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Freeconomics

A resource-base for a new economy

Estonia’s Singing Revolution The sound of freedom

Support your locals Nelson Markets

Issue 07 $ 10.99

April/May 2012

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Kathy Reilly • Lift your spirit • The “S.M.I.L.E” Syndrome

Pregnancy and after baby • Working ON the business • Recipes


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Editor’s Letter

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Can you feel the shift? When I set out to start a new business, namely this magazine, I set out to create and run it in a different way. Different in the sense that I make decisions not solely by left brain thinking (business plan, budget, finances) but more and more with intuition and guidance from my heart. This is a challenge as I have been conditioned to run a business in more traditional structures. Every time I am following my intuition, things are falling into place which is encouraging and motivates me to keep on going in that ‘new’ direction. More recently I have noticed that I see more and more people who are also making a conscious effort to do things in a new way and have met a few business people with very inspirational ideas of collaboration, sharing of networks and resources, offering their place or skill to help each other in various ways. I am inspired! Change starts within each of us first and when we have shifted a pattern we notice this by experiencing something in our ‘outside’ world that now follows a different path or emerges in a new way. Any personal development or work on us ultimately transmits those changes into our environment. We are encouraged to ask more valuable questions like: What would it take for me to do this or that

in a more environmentally friendly way? Or what would it take for me to finding the right articles my readers are eager to read? Or how can I do this in an easier way that is beneficial to all involved? The funny thing with questions is that you will always receive an answer. And here is the ‘new way’ the answer arrives: from within. You may have an idea or a flash of words that feel really different to you. It can mean that you pick up an article that you feel inspired to read and it includes the answer you are looking for. It can mean that you have a conversation with a friend who says something that you needed to hear. That is what I mean by the new way or intuition. Becoming aware of those new patterns is the beginning. And when you follow those moments of inspiration things are falling into place with ease and grace and it feels just wonderful and light. So yes I can feel the shift and I am excited about it. One of my questions for now is: What would it take for me to experience more of these wonderful new ways? Knowing that by ‘me’ all of you are included. Best wishes and happy ‘shifting’.


Contents FEATURES GLOBAL SMILE 6

FREECONOMICS A resource-base for a new economy

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THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS A documentary review

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ESTONIA’S SINGING REVOLUTION The sound of freedom

6 Freeconomics A resource-base for a new economy

CLEVER SMILE 14

SUPPORT YOUR LOCALS Nelson Markets

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EASY, EASY, EASY VISUALIZATION Step by step guide

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INCLUSION, PART VII The Hermetic Law of Generation

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GREEN SMILE 56

HEALTHY SMILE 18

HOW TO GET UN-STUCK How can I do this easier?

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THE “S.M.I.L.E.” SYNDROME Seasonal self care tips

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TAO MOTION The secret of the inner smile

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FINDING A WAY THROUGH DEPRESSION Cultivate your spirit with uplifting things

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WHAT YOU REALLY NEED Pregnancy and after baby

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ST. MARY’S THISTLE Limit oxidative stress in the body

28 Estonia’s Singing Revolution The sound of freedom

CLOSING THE LOOP Environmental resourcefulness


WORKING SMILE 26

WORKING ON THE BUSINESS Think, plan, review and improve

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FELLWORTH HOUSE Grand Old Lady

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TIME TO VALUE How to solve conflict within your own thinking

HUNGRY SMILE 66

AYURVEDIC COOKING Lassi & Kitchari

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AUTUMN SALAD Haloumi, poached pear & pine nut salad

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PIZZA DOUGH For the lazy cook

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CREATIVE SMILE 36

FROZEN SONGS Every night he felt the anticipation

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EMMA Poem by Eric Roeper

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KATHY REILLY Variations of a tea cup

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STAYING MOTIVATED Not accepting reality

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LIFT YOUR SPIRIT Colour up your life

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JOEL WHITWELL Passion for contemporary jewellery

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This inspires us!

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Dont’ be fooled

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Advertise with us

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Gratitude page with birthday pictures

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Subscribe to OneSmile and save 25%

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Sales Star. Is this you?

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Youth Volunteer Recognition 2012

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Ball Fever

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Ex Libris: The Alchemist

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Freeconomics A Resource-Base for a New Economy by Kari McGregor (SA) Spirit of the Times Magazine

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One of the greatest problems with our current economic paradigm is the emphasis on money – it almost literally makes the world go round. So little can be done without it yet it is essentially a man-made creation that holds no intrinsic value. Paper fiat money created out of thin air holds value only because this value is acknowledged and perpetuated by society. Using this paper fiat money, or, indeed, any other form of money, as the tool responsible for meeting our everyday needs makes little sense when one considers that resources are not scarce and can be distributed among our population without anyone being deprived. The pursuit of the money required to gain access to resources promotes a mindset of competition rather than collaboration, thus increasing the gap between rich and poor, or, in other words, those with and those without access to the resources necessary for survival. A non-monetary system of exchange casually known as “freeconomics” is beginning to evolve in our everawakening society as people realize that, although money facilitates the acquisition of resources for some, the harsh reality is that it acts as a barrier to access for many more others who lack the means to generate sufficient income. Freeconomies, those economies which operate without the use of any form of money, see capital and resources held firmly within the hands of communities, and not rested at the top of a systemic hierarchy which commits acts of abuse in exchange for consolidation and maintenance of the status quo. Where money has burdened those who have less with the need to work longer hours in the effort to acquire enough of it to reach or maintain acceptable standards of living the use of different valuation standards for exchange has shown itself to liberate people from the bondage of labour. Instead of selling their ever-decreasing time for the money to buy access to resources some people are recognizing that it is possible to maximize time spent with loved ones and on more creative pursuits while gaining access to previously restricted resources if they allow themselves to think outside the money-box.

In our age of rapidly rising technological unemployment, the elephant in the room can no longer be ignored. It’s no longer a case of crossing that bridge when we come to it. We’ve arrived. It is of pressing importance that we consider how people will support themselves in an increasingly competitive job market that places ever more power in the hands of owners of capital, rendering many workers either enslaved by their jobs or destitute due to not having one. An alternative form of currency is needed to ensure the survival of those whose jobs are being usurped by technological advance. Freeconomics tends to view resources in terms of an individual or community’s access to them, rather than ownership of them. However, it is important to understand that these resources must be present within a community – either owned by an individual or group, or banked by the community. If these resources are not available in such a way by the community then access to them can only be attained via purchase or rental, thus perpetuating the consumption cycle as well as notions of property and ownership. The internet has thus far provided the greatest support for activity and networking within the freesharing community. Where websites such as www.friendswiththings.com function on

an Australia-wide level, there are others such as www.justfortheloveofit.org that are international in scope, and provide forums for discussion of the ideals and ideologies behind freesharing.

Collaborative Consumption The growing trend of collaborative consumption, facilitated by the internet, releases individuals from the need to buy and own an item. Examples of collaborative consumption include online car rental companies that allow individuals access to vehicles on a regular basis for significantly less than the cost of conventional rental companies, and companies that rent out power tools to those who cannot afford to own them and only need them for a few hours or even minutes and cannot, therefore, justify parting with the money needed to buy them. Such facilities enable people to live in a manner that is not restricted by ownership of stuff. People who wish to travel, or those who move around frequently for work are able to benefit from the use of an item without the bind of ownership which can be restrictive for their lifestyle. Collaborative consumption is a system that is beneficial in terms of environmental sustainability in that cyclical consumption is minimized

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monetary exchange. Many of the principles of collaborative consumption, however, can be developed through the practice of resource-sharing and resource- banking, which contain the same benefits, but are less likely to fall victim to corruption.

Resource-sharing and Resource-banking

and therefore resources are not exploited to the extent they are in a consumer-driven society. It is also beneficial in encouraging a cultural mindset shift away from the concept of ownership and more toward a concept of “usership”, placing value on the function of an item rather than valuing the item for its intrinsic worth. Such a shift is necessary if we are to transition to a less consumptive and more sustainable future. However, collaborative consumption is still a profit- driven business model whose profitability lies in the fact that resources are hoarded by those with capital who rent them out to those with less in a monetary exchange. It does not function effectively to level the playing field in terms of access to resources as even collaborative consumption is restrictive for those whose financial resources are limited. Collaborative consumption is also threatened by the same corruption as any form of

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Some communities have begun sharing their resources either in formal ways, such as setting up community toolbanks which function like libraries, or in informal ways, such as exchanging garden produce between neighbours. Even the relatively common practice of carpooling, encouraged in our increasingly environmentally conscious society, is an example of informal resource-sharing. Any time you offer to pick up a friend on your way somewhere as a favour you are, in effect, participating in resource-sharing. There are probably many other examples that crop up within the space of a week that you do without even thinking about, such as popping round to a neighbour for a cup of sugar, allowing your neighbours to benefit from your unlimited broadband, or lending a friend a dress for a party when their wardrobe appears devoid of inspiration. Informal resource-sharing may take the form of simply, when one discovers that one needs an item that one does not have access to one may simply borrow it from a family member, friend or neighbor. This is an example used by Ravi Prasad, the founder of www. friendswiththings.com, who reminds us how little some items are used in the time they spend in someone’s ownership. A tool such as an electric drill is used for an average of only a few minutes during the lifetime it spends with its owner. This tool, therefore, can be made available for use by others in order to maximize its value and minimize waste. Making an item available for use by family, friends

and neighbours minimizes the waste incurred by producing for individual consumption and facilitates availability of resources to those who cannot afford to own them but need the benefit of their function. This kind of sharing is something that our society has made less common over time as the concept of consumption and ownership has overridden our community values. However, when one connects with one’s community one usually finds that there is a wealth of people willing and able to lend personal resources while expecting nothing in return. The friends with things community is one such community in which one can expect to find a wealth of resources that are being shared with a high level of trust, often between complete strangers who are simply connected by their ability to cater to someone else’s needs. Resource-banking is a practice that, although not commonplace in Australia, is picking up speed in the United States and Canada. Resource banks are most commonly used for items such as tools, which most people do not own and only need occasionally and for short periods of time. Such banks operate on a principle of trust which is rarely abused by its participants, much like a library – a form of resource-banking that we are all familiar with. Resource-sharing even extends to the point where people give items away for free when they no longer need them or if they are downsizing, for example. Networks such as freecycle facilitate the passing-on of pre-loved items such as furniture or electrical appliances at no cost above that which was expended to pick the item up. Freecycling allows people with limited financial resources to have access to such necessities, and even some luxuries. In addition there is an unspoken consensus that it is bad form to on-sell a freecycled item, meaning that once an item is freecycled it is forever outside the domain of monetary exchange.


Time-banking Time-banking is a system whereby people can pledge the time they have available to assist with whatever needs to be done within a community to help its members. This system enables people to participate actively in the sustainability and development of their community, thus strengthening it in the process. Informal time-banking may involve family members, friends or neighbours babysitting one another’s children, helping them with their shopping, or walking their dog. Often these are things that people do without even thinking about it, and certainly without attaching any label to it with demands for reciprocity. Of course such things can be, and sometimes are, further formalized within a community whereby people make it known that they have x amount of time to spare for a given activity, thus providing support within the community which enables all its members to go about their life in the most convenient way possible. It is in precisely this way that a lot of voluntary organizations function with little to no financial expenditure necessary. More formalized forms of timebanking function in a very simple reciprocal manner. One hour of help provided to the community or individuals within it in the form of goods or services earns one timecredit. This credit can be exchanged for one hour’s worth of help in return. In this way different kinds of work are not given set values, but treated more equally with respect given to

the time and effort required to carry out the work. In this way there is no high-paid or low- paid work – simply that if a task requires more time and effort it will be rewarded with more time-credit enabling further exchange. Some community time- banks record their transactions online, enabling community members to track the available credit they have and who may be able to provide services in exchange for it. Such time-banks function as a hub for community-based exchange. Online time-banking facilitates the process by enabling contributors to enter information about themselves including their address, availability, what they can offer, and what they would like to receive, and transactions can then take place. In some cases there is reputation reporting on the, reliability, punctuality, and trustworthiness of individual contributors, thus casting a different valuation on the experience and process of exchange. Whether time-banking is formalized or informal it functions as a way to help

people meet their needs and share skills within their community. This has a great impact on individuals as they become fully participating members of their community, coming to rely more on other community members and foster a culture of trust and collaboration. As all members of a community have something to contribute, all are treated as valued and allowed to pursue that which they are interested in. Such a system encourages greater feelings of empowerment, self-esteem and provides an outlet for creativity.

Space-share Couchsurfing is arguably the most commonly recognized form of spacesharing. Many people now when they go travelling prefer not to spend their money on staying in hotels and hostels but to stay in the home of someone they have connected with via the couchsurfing network. Most people provide some space in their own homes in exchange, but may not host the same

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people who they stayed with when they travelled. In this way the couchsurfing community pays favours forward, not functioning in terms of direct exchange. Space can also be shared in various other ways. People can bank their space as a resource and make it available for meetings, hosting events, or providing office space, among other examples. A situation in which someone with a large house may host a party on behalf of a friend who lives in a small apartment that cannot accommodate many people is an example of informal space-sharing. People share their space when they agree to store someone’s belongings in their garage while that person spends time overseas, for example. Many examples of informal space-sharing are prevalent even in our consumerist society without the notion of compensation even crossing people’s minds. The sharing of garden space with those without gardens is a phenomenon that, despite little awareness in Australia, is on the increase in the USA, Canada and New Zealand. People with large amounts of space that go unused due to lack of time, skill or inclination are increasingly allowing access to that space to members of their community to be able to grow produce which can

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be shared with the community. This is an example of how sharing a resource such as space can have far-reaching implications for the strength of a community network.

Skillshare Skillshare is a system as old as humanity in which people share their skills with one another by doing things for others that they have the capacity to do better and in return receive the benefit of another person’s capability in an area in which they, themselves, are lacking. Much as many of us would love to be generalists capable of a wide variety of skills the society we, in the Western world, have been brought up in and are acculturated to is a system in

which we are encouraged to specialize in particular skills. This leads us to lack many of the skills necessary for self-sufficiency, but this deficit can be addressed by skillsharing. Many people can recall experiences of having a friend with skills in construction, plumbing, or vehicle maintenance do a job for them for free. Most people are able to return the favour in kind, by providing another skill that can be used in their community, such as cooking, hairdressing or gardening, or by giving of their time or lending resources as a form of exchange. Some people are even brave enough to travel the world equipped only with their skills and no money, exchanging work for accommodation, transport and food – the travelling English teacher whose exchange of knowledge can score them their next meal, or the travelling hairdresser, whose scissors are the means with which to ensure a room for the night, being the most common examples. Skillshare also involves the teaching of one’s skills to others in order that others may benefit from the skill in a more direct way and, in turn, be able to pass that skill and the benefits it brings to others. This phenomenon is the oldest form of education and is still ubiquitous in more traditional cultures which prize the passing on of knowledge and skills through generations. Most families at least have a recipe that is a family secret passed down through generations.


Most people have some skill or other that they can share and exchange with others, and increasingly we are seeing voluntary sharing of skills with no expectation of compensation. Examples such as English tutors who spend time tutoring international students in public libraries, or music teachers who pass on their skill just for the love of it, or massage students who need willing practice models demonstrate the richness of skills within our society that people are willing to share for free. With the increasingly service-oriented consumerist culture that characterizes Western civilization people are becoming de-skilled, threatening the very skills-base by which communities are able to support one another. It is vital that communities reconnect and share their skills, passing on the necessary tools of survival to the next generation.

How freeconomies help pave the way toward a resourcebased economy With freesharing an economy can be healthy and functional in ensuring that all members of a community have access to the resources necessary for survival. A monetary system is only one form of measuring access to resources and facilitating exchange. While we look no further than this box we are trapped within its limits and perpetuate the cycle of poverty for those with limited access to monetary capital and the means of producing it. Our monetary system is inherently discriminatory in that it generally does not provide for those who were not born lucky enough to reap the benefits of easy access. Many people fall into this category, such as the disabled, marginalized communities such as migrants who may lack qualifications or language proficiency, and those born into low socio-economic sectors of society. With recognition of the intrinsic value of all humans it is only

fair that we create a system in which all can have equal access to the necessities of survival. Such access often involves a system of paying favours forward and voluntary gifting rather than direct exchange in order to level the playing field between those with greater and those with fewer personal resources, thus bringing everyone to a reasonable standard of living. With improved equality and raised standards of living across the board we are statistically likely to see lower incidences of crime, mental and physical health problems, and greater educational successes, leading to a healthier society in which to bring up the next generation. Freeconomics is a system in which the Earth’s resources are treated with greater respect by being shared

more equally among its people, re-used, recycled and sometimes even reincarnated in new forms! This system deprives the monetary system of the oxygen it needs to continue its exploitation of the Earth and humanity while saving valuable resources from the rape and pillage associated with our cyclical consumerist throwaway mentality. With increased emphasis on the values of equality and sustainability, and the liberty afforded by increased time rescued from the bondage of labour we are able to advance further into the paradigm of a resource-based economy. Freeconomics is a step closer to reality, and it is something we can all begin to participate in with a lot less effort than it takes to perpetuate our slavery.

Useful websites to visit: • Australia-based freesharing: www.friendswiththings.com • International freesharing: www.justfortheloveofit.org • Local Energy Trading System: www.lets.org.au • Community toolbank (Victoria-based & city-council run): www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/page/Page.asp?Page_Id=3680 • Couchsurfing: www.couchsurfing.org • Backyardsharing (USA, Canada & New Zealand): www. sharingbackyards.com

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Film Review

the Economics of

Happiness

According to The Economics of Happiness we are facing an environmental crisis, an economic crisis, and a crisis of the human spirit. With the bottom line spelled out in the opening titles one expects a raw, earnest appeal to our humanity, and one is rewarded with exactly that, along with a sense that we have aided and abetted our own misery in the search for artificial mimics of happiness.

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This concise documentary film released in 2011 by Helena Norberg-Hodge, economic analyst from the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), Steven Gorelick, and John Page begins with a sweeping panorama of the soaring mountains and clear air of tranquil Ladakh, a sparsely populated region of Tibetan descent nestled in the Himalaya. One could almost believe their story would be idyllic, but Norberg-Hodge, who spent many years living in Ladakh, immersing herself in the local way of life and discovering the secrets of ecological, social and personal wellbeing, wastes no time in inflicting a harsh reality check on viewers just as they are beginning to get comfortable. Since the mid-1970s parts of Ladakh have become almost unrecognizable. Since the region threw open its doors to Western tourism and exposure to consumer culture the traditional culture and lifestyle have been undermined along with the health of the environment. Very quickly globalization, the villain of this piece exemplified in its role by its effects in Ladakh, has wrought destruction upon the environment, society, and wellbeing of the people there, breaking down their connections to community and nature. Interviews with a range of experts compel viewers to look beyond the much-touted benefits of globalization to the inherent failings and damage wrought, exposing the profit-motive that detaches an economy from care for its people. Today’s corporations are referred to as successors of yesterday’s colonial merchants, profiting from the destruction of sovereignty in colonized countries, the annexation of their resources and the enslavement of their people with deregulation of the markets pinpointed as a malevolent force, and one that is only just gathering speed. Viewers are urged in earnest to examine their own relationship with globalization, to not dismiss it as something going on “out there”, but to relate to how the constant pursuit of material reward does not bring us happiness despite the lengths we go to in order to attain it whilst our communities are being undermined. The film is raw in its depiction of the desire of developing nations to emulate the “American” way of life juxtaposed with accounts of how natural resources are stretched to breaking point while people are pressured to consume ever more of

what does not bring lasting happiness. We are warned that attempts to industrialize the world to this American standard will only result in catastrophe – destruction of our resources and consequent starvation. The removal of people from their land in search of the elusive American dream has done anything but fulfill the promises of the adverts. With frustration faintly creasing the smooth forehead of the otherwise serene and youthful woman of wisdom, Helena Norberg-Hodge appeals for recognition of the futility of all solutions proposed and implemented in our free-market system due to their dependence on the very means that caused the problems in the first place. Instead, in a radical departure from conventional economics, the proposed solution of economic localization catches viewers off-guard with its startling simplicity as a counter-measure to the problems caused by economic globalization. Norberg-Hodge’s statement that “our arms have become so long we can’t see what our hands are doing” succinctly encompasses why we need to redefine economic problems as local in order to take control of situations that previously seemed overwhelming. Re-regulation of banking and finance and bringing these sectors back to local level are presented as measures to reinstate stability. Localization, contrary to popular belief, will not exacerbate the deprivation of developing economies according to the analysts interviewed. Instead the simple approach of encouraging local economies and self-reliance are demonstrably more effective in reducing poverty than economic globalization. A short series of moments encapsulates both the profound message and gentle humility of the film as Ladakhi women on a cultural tour of a developed-world city visit supermarkets and boutiques, and are then exposed to the indignity of the homeless forced to beg on the streets and then the landfill where our consumerist waste meets its end. The message clearly revealed through the eyes of the Ladakhi women is this: Don’t leave the economy to “the experts”. Further information about the film and those behind it can be accessed via the website: www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org

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Nelson Markets Support your locals Photography by Joy Kachina

Helena Norberg-Hodge (The Economics of Happiness) suggests that we are supporting our local economy and local growers. Nelson is blessed with many quality markets that offer wonderful local products. Here are some examples from the Saturday Market.

Dana’s coffee cart

Everybody needs an angel (Little Bird Studio)

Anne Boyd (Blue Glen Lavender)

Ian Jonson (Ian Jonson Woodwright)

Freshly made cheese

Funny Adams

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Little Bird Studio

Jackie Collis (Little Bird Studio)

Jill Alexander (Mad Cat)

Margy Brereton (Margy’s Flowers)

Freshly picked

Ross Johnston (Blackbird Valley Forge)

Margy’s Flowers

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Steven Doreen (Werble Hill Crafts)

Wolfgang (Certified Organic)

Novelty Aprons

Sika (Earth Spirit Music)

Locals supporting locals

Terry (Schnapp Dragon)

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Dutch coffee cart


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How to get

Un-Stuck by Laura Raduenz Small business Mentor & Life Coach

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Okay, you have decided to make a change in your life. You are ready to think bigger, be bold, step up, create positive changes, transition, shift into a better space. But, sometimes we move forward and, oops, we get stuck, don’t we? We move forward and stop or slow down. Or, we feel blocked, or like we have hit a brick wall. It all feels too hard, too heavy, too much. We know we want to move forward again, we need to move forward again, we should move forward again, but we don’t know how. What if there were some really easy, practical, playful ways for us to get un-stuck? Well, there are! Find one of these that works for you. It may be the same “trick” you use again and again, or you may need to try different “tricks” each time you get blocked.... • Are you thinking “This is too hard!” Well, it is! Ask yourself, “How can I do this easier?” Pause. Wait for the answer. Expect it to come. Listen to your heart. • Are you thinking “This is too complicated!” Well, you are right! Ask yourself, “How could I do this in a simpler manner? How could I make this simpler, easier?” Pause. Wait for a response from your intuition, your heart. • You don’t need to figure out the next 5 or 10 steps forward, just the right next step. Ask yourself, “What is the right next thing to do?” Just do what feels right. • The 5 minute trick. Okay. You commit to doing the thing you are putting off for just 5 minutes. You allow yourself to do it for 5 minutes. Once you get started, you will most likely keep going (because starting is the hardest part, isn’t it), but if you want to stop after 5 minutes, it’s okay to do so. Tomorrow do another 5 minutes. Or 10 minutes. And so on. • Don’t start at the beginning. Start wherever it feels most comfortable to start. Trying to write a report, newsletter, speech, article? Start in the middle where you know what you want to say. Or, start at the end. Start wherever you have the most information or where you feel the most excited about. Start where your energy is or at the place you are most interested in. • Switch to a better thought. Are your thoughts stuck in worry? Or going around and around about something? Then yell, STOP! In your mind and switch to a better thought. Switch to thinking about the things in your life

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you are grateful for, areas of your life you have been successful, think of the big picture, think of why you are doing what you are doing, think of your dream/desire/ intention, think of someone you love, think of your pet, think of your dream. Just switch. Create a Joy List. Create a list of 50 things that bring you Joy. Yes, 50. They can be really simple things like the sun on your face, the sound of the wind in the trees, dawdling over a good cup of coffee, petting your cat, teasing your best friend, watching a good movie, a good night’s sleep, a bath, a walk in nature, etc. Then, when you are stuck, choose one thing from your Joy list and do it. Do it today. Shift in to a place of joy and love and peace and just shift away from the place you are blocked about. Switch to a different place in the process. If you are stuck in one area of a task, just switch to another area of the task or process. Begin again somewhere else. Start. Just start. Begin. Take action. Any action. Get in motion. Move. Focus on your intention, not where you are stuck. Step back. What is your desire or dream? Why are you doing this? What is the big picture? Choose peace. Ask yourself, “How could I be kinder and gentler with myself in this area? How could I be more peaceful? How could I be softer or lighter?” Choose a peaceful place forward, a peaceful feeling, a peaceful decision, a peaceful action. Give yourself permission to do it imperfectly! You can start and change course as you gain more information, learn, grow, practice. No one is keeping score on how you move forward. There are no extra points at the end of your life for having done it perfectly. So, do it imperfectly. Do it your way. Just do it. Choose a word for the day and BE that word. Try different words. Find a word that inspires you. For example, words like Courage, Flexible, Clever, Successful, Creative, etc. How would a courageous person or clever person move forward with this? What would a flexible or creative person do in this situation? What would a successful person decide here? What action would an energized person take? Make it playful. Have fun with the words. Review & celebrate! Look back at where you’ve come. Review your successes, your milestones, your progress. Celebrate each one. Do a happy dance, give yourself a treat, hug someone, share it with a friend or loved one.

Try it and let me know how it goes... I love hearing from you.

Laura Raduenz is a small business Mentor & Life Coach who helps her clients think big, be bold, step up, and take inspired action in their lives and business.

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The “S.M.I.L.E” Syndrome by Philippa Ross Energy Health Consultant

Smile – the S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Syndrome is upon us. Like it or not Seasonal Movement Is Light Energy so it’s inevitable we’ll be affected by the S.M.I.L.E Syndrome too! • Sunshine affects our mood. • Moods affect our hormones. • Hormones affect the circadian rhythm of the body Different amounts of light emitted by the sun over the seasons affects the nerve centres that tell the pineal gland to produce melatonin; the hormone responsible for maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm; our internal 24-hour clock that plays a critical role in determining when we fall asleep and when we wake up. Melatonin affects our moods, body temperature, eating, sleeping, body temperature, learning ability, digestion, bladder and reproductive cycles. It is manufactured from serotonin during the dark hours while we sleep. Depleted levels of serotonin and too little light can disrupt the body’ s normal melatonin cycles.

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The climate and seasonal cycles sustain the life cycle of all living organisms. If you follow natures natural cycle with an awareness of its purpose, you’ll be sure to wear an outer SMILE irrespective of the season. Boost your health and happiness with my Seasonal Self Care tips and Inner Smile exercise to boost the production of happy hormones to enhance your wellbeing. • Autumn is a time to harvest the fruits of the past season. Use the time to reflect on the fruits of your efforts over the past season. • Winter is a time to rest and replenish your energy. Sow the seeds of ideas you’ve germinated and allow them the time to rest in fallow ground. • Spring is a time when new seedlings start to sprout. Focus your energy into nurturing things you want to grow. • Summer is a time for everything to blossom. Relax and enjoy the beauty of what you’ve created.

‘Seasonal Self Care’ tips: • Light: Get a good couple of hours natural sunlight a day. • Sleep: Get a good 8 hours sleep a night. • Food: Chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, kidney beans, rolled oats, lentils, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, baked potato in its skin, tahini (sesame butter), walnuts, avocado and almond butter are all great serotonin producing foods. • Colour stimulates emotions, so introduce cheerful oranges and yellows into your environment; your home, office, clothes as well as the types of food you eat.

Inner Smile Exercise: • Set aside 15 minutes in a place where you can relax without interruption. • Begin by shutting your eyes and focus on breathing at a rate of 8–10 seconds for every in and out cycle; the ideal flow of air that stops your body from producing stress hormones. • Think of something that makes you feel happy. Immerse your mind in creating the sight, sound, taste, smell and touch of the experience. Notice how your body responds to your heightened state of happiness. Even a surface smile tricks the brain into releasing happy hormones. The more we smile, the more we want to smile because the mere act reinforces the happy neural pathways that spontaneously fire up with each subsequent use; flooding the body with more happy juices.

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Tao Motion or The Secret of the Inner Smile by Gabrielle Euteneuer

The Tao Way to stay healthy. A journey through your “Inner Country”. The Inner Smile – by making a connection with the major glands in our brain, we are able to energize this area within seconds, and expand healing energy throughout the body, reaching each body cell to effect rapid change. The Inner Smile is the opening key to communicate with ourselves through feelings.

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More than 2500 years ago in remote places in China, mankind was looking for methods to stay healthy, to increase vitality and quality of life. High in the mountains with nothing around other than nature, these early explorers learned about Qi (= life-force). Qi surrounds us and flows through everything. There is abundance of Qi in nature. The ancient Taoists looked inwardly into the human body and discovered an inner world. Qi is not only around us, it is in us as well. Chinese medicine and acupuncture is based on this ancient knowledge. When we are born as a healthy baby our life force is 100%. At the age of 27 slowly the energy starts to decrease, as a natural process. Besides other causes, also emotions, like stress, anxiety can decrease our Qi already in young age. We can restore our life-force in any age again through the Healing Tao Qigong exercises. Try The Secret of The Inner Smile. It creates the perfect soil in your Inner Country, so healing can take place by itself.

Taster of the Inner Smile practice Imagine a sunrise in the mountains. Feel the energy from nature with all your senses. Feel the warmth of the sunlight at your face. Breathe the golden sunlight through the point between your eyebrows into the midbrain area (crystal palace, see picture). Bathe the master glands, pineal and pituitary in this luminous, golden light until they start to get softer and relax. This will affect all the other glands of your body. Let the smiling energy flow into the eyes, out of the corner of your eyes and spreads into your whole face, down the throat into the Thymus gland behind the chest, which starts to blossom. This strengthens your immune system. The golden light flows into the heart, the queen or king province of your “Inner Country”. Smile into your heart until each cell of the heart starts smiling back to you. Feel that the heart gets softer and softer. With each heart beat the message of light spreads into your whole organism. Gabrielle Euteneuer is a Senior Instructor and Teacher of the ‘Universal Healing Tao of Mantak Chia’, a complete system of physical healing and personal development, which incorporates a number of practices including I Ching and Inner Alchemy. See www.taomotion.com for more information. See advertisement of course on page 78.

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FINDING A WAY

THROUGH

DEPRESSION by Elayne Lane

Depression has a way of sneaking up on us. It comes out of situations which create emotions within us which we don’t know how to express. Over a period of years experiences like the loss of a loved one, a trauma, an accident, an unfulfilling relationship or job accumulate. Over time these deep feelings and start to build up. There may be occasional emotional outbursts but if we are not well supported in expressing ourselves and change does not occur we switch off to how we feel – neatly tucking our feelings away in the recesses of our mind/body. Eventually we become emotionally numb: this is depression.

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Emotional imbalances may show up physically through inflammatory conditions known as the “itis” such as rhinitis (colds), conjunctivitis (styes), gastritis (tummy bug), psoriasis (skin conditions) and bronchitis. The skin, fasciae, lungs and large intestine all relate to the autumn so look out for conditions relating to these organs. The autumn season has its own particular qualities and affects on our bodies and psyche. As the weather cools down and summer changes to winter we start to look inward. Positive emotions connected with the autumn are courage to experience our feelings, integrity and ability to speak our truth. They naturally arise within us at this time of the year and its the perfect time to work with our emotions. Feelings of sadness due to climate changes and the effects on the environment (like falling autumn leaves) begin to naturally arise. Unresolved grief may also turn up. If we have the courage and honesty to express sadness when it turns up our personality becomes more refined. Depression is experienced as lost enthusiasm for life. It is very debilitating. A common coping mechanism for depression is keeping ourselves busy, so we can pretend we are doing just fine. Yet deep within there is a nagging ache of unhappiness. Workaholism, the constant need for activity or entertainment can be a sign that we are covering something up. This need can lead to a person becoming involved with activities that are unfulfilling instead of what satisfies them. Louise Hay in her book You can Heal your Life says that colds are “too much going on at once. Mental confusion, disorder. Small hurts”. Underneath depression is a myriad of other unexpressed feelings, anger, resentment, frustration, unfairness, worry which all take a lot of energy to suppress. We literally “put a lid on it” to depress all these strong feelings from arising – they can be quite frightening and we can feel unsure how to express them safely. For many of us, its better to keep them locked away inside of us. Unfortunately they just don’t go away, we can’t “think them out” or “explain them away”, the only way they will change is if we can feel them. It takes alot of energy to keep all this powerful emotion in, so its not surprising that exhaustion, tiredness, loss of libido and distancing from people comes along with depression. Our inner message is that we are not enjoying life and don’t deserve to live. To rekindle our spirit we need to feel and validate our unexpressed emotions and also find our passion in life. References: Gilles Marin “Five Elements, Six Conditions” A Taoist Approach to Emotional Healing, Psychology, and Internal Alchemy Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life”.

Here are some helpful tips .... When you feel a bit low find a sad movie and be prepared for a good cry. If you can’t cry but have a lump in your throat, spit into a tissue instead. It sounds strange, but its better to get something out then swallow it back down. Do this as often as you like and the feelings will begin to change. This is a great way to move through sadness at a pace you can manage. Find a counsellor for when you feel really low. Don’t burden your friends with your troubles all the time. They are not trained in how to help you and it becomes a burden for them. Work with someone skilled who can explain your patterns and give you the support and techniques appropriate for you. If angry feelings arise taking walks uphill, using a punch bag or using shaking chi gong whilst thinking about the anger helps you to move the feelings through your body. Its invigorating and releasing at the same time. Support your “inner work” with things that nurture you. Good food, hugs, massage, being around kind people, spending time with animals and walks in nature. Deepen your relationships. Enjoy the nurturing and be grateful. These moments give you time out from your sadness and a fresh perspective. Sometimes chemical imbalance within the body adds to the depression. Herbs and a good diet can change your inner chemistry and affect the way you feel. There are also flower essences, homeopathic remedies and essential oils which all have positive affects upon our emotions. Cultivate your spirit with things that uplift you... singing, dancing, music, humor, laughter, theatre, uplifting movies and books, non-competitive sport that’s fun – pay attention to what lights up your enthusiasm for life and go for it! There are a number of wonderful meditations which convert negative emotions into positive ones. In the Taoist practice we have the Inner Smile mediation, Earth Chi Kung, the Six Healing Sounds and the Inner Beauty meditation. It is a longer process than counselling and you have to be committed to the practice. However it is very effective and feelings start to change all by themselves. These practices have additional benefits to your health as well and are an alternative to “talking therapies”. A clear perspective on life develops when we can recognise and express our feelings. Gradually we are able to become completely honest with ourselves and others, and grow from our feelings and find our passion in life.

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Working ON the business If you want to get fit, you’ll typically exercise more than you currently do, control your eating habits, maybe you’ll join the gym and start a specific cardio or weight programme to achieve the level of fitness you want. Essentially, you’ll be working on your body to improve it, to increase your muscle strength and stamina; you’ll be working and stretching your muscles and lungs so that they grow. Building a better business has many similarities to improving your fitness. You build a better business by consistently working on it, reviewing where you are at, where you want to get to and developing objectives and actions to bridge the gap between those 2 points but finding the time to work on building a better business is a major challenge faced by most small to medium enterprise owners. When you’ve just clocked a 50–60 hr week working ‘in your’ business, delivering the product/service, fire fighting, dealing with staff issues and whatever else comes up – finding the time, motivation & energy to improve your business can be a challenge. Other obstacles that can arise are lack of direction and focus: ‘You know you should be working on it’ – but how do you actually do that? and ‘What issues and problems do you tackle first ? Nagging questions like these can cause a feeling of overwhelm that can lead to attaching ‘PAIN’ to the ‘working on it’ this association of pain then leads to procrastination and shelving ‘business improvement time’ for another week. Unfortunately the less time you spend working on it, the more time you’ll spend working in it, continually experiencing the same frustrations and barriers to growth – not getting the PLEASURE you envisioned when you started your business. Just like going to the gym: If you don’t go to the gym and stretch those muscles and work those lungs they’ll not grow Understanding the difference between working ‘in your’ business and ‘on your’ business is the first step to building an even better business. ‘Working on the business’ does NOT mean scheduling work, processing the accounts, submitting a quote or helping your employees do a job, these tasks are important and they’re just ‘business as usual tasks’. ‘Working ON the business’ involves thinking about the future, planning, reviewing & improving current processes and systems and asking questions like how can we do X,Y,Z better here? What would be a simpler way to do X, Y, Z? Or. If I suddenly got sick for a month and couldn’t do what I usually do, where would things fall down first? What processes do I need to implement to ensure things would not fall over? Working on your business is a shift in mindset and taking it on board fully will mean forming some new habits and disciplines.

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by Darren Ward


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Set aside a block of time to work on your business every week. Buy yourself a good note book and pen. Tell your staff, friends and family that you do not want to be interrupted (unless it’s an emergency) and go to a library or a quiet coffee shop, somewhere where there is minimal distraction. Then get out your new notebook and pen. Reflect on your current frustrations and challenges with the business; what areas of the business are most problematic – ask: Why does this problem exist? Then drill further again until you get to the root cause of the problem. Clarity on the root cause will empower you to develop solutions that work. Also consider… what determines the strength of a chain? The answer is the weakest link. Identify the weakest link in the business and focus your improvements efforts there first. There is no point investing money in a new advertising campaign to generate more sales if your product quality or customer service is not up to scratch. Get clear on where you want your business to go and why. Get clear on what’s truly important in your business – its core values. What will it be like in 2, 3, or 5 years time? How much money will it make then? How many people will you employee then? What will you be doing in it then? What will you not be doing then? How will you be leading the business then? What products and services will you be offering then? Use the answers to these questions as a guide for strategic planning and for identifying the necessary changes required to move in the new direction. Visualise – spend some time just thinking about your ultimate business, the process of visualising and reflecting about your ultimate business will generate new ideas. You will get inspired and step into action, creating more momentum towards your vision. Become a big sponge – read, listen, watch, research, network and use outside help. There are heaps of free business resources on the web. You can find lots of ideas and answers for free. Tune into the experience of other business owners and ask them questions and learn. There are free national and local government resources, business incubators and programmes for you to leverage and utilise to grow and improve your business. Make working on it NON-Negotiable: make it a habit by doing it consistently because if you don’t, your business will not achieve the level of success that you want for it.

Business coaching is powerful tool that can be used to ensure you are working on your business consistently, learn more about the benefits of highly effective coaching call Darren Ward on 03 538 0398 or visit www.highlyeffectivecoaching.com

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There is an infamous line from the Nazi era, which Hermann Goring adapted from a play performed on Hitler’s birthday: “When I hear the word ‘culture’ I reach for my gun.” By contrast, the people of Estonia, when faced with many guns, reached for their culture. In a remarkable new documentary, The Singing Revolution, filmmakers Maureen and Jim Tusty tell the little-known story of the Estonian people’s nonviolent struggle against decades of Soviet occupation, culminating in that country’s independence in 1991. The movement played an important role in the downfall of the entire Soviet Empire. Over the previous several years, nonviolent uprisings had helped topple Communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe as well as right-wing dictatorships from Southeast Asia to Latin America. Earlier in the century, Gandhi’s movement in India demonstrated the power of nonviolent action in leading a country to independence against even the powerful British Empire. The people of Estonia, along with their neighbors in Latvia and Lithuania, similarly showed how sustained nonviolence could be successfully waged against the Soviet occupation of their country. Music was a key part of this struggle.

Poster for the film: The Singing Revolution

Music around the World Music has played a key role in nonviolent struggles around the world. With updated lyrics to traditional African-American Gospel music that stressed emancipation and resistance, song energized the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1960s. The Nuevo Cancion movement, blending local folk music traditions with language espousing justice and resisting repression, inspired the pro-democracy campaign in Chile during the 1980s. And the rich harmonies of African folk tradition, with lyrics calling for freedom and defiance against the oppressors, empowered the South African struggle against apartheid.

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Tallin Traditional estonian outfits

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In most such cases, the music was an inspirational and unifying force for the movement. In Estonia, music – primarily the country’s rich choral tradition – played an even more central role for it embodied the essence of the struggle. For centuries, foreign domination had threatened Estonian national and cultural identity. Many other peoples would have assimilated in the face of centuries of foreign control, but the Estonians refused to give up their unique culture. They speak a language totally unrelated to the Slavic and Scandinavian languages of their neighbors; they are mostly Lutheran, whereas most of their immediate neighbors are Catholic or Orthodox. A more immediate threat to their linguistic and cultural heritage was the huge number of Russian settlers who moved into the country since the Soviet re-conquest in 1944 – to the point where these Russian settlers almost outnumbered the Estonians themselves. Despite claims of international proletarian solidarity, the 20th-century Soviet Communists were in many ways as chauvinistic in their nationalism as the czars who had occupied Estonia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Though one of the world’s smallest countries, Estonia has one of the world’s largest repertoires of folk songs, and the Estonians have used their music as a political weapon for centuries. Songs were used as protest against German conquerors as far back as the 13th century and as an act of resistance against the occupying army of Russian czar Peter the Great in the 18th century. Since 1869, Estonians have taken part in an annual song festival known as Laulupidu, where choirs from around the country come together for a multi-day celebration of choral music, with as many as 25,000 people singing on stage at the same time. These gatherings, which have attracted crowds of hundreds of thousands, have always been as much about the popular yearning for national self-determination as they have been about music. Laulupidu became the cornerstone of the resistance against the Soviet occupation, when – in addition to singing the requisite songs praising the state and the Communist Party – the organizers defied Soviet officials by including banned nationalist songs and symbols. Despite divisions within the nationalist movement and despite violent provocations by Soviet occupation forces and pro-Soviet Russian settlers, the movement gained strength, and the public protests, nationalist displays, and other forms of nonviolent resistance escalated. Given Estonia’s small size, armed resistance would have been completely

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Street,Tallinn futile and only led to more suffering. Russia was 300 times the size of Estonia, whose population was barely more than one million. The Soviet Red Army, the largest armed force in the world at that time, was more than prepared to crush any form of armed resistance. Yet it was no match for hundreds of thousands of nonviolent Estonians singing their way to freedom. When this nonviolent resistance movement began in the mid-1980s, taking advantage of the limited space made possible by reforms enacted by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviets had no clue what was coming. By all conventional measures, they had things under complete control.

Russian Basilika

The Sound Of Freedom “We sang all night and everybody went home early in the morning. It was emotionally so strong that the next day there were even more people. The day after, there were even more people. People took out their hidden flags. They had these flags hidden for 50 years and now they took these out and started to wave them.” Artur Talvik, participant. The Revolution started in the summer of 1987, when mass protests by the Estonian people began against Russian occupation of their country. In the June evenings of that year over 10,000 people a night packed the Lauluväljak (The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds), where they sang patriotic and national songs forbidden by the Soviet regime. These gatherings helped unite the Estonian people and ignited a renewed wave of passion for their national identity (which was being marginalized by aggressive Russification of the Tower of country), furthering the country’s desire for freedom. In September of 1988, 300,000 Estonians gathered at the Niguliste Church, Lauluvaljak to continue their protest and to hear Trivimi Tallinn Velliste make the first public demand for independence.

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Western Responses The West didn’t have a clue what was coming either, however. Washington believed that the best way to deter the feared expansion of Soviet Communism was through NATO, the massive procurement of arms, and the threat of triggering a nuclear holocaust. For decades, the assumption was that these Soviet-imposed autocratic regimes could not be rolled back. Estonia was deemed a hopeless cause. The United States did provide nominal recognition to the impotent remnants of a rightist Estonian government-in-exile, largely unaware of the exciting changes taking place inside the country. Few anti-imperialists in the West were aware of what was happening in the Baltic republics during this period, either. They were wary of the right-wing nationalism of many Estonian exiles and offended by the hypocrisy of the U.S. government giving lip service to freedom in Eastern Europe while backing brutal autocratic regimes elsewhere and arming foreign occupation forces in East Timor, Palestine, and Western Sahara. However, the burgeoning Estonian struggle for independence crossed the ideological spectrum, with even the Estonian Communist Party eventually confronting Moscow with demands for independence from the Soviet Union. The Estonian people’s concern was not in great power rivalries, but in national freedom. The Estonians, however, had a better way: through massive noncooperation, through building alternative national cultural institutions, and through their music. The Estonians’ commitment to nonviolence and their embrace of music not only made their independence struggle a success, it was also key in making Estonia a successful democracy. There are still ongoing political struggles in the country, particularly regarding the rights of Estonia’s large Russian minority. But the use of a nonviolent strategy in the independence struggle has led to a climate where such potentially explosive issues are addressed without the warring militias and ethnic cleansing that have characterized other countries with serious ethnic divides. Indeed, the Estonian revolution was led not by an elite vanguard of unsmiling ideologues. It was a massive, inclusive, and democratic celebration of a nation and its culture. Those values continue to resonate to this day. The Estonians did Emma Goldman proud. They danced, and they had a revolution.

Market place, Tallinn

Facts

Estonia

Estonia (Estonian: Eesti), officially the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariik), is a state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipsi and the Russian Federation (338.6 km). Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden in the west and Finland in the north. The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. The Estonians are a Finnic people, and the official language, Estonian, is closely related to Finnish. Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic divided into 15 counties. The capital and largest city is Tallinn. With a population of 1.34 million, it is one of the least-populous members of the European Union, Eurozone and NATO. Estonia has the highest GDP per person among former Soviet republics. Estonia is listed as a “High-Income Economy” by the World Bank and as an “advanced economy” by the International Monetary Fund; the country is an OECD member. The United Nations lists Estonia as a developed country with a Human Development Index of “Very High”. The country is also ranked highly for press freedom, economic freedom, democracy and political freedom and education.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

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Easy, Easy, Easy

Visualization

by Jennifer Manson

We hear a lot about visualization as a way to create the life of our dreams. We are told to get into the feeling place of the thing we want to create. Sometimes this isn’t as easy as it sounds – how do we know how something feels if we haven’t got it?

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I came to visualization as a way to create the life I want from many different directions. I’ve tried it many ways, always with great results. My life now is everything I dreamed of since I was a child, living in a beautiful French farmhouse, having published six novels with great feedback, and now working on some bold new world-changing projects with inspiring, talented people. The form of visualization I offer here is one that has worked brilliantly for me, both for getting what I visualize, quickly and in wonderful, exciting ways, and also for enhancing all of life at the same time. My early visualizations always brought me what I thought I wanted, but sometimes it turned out not

to be quite what I expected. This new process ensures the dreams we dream fit into a great life overall. I find that sometimes people don’t achieve their dreams as fast as they could because they have concerns about doing the best for others, also, and spend energy trying to figure out how to do that. This aspect is also covered in this visualization – that what you want enhances the lives of all involved in your journey. That way you can relax and enjoy the ride. And then there’s the last question, about getting into the feeling place of the thing we want, that we haven’t got yet. Well, maybe that’s not so necessary after all.

If you would like to try this simple visualization, and see how it can work for you, find yourself a quiet place where you can relax for five to ten minutes … Take two slow, deep breaths right down into your abdomen and then slowly count down from five: 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1. Think of a goal, think of a dream; it might be something you didn’t know was possible; it may be something you didn’t know could be easy. It can be big, it can be small. Remember to leave others with their own free will and choose something that is right for you. You will know what is right for you, right now. Imagine you are walking along a forest path. To your right and to your left the trees are strong, flexible, resilient. It is a warm summer day and the light dapples through the leaves onto the forest floor. You smile as you follow the winding path, wondering where it will take you. After a few minutes, you step out onto a clean, white beach. The sea is calm, and reflects the sky with perfect symmetry. You smile and breathe deeply as you gaze out over the peaceful water, and as you smile, realization dawns. This is the moment you dreamed of. The thing you dreamed of is real now, part of your everyday life. It happened almost without you noticing, and it was easy, so easy. You take another deep breath and your heart expands with gratitude; and as your heart expands, you realize something more: every thought, every action, every intention that brought you to your dream, also enhanced every aspect of your life. There is more love, more peace, more beauty, more wealth, more laughter, more fun, more strength, vibrant health, more time, more joy, more inspiration, more imagination, more of every good thing you could wish for or imagine.

You take another deep breath, you smile again, and you realize something more: at the same time as your life has been enhanced, so have the lives of everyone around you. Everyone you have touched or talked to has more love, more peace, more beauty, more wealth, more laughter, more fun, more strength, vibrant health, more time, more joy, more inspiration, more imagination, more of every good thing they could wish for or imagine. You smile again, and take another deep breath, and you realize something more: that everyone they have touched or talked to also has more love, more peace, more beauty, more wealth, more laughter, more fun, more strength, vibrant health, more time, more joy, more inspiration, more imagination, more of every good thing they could wish for or imagine, rippling out into the world, to everyone. You have learned so much, and that learning is now part of you, fully aligned and integrated with your values, with who you are. You have changed the world, and the world is so fortunate to have you. The thing you dreamed of is now real – part of your normal, everyday life. You gaze out over the sea and your heart expands with gratitude. At this moment there is nothing more to wish for, although you know there is more to come. You smile. You take two slow, deep breaths, and come back to the world feeling wonderful.

Jennifer Manson is the author of six novels, all about people living their dreams. www.jennifermanson.co.nz. Books available from Fishpond and Amazon.

For a video version of this visualization, search “Your Own Visualization” or “Jennifer Manson Visualization” on YouTube, or find the link on the Visualization page of Jennifer’s web-site.

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Frozen

Songs by Sarah McCallum

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here is a story of a people who lived at the edge of the world where the winds blew glacial and raw across the rim of the earth. Raindrops froze into bitter crystal beads that tore away at all the tender surfaces as they clattered to the ground. It was so cold that words froze too. The people uttered a language full of melody, melancholy and alveolar clicks and when they spoke the words, scarcely out of the rosy warmth of their mouths, would rime up into frazil and fall to the ground to lie in scattered icy mounds of marble-solid language. One day a trader came to this iceshockle bleak place. Four musk oxen with swaying bellies and coats of deep-pile carpet pulled the trader’s sleigh to the rim of the earth and stood with sad eyes and panting muzzles as he collected the frozen words, wrapped them in canvas and covered them with layers of ice. Then, with the towery cargo pitching left and right, the four sad-eyed musk oxen sighed and strained as they hauled the load back to where they had come from, back toward the warmer parts of the world. Back, away from the edge. The trader sold the still-frozen words to the owner of a music hall in the middle of a big city. And each night a crowd of people dressed in furs and diamonds and pointed shiny shoes squeezed into the music hall. They gibbered and babbled in shrill voices until the lights went down. In the darkness they whispered and shushed until there was nothing but silence. They waited. The music hall owner waited too. He waited until those people who needed to wriggle in their seats that final time had wriggled. He waited for the last cough and the last rustle of paper. Then to be sure he waited a little longer. He did this every night. And every night he felt the anticipation swell and twirl through his music hall. Only then did he nod at the curtain puller and the ruby, velveteen curtains swept apart to reveal a pile of the frozen words thawing in the heat of the gaslights that edged the stage. And into the silence of the hall the stirring of a sound came. A gentle murmur of noise from the words melting on the stage fluttered across the crowd. The words of those people from the edge of the world, words full of melody, melancholy and alveolar clicks, lost their rigidity and their muteness and flowed over the heads of the audience in a cloud that was both haunting and beguiling. Snippets of a language that no listener in the music hall could understand rearranged themselves into a quixotic canto of sadness which wove itself into the fur, diamond and pointy shoe wearing crowd. The people knew they were hearing something uncommon and enchanting. Something marvellous. It was a feat of thaumaturgy that then eased itself into their hearts. It was a magic that they carried away with them.

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The Grand Old Lady with a modern touch Nestled under the summit of the Center of New Zealand, on a sun soaked, tree clad hillside overlooking the Nelson city and harbor lays New Zealand’s historic Fellworth House. Only 5 minutes walk from the city center, and now fully restored to its former glory, Fellworth House is a testament to our colonial heritage, offering all the comforts of a wonderfully elegant, tranquil setting.

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Dignitaries, eminent scientists and many more have passed through the doors of Fellworth House since it was built in 1876. The opulent 620 square meter home was designed for one of Nelson’s early European colonists, John Sharp, former mayor of Nelson and High court Judge, by architect/builder John (Jimmy) Scotland, who went on to design many of Nelson’s Victorian buildings, including Melrose House. Born in Kent, England, John Sharp (1829–1919) immigrated to New Zealand in 1843 and was initially clerk to the New Zealand Company agent, Frances Dillon Bell. By the 1850s, John was resident magistrate and he was Nelson’s sheriff at the time of the infamous Maungatapu Murders in 1866. He bought into Kent Brewery and, by 1876, had a controlling interest in the brewery. John Sharp was clearly a successful businessman, paying £3000 – a considerable sum in those days – for the construction of Fellworth House. The house at 193 Milton Street was named “Fellworth” after an old English family residence. It was constructed from Rimu, Totara, Matai, and Kauri timber, had an English slate tile roof, and African back basalt steps at its main entrance. Between 1920 and 1970, Fellworth House was transformed into a series of laboratories, a library and a museum. It was visited by many dignitaries, including Nelson-born physicist Lord Ernest Rutherford and HRH Prince Philip.


Advertorial Fellworth House became privately owned again and ran as backpackers. The restoration and decorative work was done by previous owners Dave and Jill Harvey who ran it as a B&B in 2008. Three years ago Miki and Valmai bought Fellworth House and now run it as a luxurious self contained guest lodge known as The Golden Lodge. Miki loves to share the house with people from all over the world. “It is the worlds biggest antique” he says, Valmai has taken on the lease downstairs to promote Fellworth House as a place for grand events which are hosted in the beautiful rooms on the bottom floor. It is a place people can hire for private functions such as weddings and events as well as workshops and seminars. They hope to get the community involved in a lot of activities and once again fill the Grand Old Lady with activity, fun and laughter.

You will enjoy the Fellworth House Experience Golden Lodge, Fellworth House 193 Milton St., Nelson Ph. (03) 545-9986, cell 0220 498622 www.GoldenLodge.co.nz

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What you really need pregnancy and after baby by Sam Gentry

There is endless information about what to do when you’re expecting, and all the things that need to be done afterwards. Lots of it says the opposite of what you just read five minutes ago. It can be pretty confusing! I’m going to give you the low-down on pregnancy and the first few months after the baby comes from a holistic nutritionist and exercise professional perspective. I’m interested in how your body works and functions, and how that affects your life and the life of your baby.

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regnancy puts a huge strain on the human body. Humans are the only mammals that walk on two legs and this means that carrying a baby puts unique strain through the spine, pelvis and abdominal structures. If you are strong and fit going into pregnancy you will be able to carry your baby without too much unnecessary trouble. But even the fittest and most functionally moving woman will face significant structural changes in her body while carrying her baby to term. There is not a whole lot you can or should do about this while you’re pregnant. Keep active and moving; keep doing whatever you did before for as long as you can. Apart from that, the best thing is to just let your body do what needs to be done to grow that baby. If you have been less than ‘active’ prior to pregnancy then there are a couple of things that would be wise to add to your day. Get started as soon as you can as it will be a lot more comfortable while baby is smaller. If being active is the last thing you can face in the first trimester that’s all good, do what you can and kick it into gear after week twelve. Your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are the most important thing to focus on. Abdominal exercises that keep your body straight are best, such as planks. You don’t want to do any crunches or exercises designed to draw your ribs towards the pelvis. You’re aiming for exercises that stabilize the spine and strengthen your tummy. Squat while you can. Correct squatting works the muscles of the bottom as well as getting your abdominals to work with the rest of your body. Squatting is also recommended as a good birthing position so practice it now in case you want to use it as an option during birth. And pelvic floor muscles – just do the exercises! After the baby arrives you need to focus on eating, resting and nourishing your baby above all else. Once you’ve got that part semi-sorted it is important to focus on yourself and start to repair some of the damage that lovely baby has contributed to in your body! I am 100% against any pressure to ‘lose the baby weight’ or exercise for weight-loss. What I do recommend is helping your abs and pelvic floor to repair and strengthen after what has been quite an ordeal for them. These are very important muscle groups and they are integral to your ability to move well and be healthy. Pilates is a great form of exercise, learn a few of the exercises so you can practice in small segments of time. Squat to pick up the laundry to hang on the line. Do a few ab planks every day. Do your pelvic floor exercises. Walk every day. Your body will thank you for it. If you don’t do this rehabilitation after the baby your next pregnancy can be harder as your body lacks the ability to support you to the same degree as it did for baby number one. You are the most important person in all of this, because if you are healthy, happy and pain-free you will be much more able to care for your family. Making the time to help your body repair after pregnancy is super important.

I see a lot of mums being concerned about losing weight after the baby is born, or being concerned about how much weight they are gaining during pregnancy. In my view if you are eating real food (see last month’s article) and being active is part of your lifestyle then your body will do what it needs to do to be healthy. That means it will gain as much weight as it should during pregnancy and it will release that weight after baby is born when it is good and ready to do so. There are huge hormonal changes during pregnancy and afterwards while you are breastfeeding. In most cases this means your body will want to hang onto a bit more fat than it did before. Breastfeeding as a way to lose weight after the baby may or may not work for you. It mostly doesn’t work like that, and the body will actually prefer to stay a bit fatter while you are breastfeeding. It is entirely dependent on your metabolism and your unique biochemistry. Please don’t stress about it! When the body is healthy it will want to be at a healthy weight for the current circumstances and that is usually a little bit fatter while you are nourishing a baby from your body. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are not the times to be focusing on losing weight, unless you were very overweight before you got pregnant. Be active, eat real food, and let your body do what it is designed to do. Eating real food applies to the baby as well, if at all possible breastfeed the baby. Find a support group like La Leche League. Breast milk is real food for the baby. Formula is processed food. If you are unable to breastfeed consider making your own real-food formula, contact me to learn more. The absolute best foods for pregnancy and while breastfeeding are eggs, raw dairy especially fermented dairy products like kefir and milk fat products like butter, meat and organ meats, oily fish and of course a wide range of colourful fruits and vegetables. Definitely do not eat anything labelled ‘low fat’, your baby needs those fats to build a healthy brain and nervous system. Supplements I recommend are B vitamins, vitamin C, omega 3 fish oil, high vitamin butter oil, and fermented cod liver oil. Get lots of sunshine for vitamin D! If you need iron it is best to get it from animal sources especially liver – make or buy liver capsules if you can’t face the thought of actually eating liver. Nourish yourself and love yourself just as you are loving and nourishing your baby both before and after birth.

Top 5 Tips • Eat real food • Move your body • Keep your abs and pelvic floor strong • Squat! • Accept that your body needs to carry more fat when you are nourishing a baby from your own body.

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This inspires us!

I am Murray Leaning. I am 50 years old, born and raised here in Nelson. I have been married to Wendy for 21 years and we have 2 children, Sophie twelve and Jack, seven. They both attend St Joseph school. Currently I am the promotions manager and one of the announcers for the Radio network here in Nelson which looks after Classic Hits, Radio Hauraki, Radio Sport, Coast, Newstalk ZB, ZM. I am responsible for the brand promotion, identity and brand integrity of all six brands. I have been doing this for 5 years. A dream came true as I always wanted to work full time in radio. I have a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). It is a group of inherited disorders marked by extremely loose joints, hyper elastic skin that bruises easily, and easily damaged blood vessels where we can’t gain muscle tone and all ligaments and tendons don’t work properly. So we have problems with dislocating things. I dislocate my kneecaps a lot. I have passed this condition on to both children. It does have a significant effect on Jack and

Sophie because they get teased at school for their inability to participate in athletic events. They are not allowed to play contact sports and they can’t bounce on trampolines. They regularly get hurt at school and they get teased and bullied a little bit for that, which makes life pretty hard for them. But they have come to accept that they are a bit different from other kids and they have got other skills, which they develop. Jack is a really good singer and Sophie is a really good artist and likes drama. There are other things which make up for not being able to play sport. I am really proud of both of them. When I was growing up I didn’t know any of this and played a lot of rugby and soccer and kept getting injured with my knees. At 16 I finished playing football and became a soccer referee which I did for 30 years. Every game was really difficult and painful because I have to strap my knees and they would become quit swollen. But I love the game so much that I did it anyway. You can’t let a disability rule your life. You have to take a more positive outlook and make sure you live life to the full even if you do have disabilities or challenges to overcome. I enjoy charity work. In my role as promotions manager I promote a lot of events for community groups particularly those associated with disabilities. I do a lot of work for child cancer, Special Olympics, St John. Anything that benefits

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people who do have some adversity in their lives. I do charity auctions and quizzes together with an awesome group to raise funds. Last year we raised more than 120 000 NZ$ for different groups. Doing work for charities is very close and dear to my heart due to our own challenges. I know that we are still very fortunate, because there are other kids and families that have an awful lot more challenges and disabilities than we have. We went to the occupational therapy Christmas party and that was an eye opener. Our stuff pales into insignificance in comparison to what other families are going through. So if I get the opportunity to help out than I will. One of my role models is Mad Butcher (Peter). He is a real ambassador for charities and groups. That’s one of the reasons why I get involved in this work. There are a lot of really awesome people out there who participate in charity work. They are just quiet about it and get on with their business or jobs. Some of them react like: “What do you want now?” when I call them up. But they always help because they know it is for a good cause. I think especially business men should have a sense of social responsibility. If you got the ability to offer a helping hand to other people or can assist in any way then I think you should. Together we can all make a difference.

Our Far South is a Morgan Foundation project aimed at raising New Zealanders’ awareness of the area south of Stewart Island. The aim of Our Far South is to raise New Zealanders’ awareness of the importance of the Antarctica, the subantarctic islands and the Southern Ocean. We want to highlight the reasons why this area is of such value and to outline the threats it is under and the opportunities it holds.


Emma

by Erik Roeper

I would have missed it. Worried instead about the rain shoulder-tapping me, or the clammy grip of a soaked lawn underfoot. A stone, marbled and glistening. Held in my daughter’s hand - lifted from obscurity and our driveway by her wonder. Baptised by the afternoon shower I see for a second, the magic of the moment, and in her eyes, a wisdom more magnificent than light.

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Don’t be fooled… Don’t be fooled… D on’t be fooled by me… Don’t be fooled by the mask I wear For I wear a mask… Masks that I am afraid to take off and none of them are me Pretending is an art that is second nature to me but don’t be fooled I give the impression that I am secure that all is sunny and unruffled with me That the waters are calm and that I am in command and I need no-one

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ut don’t believe it… Please don’t… My surface may seem smooth but my surface is a mask… Beneath lays no smugness, beneath dwells the real me, in confusion, fear and loneliness… But I hide this I don’t want anyone to know it I panic at the thought of my weaknesses being exposed That’s why I create a mask to hide behind

To shield me from the glance that knows I’m afraid your glance will not be followed by love and acceptance I’m afraid you will think less of me, that you will laugh, and that your laugh will kill me I’m afraid that deep down I am nothing That I am just no good and you will reject me So I play games… My desperate pretending games, with the façade of assurance on the outside and a trembling child within… And so my life becomes a front I idly chatter with suave tones of surface talk… I tell you everything that’s really nothing… Nothing of what’s crying within me

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o when I am going through my routine don’t be fooled by what I am saying Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying… What I would like to be able to say… I dislike the hiding honestly I do… I dislike the superficial phony games I am playing… I’d really like to be genuine I’d really like to be genuine, spontaneous and me

C an you help me? Help me by holding out your hand… Even when that’s the last thing I seem to want or need… Each time you are kind gentle and encouraging… Each time you try to understand because you really care my heart begins to grow wings With your sensitivity I can make it… You can breath life into me Love is stronger than walls and therein lies my hope

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Variations on a Teacup

Kathy Reilly, Painter & Printmaker Hundreds of antique china teacups fill the shelves of artist Kathy Reilly’s Golden Bay studio. Her interest started with family collections, inherited with the 118 year old Reilly family homestead on the dairy farm at Motupipi, and from Kathy’s great grandmother’s gifts to her granddaughter every birthday. The idea to record their “portraits” on canvas began with the need to create a ‘market’ sized artwork to take to the Nelson market many years ago. Their popularity was immediate, and people began commissioning paintings of their own favorite family heirloom teacups. Reproducing a range of Kathy’s own surreal teacup designs as cards has also made the images popular with collectors. The surreal ideas came thick and fast, and slightly wacky. In fact for quite a time, the teacup became a metaphor in almost all of Kathy’s larger paintings. “The teacup for me represents tradition, decorum, routine, dependability. By modeling the teacup of unexpected, unrealistic materials, the concept of the predictable, guaranteed lifestyle is questioned. But generally I’m just having fun with the ideas!” The use of the teacup to represent community has also been explored, with familiar elements of the Golden Bay landscape depicted in the cup and saucer. Social commentary, both humorous and serious is explored. The opportunity to produce one such painting came about through Kathy’s other business – Dairy Farming.

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The Reilly dairy farm is a beautiful 90 hectare property bisected by the Motupipi river and several smaller creeks draining the huge Pikikiruna Range on the eastern flanks of the Takaka Valley. For many years Kathy and her husband Tony have planted native trees on their property. With the introduction of Fonterra’s Clean Streams Accord, all the waterways, large and small have been fenced off from grazing stock. In a bid to assist Golden Bay dairy farmers to beautify these riparian margins, and to restore habitat for native fish and insects, the local branch of The Forest & Bird Society have established a business called StreamCare, whose plant nurseries are growing locally sourced native seeds. These seedlings are raised and offered to farmers. Not only have the trees been free to farmers, but groups of Forest & Bird volunteers actually plant them for free and release weed them a year later. Due to the disappearance of one funding source for Forest & Bird’s plant nursery work, Kathy offered to produce a TeaCup painting to be printed as cards for fundraising, and to publicize their work in the farming community. Printhouse kindly gave a generous discount on the printing of the cards, which are available from Kathy’s website www.kmreillyartist.com


“The teacup for me represents tradition, decorum, routine, dependability. By modeling the teacup of unexpected, unrealistic materials, the concept of the predictable, guaranteed lifestyle is questioned. But generally I’m just having fun with the ideas!”

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Inclusion and the Hermetic Law of Generation

Part VII

by Bruce Rawless Author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook

The seventh of the seven laws or principles is given the name Gender or Generation in the Kybalion, along with the phrase

“Gender is in everything; Everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.” The Kybalion

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“…here is the deepest secret no body knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)…” Michael Hedges, Taproot from a poem by E.E. Cummings

In our 3D ‘reality’, what we call life generally requires the fusion or union of male and female elements to initiate a viable individual to propagate a new member of a species. Even in the mineral and plant kingdoms, one can identify masculine and feminine principles working together for the

evolvement of an individual, family or community structure. For example, salt crystals build by accretion of sodium and chloride ions that have positive and negative charges – gender polarized archetypes, in a sense. In the plant kingdom, the morphology of growth usually involves both radial or circular (feminine) symmetries and expansion such as the circumferential growth rings of a tree, simultaneous with linear or angular (masculine) extension such as the gradually lengthening height of a tree and each of its cylindrical branches and recursive stems. With careful observation, any form of biological life can be seen as composed of male and female attributes. All life that occupies form, space and time exhibits divergence, division and


fragmentation. The classic example from genetics is that we have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, ad infinitum. It would seem that there’s a population explosion reaching backwards in time with the magnitude of our lineage moving toward the infinite, or at least more folks that presumably have ever been on this planet at one time! I’ve never figured out how to reconcile that one, have you? :-) Even within our own bodies, the process of cell division keeps multiplying the number of original cells until we walk around with several trillion cells! We’re good at multiplying even if we don’t care for math!

“All multiplication happens by division of the wholeness ... All centers are one.” Foster Gamble The characteristics of the parents (whether they be humans, cells or thoughts) tend to carry forth in the next generation. It’s easy to see examples of this genetic and morphogenic momentum in the realm of form, yet the other Hermetic Laws (in particular Mentalism and Cause & Effect) remind us that it applies equally to the formless. Ideas also follow Newton’s First Law: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” The “offspring” (effect) of an idea (cause) tends to follow the pattern of its ancestry, or in other words, we’ll know them by their fruits. If we want a particular outcome, we have to work with the corresponding root stock which involves both thought (masculine principle) and feeling (feminine principle). The degree of harmony between these gender elements determines the quality, potency and viability of the result.

“Thoughts held in mind reproduce after their kind. It’s the nature of thinking. What we hold in our mind reproduces itself in the reality of our life and our experience.” Mary Manin Morrisey, author of Building Your Field of Dreams What is the ‘take home lesson’ for this law? If we practice internal serenity born from matched thoughts and feelings of ease, we will generate more of the same in a cumulative manner. This seventh law incorporates and consummates the potential of all the other six laws. We recognize that all exists within our minds (Mentalism - there’s nothing outside us) and we have both masculine and feminine qualities within our minds with which to create reality or fabricate our Universe at our whim. We observe the law of Correspondence that reminds us that the ‘as above, so below; as within, so without’ principle also includes the pair of gender archetypes in any interaction or communication. Light (electromagnetic energy – a perfect example of the law of Vibration) is composed of both electrical (masculine) and magnetic (feminine) aspects. Without both of these fields expanding and collapsing in their coherent (phase conjugate) dance, we would be in literal darkness. The law of Polarity is embodied in the seemingly opposed sides of the gender scale; the voidance or neutralization of these pairs gives rise to synthesis or the birth of a new form. This dynamic cycle of tension and release follows the law of Rhythm (which Walter Russell described as “Rhythmic balanced interchange between all givings and regivings”) according to natural cycles of ebb and flow. And the properties of the offspring (Effect) inevitably mirror the Cause (conceptual underpinnings) of any idea or species.


Yin-Yang Diameter Fractal a geometric metaphor The accompanying illustration shows a nested variation on the familiar “Yin-Yang” shape, which traditionally represents male (with its intrinsic embedded anima female) and female (with its intrinsic embedded animus male.) In this image, we see how each of two circles in the largest pair also has a generating (and/or comprising) pair within it. This fractal pattern represents not only physical genetics and ancestry, but also the genius (same root word as generalize, generous, genii and genuine) of seeing that all of creation is nested inside us – there is nothing we lack because all of our ancestors are brought to integrity within. This moment, this now, is the culmination of our life’s work, our quest for understanding if we

but embrace the totality, encompassing all seemingly divergent opposites by listening to our conscience. Let’s allow ourselves to be part of the flow of life by being willing to help birth what always was into our awareness.

Ideas never leave their source; only in dualistic dreams do they appear to be prodigal offspring. We are all the one idea appearing as myriad actors and actresses on the holographic stage of form, time and space.

Bruce Rawles is the author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook: Universal Dimensional Patterns, the co-author of The Geometry Code eBooklet and Screensaver (with Mika Feinberg of LightSOURCE) which is the prequel to a forthcoming book of the same name, and the editor of a website devoted to sacred geometry and the principle of interconnectedness. The book these are modified excerpts from will be out very soon. www.GeometryCode.com

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Staying Motivated not accepting Reality

by Kenn Butler

There is a pattern I have noticed among those who achieve great things in their lives – whether it is Tiger Woods winning another title or Roger Federer’s dominance on the tennis courts, Bill Gates’ mastery of software business and now philanthropy… and so on.

No, I do not think it is necessarily thinking positive, having a purpose, and setting goals – though in many cases these things are true. In fact, this odd behavior is quite hidden and is so very powerful. It has turned my thinking around 180degrees and the results are proving quite phenomenal. This is going to sound strange, but I think the pattern of behavior is… Not Accepting Reality! Be careful, I’m not trying to say they don’t understand or get a feeling for what the normal definition of reality is, just they do not appear to have developed a personality (or were born with it), which allows them to completely ignore society’s definition of normal without the built-in need the rest of us have to accept and chase the current definition of reality. Where others come to learn of what we call failures, these people simply ignore them, and move on as they are part of life, which they are of course. Often, I can meet these people and they will engage me in a conversation where they talked about something in the future as if it were simple, with nothing standing in the way. Now, I would sit there in a state of disbelief wondering how it was even remotely possible for them to NOT see the dozens of obstacles which stood in their way to achieve their desired goal. They would only consider achieving what they wanted; I could only consider all of the obstacles which stood in the way to achieving my end result. Guess how I therefore perceived us when we were together? He was the visionary and I was the complainer. He had passion and ‘looked’ like a natural leader, I was seen as negative – not a team player. Why could he take such a simple, unrealistic approach to this situation when it was

obvious there were all kinds of landmines waiting – could it be he lacks intelligence? Was this it – he must be stupid! No, quite the opposite I now suspect. Instead, it turns out the high achievers do not accept the current reality but have instead built their own reality. I have begun to think about how powerful this concept is. When you are stuck dealing with petty complaints, bumps along the way, fires which spring up, and spend all of your energy toward overcoming hurdles, the high achiever simply glosses over these in a fashion they are almost NOT REAL so they don’t affect them. To you or me, a setback may seem to be insurmountable – to the high achiever who has chosen to set their own reality; they are already IN their new reality which is characterized by achieving an even loftier goal. It appears to me these are the people who can take hit after hit, only to rebound immediately after with no obvious impact. Living a life where you acknowledge, but do NOT accept reality and instead, set your own reality perhaps allows you to limit stress, become much more visionary, become a stronger leader and achieve amazing things in your life without all of the hang-ups the rest of us experience living according to the “normal” definition of reality. Think about this – do you know anyone at work or in relationships who seems to be a dreamer – they set out to achieve things without the smallest sense of whether it is possible or not? I bet you do know someone, and now perhaps you will also know by NOT accepting reality, you can grow your personal development by leaps and bounds. Have a great week; I am going to do my best to look for another new reality.

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Lift your Spirit Colour Up Your Life!

by Suzanne Masefield

The power of colour cannot be denied, impacting moods, emotions and many other aspects in all areas of our life. The ‘right’ colours (what works for you) enhance our attributes and allow us to feel great about ourselves. They can uplift, heal and energise us and our environment enhancing our quality of life and business on many levels. Due to their impact colours are used extensively in marketing and advertising. Different colours work on a conscious and unconscious level on the mind, emotions, physical well being as well as our spirit. Colours resonate to different parts of our body, different aspects of our energy centres (chakras) as well as different issues in life. They can energise, relax or drain us depending on what we are needing or choosing to experience at any given time. Using them more consciously will enhance your life. The list I have compiled is based on my experience working with a vast amount of people over the last 20+ years and is by no means comprehensive or complete. There are many thoughts on this subject and a variety of experiences, so it is not definitive, but subjective, take from it what you need. Colours can assist empowerment and bring to the surface of awareness issues to be healed or energised in the areas mentioned below. This is gifted from my experience to date, add it to your ‘tool kit of life’ to assist your journey. Utilise this information to help you Align and Expand to generate greater Success, both Personally and Professionally.

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Add Colour to your ‘Tool Kit of Life’ Empower you! Red

Increases Life-Force, Passion, Power & Excitement, Grounding on individual. Helps feel Physically Supported & Strengthened, Connects to our Roots. Gives Awareness, Energy & Stability to Material World - money, home, work. Masculine Energy linked to either a male or masculine aspect of yourself. Encourages Practical Behaviour, Energising, Generates Action Can Increase Appetite, Connected to Base of the Spine (tailbone) Liver, Sex, Lower Back, Legs, Feet, Blood, Heat, Fire Energy.

Yellow

Feelings: Fear, Power, Anxiety, Defensive, Resentment, Competitive, Arrogance, Optimism, Self Worth & Confidence, Personal Power – Ego Centre.

Feelings: Anger, Safety, Belonging, Survival, Roots, Physical Power. BASE CHAKRA

Brown

Grounding, Earth Energy, Home, Outdoors, Reliability, Endurance, Creates Comfort & Simplicity, great when feeling Vulnerable. Stabilising on Legs, Feet.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

Green

BASE CHAKRA

Orange

Encourages Joy, Enthusiasm, Connects us to our Inner Child to Play. Balancing, Warming, Vibrancy, Creativity, Flamboyancy, Centres attention. Expansive, Energising, Awakens Sensuality, Fun, Brings Sunshine into Life. Relationships, Intimacy, Encourages Healthy Relating and Boundaries. Feminine Energy linked to either a female or aspect of yourself. Connected to Ovaries, Womb, Birth, Sexual Organs, Hips, Intestines Stomach, Digestion, balances Appetite and Nourishing of self Feelings: Lack of Energy, Depression, Creative Exploration & Expression, SACRAL CHAKRA

Encourages Mental Focus, Sense of Identity, Pride & Confidence. Self Esteem & Sense of Value related to others –‘Who am I in the world?’ Idealism, Philosophy & Mental Processing, Imagination, Hope, Summer. Trust, Dishonesty, Cowardice, Betrayal, Jealousy, Coveting, Deceit. The centre of Fight or Flight, linked to Skin, Kidneys, Adrenals, Pancreas. Liver, Digestion, Wrists, Ankles, Knees, Joints, Flexibility - need to control.

Hearts Desire – helps Uncover & Create what you really want in life. Fresh Start, Youthfulness, Re-connects & Awakens you to Nature. Good health, Luck, Renewal, Vigour, Spring, Generosity, Fertility, Increases Emotional Energy and Ability to Cope at difficult times. Detoxifies, Heartfelt Nourishment, Attracts you into the Flow of Life. Balances Yin & Yang, Heart, Breath, Circulation, Lymphatic, Lungs, Immune. Feelings: Tenderness, Passion, Renewal, Love, Rejection, Compassion, Jealousy, Envy, Devotion, Doubt, Hope, Ease and Flow, Feeling Alive. HEART /THYMUS CHAKRA

Pink

Encourages Self Care, Romantic and Unconditional Love, Romance of Self and Others, Self Love, Feminine Energy - warm fluffies! Childlike, Freshness, Playful, Nourishing (feeds the heart) through Fun. Develops Mothering and Nurturing of Self & Others. Heart, Lungs, Breasts, Breath, Upper Back behind heart. Feelings: Joy, Sadness, Hurt, Pain, Loss, Love, Awaken to Life. HEART CHAKRA www.onesmile.co 53


Blue

Assists Communication between Head & Heart to Collaborate. A great colour to wear when doing business or selling. Encourages Inner & Outer Communication and Expression. Creates Peace, Tranquility, Cools, Calms, Stabilises, Harmony, Unity, Creates Security, Reduces Stress & Tension & Insomnia. Technology, Logic, Order, Conservatism, Loyalty, Truth. Trust, Often considered to be the Safest Global Colour. High Blood Pressure, helps Sore Throats and Inflammation. Thyroid, Respiratory, Breath, Neck, Collar Bone, Shoulders

Feeling Protected when wanting to merge into the background or Fit In. Energy Drain if used too much. MYTH - black makes you look slim. Feelings: Fear, Sadness, Remorse, Anger, Safety, Protection, Invisible MERGES ALL COLOURS

White

Feelings: Suppression, Stifled, Smothered, Disconnected, Separate, Depression, Independence, Security, Self Confidence

Feelings: Pure, Clean, Openness, Open to Receive & Absorb.

THROAT CHAKRA

Purple

Royalty, Nobility, Spirituality, Wisdom, Increases Self Respect. Ritual, Mystery, Mourning, Transformation, Enlightenment. Develops Access to Intuition, Psychic Abilities &, Sixth Sense. Protection, Assists Meditation & Connection to Your Spirit (Soul). Deepens Awareness of subtle Energy Vibration Shifts & Changes. Feelings: Arrogance, Inner Knowing, Self Confidence, Centred (if grounded) THIRD EYE CHAKRA

The Three Sentinels In some arenas these last three colours are not considered ‘real colours’, however I feel they are worthy of consideration as they are very present in our world and in some cases feature more than is of value. As many people often use these colours extensively to their detriment, in lieu of greater understanding, I feel that recognising their qualities and challenges is definitely of real value in order to know how to create more harmony and balance in your life and business. These colours are often used in corporate environments and are seen to represent authority, establishment, as well as professionalism and are used prominently in business and sales environments.

Purity, Reverence, Simplicity, Peace, Goodness, Humility, Precision, Sterile, Clinical, Innocence, Birth, Winter, Snow, Marriage (Western cultures), Death (Eastern cultures) – Transitions. Focuses, Youthfulness, Freshens and Cleanses. Openness and Clarity, Awareness, Enlightenment. Used too much can feel too open, scattered & ungrounded.

CROWN CHAKRA

Grey

Intelligence, Dignity, Solid, Conservative, Practical, Security, Reliability, Staid, Modest, Maturity, Old Age. A good place to make a rational decision from – in the middle. Can create sitting on the fence and indecision if in for too long. Feelings: Sadness, Boring, Bored, Indecisive, Weighing up Options. MERGES ALL COLOURS

Utilise this Gift Infuse Your Life & Business with More Colour Dare to be all you can ‘Be’ Empower You – Colour Up Your Life! Let me help you – Dare to Fly!

Suzanne Masefield as seen on Close Up TVNZ, is a Mind Body Analyst AIBMA (Body Language Specialist), Clinical Hypnotherapist, Writer, Presenter and Executive Coach. A specialist in body language, she facilitates training courses for businesses to maximise engagement, increase personal impact and generate core level success as well as 1:1 Body Language Critiquing. She works with security and surveillance teams at Sky City Casino along

Black

Power, Sexual, Sophisticated, Formal, Elegant, Wealth. Mystery, Anonymous, , Evil, Depth, Loss, Death (Western cultures). Style, Underground, Focus, Good Technical Colour.

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Closing the loop

by Kirsty Quickfall

kirsty quickfall is the southern regional manager for the sustainable business network, and more recently has taken on the new communications and development role with nelson environment centre.

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n interest in the positive economics of environmental resourcefulness was sparked nearly 20 years ago when on a university break I was employed as a nanny in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a stunning city, and even back then when my world revolved around me, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the healthy, clean, vibrant and contented city that Portland was. Apart from the obvious magnificent backdrop and green spaces, what stood out was the abundance of recycling bins and signs telling us about the importance of the environment. Very new advice for a girl who’s nearest city growing up was Glasgow. I wasn’t sure why I should return my glass bottles to a store, or separate my waste into four different colour-coded bins that was the norm for the household I worked for – I just did it and didn’t care to question the ‘madness’ behind it. . However the catalyst for me, the observation that got me curious was the number of ‘street dwellers’ I would watch pushing around supermarket trolleys full of aluminium drink cans. And the more I looked, the more I would see. Religiously and daily, men and women picked up (and occasionally drank from) empty cans from the street, parks and bus depot and filled up their trolleys. Of course, after days of my covert surveillance, the curiousness of this behaviour got the better of me and I was to find out that this Womble type practice was in actual fact a money making venture. Understanding this link between environmental preservation and almost crude social welfare was the moment that changed my thinking, and as it turned out, the blue print to my career path. Jump on 6 years and I find myself in another stunning location albeit on a somewhat smaller scale, in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Again – magnificent backdrop and green spaces. Through a series of mishaps and coincidences (call it what you will) I find myself employed by the Kaikoura District Council as Environmental Planner. The Kaikoura District Council

had, and still has, a Scotsman at the helm. Typical Scot, short arms – deep pockets. Probably why we clicked, as I ‘got it’ – I understood the monetary value of environmental sustainability. My job brief was simple in theory – to minimise waste going into the district’s landfill. Reasoning behind it was equally simple, but not theoretical. Facts were facts, Kaikoura had a small rate base, a landfill that was alarmingly decreasing in free space, a tourist population that was growing and with it incrementally more waste. Rate payers could not afford the extreme hike in rates required to develop a new landfill; neither could they afford to lose the backbone to the economy – the tourists. Tourists were seeking the cleanliness, environmental and natural wonderfulness that Kaikoura could offer. So, what does a canny Scotsman do? He turns the problem into an opportunity – an opportunity to showcase Kaikoura as the first Zero Waste Community in New Zealand plus the opportunity to reduce waste to landfill whilst mitigating the costly need to develop a new one. That’s what was presented to me and how comically naive I was. Looking back now I can smile as I remember taking on my role as Environmental Planner with great gusto and unsurpassed enthusiasm. Of course, changing the thinking of the community was not going to happen overnight. It is no coincidence that the day I made public that charges would be implemented at the landfill is the day my life actually got threatened. Relentlessly and quite stubbornly I persevered for 3 ½ years and achieved much to be proud of, learning many lessons along the way. Change for many is a gradual process and often has to be proven. Ten years on and Kaikoura is one of the leaders in zero waste and sustainability initiatives. The township has grown rapidly, the rate base doubled, the tourist numbers well in excess of 1 million per annum. Waste minimisation and all the positive spin-offs is absolutely entrenched in the culture. And the landfill didn’t fill up either. Twenty years on from my original light bulb moment in Portland I have

gone full circle, closed the loop as it were. Based in Nelson, I’ve taken on the Communications and Development role with Nelson Environment Centre (NEC). The NEC, established over 30 years ago has long been a sponsor of my office space with the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) which I’ve been employed by for 3 years. NEC’s new headquarters (upper Franklyn St) is a wonderful facility where we strive to be a community environmental hub; a regional gateway to information, advice and practical solutions on how to build a resilient, low carbon future. Through programmes like Kids Edible Gardens, Homestar, Create Your Own Eden and Waste Education Services, we engage with the community on many different levels. A considerable proportion of our income is generated from the Nelson Reuse and Recycle Centre (NRRC). It seems that almost everyone in Nelson has at some point visited the ‘recycle centre’ and it’s this division of the NEC that continues to be the foundation upon which all our other work is built. Many are surprised to learn that NRRC directly employs 14 staff and NEC has 11 plus both have the support of volunteers. These are employment positions made possible by diverting waste from landfill. A great example of the positive economics of environmental resourcefulness that tweaked my interest many moons ago. It is this message, this spin-off that I love to communicate to the public. For without the generous support of the public, our own landfill would unnecessarily expand, waterways degrade, and let me be clinical for a moment – it is likely our rates as well as our unemployment would go up.

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Time to value by Ian A. Williams

This is the continuing series of Kairology articles, based on the Kairology Coaching and Leadership Programme. Kairos is a Greek word for time, in the sense of the right time or season for change. This month’s featured card is one in the series of 52 personal leadership tools from the Kairology pack in each issue of OneSmile.

Ian A. Williams FCIPD Author, coach and facilitator www.kairology.com

For this issue I have chosen the Ace of Hearts, which is the cornerstone, and a good starting point for any selfcoaching, or even assisted coaching with your personal and business concerns.

I have worked with a great number of individuals, teams and organisations over the years – mainly in training and development, but quite often in conflict situations. It fairly easy to find conflicts among people: in families, at work, in sport, in community and of course in politics. And it’s also very easy to find conflict much closer to home, within yourself and your own thinking. That also impacts on how you relate and communicate with others. Sounds obvious, but in my experience as a coach, it’s very rare that people work on it to enable some change within themselves that enables change in other people and situations. Values are at the base of every person and relationship. If you don’t share common values with a life partner or friend, the relationship isn’t going to last long. In families, blood relationships bind us very naturally, but shared values build and hold the relationships strong. In employment you may find yourself feeling like a fish out of water if your values don’t have some strong resonance with the organisation

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why? Who are you? What drives you and drive our beliefs. They represent what Values are the core of our identity andand what we won't stand for. They’re for, d stan will we stand for, what we . Some are more conscious to us than the basis from which we live and work are, look at how you spend your time, others. If you wonder what your values doing what, and with whom. on values we choose, Beliefs are built over time, based beliefs come from our core and es Valu life. in adopt and adapt ds and experiences, and background, upbringing, family, frien e. We have freedom to mak affect the decisions and choices we make different choices! ys know what they We all have values, but we don’t alwa your life meaning, give h whic ns are. What are the foundatio structure and purpose?

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values (if they have any explicit values!). So when conflict arises, notice what values are being compromised or ignored, and which ones are in downright opposition to one-another. That’s where hard work, discussion, compromised and agreement comes in. So is this an appropriate time (kairos) for you to examine your personal values. It’s the only place to start if you are to be at peace with yourself and others. I would encourage you to look at it very personally, and discover whether (a) some of your values conflict with each-other; (b) what values may be at the root of your struggles in various areas of life; and (c) what conflicts arise because your values are at odds with what you say and do. This calls for some personal honesty in your thinking. Have a look at the card reproduced here for you, exactly as it is in my coaching pack. Think about the cycle of choices, how they are informed or driven by the past, and how you are interpreting (or even misinterpreting) what’s happening. This can be a helpful cycle, or one of destruction! That’s the tool, and here are some coaching questions to help your thinking and change:

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1. Think about what beliefs and values you have grown up with, and adopted. In what ways may they have affected your choices? 2. Consider how your beliefs and values take you forward or hold you back. Write down your most dearly held values... which will you keep and which will you adjust or eliminate? 3. What drives or limits your passion? 4. Now set a new goal or habit that will challenge or change you, in line with your most important values. Start a journal (if you haven’t already) for these questions and your answers, or contact Ian for a workbook. As always, don’t make heavy weather of this challenge, but have fun with it, be bold and have courage. It’s easy to drift and live with the same old same old lifestyle and values. If you don’t know where to begin with values, ask me for a full set of common values that might help you select and eliminate values, either for yourself or your business. Have fun re-evalue-ating!

♥ Hearts represent you, your values and your PASSION ♣ Clubs are about PEOPLE, partnerships and relationships ♠ Spades are for PURPOSE in tasks and achievement ♦ Diamonds are POTENTIAL, creativity and evaluation. The world’s first professor of leadership, John Adair has this to say about the programme: “This shows what people need to lead well; leaders need to think until it hurts, but these cards take the pain out of thinking, because of their gentle provocative prompting.” “What a neat way to encourage anyone to analyse oneself, chart positive new paths and goals – and achieve them.” Gordon Dryden, co-author The Learning Revolution series of books.

This comprehensive programme, based on the playing cards structure consists of 52 leadership coaching cards and 4 jokers, plus a full workbook. You could conveniently work on one card a week to complete the full programme in a year. Have fun with these great tools, at the same time as doing some serious work with yourself, your family and your clients.

“When I first saw the pdf of the planned cards I knew we would be on to a winner.” Carolyn Sheppard, www.thecompletetrainer.com

More info under: www.kairology.com ian@kairology.com Kairology® ©Kairos Development Ltd. 2009 – All rights reserved

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Passion

for contemporary jewellery by Joel Whitwell Photography by Layla Elsbury

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y passion for contemporary jewellery is a new one, but the work you see here is of my last major project called ‘identity construction’. In this project I explored the relationship between identity development and popular culture and by juxtaposing images of popular icons onto an architectural surface I am questioning how we construct our own identity in relation to popular culture. This series of work was made in my second year of my degree at NMIT, I am currently heading into my final year where I wish to further explore and stretch my boundaries of jewellery. You can follow my practice on flicker: http://www.flickr.com/ Or you can email me at: joelwhitwell@hotmail.co.nz

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St Mary ’ St Mary’s Thistle by Yvonne Tait Diploma in Medical Herbalism, Iridology and Clinical Nutrition, Colour Therapy

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Silybum marianum

St Mary’s Thistle is sometimes known as Milk Thistle and has been confused with Blessed Thistle which has the botanical name Cnicus benedictus. St Mary’s Thistle is native to the Mediterranean but can now be found in North and South America, all over Europe and in Australia. Some areas treat it as an ornamental plant others regard it as a weed. It belongs to the Compositae - daisy family of plants. The parts used for medicine are the seeds. The plant has white streaks along the veins of the leaf, and was given the species name of ‘marianum’ because of its symbolic association with the Virgin Mary: fable

has it that the white streaks are drops of the Virgin Mary’s milk. With a reputation as a medicine of varying degrees spanning 2000 years; its profile was lifted again in 19th century Germany. St Marys Thistle is a primary liver herb in the modern herbalist’s armamentarium. In recent years a flavonol named silymarin was isolated from the seed. Silymarin has been identified as the active principle in St Mary’s Thistle that both protects the liver from damage and aids it in the regenerative process. The liver is capable of regenerating itself even after a large proportion of it


I was interested to read recently that Dioscorides (circa 40–90 AD) recommended St Mary’s Thistle for snake bite. I knew a cattle farmer many years ago who claimed she used St Mary’s Thistle as a treatment for cattle suffering tick poisoning. I have no details but I remember the conversation. Collection: Cut the flower heads just before they are matured keep them in a warm dark place stacked in single layers. Collect the seed when it leaves the flower head by a gentle tapping, store in a dark place.

’s Thistle has been removed surgically. Silymarin has been shown to alter the outer liver membrane cell structure to such a degree, that certain toxins cannot enter the cell. The active principle silymarin has been used to treat poisoning occurring through the mistaken ingestion of the Deathcap (Amanita phalloides) mushroom which causes severe liver damage. In some cases the treatment has been successful, but for a good outcome timing is paramount. St Mary’s Thistle is arguably the most researched medicinal plant on the planet. Through the standardised extract (70-80% silymarin) used in clinical trials, it has been found to be effective in treating abnormal liver function due to exposure to chemicals such as paints, solvents, glues, drugs, etc. Its liver protective properties are useful in the management of hepatitis. It has been used for the treatment of fatty liver; alcohol induced liver damage

and disease, cirrhosis of the liver. St Mary’s Thistle also plays a supportive roll in the management of chronic inflammatory liver disorders. In St Mary’s Thistle we have a natural medicine that both aids and protects one of the most hard working and essential organs of the body and as such, can be used to help prevent disease conditions occurring. Just take for instance the foods we eat, often containing many chemicals including: pesticides, artificial fertiliser, sweeteners, colourings and flavourings, not forgetting environmental pollution, and all of this will culminate in oxidative damage. There are supplements and herbs we can use to limit oxidative stress in the body and St Mary’s Thistle is one of those. In taking care of the liver we are in effect protecting the body from other maladies that would manifest should the liver be unable to cope due to damage. I am of the opinion that in this context alone the herb is invaluable.

References: Herbal Medicine by Rudolf Fritz Weiss MD. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. By Simon Mills and Kerry Bone. New Holistic Herbal. By David Hoffman.

Preparation and Dosage: An herbal tea can be made from the seeds, infuse for 10 to 15 minutes – one teaspoonful of the seeds in a cup of boiling water. Drink this slowly whilst hot on an empty stomach about a half hour before meals once to three times daily. An addition of one or two peppermint leaves will improve palatability as well as the effect. Alternatively: Prepare a cup of peppermint tea and add 20 drops of the tincture to it, this can be taken as above. Adult Dosage of Tincture of St Mary’s Thistle: 1 to 2ml of the tincture three times daily in water. Before meals. Tablets are usually available in health food stores and pharmacies. Please Note: This article is presented for educational purposes only. Consult your healthcare professional before taking herbal medicines. Yvonne had over twenty years of clinical experience in her own practice in Australia. Now retired, she resides in Nelson NZ.

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Ayurvedic cooking with Anahata Yoga Retreat Yoga and Ayurveda provide tools to balance the doshas and one way to do this is to improve digestion. The following recipes provide you with practical ways to do this.

Lassi An excellent digestive aid is the yoghurt drink Lassi. This can be made either sweet or salty, and served during or after a meal. Yoghurt is cooling and excellent for Pitta types to have in summer. Salty Lassi drinks are recommended for those with a predominately Vata constitution. To make a Sweet Lassi mix together: • 1 cup (250ml) yoghurt • 2-5 cups (500ml – 2L) water (to reach desired thickness) • 1 pinch of ground cardamom • 1 pinch of ground ginger • 1 pinch of ground star anise • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar/honey (to desired sweetness) • a few drops of good quality, natural rose water (optional)

To make a Salty Lassi mix together: • 1 cup (250ml) yoghurt • 2-5 cups (500ml – 2L) water (to reach desired thickness) • 1 tsp ground cumin • ½ tsp salt • Pinch black pepper (optional) Both recipe quantities are for 4 servings, and it is preferable to serve this drink at a luke warm temperature.

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Kitchari Kitchari is a great one pot meal, which is very light and easy to digest. Since the grains, lentils and spices are cooked in the same pot, they work out their differences and create a balanced, tri-doshic meal. Kitchari is good to eat when you want to give your digestive system a rest, especially in times of convalescence or when you feel under stress. Ingredients for 4 servings: • 1 cup basmati rice (you can also mix basmati rice with an equal amount of quinoa) • 1 cup split red lentils • 4-8 cups pure water (pre-heat water before cooking) • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp turmeric • 1 tsp ajwan • 1Tbsp ghee • ½ tsp cumin seeds • ½ tsp coriander seeds • ¼ tsp black mustard seeds • 3 curry leaves or ½ tsp curry powder • chopped vegetables (eg. potato, cauliflower, broccoli, courgette, fresh corn, daikon radish) Method: Peel and grate the ginger. Chop all of your vegetables. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pot (this will ensure that the spices do not stick and burn). Add the mustard seeds and wait until the first seed pops. Grind cumin & coriander with mortar & pestle, add these spices with tumeric, black pepper, curry leaves or powder, and asafoetida (or garlic & onion) to the ghee. Mix spices until thoroughly coated in ghee and fry until garlic & onion are translucent. Add the vegetables and coat them in the spices. Add the rice and lentils, and toast them a little, coating them in the spices. If the mixture starts to stick add more ghee. Cover with hot water and bring to the boil, stirring regularly Add salt, bay leaves, ajwan seeds and fresh grated ginger. Cook until lentils split and turn to mush (30-60 min), adding more water as necessary (the water is absorbed very quickly) You can add some chilli to the pot to increase the spice or serve mango pickle on the side.

I hope these Ayurvedic recipes inspire you to find out more how the science of Ayurveda can be used for your own wellbeing.

Om Tat Sat Anahata Yoga Retreat

To turn Kitchari into a delicious feast, serve with date & tamarind chutney, poppadoms, yoghurt and a small salad.

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Autumn salad Well I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer!! Nelson was as beautiful as ever! But we find ourselves slowly slipping into the mouth of autumn!! It’s not so bad though, the time for some new and exciting produce is here if you just have a little look around. You will find a wealth of stone and pip fruits filling the shelves of your local veggie shop, and all those roadside stalls. Use in savoury ways as well as sweet. Here is a little salad that will keep one side of your mouth in summer and one side in autumn!!

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Haloumi, poached pear + Pine nut salad a fantastic dish with a great balance of sweet and savory

If you have never tried Haloumi I recommend it very highly. It is a fantastic cheese that when cold is not so good but when warmed through is absolutely delicious! Halloumi originates from Cyprus and is massively popular through the Middle East Usually made from goat or sheep’s milk. With a chewy unappetizing flavour when cold it transforms into a beautifully smooth delicate cheese when heated. With a relatively salty taste it lends its self greatly to sweet tangy accompaniments.

Poached pears • • • • • •

2 x Pear 500ml x Water 500ml x white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) 100gm x Sugar 2 x Star anise 1 x Cinnamon stick

Bring everything up to the simmer and cook it covered until the pear is soft when poked with a knife! Easy. Cool down fully and then slice finely.

Apple vinaigrette • • • •

50ml x apple syrup (maple will work if you can’t find) 50ml x apple juice 50ml x cider vinegar 100ml x olive oil

Mix all together

Salad Green salad (preferably a nice mixture of things like rocket and endives) Toasted pine nuts (toast at 150c for 1015 mins) slow toasting is important as it allows all the oils in the nuts to really work their way to a fantastic flavour Mint Poached pears Halloumi (as much as u can handle )

side turn over and turn down the heat, allow time to heat all the way through so they are soft to the touch. Remove from the heat and dress the salad with the apple vinaigrette. Be gentle and treat it with a bit of care so that you don’t bruise everything. Place in a bowl and put the halloumi on the top.

In a bowl mix together a small handful of your favourite lettuce, toasted pine nuts, poached pears and ripped mint leaves (STOP do not dress – well, do it dressed but don’t dress the salad just yet). Now place a pan on to the heat and bring it to a hot heat. Put in a little olive oil and then place in your halloumi that should be cut about 2 cm thick. When it has started to brown on one

Enjoy!

Chris Williams Head Chef, The Vic Brew Bar, Nelson

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Sometimes a little effort at the beginning can make for a lot of time and stress saved later on. Here’s a recipe that you start the night before you are going to cook it, that would often put me off even starting (I am a lazy cook :) But this recipe for pizza bases is great because while making one or two bases for the next night’s meal, I can cook extra bases to chuck in the freezer and save myself so much time other nights – just pop out a base, add the toppings and cook for 8 minutes, that’s my kind of meal preparation!

1 tsp salt 25 g fresh ye ast (ask at your lo cal bakery or Cafe Olive)

400ml milk

Method:

Chorizo Pizza

1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. 2. Drop the olive oil, sugar, egg, salt and yeast into the well do not mix in the flour. 3. Before mixing with the flour add the milk to the well and mix these ingredients together by hand. Slowly start to mix in the flour. 4. The mixture will form a firm dough, knead this mixture for around 15 minutes 5. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave in a warm place for 2 hours. 6. Separate the dough into six equal portions and place in a lightly floured container. Cover the container with an airtight lid or gladwrap and place in the fridge overnight. 7. Take the dough out of the fridge 1 hour before you will make your pizzas. 8. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius 9. Roll the dough into a circle and place on a greased pizza or oven tray. 10. Spread with pizza sauce and your favourite topping (see below for a few yummy ideas) 11. Pizzas will cook in the oven in 8 – 10 minutes

This is a such a simple pizza with great taste (especially as I use local ‘Fernandos’ Chorizo, available at the Saturday Market and the Wednesday Farmers Market in Nelson). Spread the base of your pizza with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, thinly slice the chorizo and cover the pizza with them and add a few thinly sliced tomatoes and capsicums.

Bases for freezing should be rolled into circles and baked on a greased pizza or oven tray for around two minutes at 200 degrees Celsius, until they are puffing up a little and just cooked. Cool them and wrap tightly in gladwrap before popping them into the freezer. They will keep for up to two months.

Labneh and Basil Pizza Labneh is a delicious Lebanese cheese made from strained yoghurt. You can make your own labneh (see below), or you can substitute it for cream cheese for a just as delicious flavour. Spread the pizza base with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Add one thinly sliced tomato, some crushed garlic, and spread a few dollops of labneh or cream cheese around. Sprinkle some fresh chopped basil on top and into the oven. (If you would like to make your own Labneh take 1kg of plain unsweetened yoghurt and strain for three days in a large piece of muslin cloth. I usually fold the muslin in half first, place the yoghurt in the centre and then tie the ends of the muslin together. Hang the cloth on a wooden spoon over a deep pot, so that the muslin is not touching the bottom of the pot. Place the pot into the fridge. The longer you leave it the firmer the labneh will be.)

Sunshine Pizza Ever thought of putting nuts and seeds on your pizzas? Why not! Pizza sauce and mozzarella to start with topped with shredded sliced ham and sprinkled with a good handful of sunflower seeds, not only does it give a great texture, they’re also good for you! Thank you to our super chef at Cafe Olive, Mustafa Karasar, for the dough recipe.

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2012 Youth Volunteer Recognition It’s time to recognise the voluntary efforts of the young people who make our communities better places to live. Nominations are open for the 2012 Nelson Tasman Youth Volunteer Recognition scheme, and Jan Glover from Volunteer Nelson believes it’s important to acknowledge the voluntary input of young people, aged 12–25. “Volunteers are the glue that make our communities tick – and we want to hear about it,“ Jan says. “There are a lot of young, unsung heroes out there, working away behind the scenes, making things happen, and they deserve special attention.” This is the eighth year young people’s efforts have been celebrated; however this year the awards will not be judged. Jan says all young people nominated will go in the draw to win an 8gb iPod touch, with those making the nominations going into a draw to win dinner for two at Stefanos and a movie voucher from State Cinema.

Winners will be announced at the annual Youth Volunteer Recognition celebration evening at the New Hub, on Thursday 21 June, as part of Volunteer Awareness week. “Our remarkable young volunteers will be presented with a certificate and officially thanked for their outstanding service.” A selection of local youth performances, exhibitions and guest speakers will also feature during the evening. Nominations can be made on line via www.jamonline.co.nz, or nomination forms collected from Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Volunteer Nelson or The New Hub. Nominations close 1st June.

For more information contact:

Jan Glover, Volunteer Nelson Phone 546 7681 ext 1 nvc@ts.co.nz


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ith an impish grin Pat Armitstead said “ This is not a bitter pill to swallow and most interestingly, no prescribing rights are required! A non chemical alternative to Prozac it is intended to heal what ails humanity right now.´ What ails people the most in Pat’s opinion is not their illness per se but their habituated negative ways of being. Petrea King, Founding Director and CEO Quest for Life Foundation, said in a presentation at the Mind Body conference 2008 that what ailed her “was not her multitude of surgeries to her limbs as a teenager or her battle ( and win) with leukaemia.” She once went on a trip and pulled all the ligaments in her knee. She walked on that leg and told no one for 3 weeks. She “ did not want to be a bother!” That is sick she said and that is what ailed her! C is for Creativity. Each of your team have individual gifts that are not part of their job description. Find a way for them to be utilised to bring some joy to the workplace. To be recognised and honoured for individual contribution is pure joy and that energy is what your customer will receive. ( You can identify your signature strengths by going to www.authentichappiness.org and doing the VIA “Offering solutions to an Signature Strengths questionnaire. Take your top 5 ailing community is about with you everywhere!)

Offering solutions to an ailing community is about developing our intuitive selves and offering into what it is we see as a result of that enhanced perceptiveness. It is about being a contribution. It is also about seeing people as great. ANTIZAC’s “instant release formula” paves the way for that to occur. A is for Amuse, and by this I mean being the source of good humour. To be good humoured is to be appropriately responsive. The old adage “Humour in humour out” is all that is required. Identify your humour style and get confidant around using it. Be the source of goodwill.

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When we collaborate and use this “prescription” we are being a contribution to the wellbeing of others. We contribute to their happiness and may well make their day. Send 3 random hand N is for Nthuse! Be the change they want to see. result of that enhanced written pieces of mail a day to your customers Exude the energy and radiate the joy. Affirm their acknowledging their importance in your perceptiveness”. needs and provide hope and encouragement. community. Catch people doing something right Give everybody an A! ( * see ref below) – indeed develop a process whereby that forms T is for Trust. People perform to optimum when they are being part of the staff evaluation process! rewarded for doing what they love in a high trust environment. We are perfectly placed to get the right chemistry in place to Practice the virtues of integrity create wellbeing locally, nationally and globally. If we’re not I is for Intuition. Foster your own and your teams intuitive part of the solution, we’re the precipitate!! nature. Reward the impromptu and unexpected acts of kindness, generosity and insight. Congratulate people for coming from first thought, the source of all genius is spontaneity! Z is for Zeal. Enrol your team in a sense of eagerness to achieve the wellbeing of themselves and others. Have that roll out like ‘excessive fervor” and willingness to do all that it takes to achieve. A is for Attitude. An attitude of gratitude is very attractive. It attracts abundance. Make the “customer experience focal point” one of gratefulness. You could even adopt a virtue a week ( there are 52! ) and have them as the weekly practice. Both staff and customers will appreciate the experience. ( www.virtuesproject.org.nz )

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Ball Fever

With holidays underway and term two approaching I bet many of you are starting to discuss your 2012 school ball, all you lovely ladies out there will be asking yourselves questions like; what kind of dress do I want to wear, short, long, backless or strapless? And as for all you lads, well, the ball probably hasn’t even crossed your mind.

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Here is a checklist from a total ball-a-holic to help keep you ahead of the ball game:

• Your dress is the most important part of the night so make sure you find one you are really comfortable in, get in early for the dress hunt, whether it is a dress maker or a store in town, I promise you all the awesome ones will go quickly! • For those of you that are taking a male partner, you are pretty much organising two people so don’t forget to help him out with the tie and suit hire, these things do not come naturally to them! • Make-up: remember to keep it simple, there is nothing worse than looking back on ball photos and realising your bright pink eye shadow didn’t match your orange dress, light black and silver or white Smokey eyes are always safe and go with any colour. • Last but DEFINITELY not least, fake tan, after 4 balls this is one I have just mastered. If you are going DIY an awesome developing tan is Sugar Baby mouse! Put a coat on a couple of days before and then another the night before or the morning of the big day!

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• The ball is reasonably simple for you, however asking the person you want to take can be difficult. Don’t stress just play it cool, ask her nice and early and hey! If she says no… her dress probably wouldn’t have matched your suit anyway so onto the next! • Corsage: this is the little flower things that you may have seen tied around girls wrists or pinned onto boys suit jackets, pop down to your local florist a couple of weeks before the big day and order one for you and one for your date to be picked up the morning of your ball, keep colours simple so it matches any dress or suit. • You probably don’t want your mum using her make-up on you before you leave the house, ensure that you keep up your skincare use, cleanse and moisturise after every shower to keep your pores clean and pimple free, get your Oxygen Skincare early and be prepared. Yours sincerely, Oxygen Skincare’s Teen Queen, Olivia-Rose. Alana Riley B.Com, Dip NVP Director

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