystko budzi się i zapowiada lato, kiedy można zbierać plony zasiane wiosną…

Po raz kolejny zrozumiałam dwuznaczność słów tam dom Twój, gdzie serce Twoje

Ale gdzie jest Twój dom, jak Twoje serce jest zawsze z Tobą?

Gold Coast widok z Tamborine Mountain
Gold Coast widok z Tamborine Mountain

casa mia… a może wcale nie, bo jednak marzenia o domu pozostają marzeniami…

AnnaGreenUp Cypress Hill
My Cypress Hill dream…

Ale dość tych filozofii na teraz!

Czas zakończyć ten post bez formy jakoś normalnie 😉

Miała być wiosna w AU, więc here we go!

Zagadki

A co to za drzewa?
Avocado tree AnnaGreenUp
Zagadka nr 1
Mandarin Tamborine Mountain
Zagadka nr 2

 

Lime Tamborine Mountain
Zagadka nr 3

No i co? Wiesz co to za drzewka?

A na koniec dorzucę jeszcze stado kangurów w wiosennym prezencie 😉

Proszę:

 

Coombabah Lakelands kangooroos
Kangury z Coombabah Lakelands
Coombabah Lakelands roos
Jeszcze więcej kangurów z Coombabah Lakelands

Plus jeden w zbliżeniu:

Kangaroo Coombabah Lakeland
Kangur na wypasie

One tam nie przejmowały się nami za bardzo, ja za to nimi bardzo, bo jakieś są takie niezwyczajne i urocze.
Też chciałam przytulić, jak misia koalę, ale koleżanka tłumaczyła, że to wildlife i nie jest to dobry pomysł.

Nie znam się na wildlife za bardzo, jak nie jestem w wodzie, ale kangury nie przytulały się, więc zostawiłam je w spokoju i poszłyśmy dalej podziwiać australijską jesień mojej wiosny…

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Physical performance. It doesn’t have to look pretty.

It doesn’t have to look pretty.

When you are training your face will be expressing all sorts of emotions, you will be sweating or red on your face, and you may be placing yourself in poses and positions that might seem strange to those who have no idea what you are doing. But is that actually important what do they think?
Of course it is not. It does not matter.
What matters then?
You are supposed to be concentrating on your technique and correct form.
Whatever sport/activity you choose to do it is your technique and engagement with what you are doing that matters.

Correct form and 100% of your presence while you are training are the things you need to pay attention to.
How others see you, what you are wearing, if your top matches your shoes, what haircut do you have, whether you 20, in your 30’s, 68 or 79, man or a woman  should not be of your concern at all.
Only your PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE determined by your mental engagement matters. And that is what brings the results you expect from your activity.

Whatever you are able to perform do at your best.

Walk and Stretch

Move, Stretch & Breathe program is a concept which I developed over years of performing various sports with high frequency and intensity and years of teaching. I took my inspiration mostly from any martial art I have ever been involved with, yoga, children’s movement, extensive knowledge of stretching and working on warm ups to improve joints range of movement, and more…

Human body amazes me and there is no single day I wouldn’t try to analyse and understand more of its anatomical, physical and physiological abilities. The way this whole great system operates without any break for all our life is just incredible.  Often we forget how wonderful it is and how much it has to work to overcome the hardship of serving our not so healthy lifestyle these days.

You and your body are meant to work together for your own betterment. The body tries to. Will you?

Your physical performance is determined by the connection you can establish with your body. You have a choice to listen to it and perform well or don’t listen to it and …

Move, Stretch & Breathe is a gentle form of physical activity that will help you to establish that connection.

And here are some other

benefits of taking part in Move, Stretch & Breathe program:

  • lightens mood and makes everything look better
  • strengthens your body by helping to increase your range of motion and improve circulation; wards off heart disease, brings up the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart
  • improves your breathing; when walking, your breathing rate increases, causing oxygen to travel faster through bloodstream, helping to eliminate waste products and improve your energy level and the ability to heal
  • supports your joints; the majority of joint cartilage has no direct blood supply. It gets its nutrition from synovial or joint fluid that circulates as we move. Impact that comes from movement or compression, such as walking, “squishes” the cartilage, bringing oxygen and nutrients into the area. If you don’t walk, joints are deprived of life-giving fluid, which can speed their deterioration.
  • can lead to weight loss
  • improves sleep
  • increases flexibility
  • increases range of motion in your joints
  • brings relief from pain
  • increases energy levels
  • relaxation and stress relief
  • enhances muscular coordination
  • improves posture
  • brings greater sense of well-being.

Most of my Move, Stretch & Breathe programs are deeply restorative, designed to strengthen joints, ligaments, tendons, improve blood circulation, bring greater range of motion to stiff and restricted joints and muscles, improve posture and increase energy levels.

Move, Stretch & Breathe programs are perfect for anyone regardless of age, sex or physical ability.

Although for interested ones I take it to another level where it becomes pretty intense calisthenics based workout on its own. So if you think you can train hard come and try!

walk and stretch and calisthenics

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Balance in life. Part 2

This one is not for everyone.

If you are comfortable with being exhausted towards the end of each day and really love throwing your legs on the couch in front of TV (or throwing them on the table in front of the couch while watching TV…) please stop reading right now. It’s not for you!

This one goes to everyone who’s wants to regain balance in their life and discover new energy resources that are, as a matter of fact, available to all of us.

I’m fed up with bullshit. Who told us that whatever we find on the shelf in supermarket is food??

The definition of food is “any nutritious substance that people or animal eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth”.

What nutrients maintaining life and growth can be packed into a can of energy drink or a lovely perfect looking sausage packed with sugar, artificial thickeners and modified wheat? Do you really think that this very can of sugar (or worse, can of artificial sweetener) is really going to increase your overall performance during the day? How about the long run?!

Let’s take a closer look at your favourite BBQ sauce. Here goes the long list of ingredients:

  • Tomatoes from paste
  • Sugar
  • Corn flour from wheat
  • Acetic & citric acid
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Caramel 150c
  • Pectin
  • Spices
  • Tamarind extract
  • Yeast, salt, water

Not even going into details do you still think it is good for your kids to eat that bomb?

What about famous “low fat” products?

Have you ever wondered what process has your favourite yoghurt gone through to be labelled LOW FAT? If you haven’t thought about that yet the time is now. It surely has something replaced with highly processed, chemically-derived thickeners and most likely loads of sugar or artificial sweetener.

Never occurred to your taste buds that they are being deceived or to your gut to rebel against that poison?
I’m pretty sure there is no joy from drinking low fat milk so why do you do this to yourself?

Or worse- why do you give it to your own child?!

Why do you think you are exhausted half way through the day and feel like doing nothing by the end of it? You turn your TV on just to see movie or a TV show with a smart product placement cut by an army of brilliant advertisements convincing you to buy things you don’t really need. You should know by now that it will take you to the shops the very next day and you will buy another nutrient-deficient something that was described to you as food (or even better – excellent source of …) on the TV last night.

Am I wrong or did I miss something? True! I missed the fact that TV brainwash makes most of us want to be as “pretty” or “handsome” as those famous ones.

As a consequence you go and buy that wonderful “fat and gluten free” chicken breast, “low-carb – high-protein” bar, miraculous “anti-cellulite” cream and many other rubbish hoping for the result to come. It does come but not exactly as they advertised…

And you are feeling pretty depressed or just frustrated – you’ve tried so hard and nothing! You just missed the fact that it’s not your fault. But you may also be missing the truth that this is you and you only who can stop yourself from spinning in that crazy circle!

You can be happy, feel better and that little bit of the initial effort you need to put in will pay off. You will see.

I do believe that

food and certain way of exercising are crucial ingredients to support you on the way to betterment of yourself and those around you.

I don’t aspire to be your guide if you don’t want that. But I do know what worked for me and for some of my family and friends who were brave enough to abandon unhealthy habits, unhealthy foods, unhealthy thinking and grow stronger and happier than ever before.

I eat only certain foods and I exercise on regular basis according to training plan I prescribe to myself, I go to bed as early as possible and I’m up early.
Every day is a busy day for me but I don’t collapse by the end of it and even if I start to feel tired still feel really good.

I had to change quite a few things in my life to feel so balanced, strong and have that energy every day. Some of those changes seemed to be quite big sacrifices to me at the very beginning of that journey but by all means I would do it again.

I want to share with you my experiences and it’s entirely your choice what you make out of that for yourself and how you use it. I just hope I can help somehow.

Basic principles that will assist you to regain balance in life and maintain your body and mind stronger and in a good health:

  • Exercise –spend some energy to create momentum and lift your energy levels. Anything you enjoy works – e.g., walk, swim, jog, tennis, bike ride to start with.
    Engaging into well designed strength and conditioning training will give you additional benefits (I will talk about that in more detail in another post).
  • Eat FOOD instead of processed, dead imitations of it (I will talk about that in more detail in another post). Get fresh produce from local markets. Organic is the name of the game. Remember – source of food matters.
  • Create a regular sleep routine – human body can’t recover and function well if it gets regularly deprived of a good sleep. It leads to a general fatigue, both physical and mental and results in poor overall performance, which in severe cases is described by some people as a depression…
  • It is crucial for the process of growing stronger to break through our thinking patterns. In order to do that we need to slow down or even stop for a moment.
  • By all means find time for yourself at least once a day – anything you can use to unplug yourself from “matrix” works; even if it’s only 5 minutes a day of performing deep breathing and not thinking.

Go for a walk and try focus on the nature around you or/and on your breathing- funny how easily we forget that we do breathe regularly.

If you don’t have time to go for a walk, stand on your balcony/patio or even in your room with window open and swing your arms around, move your head around and breathe- take a breath in and breathe out. Do it slowly and mindfully. Think of what you are grateful for today. It may not be easy at the beginning but it pays off to continue.

  • Smile to yourself and others as much as you can and create positive vibrations around yourself – I’m talking about genuine smile that is expressed in your eyes not that fake smile number 3.
    SMILE! It works and feels good!

smile and be happy

Congratulations to you!

You are still reading this post which means you want to change and are searching for help. That’s a great start! Make one step at the time, get excited about it and get excited about your next move. Be kind to yourself, remember – failure doesn’t exist! Just make sure that once you started the process of change in your life you stick with it.

Enjoy your journey!

Ania

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