Experiences of the final moments from a perfect year. Summer fun with friends and family. Shot in Melbourne ////////////////////////////////// MUSIC Ben Howard - Old Pine (Peking Duk Remix) https://soundcloud.com/peking-duk ////////////////////////////////// | Handheld | Canon 5D3 | Canon 50mm 1.2 (accounts for 80% of shots) | Canon 24-70mm 2.8 | Canon 28mm 1.8 | Shot at 50fps | Graded in Lightroom 4 with VSCO Film | Cut in FCPX | https://www.facebook.com/ChrisArnoldMedia | http://chrisarnold.com.au
It’s hard to believe that less than 4 weeks ago, we were enjoying a splendid feast at The Imperial Hotel in Delhi, 12 hours after careening around the Rajasthani desert in Jeeps? It was an amazing adventure, full of visual and other sensory treats… India never fails to impress and this time was no exception.
Human Revolution Clothing started on August 8th, 2008 with Ashtungies, my idea to make undies for yogis. I was a serious ashtanga yoga student at the time and was always on the search for the perfect under ware for my yoga practice.
‘Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out. People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore.’
Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, teacher and scholar
Communications are so crucial for all aspects of our daily life and yet, even with all of the hi-tech at our disposal, sometimes even the simplest of messages can go awry. At times like this we need extra patience and a dose of generosity thrown in! Let’s face it: sometimes the email goes missing or the voicemail does deliver the next day. It’s just a reminder that we are always not in control. Best response? Go with the flow.
How to ‘get what we want’ whether in relationships, career or just in life, is a preoccupation for many of us. But we are often unwilling to ask for exactly what we want and be willing to take the response either way. We have a clear choice: do we manipulate to get our own way? Or are we empowered and ask directly, being unafraid that if the answer is ‘no’ there is another reason or even another ‘yes’ around the corner. When you ask for something without an agenda, things always fall into place, and you will be rewarded in the right way. Have faith and get to getting!
Amy Nagatani is a 23 year old Australian Veterinary student at Murdoch University leaving on her second trip to India in December. Having spent three months volunteering in a refuge in Varanasi last year, Amy was inspired to do something to help people less fortunate than herself, and is now raising funds to buy school equipment for the impoverished children of ProjectEES school in Varanasi. Amy is one of our champion Girlo crew and she is dedicating her life to help children in India who really need it. Meet Amy and learn more about her project…
If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.
“Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature.”
Our greatest challenge is to gain mastery of ourselves. It can be a lifetime’s work but once we begin to make the shifts internally, we also see what needs to happen externally. It becomes clear that we cannot continue to destroy the life systems on our earth and that all beings are capable of feeling pain and suffering. Devoting your life to easing the suffering of another is the highest cause that leads us to our highest growth.
As you come to realize and understand the unlimited potential of your life, you learn more about your true nature, so you also have insight into the relative condition of what it means to be here, now. We are all in a sense ‘becoming’ something over time, but with a pure intention and humble acceptance of our negative faults we can make the changes necessary to have both wisdom and compassion. Be brave.
It’s coming into the silly season, and the countdown to the holidays has begun. Let’s face it: things can be rugged at this time of year! It’s busy and yet, as the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said ‘Fatigue makes cowards of us all’. So, with that in mind, get your rest, renew your energy and stay focused. The endgame is nigh.
How often have you heard it said about someone that they’re a team player? It’s something we overlook – everything in life requires a lot of effort by a great many people working together. Each person brings something to the process. Sometimes though we can each do a bit more. Sometimes we drag the chain and let things slip. When this happens, recognize it for what it is, and get going. Remember: there is no ‘I’ in team.
Time is the one thing that makes us all equal. How we utilize the time we have separates the do-ers from the rest of the pack. Be the one who gets more done, gives more energy, spends more time… who gets more out of each moment. Be conscious and in this way you’ll truly see how time flies…
Happy Halloween 2012! It’s the perfect evening to let loose and bring external life to those inner ghosts. Halloween is a cathartic time, use it to be inspired and confront fear head-on. Relax, it’s not Freddy, just a friendly reminder that our demons are mostly in our heads. Tonight’s the night to feel the fear and do it anyway!
Empathy. It seems to be in short supply and in a world on fast-track, it can be glossed over as too hard, too abstract or just too remote. As someone far wiser than me once said, 'Be Kind to everyone you meet, for they are fighting a great battle.' Everyone is yearning for a more peaceful, gentle and a more positive life. No one has a perfect existence. We all suffer loss, disappointment and change that is difficult. Appearances are always deceptive, so even something or someone looks great from the outside, stop a minute and ask yourself: "What might they be going through?'
Still on the topic of empathy: one of the constant things you hear is the statement: 'My family is the most important thing to me'. And it seems to be true for most people, that, when all is said and done, the one constant in everyone's life is family. But not everyone has a family. Sometimes, they have lost their parents and so it can feel tough when everyone around them seems to be enjoying an endless stream of relatives and functions to attend. Think about those who are separated from their families either through distance or for other reasons like work or study. Ask them to one of your family functions and open up both your worlds.
It has been said many times that the 'darkest time is just before the dawn', by which we mean the brightest time is the moment of breakthrough. When you haven't necessarily got past the problem, but you can clearly see the solution: this is the a-ha moment. So while you may be feeling your way to clarity, with the way out visible, you can find the energy to push through. Be brave and see what opens up.
Humour is the best weapon you have. Deflect whatever you know is not for real with a smile and a joke. Because whatever goes on and no matter who says what, when people take it too seriously it’s funny! So you can afford to laugh out loud. The universe is only trying to tease you into a reaction.
Freedom is such a strong word… everybody wants to be free. But while we embrace the notion, many of us are fearful that if we allow someone (parent, friend, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend) their freedom.. Read more!
The more you do the more you can do. It’s one of the oft-heard truisms in the career wisdom quotes: ‘Give a busy person a job to do.’ It’s an old theory: that work spreads to fill the time available.. Read more!
Girls have been skateboarding since the first skateboards were built over 50 years ago, yet people are still surprised when they see a girl on a board. This film shows skateboarding's evolution through girls' eyes.. Watch now!
Systems work because they’re systems. They can be dull and hard to set up and they need consistent effort, but the sneaky thing about a system is that it makes things easier in the long run... Read more!
Make the road your home, by taking your home on the road! Create a sense of being a global citizen by having a few things with you that always make you feel completely at ease in any space you find yourself... Read more!
Sacred space. To change or lift the energy in a room, light a stick of incense and walk the perimeter of the space you want to clear. As you walk around the space, say quietly the wonderful mantra: Om Mane Padme Hung... Read more!
Feeling out of sorts? Stressed or overwhelmed by life? Mapping your way to wellness can put you back in control. Think of all that’s bothering you make a list and work your way through it... Read more!
2010 was the year I travelled to India for a few months. I wanted to work somewhere that would make a difference. Through a stroke of luck I was put in touch with Rajini who headed up the KKSS Foundation in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is a foundation that takes care of needy people from all walks of life - from abandoned babies, abandoned elderly, women in need and people who are in need of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, they do it all here.
Amnesty International is a longtime favourite charity of Girlosophy, and in our opinion it is one of the most important organisations in the world. So much so, we gave it special mention as our top charity that is changing the world for the better in our latest book, Girlosophy - INSPIRE.
To get geared up for our Awesome India trip this November we are giving one lucky Girlosopher the chance to win this beautiful hand-made sterling silver necklace, which is 'Girlosophy' translated into Hindi.
Rice dishes are so great for energy and risotto is a classic. A really easy dish, risotto is quite peaceful to make. Whether your by yourself or cooking for a dinner party, risotto is another mainstay that will keep you and your flatmates happy!
This pasta dish is made with green prawns drenched in onion and garlic, and mixed with a tomato base served on a bed of spinach. It’s great hangover food and it’s not too heavy. I learnt it in Drama class: Improvization.
This is an adaption of my friend Skye’s classic recipe, which she brought back from a trip to Italy. I have been fortunate to eat this many times at her home and I have never tasted a better pesto anywhere. Pesto sauce can be used in so many ways, not just over pasta. You’ll never go hungry if there’s pesto in the fridge!
Girlosophy is giving away a Limited Edition Lomography Diana F + CMYK medium format camera, paired with a pack of 120 Lomography mixed film 3 pack ready to get you out and snapping. This fab collectable prize is worth $155AUD.
Sometimes we get into the groove of life and we forget how powerful we really are. We get caught up in the day to day struggles life brings us: Studying for exams. Trying to pay the bills. Losing that extra weight because society (or even someone in your own life) makes us feel fat. Being a dutiful daughter, friend, partner, mother, employee. Being 'attractive'. Being 'likeable'. Getting a man. The list goes on.
Ingetje Tadros is an inspiring woman who left her Dutch homeland at the age of just 17 to travel the world. Having travelled the world Ingetje really started chasing her dreams to be a famous photographer kind of late in life... We are so glad that she did! Ingetje's beautiful photographs of cultures from all over the world show compassion and a deep, respectful understanding of the tribal people she captures through the lens.
Ingetje has made her home almost as far away from her Holland as you can get - in Broome, Australia! We caught up with her this week to see if she had any advice for all the aspiring photographers in our Girlosophy community.
The girls at the Girlo office love their yoga and yoga also plays an important role in our Awesome India Trips. We all know that Yoga is good for your mind and your body - but there is more to Yoga than a yoga mat and celebrities in designer yoga gear. Read on to learn 5 you need to know about yoga.
Red apples contain creatine – the great muscle building amino acid! Creatine is in many artificially produced muscle-building powders that weight-lifters use. Why not go straight to the source! Carrots contain beta-carotene and other fabulous anti-oxidents.
Juicing is an absolute must in a girlo’s kitchen. We love the instant energy life and the crazy amounts of vitamins in fresh juices. With fresh juice the rule is to drink it as soon as it’s ready so all the goodies can be absorbed in pristine condition – but sip it slowly!
There are so many juicing recipes, it is impossible to list every combination. What we can recommend is that you can make virtually any juice to your personal taste by working out how much you need of each ingredient. Boost your immune system by using particular combinations for your daily needs. Drinking fresh juices is one of the greatest things you can do to energize your body on an ongoing basis. Get into dark greens: broccoli, spinach, watercress and sprouts. These contain incredible amounts of vitamins and are easily absorbed by the body in juice from. Drink your greens and you’ll feel the energy lift!
Our best tip with these burritos is, when you start making them – don’t put too much in or you can’t wrap and everything falls out. Little bits work! And besides, you can always have another one. They’re like little presents. (And what could be nicer than eating little presents!)
In light of our 'Awesome India' Competition we are discovering all kinds of fantastic Indian Artists. We've written before about Australian artists we love, like Gabriella Hirst but we have to admit we didn't know all that much about Indian artists. We undertook some serious research and here are three young Indian artists that we think you should know about, as they are just fantastic!
One of the things that makes the hearts of the Girlo staff sing is when we come across young women making their own way through the world with wit, style and compassion. To travel the world, either alone or together with friends, demands courage, stamina and passion.
One of our favourite charities WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) has organised a special charity program to help pooches all over the world - its called Collars not Cruelty. Millions of dogs are killed globally as a result of a fear of rabies, but by buying a collar from WSPA you can help contribute to mass vaccinations and help create a world where no animals have to suffer.
Get snap happy! Girlosophy is giving away this very cute Lomography Diana Mini Camera paired with a roll of Color Negative 100 Iso film ready for your first Lomo lo-fi photography experience. The set also comes with a copy of the Diana Mini "Shoot Forever" book, instruction manual, Lens Cap & neckstrap, with a total value of $90A.
This summer season, Girlosophy wants to spread the word and the love! We have a copy of our new book Girlosophy INSPIRE and a beautiful custom made, one of a kind sterling silver braclet to giveaway! Gorgeous and unique - the value of this amazing prize is $200.
New Year is the perfect time to set new goals, turn some corners and make some important decisions about your life. Perhaps you are now thinking back to those personal promises you made yourself last year? I will exercise more, I will eat better food, I will, I will, I will…. Kind of boring weren’t they?
Here at Girlosophy we are taking our love of travel to the next level and offering a magical trip to India for girls! A trip has been organised leaving November 23 2012 for over 18s. This special offering, a world first, includes photography workshops, trips to conservation projects, exotic locations, luxury accommodation and engaging with desert communities in Rajasthan.
Elephants are being killed for ivory. While elephants have some protection through the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), several African nations regularly request that CITES Conference of the Parties allow further sales of ivory from existing stockpiles. One of Girlosophy's favourite charities is the International Fund for Animal Welfare who lobby to protect elephants. We donate IFAW regularly, and in the lead up to christmas we encourage you to do the same!
Cleaning is an essential part of the religion in many cultures. In the Hindu culture of Bali, for example, the sweeping of the ground and subsequently making offerings to the Gods is a daily ritual that is faithfully observed. To the Balinese, the cleaning and clearing of the old energies (dead leaves and debris) is “bhakti”, which means it is a devotional manner of worship that cleanses the area to receive the fresh energies from the Gods.
You will have already put some thought into what you will wear on the plane and while you are traveling in general, however planning outfits for take-off and landing is something that is often overlooked by many people.
Blending in with the locals is a bit of an art form and a way to be a good tourist when you’re on the road. It’s good to be yourself however a touch of camouflage doesn’t hurt. It may even help in certain situations.
Meditation is one “ritual” you can use to prepare for writing. Over the years many colleagues and friends who write for a living have lifted the lid a little on what they do to get themselves ready for the screen or notebook.
If you know your old school hip-hop, you’ll know that Brooklyn rappers were speaking their truth when they rhymed ‘Cash Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M.)’. Nothing harsher (but also probably nothing truer was ever said.)
When you criticize your body, you actually feed it negativity, which is not good for you energetically. The way we think, feel about and feed our bodies is a pure reflection of the self-love we have… or don’t have.
Sweet sorrow or joyful tomorrow? Parting or leaving affects each of us differently. When you are going on a journey, adventure or new path, the physical act of leaving can be emotional, even traumatic.
One thing we all agree on though is that there is adventure and then there is outright risk. To be clear: we’re not into taking unnecessary risks. Limiting risk in any situation is therefore entirely sensible, that is: doing whatever you can do to stay safe while you’re out there ‘getting your True Grit on’
We want all girls to make a pact to dare to be different. Reconstruct your own definition of beauty. Don’t buy into ‘the look’ as physical beauty is a poor standard by which to judge anyone. Real, natural and unique is the kind of beauty that never goes out of fashion.
At Girlosophy we like to stay in touch with girls around the world with pretty cool jobs. Meet Annabel Christina Youssef, a 25-year-old Flight Attendant. Annabel has been in the skies for 8 months (so far), and lets us in on how she got to be there…