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Keeping body and soul together
Seize the day
22 BOOK GiVEAWAYS (WA)
23 MUSiC REViEWS
24 NOVA GUiDES
25 MOViE REViEWS
n ova MAGAziNE
6 GENEROUS AS ANYTHiNG
Margaret Evans speaks with founder of the iconic
Lentil as Anything chain, Shanaka Fernando.
8 WHAT PLANET ARE WE ON?
Adrian Glamorgan wonders if we are just living in a
bubble of denial about climate change
10 ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HAPPY
Ever y day is a new chance for happiness, says
counsellor Dr Charmaine Saunder s
12 HiDiNG SECRETS
2013, the Year of the Snake, looks better on the
surface but tensions lie beneath, says Juliana Abram
16 ANTiDEPRESSANT OVERLOAD
Apar t from in cases of severe depression, there is
much to suggest antidepressants don’t work, says
public health advocate Peter Dingle PhD
18 LiFTiNG THE FESTiVE FOG
Ayur vedic nutrition and a delicious recipe for the
New Year with Nadia Marshall
20 DiABETES & CHiNESE MEDiCiNE - Par t Two
Olivier Lejus explores fur ther into ancient approaches
to this surprisingly old disease
30 SCiENCE VERSUS GOD
2012 was just the beginning of our journey to the
Divine, says Jeremy Ball
e a ll have our favourite
telephone c orners, those
places where we retreat to
for an uninterrupted chat.
Mine’s our upstairs sunroom with its vie ws
over a reserve of very old oaks, resplendent in
their summer foliage a nd austerely beautiful
in the chill of winter.
Midway through a recent chat, I stop
in wonderment as I spy two kookaburra s
barely four metres from my spot, mum and
fluffy haired nearly fully grown chick, just
as mum is about to plop a large fat grub into
her darling’s mouth. I feel I’ve been ushered
into some deeply private ritual – suc h sights
are so rare. And just a tree or so further back,
a nother kook aburra settles on a branch – the
happy family of three ke eps close company.
My friend sha res my delight and then
tells me of her own experienc e of being
woken three nights in a row by the nois e of
a trail bike just outside her window. L iving
in a bushy outer suburb, it’s unfriendly but
not impossible. Three nights is too much,
so she heads outside to challenge the rider.
Then the penny drops – the trail bike is a
Motorbike Frog, the most c ommon specie s
in the SW of Western Australia. Its call has
been described a s a motorbike changing
gears followed by a series of warbling
growls. Even sleep deprived, she thinks it’s
a wonderful thing. I won’t tell her that I’ve
discovered its call lasts all breeding season
which can extend for months!
My point is that life is in the details,
in those moments of sudden, light filled
radia nc e that tran sport us from our worldly
ca res. Often it’s when Nature taps on our
window, but it can be a kindly word, an
une xpected gift, a long lost friend who
tracks us down to make contact once again.
Most of us try to plan some order into our
lives, from the early morning alarm call to the
school run to the weekend sporting fixture to
squeezing in some time for shopping, cooking,
housework and catching up for a coffee. Or
in my case, meeting yet another monthly
deadline ! Just once in a while, the Universe
reaches out to tap us on the shoulder and
dazzle us with its twinkling jewels. In these
moments we know we are ble s sed.
As we begin a New Year with all the
portents of 2012 behind us now, it’s time
to be upbeat and know we can make of it
whatever we wish. We can drag all our usual
encumbrances with us, or we can let them
go and become the more enlightened souls
that great teachers urge us to embrace as
our destiny. That’s the challenge the end of
the Maya n Calendar’s 5000 year cycle on
December 21 ha s set for us.
I know us Aussies find it hard to embrace
such ideals – we’re a determinedly down to
earth bunch with a little too much cynicism
for our own good – but, once again, to
my way of thinking it’s a ll in the details. I
suppose it a ll c omes down to the choice of
satisfying our self or thinking of the other.
We all fail constantly – It’s New Year and
we’re probably nursing headaches of one
sort or another! But we owe it to ours elves
a nd our happiness to make the effort, one
step at a time. Here’s to a more caring and
considerate world in 2013!
HaPPy New yeaR
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