Home' Nova National : January 2009 Contents KEEPING BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER
There's a lot of confusion between a
maze and a labyrinth -- as if we're not
confused enough already!
So to ease your minds, a maze is designed
to trick us and block us at every turn, while a
labyrinth is a single, winding, often tortuous,
path to a centre from where the only way back
is via the same route. So while a maze can be
fun or frustrating or even frightening, as I
recall vividly from one childhood experience,
a labyrinth has a different purpose altogether.
In fact, it's a metaphor for life.
Since prehistory, as the famous cave
paintings at Lascaux speak to us so eloquently,
as does the Greek myth of Theseus and the
Minotaur, entering a labyrinth is to embark
on a journey to self knowledge -- and it's
anything but an easy ride! Just as those early
hunters stumbled along in pitch darkness
deep inside the caves at Lascaux in France
with no idea of what lay ahead, but impelled
by some unknown force to move ever deeper,
our own lives often present us with similar
challenges. And just as the hunters came to
the centre of the labyrinth where they began
to express in superb paintings on the cave
walls their awe at the majesty of nature and
a reverent connection with the animals that
sustained them, a search for meaning in our
modern world can lead to a flowering of our
own hidden depths.
That's the reason behind the increasing
popularity of labyrinths in healing and
meditation centres all over the world.
Just as walking the labyrinth in some
physical form can bring us peace and inner
strength, we chose it as the perfect theme
to start a New Year. Unquestionably, these
are "interesting times" that challenge us in
ways we've never been challenged before.
I'm writing this column on the eve of a
Copenhagen agreement and hopefully as you
read it, the talk fest will have led to a binding
outcome to give us all hope for the future.
Surely global necessity will outweigh narrow
self interest -- maybe it really is the impetus
our world needs to think as one and take
action to sustain life in poorer nations, as well
as in our comfortable and complacent West.
After all, soaring temperatures, fearsome
storms and rising sea levels are no respecters
of national boundaries. Perhaps in the face
of such a momentous challenge, we'll rise to
levels of cooperation and altruism that have
eluded us in easier times. History proves
we're often at our best in a crisis.
Meanwhile, I'm always happy to place
my faith in the power of the individual to "be
the change we want to see in the world". As
NOVA readers, you share Mahatma Gandhi's
passion and are probably already doing your
bit. But we all have to do more and we can't
just hope that life will go on unchanged. If
life's a beach, then the water is lapping at
As usual, our team of writers has provided
us all with their thoughts and wisdom to take
with us into the year ahead. Dip your toe
into one or two of your favourite columns, or
hold your breath and immerse yourself in all
we have to offer you this month.
Either way, have a happy and peaceful
start to your New Year.
6 WALKING THE MOON
Daniel Sowelu traces his roots and a more ancient past
down the Darling River.
8 EGYPTIAN SPELLS
Jo Buchanan follows her hear t to discover ancient Egypt.
10 A RETURN TO LOVE
The challenge now is to act on the spirit of the
Parliament of World's Religions. Charlotte Francis offers
an over view.
14 THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS
Life's about making mistakes. But, says Eric Harrison, it's
the only way we learn.
24 THE ROAD TO MACCHU PICCHU
Helen Patrice looks at Per u through different eyes.
18 OUR KIDS - A GREAT START
Set your kids up for health and happiness with
Ayur vedic wisdom, says naturopath Kester Marshall.
26 LIFE EXPECTANCY AND MEDICINE
Is our life expectancy really increasing? Dr Peter Dingle
PhD urges a closer look at our community's health.
28 THE ETHICS OF EATING
Before you take your next bite, Jude Blereau offers
something to chew on.
29 KEEPING TABS
Star t a Personal Health File this year, suggests
naturopath Jeremy Hill.
30 SEEKING INNER PEACE
Oriental medicine's Olivier Lejus begins a series on
32 WALKING THE SACRED PATH
Chandrika Gibson says yoga can lead us to our
centre -- and that elusive wisdom.
34 FACE YOUR DEMONS
The spiritual journey can be tough. But, says James
May, it's wor th the tears.
37 VACCINES FOR PUPS
Animal Healing Q&A with holistic vet Dr Clare Middle
12 BREAKING DOWN WALLS
Sharon Snir gives us all a gentle prod as we look to
20 SHEDDING THE OLD
Jeremy Ball looks to 2013 and beyond.
22 EARTH SONG
We must each make our voice heard, says
environmental writer Adrian Glamorgan
22 THE WEB OF LIFE
Feng Shui explains the interconnectedness of life, says
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