Aussie. Student of the world. Dreamer.

This is the story of the mountain, Mauao.

Long ago in the forests of Hautere there stood three mountains. The chief, Otanewainuku, the lovely Puwhenua, and the nameless one. The nameless one was in love with Puwhenua, but she was in love with the mighty Otanewainuku. He had captured her heart with his tall majestic trees. The nameless one was heartbroken. He decided to drown himself in the sea.

He asked the Patuparaihe (bush fairies) to drag him down to the sea to drown. One night they tied ropes around him and dragged him from the forest. His tears left rivers behind him, and channels formed where he was dragged. As he was dragged nearer to the sea the sky began to lighten. Then with a great jump up leapt Te Ra the sun. The Patu dropped their ropes and fled back to the darkness of the forest. Before they left the gave him a name. Mauao - caught by the dawn.

Many years later when people came to live here they gave him another sacred name. Maunganui (big mountain) To this day he proudly guards the entrance to our beautiful harbour and watches over his people. No longer nameless, forever proud.

Anonymous asked:
hey I hope you have a beautiful day today

I hope you have a beaut day too

past present future

I was making an ice-cream cake today, which is the most delicious dessert you will ever eat. It can consist of a multitude of ingredients, but this version is caramel based, filled with shattered mars bars and flake, coated with violet crumble, swirled together in a mousse like texture. So good. As I was putting it together my mind started to go on creative tangents, leaving the end-point at three words: Past, Present, Future. Hang with my thoughts for a moment. 

We have this consciousness that takes into different worlds. I can be having a conversation with a friend, whilst thinking about a childhood memory, while simultaneously worrying about what will I be like ten years.  The Past, Present and Future is always alive, forcing our motives, modifying behaviours and forcing self-fulfilled outcomes. My first real question I have been asking myself is, does it really matter if I am present in all three states of being? An Eastern train of thought would tell me to be in the moment, and this is a great place to start. Too often the beautiful moments of our life are drowned out by a cacophony of self-consciousness and anxiety. Living in the moment is important. My Nepalese mentor taught me that life unfolds in the present. But so often, we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and unseized, and squandering the precious seconds of our lives as we worry about the future and ruminate about what’s past. He taught living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realise that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. And that is cool, but I did not take all of the information the Nepalese man told me, some of it didn’t sit right with me. This is why humans are special, we can be taught information and habits, and then decide and move with the knowledge anyway we deem possible. Infinite movements. 

The Past, Present, Future, to me, is about finding balance within each. I love creating and living in the now, so that I may cherish memories which I can enjoy from the past, while simultaneously working towards goals in the future. By running with all three together, it has created a synergy in my life, and brings moments of clarity and direction. And whenever I struggle with thoughts I just focus and remember, the past may dictate who we are, but we get to determine who we become, and the best way to predict the future us to invent it. The ice-cream cake turned out pretty damn amazing as well. 

Loving your blog! The pictures are so breath taking and your insights are so profound. I have a question: what city/country have you not been to that you are dying to go to? Also I really want to go to Paris soon; what are the spots I MUST see and experience there?

The Himalayas. At this stage I will be venturing there in 2016. It has been a dream of mine for many years, but I am excited it’s now going to happen. To watch dusk’s beauty which shivers along the mountain range, the state of silent medication overshadowing the trees. To walk among the rich history, where valleys become abodes of the brooks, and peaks pierce the heavens of blue. My plan is to do the Annapurna Circuit, then spend days wandering Nepal, getting lost in it’s magic. Thanks for the question friend. As for France, venture off the track to find hidden character. You won’t regret it

'Where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the day-blind stars feed'

Anonymous asked:
what is your opinion on drugs? specifically entheogens that catalyze hallucinogenic spiritual experiences and transcendence x

When I was nineteen I met this man who had some radical notions, who was so different from any person that had crossed my path. His ideas and thoughts were inspiring and he made me feel like the world is open for anything.  He never really gave the answers, but its in the process which creates thought. Debate and discussion. Its all about the big picture, man. All we have is the moment we are in, the past is cool and memories are rad, but don’t let it define your entire essence and being. There future is equally as confusing, it shapes our actions in the now, but when it forces our hand, the whole self-fulfilling prophesy circle bites. 

Look inside yourself and see what you need for the journey, but remember, one day far from now you will only have yourself. And when you reach that point of inward time, its best to be whole. 

Anonymous asked:
please, write a book.

I have many dreams about writing books. I do this thing where I can just disappear into my thoughts, often in the most inappropriate of times. It could very well be within a conversation, one moment we would be going deep on the fundamentals of social engineering, and my mind will suddenly wander to creative lands. Huge canvas skies filled with technicolor rainfall, seas with unknown extremes being journeyed upon by adventures souls, a young man crossing an intrepid forest filled with mystery and disasters, a spiritual revolution pending on his survival. I dream about painting the picture of far away lands, told through traditional means of storytelling, forever solidified in the written word. The books will come my friend, but only if I can do them justice. I want to add to the meaningful art of the world, not take away

On Friday night four of my Australian friends surprised with an overseas trip to New Zealand. We then spent the entire weekend watching the sunset in the west, climbing through tunnels in mountains in the east, watching the moon in it’s closet form in a century and laughing and drinking into the early morning. Here are some of the moments with my family and my love.

Anonymous asked:
you should put your music on spotify if possible :)

I have had previous bands of mine up there, but since all my solo music is free, haven’t used the regular distribution channels. I’ll make it happen now x

Downloaded your album, I definitely love it!!

Thankyou friend. It has been my favourite so far. Capturing the Autumn chill of the Australian Alps was really special. Everything is peaceful, waiting. The winter wind is coming but until that first day of snow, reflecting.