Listener Chat with Juanita

Listener Chat with Juanita - The Slow Home Podcast

I’ve read a lot of wise things in books and on blogs. I’ve applied them to my life and seen the difference they can make. But some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten has been from friends and family. Conversations held over coffee or over wine (more of one than the other, let’s be honest), conversations held at the school gate or on our back deck – these are where I’ve gleaned the most useful insights into parenting, adulting and learning to find a sense of balance in life.

And it’s these insights – these hard-fought, battle-tested, real-world strategies I love uncovering in my Listener Chat episodes of the poggie, and this conversation is no exception.

Today I chat with Juanita, a mother of two from Sydney who sent me an email a couple of weeks ago, sharing some of her story which held a lot of similarities to my own.

Juanita was so open and honest with her answers, and we chat about the illness that laid her out for months last year, and her somewhat begrudging entry into slow living as a result. I also loved hearing about the decision to skip out on the busy Christmas season last year and the restorative road trip Juanita and her family took.

As an environmentalist, Juanita was further down the conscious consumption path than others may find themselves in the beginning, but it was the work she had to do to lower her standards and personal expectations that was the most challenging and definitely something I know a lot of people can relate to. (Which begs the question – why are we so hard on ourselves?)

I always feel incredibly privileged to have these conversations with pogpast listeners (and for those lovely people who have volunteered, I’ll be getting back to you soon!) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Meditation #2 – The Slow Home Experiment

Meditation - The Slow Home Experiment

We’re a little over a week into this month’s Slow Home Experiment of daily meditation, and to be honest I’m finding it increasingly challenging.

I’m loving the lessons learnt and the experience of meditating every day, but what’s surprised me is those easy first few days have made way for some really tough sessions and some very frustrating mornings.

Being complete novices in meditation, I have no idea if that’s normal or not but in this episode Ben and I talk about our favourite guided meditations and I look at why one of mine left me in such a rage. (To be fair, I think it has more to do with me than the meditation guide, but man, I was cranky when I finished that day!)

I’m also finding a real difficulty in switching off most mornings, and while I’m sure part of that is practice, I’m also wondering if it’s partly about needing to set my intention before sitting down to meditate? This week I’ll be working on that specifically and am really keen to see if it makes a big difference in how quickly my brain “warms up”.

We also list the seven meditations we’ll be following this week, if you wanted to join in and practice the same ones it might be fun to compare notes:

  • Day 9:  Mindfulness for releasing anxiety (Relax and Let Go)
  • Day 10: Yoga Nidra for sleep (Meditate into Deep Sleep)
  • Day 11: Meditation for self-confidence (Cultivate Self-Love and Compassion)
  • Day 12: Mountain meditation (Introduction)
  • Day 13: Timer and bells for 10 minutes
  • Day 14: Favourite place of relaxation (Relax and Let Go)
  • Day 15: Cleanse your chakras (Different Techniques)

Of course, one of the things I’m loving about this month’s experiment is the lack of rules and stipulations, so don’t feel any pressure to join in if you don’t have the time or the inclination. Whatever works for you is what works for you!

And as I mentioned last week, we also started the Slow Home Experiment group on the Insight Timer app if you wanted to join us. There’s such an international group there already and I’m loving the idea that our energy and intentions are spreading out from so many points on the globe.

Let us know how you’re finding the experiment this month, and whether it’s normal for me to be finding it harder the more I practice.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Making big decisions and living your why with Bele Masterman

Making big decisions and living your why with Bele Masterman

My beautiful friend Bele is one of only a handful of repeat guests on the poggie, and this week she’s back for her third chat.

In a wide-ranging and super honest conversation, Bele and I talk about making big life changes as we become more attuned to our Why in life, and why she and her family have decided to move from the inner city to an old orchard outside Sydney. It’s really interesting to see that she and I are at a similar cross-roads with deciding where to live and how that aligns with our values, and while they’re at a point of actually doing something about it right now, Ben and I are still working out what that might look like for us. Honestly, I found it really inspiring to listen to the questions and choices that went in to this decision, and can’t wait to see it unfold.

We also talk about the decision-making process that goes in to big, life-changing decisions like this and how we both have learnt to accept the discomfort that often goes along with them.

Bele is always full of insights, and this episode is no different as she looks at the idea of seeing ‘signs’ in our lives, what it means when we go with our gut and how she and how she’s learnt to deal with criticism as she’s grown older.

We also get off-topic and start talking about the movie Everest, Amy Poehler’s amazing book (one of my favourites ever in the whole world), some Star Wars origin stories and why Bele thinks Thoreau was a pretty miserable guy.

I love this lady so much and it’s been a pleasure getting to know her over the past couple of years. The choices she and her family are making are endlessly inspiring to Ben and I, and I hope you enjoy this chat just as much as I did.

Enjoy!

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Meditation #1 – The Slow Home Experiment

Meditation #1 - Slow Home Experiment

After last month’s not-so-great finish to the journalling experiment, we’re back with a new Slow Home Experiment – daily meditation.

This month we’ve decided not to put too many rules or stipulations on the experiment, but rather simply commit to the daily doing – no matter how that looks. I think part of the reason we can fall behind on these experiments is because we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves and our capacity to add new behaviours into our daily rhythm, so instead we’re just going to see what each day brings and make room for meditation in some capacity.

That being said, ideally I’d like to meditate each morning as I feel it’s going to give me a grounded, peaceful start to the day and will hopefully fit in with my yoga or morning run. Ben’s days are a little less predictable, so he’s more than happy to practice in the morning, on the train, or in the afternoon or evening – wherever it’s going to fit in.

We’re on Day 2 right now and have been using the guided meditations offered by Insight Timer, a free app available both on iTunes and for Android devices. It gives you a lot of options without being too overwhelming, and I like that you can choose to use the guided meditations or simply use the timer and bells if you’d prefer silence. You can also choose to follow friends from within the app, which might be a nice way to connect and maintain the motivation on those days that we find it hard to make time.

I’ve started a group on Insight Timer for those of you who want to join in. Simply search in the app for a group called Slow Home Experiment and join in, and feel free to follow Ben and I too. You can see which meditations we’re doing each day and keep us honest!

Don’t forget, you can play along by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

Enjoy!

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Slow travel

Slow travel - Episode 68 of The Slow Home Podcast

I’ve always been a keen traveller, but since adopting a slower way of life I’ve found myself wanting to explore even more and get to know places in a deeper, more local kind of way.

So when I put a call out for listener travel-related questions, I was so happy to see that you guys had some great questions for us to dig in to in today’s hostful show. We answer three listener questions about:

  • the issue of over-planning
  • how to balance getting things done and enjoying the down time
  • keeping kids occupied on long-haul trips

Ben and I also talk about our attempts to pack light for this trip, why we don’t get a local SIM card when we travel and the major benefits of setting up a home base and exploring from there, as opposed to being on the move constantly.

Travel is such a passion for us, so this hostful was lots of fun to record, if not a little bittersweet as it was the final day of our Canadian adventure.

Enjoy!

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