In the past month I’ve had the adventure of visiting Tokyo twice! In
fact, over the past year as my business has expanded and my vision for my
life has to come to fruition, I’ve had time in France, NZ, Tahiti, the USA
To top it all off, I had three wonderful weeks at Noosa Heads both attending and
holding classes, just before Xmas.
I had not travelled outside of Australia before, except to New Zealand, so
for me to travel alone for weeks at a time has been quite interesting! I’ve
had to change and adapt in ways I could not have imagined.
For one thing, *time* does not have the same power of limitation anymore –
sleep when you’re tired, eat when you’re hungry! Just a choice!
For someone like me, who’s always been ‘hypersensitive’ or ‘high strung’ –
it’s been daunting, challenging and fabulous all at once! I call myself an
Urbane Mystic – I like the finer things in life, as I seek more awareness
and consciousness and connection with the earth. I’m a seeker who likes a
good glass of wine!
Tokyo was a complete surprise. I had visions of thousands of people
crowding the streets, of constant noise and pollution. What I found was
order, rules, neatness, tiny attention to details, and yes, the vastness of
the city, (38 million people), which could all be suffocating, but there is
an underlying dedication to aesthetics in everything. I did not feel
pressured or anxious at all.
Aesthetics is the awareness that beauty nourishes the being & the body at
a deep level. And beauty is not a ‘surface’ thing.
From the array of little ceramic dishes on my lacquered breakfast tray,
each containing delicious foods of a different form, colour, taste and
texture; to the view of the tiny garden outside the window, where even the
trees have been trained and supported to grow in shapes pleasing to the
eye, this culture has a consciousness, some might say spirituality, which
draws you to connect with nature even in the middle of a city. And it is
soothing and delightful at the same time.
So how can we create environments which nurture the body, the being and the
earth, as we move forward in an increasingly fast, busy and crowded world?
It has taken many years for my business and life to blossom. As I
turn 60 this year, I can definitely say that it’s never too late to do what
you’ve always dreamed off, to start a new business or a new adventure!
Shauna Teaken is an Urbane Mystic, Happy Mouth™ Facilitator & Access Body
Class Facilitator who is based in Brisbane, Australia.