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FOOD FOR THE SOUL 06 Salmon Fish Cakes with Mixed Herb Salad JEN MURRANT

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 What does your gut bacteria actually do? JOEL GRACE

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Banana Mousse Ice-Cream Bars TABITHA LEE

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Pink Pitaya Tart BEK MUGRIDGE

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Gardening for well-being MORAG GAMBLE

MEN’S HEALTH 12

Are you really failing? JEAN SHEEHAN

13 From suffering to success 14

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JULES O’NEILL

Self-trust in wobbly times

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The era of the lone wolf

24 How to create a conscious relationship

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 Why aren’t men encouraged to do self-care? ABBEY BENVEGNU

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PAULINE RYELAND AND KEAN BUCKLEY

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Salmon Fish Cakes with Mixed Herb Salad RECIPE JEN MURRANT

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½ cup mixed fresh herbs (chervil, dill, mint) 1 tbsp lime juice ½ tbsp olive oil 2 baby cucumbers, chopped Method: Gently heat ½ tbsp olive oil in heavy based pan. Sauté shallots for 5 minutes. Add ginger, chilli flakes and lime juice. Increase heat, place salmon fillet (skin down) in the pan and cook for a minute or so. Turn, remove skin. Cover with shallot and ginger mix, reduce heat, cover and cook a further 5 minutes.

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What does your

gut bacteria actually do?

WORDS JOEL GRACE

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e all know by now that taking a probiotic supplement and eating fermented food helps add friendly bacteria to your gut. But have you ever stopped to think why this is so important? One of the reasons your gut health plays such an important role in your overall health has to do with the 100 trillion bacteria that line your intestines. The latest research suggests our gut bacteria strongly influences a wide variety of functions in our body, that up until now we’ve taken for granted. Let’s look at some of the more surprising things your gut bacteria are responsible for. Your gut bacteria creates B Vitamins Feeling that 3pm slump in energy and need an instant boost? You may not be hungry; instead, you may be lacking the beneficial bacteria that create B vitamins in your gut. The B vitamins used by our body can come from food sources, or they can be produced by gut bacteria and absorbed via the colon. In fact, many strains

of bacteria that are common in the colon are known to synthesise several vitamins for use in the body. The B vitamins produced in your colon are known to be a source of energy and nutrition for both you and your microbiome. Your gut bacteria creates Serotonin Ever wondered why we feel strong emotions in our gut? Approximately 95% of one of our ‘happy’ hormones, Serotonin, is created in the gut – even though it is ultimately utilised in your brain! In fact, every known class of brain neurotransmitter can be found in your gut. This is one reason the gut is referred to as your ‘second brain’ because it often feels the emotions we think. Another reason for the second brain moniker is that your gut has a nervous system all of its own, known as the enteric nervous system. If we cut the nerve that connects your brain and gut, the vagus nerve, your digestive system can still work independently of your primary brain.

Your gut bacteria protects your Immune System Your gut is continuously exposed to both beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms. The foods we eat, the surfaces we touch, and the air we breathe all contain good and bad organisms that ultimately end up in our digestive system. As a result, your intestinal immune system needs to maintain a healthy balance between active and suppressive immune responses. And given it’s considered that your gut houses roughly 70% of your immune system, this is a very important balance to achieve. Thankfully, the overgrowth of bad bacteria in your colon is inhibited by the presence of armies of beneficial bacteria, which fight with them for nutrition and crowd out the bad guys. The good bacteria then go on to produce antibodies to pathogenic organisms, furthering the development of strong immunity. www.sunshinecolonics.com.au

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Banana Mousse Ice-Cream Bars RECIPE TABITHA LEE

GLUTEN/GRAIN FREE, PROCESSED SUGAR FREE, NUTRIENT DENSE Ingredients: 1 large overripe banana, at room temp 1 tbsp raw honey 2 tbsp almond or peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla ¼-½ tsp sea salt ½ cup full fat coconut cream (Ayam is a wonderful brand) ½ cup melted cacao butter ½ cup melted coconut oil Method: Line a 10cm x 16cm container with baking paper ensuring it is up on the sides to make easy to pull out once set.

Place the over-ripe banana, honey, nut butter, vanilla, salt and coconut cream into your Vitamix/Thermomix blender and blend until very smooth and creamy. You can use another blender here but has to be high powered to get a fluffy, smooth consistency. Slowly melt cacao butter over low heat in a small saucepan while stirring. Measure out half a cup. If you have melted slightly too much you can reset for another time to use. Add the half cup melted cacao butter back into the saucepan along with the half cup melted coconut oil. Add the butter and oil to the blender

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Pink Pitaya Tart RECIPE BEK MUGRIDGE | PHOTO AMELIA McFADDEN – Co-Founder Being Co.

Prettiest pink to brighten any day. Ingredients: FILLING 2 cups (300g) strawberries 1½ cups (160g) raw cashews 1 cup (250g) canned coconut cream ½ cup (200ml) any light-coloured sweetener, such as rice malt syrup or maple syrup ½ cup (100g) cacao butter, melted (or coconut oil but the tart will have a more prominent coconut taste) ¼ cup (35g) Being Co. pink pitaya powder CRUST 1 cup (160g) sunflower seeds 1 cup (100g) desiccated coconut ⅓ cup (135ml) any light-coloured sweetener, such as rice malt syrup or maple syrup ¼ cup (25g) cocoa or raw cacao powder 2 tsp (20ml) light-tasting vegetable oil, such as sunflower or rapeseed

Method: Preheat oven to 160°C. Place strawberries in a small pot over high heat. Roughly mash berries with the back of a fork until some of the liquid comes out. Boil for 5 minutes then reduce to medium heat. Remove from heat when the strawberries have almost completely broken down and there is only around 1 cup (220g) of strawberries. For the crust, add the coconut and sunflower seeds to a food processor. Process for 1 minute or until everything forms fine crumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until combined Line the bottom of a rectangular tart tin (I used one that was 13x36cm). Firmly press the chocolate mixture against the bottom and sides of tin. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven. Set aside to cool. For the filling, add the strawberry puree and rest of the ingredients in a high

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dible gardens are lifeboats in times of crisis. So given all that is happening in the world right now, it is no wonder we are seeing a renaissance of the humble kitchen garden, backyard chickens, neighbourhood trading of homegrown produce and a growing interest in permaculture. So many men and women have lost their jobs or become under-employed during the lockdown and found themselves home-based far more than they are used to. This has contributed to growing levels of anxiety and depression. Gardening is helping people through, just like we’ve seen in generations before. My granddad found great solace in his veggie garden when he returned from WWII, and he continued to grow for the rest of his life. Every time we visited he’d proudly take us to his little backyard to show us his tomatoes and beans – and we’d never go home empty-handed. I have strong

memories from a young age of the newspaper-wrapped parcels he’d hand my mum as we were leaving. We loved it – his tomatoes were so juicy delicious! As wonderful as it is, gardens are not just about growing food. They are places to be physically productive, purposeful and focused – making, building, growing and problem-solving. I’m sure that’s what my granddad did. Even just getting our hands in the earth has such a positive impact on our peace of mind. During the pandemic, we have become even more a nation of food growers. Gardening has helped with food security, staying socially connected, feeling hopeful and keeping calm – providing an outlet and a lifeboat in insecure times. In a recent study about edible gardening during the pandemic*, over 70% of survey respondents said that gardening had significantly improved their mental health, and an incredible 19% said it was essential to them for

food security and wellbeing – ‘a sanity saver’. Over 98% said they are going to continue gardening. Gardening helps us redirect anxiety about the future into focused action and strengthens our personal resilience. The future may be uncertain, but in our food gardens, we can create a real sense of security and feel like we have some control over what happens in our lives. This matters. In a garden you can be yourself too – relax and take time to think. You can design and experiment, meet your needs and those of your family, and create an abundance that can be gifted to friends and neighbours. In every city and town, there is abundant space for growing food – backyard, front yard, balcony – and if you don’t have space at your place, join or form a community garden. *Pandemic Gardening Survey, Sustain Australia. www.ourpermaculturelife.com

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ne of the most common diseases I see in men and have been asked to be a keynote speaker about is the ‘Failing Male Syndrome’. I call it a syndrome as it is a condition characterised by a set of associated symptoms. The symptoms are feeling useless and hopeless, with no purpose. I can give you loads of reasons why this occurs but for now the most important fact is to recognise it and then apply easy and effective tips to support boys, teenagers and men.

wake transitions. So what are you awake to? And what are you asleep to?

There is a powerful part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System or RAS. I first learnt about this filter and conscious mind when I was suicidal at 26 years of age. It was perfect as I integrated this information with my nursing and got profound results, not just for me but my patients and then my medical intuitive clients. This part of the brain (in the brain stem) filters information. It’s all about interpretation and perception. It’s also known as a set of connected nuclei in the brains of vertebrates that is responsible for regulating wakefulness and sleep-

If a male is focused on being hopeless, his RAS will look for all the reasons why he is a failure and search the memory as to other occasions he has been a failure. The mind and body react accordingly and feel low and like a failure. The same would apply if the male searched for all the reasons he is a success. Quite often the male is not failing, it is his perception only. When it comes to the RAS, you decided what is truth, fact and your perception. One of the ways to support this syndrome, is to commence focussing on all the success. Make a list each day focussing on your success and acknowledging yourself. This awakens the mind to what can now be a new story and truth. The next step to support this new journey is to be aware of words that are used. It is important to only have words that are emotive such as, ‘want, choose, will, and can’. By deleting words from your vocabulary such as, ‘have to, must,

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s someone who grew up with an acute sense of suffering, I know what it’s like to move through the ebbs and flows of suffering. For me at times, I felt expansive and in those times I could see where I was going, but then at other times, something would inevitably trigger a mental shift within and the mind would take hold and draw me down into a place of suffering. Unresolved emotional trauma that we experienced, but hadn’t effectively processed (because it’s not something most of us are taught, right?!), which results in that emotional trauma being stored in the cells of the body. It’s when a thought or incident triggers that wound that the trauma releases energy into our body, taking over our attention and our consciousness. I felt that sense of suffering until around 35 (I’m now 43). It hurts and can drive all sorts of behaviour that’s unsupportive to our well-being. If you’re someone who experiences any sense of what I am talking about then my

compassion, heart and love goes out to you. I wonder at this point how others experience suffering? For me the suffering was so acute that my #1 goal in life (until 2012) was to move beyond it… to move beyond suffering! To that end, I am a success in this lifetime. Our beliefs shape our reality. What do you believe that contributes to your suffering or not? Here are some of my key beliefs which helped guide me out of suffering: • Remembering who I am. I’m an energetic being, here having a human experience. • When broken down, everything is energy. Energy can’t be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms, so effectively nothing is ever truly lost. • That energy has an intelligence, I call it consciousness… it can be seen all around us in nature. I am that! I am an expression of consciousness, not separate, but connected as energy. I am that, we all are that!

• In this form we are the latest biological technology evolved on this planet, having a human experience. You/I get to have this experience so that consciousness can experience/learn through this expression of itself/ourself. What a gift! • In the infinite time since the big bang (and beyond) this human experience is such a speck of time and soon enough I’ll (we will) drop this form and return back to the intelligence that created everything… so why would I suffer through this experience?! • I am that… I am not the mind… in this human form I have access to a mind and I have access to a body. The constant stream of thinking, mental stories, emotions that is the mind, is a tool to master and use to shape our 3-dimensional reality. • Daily meditation gives me the SPACE from the mind so as to practise mastery of it. I have much more to learn here. www.iamconnected.com

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Life is more than

working hard to pay bills!

WORDS KATH ORMAN

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bouncing baby boy is born. His adoring parents are in awe of this tiny little person as they lovingly hold him in their arms. He has 10 fingers and 10 toes and is absolutely perfect! What will his journey in life hold? Will he: • Have a happy disposition, an enquiring mind and a love of life? • Nurture his body with food that nourishes and keeps him healthy? • Exercise his body, mind and soul to be the best man he can be? • Find work that he loves to do and is passionate about, which also rewards him financially? • Follow a path and achieve his goals and dreams and enjoy the journey? • Find a loving, supportive partner to share his life and have children of his own? • Have a strong network of friends who will be there to share the good times and the challenges? • Travel this beautiful world of ours and experience all that he can?

I am sure you will agree that these are all the things we wish for the life of the tiny newborn baby (male or female). Sadly, sometimes the reality is different. As our topic for this month is men’s health, I have focused on a baby boy’s life. The fabric of life is like a big jigsaw puzzle, and sometimes we have many of the pieces in place, while others are missing. Sometimes, there is too much focus on certain areas at the expense of others. Imagine our baby boy is now a grown man with a family, a busy life, a demanding job and not enough time to do all the things he wants to do. He is working so hard to pay the bills that he misses time on the beach with the kids, date nights with his life partner, and catching up with friends. There never seems to be enough money to take the family on holidays or enough time to keep his body healthy. Does this sound familiar? If so, it’s time to do a stocktake on where you are and where you want to be? The

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first step on the journey is to make the DECISION to change. You cannot change yesterday, but you can make a choice to enjoy today and all your tomorrows. Be honest with yourself. Sit down and take some time to write a list of what is working in your life and what you would like to change. It may seem overwhelming at first, but this is an exercise I do with my clients and it is wonderful to witness their growth, sense of achievement and enjoyment as they start to make a difference in their own life. Just visualise the jigsaw puzzle of your life. Take away the pieces that are not working and replace them. Imagine adding the missing pieces to create the life you want to enjoy. KATH ORMAN is a Senior Financial Planner of her company Goals & Dreams Financial Planning Pty Ltd, which is an authorised representative of Charter Financial Planning Limited AFSL 234665. If you would like to know more email: kath.orman@goalsanddreams.com.au or phone: (07) 3350 9595.

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Emotional happiness WORDS JULES O’NEILL

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hroughout my career, I’ve been privileged to see the inner world of many different types of men. Just as women have light collective qualities, so do men – even if they don’t know it! Back in 2013, I had the inspiration to share the collective qualities in picture quotes on my Facebook page. I believe they’re in every man. They may be hard to see in some men due to ‘stuff’ in the way. You may need to dig deep, perhaps change your own perspective, but they’re there. If you are a man reading this, my intention is to warm your heart and make you smile. If you are a woman reading this, show a man you know. It just might make his day! 1. Men, your smile brings so much joy to the world. It truly does. It can soothe women and children so much. Take time today to give a big warm, connected smile to the people in your home. Watch the vibe skyrocket. 2. The nurturing kindness of a man is his beauty. Whether you’re doing

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the work around the home, building a business that contributes, thinking of how to make things easy for everyone, connecting with your children or sharing with others how much they mean to you – it’s appreciated. 3. Men can easily balance out the most challenging situations – trust them! So easy and simple. Share your practical problems with them and see for yourself. 4. Open up men, you have so much to offer the world in how amazing you are. The more you vulnerably share with those you love, the more Earth smiles. 5. Men inspire fun and adventure in our lives. So much! Whether it’s through sport, acting, romance or business. There are many inspiring men in these fields. 6. Men have the ability to bring laughter and play into a space. Trust yourself! Whether it’s building a blanket fort, being a ‘home’ comedian or planning a getaway. 7. Men, even when she turns away,

hold her close, she will come back. Most women find it hard to be honest when they desire space. So instead, we can complain, defend or create drama. Give her freedom, and after a while, she will miss that heart of yours and come back. 8. Inside every man is a gentleman. YES!! I truly believe this. 9. Men have the ability to unlock the ‘yumminess’ in women. Men, ask your body to use its wisdom to do this with all the ladies lucky enough to experience the magic of your touch. Whether it’s ‘ooh la la’ lovemaking or warm friendship, your unique touch is magic! 10. Men, when you notice the individual expression of a woman, let her know – she will love that. Use words rather than thoughts. 11. Men, show the woman you love a mixture of romance and unique adventure – she will love that. Use your creative imagination and get wild with us. www.julesoneill.com

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Self-trust in

wobbly times

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ow often does life present us with challenges that require to fully surrender to self-trust? What teaches us to trust ourselves in that moment? Opportunities out of the blue, forks in the road, choices that don’t seem ‘rational’ or ‘logical’. These situations come along and all too often we revert back to our programming. What is ‘safe’? What is expected? If you’re always worried about ‘toeing the line’, are you ever actually being your true self? You’re always on alert – whether it’s conscious or subconscious. The trust muscle is rarely exercised! Trust issues can stem from being let down, by the actions of others, but also we can unknowingly create our own – by our own expectations, the fear of repeating past ‘mistakes’ that develop into self-doubting. You feel you need to

question yourself. Can I trust myself not to do that again? Trust ‘betrayed’ can be hard to overcome. I think building trust comes with continual ‘proof’. Everything is a choice – you can be dictated by external forces or follow your own path. It’s our perception of self, our capabilities, and the boundaries we build up around ourselves that stop us allowing self-trust. Don’t we humans like to know, if only just a little bit, some sort of guarantee of an outcome?! Or do we blindly have faith and belief that everything will flow and work out, however things unfold? Do you believe in your capability to adapt with how things work out, your place within your life, yourself, your self-confidence? I think it’s easier to trust yourself if you believe you’re in control of your own direction and destiny. You’re

responsible for most of what happens to you. Ultimately it’s up to you to point yourself in the right direction. Do you allow self-trust? Do you feel it’s safe to trust you? What if you trusted you were here to embody entirely your own flow? Doing exactly what you’re meant to, and also having each and every version of you building on the last – lessons, learnings and experiences. What if you never felt the need to doubt your journey and saw it as an unfolding? How empowering it is to trust! It’s something that gives back to you as you give to it. I think it allows much more freedom for you to trust others. Like much of life, it’s an ongoing process of surrender. Trust the universe not only has your back, but has your feet, and your heart! www.HealingKinesiology.com.au

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MEN’S HEALTH

The era of the

lone wolf

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f knowing someone has your back as you enter the ‘unknown’ would you take the first step? No one has it all figured out on this journey we call LIFE, yet why do men still try to ‘trudge and grind’ through it like the lone wolf, feeling as though the weight of the world needs to be carried on his shoulders alone? Is it because words like ‘help, support, advice, mentors, coaches’… have meant that you’re broken or less of a man if you speak about your concerns? That the words ‘retreat’ and ‘surrender’ stand for defeated, NOT going within oneself? I invite you to ask yourself, your mates/brothers and/or men in your life these questions. Is it because you’re afraid that others will abandon you if they know about your past? Is it because you never had a ‘father figure’, (nor he, your father, for that matter) lead you into the unknown? Is it because each time your heart has felt pain you made the ‘amour and walls’ more impenetrable?

Is it because of fear that if you go into the ‘unknown’ you’re scared of what you’ll find… meaning that you may lose your ‘identity’ that you worked so hard to create? Or is it because you feel like you’ll be banished, outcast from your friends and/or family and rejected because the unknown may change you? Leaving you feeling unloved, not belonging and alone?… Isn’t that a lone wolf? Well bro, I was a HUGE f###, yes, to all of these four years ago. And I also had very low self-worth, belief and confidence due to the weight I was carrying from the questionable actions I had undertaken in the past. Even heavier was the shame and guilt I suppressed. Though on the outside it looked like I was crushing life; supervisor running a $140 million project, beautiful partner, heaps of mates, fit… yet so unfulfilled. This all changed when I had men have my back, and right by my side to step into the unknown – BECAUSE

what I came to realise is that… it wasn’t the load that was weighing me down… it was the way I was carrying it ON MY OWN. How did I get to the mindset to step off the edge? It took rock bottom, back against the wall, back door burnt for me to grit my teeth and finally say to myself … F### THIS, there has to be another way… so I went searching. Want to go far… you go in a pack. Brother this is your invitation to take the step, that your head is stopping YET your heart is yearning for. COURAGE ISN’T THE ABSENCE OF FEAR. And you don’t need to be ‘in a hole of despair’ to improve, better yourself or grow as a man. THIS SIR, for myself is a daily practice now. What’s the best thing that could happen when you leave the precipice? BLASE GRINNER is a Transformational Coach, Men’s Group Innovator, Speaker and Retreat Facilitator. www.blasegrinner.com /blasegrinner

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MEN’S HEALTH

Why aren't

men encouraged

to do

self-care?

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en’s health is a topic that resonates a lot with me, and as a woman, that may seem a little strange. “Why are you so interested in men’s health when you’re a woman? Shouldn’t you care about women’s health?” Men’s health is important to me because if a man is unhealthy – physically or mentally – it affects everyone around him. For me, health is health. And we are all in this together. Women are told to #selfcare and #loveyourself all day every day, whereas men aren’t. But gone are the days of men needing to ‘hold it together’ for the sake of appearing tough. The more in touch a man is with his feelings these days, the more appealing he is. What’s needed now is men and women sitting in a circle together. What’s needed now are brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers showing

up for each other so we can live in harmony, planting the light in new generations. This is so all the beautiful children can be born into a world where they are safe to be themselves, to play and to imagine. We must remember the ancient ways and consciously relate with each other with the eyes of God. No more suffering. No more depression. No more suicides. Just love. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 years, and 75% of those who take their own lives are male. Men’s work is the catalyst for healing throughout our communities, and as a woman, I feel the importance in my role to help cultivate that safety for men. Men’s groups are created to lay those foundations so that every day we can nurture men to heal parts of themselves so they can rise to be the protector of the feminine. From this space, the female can flourish in her magic.

It’s a balancing act. A dance between the two; an ever-flowing ebb and flow of infinity. So what can we do about it: 1. Look at the men in your life and look at your relationship with them. Can you bring some harmony to them? 2. Become a safe space for men to explore and express. 3. Ask the men in your life how they are right now. Men aren’t wired to talk about their feelings openly. All their lives they’ve been brought up with the mantra ‘men don’t cry’, so they think showing any sign of feelings is a weakness. It’s up to you to open the door and give them permission to speak freely. It may not happen straight away – they may feel awkward for doing it – but the more you ask them how they’re really feeling, the easier it will be for them to open up. www.abbeybenvegnu.com

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hen Swiss Physio Catherine Godward was contacted about Healy, she was excited but also a little sceptical, she decided to give it a try, given the 14-day money-back guarantee – nothing to lose. She didn’t have any ailments at the time, so started using it on anyone she knew that had discomfort, and even remotely, the results were quite incredible. Healy is the world’s first App-based wearable Quantum Healing Device created by Marcus Schmieke, a German Quantum Physicist – it analyses and measures the user’s individual frequency via a Quantum Sensor and delivers customised frequency programs to realign the cells, regain emotional balance and bring the energy centres or chakras back into balance, vitality and overall well-being. Healy can be used on people, pets and more – making it a great device to have at home to support the body, mind and spirit.

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Thousands of testimonials available in the various groups are growing daily. Catherine shared her excitement with her friend Catherine (Swan) who had been doing energy bodywork for years and felt she would be open to the opportunity. Soon after a gardening injury damaged her achilles heel, there she sat, unable to walk. Using the Healy many times a day with specific programs, she believes it definitely accelerated the healing process and pain was quickly reduced. Some people need just one session to feel a change, others need a few treatments over a period of time to notice a significant difference (depending on what is going on in their lives). There are four editions of Healy, the hardware is the same but program packages is the main difference. The top edition ‘Resonance’ is handsfree and has the ability to vibrate distant treatments with the frequencies

delivered into the quantum auric field. This can be for individual people or groups, great for practitioners and coaches who have clients globally. All editions have accessories including wristband electrodes that deliver the microcurrent on the physical body level; tingling can sometimes be felt. Dr Carolyn McMakin is one of the many professionals on the Healy Medical Board, who has produced videos speaking about Healy with Sport (ATP) and also health. Links are available on the website below. DISCLAIMER: In the USA and Europe, Healy is a microcurrent medical device for relief of acute, chronic and arthritis pain and muscle soreness. Whilst scientific research underlies Healy technology, it does not claim to cure, treat, mitigate, diagnose or prevent disease, but rather to support energetic balance and enhance recovery, vitality and well-being. www.harmonizedhealthandwealth.com

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The Future of Business and Well-being “I KNOW, THE WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT WHEN HUMANKIND STOPS SUFFERING. HOW CAN TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT US TO UPGRADE OUR OPERATING SYSTEM, WITHOUT BECOMING THE SYSTEM?!” – TROY HAINES, TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY WORDS ANDREW DUDEK

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hat would you do, if your inner voice whispered, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to serve the planet and thereafter initiate world-wide transformation.”? Queensland-based humanitarian, truth seeker, writer, entrepreneur and multi-faceted business leader, is one such extraordinary individual who heard the call, grabbed it, and took on the ‘mission’ head on with both hands. Today, Troy is a white-hot trailblazer in the utterly stupendous, stunning human potential program, Transformative Technology. Transformative Technology may 20

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well be one of the boldest, most exciting, emergent, ambitious and all encompassing paradigm shifters currently on the face of the planet. Under the banner of Transformative Technology Academy (TTA), Troy heads up the planet’s ‘chapter’ lead for Queensland. Preceded by a lifetime of deep immersion in ancient meditation practices (particularly Zen) inspiring and helping hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout Australia, winning multiple awards and recognition for achievements in the startup, innovation and ecosystem development sectors, Troy is the embodiment and essence of TTA. Troy, who also founded theSPACE,

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an incubator for entrepreneurs, instinctively understands the power inherent in synergistically embracing the heart and the head. “I grew up with a sense of suffering, even though I had a relatively good life,” he explains. “My suffering left me confused and overwhelmed by the world… but this is what led me on a path of learning who I was and how to end the suffering in my life.” Inevitably, Troy’s ‘satori’ moment compelled him to tantalisingly consider embracing ‘the ancient technologies’ (such as meditation) in concert with an array of modern technologies that

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support and treat, for example, brain wave states, or our crucially vital sleep cycles. Troy explains further, “Technology is a blessing or a curse. We all see the underlying evils, for instance, within social media… therefore we should support only technologies that serve humanity, so that our use of technology is solely determined by what makes us best evolve as humans.” Make no mistake – Transformative Technology is a deep, fearless dive into a myriad of riveting possibilities and breakthrough outcomes. When asked how he would sum up the entire movement in a sentence, Troy nails it: “Fundamentally, we are bringing together science and spirituality!” Wow, that’s the kind of language Holistic Bliss readers instantly appreciate! So, what more specifically is Transformative Technology? Simply put, and as per their sumptuously detailed volume of online information, Transformative Technologies are ‘… medically and scientifically validated technologies that support mental health, emotional well-being and human thriving.’ Is TTA a ‘movement’? Is it emergent? And is it pulsating with the incredible potential to unleash unimaginable planetary healing and transformation? Yes, yes, and yes! It’s also quite the exhilarating ride navigating TTA’s website, online links, articles, videos and references. One can literally be left breathless pondering the future possibilities, the existing milestones and the overarching beautiful hope for humanity. In this sense, TTA is hands-down in a league of its own and unquestionably ahead of its time. There is simply insufficient space here to itemise all the technologies and services TTA embraces, but here’s a tiny snippet: AI and robotics (for behaviour, mood and learning, etc), networks and computing systems (for behaviour and emotion tracking, etc), medicine and neuroscience (for brain research, neuroenhancement, happiness engineering, etc), biotechnology and bioinformatics (for brain and gut, depression and DNA, etc), energy and environmental systems (for mentally and supportive cities, offices and homes via light, sound, smell, power, etc), blockchain and digital EMR for psychological data (for tracking wellness and well-being, incentivising behaviour change).

In short, TTA is the most expansive, magnified program of its kind; and a turbocharged networking organisation on steroids. Participants, entrepreneurs and investors include (and are granted access to) medical doctors, scientists, psychologists, psychotherapists, researchers, the latest cutting-edge technologies and peer reviewed material, literature and products. Troy has real insight and knowledge about TTA’s commitment to synergistically supporting mental health, well-being and humanity. In the context of the COVID-19 era, Troy knows there will invariably be misinformation followed by mistrust. “This is a perfect opportunity to go into the stillness… to get a greater sense of our intuition, and in the stillness navigate within a world so full of dread and distrust. “At TTA, we help people access these realms, and shift their point of view to actually becoming an observer. It is literally entering another dimension… and provides humanity with a greater sense of knowing.” Troy speaks with animated compassion, intellect, clarity, humility and the benefit of his profound life experiences. “Pain in all its forms can be a beautiful motivator.” He explains how and why TTA is the perfect entity and program for individuals from literally all walks of life. “Anybody who has an interest in building, applying themselves and looking to elevate their human performance and potential is the perfect member.” Again on the subject of epidemics, Troy argues that “… a bigger epidemic, for example, than COVID-19 is the sleep (or lack thereof) epidemic. Ultimately, consciousness is the big DOMINO. Consciousness is an energy with intelligence. It is all around us in nature. I am that… and we all are that!” The TTA includes a no fee/no equity program. There are a staggering 11 technology categories from artificial intelligence to neurotech. “We represent the largest global community of innovators and entrepreneurs who are using tech for expanding joy and possibility.” Finally, another revelation and passion Troy shared was the importance of appreciating the five key brain wave states and how we daily move from state to state from our peak activity cycle to our sleep cycle.

WE REPRESENT THE LARGEST GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE USING TECH FOR EXPANDING JOY AND POSSIBILITY.

TTA has the modalities and technologies and techniques to teach participants how to consciously bring themselves in and out of certain states, whilst setting up their day and work place in such a way so they can expertly ride through the flows for maximum attainment of best outcomes. Transformative Technologies is one mighty melting pot. Entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists and practitioners and all interested parties are encouraged to apply. As Troy has confirmed, “We are leveraging tech for mental health, well-being and joy.” Specifically, that includes: preventative healing, up-skilling for the future, stress, anxiety and depression reduction, sleep enhancement, developing self-awareness, resilience, social skills and happiness, embodiment of purpose, self-actualisation, expanded mental and emotional cognition… and that’s just scratching the surface. The magnitude of this extraordinary movement is a testament of what can be achieved when the heart and brain are utilised in tandem; when science is used to support, not jettison, spirituality, when the two spheres of the brain are intertwined. And when purpose is placed ahead of materialism and profit. Troy Haines embodies all of these dreams, ideals and lofty, principled pursuits. Despite appearances… our world is definitely changing. For the better! Transformative Technologies and the likes of Troy Haines are seeing to that. Will you enter this brave, bold, beautiful world, and unlock your incredible, magnificent desires and possibilities? www.iamconnected.com Holistic Bliss | NOVEMBER 2020 |

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MEN’S HEALTH

How to create a

conscious relationship

WORDS PAULINE RYELAND and KEAN BUCKLEY

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conscious relationship comes from a space of nurture and support which inspires and encourages the other to grow as an individual and as a couple; where you can let go of expectations, judgment and demand and come from a place of kindness and gratitude. It allows you to be able to discuss the heavy topics, with each person taking ownership of their role. It’s about taking responsibility for your own issues and taking action to work out how to move through it, heal it and be truly vulnerable with each other. When you can do that, then you grow and evolve as an individual to be the best version of you and then your relationship can grow and deepen as well. By being together, it creates more in your life in every way. When you are present and connected to yourself, it allows you to do the same with your partner and this is what starts to create a deeper intimate connection with each other. When you let go of demand and replace it with appreciation

and honouring of each other, the relationship blossoms. This allows for deeper intimacy. When you reach this place, everything changes and expands and your sexual connection can go to a whole other level as well. PAULINE RYELAND, Intimacy Whisperer®, Sex, Libido, Relationship Coach and Educator. www.paulineryeland.com

Kean says: The world needs conscious men. A conscious man is aware of himself as soul. A conscious man seeks challenge, growth and becomes deeply interested in his partner, family, and the world. When a man is present, he will form deep, meaningful relationships that work. Couples that consciously connect, are catalysts for real purpose and real change in the world. When a conscious couple connect, evolution always occurs. There are many challenges associated with conscious coupling, as you both have an opinion and nobody plays games, but the growth and success arrived at through the open

respect and negotiation of a conscious relationship is empowering. Couples who negotiate openly throughout challenges become stronger, deeper and more intimate, especially in areas like sexual intimacy. Men who understand that their power lies as much in vulnerability as hardness will thrive in the 21st Century. Men who are open to their partners’ viewpoints as much as their own will thrive and empower their whole families. We must be aware that old male role models got us this far and to make life work in the 21C we must be even more balanced. Even more evolved. A man who is enrolled in conscious connection with himself, extends a fuller connection to his partner, with a level of sexual intimacy and potency to match. The decision to make ‘conscious connection’ one’s primary focus in life, creates a deeper, richer connection that everyone can see, touch, and feel. KEAN BUCKLEY is a leader, speaker and facilitator in men’s health and well-being. www.zeroplusnine.com

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Preventative Men’s Health Tips WORDS ANNE ALECKSON

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As a spiritual teacher who most often works with women, when the men’s health theme rolls around each year I don’t often know what to write about. Unfortunately, this year my contribution to the conversation is obvious, having recently had a close family member receive a diagnosis of bowel cancer. He is only 33 and one of the healthiest and fittest people I know. We have all been completely blindsided by this because he has always been and continues to look very, very healthy. So, my message here and in my column this month is an urging to men… particularly young men to please see a medical professional if you notice any of the symptoms of bowel cancer. Find a list of symptoms at: www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/ symptoms

Anne x

espite rarely needing to see a medical professional, as soon as he noticed symptoms that he had never experienced before, he immediately booked to see his doctor. I’m told this is most unusual for the majority of men who will often ignore the symptoms and never find the time to visit their GP. Early detection now means that after a bout of chemo, to treat the spread to his liver and a small bowel operation, he should be back on track and moving on with his life… as a healthy, young father. His medical team have advised that bowel cancer in a young man may be a condition that carries from father to son, and his sons will need to start testing by the time they reach their 20s. DID YOU KNOW? • Bowel cancer incidence rates among young people are increasing both in Australia and internationally. • There has been a 186% increase in bowel cancer cases in adolescents and young adults (15-24 years) over the past three decades. • Bowel cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for those aged 25-29, while bowel cancer and brain cancer are responsible for the greatest number of cancer deaths for those aged 30-34. • 15,352 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, 1531 (10%) of whom are under the age of 50. Let’s look at dis-ease through the 5-step framework that I developed and work through with clients around health, emotional and all other issues.

Reclaim – Hurt, trauma and damage created as a by-product of living life cause a tearing away of aspects of soul and self so when we reclaim these parts of self and become whole by healing the trauma, we repair the physical manifestation of those hurts through emotional healing. Activate – When we activate the super-conscious mind we open the connection to our ‘inner healer’ and intuitively know what is required when it comes to our own healing and even better, prevention of disease. Create – Remembering that ‘everything that happens is a reflection or projection of what I think and believe I know about me and everything else (including cancer and health) I can do the inner work of changing my beliefs and thoughts which have created my reality. Master – Becoming the master over my personal energy frequency allows me to rise above and see the higher or bigger picture, allowing me to choose to ‘learn my lesson’ and no longer require the physical manifestation of dis-ease in my body. Embody – Recognising my connection to all that is, which leaves nothing out, I walk gently through life embodied of the frequency of the perfection that I already am (dis-ease cannot exist within perfection). ANNE ALECKSON chases away inner monsters to reveal your true genius, through her Ultimate Power framework, energy frequency healing and channelling All-That-Is. /AnneAlecksonSoulSpeaker www.AnneAleckson.com Email: info@annealeckson.com

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Prevention is better than cure WORDS SIMON CONNELL

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ealth is nowadays spoken in terms of men’s and women’s health as if the two are different. What is agreed to be the meaning of health is a soundness of both mind and body promoting a state of happiness. Some descriptions even include prosperity. Prosperity being understood as “to look forward with hope”. So health isn’t a gender specific thing, but there are different nutritional needs for men and women. Quality nutrition is not only necessary for good physical wellbeing, but mental and emotional health also. There is not a sensation in the body induced by an action of mind that does not involve vitamins, minerals, hormones and proteins. The beating of the human heart is maintained by the mineral potassium, salt helps the retention of water in the body, calcium strengthens bones and teeth, feelings of stress promote the release of adrenaline,

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norepinephrine and cortisol. Our lives are chemically related in thought, feeling and action. But thought and feelings also need to be expressed. To hold onto negative thoughts and feelings has negative results mentally, emotionally and physically. In one area of health women are in front of men – lifespan. Women are more likely to live between 3 to 3½ years longer than males. What are women doing differently, and if men do it, will they benefit? Interestingly, in adolescence females tend to mature about three years earlier than males. Is this gap in emotional intelligence the difference. Females have a greater tendency to express emotions, which means more than anything else that they acknowledge how they are feeling and are likely to confide in someone about it. The link between emotion and

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would like to bring into perspective my own personal experience, both as a person and as well as a doctor of men’s health. It is assumed that when we get older, we start declining in our physical and mental health. Interestingly enough, as I am approaching nearly 50, I have to say I feel in the prime of my life. It is by this age that when you make the right changes in your lifestyle, you can potentiate your qualities. Men tend to neglect their bodies, which in turn, affects their minds. It is sad to see people developing metabolic syndrome, the prediabetic state, with one of their first warning signs being erectile dysfunction. This can be a red flag as an indicator of cardiovascular health. Again, we cannot separate the body and the mind. Men tend to increase their drinking habits, and depression sets in. They feel their zest for life is gone. But this can be

completely reversed. I encourage them to surround themselves with people who are going to challenge them physically and mentally. As there tends to be a healthy competitive mindset, this can be the spark to keep you going and mature as well as a vintage wine!! I strongly recommend a book by Steve Biddulph called Manhood. I read this 21 years ago when I first arrived in Australia. It is important to spend time with other men, fathers and sons, doing men’s business, creating an adequate role model. This is seen in every traditional culture. Humans are social beings, and this interaction is essential for our health. Unfortunately in current times, the viral pandemic has tampered with this interaction and is having an even more serious impact than the virus. Getting out in nature, going hiking, cooking and chatting around a fire with

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Support your loved one under stress with a potent technique WORDS ELIZABETH CARUANA

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n this challenging world, we find ourselves with increased stress. This changes the way we interact with each other, and both women and men are finding the journey has impacted their level of joy, vitality and health. In the energy body, a system called Triple Warmer is responsible for our survival. It governs the fight-flight-freeze response and the ‘search and destroy’ component of our immune system. I like to think of this energy as ‘Thor’ who is both a protector of those he loves and also a warrior, commanding his troops to protect his world – your body! This ‘Thor’ energy is always on alert, scanning the environment, recruiting energy from meridians and other energy systems when ‘he’ perceives a threat. For many people today – especially men – this system is in overdrive and over-vigilance, as fathers and providers are under increasing challenges to take care of their families.

In men particularly, their Yang energy can become overburdened and affect their mood, vitality and sense of being ‘provider’. With Triple Warmer or ‘Thor’ in overdrive, this can activate the fight-flight-freeze response even more than usual. When Triple Warmer perceives a threat, it recruits energy from the spleen meridian first, which also governs the immune system and healthy spleen energy is critically important for good health. In this situation, there are increased stress hormones in the blood system and a depleted immune system. A very simple way to help calm down Triple Warmer and take ‘Thor’ off alert and over-vigilance, is to hold points on the forehead affectionately known as the ‘OMG’ points. Simply by placing one hand over the forehead and one hand at the back of the head level with the eyes, with a very light touch, you can quickly support a loved one under stress.

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Men, sex and midlife WORDS JANET McGEEVER

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t can be uncommon to find men in a counselling room, unless his partner has dragged him there or, he has become so devastated by loss of a relationship, he simply doesn’t know where to turn. As women approach menopause, this can be a profoundly confusing time for their male partners, with her experiencing hormonal challenges – such as mood swings, loss of libido, sleep deficiency, anger, anxiety, just to name a few. A man is left floundering as to what to do and how to connect with her. It can feel like a minefield to him. No matter which way he steps, he may be triggering something! Sometimes she retreats from him. And this can bring up profound grief, rejection, and often depression. It’s often a time that women are starting to speak their mind, or feel hopeless, and don’t want to make love anymore. It’s

sad that this is often when things fall apart. But there is hope. Here are a couple of my tips for men. Firstly, stop trying to make her better. She doesn’t need your solutions. She just wants you to be there and hear her out if she needs to speak. The best thing to do, is be present – that is, sit facing her directly, watch her with your eyes, gently, without being distracted by phone or TV, be receptive – yes, nod, acknowledging that you ‘hear’ her. And give her a hug. It’s pretty simple. The less you say is usually better! Unless she asks for your opinion. Secondly, educate yourself about Tantra. When it comes to menopause, slow mindful lovemaking is more conducive for her body. And you will love it too. She may not feel sexual desire. This does not mean that she doesn’t want intimacy. She often does, just not the way it has been. She needs longer to ‘warm up’, a more sensitive, non-goal-orientated approach and

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relaxation to open up. Melting hugs with no agenda. Thirdly, watch your own emotions and feelings. Seek some support to work through your feelings so that you are genuine and ‘clean’ in your communication. She may already be feeling overwhelmed by life, children, parents who need care, etc. Any pressure for sex can be felt, even subtly. Being resentful and angry or going into your cave will only push her away. Stay ‘present’. Share that you want to connect with her. And reassure her it’s not about sex. Because it actually isn’t, even though your body may be telling you that! This is actually about love and connection.

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The gift of the

divine masculine

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remember a female colleague saying to me in 2012, “You have a man brain”. Now I love the divine masculine, so I took it immediately as a compliment even though I knew she was being derogative. She was referring to my ability to resolve and move on; not get caught in the emotion of something. Yes I feel it, I understand it, then I apply intelligent emotion to it and move on. I have had lesson upon lesson this lifetime, experience upon experience, and not all of these moments have been cherished. If I allowed myself to get caught up in emotion consumption, I would be in a permanent white jacket or six feet under. Which brings me back to the divine masculine; if it were not for my man brain – my ability to not get caught in the emotion but understand it and then

move on – I would not be sitting here right now writing this. Ever heard the saying, if you can’t work something out walk away, get distracted and come back to it? I have used this mantra for many many moons. If I cannot work out a solution, I will walk away. I work on my motorcycle, I completely get distracted by something, anything other than what my mind is working on. My mind will continue to look for a solution, but it is not consumed by the issue, it is consumed by the distraction. This effectively moves me from being in ‘it’, to being outside ‘it’, and this is where I find the solution. The divine masculine always walks away, gets distracted and essentially buys thinking time. We know men do this, we have seen it. They go do something when we really, really need to talk, for example. The divine

masculine processes differently. The divine feminine processes file upon file upon gigabytes of emotions; whereas the divine masculine processes logically. The divine feminine faces an issue and immediately feels; the divine masculine faces an issue and immediately thinks. It is no secret that we need both to function really well, but we do not need a 50/50 blend of the two to be whole. I work predominately in the masculine, and I love it. I am a solutions expert, and I tap into the spirit world to get the solution. I encourage you to pull out your divine masculine for Men’s Health Month and see where your best balance point sits. And have fun with it – spirituality is not a race nor a competition; it is an individual journey. Blessings xx www.insightsbyjohnita.com

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or years men have been forced by society to fit into the stereotypical ‘man box’. They have been taught there are certain things real men must be: economically and physically strong, tough, brave, family providers. And from a young age, told to ‘man up’, ‘suck it up’ or stop acting ‘like a girl’ whenever they display any kind of emotion. They are told there are certain things men should not be, like kind, nurturing and tender. It is this restrictive view society offers of what it means to be a man that causes confusion and depression, increasing stress levels, changes in brain chemistry and hormonal imbalances (yes these don’t just happen to women). In our modern society, we are slowly but surely becoming more in tune and sensitive to men’s emotional needs, which also leads into how men view their mental and physical health. As men’s bodies change over the years, it is important for them to seek

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out and obtain new knowledge and solutions towards health and wellness; to be in tune with their bodies. This proactive view will help men achieve optimal health, no matter what stage of life they are in, instead of the archaic stereotypical reactive attitude to physical and mental health that has been so prevalent in men in society previously. Prevention and early detection of underlying health conditions when it pertains to men’s health are often neglected compared to the strategies women put in place for self-care and health and wellness responsibilities. Compared to women, men are quite often more likely to lead less healthy lifestyles – including smoking, drinking alcohol, eating poorly and lack of exercise – and less likely to seek medical, mental and emotional health solutions or support. Additionally, men are more likely to put off routine medical check-ups. Good men’s health begins with

putting in place strategies to become well and stay well. Try to focus on finding a life balance that works for you. You can start creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by reducing and managing your stress levels, cutting back on alcohol and drugs, making healthier food choices, drinking more water, exercising regularly and recognising the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicide and taking action early to address these issues. It’s also important to recognise that these changes take time, and any setbacks are normal. Don’t give up when things don’t go to plan. Most importantly, remember men and women are entitled to feel things equally. Try to get in touch with and accept how you feel. Talk to other men, family and friends and embrace all that it is to be a man, not just the things society tells men they should be. www.greenvalleybowentherapy.com.au

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What was a

catalyst for my change?

WORDS RICHARD AYOUB

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n 2013, being the Director of Saka Water Australia, I decided to create an Alkaline World community; a portal for sharing and informing people about the amazing health benefits of living a healthy alkaline lifestyle. After several years of promoting Saka Water and educating people on living an alkaline lifestyle, I was blown away by the many benefits people were getting and humbled by the amount of positive testimonials I received on a daily basis. Now I am excited to share my knowledge and wisdom through Alkaline World, whose mission is to supply the best nature-made alkaline health products while sharing the alkaline message throughout the community. My team and I proudly research and offer award-winning premium health and wellness products, such as Saka natural alkaline water, Kuvings cold press juicers, hydrogen and alkaline water systems, Don and Tyler Tolman products, Natural Superfoods’

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WORDS RUSSELL STURGESS

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demons have come home to roost, so as to speak. Anger is one of those demons. I learnt four important things about anger when studying Attitudinal Healing. Let me share those insights. 1. If someone is not extending love, then it’s a call for help. That’s the bottom line. Anger is in fact a call for help. Often times, when we are in the position of not feeling good about ourselves, our only way to survive is to project guilt onto someone else, and then get angry at them. That’s the only way we can manage to have any sense that we are ok. Of course, none of this is a conscious strategy. Additionally, this strategy for getting relief from our pain and suffering isn’t sustainable and by repeating it regularly, it eventually becomes a habit. 2. We are never angry for the reason we think we are. There is an expanded rationale to the projection approach to anger. A client of mine came to me after having been severely bashed by another guy off the back of my client’s angry outburst. My client was angry with life. Family, work colleagues and neighbours were often exposed to his anger. It turns out that his reason for being angry stemmed from his childhood narrative. He had been sexually abused as a child and lived his life with the expectation that life was unfair (to put it mildly) and that’s how it

has turned up his whole life. Given that is his constant perceived reality, it was no wonder that he was angry. He would say that he has been ‘F’d by people his whole life. I was only the third person he had spoken to about his childhood trauma. 3. You can’t change what you can’t see. Research has revealed that for the majority of us, we function through life habitually, 95% of the time. In other words we live on automatic pilot almost all of the time. As the adage says, “if you always do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got.” So for change to happen, you first have to become aware of your current reality, and with guidance appreciate why you might be in that position. Awareness includes two other aspects. What would your life look like if you felt really good about yourself, if you were no longer defined by your childhood narrative? And then finally, what feeling would I need to identify with and what changes in my behaviour would make it possible for me to replace my anger with kindness both for myself and for others? 4. You can choose kindness instead of this. This is about being mindful. The beauty about the last aspect, becoming more aware, is that it gives you choices. Living habitually means you are without

choices. Mindfulness means living in such a way that you can stop at any moment and remember that there is a choice to be kinder to yourself, to others and to the planet. This however, does not place an expectation on you to act kindly. Other than to stop and recall that you have a choice, you are encouraged to then follow the path of least resistance. So here is how this works. You are presented with a situation that habitually sees the anger building in you. In that moment, instead of becoming angry you STOP, and remind yourself you have a choice to be kinder. You could take a moment to recall why you are angry and if you chose kindness how this moment could be different. You might even consider the strategy that you worked out that might make kindness a possibility. Then, if you are still inclined to be angry, be angry. Chances are you will do it with more awareness. If you repeat this sufficiently, there is a tipping point where instead of choosing to be angry, you choose to be kind, to yourself and others. By doing this you are programming a new, kinder habit. It won’t happen overnight, but with persistence, it will happen. My angry client is now my mindful client. He now naturally chooses kindness as his approach to life. His angry habit has been sustainably replaced with a kindness habit. www.russellsturgess.com.au

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MEN’S HEALTH

Male empaths in a

WORDS REBECCA-LEE

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riting about the male empath this month seems particularly important and, in all honesty, well overdue. It’s not that I like segregating us all and making one group of people special or more important than the other. It’s just like anything else; different groups of people can experience things differently. The male empath often feels an extra sense of heaviness, particularly in the workplace (although I acknowledge this is not the experience of all male empaths). Whether you’re a FIFO, chippy, brickie, in the workshop, office or somewhere else, the male empath often has a whole other layer of challenges. There is an expectation among many men and in many work environments for men to perform, speak, interact and behave in certain ways. In some of the most toxic male environments, our men can be thought of as some kind of ‘pussy’ for showing an overwhelm of feelings or their emotional side. What does that mean for male

“men's" world

empaths? Empaths are tuned into the emotional world. Many guys don’t like to admit or claim themselves as an empath because feelings are usually the domain of the feminine. Even though we are all made up of masculine and feminine energies, it can be difficult for some blokes to claim this feminine side of themselves. This leaves them lost, angry or turning to some sort of addiction to deal with the influx of emotional energies (both theirs and what they have absorbed). Many guys won’t talk about what they are feeling. To clear the emotion, it has to be expressed or at the very least recognised. Energetically, for the feeling or overwhelm of emotion to clear, they will need to process it verbally. It doesn’t need to be processed verbally, but for the empath and/or novice this is often the best way. The next challenge is feeling all the unexpressed emotions of the men that surround them – all the undertones, ‘vibes’ and energy of everything that’s not being said. This can make any empath feel like they are going crazy if

they’re not trained in understanding their empath gift. For a guy, this is amplified because their very nature is to feel they ‘should’ be solving the problem. Over the years, my heart has been drawn to the plight of the male empath, having had many close personal and family relationships with empath males, and consults with empath male clients. I can offer you the following tips: • Constantly clear your energy field. • If you cannot talk about the feeling, recognise it. Give it a label and notice the energy of that emotion and where it is in your body. Breathe into it with the intention for it to dissolve. • Learn how to protect your energy field so you don’t absorb so much. • Know yourself deeply so you can begin to instantly recognise an energy that’s not yours. If you need to work on how to understand your empath gifts and better use them to navigate your working world, please contact me. www.rebecca-lee.com

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Time for an

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WORDS MARIE SLOCOMBE

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t this time of year, with winter well and truly behind us and long summer days just around the corner, many of us take the opportunity to give our homes a good spring clean. Along with cleaning those dusty, hard-to-reach spots and ensuring our home is free of mould and other toxins, it’s the perfect time to deal with another invisible nasty: electromagnetic radiation (EMR). There is much research to show that prolonged exposure to EMR emitted by WiFi routers, mobile phone towers, smart meters, wireless technologies and household appliances can be detrimental to our health. Indeed, many people are extremely sensitive to the increasing amount of EMR in our environment, so it is important to reduce our everyday exposure to it and the best place to start is in our own homes. A good first step for an EMF spring clean is to measure the current levels

of EMR in our home, particularly those areas in which we spend the most time. EMR is measured using an RF meter and is measured in µW/m². The Australian College of Environmental Sciences recommends <10µW/m² for living spaces and <5µW/m² for sleeping areas. The next step is to identify the sources of EMR in the home. The most obvious emitters in our homes are WiFi routers, smart meters and smart devices but there are also some unexpected sources of EMR to be aware of, such as baby monitors, cordless phones, smart fridges and even LED light bulbs. Once the source of EMR has been identified, we can consider ways to either increase our distance from it or ways to reduce its use. For example, if the bed is against the opposite side of the wall from a smart meter or a high emitting appliance, can the bedroom furniture be re-arranged to increase distance from the source of EMR? Can the WiFi router

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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE

Are dogs truly man’s best friend? WORDS VIV ADCOCK

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have an un-doggy male friend who recently went through a marriage breakdown. At the exact same time, a stray dog found its way into his life. My friend was distraught, angry and confused, and though he never admitted it, he was deeply depressed. He retreated into his cave and became a recluse, shutting himself away and rejecting anyone who reached out to him. Having the dog to consider and care for, he would drive into town once a week to buy food for the dog, at the same time neglecting feeding himself. During the next few months, the stray dog never left his side, sensing his new master’s pain. My friend recently described those months to me. He recalled spending agonising days of loathing himself, blaming his wife for everything and then hating himself for blaming her. Days of internal fighting rolled into weeks of hopelessness and despair. The dog stayed in close proximity, laying close by but not under his feet. He didn’t expect anything from my friend or annoy him for anything; he only desired to be there with him. The dog totally

allowed for wherever his master was at – energetically, mentally and emotionally – no matter what. As time went on, the pain subsided, and my friend reached out to me. The dog became quite a talking point as I knew my friend was not an animal person, yet this dog had found his way into my friend’s heart and life at the time he required it most. He hadn’t even given the dog a name so he wouldn’t become attached. They had created a companionship that went way beyond words. For me, the dog’s gifting and contribution of kindness were palpable. I introduced my friend to the fact that some animals are healing animals. They have a sense and instinctively know where we are at. A lot of people don’t know how to be with someone who is in pain; it can be confronting and uncomfortable for them. Often these well-meaning people unknowingly and unintentionally add to a person’s healing journey with their need to focus on the ‘problem’, fix something or create comfort as a temporary distraction. To have an animal or someone that can just be whatever is required is one of the greatest gifts. This is a space that

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Secret men’s business! WORDS DR ELAINE CEBULIAK

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have a beef about men. They are secretive about their health concerns, DO NOT make regular appointments with their GPs, and ignore their health issues. It is the same with male owners of male dogs, especially those dogs with entire testicles! I have diagnosed and treated/supported several patients and species with various testicular and prostate cancers. As I have medical degrees and advanced diplomas in veterinary medicine and surgery, as well as human naturopathy, nutritional medicine and herbal medicine, so I have a unique perspective on how to help these patients. I was able to help my friend Dr Ross Perry a couple of years ago – he was literally dying of metastatic prostate cancer. Here is a link to his journey that you are free to watch and share: https://youtu.be/jnq0zq7H7No. The anticancer advice is applicable to many, as is checking for elevated PSA and hopefully picking up any problems at an early stage. My son also had a cancer journey. He had testicular cancer that had already metastasised by the time they got around to doing an ultrasound of his testicle. A

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