Relaxing, unwinding and opening your mind to the natural wonders around us and the spiritual forces calling from within is not something that comes to mind while you’re stuck in traffic trying to make it to that 6pm yoga class… only to find it’s at capacity and you have to turn around and raincheck that relaxation time for another day.
Everyone can benefit from finding their Zen. What do I mean by that? Well, Zen, while it has a very complex meaning, in short refers to peace, meditation and overall calmness. In our busy lives we are stressed, worried and anxious A LOT of the time, and it’s essential for overall good health and wellbeing, mentally and physically, for us to focus on the moment and embrace the elements of becoming Zen more often than not.
So the next time you’re feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you need to calm your body, mind and soul, these suggestions should hopefully spring to mind.
Here are 3 ways to find your Zen by venturing outside of the city:
1. Nature Walks
Get back to nature by visiting some of Queensland’s naturally preserved bushland, while being able to spot native animals and listen to a variety of bird species sing and tweet overhead. Whether you’re a nature lover or not, you’ll find something very relaxing and tranquil about walking on a marked trail or setting up a picnic alongside picturesque wetlands. Here are three options for you to connect with nature:
Berrinba Wetlands have more than 8km of walkways and bike tracks to explore within a pristine natural environment, featuring beautiful waterways and a large selection of natural flora and fauna to admire.
If you’re looking for somewhere for the whole family, including your fury companion, you can visit Underwood Park, where the boardwalk along the serene tranquil waters and ghost gums offer a relaxing afternoon stroll, while there is an off-leash dog area and a play area for children.
The Daisy Hill Conservation Park is also a long-standing favourite for locals and visitors. It is home to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre and also offers stunning forests and a wealth of local wildlife within. Have you ever seen a Koala in the wild? Here’s your chance.
2. Yoga and meditation
Yoga and meditation have been linked to relaxing muscles, reducing stress and preventing future injuries. Why not give it a crack at one of these classes:
Springwood School of Meditation and Yoga offer regular yoga and deep peace meditation classes, with special events lined up for Sacred Kirtan classes with the singing of sacred yoga mantras followed by a free vegetarian dinner.
If yoga and meditation is a bit slow for you, pump it up with some heat with Bonfire Yoga’s Browns Plains location. The heat increases all the positives achieved from yoga, plus gets you burning calories at the same time!
Live Well Logan is a health initiative by the the City of Logan that offers weekly Tai Chi and Yoga classes for $3 at various venues. To view the schedule, click here.
3. Spiritual Experience
Enter another world at the Zen Buddhist Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale where incense fills the air with heady tones of monastic prayers or you can sip tea in a ceremony centuries old at the Water Drop Tea House where flavours are infused with meditative precision.
In Forestdale, there is also the Wat Thai Buddhist Temple who hold regularly events and host an annual Songkran festival.
Just a quick note: This post is sponsored, but we only write about things we reckon you’ll think are awesome. We’re all about sharing the love here at Style, and it’s the love from sponsors that helps make that happen. Thanks for the inspiration by the City of Logan!