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Beyond the Ageing Myth Timeless Radiance Nigella in the Kitchen?

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EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE Sue Joseph, the owner of Daisy’s Place, has made an extraordinary transformation of the old Rustic Cabin, and with her team has created a unique and elegant space to enjoy your next dining experience.

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Having said all of that… reflecting on time ticking away is not such a bad thing, if it can be a motivating influence which helps us look at our priorities and focus on what we wish to contribute and leave behind (age is no barrier), allowing our true selves to be realised. On the cover this month Kim and Fleur aka the Choccy Chics talk about their experiences after living and breathing a perspective that challenges the myths and helps women to feel and look great at the age they are and do it as naturally as possible. Thank-you all for your wonderful feedback from last month. We have been delighted with your calls and emails.

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hen do you think women start to worry about their age or looks these days? Is it in their 40s, 50s, 60s? It would appear in our society women are starting ‘anti-ageing’ treatments now in their early 20s or even younger. A study conducted in 2009 found that 50% of three year old girls were worried about their appearance. What an interesting world we live in! The ‘Love the age you are’ edition – is about a lot of things but more than anything it’s about finding a place of balance to be ourselves. We don’t have to be perfect and blissed out all the time or swing to the other extreme and be on the fringes; wearing potato sacks and pretending we don’t have a body, surely there is a happy medium. What’s wrong with looking and feeling great but also acknowledging that we don’t have to turn

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“Your Magazine With Soul”

Beyond the Ageing Myth Timeless Radiance Nigella in the Kitchen?

Kim and Fleur

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MARCH 2012 EDITION VOLUME 33 ISSN: 1836-8840

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e were delighted last year to feature Sue Joseph, owner/ creator of Daisy’s Place on the cover and what an incredible job she has done to breathe new life into the old ‘Rustic Cabin’. Even though Daisy’s Place has only been open for a few months, its presence has been felt in our community and it has brought a feeling of joy to our lives. As you walk through the classy timber and glass panelled doors, you enter a whole new world of style and luxury like nothing you’ve seen anywhere else on the coast! You’re greeted by happy smiling faces and your eyes have plenty of things to entice them in all directions: stunning chandeliers, polished wood floors, glamorous sequined bar, the mirror in the entrance with the embossed words ‘Eat, Drink, Enjoy’ is dramatic, then there are the funky black and white lounge suites and groovy accessories (you can tell Sue’s favourite colour is purple). The restaurant is full of contrasts! It’s nestled in lush rainforest surroundings, so you get the best of both worlds! When you are dining in opulence you can look

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every sing gle detail down to the single Himalayan n sea salt on the tables. tables But it’s not just the aesthetics and the glorious food that leave you feeling inspired, there’s something deeper going on here; you actually leave feeling a bit different, a bit changed from the experience. Maybe it’s the love Sue has poured into this restaurant and the fact that she is there; always welcoming you with a smile! Editor’s pick: The vegetarian salad is substantial, fresh and bursting with flavour – Yum! For a decadent treat: Try the light and fluffy scones (which were Daisy’s original recipe) and the Lily Pilly Bloomin Tea (the flower opens up when infused in the hot water) Heaven! www.daisysplace.com.au

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By Vanessa Finnigan

ome may say a ‘woman never reveals her true age!’ but I was fortunate enough to catch up with the gorgeous, natural beauty specialists Kim Morrison (43) and Fleur Whelligan (41) who revealed not only their age with grace, they shared their beauty secrets with a sparkle in their eyes. But why is it when we are kids we often want to be older and when we are adults we want to turn back the clock and look and feel younger? Kim and Fleur say women are bombarded with images on a daily basis from the media and community about ageing and beauty. With the advent of touch ups and Photoshop, the beauty industry has become a ‘false’ industry of smoke and mirrors. Kim says, “Beauty is often seen as a ‘youth thing’ – but we see beauty as wisdom and ageing with grace. Having a spark and energy about you is

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the best asset you can have.” Fleur adds, “Beauty is not just what we see in the mirror – it’s the simple things around us.” While they both love fashion, glamour and looking great they also believe when we are grateful and accept what we have (whatever age we are) we actually glow with vibrancy. A few years ago Kim and Fleur did a survey and asked a diverse range of people aged 5-95 years old what beauty is and here are some of the responses: “Beauty is someone that is kind from the heart.” Dorothy (95) “Beauty is rainbows shining through the sky.” Lauren (9) “Beauty is makeup.” Charlie (8) “Beauty is no makeup.” Lennox (8) “Beauty is being yourself but with a sparkle.” Mia, (6) Kim says, “If a six year old can get it, what happens during the transition from

childhood to adulthood? Where do we lose that perception that beauty is from the inside out?” As a result Kim and Fleur are passionate about reaching young men and women and dispelling beauty myths as well as educating them about the effectiveness of natural skin care. Each having two children of their own who are starting to be aware of their bodies (coming into adolescence), means it’s important to Kim and Fleur to be mums who are good role models. Kim says, “Are you constantly berating yourself and looking in the mirror and saying I’m old, I’m fat?” if so, this is the message you send to your children about body image, self-care and ageing. They say positive role modelling is just as important for our sons as it is for our daughters. Fleur believes, “when you are connected with yourself and feel okay in your own skin that’s what shows; because you are relaxed and can be your true self.” Kim says they meet so many women in their 70s who are stunning and have that spark! She notices that a sense of humour and ‘naughtiness’ really develop as you get older, as does a deeper level of intimacy in relationships. Fleur says, “We look at photos of ourselves that were taken years ago and sometimes we say, ‘we look younger now because we come from an holistic angle’ – we are not saying, ‘I wish I looked like I did when I was 20’ and we feel better in ourselves now.” They say it comes back to having the right mindset, taking time out to exercise, eating good food, being aware of what you put on your skin and having self-care time. Then you come to really appreciate your own beauty. But what about those bad hair days? Kim and Fleur are quick to say that they are not superwomen! They are just like everyone else – they have their moments but they’ve become good at acknowledging the gift of friendship and believe this can get you through anything. They also say they look for the gift in every situation even when things are ‘hideous’. And often they ask, ‘will we

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look back and laugh at this in years to come? Their answer is usually yes! Kim says, “I don’t want to try and look like I’m younger, it’s more about refinement, grace and decorum. There are days where we don’t feel at our best – that’s when we call on our essential oils, meditate more, go for a run and catch up with good friends who can lift us up.” Kim says she uses mantras such as ‘every step I take I am connected to mother earth’ when she goes for runs and she also focuses on how blessed she is rather than attending a mental ‘pity party’. They admit to sometimes needing to play ‘good cop, bad cop’ when they work with other people. Kim says she may take the hard line by saying, “what’s the point of complaining – if you don’t like something, then do something about it!” Whereas Fleur often takes a gentle approach and focuses on ‘connectedness’ which means encouraging people to connect with all aspects of themselves including their body on a daily basis. “Be aware of what you do have and be grateful – that’s when we can move to a place of change,” says Fleur. Even though there were no chocolates in sight during our interview and no mention of the word… I did get a great insight into the ‘Choccy Chics’ and I can see why their approach to life, beauty and ageing is ‘like chocolate for women’. www.likechocolateforwomen.com

Kim and Fleur were both born in New Zealand but now live on the Sunshine Coast. They are bestselling authors and key note speakers with 40 years of combined experience in aromatherapy, beauty and health. They met 17 years ago and have been close friends ever since and nearly three years ago they pioneered an organic skin care range called “Twenty8” More recently they have been taking groups on ‘self-care’ pilgrimages to India once a year.

Top five tips for ageing gracefully and being empowered: 1. Embrace a positive attitude 2. Get close to nature and create a chemical free environment including a natural beauty regime. 3. Exercise – e.g. yoga, go for a run on the beach or walk in nature 4. Change daily routines into rituals – turn a boring shower into an aromatic luxury experience by dropping some essential oils into a body brush in the shower, or have a spritzer with essential oils in your hand bag for those few minutes in between meetings

5. Daily body boost – This is a two minute full body massage you give to yourself everyday (Kim and Fleur haven’t missed a day since they started doing this routine in 1987). Using essential oils increases awareness and confidence and smell is linked to emotions which help you to connect with yourself. Not many people are aware of or even touch their body, so it’s great for practising self-awareness and self-acceptance. Holistic Bliss, March 2012

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How old are you in your heart and mind? By Jean Sheehan, Principal – Millennium Education

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ge is one topic that is thought about, discussed and adjusted most in life. In history, age is a mark of time and a certain period such as the Bronze Age and now the Golden Age. I wonder if ‘loving the age you are’ is a reflection of feeling complete, whole and satisfied. What if we kept the child like qualities within us to live a life of acceptance, happiness and freedom? If you notice children up until the age of ten years old they are happy where they are and life is simple. There are no limiting beliefs like adults have such as ‘if only I had a better pension’ or ‘if I was younger I would have…’. Children love being themselves. So how can we bring that inner child back within us and love the age we are?

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Here are six easy steps: 1. As you climb in to bed at night review all the wonderful things that happened in the day (called gratitude)… Children will talk about the best part of their day. 2. Before you get out of bed visualise what you want to create for the day… Children get excited as they look forward to catching up with friends. 3. Plan your life for the year and make a Vision Board so you have a reminder of what you want… Children always have pictures around them that make them feel great. 4. Share your dreams and goals with like-minded souls who will inspire you… Children love sharing with friends and get excited the more they share their dreams. 5. Each day put on your favourite music that up lifts your heart! Sing as though no one is listening… Watch when children do this, they are in the zone and so focused on their task. 6. The best of all is your imagination to always see the best in everything… Children have a natural gift to see the

fulfilment of new adventures until ‘shown’ the negative. The key to ‘loving the age you are’ is knowing that age is an evolutionary step in self-discovery and awareness. We constantly have the opportunity to grow and see the magnificence in ourselves. In ancient cultures getting older meant tapping into greater wisdom and that is exactly what we achieve as we grow. Each day is filled with lessons. We then have the opportunity to discover our capabilities and self-realise what is achievable. By taking each moment as it comes and seeing the magnificence in ourselves, we open a doorway to selfacceptance on all levels. We are all perfect, we are just in different stages of remembering. Live your life in your heart with purpose, passion and with a vision, then age becomes irrelevant. Certified Medical Intuitive Courses, Sessions and Accredited Teacher Level www.AbsoluteEmpowerment.com 07 5641 4009

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Beyond the Ageing Myth By Vanessa Bushell

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n Western society ageing is often seen as something to avoid, eradicate or ignore. There are so many cosmetic, surgical and pharmaceutical solutions which claim to slow down ageing. The message is loud and clear… ageing is bad!!! However we all age, it is part of life! How we perceive the ageing process makes the fundamental difference to our experience of it. Elders in many non-Western cultures are seen as holding the wisdom of the culture and are supported in the community. Unlike in the West, their contribution in their community is perceived as valuable. In our culture there is a perception that if a person is not “productive” then they are not valuable. Both the feminine and masculine suffer from this limited view of value. Ageing Gracefully for the Feminine This begins with an inner selfperception that needs to be cultivated. To age gracefully is to build self-esteem and self-value from the inevitable changes

physically, mentally and emotionally. David Deida stated while twenty-year-old women may be physically beautiful, they do not hold the real beauty that a mature woman holds, when that woman has learnt to value and love themselves. This type of beauty is far more attractive than skin deep stereotypical beauty. I also read in a dating book, that the woman who does not spend hours doing her make-up but who is at ease with herself will attract men. The traditional Western beauty myth has distorted our lives so much that we reject ageing. So to age gracefully for the feminine is to embrace new concepts of outer beauty, and nurture an inner feltexperience of beauty and self-value. Ageing Gracefully for the Masculine Likewise, the Western aging concept for the masculine is just as devastating. The masculine within us all wants to give generously, be productive and succeed. Ageing is seen to threaten that selfconcept as it is far more difficult to find employment, maintain physical strength

and be respected. So to age gracefully for the masculine, we need to embrace new concepts of social respect for the knowledge and guidance of the older masculine, especially for young men. What is important for the masculine is to find purpose outside the socially constructed “financial provider” role and to receive appreciation for his higher purpose. Embracing healthy concepts of ageing for the feminine and masculine are vital for ourselves and our communities. The ageing process can be a graceful process of coming into wisdom, higher purpose and inner beauty that everyone benefits from. Vanessa Bushell, Conscious Solutions, Coolum Beach, Phone: 0424 507 101 www.conscioussolutions.com.au

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The Enig a of Age By Raelene Byrne

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he law of nature is that all things move in cycles. As humans we have the cycles of birth, childhood, puberty, parenting, the empty nest, retired and then finally the death of the body that has lived a life of cycles on this earthly plane. All living things move through the cycles of life with beginnings and endings. In our human way of thinking we mark these cycles and experiences with a system of numbers that celebrate the end and beginning of one transitional year into the next. The excitement of birthdays for the young, turn to denial as the years pass and we experience the cycles of ageing. Perceptions about ageing have always been a double edged sword. On one side we are told to ‘age gracefully’ accepting all the wrinkles, grey hairs, extra weight and the ‘soft bits’ that appear, as ‘medals of honour’ for a life that has been lived. Then on the other side, there is a belief

that we need to stay youthful, fit, flexed and firm and try to be, or appear, ‘younger’ than our years. Holding back the gifts of time, creating a ‘false’ appearance and wanting to stay eternally young, is a way of keeping us out of alignment with the soul of who we are. We then are attempting to be something that we are not. Our bodies do change and ‘age’, that is the bottom line and it is NORMAL, it is a cycle that we must experience in this life we have chosen for ourselves. However, the essence of who we are, tells us that our spirit is the part of us that is completely immortal, ageless, unlimited and infinite. Our spirit has seen the cycles of time for more eons than we can imagine, yet it is still ageless, ever present and represents the truth of who we are, always. To love the age you are whether 15 or 80 is to say you are loving who you are in all parts of life. The confidence that

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radiates from a person, who absolutely knows and loves who they are, surpasses any and all gimmicks, that can ‘supposedly’ hold back the hands of time. The spirit, the shining light of a person who is connected to their own inner world, beams in such a way that age is never an issue; that person’s age becomes an enigma. The truth about age is not the numbers we can claim, or the way we look, it is how we feel. That is the spirit communicating its language through our heart. Some days, I admit, I feel like I am 100, and on those days I make sure I take it easy, other days I feel like I am 18, and use that excess of energy in a creative and productive way. These are the cycles and this is the enigma. Age is all about how we feel. Raelene Byrne Namaste www.medicineforyourspirit.com Photo Adori Studios

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The Wise Woman By Soraya Saraswati – Holistic Naturopath and Spiritual Mentor

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here is something special about being over 50. I always looked forward to this time in my life, feeling it would bring with it some form of magic, perhaps more wisdom and less parental responsibilities…more time to myself to smell the roses so to speak. I now realize around the age of 50 comes a very important ‘rite of passage’ for a woman, marked by the cessation of her menses. Menopause can bring many mixed feelings and sadly this last ‘blood rite’ of a woman (when she can finally

come back to herself) is often not only uncelebrated, it is often traumatic. Challenges of this time can be dealt with and overcome by adopting a healthy lifestyle, using natural medicines and relaxing more to honour her changing body. As a naturopath and spiritual mentor I enjoy assisting women through this transition period with the help of herbs, potions and helpful hints to make it more enjoyable. Talking about it often helps in itself. Traditionally menopausal women are highly respected and honoured wise ones, they are the grandmothers, the elders of a community. Having spent the innocence of childhood, the sweetness and passion of youth and the following fertile years of motherhood together with the sensuality and passion of sex in relationship, they have earned their place of respect. In our modern ‘sex’ and ‘sexy body’ obsessed society, this transition is often resisted, many striving to beat the illusive enemy of time, with chemical beauty treatments, nips, tucks, mature age IVF and surgery. This resistance to change can

only accentuate internal chaos and depression. ‘The Desiderata’, an ancient poem gives perfect counsel, “Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth”. As an elder now myself, let me say we are beautiful, in fact perhaps more beautiful, more authentic, more appealing than ever before, and we can have fulfilling wonderful relationships and fulfilling work sharing our gifts with others. This is my experience of being a wiser woman in a gentler phase of my life with a wonderfully loving husband. www.sorayasaraswati.com

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Love, Sex and Menopause – Loving the age you are By Janet McGeever

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enopause can be a time of huge change for a woman.

As menopause intensifies, women who have been so capable and successful in their career and mothering roles, can find themselves floundering in the uncharted waters of uncontrollable emotion. She can feel so tired that she becomes irritable like a bear guarding her lair. And the rising heat of hot flushes at night can make her suddenly fling the bedding off like she is slaying a dragon! It’s dramatic. It’s huge. It’s annoying… And the thing that women often miss is that it can also be an exciting time of discovering pure and untapped potential. One of the major challenges that women face in menopause is their desire for sex. While some women feel a distinct rise in their sexual desire and pleasure, others are just saying ‘Please! Leave me alone!’ – especially if she has been a ‘pleaser’ in this arena earlier in her life.

Further, due to hormones, the vaginal wall can thin and sex can become painful. I have heard women say that they have felt broken because of this and have just stopped making love. While it is important to honour her body’s message by not compromising sexually, her relationship with her man is often strained when she no longer feels like she wants to sexually connect… And at a time when she could really do with some loving support. Sadly,some relationships can actually fall away at this time, simply through sexual misunderstanding. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When men and women can find a new way to connect sexually, changing their navigation by just one degree, they can end up in a very different destination. For example, partners can take the load off the word ‘sex’ by changing it to ‘connect’ with love… Then let go of the ‘picture’ of sex being a certain way, and

open up to relax more. Another profound shift partners can make during menopause is to slow down their lovemaking, and be more conscious about letting go of any goals of making something happen. This will enable a woman’s body to really relax. When she has time to warm up – almost miraculously, lubrication is no longer a problem! (And just another little secret… this shift in orientation can also help men with erection issues. And then both are happy!) So if you’re experiencing menopause, don’t fight this wild change. Flow with it. Love the age you are in menopause – the ebbs and flows. Be willing to navigate waters that have previously been unknown and you will discover that your woman’s body is still VERY much alive! Janet McGeever is a Counsellor, Journey Practitioner, Art Therapist and Retreat facilitator www.theconsciousheart.com

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Age as a Journey! By Lynn Fallon

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am fortunate with my work to spend time with a kaleidoscope of people of many ages. My day starts with a school run of about 20 minutes drive to a local primary school in the Hinterland. As the children board the bus there is much excitement and chatter; every day is a new adventure. Friendships are formed and girls sit together and talk, boys head down the back to get up to mischief, the harmless sort of course. It is a time of learning even on the bus, finding boundaries and gaining acceptance outside the safe space of home. For the little ones a familiar smiling face who will help them if things go wrong is a very important part of their day. The older students are quieter, taken up with their own thoughts or their iPods but willing to help out. When it comes to my weekends it is very busy, in our beautiful part of the world there are many weddings. Welldressed young people board the bus, emotions and expectations are high. Seeing friends and family, we realise we probably don’t do this often enough.

Beginning a commitment to be with the one you love brings many feelings. The Bride looks beautiful and the Groom looks nervous, they just want the day to be perfect. So much planning and effort and here it is… and then it is over. The party continues on the bus with singing and banter. It is fun to be on the edge of celebrations watching the happiness unfold and everyone enjoying their time together. Sometimes the stress can bring some tears and there is life now shared. I have learned something since becoming a bus driver – girls like to get together! Often I pick up a group of friends who have left the children with their husbands to have some ‘girl time’. Staying somewhere nice and heading out on a gourmet food and wine trail, what a way to go! It may be a birthday or a hen’s party or just something done once a year that’s special. My husband says to me if everyone on the bus is talking who is actually listening? We love our regulars, those groups who have interests shared; it may be the

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his month Holistic Bliss talks with a satisfied Bodywise customer (who is also a health practitioner) about their experiences and thoughts on ageing, body shape and bras. HB: What are women’s main concerns when it comes to the way their bodies look and how does the Bodywise experience help with these concerns? Marilyne: I think most women are concerned with their ‘shape’ – wanting to look and feel ‘right’ no matter what they’re wearing - sometimes overlooking comfort in an attempt to do so. Bodywise bras have been beautifully designed to give most women a good shape, good support with absolute comfort and they look great. No riding up or constriction. HB: What are some of the physical/ emotional feelings experienced when being fitted for a bra or trying a bra on? Marilyne: My breasts are ‘too small/ too big/ not the right shape/ not firm/ I’m unattractive etc’. Considering how important breasts are on a consciousness level (nurturing, healing, nourishment sensuality sexuality respect, acceptance) – I think women can experience the

whole emotional range: anger, anxiety, grief, joy, sadness, fear. HB: How can/do women embrace ageing gracefully? (Women of all ages and stages of life) Marilyne: Accept who you are – understand and embrace your unique beauty. What goes on inside is the real you – this will be reflected in your eyes not your body. Love yourself first (including breasts!) Without unconditional love for yourself it’s not easy to love others. HB: What are the benefits of wire free bras? Marilyne: They’re so comfortable. So many women hate wearing bras because of the discomfort. It may also be worth considering the concern that underwire bras could be contributory to breast cancer because the wire sits on major meridian points. HB: Beauty myths vs personal body image vs media focus? Marilyne: What is beauty? Definitely more than skin deep! Human beings are tuned in to recognise physical beauty as it has a symmetry that we’re intuitively

aware of. A small minority of women and men conform to all our perceptions of physical beauty. We just need to appreciate and not compare. Even when we see someone that is physically beautiful, they may not actually feel attractive in themselves. Body image is in the mind… The media plays on our obsession with appearance and our insecurities and our belief systems about having the ‘right’ body shape. Holistic Bliss Editor’s Pick: I love the ‘Anita’ extreme sports bras. They are comfortable, super supportive and wire free. Unlike a lot of sports bra, they look good too! Bodywise Underwear started in 1994 in Sydney and moved to Victoria in 2007 and now provides women throughout the world with stylish, comfortable wire-free bras and underwear. You can visit the team face to face at their showroom in Woodend Victoria or receive an over the phone consultation anywhere in Australia or order online. Contact: 1300 66 17 66 www.bodywise.com.au

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n many of the world’s enlightened cultures, none are more revered than the elders. They have been bestowed with ‘the great gift of ageing’ – a unique wisdom that can only be extracted from decades of life experiences. In stark contrast, our culture is fixated on anti-ageing. It is a society where cosmetic procedures designed to artificially recreate extreme youth have become valued and necessary acquisitions. It is a society where we are simultaneously addicted to the habits and excesses of a lifestyle that makes premature ageing inevitable. This includes the endless consumption of processed, fat and sugarladen foods, soft drinks, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, late nights and chronic mental and emotional stresses. Ageing itself is not unhealthy – it is completely natural. However, it is the current way people age in our culture that fills us with dread and fear. Not only is the enormous value of accrued experience and wisdom disregarded, we have been taught to associate ageing with sickness, hopelessness and disease, not

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hat do you get when you bring together talented healers and a whole lot of creative energy? A new and unique event in Brisbane called the Healers’ Festival. ‘The Healers’ Festival South East Queensland’ has brought together a large collaborative group of healers in a short amount of time with a common goal: to assist other new and upcoming practitioners and spread the word to the general public about the efficacy of natural healing. The festival will also be a platform for established healers who can be of service to people with a range of issues that can be treated in a caring environment using powerful healing methods. “We want to create a non-threatening space where people can come and see who and what healing options are available to them,” said Katherine Van Uden of the Healers’ Festival Committee. The festival will be held at the upper level of the Community Hall at Mount Gravatt Showgrounds. in Brisbane. This is home to the weekly Sunday Fresh Food Markets which attract upwards of 3,000

beautiful souls. No doubt many of these market goers will find their way to the festival on the 18th March. Sabine Lamotte, Naturopath and Crystal Therapist said, “I have come to realise that the general public often has no idea what to expect from a therapy or treatment and so many never approach healers as an effective strategy for dealing with their ongoing health issues”. This is where education is important and the festival has gathered plenty of talented practitioners from a variety of modalities who understand and appreciate the benefits of an holistic approach to wellness. Theresa Pedersen Herbalist and owner of Mystical Essences said, “as far as herbal treatments are concerned there is often conflicting information in the media and on-line.” and this provides her an excellent opportunity to offer people firsthand information at the festival. The line up on the day is amazing, here is a little sneak peek… Brooke Hynch will demonstrate the use of crystal healing bowls during the day, as well as offering healings. Elizabeth Mani will

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Ageing Gracefully By Kama Frankling

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hat exactly does it mean to age gracefully and how do we do that? Your perception of ageing gracefully depends on your culture, your role models, your upbringing and your perception of the world you live in. Let’s approach this from an individual point of view. How can you personally age gracefully in a manner that is comfortable for you? The trick is to find Awareness, Acceptance and Confidence at each stage of your life and in doing so, to fully embrace each age as a gift. Awareness – As we get older we often forget to revaluate our lives. We make decisions early in life then we forget to explore how we really feel at each new stage of our lives. We can find ourselves neglecting who we really want to be and pushing aside what really matters to us. Awareness is the key. Take some time once a year and evaluate these questions. What really matters to me at this time of my life? Am I doing what is important to me? What do I love doing? Who am I at this stage of my life?

Acceptance – Find a space of acceptance for the age you are. When we embrace our age we remain beautiful, radiant and youthful from the inside out. Resisting our age is a constant struggle; imagine what that struggle is doing to your mind, body and soul. Acceptance of your age does not mean thinking that you are now old and don’t have to try. Acceptance of your age means exploring the wisdom and beauty that comes with age and enhancing the wisdom and beauty in to a glowing vibrant you. Confidence – True confidence shines from the inside out. Sometimes we need a little help to find that confidence and that’s ok. Confidence can be found through Awareness and Acceptance, through self development and from learning life’s lessons. This can take time. While exploring all of the above it is also ok to find a bit of external confidence. Once you have asked yourself the Awareness questions and found some Acceptance of the age you are now, it is time to have a play. Yes I said play. Go to the hairdresser and get a cut that suits

how you feel today. Get your colours done, find an exercise regime that suits your lifestyle and go to some of those fun self development courses. Eventually the confidence will shine from within. Ageing gracefully is an ongoing process. We are forever changing. Awareness keeps you on your toes and prevents you from giving up. Acceptance allows you to flow more easily through each stage of your life. Confidence enables you to follow your dreams at any age. www.gracefullynatural.com

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High Five Enterprises – Businesses By Robin Clayfield

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conomics has always been driven by ‘supply and demand’. You make something and if people buy it in enough quantities it gets made again, usually in greater quantities. Supporting ‘businesses with soul ‘not only supports them to offer their products and services, it has the potential to empower all involved in the transaction. Many of us choose to shop locally, shop organically, shop in accordance with our ethics and really live the catch-cry “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”. By shopping at big chain stores and with non-local businesses that have money making as their prime motivation, our money supports their ethics rather than what’s close to our heart. By supporting businesses with environmental, social and soul based ethics we enable them to continue, grow and thrive. This creates a continuing cycle of love, passion, creativity and good service as well as supporting a healthy mind, body and Spirit, for the patron as well as the business. The term Social Enterprise is becoming more commonly used by those

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Glow with Vibrancy! By By Diva Diaz

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judgments on our body? This is too big, this is too small, this is too saggy, this is too wrinkly! How much of what you eat or drink during the day has to do with what you should and shouldn’t do, what fits into your new diet, or how many antioxidants you can cram into one meal that will magically reverse the ageing spell? I don’t know about you, but that seems like a lot of work to me. Well, what if we’re actually missing something here? What if there is an easier way to BE with your body? Notice I’m not saying ‘do’ but ‘BE’. How is it that some people tend to age dynamically and others appear to glow from the inside out even at 80? Genetics you might say, society, or even pollution? However, what if it were something totally different? If you project a thought, feeling or emotion at a cell, it changes its shape from spherical to elliptical. This is the beginning of dis-ease in the body since the less-than healthy cell affects the regeneration process. So if you can literally change the cells of your body by what you project at it, is there a way to undo this energetic damage?

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Birthing with ease and grace By Katrina Zaslavsky

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e live in a scared society when it comes to birth. One woman after another confessed to me on separate occasions over the holiday season that they were simply ‘terrified’ of giving birth. Such an emotive word can only come from a deep dark place and is sadly a sign of the times. Unresolved, this mindset can only lead to more interventions, surgeries and preventable trauma for new mothers and only perpetuate the cycle of fear, control and over-medicalisation of birth that we face today. This begs the question, how did something so beautiful and light at its essence become so ugly and dark? When I shared with these women I had my girls naturally and drug free (not to brag but to normalise birth and spread positive messages) their eyes widened with sheer amazement. I may as well have said I had flown to the moon or spotted

aliens – it would have elicited a similar response. Yet this is what we have been designed for and have been doing since the beginning of time! So when did natural birthing become so rare, alien and even heroic? Just the other day, a US paper declared the largest baby ever born, “What’s more amazing is that Asher is “au naturale” – meaning no surgery and no drugs… not even an epidural… Natural delivery carries risks for the mother, but Kendall took it in her stride and is doing very well.” What about the risks of drugs and surgery? There is a fabulous acronym; FEAR is simply false evidence appearing real. So where did this fear or false evidence come from? We build our beliefs on the building blocks of all we have experienced and the meaning we give it. For instance, if all we have experienced of birth is what our mother told us or what we have seen in Hollywood movies (a frantic woman rushed in a wheelchair like a patient or

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Mercury retrograde sends everyone flying to their electronic devices to send you emails

March 20: Autumn Equinox. A brand new

asking why you haven’t answered their latest

zodiac year begins with the month of Aries.

request for:

This is a powerful moment and the message

still in Pisces as March begins, so happy birthday to all my regular Piscean readers and don’t forget that your life purpose is

assure you.

here is that life is a gift. So open it. The

1) positive reinforcement

greatest challenge this year for those on the

2) that book they lent you three years ago, or

unconditional love. I know this isn’t always

Path of the Heart is simply to relax and allow ourselves to receive. This is a faster way to

as easy as you would like. You tend to shy

3) the Mystic Formula for 2012. There is

away from anything ‘difficult’, so I’m sending

no antidote, unfortunately; all you can do

you an Angel of Courage to guide your path.

is answer as efficiently as possible. Also, tie

March 23: New Moon in Aries conjunct with

Meanwhile, I’m sending the rest of you a P.A

your car-keys to a cowbell because this is

Uranus the Excitable: It’s time to learn how

who looks like an Angel and washes you feet,

the time they go missing and stuff up your

to relax AND move up through the gears at

sending you into such a state of bliss that you

schedule completely. Also, ask people what

the same time. It’s the year of the Dragon, so

will never need to go to yoga again. Well,

they mean instead of assuming you know

do not dwell on the tedious stuff. Dragon’s

maybe you’ll go anyway, seeing as these vibes

them backwards.

don’t.

also brings wonderful stars for socialising

March 13: Jupiter and Pluto make everything

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and romance, so don’t forget to boogie on

easy. This is a fantastic combination of

new website for all the details about my first

down to your favourite location for full-

planets for business, prosperity and projects

(funny) book about the stars.

moon gazing. In a nutshell, forget booze and

that make your heart sing. Do not hold

Order the EBook about your star sign, or

covert sugar hits; this month it’s time for nice

back under these stars. You still need to be

purchase the whole collection.

clean healthy fun.

discerning, but in general, bigger and better

I can’t wait to tell you about it!

manifest than you may think.

are all about de-toxing. But this full moon

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Thinking about a pet? Give a senior a second chance By Amanda Quick, RSPCA Qld

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f you have recently been thinking about adopting an animal companion in to your life but the thought of having to wrangle a lively, untrained puppy or kitten is making you feel physically tired, consider the abounding benefits of adopting an older, ‘senior’ pet. Firstly, let’s dispel the myth that older animals have been surrendered to shelters purely because they are badly behaved or have personality issues. In fact, the majority of older pets are surrendered because of ‘owner’ issues – moving house, a new baby, perhaps a separation or financial trouble. Older pets have proved to be loving, loyal companions that are unfortunately the victim of their owners’ circumstances. Do you know the old saying, ‘you

can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? When it comes to, well, an old dog, this saying is actually false. Compared to a puppy, a senior dog is more likely to already know all his/her manners and be more receptive to learning new tricks and commands from their owners, seeing as they’ve already lived through their boisterous stage. The same is true for a cat – instead of shredding your couch, a senior cat is more interested in curling up next to you and relaxing. And you’ll have a better night’s sleep. (No midnight pounces on your head!) Their personality has fully flowered as well, meaning that what you see is what you get. You can instantly recognise a connection with an older pet that may not be so obvious with a kitten or puppy whose personalities are yet to develop. More often than not you will experience a stronger bond with a senior pet, too. They seem to know that you’ve

given them a second chance at a good life and they love you all the more for it. It’s not just the pet’s well being that improves, but yours. Statistics have shown that people who have companion animals in their lives do live longer. What’s more, you’re a down right hero – by adopting a senior pet you reduce the rate of euthanasia in Australia and reduce the market for inhumanely sourced animals, through such practises as puppy factories and backyard breeding. Senior pets still have so much life to live and so much love to give. If you are interested in opening your home to someone, contact the RSPCA or visit your local RSPCA Adoption Centre. www. adoptapet.com.au The RSPCA Million Paws walk is on the 20th May and raises money to help assist caring for more than 18,000 dogs that the Animal Care Centres receive each year.

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Learning from animals about ageing By Jenny Golsby

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iving with animals and working with dogs has taught me so much about how I reflect on my life. Every day I am alive is a day I must live to the highest potential, as tomorrow is a new day and yesterday is gone for ever! My age is just a number and it should never define who I am or how I feel but ageing has definitely made me more aware of the things I have unwittingly taken for granted during my younger years. As I age, I am aware I must take care of my health and I am no longer able to do the things I used to. Sleep and nutrition are far more important

than I used to realise and with age comes maturity, at least I would hope I have matured – just a little! Do animals see age as we do? For animals, survival and reproduction are of most importance. To them much of what happened yesterday, and what may happen next week or next month is unimportant. Living in the ‘now’ is imperative to survival. With age comes wisdom and experience but unlike us, an animal’s ego never gets in the way. Recently my little dog Snookums turned 14 years of age. It seemed like only yesterday he came into my life, just eight weeks old. I began to think about the past 14 years and how much we had grown individually and together. One of the most fulfilling things for me is the knowledge that throughout those 14 years Snookums has been provided for in every way important to his survival. That care will continue until it is time for him to pass over. Snookums has

now entered the final phase in his life. He’s a little greyer around the face, his little legs don’t move as fast and games don’t last as long, his tolerance to the younger members of the canine family is not as high, he doesn’t eat as much and he enjoys the comfort of his soft, snug bed. Even though Snookums is now a senior dog, he doesn’t look at his reflection in the water bowl, or feel concerned about how much he has aged, nor does he lament about his younger days. His life is about living today! Snookums loves the age he is, and he is healthy, happy and protected. Loving the age I am is about understanding my body, staying connected to the earth, sharing it with all living things, and not getting caught up in numbers.

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By Dr Kellie Yildirim

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ould you like to reactivate that spark in your relationship? Or learn how to keep it going? For years and years? Maintaining sexual attractiveness in long term relationships is an ART. All too often we become familiar with each other, we lose our mystery and neutralise ourselves. Sexual attraction is MAGNETIC ENERGY in dynamic play. Sexual energy, like all types of natural energy, forms between two opposite poles. Just like magnetic energy forms between the north and south pole or the two opposite ends of a magnet, or electrical energy forms between the positive and negative electrode of a battery. The opposite poles of sexual energy are our inner masculine and inner feminine aspects. In our attempt to personally grow and evolve in our modern culture we can inadvertently neutralise these aspects of our selves. Women have developed more masculine traits of having direction in their own lives and not relying on a man to lead them. She can be very decisive,

rule the roost so to speak and run the show. Women are becoming great leaders in their own right. And men have been embracing their own feminine aspects by surrendering into their feelings, expressing their creativity and being “hearts on” in the home and family relationships. Men have become more nurturing, caring and sensitive. And this is great. This is the evolution we have wanted. Equally empowered and equally empathetic men and women – This is awesome growth!!!! As individuals in our culture we are becoming more balanced and whole; owning and embracing our own personal attributes of inner masculine and inner feminine. This however can temporarily lead to ‘neutralising’ our sexual attractiveness with each other. Neutralising the spark!!! Why??? If both partners come home from work holding onto their masculine aspects of making decisions and leading, they will not experience the magic of sexual attraction together. They will clash, argue and fight, they will be in a

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How do you start the day? By Wendy Rosenfeldt

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hich Ayurvedic dosha do you relate to?

Vata wakes up and starts worrying about the day. “Now I need to reply to some emails before I leave this morning, I should have done them last night… and then fit a walk in before I go to work but I’m worried that I will be late for work again, I don’t think my boss likes me, maybe I should change my job, maybe I should go travelling, maybe I should have a baby… I just can’t make up my mind”. Vata jumps up and has a shower. Looking at herself she thinks, “I don’t look well, maybe I am sick, maybe I have cancer… I should get a check up”. She jumps out of the shower, dries herself quickly and hurriedly dresses. She rushes into the kitchen, makes a cup of tea and runs back to her bedroom realising that she has forgotten to put on her skirt. Then seeing the time she rushes out the door forgetting her tea and starts a speedy walk. Pitta wakes up in the morning, gets up and has a shower, reciting her positive affirmations, “I am perfect, I am

wonderful…”, Dries herself thoroughly, wiping between each toe, then dresses in an immaculate outfit and walks into the kitchen. She prepares a fresh juice, puts some toast on and wipes up a tiny crumb from last night’s dinner, fuming about her partners poor domestic habits. The toast burns, she curses under her breath “someone else must have turned up the dial too high!” “Why is everyone so incompetent,” she thinks. She makes more toast, then eats her breakfast chewing each mouthful 30 times, sits for 5 minutes to allow her food to digest, then goes for a walk. Kapha is woken up by her loud alarm. She rolls over presses snooze then goes back to sleep. Five minutes later she is awoken again by the alarm. She tries to press snooze again but in her lethargic state rolls over and falls out of bed. Kapha rubs her eyes and heads dreamily for the bathroom. She gets into the shower and starts washing her hair, daydreaming about the cute guy at work. “I wonder if he likes me but what would he see in me, I really should go on a diet… but I can never

stick to it, it”” she sighs, sighs keeps washing herself and half an hour later gets out of the shower. She dries herself methodically and slowly gets dressed. She goes into the kitchen, makes a strong coffee and contemplates her plan to eat less and exercise more. She eats a couple of pieces of toast, has another coffee and resolves to start the morning walk and diet tomorrow. Are you airy Vata, precise Pitta or dreamy Kapha? Do you exhibit the light changeable qualities of Vata as balanced enthusiasm or out of balance worry? Does your Pitta precision, useful in organising, tend towards frustration and intolerance? Does your stable Kapha nature ensure stability or are you feeling stuck in a rut? For consultations and seminars call Wendy Rosenfeldt phone 5499 9580 www.wendyrosenfeldt.com

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