Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Little Home of Happiness release

I have been completely besotted with Kellie's blog, 1000 Homes of Happiness, since I first discovered it. Such a beautiful and creative project being executed so perfectly by Kellie and her girls. Love, love, love.

I love origami. I love treasure hunts. It is such a special concept that we really wanted to be a part of it, so I contacted Kellie and she sent us a Home to release. I felt I owed it to The Dude. (Maybe someone will actually find this?) 

So last Wednesday, on the drive down to Fibrotown, my Dad, the kids and I stopped at Nan Tien Temple for a look. I have driven past the place at least 100 times over the past ten years, but Windy Wednesday was the chosen day for us to stop and peruse.

I find myself drawn to the peace and serenity of Buddhism. I have dabbled in meditation. Buddhism for Mothers was my saviour in the early years of parenting. It seemed apt that my chosen word "Mindfulness" be released in a place of such serenity and esteem.

Mindfulness (n) the state of being completely in touch with and aware of the present moment, as well as taking a non-evaluative and non-judgemental approach to your inner experience.

After making our way around the site... 

Shoes on. Shoes off. Shoes on. Shoes off... being mesmerised by all the golden Buddhas... keeping little hands from touching said golden Buddhas and trying our hand at the poses in the gardens...

We found our Home of Happiness its new home.

I remembered to take a moment to be mindful. I noticed the wind on my cheeks. The warm glow of the sun on my face. The rustle of the trees. The hum of the traffic on the highway nearby. The tweet of the birds. The laughter of the children and Pops telling them to 'get away from the road'. I listened harder and heard the faint sound of the ducks splashing the water. I felt the cold of the statue on my hands. I felt an overwhelming feeling that our home would be very happy in its new home. I took a deep breath and pushed on with the rest of the day.

Thanks so much to Kellie for giving us this wonderful experience.

Take a moment to be mindful each day (as often as you can). Your life will be richer for it.

PS: The winner of the 365 Ways to Make Money book giveaway is MummyBear1970! I loved her entrepreneurial spirit being fostered at such a young age. Check the comments if you want to know what I am talking about. Please email me with your details so I can arrange your book! Thanks to everyone who entered. It was such fun to read about your crazy ideas for making money. No doubt Kylie will be able to use some in the next edition of her book!


Anonymous said...

I will. Thank you for the reminder to do so. I sometimes forget in the chaos that is the school holidays x

Cate said...

What a wonderful word! Mindfulness is something I have been working very hard on lately in all aspects of my life - and you have found such a perfect spot to release this little 'mindfulness' home!
Kellie's project is such fun!!

FlyFshrGrl said...

Thanks for this post. I linked up to Kellie's blog and requested a house for us. Great story and pictures!

Kim H said...

Isn't this fun? We also released a cute little home. Love your word:) I will try it today;)

Megan Blandford said...

In the chaos of multi-tasking and rushing around all day, Mindfulness is a concept I've really taken on board too. It's surprisingly freeing, I find.

That place looks amazing, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Perfect choice for the little home. I can't think of a happier place to release it.

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Agree, the perfect spot for this loved little home. So much of what you have written here resonates strongly with me. I adore all of those smiles on your little people and can see the joy that can come from a gorgeous buddah!

Thankyou. We are ever so grateful.

Kellie and her happy little team.

Maxabella said...

Perfect, C. I loved this post. The pics of the kids with the statues are gorg. x

House of Prowse said...

Did anyone ever find your dude?

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