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“Your Magazine With Soul”


Blissful Living? HAPPINESS IS

Simplicity Food for the Soul FOR SPRING

Kim Serafini and Kristine Carlson

Living the Big Stuff with Gratitude



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Follow your bliss!


ell it was pretty difficult to not have immense gratitude receiving twenty or more articles about gratitude in my inbox this month! How did I get so fortunate and what a gift! There are so many ways I am grateful for the magazine and my life and I’m not saying that to be cheesy, it’s actually how I feel on a deep level. And after connecting with so many kind souls at the Conscious Life Festival last month, there seemed to be a recurring theme… many people shared (and a few with tears in their eyes) that the process of writing an article in the magazine has assisted them to express and be themselves more fully than ever before. And I realised what a transformational experience it is to write from the heart, pushing through fears of being exposed (and for some of our spiritual writers, past

life fears can come up) and it is giving and a receiving on many levels. Writing and sharing openly in a public forum is about being seen so it is a great joy and honour that I have been a part of people’s process particularly given ‘being visible’ has been a big part of my journey and continues to be… I have realised, you don’t have to be talking on a stage to ‘be seen’; expressing yourself, openly with your guard down, through written expression, is just as much about being in the public eye. Words can and do change the world as they have an energy behind them and a possibility in them… What words can you express in the verbal or written form that can transform and connect you even more to YOU? Can you be grateful for all of you?

“Your Magazine With Soul”


Blissful Living? HAPPINESS IS

Simplicity Food for the Soul FOR SPRING

Kim Serafini and Kristine Carlson

Living the Big Stuff with Gratitude



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8 FOOD FOR THE SOUL 6 Spiced Red Lentils by Vicki Taylor 7 Dukkah-Crusted Ocean-Caught Fish by Marlies and Jai Hobbs 8 Millet Patties by Bo Wong 10-11 Let’s Build a Very New, Refreshing Approach to Wellness by Warren Stewart 12 Be Spring-sensational! by Lucy Walter  Personal Training with a Difference by Clint Bauer 13 What is in your Water? by Ann Zulehner COVER STORY 14-15  Kim Serafini and Kristine Carlson Living the Big Stuff with Gratitude

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16 Gratitude in your Body by Jean Sheehan 17 The Gift of Grief by Wendy Mulder 18 Healing with Gratitude by Jo McAlinden 19 Creating the Life We Desire by Michelle Lightworker 20-21 Opening the Heart to Love by Jennifer Therese 22 Ascension Therapy and Forgiveness by Natalie Grant 23 Happiness is Simplicity by Erin Barry 24 Body Beautiful by Shauna Teaken 28 Would you be Willing to be Grateful for You – Right Now? by Gary Douglas 29 Natural, Organic Presence by David Anderson

30 Appreciation for All Things Great and Small by Toni Reilly 32-33 Thankful for my Health and Vitality by Dr David Hendrey 34 Spring Clean from the Inside Out by Leanne Vickery 35 Guided by Spirit by Jane Tredrea HOLISTIC KIDS AND PARENTS

36 Spirited Children by Talitha Talarek 37 Sharing Gratitude with Children by Jean Sheehan 38 Blissful Living by Margaret Braunack 39 The Secrets of Your Shadow by Inna Segal BEAUTY AND STYLE 40 Creating a Divine World by Therese Kerr MINDFULNESS AND CONTEMPLATION

42 Fear of Commitment Can Feel Like It’s Real. It’s Not! by Mary-Lou Stephens 43 Can NLP Change Your Life? 44-45 The Power of Gratitude by Dr Cassandra Osborne 46 Clearing the Baggage for Spring by Veronica Garrett 47 All Well and Good for You! NATURAL ANIMAL CARE 48 How can You be Grateful for Your Horse? by Viv Adcock 49 The Natural Healing Force by Dr Henry Stephenson 50 51


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Spiced Red Lentils RECIPE VICKI TAYLOR, Queen of Spice


Serves 4

Have you ever used this spice? It’s a vital spice used in vegetarian cooking, mainly Indian cuisine that contain lentils like dhals and pickles. It’s also referred to as ‘Devil’s Dung’ or ‘Hing’. Asafoetida comes from sap from a perennial herb relating to a species of giant fennel. Ground down, Asafoetida is usually blended with a starch of some sort so be careful as sometimes this can contain gluten. Yellow Asafoetida has been blended with turmeric and is usually okay but check the labels. The aroma of Asafoetida is extremely pungent, smelling something like sulphur but luckily it doesn’t taste like that. When it’s cooked out it has a flavour similar to that of onions and garlic. Some religions forbid the use of onions and garlic in their food so using Asafoetida is perfect. Asafoetida also helps relieve digestive problems like flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome and irritable colon. Many people suffering from these conditions can tolerate and enjoy lentils or beans when Asafoetida is used.

Ingredients: 2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 8 curry leaves 1 quill of cinnamon 2 whole cardamom pods, bruised ¼ tsp Asafoetida 1 tsp Red Hot Chilli Pepper Bombaywalla curry powder 1 tsp mustard seeds 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 2 anchovies, chopped 5 cups of reduced salt chicken or vegetable stock (subtitute water if no stock) ½ cup coconut milk Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Method: Fry sliced onions in oil until caramelised, with the mustard seeds and the curry leaves. Add minced garlic, ginger and cook for a further few minutes. Add in the anchovies, the Asafoetida, the curry powder and the remainder of the spices. Add the spiced lentils and stir well. Add the stock and bring to boil. Turn heat to low and simmer with lid on for 015-20 minutes, stirring occasionally (don’t let them burn!). Add a little more water or stock if required. Cook for another 5 minutes, before adding in the coconut milk. Stir. Remove from heat and add lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Dukkah-Crusted Ocean-Caught Fish and Garden Salad RECIPE MARLIES and JAI HOBBS

Serves 4 Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Tartare sauce (recipe in paleo recipe book page 218) Sweet potato chips (recipe in paleo recipe book page 128)

Ingredients: 4 x 200g firm white fish fillets 1 tsp coconut oil Salad: 4 cups mixed lettuce 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cucumber, sliced 1 small red onion, finely sliced Salt and pepper, to taste Serve with: Honey and wholegrain mustard dressing (recipe in paleo recipe book page 207) 1 / 3 cup dukkah (recipe in paleo recipe book page 205)

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carefully add fish. Cook for 5 minutes and then turn and sprinkle with the dukkah. Transfer the fish fillets to a baking tray, dukkah-side up and cook in the oven for a further 5-8 minutes, depending on thickness of fish. While fish is cooking, prepare garden salad. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with honey and wholegrain mustard dressing. Serve fish with sweet potato chips, garden salad and tartare sauce. Tip: Fish is cooked when a fork penetrates the thickest part of the fish fillet without any resistance.

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Have you heard about Millet?

Millet Patties WORDS BO WONG

Serves 4 Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: ½ cup organic hulled millet 2 cups water 3 big flat mushrooms 5 sprigs Italian parsley 1 medium red onion 1 / 3 cup sprouted flour (or spelt flour) 2 organic medium sized eggs ½ tsp turmeric 1 tbsp cumin powder ½ tsp Himalayan rock salt (or sea salt) ½ tsp cracked black pepper ½ tsp onion powder 2 tbsp coconut oil Raw garlic aioli: ½ cup blanched almonds or cashews, soaked for a minimum 4 hours 2-3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp organic Dijon mustard 1 juice of large lemon 2 tbsp olive oil ¼-½ cup water, as needed ¼ tsp Himalayan rock salt (or sea salt) ¼ tsp cayenne pepper


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Method: Before cooking the millet, rinse thoroughly under running water. Begin to boil the millet with 2 cups of water on a medium flame, stirring occasionally until the water is evaporated. It will look like a grainy porridge – set aside to cool. Finely chop the onion, parsley and mushroom. Add these and the rest of the ingredients (apart from the coconut oil – this is used later) to the millet and combine well. Once all mixed together, form palm size patties and fry in the coconut oil over a medium heat. It will take about 3-5mins on each side depending on how crispy you want your patties. To make the dipping sauce, place all the aioli ingredients (except the water) in a high speed blender and blend until well combined. Then slowly add the water and blend until the garlic aioli is a creamy consistency you are happy with.

Millet is a gluten-free digestible grain, which has a mild flavour that lends itself well to seasonings. Locally grown organic millet in its hulled and whole-grain form is generally available to buy from bulk food places in Australia – which means less packaging (you can usually take your own) and therefore fewer recyclables. Not to mention easier on your wallet while also supporting the local economy and in turn decreasing your footprint on the earth. Millet should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry place, which will keep it fresh for several months. For more healthy meal ideas and tips visit the Empowered Women’s Channel – the home for vibrant living. We love eating a more plant-based diet, which supports locally grown food. We feel eating this way not only gives us a colourful plate, but it’s more eco-friendly and strengthens our connection to Mother Earth and ourselves while filling us up with positive energy and happiness. Talk about a plate worth eating!

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Refreshing Approach to Wellness

Let’s build a very new,



he health food market in its zealous desire to ‘get it right’; to change the landscape in our society from a sickness industry to a vibrant health food market, in truth is half blind to the actual mistake it aimed to correct. While the aim was to build health, the answer has typically been, in all reality, fixing illness symptoms not with drugs, but by natural means. The approach though actually, is almost a carbon copy of the original. Often I find myself blocked in my thinking of a new approach, as I and you have the

upbringing of the sickness model of health. We literally see in the same old way, and fail to see a new way. With all due respect I ask you this question: What is the function of a ‘Health Department’? It is in reality to ‘stop disease’. Does health not mean absence of disease? Frankly we all have so much upbringing like this that blocks us from seeing the opportunity to be healthier. The new approach must be to focus our thinking on the outcome we want: not absence of illness, but true wellness.

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to process fibre; it is what makes the bowel move. And, it was the outside of the wheat that has all the goodness in it. So white bread (or white flour) has no vitamins, no minerals and no fibre. So, we have a piece of knowledge on brown bread, fibre and bowel function, nutrients, and health. Surely this empowers us to think with a new approach. Bakeries today have not only brown bread, but all varieties of enriched bread, with nuts, fruit and Omega 3 fatty acid sources. The new thinking is that eating wholesome bread leads to wellness. I have been in the health food industry for over 25 years and I have had many a brown bread-white bread nutrition dilemma. Here’s another. I remember hearing about amino acid (the building blocks of protein) supplementation, and I thought “oh god, only those protein starved in Africa would be benefited by taking amino acids”. So I read the research: why or why-not would you benefit from an amino acid supplement? Simply speaking our protein intake while high, may, after digestion result in deficiencies of some aminos as the protein is typically of a meat source (and this may not have all the aminos we need). Furthermore, as our diet is typically high in fat, our liver may not convert

one amino to another. Then there is the research evidence: that certain amino supplements have a beneficial effect, like high tryptophan intake can help with sleep at night. Do you see how my upbringing, a belief about protein intake blinded me from seeing the truth? That is, the real reason for deficiency, and the opportunity to use amino acids to boost wellness. So I say to you: we still exist today with many ‘pieces of knowledge’ and nutrition beliefs that act as blocks – stopping us from seeing the truth of how we can build wellness. Here we go. We all know that we need a ‘good diet’, so what exactly is that? Some carbohydrate, protein, fats… oh, more fatty acids… and good salads. So is this totally correct? The truth is no. Definitely a big no! Our research shows that indeed we need what is called a more alkalising diet. The reality is, that after the digestion of our food we are left with either an acid residue – from say a high protein intake – or alternatively, left with an alkaline residue from say, a high greens intake. The truth is, that just like the white versus brown bread story, we now have to consume about 70-80% alkalising foods and 20-30% acidifying foods.

And, instead of saying we are healthier, let us move away from this word that means (and is very much tied to) absence of disease. Let’s say we will be ‘more well’. Wellness is a very positive word. And the approach of alkalising to ensure wellness is a very positive approach. This is the mission of the nutritionresearch-based company Morlife: to vastly improve your nutritional intake. We are conducting the research to formulate nutritional solutions into truly high nutrient foods (or functional foods) to ensure wellness. This is a refreshing approach; one in which we want to partner with our customers to ensure all of us do gain wellness, and in turn get more out of life. My role, (and it’s fun), is to facilitate this Morlife business mission: to ensure our customers gain wellness (not just our goal, but yours too). Do email me, to seek more on this story. WARREN has spent over 25 years in nutrition research, has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, and heads the research team at Morlife, a Gold Coast functional food company that has won many awards, including last year the Best of the Best, in the Australian Food Magazine Awards.

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Personal training with a difference WORDS CLINT BAUER


’m shaking my head at how quickly spring has come around this year, each year it seems to show its face earlier and earlier, or maybe I’m just getting older! This is such an exquisite time of year and my thoughts start to turn to beautiful salads, Spring fruits and a feeling of abundance. I’m filled with a sense of gratitude when I consider where we live. Our country is second to none with the variety of fresh foods we have access to. Over the last couple of years we have been developing Australia’s first accredited Raw and Vegan Chef Certificate to take to the world, and in this program we get to showcase some of the most incredible foods grown right here in our beautiful country. I love winter and I definitely love my winter veggie garden, but for most people, one of the biggest obstacles when considering adding raw is those colder months. We know it can be tricky, especially on those chilly nights snuggled in front of the fire. But now Spring is with us, let’s shed those winter coats, bring out our creativity again and celebrate food in its most pure and alive state.

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What is in your water? WORDS ANN ZULEHNER


p to 50 different chemicals can be legally added to our tap water. Fluoride is just one of them and was firstly added in Australia in the 1950s. More than half a century later there is still controversy about the possible health effects. Why? When you hear about fluoride in drinking water, it comes from adding a fluorine compound (usually sodium fluoride, sodium fluorosilicate, or fluorosilicic acid) to the water. When fluoride enters into the food chain, it stays there, it accumulates and is not biodegradable. Once in the body, fluoride is absorbed into the blood through the digestive tract. It travels through the blood and tends to collect in areas high in calcium, such as the bones and teeth. How did water fluoridation start? In the 1930s industrial fluoride emissions from the aluminium, glass and fertiliser industries were posing an increasing problem because of their devastating effects on trees, crops and wildlife. Meanwhile some studies of children living in naturally fluoridated areas confirmed their lower incidence of dental decay. It was the biochemist Gerald Cox, sponsored by the American aluminium giant ALCOA who suggested that if naturally fluoridated water might prevent tooth decay, it was only logical to add fluoride to all drinking water. From being a troublesome industrial pollutant, fluoride suddenly became a desirable “medication”, and the

fluoride-producing industries had found a new way to dispose their toxic wastes. As water fluoridation schemes spread across the globe scientists got disappointed by the results. In the 1980s it was obvious that dental health improvements were actually related to a better diet and improved dental hygiene. The figures published in 1990 by the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry showed no benefits to teeth from water fluoridation. Some studies even proved that dental health got worse in fluoridated areas. The National Research Council of America admitted that by the 1980s, where the fluoride content of the water was around 1 ppm, 22% of the population now had fluoride toxicity (dental fluorosis) and at 1.8–2.2 ppm, 53% of the population had dental fluorosis. Fluoride toxicity occurs because, in addition to the water drunk, all foods and beverages manufactured in fluoridated areas and all food cooked with fluoridated water also contains added fluoride. It is also added to all crops watered with fluoridated water and gets into sewage, rivers and the ground water. Fluoride overdoses can cause mottled teeth and bone damage known as skeletal fluorosis. Many studies have demonstrated that fluoride inhibits a wide range of enzymes and has inhibitory effects on the functional abilities of white blood cells, an integral part of the immune system. That

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f I rated my level of gratitude speaking with Kristine, I’m sure it was ‘off the Richter’ especially given her personal circumstances at the time. Kristine’s daughter was due to give birth to her third child in a week or so and just days before we spoke, Kristine’s dear motherin-law passed away which was the last family connection to her late husband Richard. As many are aware, Kristine and Richard shared a great love with a deep connection living and working together with spirit and bringing two beautiful girls into the world, so it was a shock and tragedy when Richard died seven years ago from a pulmonary embolism while flying on a plane. Kristine and her family were grief-stricken and also left with an international book series and brand to manage. With time, they found the courage to process their loss and Kristine released a book, ‘Heart Broken Open’,

which has touched people all around the world. It was such a privilege for Kristine and Kim to share their personal experiences with me so candidly. Kristine’s grace and serene calm was palpable and she demonstrated what gratitude and being present means in daily life, which was very inspirational. She said, “Unless we can access our gratitude, we can’t have true abundance. Gratitude for me is about noticing what you have and focussing on what you have rather than what you want. To be able to look at your life and look at all the aspects of it that are wonderful, even in the midst of difficult circumstances helps foster resiliency in life.” Kim added, “For some people gratitude is a specific activity, but for me it’s a natural way of being. It’s not something I do, it’s something I am. I don’t do ‘thank-you’ because it’s a way to express appreciation, I am thankful, all day every day.” Kim went on to explain the science of gratitude which she shares with international audiences… We know when we feel a deep appreciation and genuine sincere thankfulness, a couple of processes happen physiologically. We know we get an increase in oxygen absorption in our cardiovascular system. That is medical proof. So it’s a healthy emotion to indulge in and we also get an increase in collagen production. What gratitude does, is it starts a cascade of chemicals so there is a cocktail that your body is being saturated with through the endocrine system. Of all the emotions, gratitude is the healthiest to experience on a regular basis. So being grateful is a mindset and you can completely change your life by shifting your focus; from being negative to being in gratitude. For most of us it’s not a straight path, it’s a winding road with peaks and valleys. Kim’s the first one to admit her life has not been without challenges. She has experienced loss, tragedy, illness and said she went through a significant issue last year with a personal relationship ending. What she discovered in the process was the power of gratitude and asking questions to set herself free: “What do I need to see or know that this is in the best interests of my higher self? If I had to be grateful for this, what would I be truly grateful for? What aspect could I be

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grateful for? She said you can ask these questions in mini meditations and during the day… “I’m not saying coming up with the answers is easy!” she said. Kristine reflected and shared her experiences of growth and gratitude through her loss, “I can identify how I lifted myself up quite immediately. I said to myself, “You’ve been really blessed and I thought about my blessed life with Richard.” She still went through deep grief but what it did was give her the hope that she could return to a blessed life. She learnt ‘presence in grieving’ quite quickly, more than at any other time in her life, “I realised in the present moment I could feel okay.

I believe in kindness as a true spiritual principle and priority for me. Sharing what is really going on with people on a heart level. Not from an ego level. I do believe in living the principles you teach rather than telling people how to live, without living those principles yourself. – Kristine Carlson

What an amazing teaching, if I’m in my past, I’m crying all the time and if I’m in the future, I’m crying all the time and miserable. Being in the past or future was like standing in the doorway bashing my head against the door. Once I realised

Kim and Kristine originally met through a mutual friend and global change agent, Marci Shimoff from the United States. So now Kim and Kristine work on many projects together including earlier this year touring with the “Truth event” and they also empower groups of women in Bali twice a year through the Serafini Mindspa retreats.


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I’m the one doing the head bashing, I could stop it pretty quickly.” Both are as humble as they are successful, smart as they are joyful. They don’t ‘sweat the small stuff’ and are prepared to ‘live the big stuff’… and Kristine is even okay with the fact that her car and wardrobe are not always neat and tidy! Kristine said Richard never held himself above the rest of the world. He sat in the trenches of life like everyone else and he just observed the things that bothered him and also watched the people around him and the things that stressed them out. That is why the series remains popular today; it isn’t the big things that people struggle with, it’s the day-to-day minutiae that gets them down and into a spiral of negativity rather than focussing on what matters. “That’s what the ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff work’ is all about and that’s why gratitude is so important as a daily practice,” she said. The three of us exchanged a lot of information in a few hours and with plenty of laughter! I actually felt like I could have written a whole edition (and more) about all their combined wisdom and stories: from Kristine’s spiritual background, to being on Oprah, to discussing personal and confronting issues like grief and loss. They both demonstrated generosity with open hearts and I am also grateful that a special Holistic Bliss episode has been created by Kim Serafini using her new enriching visions technology. To honor the miracle that is your mind/body and enhance your wellbeing using a brilliant new approach, please treat yourself to a very special transformational video at This video focuses your mind on wellness, joy and positivity, to inspire and empower you to create holistic wellness from inside out! It’s a FREE gift for Holistic Bliss readers this month. Holistic Bliss | SEPTEMBER 2014 |

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Gratitude in your Body WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education


id you know that when you are truly grateful each and every cell will sing and buzz producing amazing healing properties that will ‘fix’ anything?

Every step was a ‘story’ I had created and my initial reaction would not be ‘why me’ but THANK YOU and then reflect on appreciating what was, is and will be.

During my Medical Intuitive sessions I watch the anatomy and physiology of the physical and metaphysical bodies. It also includes the auras, chakras and so much more. I am blown away every time when I see these energies in the state of gratitude. The major organ that holds gratitude is the heart and it is about awakening, awareness, love of self and others, self-respect and gratitude.

Children naturally do this and move on quickly as they tap in to their heart. When was the last time you said thank you to an enemy, someone you despise or even yourself?

The key element with gratitude is being thankful and appreciative. All you need do is say THANK YOU even in the worst times and appreciate what has occurred so as to move on. I have practised this since a child and it’s got me through the worst times including rape, homelessness, depression and cancer.

In my personal life I practise gratitude each day by waking up and saying ‘thank you’ and appreciating I have a bed to sleep in, roof over my head and food to eat, as growing up I did not have these things. Then I say thanks for my husband, children and clients for being in my life and ask, how can I serve them to

Everything is a gift if you perceive it that way and when you do, your heart will open more to the abundance of all creation and you can manifest your heart’s desires.

show my appreciation. This concept goes straight to my heart, then to my blood (life force) and is pumped all day to assist my journey in creating the life I love. Family meals are always commenced with saying ‘I am grateful for…” and “I helped…” – I also teach this on all my courses. My work emails are signed off ‘absolute love and gratitude’ so everyone knows that I appreciate them. To end the day, I lie in my warm bed and say my three things I’m grateful for to myself as this is private and they are my personal learning lessons. Doing this has created the life I love, winning business awards, travelling overseas twice a year and meeting people like you. I am thankful, grateful and appreciate you reading my article. SO remember everything is a gift and it is how you perceive it.

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hat if you could see grief from the space of allowance and gratitude? If you have gratitude, not only just for now, but for everything that you’ve ever chosen, done or been, there’s no room for judgement. When any judgement exists, it’s destroying. So if you make that demand that you will have gratitude instead of judgement, it will change your experience of grief. Every time you go to judgement of yourself, look at that and ask: “What could I be grateful for here? Or: What’s right about me here I’m not getting?” When you have an awareness of this, the judgement can disappear because there is no right or wrong. There’s no such thing as a wrong choice. What if every choice is a contribution? So what if you just be with yourself during those times of

sadness. Have those tears. And have allowance for you. It’s the energy of having ease with what was, and what will be now. What if you could have those times of sadness and tears, but still be willing to be present with yourself and be in the question? It’s not that you’re not going to have tears if you are missing someone – you need to be willing to allow yourself to have tears. And what if you don’t stay in that space all the time? Sadness can be part of your life, but it’s not your entire life, unless you allow it to be. A friend’s grandmother is 93. Her grandfather died about 42 years ago, and her grandmother still talks about him like it was yesterday. He died when she was in her late 40s. She has not lived her life and all of this time later; she is still living in the space of what he would think. How many people are in

relationship and they live so much in each other’s world, that they actually don’t know who they be? So when someone dies, moves away, or there’s a divorce or whatever, you need to ask: “Well, what’s going on? Who am I?” if you’d like to get out of the loop. And if you don’t want to let go of what was, you especially need to ask this question!! Many people think that if they actually let go of the relationship, they haven’t got anything left. Your point of view creates your reality. What if you could change your point of view of what grief is? What if someone choosing to die can be the inspiration for you to truly live? And what if we didn’t actually have to have something occur in our lives to get that? What if we could be willing to live every day and just enjoy it?

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Healing with gratitude WORDS JO McALINDEN


ecently I received an opportunity to experience the power of gratitude in a big way. At the beginning of this year, out of left field, came a most unexpected health challenge. Having always been health conscious, I was really surprised and questioned how this could happen to me, especially when I had just opened my new jewellery design gallery. Was I sabotaging myself, now that I was finally on the path of my dreams, designing and creating inspirational jewellery in my own space? So, I just stayed in a state of denial and non-acceptance and was really disappointed in myself about what I perceived as a big “failure”. But, a treatment decision was required, so I finally took action to choose to treat the disease with natural therapies. I created this dis-ease, so I felt it was up to me to take responsibility for my own healing. Being a determined soul, I still went to the shop each day, even though I was in a lot pain and unable to function

properly. I also planned to exhibit at a local festival… surely an invincible creature like me would be better by then? So, as I clearly wasn’t listening, the universe stepped in and made some choices for me. I was on my way to work one morning, feeling physically depleted, and while waiting at a red light, a 4-wheel-drive slammed into the back of my car pushing me into the car in front… while I was saying the affirmation “I love and accept myself”… I was really upset and the boot was so badly damaged that it wouldn’t open… how was I going to exhibit at the festival, when my car was like this? But at least this finally got my attention, I finally surrendered and closed the shop, cancelled the festival, went home to rest and do some soul searching to look at what was going on here. Was I loving and accepting myself and respecting my body’s need to heal? No. Was I accepting this situation and

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take me on a roundabout journey, mainly looking outside myself until I was around 35 years old. After my third child was born, I began a course to be an NLP counsellor, and we had to learn about using a technique called ‘Creative Visualisation’. This I found I could do naturally and easily. I would start out seeing myself on the inner as in a dream walking along a beach. I discovered a cave and inside was a being. He was holding a sphere of blue light. I felt my fear melt away and the love and compassion from him reminded me of my childhood experience. Dismissing this again as just my imagination, I told no one. I still felt compelled to keep going on the inner to meet with this wonderful, compassionate being. He took me through the sphere of blue light to meet other beings. Each had a quality, an essence unique to them, always there was love. I felt really grateful and uplifted with these wonderful experiences; I kept these experiences to myself. I was learning to Soul Travel, I just didn’t know what it was called, recalling my mother’s warning. This kept me from discovering who they were until several years later. After my son was born a friend

came to visit, bringing a most precious gift that I still use today. She said it was a love song to God, the song of HU (pronounced hue). She taught me and my family how to sing this simple but soothing sound, without directing it. Later she loaned me some interesting books. I started to pay attention, because they said things I knew in my heart were also my truth. When we went to an Eckankar meeting for new guests, there on a table were photos of paintings of these very same beings I had been seeing on the inner for years. I felt like I had come home to myself. I wanted to know everything about these beings, and found it was not just my vivid imagination. They were real, as others had also met them. I joined Eckankar in 1994, and have not looked back, I began to see the same blue light and a six-pointed star, and can hear the sound of HU within me, which I learned to understand through Eckankar is the Light and Sound of God. The miracles just keep happening every day as I become more aware of my spiritual guide always with me, and grateful for these easy-to-understand yet profound teachings of Eckankar working in my everyday life. They have taught me how to learn from my dreams,

and to Soul Travel to other planes of existence, how past lives affect my life today, and also that karma was what was troubling me as a child. I was working out my karma through experiences with others in my outer life, and with this understanding I have more compassion for myself and others. These wonderful ECK/Spirit teachings give me validation of who I am, and what I receive on the inner for myself. This always continues to fill me with joy, gratitude and love, so much so I just have to give out and share with others who are ready. My spiritual guide has taught me that through gratitude we are filled with love for everything in our lives, no matter what happens.

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hat a joy it is to write about my favourite topic – GRATITUDE – which is, in my opinion, the best antidote to just about any heavy emotional state. In thinking about this topic, I was reflecting on time I spent recently in Peru. When visiting a country that is steeped in such traditional ways, I am reminded of the beauty of simplicity. Despite the survival challenges that pervade their everyday life, and the political and social changes that they face, the people here exude an aura of acceptance and gratitude for what they have. The native Peruvians (Quechuans) are quick to smile broadly and offer their salutations. They work with each other in the spirit of collaboration rather than competition, and use bartering as a means of exchange, just as the Incans did in times past. They use what the Earth (‘Pachomama’) produces for their food and medicine and still to this day use

the farming methods passed down through their generations. Families here live and work together and young children can often be seen playing in the fields, outside the shops or in the markets where their parents work. Mothers wear their babies and toddlers in colourful wraps on their backs. Children don’t appear to cry, or ask for anything. Friends here call each other ‘brother’ and ‘sister’, language that promotes seeing everyone as family. People in public spaces connect with each other, rather than stare into screens. I witnessed groups of teenagers delighting in sliding down natural rock formations and younger children happily flying kites, kicking balls around and chasing each other. No toys or devices in sight – just simple, natural play. It was inspiring to see a culture display such joy for life and retain their connection with each other. They lead a simple life, and seem grateful for it. As a therapist, I reflect on the types

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So what else is possible? Gratitude is seeing what is – your lumps, bumps, scars and lovely bits, too. And, yes there may be some things you’d like to change. It’s seeing that no matter how you may have mistreated your body, applying other people’s ideas, or just judging it harshly, like a faithful dog, it is the one thing that will never judge you or leave you. Our bodies know what they require to look and feel amazing – but do we ask? Or do we listen to all the diet and exercise experts and then impose that on ourselves? Here’s how gratitude for your body could start rejuvenating, healing and reshaping your body right now. 1. Acknowledge that what you see in the mirror today is simply the result of the past, and all the judgements, comparisons and criticisms you’ve heaped on yourself. Say thank you to your body for putting up with you! And never judge it again!

hat if having gratitude for your body meant it didn’t have to age and could be the body you’ve always wanted? Flexible, energetic and youthful? Fun to be in? A match for the inner you? I’m not talking about the whole ‘You gotta love your body the way it is before it can change’ mind-set. Have you tried that? Me, too! How’s it working for you? After working in the health and fitness industry for 36 years, I’ve watched thousands of women struggle with diets and punishing exercise regimes, swinging between elation (“Yay I’ve lost a kilo!”) and depression (“I ate too much chocolate!”) – somehow, ending up always feeling out of control with their bodies, health and pleasure. Something has to change! The whole ‘You Gotta Love Your Body’ thing is trying to accept what is, all the while fighting against it, and judging yourself for being weak-willed or lazy when it doesn’t seem to work.

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elf-love is a catch phrase for spirituality and personal growth, and it’s suggested that the path to peace and happiness starts with selflove. So why then is it so elusive? Why is self-love so difficult to achieve and maintain? Why do we continue to judge ourselves so harshly? Have you ever truly considered what ‘love’ means? Think back to when you were a child and your parents said to you something like – “we are only punishing you because we love you”. We’ve been taught to believe that love = judgment and/or punishment. So if we are ‘loving’ ourselves, then we are in essence judging ourselves, probably for all of the things that we think we are not. I can guarantee that love means different things to different people and so defining ‘love’ and in particular ‘selflove’ can be a never ending rabbit hole of searching. Then, as it continues to

elude you (because you’re too busy judging yourself) you make yourself wrong for not quite getting the ‘zen’ you’ve been seeking. And around and around and around you go. Gratitude on the other hand is simply that. Gratitude. You are perfectly capable of having love and judgment for yourself at the same time which keeps you stuck in a pattern of trying to forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself as a path to self-love is a lie because in order to forgive yourself you have to make yourself wrong so that you have something to forgive yourself for. On the other hand, judgment cannot exist in the space of gratitude. Gratitude simply is. What if you could simply have gratitude for every single choice you’ve ever made and for the awareness you’ve received? Being truly grateful for yourself expands your universe and gives you the space to choose

something different, without making yourself wrong for it. Gratitude is receiving all of you without judgment. Try having allowance for the choices you’ve made and ask for what else is possible instead of going to the wrongness of you and see how much it expands your universe. Be grateful for whatever this moment brings, wherever you are and whomever you are with. What if gratitude was the new paradigm for self-love? Isn’t this what you’ve been looking for – to be truly grateful for your life and grateful for you? And the secret is that when you have gratitude for you, you can’t help but have gratitude for everyone and everything else. You actually BE it. Gratitude. You can attend a BARS class with GARY DOUGLAS in Noosa on 26th November.

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here ever you are now, take a moment to become present. Give permission for your whole body to relax. Slowly take a deep breath in, feeling your belly expand. Let the breath out, feeling the belly drawing in. Do this a couple times, just feeling yourself relax. Take note of how you are feeling. Perhaps you feel calm, stressed or tense. However you are, welcome these feelings. Don’t push them away, mask or distract yourself from them. Choose to freely feel them. As you do so, just feel how calming that is. In return, you may observe your mind feeling more spacious and free. Notice your sense of self expanding to encompass that around you. See how the greenness of the grass has a shine to it, the trees, sky and water seem to be brighter. Notice your sense of inherent gratitude and joy just to be part of THIS. That is the power of presence. When I find myself getting stressed, or feeling like I’ve lost that spark in life, I become present again. From this presence, natural, organic gratitude is effortless.

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The experience of being present is inherent within the work I do as a Journey Facilitator. Pioneered by Brandon Bays, the Journey is a powerful and tangible process of transformation. Being truly present allows the body’s natural intelligence to guide you to the source of your intention. From here, stored cellular memories are accessed from the subconscious mind and together with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, memories, beliefs, patterns of behaviour or injured body parts can be reprogrammed to reflect health, freedom and vitality. Any area of life such as love, relationships, career, money, mental health or addictions can experience transformation through Journey facilitation. Let me take you on a short personal facilitated journey. Please feel free to read these words out loud to yourself. As I close my eyes and become settled in my body, I invite the feeling of gratitude. It spreads throughout my heart. Gratitude then dissipates and a feeling of expanding joy becomes

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t strikes me that gratitude is a sincere emotion which affects us deep within. Saying out loud that we have gratitude for something or someone does not necessarily mean we truly appreciate or understand what we are declaring our gratitude for. Are we grateful for all experiences that we endure or enjoy? If we could look at life objectively then we would see that even the challenging experiences make way for a positive outcome. We can genuinely be grateful for harsh circumstances where we have endured turmoil and be thankful to anyone who attributed because they agreed to work with us, and they opened up an opportunity for tremendous personal growth. Gratitude comes in all shapes and sizes. Gratitude can be felt for an abundance of pleasant emotions as much as for a period of depression where we received great insight, or where it enabled a period of healing to


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take place during a phase of deep rest. Depressed sounded out is deep-rest, in some cases it is a time where we are forced to hibernate from the world and possibly the lifestyle we were leading, to discover ourselves and discover the deeper meaning to our lives. And what about seeing the richness that a simple life holds? We can feel abundant, with little or no pressure or competitiveness to keep up with the Joneses or be a part of the ‘rat race’. Western society has moulded us to believe that it is not acceptable to do nothing. A life where there is shelter overhead, no matter how simple and enough food and water to survive, creates a life with no worry about weight issues or diet extremes. Then there is no need to compete with others but instead nurture communal acceptance and gratitude for the basics of connection and family interaction. When I travelled to India last year, many people made statements like, “I

couldn’t stand to see the poverty” or “those poor people”, “I feel so sorry for them”. These statements were from people who have never been there. India, while a complete contrast to Australia, is populated with people who are proud of their heritage and culture, who love their children and family despite living in slums. The children play together, laughing and the occupants appear and head off to work for the day. They are full of gratitude for what they have. I feel gratitude every moment; it’s a way of life, and it’s also about expressing kindness and acceptance. TONI REILLY is an internationally recognised regression facilitator and professional trainer who devised her own unique techniques. As the founder of Toni Reilly Institute she developed the Diploma of SoulLife™ Psychology, a professional qualification for intuitive practitioners. |

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the largest drug-free profession in the world, with four Universities running fiveyear Bachelor’s degree programs right here in Australia. When you are overloaded, either from stress, toxins or a trauma, you can lose the synchronisation within yourself and tension builds up in your body. Chiropractors are trained to examine and identify these disturbances. The nerves may be overactive or underactive, that is, too much or not enough electricity to control and coordinate normal function. The spine is made up of 24 movable bones and discs, sitting on the pelvis. A normal spine has four healthy curves, a neck forward curve, a thoracic backwards curve, a lumbar forward curve and a sacro-coccyx backwards curve. Latest research tells us that the shock-absorbing ability of the spine is due to these curves and not the discs as we previously thought. This new discovery emphasises the importance of healthy curves and posture for a healthy spine and nerve system. Dr Jeb McAviney, the director of the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic conducted research that showed patients are 18 times more likely to suffer with headaches when they lose the healthy curve in their neck. The spinal tension changes the normal amount of signals from the spinal

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was lying in the spare bedroom sorting things out when she was overcome with fear and frozen to the bed. She started shaking and crying but was unable to make much of a sound for her boyfriend to hear. She was trying to scream out but couldn’t. Eventually after much trying, she was able to make some sound, when her boyfriend realised something was wrong. He rushed into the room and felt something icy cold go through him. He was able to comfort her and after some consoling she returned to normal. I checked and sure enough found out there had been an earthbound spirit who was an Aboriginal woman there. She was livid. They had built on her land. I explained what my daughter had to do to move her on and she left that night. Quite often I find portals or vortexes in houses or auras which need removing. The spiritual healing I do usually does not involve these dramatic releases. Usually I go through checking

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Q: How do I teach children gratitude? I have been teaching as a secondary teacher for over 15 years and I notice there is a ‘whatever’ attitude. A: I hear this comment all the time from parents and teachers and the ironic part is when we show children gratitude they will mimic and return it back. Each generation talks about the past generation being better and it is ‘different now’ or even yesterday whilst teaching primary school teachers someone expressed ‘it is a lot harder for kids now’. This is conflicting as in one statement – ‘children are ungrateful’ and then ‘children have it hard.’ This sends mixed messages for children and yourselves. Children do have it much better now than in the past as they have a home, food, schooling, clothes and all the basic needs met. They can access counselling, psychology, courses and support networks, emotional care and even receive a pension. Children mimic

adults. So are the adults grateful – do they express how much they appreciate the children? Do they see the gift when a child yells at them and is subconsciously saying ‘I need help’? Ask yourself ‘do we give too many material things to children’? This teaches expectation, demands and behaviours such as manipulation. A recent 14-year-old girl I was treating confessed that if she did not get attention she would cut herself as then she gets whatever she wanted. She truly believed that she was ‘hard done by’ and she should be ENTITLED to anything. To teach gratitude, BE grateful first yourself. The beginning of each dinner or classroom session get everyone to stop and take a breath. Have each person share: 1. What they are grateful for 2. Who did they help? You may have kids rebelling at first but practise is the art of learning. The

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s a facilitator of change and possibility for over 25 years, one of the things that I have become so aware of is a large majority of people have no idea of what it is to create and generate their life. It was this awareness that inspired me to write my first book, “Having Your Cake and Eating It Too”, The Hedonist’s Guide to Opulent, Decadent and Orgasmic Living. I have had snippets of my life having some idea of what it was like to “have my cake and eat it too”, and so much more; although, I had been so entrained to get my life right by this reality’s standards and to fit in to what everyone else was choosing or what I was supposed to choose. It was all about being the same as everyone else and hiding my difference. This all started to change for me around the age of 22, for this is when I really started to become aware that there

was so much more available and all I had to do was choose differently. The snippets were no longer enough for me. It was time to break the mould of what I had grown up with, and of course this didn’t often endear me to others. It was the first time I started to realise that the people around me didn’t want me to choose differently and be different. This is where the “just for me, just for fun, never tell anyone” concept came into existence for me. I didn’t talk to people a lot about what I was choosing as I knew that their judgements of me and my choices would kick in. A real taste for life and living came alive in me that I hadn’t even known existed before. I started to find and do things that brought me joy. Drinking great champagne, eating delicious food, wearing beautiful jewellery, making my clothes with beautiful fabrics and enjoying and laughing until I was ready

to burst with some amazing friends, brought me joy. I would be lying if I said that it was all roses because it wasn’t. There were many good, bad and ugly times and now I can honestly say that I am so grateful for it all, for every choice that I have made has made me into the person that I am today, someone who has a demand for so much more possibility and awareness. Having lived in the “either or” universe for a long time, I now know that making different choices and being willing to continually add to my life is what truly allows me to create my living of choice. How many times as a child were you told: Well, you can have this or that, you can’t have both. How much limitation has that created in your world? Are you now ready for the adventure called living?

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e all know that it is incredibly important to love ourselves. Yet it is impossible to truly do so if we do not embrace our shadow. Our shadow side consists of the parts of ourselves that we are afraid of, want to erase, reject and suppress. To face the aspects we are afraid of and running away from is scary but it can also be exhilarating if we are able to integrate them and work through our issues. Embracing our shadow has the capacity to lead us out of limitation and control into freedom and choice. Our shadow side contains incredible gifts and opportunities to grow and transcend out of limitations. Most people are so afraid of their shadow qualities that they block them. However, the feeling of fear never seems to leave. Thus more and more people are turning to drugs or medication to push down aspects of themselves which have the

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hidden in the darkness. The first step to discovering our shadow side is our willingness to recognise that we possess the good and the bad, the light and the shadow, the peace and the anger, the victor and the victim. The second step is to explore the roles these aspects play in our life and how by embracing rather than rejecting them we can experience deep love, compassion, creativity and healing in our life. When I teach workshops on the shadow side it amazes me how many people also suppress their highest potential, their light and their beauty. Working with your shadow is about learning to embrace all those parts. I include two major sections about our survival archetypes and explain how to work with your shadow in my new book, The Secret of Life Wellness.

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magine a world where people don’t get sick; where our loved ones don’t get cancer and get taken from us too early; where everything we eat and use on our bodies nourishes us instead of slowly killing us. This is the world I want to create and I would love you to join me and the Divine by Therese Kerr team to form this divine world. We cannot live in today’s society and expect health to fall in our lap, that won’t happen. People need to educate themselves about what they’re putting on their bodies and in their mouths. That’s why I created Divine by Therese Kerr; to educate, empower and teach people how to live chemical-free. In 2001/2002 I had tumours in my spleen and had to have my spleen removed. That was a turning point in my life and was the best thing that ever happened to me and caused me to delve into every aspect of my life at a level I had never looked before. During this time I questioned why my body would react in such


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and then react to them as if they were real. Madness? Yes. But boy did I get a kick out of it. Often I felt like a trapped animal. My partner was getting too close. It terrified me. And that’s the way I’d acted in many of my previous relationships. Fight or flight. Lashing out at those who got in my way. Yes, I had been hurt in the past – by other lovers, by my upbringing, by my friends – but this fear of commitment was irrational, mad, out-of-control terror. A base reaction. A lot of us think that when someone really gets to know us they won’t love us anymore. If that is the case, it’s far better they get to know you as soon as possible. Then if they can’t handle the truth at least you can move on quickly. One of the fears that tormented me was the “but what if there’s someone better out there” kind. And, now I say, well, maybe there is, maybe there isn’t. You’re never going to be in a wonderful and loving relationship if

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or the first time ever, Australia has rallied the best international and national NLP trainers all under one roof. Happening from October 3rd to 5th, NLP SuperFest will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and it will showcase the best skills and strategies developed by NLP for gaining success in personal and business life, clearer thinking and communication, and developing the leadership and mind skills to plan, implement and achieve goals. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) was developed over 40 years ago, after uncovering the hidden relationship between how our brains operate and think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour (programming). The skills developed by NLP are so adaptable, that people from all walks of life have experienced profound change and understanding of themselves and the world around them from this field. It is not uncommon to find out that a health or wellness professional uses NLP to better understand and communicate with their clients, just as much as a manager of a company uses NLP to guide their team into high performing states and fulfilling work targets. While there are numerous NLP Trainers in Australia, people are often uncertain about which trainer or coach to learn from, which is the

same predicament experienced by the conference organisers themselves. This is the sole reason why NLP SuperFest 2014 is so groundbreaking, as the organisers have brought together trainers that are all highly sought after and respected for their skills, ethics and training style. In fact, the conference has even secured the elusive Mr Frank Pucelik, the recently discovered co-founder of NLP to share his knowledge on replicating the psychology of excellence. With over 14 world class trainers the line-up is simply extraordinary, and here’s a sneak peek of just a few of the amazing presenters: • FRANK PUCELIK: Co-Founder of NLP and Top US 100 Business Trainer • JAMIE SMART: International bestselling author of “Clarity”, who’s skills have recently been endorsed by Liverpool FC’s striker, Daniel Sturridge • ALISTAIR HORSCROFT: Founder of the Mind Academy, and Discovery Health Channel’s “The Life Guru” • JUDY REES: Best-selling co-author of “Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds”

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Power of Gratitude

WORDS Dr CASSANDRA OSBORNE, Clinical Psychologist, Mindful Therapy


few months ago I wrote about bringing mindfulness back into our busy lives on a daily basis. This month I would like to extend that discussion by considering the

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Research links individuals who practise gratitude regularly with higher levels of overall wellbeing, satisfaction and health.

gratitude, which may have been towards others, situations or ourselves. Often we find that these feelings of gratefulness are reactive to something that has happened rather than us making a conscious effort to deliberately cultivate the experience of appreciation. However, like practising mindfulness, cultivating gratitude is a skill that we can choose to strengthen and implement in our day-to-day lives. How does one bring gratitude back into our daily lives? Jack Kornfield who is a leading Buddhist teacher speaks about not taking life too seriously or getting so wrapped up “in your own everyday dramas that you forget to see the beauty that is constantly surrounding you”. These words clearly paint for us the relationship that exists between mindfulness and gratitude. The nice thing about the relationship between mindfulness and gratitude is

that it is reciprocal by nature – practising one tends to help foster the other. By opening ourselves up to our moment-to-moment experiences without judgement, as we do in a state of mindfulness, we are creating a space for gratitude to cultivate. Similarly, by bringing our attention to what we appreciate in ourselves, our environments and others, as we do when practising gratitude, we are fostering a sense of mindfulness. Why would one want to practise gratitude on a daily basis? The reason is simple and comes down to the strong evidence base linking gratitude to many positive effects. Research links individuals who practise gratitude regularly with higher levels of overall wellbeing, satisfaction and health. These individuals tend to also display higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress, depression and anxiety. Recent studies have found that consistently practising gratitude can actually change our brain activity and pathways. Drawing our attention to and cultivating positive thoughts in place of negative thoughts, as we do when being grateful, creates a stronger positive feedback cycle in the brain.

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Engage in daily positive self-affirmations – perhaps waking up in the morning and repeating to yourself a short statement like “I am a good person” or “I make the best out of every situation.”


Start a gratitude jar or journal where each night you might consider writing down, drawing or even placing a photograph of something or someone that you are thankful for from the day.


Throughout the day take a quick moment to anchor yourself by taking a deep breath and then scan your environment for something that you wish to acknowledge no matter how small.


Practise gratitude towards others. Write a letter to someone that you appreciate, listing the reasons why and share the feelings of happiness that it promotes by taking it one step further and actually giving it to them!

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oxic beliefs and emotions not only affect our thoughts but also have a detrimental effect on our physical body and need to be cleared in order to create harmony within a world of unconditional love and Oneness. Each generation has inherited “stuff” by taking issues that were too painful to clear into the next incarnation, however, to end this cycle our consciousness is being raised leaving our heart chakra open and we now only need the INFORMATION and TOOLS to clear the blockages within the two strands of DNA represented by our Matriarch and Patriarch lines… and then the old book can be closed. HIS-tory in one of struggle and survival whereas HER-story is a vision of faith and unconditional love with the genetic memory of both being locked within our first two chakras. This duality/separation (the sacral is the interface with our endocrine/hormonal system) heals and faith replaces fear. Our All of Life Coaching simply removes the heaviness of these “echoes

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he 7th annual ‘ALL WELL & GOOD DAY’ on Saturday 6th September at Eumundi Markets will feature some of Australia’s top health care and wellness professionals sharing their wise words and demonstrations on four stages throughout the market precinct. Recharge your mind, body and soul at the YOGA HALL, with FREE yoga, tai chi, and dance from 7am and running throughout the day. The Market Kitchen Stage features well-published authors and renowned health foodies including: The Eumundi Medicine Man, Friendship Food, Linn Wiggins, Kathryn Alexander and Dominique Liv Kamal. Head to the Amphitheatre Stage for drum workshops, Latin dance, music, hoop jamming, acroyoga, sports aerobics and more! The Good Health Stage welcomes presentations on the chi cycle, how

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HB QUOTE OF THE MONTH: We can all say we are grateful for our families, friends and lovers but are we really? When it comes down to it, do we show it? Do we really tell the people in our lives how important they are? We often feel grateful from a past perspective, when that person has moved out of our lives. Whether they leave us, move away or die, we appreciate the gift of who they were after they have gone. Let today be the day to put a stop to that. Let’s be grateful today for ourselves and each other! – Andrea Wilkes, owner of Ecclectica Esoteric Books & Curiosities

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How can you be grateful for your horse? WORDS VIV ADCOCK


horse owner recently emailed me asking if I could assist her and her horse with a “problem” that had been going on for six years. I asked the horse (in my head) what was going on for him and he communicated so much in a few seconds that I had to ask him to slow the information down so I could keep up! The main thing he showed me was that he felt that he couldn’t really trust anything or anyone. He was in a hyper-vigilant state, which made him nervous and jumpy. The owner was stuck in a trauma that they had been through. The energy of the event was so prevalent in the owner’s mind and body, the horse sensed it, and most times reacted to it by bolting, with the owner on his back. I asked him, “What are you facilitating?” He was surprised and relieved that I saw the situation from this angle. I acknowledged him for what he was doing to show the owner and didn’t conclude he was wrong. The “reaction” was his way of getting her to change what she was being when they rode. Horses have a space in their head of peace

and awareness. I encouraged the owner to practise being this space in her life, before she does anything with him and especially riding him. This way, he can sense she is relaxed. We also did other processing for both of them to clear what had been created. When I began doing some energetic bodywork with him, he was reluctant to let me in. He would let me and then stop. Somewhere in his Universe he knew this energy was assisting him, he breathed deeply and let me in a bit more, then a bit more and then he gave himself over to me. His eyes gently closed. WOW. He knew I had his back and that I was on the “look out” so he could relax, for the first time in a very long time. As I drove out of the property he turned and looked directly at me. A wave of gratitude rippled through my body, his thank-you was palpable. I also offered the owner a session of Access Consciousness Bars® and bodywork to exponentialise the session for them both. She told me a day later that she had a dream and got clearly what he was communicating. She commented how relaxed and light her body felt. What contribution can they be for each other now?


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The natural healing force WORDS Dr HENRY STEPHENSON


art of my training as an alternative health practitioner for animals is to understand that each body heals in the most perfect way that it can. So if I am to interfere, I must interfere by strengthening the healing force, not by stopping it or even slowing it down. This ultimate internal energy or vital healing force is smarter than any doctor or veterinary surgeon and more powerful than any medicine. What we need to do is to recognise what the healing force is trying to do and then help and strengthen it in its own function. I liken a symptom to seeing the fin of a whale coming out of the water. We can only see a fin, or sometimes a small part of the fin, but we know there is a whale underneath there. What sort of whale is it? We can try to strengthen the being based on the fin we are presented with, and we can also ask questions about other parts of the whale that have surfaced previously to get an understanding of the full picture. In life when things go our way and there is no pressure or stress, our systems can maintain good order. But then when something changes, or we eat something

unhealthy, or we get left in the boarding kennels, the same problem areas tend to resurface. Conventional medicine will cut off the fin or paint it a different colour so we cannot see it. If the presenting symptoms are taken away by anti-inflammatories or antibiotics, I find I have less of the whale to look at and help. True healing means watching the symptoms that come to the surface, understanding the nature of the whale, and then strengthening the whole animal. When animals heal from deep diseases their symptoms gradually become more superficial. Often I find that as bowel, liver or kidney issues improve, skin problems begin to surface. In animals, these skin problems then move, as the animal gains strength, from upper areas like the head and back to the belly and feet. Sometimes the ears are used like a waste-paper basket and pour out some discharge during the healing process. When I treat animals for their liver disease or their kidney failure, they always feel better mentally: a violent cat will no longer scratch its owners, and

an anxious dog will no longer want to escape when the builders use a nail gun next door. A simple example of this process is the treatment of fleas. This is an everyday issue for vets and conventionally involves the application of endless rounds of various poisons. When I treat an animal’s skin disease, I usually find that as the skin problem resolves and the animal becomes stronger, fleas are no longer so attracted to them, meaning that they no longer require so much of the chemicals. My understanding of true healing and cure is to honour every symptom and only attempt to strengthen the being. Disease is the healing force reacting against the individual’s growth on the planet.

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Nutrient absorption and gut function.

Did you know that thyroid disease is becoming increasingly common, particularly in Australia? It could be the result of many factors, such as an overwhelming stress load, chemical overload, increased autoimmune risk, or the depleted nutrient content in the soil our food grows in. Both selenium and iodine are low in many locations of Australian soil, both are important for optimal thyroid function. Both an over and under active thyroid can influence weight, infertility, mood, sleep, libido and menstrual problems. Much of the standard thyroid testing measures TSH, when in fact to truly diagnose a thyroid problem, the tests require more detail. T3 and T4 are the thyroid hormones that your body uses, so it is best to get those checked too.

Your digestive system is like the root system of a tree, when the roots are healthy the tree is healthy. Did you know the digestive system is in fact a nervous system? It is called the Enteric Nervous System. This system has a huge role in the production of your brain’s happy chemicals, not to mention the huge role that it plays in absorbing nutrients for everyday bodily functions. Certain bacterias in the gut have the potential to produce an enzyme called Beta glucuronidase, this enzyme can increase oestrogen re-circulation. This may lead to oestrogen dominance. This imbalance can be linked to painful periods, PCOS, PMS, breast tenderness, irritability, weight gain, depression, skin conditions, fluid retention and lethargy.

Are you sleeping sufficiently? Are you stressed?

Pyroluria is a genetically determined metabolic condition. Those with elevated pyrroles usually have an increased demand for certain nutrients that are essential for neurotransmitter production, such as serotonin and dopamine. These are your happy brain chemicals! Pyrolurics are more likely to suffer with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, alcoholism, strong fatigue, temper outbursts, IBS, joint pain, memory loss or low stress tolerance. A simple urine test can confirm if you have elevated pyrroles.

If you are having difficulty sleeping it could mean that you have a melatonin-cortisol imbalance. Cortisol is the “fight or flight” response hormone, when it is high, melatonin levels can drop. Melatonin is what helps assist proper sleeping patterns. If you are under a lot of stress, your cortisol levels are likely to be out of balance, this then imbalances melatonin. A cortisol problem can throw many of your happy hormones out of balance.

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Holistic bliss sept vol 61  

Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast

Holistic bliss sept vol 61  

Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast