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EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM The Tongariro Crossing

SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS The day the Spotted Dolphins came to swim with us

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Editor’s Letter Two months have passed since the first issue of OneSmile, and the journey continues. I have been overwhelmed with your comments, contributions and support for the magazine and would like to say a big thank you to you all. Keep your feedback coming. I had a most profound experience a few weeks after the first issue was released, when I was walking on the beach with a friend of mine. I have a favourite spot when the tide is out where I engage in a little ritual. When I did it that day I saw something in the water that looked like a log. Then I realized it was dolphins in a big pod coming in with the tide for a good feed. My heart jumped with joy and it felt like I was a child watching every single fin cruising in and exclaiming “another one “over and over. I wanted to swim out and be with them. Only my common sense, and my friend’s remarks about how cold it was and how far out they were, stopped me from pursuing my desire. I came home elated and with a great feeling of being connected. I did some research on this amazing creature. If we can learn one lesson from dolphins it could be a key to the survival of our civilization. In today’s hectic, dog eat dog world, the dolphin community may just offer a few lessons that we could take the time to learn. Dolphins are cooperative and playful. Their inner societies or pods exist under extremely dangerous conditions only because of the closeness and support the members offer to one another. In the world of the dolphin, members care for and protect each other. Dolphins are creatures of socialization just as we are. There’s a saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. In the past our society reflected this concept, but today as

we find ourselves spreading further apart from each other, the answer to our problems is perhaps to come closer. The pod concept that protects dolphins could very well be the ideal that could protect our families and our communities. I feel it is all about making choices, whether it is about choosing a product, a service or a company to do business with, the group of friends I engage with, whether I see a glass half full or half empty, or any of the other hundreds of choices we make each day. I for one want to become more aware of the consequences of my choices and consider that for my future decisions. What do you choose today?

Catrin

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Contents FEATURES

EXPERIENCES

6 EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM The Tongariro Crossing

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EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM The Tongariro Crossing

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SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS The day the Spotted Dolphins came to swim with us

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DOLPHINS AND THE POWER OF THEIR SOUNDS What can dolphins teach us?

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A DUBLIN DAY Buskers, Joyce and the sudden Irish rain

KNOWLEDGE

14 SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS Spotted dolphins came to swim with us

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HOW DO YOU LEARN Did you know there are different learning styles?

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CANINE COMMUNICATION What our dog is trying to tell us

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INCLUSION The Hermetic Law of Correspondence and the Vesica Piscis

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THE 7 TRUTHS OF LIBERATING LEADERSHIP Leadership is governed from the heart

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PROFILE 24

JEREMY BROCKIE OneSmile talks to All White Jeremy Brockie

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LIVING THE DREAM, being a writer in France Jennifer Manson tells us how she did it


HOLISTIC WELLBEING 22

THE SUMMER HAS ENDED Look ahead to spring

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WINTER – A TIME TO HIBERNATE Slow your flow

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ACCEPTANCE THE ART OF LIVING IN THE PRESENT Finding contentment and fulfillment

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CRANESBILL A winter tonic herb

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HOW TO CREATE A MAGICAL DAY Choose to create your special day

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PURPLE CONE FLOWER Your defence against viral and bacterial attacks

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INSPIRATION 26

WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE The power of now

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WEAVING KINDNESS Get on the merry-go-round

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MOTHERHOOD - THE BIG TWO-OH Riding the roller coaster as your children grow

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HEALTHY FOOD 51

ORGASMIC BLUEBERRY PIE Indulgent baking

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CONSCIOUS COOKIES Guilt free treats

FICTION AND ART 45

BOOK REVIEW Emerald Atlas, John Stephens

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A JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY Moonlight Art – painting from the heart

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POEM On My Table There Are Whispers

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INVENTOR Part 1 of Jennifer Manson’s serialised novel

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Education

outside The Tongariro Crossing

the Classroom by Dian Edmondson

Teacher, Nelson College Preparatory School Photography by Joy Kachina



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Taking forty-three Year 8 boys from Nelson College Preparatory School to do the Tongariro Crossing gave them many valuable learning experiences. They had the opportunity to learn about managing themselves; relating to others; participating and contributing; realising cultural and spiritual values; stepping outside their comfort zone; being safe in an Alpine environment; performing a powhiri; experiencing a night on a Marae; learning about the geology of the region and appreciating a World Heritage park.

Within the classroom As part of our Science unit the boys learnt about land forms and tectonic plates within the context of Tongariro National Park. Our literacy component covered the language, features and format of a brochure. Given a budget of $500, they had to create a realistic pamphlet that promoted the Tongariro Crossing and included information on accommodation, meals and activities within the confines of Tongariro National Park. The boys also studied the cultural and spiritual values of the World Heritage Park. They researched the significance of a World Heritage Park and gained an understanding of the gifting of Tongariro by the Ngati Tuwharetoa chief, Te-Heuheu, to the people of New Zealand.

Outside the Classroom Performing our school Haka just below the highest point of the Tongariro

Crossing was one of the highlights for the boys, teachers, parent helpers and perhaps also the onlookers. We left Nelson for Picton on Monday 16th November. We stayed at a backpackers in Wellington before heading off on the five hour drive to Tongariro National Park. As luck would have it we were given an extraordinary bus driver. Tama’s great, great, grandfather Te-Rauparaha composed the haka on Motuopuhia Island in Lake Rotoaira-Turangi. He gave the whole group an insight into his ancestors and taught us the correct protocol to perform when visiting a Marae. Tama coached the boys during their haka practices, helping them polish and enliven their performances.  The boys learnt about the history of the haka and the stories behind it. They performed a Mihi and two haka on the Koraunui Marae. They also learnt to appreciate the value of another culture within the context of a Marae.

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We visited the Waiouru War Museum en-route to National Park. As we had completed a unit on War during Term 2, this was another significant learning experience for the boys. The War Museum educators were fantastic. Their informative and passionate stories captivated our students.  From the significance of the Victoria Cross to the confines of trench warfare, they had the boy’s full attention.



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We then headed to National Park for three days of exploration, with the Tongariro Crossing as our main event. We had a two day weather-window open to us to complete this incredible walk. The boys were informed on all the aspects of the Crossing route and had regular physical training at home before the trip. Our first day saw them mountain biking, climbing and doing a guided tour of Chateau Tongariro and the Ruapehu Visitors’ Centre. While the weather was wet, cold and windy, it did not stop the boys from having a great time.  They absolutely loved getting filthy while out on the bikes. Warm showers greeted them on their return. The weather was looking good for our crossing with a forecast of clear blue sky and light winds.  We had a meeting with our safety officer/guide; correct clothing, food and water was the order of the day. On the day of the crossing we woke to low cloud and mist with a promise of blue sky around 10am. About 30


minutes into the walk to Soda Springs the cloud lifted and there, appearing in the distance, to the gasps of delight from the boys, was the majestic snowcapped peak of Mount Ngauruhoe. We then headed up the Devil’s Staircase. This had changed since I last climbed the mountain with boardwalks and steps replacing the rocky track I remembered. After about an hour we all reached the saddle with stunning views over the valley below and across to Mt Ngauruhoe. No wind and blue sky. A group shot with the mountain in the background followed morning tea. We then headed along the track to the South Crater as low lying cloud appeared along with a slight wind. At the base we rugged up ready for the cold southerly that suddenly blew in as we climbed to the top of the crater

rim. High winds here have sent many trampers back, so we were glad they didn’t kick up too much. As we reached the Red Crater the views of the Blue Lake and Emerald Lakes below us were amazing. A ten minute descent through scoria was a highlight as the boys raced down to the lakes for a much anticipated lunch break. After lunch the boys performed a haka by the Emerald Lakes. That tingle which reassures a teacher that real learning is happening ran up my spine. We were all inspired and moved witnessing the passion and spirit in which they delivered their haka. We then headed to the Ketetahi Hut while playing in scattered drifts of snow. A snowball fight was the highlight as the boys

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enjoyed pelting one of their teachers. The view over Lake Taupo and the valley below were spectacular. A steep decent into beech forest with the sound of the river flowing over “I want to work with boulders reminded us kids in this environment. that we were close to I am thinking of completing the 19.5km hike. becoming a teacher.” One of the boys exclaimed, “I want to work with kids in this environment. I am thinking of becoming a teacher.” This was a successful trip that will no doubt become part of our outdoor curriculum for our Year 8 students.

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Tongariro Facts Originally gifted to the people of New Zealand on 23 september 1887 Tongariro National Park has increased from the original 2640 hectares to about 79,598 hectares The Tongariro was the first National Park formed in New Zealand and the fourth in the world The National Park is centred on three active volcanoes: Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe Ngauruhoe erupted on average every nine years until 1975 Mt Ruapehu is the highest point in the North Island (2797 metres) Approximately a million people visit Tongariro National Park each year, with summer visitors now outnumbering winter visitors Source: The Department of Conservation

A big thank you to all the parent helpers, particularly my colleague Glenn Bussell, for being a team player, and to Joy Kachina for capturing the wonderful moments on film.

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HOW DO

YOU LEARN?

“It’s a huge challenge, both as a teacher and a coach, to communicate in different ways to meet the needs of your student.” “No,” he said, “I don’t enjoy school very much.” He shot a quick glance at me. Was I upset? I smiled. “Let me guess,” I suggested. “The best part of your day at school is lunchtime. Your favourite subjects are science, sports, technology and the arts. But most of the day is taken up with reading, writing and maths, and you hate it.” Like a lot of boys, I thought. Now, finally, he smiled, a sad, crooked smile. “I just try to get through every day,” he said. “Have you heard about kinaesthetic learning?” I asked, hoping to give him a ray of light. He rolled his eyes, gave a huge heaving shrug of his shoulders, then scowled a perfect teenage scowl and said, “Whatever.” I guessed I had pressed a button. I waited. “Yeah, I’m a kinaesthetic learner, I learn by doing, I need to use my hands and move things around, get into the experience. So what?” “I bet that after your teacher told you about kinaesthetic learning, he or she continued to teach the same way as before. How about we come up with a plan to make things easier? There’s a lot you can do to help.” I am a visual learner and I struggle to imagine what life as a kinesthetic learner is like for many students. I imagine myself trying to fix a car engine without either a diagram or a manual or being able to watch a mechanic. I imagine an auditory learner trying to fight a fire or plant a vegetable garden or throw a pot without first being told how or being able to talk to an expert about it. It would be really hard for us to ‘just do it’ successfully, but that is just when kinaesthetic learners thrive. It’s a huge challenge, both as a teacher and a coach, to communicate in different ways to meet the needs of your student. Their learning style is only one of a host of ways that people interact with the world and in their heads. If you are in the position of teaching someone, whether as a manager, parent or friend, it’s a good place to start.

Julie Nevin explains the different types of learning styles – and how they affect a student’s ability to learn.

Visual Learners

bols and rner to make lot s of sym Encourage a visual lea mind maps . Chart s and graphs and pic tures in their notes learn best when them. Visual learners are excellent tools for an overview big pic ture, so having they start out with the useful. and scanning a tex t is ar, looking rases like – is that cle ph Try using words and t/dark gh ive, do you see, bri good, another perspect

Auditor y Learners

and repeating examples and stories Lis tening to lec tures, rs to learn. rne lea ways for auditory information are great out new ideas, ab g ers, songs and talkin They like tape record rs like to listen rne es. Some auditory lea including to themselv dis tracting. dy, while others find it to music while they stu od, I hear that, rases like – sounds go Try using words and ph whisper cuss, loud/quiet, shout/ listen, talk with me, dis

Kinesthetic Learners

and skits, s of hands- on projec ts These learners like lot ociating each ation best through ass and memorise inform sit on the floor t. They often prefer to concept to a movemen around them. and spread their work ling, does rases like – I get the fee Try using words and ph tty smooth, pre , tch in touch, rough pa that make sense, get t. could get hot, cold fee

Recommended Reading Quantum Learning by Bobbi De Porter with Mike Hernacki For communicating to a group with a range of learning styles, check out Take Aim’s presentation seminar – Target Presenting. www.takeaim.co.nz

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dolphins

Swimming with This is a story about the Spotted Dolphins of Hawaii. It was usually the Spinner Dolphins which swam with us along the Kona coast of the Big Island. But on March 9, 1999, the Spotted Dolphins came to swim with us.

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by Joan Ocean, Dolphin Connection International, Hawaii Photography by Joy Kachina Dusky Dolphins at play, Kaikoura, New Zealand


This is a story about the Spotted Dolphins of Hawaii. It was usually the Spinner Dolphins which swam with us along the Kona coast of the Big Island. But on March 9, 1999, the Spotted Dolphins came to swim with us. Before that day in March 1999, I would often meet the Spotted Dolphins when I traveled by boat to see them, three to five miles out to sea. It was always exciting to see the Spotted Dolphins out there in the deep water, because they appeared in numbers of up to a thousand, filling the ocean’s surface with their presence. Unlike the Spinner Dolphins, they did not move as a tightly packed pod, but spread out across the open water. As far as you could look in all directions you would see them. Instead of spinning in the air in the way of Spinner Dolphins, the Spotted Dolphins hurled themselves diagonally out of the water and travelled laterally long distances in the air, sometimes appearing to be competing among themselves to see who could remain airborne the longest. Often their flights brought them as high as the upper deck of our boat, 15 to 18 feet above the ocean. I loved watching them soar as they work their flukes in mid-air, giving themselves extra seconds of flight. They were motionless, out of the water, while time stood still. We cheered and applauded their talents and then went for a swim. In that deep water location, the Spotted Dolphins were on the move and although a few would stop to play momentarily, they were mostly too busy to stop for long. Nevertheless it was a pleasure to see them go speeding by. The white tips on their rostrums could be seen first as they approached us, and then the rest of their speckled bodies came into view. I always thought of them as the clowns of the ocean because of their white noses and curious nature that made them crane their necks to the left or the right to keep looking back at us while they continued to swim forward. Watching them made me laugh, and brought everyone so much joy. It was a treat to occasionally come upon them in the deep waters. And then March 9, 1999 arrived and much to my surprise and initial disbelief, I watched a pod of approximately 150 Spotted Dolphins swimming toward shore along the Kona Coast in the areas usually frequented by the Spinner Dolphins. I was conducting seminars on

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We cheered and applauded their talents and then went for a swim.

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Watching them makes me laugh.

boats at that time and day after day we met the Spotted Dolphins along the coastline. Sometimes there were 200, sometimes only a small group of 25. It was a very exciting few weeks as we began to see them regularly. The Spinner Dolphins are very sedate, streamlined and pod oriented. Usually they will stay together and all play with you or all not, depending on what they are doing on any given day. They surface and dive together and are so beautiful and graceful to watch and swim among. The adults are mostly gentle and genteel. In comparison, the Spotted Dolphins took me and other swimmers by surprise every time they appeared. From out of nowhere they would suddenly be at our sides, turning to look into our eyes, stretching their necks in a curious supple way. Often they had their mouths open as they chattered and cavorted around us, chasing each other. Time after time they startled us, coming up from behind, very close to us and appearing a bit reckless as they careened towards us and away in a burst of activity and excitement. Then they returned to twirl around us again, begging us to dive and somersault among them. When we did, their joy was contagious. It was exactly what they wanted. Their staccato quacking sounds revealed their approval! I noticed that the Spotted Dolphins made more bubble rings from their blowholes then the Spinner Dolphins. The playful Spotted Dolphins also sonared small fish hiding under the sand below and used their noses to burrow into the sand to dig them out. It was a very amusing sight to see their entire rostrums buried in a cloud of sand that churns upward and conceals their eyes and head, while their bodies wiggle back and forth with the effort to dig deeper! I couldn’t help but wonder if the Spinner Dolphins had been communicating to the Spotted Dolphins about the good times and connections to be had with these gentle, loving swimmers, encouraging the Spotted Dolphins to join the fun with us in the shallow waters. Since then we’ve continued to see the Spotted Dolphins regularly swimming among the northern and southern pods of Spinner Dolphins. We are always pleased to recognize their white noses and curved dorsal fins among the Spinner pods. I rarely see them in the deep waters any more. They have become coastal dolphins during the day, just like the Spinner Dolphins are. Their

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feeding and sleeping schedules are now similar to those of the Spinner Dolphins. In 2001 another new development took place -- the Spotted Dolphins and Spinner Dolphins began mating with each other in these coastal waters. I have seen some of the babies of this union, and they are precious. Swimming with a sleek Spinner mom, I’ve seen a chubby little baby without the three color characteristics of the Spinner Dolphins, a baby that is larger, lighter in color and has a white nose. These babies seem more adventurous then the Spinner babies, less inclined to stay at Mom’s side. I often wonder what the Spinner mom thinks of that! And we wonder what to call these hybrids: Sponners or Spitteds? You can distinguish the Spotted Dolphins by the uneven black and white coloring along the lips or edges of the mouth, the darker color on their back is rounded like a cape, their eyes are more prominent and their dorsal fin is falcate or more curved than the Spinner Dolphins’ are.

More infos under: www.joanocean.com

Top 12 Facts about Dolphins 1. Dolphins are mammals. Like all mammals, dolphins nurse their young from mammary glands. 2. Dolphins can swim up to 260 m. below the surface of the ocean. However they are mainly shallow divers as they need to reach the surface to breathe. 3. Dolphins can stay up to 15 minutes under water.  They only do this occasionally as they usually stay only a few minutes diving before reaching the surface for air. 4. Dolphins use a technique called echolocation. This technique uses the same principles of a radar, and it is used to find food and navigate. 5. Dolphins are social beings. Dolphins live in groups and cooperate among each other for activities like getting food and calf raising.

6. Dolphins are Ceteceans. There are 32 species of ocean dolphin and 5 species of river dolphin. 7. The largest dolphin is the Orca, also known as “killer whale”. Orcas grow up to 6.1 meters long and they are known as whales because their size, but they really belong to the toothed cetecean family. 8. The most popular dolphin is the “bottlenose dolphin”. Bottlenose dolphins are the ones we have seen in tv series, movies and aquatic shows. Bottlenose dolphins can grow up to 2.5–2.8 meters long. 9. Dolphins are warm-blooded, their internal temperature is around 36 degrees. To conserve this temperature they are surrounded by a thick layer of fat called “blubber” just below the skin.

10. The bottlenose dolphin’s brain weighs 1500–1600 grams, while average human brain weighs 1200–1300 grs according to scientists. This is not conclusive evidence of dolphin intelligence. 11. Dolphins can make a unique signature whistle that may help individual dolphins recognize each other, collaborate and perform several other kinds of communication. 12. Dolphins can swim 5 to 12 kilometres per hour, and the fastest dolphins can reach up to 32 km/h.

Source: www.dolphins-world.com

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Canine

Communication by Marianne Castle

Marianne Castle Member of the Association of

Pet Dog Trainers NZ Principles of Canine Behaviour, Massey University 1993 Understanding the Canine/Hum an Interface (Distinction) Animal Care College, UK 1996 Canine Good Citizen Instructor, Delta Society, NSW 1997 28 years practical experience Contact: phone (03) 539 1145 mob ile

021 0266 7677

Isn’t it funny how we humans, with our wonderful bond with our dogs, often say, “Oh, if only they could talk”. And isn’t it funny that really, it’s the last thing in the world we want? Maybe what we really mean is, if only they could communicate with us. We’re in luck; they do! Dogs are the masters of body language and they use it well. They know instinctively how to read others of their own species and they’re pretty sharp when it comes to understanding their human owners. Wouldn’t it be great to do our canine friends a favour by

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learning how to read their signals? We’d gain a better We all know that a tail-wagging dog is a happy dog, right? understanding of each other and by doing so we can enrich Not necessarily! Humans who think a dog that’s wagging our relationships with our dogs. his tail is happy and playful can get themselves into a lot of Can you tell when your dog has had enough hugging? trouble. Tail wags have many different meanings, depending Does his weight shift away from you? Do his eyes begin to on the position of the tail and the way it is wagging. For take on a ‘glare’? example, a tail that is held high and stiff while wagging in Do you recognise the signs of a dog short movements indicates dominance apology? Do you know how to apologise and a warning, or threat, to back off. A A tail that is held high to your dog in a way he understands? This dog might use such a wag, for example, and stiff while wagging in will differ depending on the individual’s short movements indicates if he feels someone is trying to take his personality. dominance and a warning, food or toy. Do you know why your dog looks away Learning and observing a dog’s body or threat, to back off. when you tell him off? He’s not being language doesn’t just stop at your own rude and ignoring you. In fact, quite the dog. Get to know how to look at all opposite. Your good pooch is being very polite and is sorts of different breeds. Then when your dog interacts offering an appeasement gesture. When that is coupled with with another you’ll learn to recognise who your dog likes lip licking he desperately wants to calm the situation down. or dislikes and whether a ‘dust up’ is a genuine fight or just Ever notice your dog yawning? He’s trying to tell you a harmless tiff. Or even to simply get a better look at your something. Yawning certainly could indicate that your dog is dog’s relationship with their best doggy pals. tired, but it could also mean a whole host of other emotions. Each year, millions of dogs end up at shelters. Many of A dog that yawns might be stressed, tense or anxious. Dogs those dogs are brought in by people who insist that the dog also yawn as message of “peace” toward another dog acting bit “without warning” or “suddenly” became aggressive. aggressively towards them, which often serves to break the This is almost never true. Rather, it is a case of a lack of aggressive behavior. In turn, a dominant dog might yawn at understanding by the human of what the dog has been a fearful dog to show him that there is no threat. trying to tell them. As with all body languages, both human and canine, we Unfortunately, it is the dog that pays for this lack of need to be aware of putting our interpretations in the right communication – sometimes with his life. This could be context. Awaken your observation skills and watch, look and completely avoided if we as pet owners learned to better learn. understand what our dogs are trying to tell us. Ever notice your dog shaking? I mean the kind of shaking Taking the time to understand dog communication will a dog does when they shake water off themselves. Have you deepen your bond with your canine pals and avoid a lot of ever noticed that they do that when they’re not even wet! He stress and misunderstanding. may have wanted to ‘shake off’ whatever just occurred and So please, take the time. Your dog will notice and will move on. thank you.

Friendly greeting, both big dogs have soft low body posture. Good cheek to cheek greeting by big dog and small dog. Watch out though, that small dog’s tail is very tense and high.

Note the play bow by the dog on top. Dog on bottom has body in relaxed ‘C’ curve. Their teeth are showing but this is all friendly healthy play.


The dolphins and the of their

power

Sounds by Joan Ocean, Dolphin Connection International, Hawaii Photography by Joy Kachina

Dusky Dolphins at play, Kaikoura, New Zealand

For many years dolphins have been teaching me about the power of their sounds in the ocean. • They have directed their sounds to me from a distance to test my hearing. • They have experimented with high whistles and low chortles. • They have faced me full-on and sonared me until I feel the frequency in my medulla* center. • They speak into my hydrophones, teaching me about sounds that affect humans. • They have leapt into the air and sent their sounds to me in my boat while they are airborne. • They have taken me deep into the ocean, side by side, and when we are 50 feet down and skimming the sand they have sent a piercing tone into my entire body. • They talk to me with invisible frequencies that enter the intelligence in my cells and communicate their messages. • They send me acoustic holographic pictures. • They have taught me to locate them in the ocean by sending out my own sonar and sensitively recognizing their imprint in the ocean. • They have taught me the difference between their playing tones, their travelling tones, their nursery group songs and their feeding sounds.

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• They have responded to my vibrational song that I sing through my snorkel. • They have responded to my attempts to mimic their sounds. • They have taught me to communicate by making high pitched sounds while simultaneously feeling my love for them and speaking/thinking my wishes to them. • They confirm my ability to do this by responding to my thoughts and requests. • They are able to read the personality and soul frequency of each individual swimmer. The dolphins then send information to people in a vibration that is understandable to that particular person.

* The Medulla Oblongata: the widening continuation of the spinal cord, forming the lowest part of the brain. It contains the nerve centres that control breathing and circulation.


I have experienced the power of the dolphins’ sounds as I take people who are ill to meet the dolphins in the ocean; as I take children dying to meet the dolphins; as I swim with women who have been abused; women who are pregnant and people who are searching for a new life. The dolphins help those who are sick, emotionally drained and traumatized. I have seen it happen thousands of times. My college degrees are in Psychology and Science. I am a scientist who is fascinated by the transformative effects dolphins have on swimmers. Now, as I work with Elaine Thompson, a Vibrational Healer from England. We are able to document the effects of these dolphin sounds on people. It has become clear that dolphins are helping people to become whole. It is a natural trait of the dolphins to do this with everyone they meet in the ocean. This is one reason why they ask people to

enter their water environment and swim with them there (where frequencies travel six times faster than in the air). They care about us. The dolphins truly care about humanity. The dolphins which swim with us assist those who seek them out. It is second nature for them. They do it among themselves. During my Hawaiian Seminars, the dolphins will sound us. We have recorded the changes in our vibrational frequencies before and after our ocean-swimming encounters. People who were lacking in certain tones and notes were able to release the blocks and resonate their full spectrum of frequencies again. This major shift in blocked energies leads to immediate feelings of joy and bliss.

I look forward to sharing their wisdom with you as we sit and talk in circle together… becoming a pod of people in the way of the dolphin pods.

Research by: Joan Ocean, M.S. Dolphin Connection International Post Office Box 102 Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704 USA

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Humpback Whales of the South Pacific h Polynesia with Joan Ocean in Tahiti, Frenc

September 10–16, 2011 September 17–23, 2011 Our gentle close encounters in the Pacific with the magnificent whales have been the best days of our lives. Now we are dreaming to be again with the whales of Antarctica on the beautiful Polynesian island of Rurutu. We would like to meet them in mid-September, 2011. If you think you are interested in being one of the ten people who will accompany us, please contact. Dolphin Connection Office: Phone/Fax: 808-323-8000 Email: joan@joanocean.com

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The summer has ended by Marilyn Greenfield Life Coach

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he summer has ended and as we head into the colder months, our short term goals change. We tend to focus on indoor activities. Some of us look forward to hours beside the fire with a good book. Others enjoy the company of our friends and heart warming dinners. Marilyn Greenfield www.activatedliving.com

I was wondering about my expectations for spring. What may have changed in my life by then, how it may have expanded and if my waistline may have also! Is it inevitable, I wondered, that I should put on a few kilos every winter and then struggle over summer to lose them again? Our expectations shape our reality, they become our future. The power of visualization is well documented. As we think about spring, we can create a picture of how we would like our lives to look like by then. Our career and finances, health and fitness, relationships, and lifestyle as a whole. Through my coaching I have learned many strategies that help set and achieve outstanding goals. But, coaching is as much about the emotional journey as it is about taking your life up to a new level. What better time than winter to take myself through such a nurturing gateway. I’m going to share my strategies with you.

we are less anxious, less tired, less depressed and crave carbohydrates less. It has been found that a stretch of cloudy weather can trigger a more noticeable dip in our mood than PMS. Getting outside is vital.

1. GET OUTSIDE EVERY DAY On a bright sunny day the light is registered at around 80,000 lux. On a cloudy day it may drop to 7,000 lux. A bright office may have as much as 400 lux and a well-lit home less than 200 lux. By getting outside for a minimum of 20 minutes a day it has been found

3. EAT FOR GOOD NUTRITION New research is now supporting the idea that overeating stems from malnutrition. Our body is craving fresh, seasonal good quality fuel. We need to tune into our heart and listen to what our body is telling us. Really listen and respect what you notice.

2. TAKE A 20-MINUTE BRISK WALK EACH DAY This is easy to do outside most days. I once heard it said that there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothing. Walking has been shown to generate a sustained sense of well being. If you eat a sweet snack bar the sugar high will last about 30 minutes. In less than an hour, you will feel more tired and tense than before eating the snack. If you go for a 10-minute brisk walk, you will feel good while walking and continue to feel energized and more cheerful for several hours afterward, with no dip in mood or energy level.

FURTHER TIPS FOR WINTER NURTURE • Create some container gardens, close to the house. Herbs like parsley, mint and chives as well as some flowers like pansies and violas. • Prepare to keep warm with the right clothes and shoes. Gumboots with thick socks and old fur coat, hats and scarves can allow us to go walking on the beach when it is wild and cold. • Find a buddy that enjoys walking. First thing in the day has been shown to lift your energy and mood levels all day. • Create a bird feeder. There are many recipes on Google. • Eat fresh and seasonal. A web site like recipematcher.com will help you figure out what to cook based on the food in your refrigerator.

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11 JEREMY BROCKIE OneSmile talks to All White Jeremy Brockie

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ll White Jeremy Brockie was recently at home in Richmond, supporting young aspiring footballers at a holiday coaching clinic at Richmond A.F.C., the club he played for as a youngster. One Smile talked to Jeremy about his goals and achievements, and about playing with the All Whites at the biggest Sports Event on the planet: The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. We asked him how it all began. “I started playing at midgets when I was five years old and simply loved the sport. I knew early on I wanted to become a professional football player and represent New Zealand. I always had a ball with me. At school, at home, on the playground, on holidays, just all the time.” At that age Jeremy had never thought about personal development but seems to have intuitively followed all the rules. Some of us have spent hours of reading and attending workshops to learn and master the tools

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he so naturally applied. “I wrote a goal list when I was 12 and then got my head and body to work. That list included: • Complete year 12 and attain NCEA Level 2 • Continue with U17 Academy camps • Be competitive in the Mainland U18 National Youth Team • Play Mainland Soccer Premier League for Nelson Suburbs Long Term Goals • NZ U20 World Cup squad member • NZ U23 Olympic squad member • NZ All Whites This list was quite impressive for a young lad but he has achieved all his goals so far and is one of the most promising players of the All Whites. Jeremy has much to offer as a role model for young people. He can offer them advice and insight into a world which seems too big a stretch for most of us. He was a very ordinary kid (the oldest of four siblings) with a very ordinary upbringing. There is no doubt he has a special talent, but talent alone is not

enough. Nothing fell into his lap and he had to work hard for his career and dream. His father Paul said that Jeremy practiced every single day, rain or shine, and his friends supported him. He made use of bins as goal-posts, created his own gear to improve flexibility and fitness and always ran the extra mile. After reading some of his previous coaches’ references it is easy to get a picture of a young man who knew what he wanted and worked hard for it with a light heart and a good attitude. His grounding comes from the amazing support of his family as well as from his community, which has helped him when things have been tough. When he was 17 he moved to Auckland to play there and sustained quite a few injuries. Further challenges came during his time playing in Sydney. His career path seemed to have come to a halt and his performances faded. But then Stew Jacobs came into his life, an influential coach for Jeremy. He made the selection for the Olympic Games in 2008 and he told Jeremy one


day: “If I had to choose the team today you wouldn’t make it”. With this in mind Jeremy decided to hold on to his dream and work even harder to get himself back into the top spot again. He did it and scored a most memorable goal against China. That coach knew Jeremy well and used that to motivate him, but in the end it was Jeremy’s choice – and he succeeded. Has he had to make sacrifices? “I love what I am doing,” says Jeremy”. I don’t see any of this as sacrifice. I always work hard and keep moving and competitive. I live my dream”. What would Jeremy say to teenage boys and girls today? “Get off the couch and go outside, feel free and enjoy working with your body instead of staying trapped in the lounge and filling it with potato chips. To be healthy and happy is a choice. It’s up to you.” Jeremy is a role model not just for aspiring All Whites but for any young person who thinks their opportunities

in life are limited. He’s an inspiration to adults who don’t take responsibility for their own problems, and for a whole small community that can see one of its own making it on the big stage. At the end of his Curriculum Vitae, Jeremy says: “Once I’ve achieved my goals I will return to New Zealand to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained, and through coaching and management enable other young sports people to reach their dreams”. We would very much love for that to happen soon. However Jeremy, you still have one goal to “tick off” before coming back and we will all support you in achieving it: Playing in the English Premier League.

Jeremy with his granddad Russ (left) and his dad Paul (right)

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Who Do You Want to Be? by Laura Raduenz Small business Mentor & Life Coach

We have all heard about the power of NOW. That being present and being in the now is all we have. Our past and our future are just thoughts. I have been thoughtful lately about not just being in the NOW, but also about choosing who to be in the NOW. Who do I want to BE? I find it very empowering “to begin with the end in mind”, as Steve Covey phrases it in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I visualize myself sitting in a sunny, flower-filled meadow at the end of my life, looking back on my life. What do I want to feel, think, and see about my life? What was my purpose? Who was I? If I want to be my very best self, and I do, I must be this self during my life’s journey. And, we create our journey. The NOW isn’t just about being in the now, but creating how we feel and act in the NOW. We create who we are in the NOW. Great stuff, huh?

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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“to begin with the end in mind” Steve Covey in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”


“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Dale Carnegie 1888–1955, How to Win Friends and Influence People

In every circumstance of your day, whether delightful or challenging, you get to choose who you want to BE. You get to create who you are. You get to leave behind your past, which is just thoughts in your head, and create who you are today. This is incredibly empowering, isn’t it? We don’t have to follow the script that our elders, our community, or our culture wrote for us. We really get to choose our own script! We get to write the story of our lives! And we do that in the big things, but also in the daily way we choose who we are. For example, when those around you are being difficult, angry, uncooperative, grumpy, victims, unkind, you don’t have to choose to respond or react that way. You can consciously choose from moment to moment, and in your NOW, to be gentle, kind, accepting, peaceful, or whatever else you have chosen to be, today and forever.

TRY THIS Just try this for a week. Be very conscious that you are choosing who you want to be today. Make it playful and adventurous. • When you hear or see something good, share your joy, happiness, delight or kindness with another. Do this with a smile, a word, a touch, a nod, an expression of congratulations or celebration. Whatever feels intuitively right for you. • When you hear or see something that challenges you, remember who you want to BE right now, and BE it! Just do it! Choose peace, choose kindness, choose cheerfulness, choose trust, choose acceptance, or whatever it is you desire. Do this with a smile, a word, a touch, a nod, walk away, remain quiet, breathe deeply, or whatever feels intuitively right for you.

SIMPLE STEPS This is a very simple exercise that is very empowering. It only takes 10 minutes. Get out a sheet of paper or a blank page on your computer and begin listing out who you want to BE. If you could BE anything you dreamed, desired, wanted or imagined, who would that BE? • • • • • • • • • • • • •

I want to be playful I want to be joyful and happy I want to be bold and courageous I want to be in the flow I want to be a big thinker I want to be intuitive I want to be confident I want to be peaceful, calm and relaxed I want to be abundant and prosperous I want to be on purpose I want to be grateful I want to be magical I want to be creative

Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Well, it can be! It is! Say, YES to this! We aren’t just responding, reacting, and discovering in this thing we call life. We are creating. Who do you want to BE today, tomorrow, and on your journey? Then just choose to BE this self in the NOW. That is all you have. That is where you create. In the NOW. Just try it. Test it. Play with it. Practice it. Have fun with it. What we focus on expands. Our thoughts become things. Maybe by trying it out you will discover how magical it is to BE who you want to BE….

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Inclusion, The Hermetic Law of Correspondence and the Vesica Piscis by Bruce Rawless Author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook

The second of the seven laws or principles is given the name Correspondence in the Kybalion, along with the phrase “As above, so below; as below, so above.” A detailed quotation follows:

desires, values and beliefs which are symbolized in the ‘others’ that seem to populate our universe. This perfect mirror reflects a steady flow of holographic projections we call perception.

“Just as a knowledge of the Principles of Geometry enables man to measure distant suns and their movements, while seated in his observatory, so a knowledge of the Principle of Correspondence enables Man to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown.” – The Kybalion The Law of Correspondence, combined with the law of Mentalism covered in the previous article, offers us the liberating insight (IF we pay attention :-) that the Universe perfectly mirrors the models and belief structures that exist within our mind’s imagination. And not just our conscious visualization, but the unimaginably vast imagination of our unconscious thoughts, feelings,

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In to Out or Out to In? Ultimately, our freedom from dreaming arises by seeing the unity in all things as One Self. In order to develop and maintain the awareness that leads to this ultimate freedom, we need training aids to remind us to stay connected with our experience. It isn’t enough to merely be present with what seems

to be happening to us. That’s just the first part of freedom by being responsible and accountable. The other requirement – one that most avoid like an antidote to the plague – is allowing the eternally peaceful thought system that reminds us of our mental responsibility for choice in each moment to guide us. We’re constantly choosing either to be the slave of circumstance (by making the outer the master of our inner experience) … or choosing to remember that we volunteered for this assignment. Even if we don’t consciously remember arranging for all the events of our life in minute detail, our conscious and unconscious minds together combine to fabricate every experience we’ve ever had or will have in this world. Our outer experience truly is an exact, mathematically perfect, holographically precise model of our inner mental processes, accounting for our entire mind, not just the infinitesimal droplet we think of as our persona or finite self. The outer reflects a decision we


made eons ago which we conveniently forget because we don’t want to admit to being powerful creative agents of a world that is never quite sane.

Whoops, that’s too scary! Initially, embracing this idea that our outer material world corresponds to our inner mental world seems exceptionally scary, or at least bizarre. After all, how could all the wacky things that seem to happen in my world originate within a mind that I don’t even believe I have access to?

What a relief! Gradual re-integration Fortunately, we don’t have to suddenly become aware of our unconscious mind all at once; what a relief! We made up the universe to hide away from all that unconscious stuff, but we can turn it around, reverse the process and use everything that seems to happen – every tiny event and fleeting moment – to restore and reintegrate the orphaned parts of our unconscious mind. We do that by being responsible for what seems to be happening… not shirking from even the most seemingly insignificant incident …

Responsibility Absolves Blame Once we let in the idea of being responsible for what the universe mirrors to us – and most importantly forgiving our decision making selves for having given those mirrored perceptions an exaggerated importance in our minds – it automatically frees us from being fixated on any aspect of our perceptions. The reason that works is that the same thought system that is comfortable for being responsible for making up fleeting, temporary circumstances, is the same thought system that doesn’t ascribe any permanent meaning to those transient events. It ultimately lets them dissolve on their own into the oblivion

where all dualistic, time and spacebased phenomena go. It doesn’t hold us hostage to blame, shame, guilt and fearful dread of inconsequential consequences. How can it do this? Because this gloriously generous thought system doesn’t associate our True Identity with what’s happening out on the dream screen. Being just a movie, we can stop taking the drama quite so seriously; we can be peaceful now. This also has the added benefit of freeing our minds up to rewrite the screenplay of what seems to be happening. Here’s a summary of at least a couple of profound benefits of listening to the inclusive interpretations of our transpersonal thought system: 1. We experience peace in the present moment. Merely bringing the focus back inside (the BIG inclusive INside, that is) – from the saga that appears to be going on outside – returns us to the Eternal Self that isn’t slammed and tossed around by the tsunamis of time’s tests and tribulations. We’re free to fully experience what seems to be happening without having to identify with these blips on the celestial radar. The Identity of Self is crucial to how we experience anything. If we identify with the victimized, victimizing fragmented self that appears stuck in the story, we’re not free to change anything. However, once we taste the freedom of independence from effect – which happens when we become completely dependent on cause – we know that nothing in the world of perception can truly harm us… because the us we experience isn’t subject to the everchanging vicissitudes of sensory data. The only meaning this data seems to have had is what we made up for it. Releasing our identity from this hostage situation, our servitude shifts from the fickle finite to the forever fun. This obviously takes life times of practice, but what better to apply ourselves to, starting now!


2. We’re free to re-write the future. Identifying with what goes into the projector rather than what comes out of it, we have an infinitely greater range of choices to make. Ultimately, we’ll even get bored with wanting to change the movie and leave the theater altogether, but while we still think we’re characters in a cosmic, romantic, comedic adventure (or perhaps a dramatic thriller), it’s helpful to know that we have so much more freedom to continue to be more and more peaceful when we’re not attached (or averse) to any particular outcome. Allowing the transpersonal, soothing awareness that our Real Self is not defined by what happens around us, but rather how we respond (serenely accepting) to the temporal and spatial dreams that come and go. This reinforces the awareness in our Shared Self that never changes, the Self that can somehow look on all challenging situations with kind-hearted equanimity and gentle laughter. The humor this vision shares is one of infinitely inclusive, common compassion, rather than divisive derision. A free mind has no need to alibi, defend, justify or belittle; it knows we’re all in the same universal boat.

The Vesica Piscis: The lens of perception; projection of separation or extension of oneness.

“I am so small I can barely be seen. How can this great love be inside me? Look at your eyes. They are small, but they see enormous things.” Jelauddin Rumi

The Vesica Piscis (also called the almond or mandorla) is the shape formed by the intersection of two identical circles where the border of each circle touches the heart or center of the other. We see this shape in the human eye, our mouths, the stomata (respiratory orifice) of plants, the template for mitosis (when cells divide in all biological life), and even in the distant Hourglass Nebula. In art ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to the Chalice Well in Glastonbury, and countless other examples, we see this familiar shape that represents communication, communion, common ground, shared vision, and mutual understanding. For the mirror of the soul, the spiritual significance is “seeing eye to eye,” allowing ourselves to embrace the aura that transfigures seeming isolation into intrinsic oneness. The next time you see the vesical shape in an eye, let it be a mnemonic aid for recalling that you are seeing your inner world projected outwardly. Compassion is inevitable from this perspective. When one also incorporates the thought system of our real, metapersonal Self, this kindness can’t help but reflect, mirror, echo and convey the unlimited loving generosity and forgiving whole-heartedness of what we truly are! More info under: www.geometrycode.com


FAMILY HOSPITALITY Business, work and family provide plenty of challenges for all of us as we juggle our ongoing pressures and priorities. We caught up with one family in Nelson that has gone the extra step, and has chosen to combine all those challenges into one. Ian & Sally Williams have now owned the iconic Vic Rose Brew Bar on Trafalgar Street for almost a year. They have always enjoyed providing hospitality to others, but since their children developed careers in the hospitality industry, they decided to take the plunge and work together. All four of their children work in the business. Phil is General Manager, Chris is Head Chef, Howard is Bar Manager, and youngest Zoë is working at the bar this year before heading off into her own career. Phil’s fiancée Alice manages accounts and functions. Third generation, baby Ryan is still deciding

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on his role! ‘We have been very fortunate to purchase a business in such good shape, with a very professional staff on board with us.’ says Ian. ‘It’s a great team with lots of ideas and energy, and we have become quite an extended family. That means dealing with all the business challenges head on, making the most of every team member, and finding ways to develop and encourage people. It can be a very busy and stressful place, so our teamwork is critical if we are to live out our commitment to excellence.’ As a business consultant, Ian has supported family businesses in the past, so had no illusions about the mix of family and business. He points out that all businesses have to balance the distinct needs of ownership and management; but family businesses uniquely have a third dimension

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– that of meeting family needs and relationships too. “It is a critical difference in that it has to be well managed if customers needs are to come first – the key to success of any business of course. Everyone has a choice about where they put energy and effort, so the aim is to direct it well to get the best results for everyone” says Ian. The key ingredient is balance – knowing and responding to the needs of customers, staff and family in a way that satisfies everyone as much as possible, so that The Vic remains a great place to eat, drink & be merry, a fulfilling place to work, and fun for everyone!

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A Dublin Day by Caroline Crick Photos by Caroline Crick

A summer’s morning in early July is no guarantee of good weather in Dublin. But for now, at around 9am, it’s warm and overcast. Setting off on foot from my hotel I walk over the canal and past the brightly painted front doors and railings of Georgian town houses towards the city centre. St Stephen’s Green is alive with small children, old ladies and loving couples. European backpackers lie in the somewhat watery morning sun drinking takeaway coffees and watching me watching them. A young, bearded tour guide is explaining, in a broad Irish accent, the story behind the famine monument at one corner of the green. He’s wearing a red t-shirt and is enthusiastic in his tale of miserly landlords and starving peasants forced to flee to foreign lands to save themselves from the deprivation of British rule. “We became a nation of travellers, second class citizens and seekers of better fortune,” he tells his group, young French girls hanging on every word. He doesn’t seem to mind. I walk on to inspect the bust of James Joyce, one of many statues populating this park on the edge of the city centre. It’s romantic, big trees and open stretches of lawn, pathways and bridges, water and ducks. There’s plenty of circumstance here but seemingly little pomp. James Joyce

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seems to approve. On Grafton Street I watch the buskers, in amongst the flower sellers, in amongst the shoppers and tourists. An old man plays the flute, his friend the piano. A stylish young brass ensemble swings away at a jazz number. One of the players looks somewhat surprised when her boyfriend arrives mid-performance and gives her a smacking kiss on the lips. At least I think it’s her boyfriend, he seems pretty sure of himself. She plays on, blushing. He stands back, arms folded, grinning at the effect. I drink wine at a street-side café and watch and listen. I head for the National Photographic Archives to see an exhibition, ‘Fragments of a Broken World’, When I ask about buying a post card, I’m introduced to Seán Hillen, one of the artists. He’s quietly spoken and unassuming despite his serious work – anything that documents Ireland’s recent history is going to have a serious element. But his images are surprisingly playful. I buy a print – there’s a story attached about his grandmother, the Virgin Mary and some soldiers in Ulster. I’ll take it home and remember Dublin. Next time I come to Ireland I’ll be doing a bit of reading first. Some Seamus Heaney - I’ve spent a few days in North


Mayo and stood on the peat bogs of Belderrig, described by him as ‘a landscape fossilized, its stone wall patternings repeated before our eyes’ – and it really is like that, the stone age walls buried beneath the bog and slowly being excavated by the peat cutters. l’ll get more familiar with James Joyce, so I can track Leopold Bloom’s Ulyssian journey from No 7 Eccles Street on the morning of 16 June 1904. The house is long gone but the front door is lovingly preserved at the James Joyce Centre. Maybe the Playboy of the Western World, in preparation for a trip to the Aran Islands, home of John Millington Synge. And W B Yeats, forever the poet of the wild mysteries of Ireland. Definitely Yeats. Today I get my fill of all of these and more at the National Writer’s Museum, the James Joyce museum and manage to squeeze in the WB Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland. “I will arise now and go, and go to Innisfree……. and live alone in the bee-loud glade.” I know I’m not going to get to the see the Caravaggio at the National Gallery of Ireland or the contemporary collection at the Hugh Lane. I just don’t have time, but I’m already promising to come back. As evening approaches

I wander round Temple Bar, the pubs and bars, cafes and shops. I even cross the Liffey via the Halfpenny Bridge, and then go back again, because I can. I’m wandering homewards when the heavens open. As I break into a jog a voice behind me says “funny choice of shoes for a rainy day.” We shelter together in a doorway, an Irish girl who thinks it’s hilarious to find a wet kiwi like me in sandals on the streets of Dublin. She’s here for the weekend. She’s well prepared for rain on a summer evening. I’m not! As the rain eases we laugh goodbye and I head to O’Donoghue’s bar on Merrion Row. The barman grins at my damp attire and pours me a glass of Guinness - it goes down well after rain. And no-one bats an eyelid at me as I settle in the corner with my glass of the black stuff and a book. An hour later the music starts. German tourists sit next to me. This is their third trip to Dublin; they come for the music, the food, the pubs and the history. Their daughter is in Whangarei as we speak. The musicians play on, guitar, accordion, everyone sings along. It’s a bit cheesy in places but I can’t help but smile. I think this is what I came to Ireland for.

Did you know? Dublin has two completely different names in the Irish Language: Dubh Linn and Baile Átha Cliath. The literal meaning of Átha Cliath is “Ford of the Reed Hurdles” – and the name Dublin is derived from the Old Irish Gaelic Dubh Linn, which literally means “Black Pool.” Historically the native Irish favored Áth Cliath, Dubh Linn by the settled Vikings and AngloNormans. The Dubh Linn was a lake used by the Vikings to moor their tradeships and was connected to the Liffey by the River Poddle. The Norse settlements in Dublin were around the Christchurch and Wood Quay Areas of Dublin. Source: www.goireland.com

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Winter

a time to hibernate by Elayne Lane

Elayne Lane is an Aromatherapist, Touch for Health Kinesiologist, she also practices Chi Nei Tsang and teaches classes from the Universal Healing Tao. 

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With winter at hand, it’s now time to slow down and hibernate. In Chinese medicine, winter is related to our water element. Water has many special properties... it can evaporate, flow like a river, sink to the lowest places, freeze into ice and expand back into water again. Within us, it is our deepest element; it is gentle but also all-powerful like the push of a wave in the sea. The water element is related to our kidney and bladder organs, the bones, marrow and teeth, our hearing and also our genetic inheritance. The body holds five intelligences and the water element’s intelligence is instinct. It is the ability to just “know” not to drink that water or eat that food, when and where to plant a tree, what improves our health and how long to sleep. Sometimes we see this as intuition but I believe it is more connected with our animal/natural instinct. The water element gives us the ability to be creative, prolific, progressive, innovative, adventurous and determined. When it is in balance we feel relaxed, calm but at the same time in alert awareness, able to respond immediately. We feel calm and gentle, there’s no need to rush. When our water element is in balance we feel gentleness and act in caring ways but when it’s out of balance we feel fear and terror, weak and paralysed.


So what helps your water element? According to Marin Gilles, author and Chi Nei Tsang practitioner, “When water is over stressed we get fatigued and our kidneys can be affected as well as our ears, the health of our bones, gums and teeth. We are then easily afraid and lose creativity and drive. Our adrenal glands sit right on top of our kidneys and long term stress affects our hormonal balance. On the physical level when our water element is out of balance, we have problems with our bones, kidney stones, bladder infections, low back pain, fatigue, frequent urination, weakness in the legs. It is very important that we keep our kidneys and feet warm during the winter. When they get cold our water element gets fatigued. Water is also connected to our sexual energy and when our kidneys get cold it affects our sex drive and ability to reproduce. With healthy kidney energy we feel sensuous, but when we are out of balance we have no interest in the body or making love. Through the use of herbs, kidney breathing and chi kung you can build up your libido again. Winter is a time for rest and introspection. It’s a time to hibernate, to give our bodies’ life force, time to regenerate. It’s okay to go to bed early, wrap up warmly, not do so much and, well, hibernate! If you think of the trees in winter, all their leaves are gone but during this rest time much goes on inside them. Humans are similar to trees; the stillness brings a fresh vision and creativity which literally bursts forth in spring. For this to happen we need lots of rest so we have the energy to crank into action once the weather starts to warm up again.

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There is some wonderful chi kung which helps our water element. The first one is kidney breathing and the other is earth chi kung.

Take it easy on yourself – stay at home more and do things at a gentle pace.

natural liquorice as a tonic to the adrenal glands 10 Use if you are feeling stressed. your naturopath/herbalist for a kidney cleanse 11 Visit or tonic. Breathing helps us relax deeply at night and 12 Bone also tones the bones.

References: Marin Gilles (1999): Healing from Within with Chi Nei Tsang. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California Marin Gilles (2006): Five Elements Six Conditions: A Taoist Approach to Emotional Healing, Psychology, and Internal Alchemy. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California

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Weaving

Kindness

by Carol Taplin, May 2011

My brother-in-law tells a story that’s stuck with him for a few years now. He was driving home into the city with the usual stream of five o’clockish traffic. An old man was on the footpath, pushing a mobility scooter up the rise... hot, tired, old, pushing his mobility scooter. Obviously something wasn’t quite right, so at the next roundabout my brother-in-law turned back and pulled over. The broken down mobility scooter couldn’t be left on the footpath while the gentleman got to a phone to call his son for help – he’d worry it would be stolen. It took a quick call on my brother-in-law’s cell phone and just 10 minutes to sit and empathise and wait with him until family arrived. So, the old man who needed a mobility scooter to move had been pushing it up a hill next to a stream of cars. What sticks with my brother-in-law

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is, that in the time it took him to turn around and stop, 50 other cars had simply driven past. How many others would have passed by before one stopped? Busy worlds are breeding isolation from community and humanity. I wonder that so few people take the time to see another’s stress, and put their lists and deadlines and selves aside for just one small moment. The story above didn’t require any particular skill, or more than 10 minutes of time. But it did require compassion. Compassion (from Latin ‘co-suffering’) embraces sympathy and empathy, and is a cornerstone of humanity. It is one of the virtues that link us, bind us together in society; that rich fabric of relationships that defines living next to each other in

streets and towns and communities. When we feel compassion, we want to alleviate another’s suffering. That we can pass by an elderly person in obvious distress and not care enough to be concerned is to ignore that we are each a necessary thread in our community’s fabric. Surely each of us has the time and self-respect to knit ourselves indelibly into that fabric with a simple act of human kindness? If you take the time to look up and around as you busily march down the street to your next appointment, you’ll not only see those small gaps for you to fill with kindness, but you’ll also notice how many others are indeed giving and receiving in kind. A wave and smile from the driver you let into the flow, a door held open for someone else’s pram, a dropped thing


returned, a pen given to replace the one not working in a bank, a shared umbrella at the crossing, a lady waving me to her space and handing through the window a not-yet-expired parking ticket, a box of free fruit by a mailbox, a stranger reciting a great poem to a child waiting in a line, a shared smile and eye-roll between mums with tantrum-kids at the supermarket – all these I collected in just one afternoon last week. Perhaps knowing that acts of kindness give us our own health benefits would encourage us to pick up a grocery bag or make a phone call. There are a number of scientific studies that show that an act of kindness contributes to good health. That lovely glow you get after helping is called a ‘helper’s high’, and is followed by improved emotional wellbeing. It’s even been shown that a decrease in your awareness of physical pain can

occur after you’ve been kind! We’ve all heard that kindness breeds kindness – that wonderful chain reaction of passing good on. I have a friend who once helped an intoxicated stranger get a taxi home; in fact, he paid the driver on behalf of that intoxicated stranger to ensure the ride. A year or so later, in a bar down town, a stranger bought my friend a drink and said “thanks for the cab”. Researchers suggest that the kindness breeding kindness is actually fairly copy-cat. When people are kind, others copy. A word of warning though; selfish behaviours holds to the same rules! So, being the wonderful necessary thread in the fabric of society that you are, what would you like to see that fabric woven in – kindness or selfishness? Lift your eyes up from your busyness and enjoy watching all the good going round. Then get involved, get healthier and spread the kindness!

Further reading to check out: “Cooperative behaviour cascades in human social networks”, James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol.107 No. 10 March 9 2010 “The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others. Allan Luks, Peggy Payne. New York. Universe Inc., 2001

Carol Taplin of The Enterprise Facilitator Nelson, New Zealand E: carol.taplin@xtra.co.nz

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the 7 truths of liberating leadership by Ian A Williams

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The focus of leadership comes from the heart

While management comes primarily from intellect and thinking, leadership is governed from the heart – using the head of course! Leadership is driven from values and spiritual core, and from real self. Emotional intelligence is also more akin to leadership, while IQ is more akin with management thinking. You carry in your heart what drives your head, and carry in your head what drives the heart. Both are important and need exercise. Using both demonstrates balance.

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The drive for results is often the wrong focus

While results and outcomes are essential, the route to reaching them can often be misunderstood. Task focus will keep minds on the goal, but without ‘people-thinking’ a dead horse is being flogged! What really gets results is focus on the individuals and team; people are the route to achieving anything. It seems obvious, so why do so many leaders and managers overlook it constantly. John Adair’s action-centred leadership model demands the need for balance between task, team and individual. This provides the integrity for success.

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Leadership is a journey, not simply a skill set for the individual and the team

The word leadership is derived from an ancient word associated with taking a journey. Ancient people used this work in connection with planning a route over land, or a course across the seas. This implies heading for what was unknown territory, with a mysterious adventure to be had. That required huge vision, imagination and faith. That’s the excitement and terror that leadership can produce.

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Calm, humble, servant leadership is king

When you really think hard about the best leaders you’ve ever known or heard of, who did good things for the planet, a nation, a cause, or just a damn good job, you will find they are all likely to have one thing in common. That is a sense of humility and calm in their leadership. The best leadership role models are likely to be those serving others, and serving their cause. That’s how they get people on board, and that’s how they become loved and respected. It’s a key part of what we now call engagement. Calmness of spirit in a leader promotes trust and confidence in followers. They make leadership look so natural that they create leaders from their followers. Being calm is not always being quiet; good communication is always key but calm leaders are often inspirational in a way that followers think they thought of an idea themselves. The humility of the leader lets them carry on thinking they did!

up to what has to stay. And whether it’s happy or sad, or whatever emotion it raises, let’s use it positively in our leadership now. Let’s also recognise that everyone else is carrying stuff too, so give them some room.

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Leadership needs to be simple and common

As one of the most sought after qualities in humanity, leadership is a big subject. The Google statistics for leadership, and aspects of it, are vast. It’s so big a subject that people are often baffled by it, and fearful of aspiring to leadership. The good news is that leadership can be very simple, and is for everyone. Many who aspire to leadership forget that they are already leading themselves, and those closest to them. And if they are not, they should be! Leading yourself is the only safe place to practice, and practice makes perfect! Let’s get out of denial, and out of limiting ourselves. Lead yourself as if you were leading someone else – with respect and tolerance. Everyone leading themselves and others (if only by example) makes leadership a very common activity – and so it should be!

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What people carry with them from childhood and teens is always with them, and surfaces in crisis and pressure

Adults are just children who grew up – some more than others. And while we think we left our happy and sad memories and experiences behind, we carry them with us constantly and unconsciously, in who we are, what we do, and how we respond. The best thing we can do with all that stuff is to let go what needs letting go, and face

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The heart of one person determines a whole culture

This is the responsibility that comes with leadership. Whether a leader of a huge organisation, a few dozen people, your family, or even just yourself, recognise that the heart that drives the blood through your body is the heart that drives your spirit. How you lead your thinking, your responses and your outcomes has a ripple effect on everyone else. So do it all with care. Everyone in an organisation or family has an impact on culture, but the one person at the top – on whom everyone else is focused – will have the biggest stone and make the biggest ripple.

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

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ACCEPTANCE -

“The Art of Living in the Present” by Swami Muktidharma

Acceptance is the art of living in the present. Every moment of our life is an opportunity to grow. This is why it is so important to embrace each moment with total awareness. Suffering and happiness are both the stepping-stones to climb to the state beyond the mind. Generally we lose our awareness and get carried away by one state of mind or another. If we get lost in suffering, we create our own misery. If we get lost in happiness and get too excited, then we are bound to pop and come down… just like a bubble of soap, it grows bigger and bigger and then it disappears. With a balanced mind, we can approach the situations of life from a different angle and use life for our personal growth. In the yogic path there are certain codes of conduct that help us to create a sense of discipline in our inner lives, so that we can

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come into balance. One of these is called Santosha or contentment. “The word Santosha or contentment means to be happy with whatever one has and enjoy living in the present moment without craving or desire for anything more. The aspect of contentment is to maintain a constant self-satisfaction and fulfillment.”Paramahamsa Niranjanananda. By practicing Santosha and accepting the situations that come in life, rather than fighting them, the ride through life becomes smoother. To accept a situation does not mean that we are going to just cross our arms and become effortless. Accepting does not imply becoming a conformist e.g. if you see an act of injustice, you do not sit by and watch it, because you are “accepting life”. Rather, true acceptance contains the principal of dynamism. We can still put in our best effort into everything we do, but we are not attached to the results. If the situation turns out according to our desires then fine, and if it turns out different, it is fine also. When we are born, we come into the


world with certain tendencies, which pull us in a particular direction. At the same time, we get a lot of opportunities to grow and change. If you observe small children, certain characteristics are dominant from an early age. These characteristics will create certain experiences in life. When the unavoidable tendencies or experiences come, we can have a positive attitude and accept them, so that we will not be affected by these circumstances. With a positive attitude, wisdom develops and a process of dis-identification begins. When we are not identified with what is happening, we do not feel miserable due to situations that we cannot control. A yogic approach to life slowly gives us this capacity to separate our mind from the situation and be the observer. Usually, we are dragged into the emotions and thoughts, which results in attachment to or rejection of whatever is happening. With practice we can learn to watch, intensely and with dispassion, the negative situations that are bound to come. Life gives us so many opportunities to learn. The deepest learning often comes from what appears to be painful. If we do not accept the learning, we stay lost in an illusion. If we observe life and the situations that “trigger” reactions, it is often the same issue with a different face that comes again and again. Isn’t it interesting to see how life keeps giving us the opportunity to learn until we get it! All this swimming upstream and fighting the flow creates disharmony on a physical, mental and energetic level and is the cause of dis-ease. Acceptance brings us towards the light and gives us glimpses of the true sense of existence. Our peace and joy do not depend on external circumstances, but from the attitude that we develop in front of these circumstances. This life that we are living is not the destination; it is just the environment from which we have an opportunity to derive the wisdom of the self. Rather than acceptance and

contentment, we often continue running after what we think we want. We get lost in the desires and become blind. We have so many desires, because we are afraid of the present. The ego does not want to see itself, so it keeps creating new diversions for the mind. However, progress is not the result of fulfilling all the desires that come to the mind. If we analyse the structure of the so-called progressive societies of the West, we find that money and material accumulation are often the cause of misery and unhappiness. By accumulating many external things, we create a jungle, where we get lost with worries and anxieties.

Contentment with whatever life offers allows us to stay present and cope in a skillful way with the ‘menu of the day’. We want more and stress ourselves to get more or we worry that our precious object may get lost, stolen, etc. Ambitions are what motivate us to achieve certain things in life, even to start searching within. However, when the ambitions are directed only towards materialistic achievements, they entangle us in illusion and bring suffering. Certain types of ambitions are necessary for progress. We can have dreams and desires, but at the same time maintain our awareness so that the results of our efforts do not affect us. When we develop this attitude of nonattachment, we can see the difficult moments as the greatest lessons for the evolution of our consciousness. Side by side we can use the smoother moments of life for positive actions that will uplift us. Contentment with whatever life offers allows us to stay present and cope in a skillful way with the ‘menu of the day’. The process of maturity consists of channeling the emotions and the perceptions that we feel at the depth of our hearts into one point.

We can only experience this type of centeredness when we are able to live in the present. When we are centered and aware, then there is a fertile garden for creativity and growth. Without contentment, we move in many different directions, motivated by desires (illusion), wasting our energy. We become restless trying to search for different situations without accepting and solving the ones that presently come to us. Dispersion of the mental energies causes fragmentation and takes us away from the possibility of seeing the whole picture. We are able to create our own heaven by living every moment fully. By living fully we gather the totality of our awareness in each moment that comes. This creates the opportunity to see the path of existence clearly. Yoga is a science that gives us the skills for living with wisdom and experiencing joy. There is a big difference between the ordinary emotion of happiness and the real experience of joy that comes from a deeper level, from our soul perception. The former is momentary and the latter is lasting, permanent. The practice of Santosha or contentment doesn’t need to be practiced on a yoga mat. It is a practice for each and every moment of life.

Swami Muktidharma is an inspiring speaker and teacher who has dedicated his life to yoga. He shares a deeply experiential and practical understanding of yoga, having begun his spiritual journey as a young man in his native Colombia, before spending 16 years in India living directly with Yoga Master Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati. He lectures throughout the world and imparts more than 35 years of yoga practice. His main purpose is to inspire and uplift humanity. People who take his courses and spend time at Anahata Yoga Retreat receive inspiration and techniques to transform their daily lives into a yogic life.

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Motherhood:

the big ‘two-oh’

by Lorraine Hockley Spiritual Coach/Ebook Author I survived my own big ‘Oh’ birthdays just fine. When I turned three-oh, I was sad that my teenage years were behind me (all through my twenties I felt that I was only just out of my teens). But it was exciting to finally be a grown-up. When I turned four-oh, I felt invigorated by the midpoint in my life journey. And five-oh? It was a breeze, bring on six-oh! So why has my daughter turning two-oh completed winded me? I cannot believe my eldest child is now twenty years old. I guess I thought she would remain a teenager indefinitely... like I did. Recently I felt drawn to get out my memory box. I was soon laughing and crying over all the little cards, letters and poems my first-born wrote for me during her childhood. She was – and still is – a kind-hearted soul, who is always letting friends and family know she is thinking of them.

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My reminiscing was tinged with sorrow when I noticed how many notes read ‘Hope you feel better soon, Mum’. I suffered excruciating migraines when my two daughters were little, and they spent too much of their childhood whispering and tip toeing around the house. Maybe they now have compassion for other migraine sufferers. My twenty-year-old and I talked recently about her early teenage years, and my two Golden Rules. It was drummed into both my girls that all hell would break loose if they were ever broken. ‘Rule Number 1: ‘Never slip out of the house at night and go partying’. This rule segued neatly into Rule Number 2: ‘Do not get pregnant’. First-born managed to survive her teenage years without breaking Rule Number 2 (which, I always dramatically declared, would spell the end to travel adventures and well-paid careers). However, when she was a young teen, she broke Rule No 1. The incident didn’t even happen under my roof – it took place at her father’s house. And she didn’t slip out to a party – she and a friend went to a neighbouring friend’s house to watch television. It wasn’t so much the reason for slipping out, but the thrill of doing something naughty.

I will never forget what happened the day I discovered she had broken one of my Golden Rules. She had been very quiet all day, verging on tears. Something was obviously wrong, but all my gentle cajoling could not extract the problem. Finally, I sat her on my knee, and asked one more time, ‘what’s wrong, sweetie?’ The floodgates burst, and she sobbed as if her heart would break. There was no way she could talk and sob at the same time, so I was left to imagine the horror that had brought on such a devastating reaction: Pregnancy? (When trouble strikes, default position was always Rule Number 1). Alcohol? Drugs? Alcohol, drugs and pregnancy? When she finally calmed down, and confessed to her short late night escapade at her father’s house, I felt dizzy with relief. It turned out that her heartbreaking grief was over letting me down. She said how I only ever had those two rules – I was quite liberal compared to most mothers – and she was gutted that she had broken one of them.


“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” Sophia Loren

I reassured her that I was proud of her maturity. She knew she had done something wrong, and I could see that she obviously felt extremely bad about it. Through shuddering sobs she promised ‘never, ever to do anything like that again’. And she never did. Today I feel a mixture of pride that my baby made it through her teenage years without any serious dramas and

sadness that she is no longer a child who will sit on my knee when life gets tough. But I’ll trade that sadness for the developing friendship I have with this beautiful young woman. We communicate via Facebook, among other things. Last week she sent me a message inviting me to go to a show with her to celebrate Mother’s Day – her treat. Am I feeling a lump in my throat as I write these words? You bet. Motherhood is a rollercoaster ride, from the moment they wrap their tiny newborn finger around your finger, and your heart. I have done many things in life I am proud of, but nothing comes close to my role as mother to my two precious girls. www.lorrainehockley.com

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Cranesbill Cranesbill

Geranium robertianum

by Amy McComb Qualified Herbalist, BSc(hons), Tutor at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies

Also sometimes known as Herb Robert, this distinctive plant grows throughout Aotearoa. Emerging at its fullest at the height of summer it has vibrant pink flowers and a distinctive slightly bitter taste. Cranesbill loves many soil types, but doesn’t favour clay soil. Traditional uses: Has been used to assist the liver, gall bladder and to clear gall bladder meridians; alleviate arthritis and stop indigestion and bloating. It can also be used as an ovarian tonic and is a wonderful salad plant.

On-the-spot digestive tonic Method Pick enough Cranesbill leaves to fill a looselypacked preserving jar. Cutting up the leaves will increase the surface area and can increase the potency of your concoction. Pour apple cider vinegar over the leaves, filling the jar to the top with the liquid so that there is no air between the lid and the vinegar. Use a plastic lid or a metal one with a sheet of plastic (plastic bags work fine) on the vinegar side. This is important as vinegar dissolves minerals into solution – which can include the minerals from the metal lid! After a minimum of three weeks strain off plant material and you have a ready-made digestive tonic.

Uses

Amy McComb PlantRhythmsTM, a wonderful wide range of herbal essences and tinctures from the Wild flowers and Native trees of Aotearoa, www.plantrhythms.co.nz. She can be contacted on 021 897 874 or plantrhythms@gmail.com.

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Most people prefer to use just the liquid but the pickled leaves can be used as well. Take as needed to help with bloating and indigestion, and to prevent re-occurrence of digestive problems. This tonic alkalinizes your system and supports the gall bladder and liver. A great life-force tonic!


How to create

a magical day

(part one) by Linda Boertjens

I have times where I notice that I am close to spiralling into a relatively negative state just because of little things that are happening. My kids fighting over toys, a business deal not progressing or simply by hitting my little toe really hard. So I thought about simple yet effective things I could do to create a really powerful day, and came up with a few suggestions. The first is as follows: at the start of each day, even before you get out of bed, consciously choose to create a fantastic, magical day. Then finish the following statement for yourself:

“Today is going to be my best day ever, because...” Come up with as many reasons why this will be a top day. For instance: Today is going to be my best day ever, because I am going to take extra care of my appearance, I finally will be finishing that report, I am going to spend some wonderful time with my family, and I will be going to the gym and will have the best workout I can! By starting your day like this, you will be very present in the actions you take to make your day special. You will get excited about your day, you will consciously work on making it extraordinary and, chances are, you will have a fantastic day! I challenge you to do this every day in order to make it a habit.

Birth, Mother

by Erik Roeper

It was as if you had always walked beside me. A cord I’d never felt, that sang the moment I saw my face reflected in yours. Felt the tie that whispered, You are the builder of my bones, - my unborn hemisphere of dreams. And reminded me of a mother’s song that once called to the infinite and wrapped my soul with life.

Have a GREAT week! Linda Boertjens VisualizeYourGoals.com

BOOK REVIEW

by Sarah A. J.

The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginning by John Stephens is an action adventure story fans of stories like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson will appreciate. The story follows Kate and her siblings, Michael and Emma, through a string of orphanages after being taken from their homes on a snowy

night. They are sent to Cambridge Falls, a mysterious place where fog warps their sense of time and there are no children. Exploring the house, they discover a door that wasn’t there before and a book like no other book. The moment they touch it, a ten year old prophecy is set in motion, and the children find themselves in a whirlwind of danger, dark enchantments, silly elves and buried cities. Only they can prevent the destruction of Cambridge Falls. I loved the strength of the female

characters in this book. Kate and Emma care for each other, but they don’t turn into a blubbering mess when the children are separated. Stephens worked hard to develop the characters and the plot, and it paid off well. If you loved Narnia, Percy Jackson or Harry Potter, then this is a must-read. This book was well developed and strong. I like books that are well developed and strong. I like it a lot. (4/5)

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Purple ConeFlower Purple Cone Flower

Echinacea

by Yvonne Tait Diploma in Medical Herbalism, Iridology and Clinical Nutrition 30 years experience including own practice

Three types of the herb Echinacea are used as herbal medicines. The two that predominate are Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea Angustifolia. The purpurea is the broadleaved variety and is more easily cultivated. The whole plant has medicinal properties. The root and the rhizome of the angustifolia, or narrow-leaved variety, are used. Echinacea is known for its antimicrobial and alterative properties. In herbal medicine an alterative is a herb that can gradually stimulate the restoration of health and vitality in the body. Echinacea was first discovered by western herbalists in North America, where they learned from the Native American Indians of its usefulness as a medicine against snake bite and in all types of infection. Echinacea is an important herb in the armamentarium of the modern herbalist: it is used for all types of

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infections, including viral and bacterial attacks. In my clinic it has been used extensively with other herbs as a mixture to combat such maladies as cystitis; tonsillitis; Ross River virus; glandular fever; ear infections and sinus infections. I have successfully used it to treat pyorrhoea (Periodontal disease). My 40-year-old son was diagnosed with periodontal disease. His gums were bleeding so badly and his teeth so loose, he was warned he would lose all his teeth by the time he was forty five. He naturally was very upset by the prognosis, his teeth were perfect, and he couldn’t believe they were all going to have to come out. I took a good look at his diet, and all sweet things were eliminated, good bacteria in the form of acidophilus and bifida were introduced into his regime. He took Echinacea tincture and also used it as a mouthwash: a teaspoon in half a glass of water (to be spat out, not swallowed) after cleaning his teeth with an Echinacea toothpaste. I also started him on a supplement

of Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant which can be very helpful in dental problems. That was ten years ago, my son is now almost fifty one years old, and we can report that he still has most of his teeth, he has lost only five as opposed to the whole lot. He visits his dentist regularly, and his comments to my son were, “What ever you are doing, continue because it seems to be working”. He still uses the Echinacea toothpaste, still uses Echinacea as a mouthwash if there is even a slight flair up, and he still takes Coenzyme Q10. A decoction of the root of Echinacea Angustifolia can be prepared by chopping the root and using one to two teaspoons to one cup of water, bring slowly to the boil and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. This can be taken as three divided doses over the day. Tinctures and fluid extracts of Echinacea are available at health food stores and your local herbalists. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for dosage rates.


Flower essence A flower essence of Echinacea is easily made in your garden if you have a plant growing:

You will require • plain glass bowl • some light weight twine • a small stool • some light weight tent pegs • some good quality water

Method Place the stool in close proximity to the plant, place the bowl containing the water on the stool, tie the twine to the plant, and gently bend the plant, without breaking it, until the flower heads are in the water. Secure the twine in position by attaching a tent peg and hammering it into the ground. Leave for three or four hours, preferably in some sunshine. Gently untie the plant and let it resume its normal position, thanking it with love for sharing its wonderful healing frequency.

Did you know? Echinacea is known for its anti-microbial and alterative properties. Echinacea is used for all types of infections, including viral and bacterial attacks.

The essence can now be bottled with up to 40% brandy as a preservative. The essence is best kept in the fridge. The dosage is two or three drops, taken on the tongue or rubbed into the pulse point of the wrist.

Uses Use when feeling shattered by some past or present trauma, leading to constant ill health or infections. You are advised to consult with your healthcare practitioner before taking herbal medicines.

References: Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone. New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman. http://www.anandaapothacary.com/ fes-north-american-flower-essences/ echinacea-flower-essence.html

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COMING TO MY SENSES   WEDJAT   Serpent Goddess of justice, time, heaven and hell. Took the title of the Eye of Ra. The eye is the anthropological symbol of restoration and wellness; this is the restored eye of Horus, Son of Isis and Osiris. The Wedjat is associated with the left hand side, the winter and moon. Because Thoth played an important roll in its myth, it is called “the eye of Thoth.” The Wedjat Eye led to the endurance of order  and the spiritualisation of Osiris, rising as soul to the sky and returning as the spirit of life, vegetation, fertility and all the ressurrection of nature with the new year.The Eye of Horus (flanked by Nekchet and Wadjet) was found under the 12th layer of bandages on Tutankhaman`s mummy. The ancient Egyptians used these six pieces to represent the six senses. Wedjat (whole one) is a powerful symbol of protection and is considered to confer wisdom, health and prosperity. Hous is represented as a falcon or head of a hawk.

A

journey of

self discovery

by K. J. Belcher

I developed a passion for painting at Nayland College, under the tuition of Geoff Heath, but other than that have no formal training. I began painting in my thirties again, as a form of self-expression after being depleted of energy for years. I had always maintained an interest in the spiritual and mystical plane so was drawn to Carl Jung’s theory on the collective unconscious, exploring themes of archetypes, symbols, mythology, dreams, astrology, alchemy and the I-ching. I had integrated these themes unconsciously into my work while writing out my dreams and in doing so became my own therapist, healing my own cultural wounds as regards women`s roles in society, past and

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moonlightart@xtra.co.nz present. I see myself as a dream (body) and colour (therapist), using the medium (paint) as a transporter. A painting can take five minutes, five days, five weeks and sometimes five years to finish. I have become a channel and visual keeper of the ancient stories. E.g. Lilith is from the Hebrew texts and Persephone and Demeter descend from myths from Greek mythology. I believe many of these stories are guidelines to developmental stages in our lives that have become sadly lacking in our western culture. I am now preparing a website and a book with the story to explain the image. I work from home and have set up a gallery which is also a work in progress. People are welcome to visit me by prior appointment.


OCEAN WOMAN   The ocean, like the earth, is female. In some regions such as Whangarei, Heretuanga, Hawkes Bay she is Hinemoa ocean woman, the planet or egg. Giving birth to life in the oceans, mammals, whales and human forming an inticate balance. Maori rock art and motifs form a perspective on the timeless quality of symbols that in a Jungian sense dwell in the collective unconcious and so we have the slender threads of life woven together.

RIO ABAJO RIO   WILD WOMAN has no name, she is so vast. But since wild woman engenders every important facet of womenliness, here on earth she is named many names, not only to peer into the myriad aspects of her nature but also to hold onto her. Because in the beginning of retrieving our relationship with her she can turn to smoke in an instant, by naming her we create for her a territory of thought and feeling within us. Then she will come, and if valued she will stay. So in Spanish she might be called Rio Abojo Rio, the river beneath the river.

l  CHING   FIRE/WIND  Fire engenders warmth, wind spreads it. Thus many people share it.

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On My Table There Are Whispers rama wharerimu 2011

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Isn’t it beautiful as it clears and sets with an eternal glint of sensory

says the round table to a flower vase wildly centred and an incense stick

Isn’t it beautiful as it arouses the forgotten past to now, endlessly

says the sandalwood to a symphony meeting in the air as one twisted tune

Isn’t it beautiful as it moves tranquil as if newly caught by awe and then held

says the melody to a finger bowl tainted with ocean lime juice and its seed

Isn’t it beautiful as it gifts itself slow in grace aged to the death array

says the fallen seed to a cloth placemat knitted with pepper dotted with salt shake

Isn’t it beautiful as it just appears as if was by chance as if magical

says the salt shaker to the pepper grind touching wood on glass before a candle

Isn’t it beautiful as it expands light like there is never dark end boundaries

says the candle flame to ‘gether glasses reflective edges tipped with swirl red

Isn’t it beautiful as it flows simply as if in stillness be continuous

says the red-dusk scent of two together – in union lovers the surface whispers

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Baking

Orgasmic Blueberry Pie Serves 8 For the crust: • 150g dried shredded coconut • 150g cashews, dry • 1 T water if required • pinch Himalayan Crystal Salt (HCS) • 3 T agave nectar or date paste* • 6 drops of lemon juice For the filling: • 6 pitted Medjool dates, chopped • 500g frozen blueberries, de-frosted • 100g frozen or fresh blueberries • 2 T Psyllium husk powder (1 T per 2 c of mixture) • ½ t vanilla extract • 1/8 t lime juice • 1 really ripe banana, or flesh of 4-5 ripe feijoas optional • ½ mango or feijoa slices for garnish

From René Archer Street, Newmarket Wise cicada café, 23 Crowhurst www.wisecicada.co.nz

1. To make the crust, in a food processor grind the shredded coconut into a fine powder. Add the cashews and continue processing. Add the agave, lemon juice and HCS and puree until the mixture sticks together or forms a ball. If required, add 1 T water. 2. Press into a pie plate to form a crust. 3. Pour the 100g blueberries into the crust and distribute evenly. 4. To make the filling blend the 500g de-frosted blueberries with the dates, vanilla extract, banana/ feijoas, and lime juice in a blender until well blended. Add the Psyllium husk powder and blend to distribute it well in the mixture. 5. Pour mixture over the frozen blueberries in the pie crust. Tap pie form a few times on the working surface to let excess air escape and the mixture to distribute evenly. 6. Refrigerate before serving and garnish with mango butterflies, shredded coconut, blueberries, feijoa slices or yellow flowers. * To make date paste, pit 6 soft Medjool dates and process in food processor with just enough water to form a paste.

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Sugar-free Dairy-free Gluten-free Egg-free

Conscious Cookies Cooking is all about being creative. Here is a base recipe and a few hints as to what other little goodies you can add. Make them your own expression and enjoy! Base • 200g almond flour • 1 cup coconut • 4 tablespoons carob powder • 1 teaspoon kelp (fine) • 2 cups of dates • water • spices Optional Extras • peanut butter • tahini • seeds/nuts, other fruit • spices: ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, mixed spice, cinnamon • cocoa instead of carob, choc drops, carob or chocolate pieces, etc.

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Simmer dates in water until they become a soft paste. Combine date paste with all other ingredients, then add water/soya milk until moist enough to roll in balls. Flatten slightly and place on a lightly oiled baking tray. Bake until just crispy with gooey centre or until the bottoms are lightly browned. (15–20 minutes at 180 degrees). Enjoy! Hari Om Tat Sat


Living the dream,

being a writer in France by Jennifer Manson

E ver since I was six years old, I

knew I wanted to be a writer. Since first spending time here in 1988, I have known I wanted, someday, to live in France. So how did the two dreams come together? Fairly simple: it seems when I was ready, they just happened. A year ago, I was sitting with a friend on a sofa in her beautiful foot clinic in central Christchurch, talking about life. Between us, somehow, it became accepted that I would publish my first book, and she would host my book launch, right where we were sitting. “Do we need to make a list of what needs to be done?” she asked. “No, it’s all easy, just one step at a time,” I replied, and so it was – one terrifying step at a time. We scheduled the launch for the 6th of October 2010; I had never published a book before, and I didn’t know how long it would take. The book was already written, the fifth I had completed, and the one that came together most easily, the one that flowed and shaped itself in a short space of time. I did some editing then found myself a group of proof readers, put their improvements in place and got quotes from some printing companies. I talked to a graphic designer whose work inspired me, and told her what I wanted: “I imagine a blurry

photograph, and I want it to feel like a holiday.” The cover she came up with surprised me, but was perfect. I took it to a network event that night and showed it off to everyone. Once the proofs were signed off, in mid-August, I took a holiday to visit friends in England while the printing was done. I arrived back on the 31st of August, the books were ready on the 1st of September, and that was it, I was a published author! Then on the 4th September, Christchurch experienced our first major earthquake. We were very fortunate that time, with no deaths and very few major injuries. When concerned friends phoned from overseas, I said “Yes, we had an earthquake, but I’m much more excited about my book!” By the end of October, there were two more books published and launched. Around then I wrote in my journal “I would love to be fluent in French.” Two days later, my husband phoned. “There’s an opportunity to move to France. What do you think?” I said “Yes, but in April, so we can have summer here and summer there.” In the end it was May, but here I am, living, and writing, in France. Sometimes it seems that our dreams are unrealistic, unattainable, but then, my experience is, if you can imagine it, it can happen, quickly and easily. Just before I left New Zealand, I met Catrin Jacksties, our wonderful editor, and so I have the chance to share my story, and my books, with you.

Jennifer Manson is the author of six inspiring novels, all set in New Zealand. www.jennifermanson.co.nz.

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Inventor We are so happy and privileged to be able to share this wonderful story with you in full. We have the rights to publish Jennifer’s book “The Inventor” in our magazine OneSmile and it will be serialised over the next few issues. We will also be publishing installments on our website www.onesmile.co So visit us there to find out what happens next! To get through the book even faster sign up for our newsletter via our website www.onesmile.co

Jennifer Manson

All characters in this book are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. This book is set in Christchurch, New Zealand, before the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Sadly, some locations are not now as they were.

1 In the deep of midwinter in a beach-front campground in Canterbury, New Zealand, a young, small woman emerged from a custom-made, down-filled hammock. She folded back the flap of her frost-covered tent and blinked in the morning light. Her nose wrinkled against the cold and she experimented with a wide exhale which condensed and floated, beginning a slow, chaotic shift away from her. She went back into the tent for her shoes, then picked her way cautiously towards the shower block. From there she progressed to the kitchen where she had left a box of supplies. She returned to the tent with her morning lifeline, a cup of hot, black coffee. Time to start the day. Everything in the tent was made to precise specifications, refined and reduced so that within half an hour of any given moment she could have it packed up into one medium-sized box in her car ready to move on to the next location, the next chapter of her life. She kept coming back here, however. In the orbit of her life this was one fixed point among a very few. The attractions were the sound of the sea, the loneliness of the end of the road

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and the relatively easy proximity, only twenty minutes’ drive, to her brother’s house in the city. There she had an unfailingly warm welcome, lovingly fraternal concern and a well-equipped workshop for whatever was the latest project. The small metal table on which she placed her coffee was the only solid surface in her home; everything else was crafted from telescoping carbon fibre poles and high-tech modern fabric so that it would shrink and roll into the smallest of spaces. A table needs to be flat. Everything else can flex and bend and still do its job. The chair, a variation on the standard director’s design, moulded itself to her shape and she leaned back, sipping her coffee and thinking. In a month, spring would be here, and the outdoor market circuit would begin again. Just as well: with the new designs she was working on, money was running low. She was losing weight, she knew, but when it came to a choice between materials and food, there was no question. Bob would feed her, and anyway, she often forgot to eat when she was absorbed, even if a meal was waiting steaming at her elbow as she worked. Jackie zipped the tent and backed her car out into the


roadway. There was no-one else here at this time of year, and mid-week. Even the permanent caravans were empty. Sometimes the campground owners were around when she checked in, sometimes not. If they saw her tent they knew she’d be in some time soon with payment. They did her a really good deal, less than half the normal daily rate, because of how much time she spent here. Another reason to return, so they reasoned, and they were right. Bob would be out at work but she knew the combination to his workshop. Just stop in at the house for a moment to say hi to her sister-in-law, smile at the baby and ruffle the hair of her nephews. In a year or two she’d let the boys join her in the workshop, see what she was doing, but not yet. They were still too young to be safe around the tools and materials. Especially if she was welding, like today. Sandra looked frazzled but she greeted Jackie warmly. She and Bob were good people. Such good people. When Jackie remembered this it gave her a glow of warmth – when she wasn’t so totally focused on the current project that she hardly knew who she was, let alone anyone else. Like today.

2 At five-thirty, her brother drove up and parked outside the workshop. Jackie didn’t hear his car, or the sound of the door closing. Half an hour later one of the young boys appeared. “Mum says do you want dinner?” Jackie looked up from her work and blinked. After a beat of a few seconds she looked at her watch. A few more seconds passed, and she put down her tools. “Hey, Seymour. Thanks. Tell her I’ll be in in a minute.” The child disappeared. Jackie eased her back, slowly arching upwards with audible clicks and creaks. Nine hours. Where had they gone? The kitchen was warm and bright. Her brother grinned as she stepped into the room. “New project?” “How could you tell?” “You look more human when you’ve just been building stock.” “You telling me I don’t look human?” “Not nearly. You’ve got that alien expression, wide, wild eyes. And your hair! What do you do, twist machine oil into it while you’re working.” Jackie put her hand up to her head. It was possible. Her hands were black and greasy, and she sometimes ran them through her hair when she was thinking. “I’ll go wash up.” In the bathroom she glanced into the mirror. There were black streaks on her forehead and right cheek, and her hair was indeed standing up strangely. She swallowed, took a moment to think, then leaned out of the bathroom door. “Sandra? Do I have time for a shower?” “Sure. Dinner’ll be on the table in ten.” Bob appeared in the hall with a clean sweatshirt. “No point putting that old stuff back on. I’m just putting Clara to bed.

See you in a bit.” The water took a couple of minutes to run hot. Jackie found a clean towel in the cupboard under the sink and took the kids’ shampoo from the end of the bath. Five minutes under the water brought her back into her body from the limbo space she occupied when she was fixed on a new idea. She towel-dried her hair, slipping back into plans and designs, and wandered out into the family room, clean, fresh and once again preoccupied. The conversation washed over her, the boys talking about their day, telling their dad every detail. Jackie flowed in the tide of it without consciously listening, her face reflecting pleasure and surprise at the appropriate moments, but without really hearing the words. “So what is it this time, Sis? Something big?” Again the delay of a few telling seconds before her reply. “Sort of. Not really. More of a refinement – for the fabric furniture. The rolling concept’s good, but it’s still a little slow. I’m working on a concertina idea, like a roman blind, so when it’s time to pack up I just pull on a couple of strings, wrap a Velcro tie around and voila! The tricky bit’s where to put the string. Too far out and you need three hands to do it; too far in, or only one string and you don’t get a neat fold.” She was sliding out of the present again, back to the workshop and her day’s slow experimental progress. Sandra, Bob and Seymour watched her. Augustus, three years old, was sculpting his mashed potato, oblivious. Sandra’s face wrinkled. “So it’s still about packing up and moving on. Don’t you want to have a house some day? Security? I hate to think of you alone in that tent. What if somebody broke in?” Jackie looked at her sister-in-law with sympathy, put her hand out onto hers to reassure her, as if she were the one needing comfort. “It’s okay, really.” “But don’t you want ...” Jackie continued to gaze into her sister-in-law’s face. “You know, it’s interesting, that you ask me that. I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently, the ways people try to help each other.” “What about it?” Sandra asked. Bob looked from one to the other, his body suddenly tense. “People often try to help other people get what they themselves would want. You and Bob have this great life: home, family, everything you want. And it’s normal to think other people would want that, too. But what if they don’t?” “Who wouldn’t want a home and a family?”

See the next issue of OneSmile for further reading.

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Personal experience

Perception John Helle-Nielsen

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I am Becky Morgan. I am the new kid in town. I co-host the breakfast show here in Nelson for Classic Hits 89.6fm and am loving it so far. I have always thought that if you have at least one of the following stable, you are ok. Finances, positive relationships and employment... but two months ago I felt I had nothing! Not one of these things was stable in my life. Looking back on this now, the only thing that got me through was hope. Hope that the right job would come up, hope that I would soon be making enough money to cover at least rent and hope that one day soon I might meet someone nice! After a hard few years (both professionally and personally) I finally feel like I am in a place where all my positive thinking and hope has paid off. What an awesome feeling! I am generally a very positive person but I lost my dad last year and went through a few job changes, and then the world fell apart on TV. I felt I had nothing. I found myself questioning why do bad things happen to good people? I have realized this isn’t the best way of looking at it. Bad things happen to everyone. It isn’t exclusive to me or you… but it is how you deal with it that counts. With all the doom and gloom that invades our homes on the TV news, remaining positive is absolutely paramount in this day and age. Easier said than done you reckon? Not at all. Look at what you have and be thankful, surround yourself with positive people and always remember… there is something to be thankful for every day. At least one thing. It could be anything from the weather, to your children, to a funky song you just heard on the radio. You know? It’s easy. So spread the positive message around to your friends and whanau… imagine if we all were positive. The results would be phenomenal. You have to be thankful for everything because the alternative is nothing… and no one wants nothing.


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