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Life has been treating me kindly
lately. And I truly hope so many of
you can say the same thing.
Maybe it's that lovely warm
Spring sunshine, but I have a feeling it's also
to do with where I've been directing my
focus lately. Election comments were a
total no no -- what's the point stressing
about something that's so fickle and I've
given a wide berth to argumentative people
generally. So that rules politics out! Instead,
I've been trying to take on board some of
that yogic wisdom to look for the truth, in
life, in other people and in me, too.
It's brought me into contact with some
truly inspirational people and one who
comes to mind immediately is Caroline
Myss, a perennial favourite in this industry
for her powers as a mystic and her complete
lack of artifice. I recall her comments at
the I Can Do It workshop about the sense
of entitlement we all have at various times,
whether it be for wealth, love, beauty, peace,
even a shoulder to cry on when we're
feeling low. "Get over it!" she challenged
us. "Entitlement! You're not entitled to
anything." Once you get over the shock
of such an unambiguous and confronting
statement, the truth dawns that, of course,
she's right. And that's deeply liberating. We'll
have much more on Caroline Myss next
month so look out for it.
I've also been lucky enough to spend
some time in Thailand this month, thanks
to a generous invitation from the Kamalaya
Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa on the
gorgeous island of Koh Samui. As you'll
read in this issue, I've come home feeling
nurtured, well nourished with food prepared
with love and inspiration, and, most
importantly, a clear direction for my future
health and wellbeing.
The experience affirmed for me, and
my husband too, our belief that the holistic
industry holds the answers for a healthier
world. Rather than a "one size fits all"
approach, inevitable when you put your faith
in a pill or, eventually, a handful of pills, the
holistic approach considers you and me as
a whole person whose needs are highly
individual. Just to be acknowledged as an
individual in this increasingly impersonal
world is, in itself, healing.
And I'm sure there's something about
being in a Buddhist culture too. That, and
the natural charm of the Thai people which
smoothes over any confusion with a smile.
In a society where people are encouraged to
build a sense of resilience, to show reverence
for all of life, and to aspire to be the very
best person they can be on the road to
nirvana, life takes on a spiritual dimension.
It's not perfect by any means, but at least it's
not impersonal. And to come to our theme
this month, this sense of self awareness, of
self realisation, is at the heart of trust. When
we have confidence in our own capacities,
our own inner strengths, and we share an
awareness that each of us and the animals
we hold dear is held and treasured in the
web of life, we start to savour life in all its
And before I go, I'd urge you to read
Dr Charmaine Saunders's feature titled
"Flowing with Life". Another of those learned
PhDs, not medical doctors, who write for
NOVA every month, Charmaine's piece
this month will set you up to tackle life's
challenges head on.
Enjoy it all.
6 FLOWING WITH LIFE
Dr Charmaine Saunder s shows how to live a rich
and fulfilling life
10 PLACING TRUST
'Who can we trust?' asks Eric Harrison
13 ECSTATIC POSTURES
Louise Gilmore explores the spiritual power of posture
16 COSTUME CHANGE
Helen Patrice breaks out the belly dance card deck
18 ONE STEP AT A TIME
Dr Peter Dingle PhD offer s the evidence that lifestyle
and diet, not dr ugs, promote cardiovascular health
20 CELEBRATE LIFE
Wholefood cook Jude Blereau gets into the spirit of
21 SPRING CLEAN
Naturopath Jeremy Hill suggests picking out your goal
for Spring and going for it
22 TRUST YOUR BODY'S WISDOM
Our consciousness profoundly affects our health, says
8 INNER WELLNESS
Margaret Evans visits Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuar y
14 FASHION STATEMENT
Ethics should play a par t in our dress sense, says
environment writer Adrian Glamorgan
30 FROM ANIMAL TO HU-MAN
Crop circles this year have much to tell us, says
31 LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS
Relationships with counsellor Dr Charmaine Saunders
East 76,125 West 36,866
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