Articals

Finding our unique path.

Have you ever wondered what it is that you were born to do..? What unique gift you have brought into this life that will make a difference in the world..? How to be true to your life’s purpose..? What is it to drag ourselves out of bed in the morning and face a day without enthusiasm, without energy, with a feeling of being trapped in a cycle with no way out? If you have lived a couple of decades or…

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The wing of wisdom.

My nephew who was 16 at the time once made a statement that brings into sharp focus the journey of coming to wisdom. He said somewhat authoritatively, “when I was 14 I thought I knew everything; now, I know I know everything”! Profound words for a sixteen year old. Some 2,500 years before him a fellow named Socrates is attributed a statement that sits at the other end of life, “wisest are they that know they do not know”. These…

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The meditative state.

An extract from Russ’s book “Touch of Awareness” (available in our store) To sit on the meditation cushion and commit to stay there for a length of time, whether it be ten minutes, or ten years, is the single greatest step we can take toward coming to know ourselves: coming to know what lies within us. It is here that we engage the most intense, and powerful method for training our mind. It is here, with persistence, that we expose…

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Nourishing destiny… a discussion.

To what extent do you see illness as a misalignment with one’s destiny? Recently I proposed the above question on a shiatsu forum, and sat back to await the fireworks. I was not disappointed. Before we reflect on what unfolded, may I invite you to take a moment to ask yourself that very question and see what emotions or feelings, thoughts or refutations come to mind…? So why such a contentious topic? In truth I hoped it would bring together…

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Heavy metal

Creating a healthy centre Have you heard of a DMPS challenge? Well I certainly hadn’t before I met the holistic MD Fi (Rufina) Lam. I had heard of checking heavy metals from hair analysis tests, but this one was new to me. Many health conditions are linked to elevated heavy metals in the body where tissues become inflamed and acidified from a consequent increase in free radicals and oxidative stress. What I have discovered to date (and I invite you…

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Gut health & TCM

Creating a healthy centre It makes sense. In Japanese arts of the way such as Aikido (the way of unifying spirit), Kyudo (the way of archery), Chado (the way of tea) et al., the master is said to move from hara; to hold the sword with their hara; to feel the impetus to act from hara… This centre within us is where living a balanced life begins… So lets descend from our heads and take a moment to breathe into…

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Health life 101

Making lifestyle change for the greater wellness Why is being sick the new normal..? Healthy Life 101….. Making Lifestyle Change for greater Wellness These days it is nearly impossible to pick up a newspaper or magazine that doesn’t have at least one article on health, diet, or the benefits of exercise. If you don’t see articles then the advertisements section is bound to offer you a new product to improve your energy, sleep, or mood the latest new diet to…

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Bitter sweet biscuits.

Have you ever experienced an habitual default in yourself anew, with beginner’s mind, as if you had stumbled upon it for the very first time? Given that Russ & I enjoy a biscuit or two with our morning cuppa, and given my dislike of eating numbers in my food and the lack of true vitality in the packet variety, I decided to begin baking my own. Not renowned for my biscuits ever before I found that when I racked my…

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Some thoughts on integrative medicine

In the last 8 years of working as a clinician in both the Secondary and Primary care system, I come across cases that have been deemed “medical failures”. These are cases that include those which the specialist cannot do anything more for, or a diagnosis cannot be found. More recently, I see more and more of cases which turn up with ‘normal’ results, and in effect we declare the patient as well. Yet these patients continue to have genuine problems.…

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Characters of Wisdom: Taoist tales of the acupuncture points. By Debra Kaatz

“It is said that at conception the spirit of man has the purpose of his life whispered into his ear as he passes through the heavenly gateway into life.” This text extends an invitation to traverse the many layers and plunge into the richness that exists within the depths of each acupuncture point. The body of this work is individual page explorations for 361 acupuncture points – taoist tales that illuminate the subtle nuances that can be tapped into during…

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