Alison Nankivell, Suffolk Park
I just wanted to say, ‘Well done’ to Byron Bay.
I’m a Byron girl without a doubt. I love the ocean, the hills, the people and the pace.
Byron is one big chilled, but forward, step ahead of where I am right now.
I came to Melbourne for just a few months to help my sister get married (which is now cancelled) and look after my cousin who has breast cancer and have found myself locked down in the Melbourne mentality.
The collective consciousness here is heavy. Friends that I would normally describe as discerning and intelligent have turned into full-blown germ-a-phobes overnight. People are so encased in fear down here, so not used to their own company, slowing down, going in, reflecting – the contrast has been unbelievable. So much self-importance bound up in the external and the doing and the drama.
Byron Kids seem to have that covered. Stay home? Do some gardening… Sweet. Easy.
I decided to stream my live yoga classes from the lounge room six days per week – this seems the only alternative, for now.
Who shows up, for themselves and each other, every day? Byron Bay.
This will be all over soon. I can feel it.
There is an opportunity for real growth, whether it’s in showing support and compassion, or in confronting parts of ourselves we have been too busy to look at. Slowing down is always a good thing.
Respect the rules, yes. Stay healthy, yes. But remember, you own your thoughts, your frequency and your heart. There is no reason they need to be affected. From my own experience an opportunity to strengthen who you really are, always comes in times of crisis and conflict.
Shine bright Byron Bay. Love you. Miss you. See you soon.