I was lucky enough to spend a summer/winter (whatever way you want to look at it) working in Melbourne the “most liveable city in the world.” My time in Melbourne was full of adventure, wonderful people, beautiful landscapes, wildlife and great food. Reflecting on what makes this most liveable city so great, I realised some characteristics should be included in our daily lives!
I have never felt so peaceful within myself than during my time in Melbourne. Whether it was the beaches, the parrots in the trees or the laid back attitude of the locals there was a complete aura of calm that surrounded Melbourne. A big factor in this was of course the abundance of yoga studios, particularly along the beach and is where I first started practicing yoga.
Consistent yoga practice improves your serotonin levels (happy hormones!) and highlights the beauty of the present, the only thing we truly have control over. Yoga naturally reduces stress and stress can be the root cause of so many diseases from eczema to high blood pressure. Learning to quiet your mind can make you healthier!
"You cannot stop the waves but you can learn how to surf!" - Yoga proverb
Sense of humour
Melbourne is plastered in street art in all areas of the city, down the many cobble streets and lanes. Whether it is Banksy producing humour from politics, religion and lifestyle – a lot of the humour is injected into the street art of Melbourne.
The biggest laugh of the year is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As well as this…St Kilda, a hippie beach area (where half of Ireland apparently gravitates) has a massive clown that will eat you for a laugh!!
"A day without laughter is a day wasted"
Health is a priority
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Down Under with several sporting events throughout the year. More so, organic, fresh, local produce is more common than not. For example the Queen Victoria Market in the CBD has many organic stalls.The Ceres community Environment Park has an awesome organic market and a Fair Food program. We all know that having a healthy body is the only we can truly have a healthy mind and therefore live with clarity ;-). Living organically can be difficult at times but I would definitely prioritise fruit and potatoes! And if organic is not an option try and prioritise locally sourced.
"If you don't take care of your body, where else are you going to live?"
Diversity is the spice of life and in Melbourne nearly half of the population was born overseas and more than 230 languages are spoken in the city. Cultural diversity is a big part of Melbourne and the city makes a big effort to celebrate this with a range of festivals: Chinese New Year, Diwali, Hispanic Latin American Fiesta and Cultural Diversity Week. Diversity in the city is also reflected in the vast amount of different national restaurants, you are able to eat a different cuisine every day!
Diversity is recognising that everyone is different and valuing that difference. Diversity in your daily life is important for generating new ideas and to keep challenging yourself.
"Strength lies in differences, not in our similarities."