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"You are a bright light in the skies of Life... Keep Shining!! You never know who is guiding their ship by the Light you cast" - Scribed for Spirit by Aimee from Callah and the Ancients

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I've watched the fear take over people and see it expressed in their social feeds then slowly see the change come over people who have embraced this time as a time for personal growth, family connection and re-evaluation of priorities.

For a balanced life it is important to incorporate mindfulness and personal development in all areas of our Mind, Body and Soul.

We seem to be at the time of hope and looking into the possibilities of the future, with uncertainty of how to change and move forwards.

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As a visionary, I've always known times like these would come - if we don't change by choice - we will be 'encouraged' to in another way. Knowledge is power and we are at a time where knowledge is readily available to almost everyone... How will you use your new power to create a better life and world? Amanda Sears | Creator 4


This magazine was put together in the most unique times of our existence... a global shut down... A time when the 'Earth stood still' and began to reset into a new age. A time for many to think about what 'normal' was and could be in the future and how we can create it.


Hello and welcome to Issue #11 of The Inspired Guide magazine!


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Designed to inform and inspire all who seek to live more conscious lives. The Inspired Guide encourages a holistic approach to soulful living which stems from our innate ability to create our own reality for a more conscious, joyful and balanced life.

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Lifestyle Extra ...... 64

The Good Guide ...... 7

My Journey So Far ...... 65

Lighthearted Laughs ...... 8

Mindset Matters ...... 67

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A Twist in the Tale ...... 84-87

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Insights Into Being ...... 36-37 Divine Inspiration #1 ...... 39

Meet Our Contributors ...... 92-97

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Dani is an author, blogger, and designer living in Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched the website PositivelyPresent.com sharing experiences and insights on positivity and self-love! Now a global, destination for inspiration and resources. Follow on Instagram: @PositivelyPresent

A doctor & illustrator based in Christchurch, NZ, Grace started Me-Mo as a resource to encourage people to have more Me-Moments. Taking some time out to improve their mental wellbeing on a daily basis and to enjoy an inspired Me-Moment. Follow on Instagram: @mentalhealth.moments

Becks is a counsellor, mindfulness coach and illustrator based in Nelson, NZ. She began illustrating mental health tools with a goal of making counselling and therapeutic techniques more accessible to everyone. Now they are a global resource! Follow on Instagram: @journey_to_wellness_

A 17 year old from Slovakia - known only as 'Teabag' she has loved drawing since she first held a pencil and never thought her digital doodles would get so much attention! Her doodles help with her own mental health and cheers her up. Follow on Instagram: @teabag.cartoon Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



RAYCHPONYGOLD By Rachel Urquhart

AMY CHARLETTE By Amy Charlette

ASJA BOROS By Asja Boros

Becca Reitz is an illustrator and graphic designer that resides in Denver, CO. Her work aims to capture the beauty and essence of the human experience – each piece is a visual representation of our truth, our journeys, our past, our future. Follow on Instagram: @becca_reitz

Amy's art is closely tied to her spiritual side and heavily influenced by yoga, nature, chinese medicine, metaphysics and sacred geometry. She creates art to inspire deeper connection to self, creativity, community, nature and the universe. Follow on Instagram: @amycharlette 10

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Designer, illustrator, & writer from NSW, Australia, where the magic of the natural world drives her creative practice; Rachel draws together the profound and accessible, to describe the magic of the world, that is occurring everywhere, all the time. Follow on Instagram: @raychponygold

Artist and illustrator based in Croatia, Asja's work reflects a deep desire to glance behind the curtains of daily reality, to go beyond all reason and dive into the mysterious realms of imagination and to explore her inner worlds in a playful way. Follow on Instagram: @asjaboros





A huge book nerd and gamer with 5 cats, Dominee uses her life experiences to inspire you to really know and love yourself, to believe in yourself, trust your intuition, and realize that you have the ability to make all of your dreams come true. Follow on Instagram: @blessingmanifesting

Ellie is an artist, designer and practitioner of metaphysics, based in Sydney, AU. She uses her unique gifts to help, support and guide those on a Soulpreneur journey. Her work is spiritual, inspirational, enlightening, informative and fun! Follow on Instagram: @the_celestial_witch

Just an average guy residing in Ottawa, Canada, Boki writes, illustrates and shares content in the hopes of turning wondering eyes inwards. He loves art and quotes so it was natural to combine these into potent whispers for the mind, heart and soul. Follow on Instagram: @bokifide

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Sierra Melcher is a Holistic Transformational Mentor, Women’s Circle holder, author, and founder of Integral Women.

In this episode my amazing guest is Dr Steph Young, a Chiropractor, Kinesiologist and Functional medicine practitioner.

Sierra is a holistic transformational mentor, author, and founder of Integral Women. She supports women to discover and deepen their relationship with themselves by attuning to their “inner author-ity” becoming the authors of their own lives. Through 1-1 mentoring, women’s circles and by offering tools, such as books, podcasts & trainings, she empowers women to find the wisdom they seek from within.

Dr Steph Young went on her own health journey through the medical system to eventually find answers in holistic and functional medicine.

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She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from theUniversity of Vermont, trained as a doula, Reiki Master, yoga teacher, and historian.

With Rachel White www.byrachelwhite.com


In this episode I chat to Dr Steph about: • Healing and your mindset • Dr Steph’s 6 pillars of health • Creating flow in your masculine and feminine • Tapping into your healing energy • Connecting to your physical body plus so much more…

*Episode contains some explicit language


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There's never been a better time to do business gently. In this episode, business mindset coach, writer and hypnotherapist Katherine Rose talks about what gentle business means – and how you can grow your business in a conscious, sustainable and heart-led way. So you feel empowered to say “heck no” to hustle, and embrace a whole new way of working

Feeling rushed, overwhelmed, and easily agitated?

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With Rachael Kable www.rachaelkable.com

In episode 213 of The Mindful Kind podcast, you'll hear 6 fun and effective tips to help you cultivate patience. Discover simple mindfulness strategies and a powerful breathing technique to help you feel more clear and calm. Learn why self-compassion can play an important role during experiences of impatience. Experiment with letting go of "should" statements. And perhaps, most importantly, find out how you can change your expectations to reduce the likelihood that you'll feel impatient in the first place.

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Do you want to understand yourself better, amplify your healing work or deepen your self-discovery practice?

So often, our behaviors are motivated by conflicting and competing objectives... but just beneath lurks our hidden agenda. How can we tell the difference? How can we identify what’s driving our behavior in a given moment — and intervene to redirect it?

With Sarah Jensen www.sarahjensen.com.au


Ashley Stinson is a teacher, coach, energy healer and the creatress of Energy Archaeology; also known as energy work for logical minded people; a way to access the energetic wisdom and unlock the secrets stored inside your bones. In this episode Ashley explains how to harness this powerful method and let your body guide you towards clarity, healing and embodiment. Plus, we explore the inner child and how to clear stuck energy; we dig deep into fear, failing big and the self-doubt that can come up for healers – especially if they’re pioneers on their path – and Ashley demonstrates what an Energy Archaeology session looks like by reading me! *Episode contains some explicit language


With Jenna Teague & Ashley Looker www.effperfect.com

What you will learn about in this episode: • The origins of people pleasing versus the origins of love • The tension between people pleasing, boundaries, and values • What it feels like to give and receive love versus people pleasing • Tools for telling the difference between people pleasing and love • Developing your own personal commandments Only when we know what we’re truly seeking can we ever hope to find it... *Episode contains some explicit language

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Ben and I kick Season 5 off with a deep dive in to rhythms (as opposed to routines). Establishing rhythms is a slow-living strategy I use a lot to ensure life runs smoothly enough to feel slow, but not so rigid as to feel stressful, and today we talk a lot about what they are and how they can be applied to real life to create a sense of right-pacedness amidst the busy-ness.

GD Meg chatted with Ylva Williams about raising free-range kids in a natural home environment.

With Brooke & Ben McAlary www.slowyourhome.com

I then catch up with my Season 4 guest, Kate, who was struggling with the question of whether slow living might actually be robbing her of ambition - Kate shares how she has embraced the ‘messy middle’ and has started to get comfortable with the unknown since she and I last spoke. She also talks about how saying no to things has given her energy, and shares a few examples of opportunities she would have previously said yes to, and the power she felt by saying no instead.

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With GDs Julie, Lisa, Meg and Max www.thegreendivas.com

She offers great tips for making it easy and fun — from keeping toxins out of the house and toys to growing organic food in the yard. We cover topics on: • Food • Non-toxic Homes • Gardening • Toys • Fresh Air + a mention about Biodynamic farming Of course they have chickens and own a very cool biodynamic baby food company.


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Willpower VS Habit & Discipline

Wellness Tech

Some people are over-using their willpower to make up for what they lack in discipline and habit...

We have seen technology advance significantly over the last 100 years and it still has so much more to offer! One of the ways we have seen new developments lately is in the field of 'wellness tech' - devices that monitor or can enhance your health + they also help with workplace overall health too! Here are just a few examples:

With Angela Cheruseo www.angelacheruseo.nz

If our inner beliefs are disempowering then we will be operating from a place of try harder “willpower” rather than a place of establishing good habits and understanding the advantages of instilling discipline to move us forward. Instead of focusing on saying "no" all the time or “I can’t” or “I shouldn’t” - which is often tiresome, and energetically draining with little joy - have a look at what are you saying "yes" to; and understand the reason why you are trying to instill change; what is the drive for it, are you being true to you or being told to do something that you have not fully taken ownership of? Do you have a future goal that makes your heart come alive and know why it does? If not than what would it be? Think on this. Having something to point your “yes” or your “no” towards also means that you are propelled to be saying no with greater ease to everything else that is inferior… Once you know where you want to go and what is a great exciting goal for you to aim towards and why, it is time to do the small steps every day that help you achieve that goal. This is where discipline and creating healthy habits is king.

With Amanda Sears www.searsco.nz

• Beauty: Face masks using LED light therapy, cryotherapy, thermotherapy and T-sonic pulsations to give you clear and glowing skin in 90 seconds at home! • Home: Fridges that are more like personal assistants which track your food stock and provides recipes based on the ingredients on hand + syncs with other smart home tech, like seeing who is at your front door or thermostat control. • Wearable tech that pulls data from individuals to create customised nutrient values + cord-free and quiet breast pumps that fit inside a bra + heart rate, GPS and distance/travel monitoring. • Sleep monitoring devices with thermostat control and brain function monitoring with specific 'white noise' sounds for better sleep cycles. • Virtual reality exercise equipment and games where you wear the VR tech and have a physically interactive experience with lots of options! • On the go food allergy testing devices that test a sample of your food for allergens + tiny wearable UV monitors to help prevent skin cancer. In the future I see machines like in the movie 'Elysium' where you lie on a 'full body scanning bed' which scans your fully body systems, diagnoses you and then repairs your body and restores all systems to health - how amazing would this be?! Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020




Social Media Etiquette

Ditch the Drama

A time long ago there never used to be a thing called 'Social Media' - now we are inundated with ways to connect with people all over the world at any time of the day - never mind time zones or language barriers! However just like you wouldn't call people at 2am, or pop by 'unannounced' or ignore 'no junk mail' signs on letterboxes, there are 'etiquette' guidelines for social media that are helpful:

Do you find your energy getting obliterated by drama? You no longer need to expend energy into areas that aren't lifting you up! It is time to ditch the drama by being more mindful of how certain people, places or things make you feel.

With Amanda Sears www.studio-s.co.nz

• Tags: Don't tag people into posts that are not relevant to them or that they are not in - allow people to tag themselves in photos too and ask before sharing people's personal images or art. • Spam: Let people choose what they see - don't send/forward unwanted content via private messages to people - just post on your own page and if they want to engage they can. • Think: about how others might interpret your posts and how they may perceive you based on what you post (eg. racial or hateful comments) • Emotions: try not to be 'reactive' no matter how 'right' you think you are, a public argument is not constructive and is seen by more than you best practice is to not engage in these posts. • Authenticity: be you and don't misrepresent yourself with misleading or deceitful content • Engage: Respond to people who take the time to send you a message or comment on your posts - it is ALL about social INTERACTION - they are commenting because they like you and want to engage with you and your posts - otherwise what is the point of SOCIAL media? • Respect: people's boundaries and preferences *Remember no matter what 'security/privacy' is in place - once it is online - it is online FOREVER! 20

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Places to Find Drama: • Traditional news: fear, confusion and drama is often their preferred emotional response • Friends & family: some of the harshest judgments come from those who love you most • Social media: a free for all of opinions and ideas + tonnes of misinformation and 'fake' news • Workplace gossip: the "he said, she said" game • Parent groups: OMG so much judgment! Step away from this downward energetic vortex and stand in your own power - you don't need to be pulled into the drama that other people choose to live in - yes, that is correct - they CHOOSE to live in, and you can CHOOSE not to. Ways to Ditch the Drama: • Limit time with people who drain your energy • Unfriend or snooze people on social media • Reduce time spent watching the news • Focus your energy on the blessings in your life • Practice gratitude for what you have and love • Let go of all that no longer serves you This doesn't mean you stop loving and supporting others that you care about - it means that you put yourself and your energy first and in doing so you actually lead by example and pull more people out of their own 'dramas' just by being you. Your choice with give others courage.



A Broader Perspective

Considering Ethical Fashion

It's easy to judge people or a situation from the comfort of your own home, in the 'security' of your own personal beliefs, but we all know that saying 'walk a mile in someone else's shoes' and the idea that there is always '3 sides to a story' (your version, their version and what actually happened) - so how can we have a broader perspective and understanding as an observer?

The focus on ethical and sustainable fashion is coming into our awareness very heavily and for good reason these days as the global textile industry has been found to have appalling personnel and environmental practices. So it is important to understand your options when shopping. In my opinion there are multiple ways to look at ethical shopping in a broader rather than limited and often judgmental perspective; my 4 ideas:

With Amanda Sears www.searsco.nz

• Understand your reaction: has it triggered a fear or trauma response in you? WHY do you care so much? HOW does it effect you? • Be an observer: seek a deeper understanding from a neutral view. Ask questions. WHY? HOW? • Discernment: has all the information been provided or is there more to the story? Look further into it with open eyes and mind. Sit within your heart, feel into it and use your discernment. • Don't be a puppet: often things are portrayed in a certain way to elicit a specific emotional response that benefits the 'storyteller' • Compassion: when fear or confusion take over - shake them off and look at it with new eyes of love, understanding and compassion... WWJD? • Detach your energy: in a heightened emotional state your judgment can be skewed - detach from it and breathe - reassess again when calm. • Put yourself in their shoes: no-one else is you so don't presume to know their story... Check in with yourself. Is your response coming from 'lower vibrational' emotions like fear, anger, anxiety; or 'higher vibrational' emotions like love, understanding and compassion? If you come from a place of love, rather than fear you may find your experience of the world changes.

With Amanda Sears www.searsco.nz

#1 - Secondhand/Preloved: rather than heading to landfill or overseas, some clothes end up at secondhand stores and you can find some real gems in there for only a portion of the original price and some places also donate to charities! #2 - Locally Made: supporting local is always a great idea, however some products may be more expensive because of the time it takes to make them but it's always worth it if you can afford it! #3 - Reloved & Upcycled: rather than throwing out old or worn clothes, patch them up with neat fabrics to live out a new life - with you or others. #4 - EFG Rating: Shops with B- ratings or above on the Ethical Fashion Guide list. *Know the shops you buy from and their practices. Don't just boycott a shop because of a poor EFG rating, let them know why you are not shopping with them and encourage them to improve. Depending on your budget and what is available to you - you may need to buy what you can and this is also ok - as every production line has people working on it that your money goes to - some are just better than others. The key is: shopping consciously and with mindfulness, within your means and without guilt or shame. Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



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Creativity + Exhibition With Guest Caroline Bellamy Born in Nelson, I started painting at a young age, selling my first painting in the Rutherford Gallery at age 14. My Father, a sign writer and mother, a medical illustrator I was surrounded by artistic influence in my youth. I decided to pursue my painting career early on in high school and went on to study a Bachelor or Fine Arts, majoring in painting, at the University of Canterbury from 2013-2016. I knew being a painter was something I wanted to do full time as my career. I create medium to large scale oil paintings of the New Zealand landscape. From the valley rivers up to the mountain top alpine tarns; being a passionate tramper and mountaineer, I tramp into these remote areas (often long multi day trips) directly experiencing the landscape and translate these experiences into my paintings. I love being outside so translating the beauty I see and experience around me is a primary motivator for my work. I translate the energy of the landscape by becoming physically involved with the painting by using my full arm-span and bodily movements in the brush flourishes. The large scale gives the painted landscapes a greater sense of space and scale and places emphasis on the large weighty land masses evident in the New Zealand Landscape. I choose to paint in oils as I like the way they behave; they flow well, dry slower, and I love the colour range they offer. Energetic, thick, bold brush marks depict the naturalistic forms. Simplification and exaggeration of the landscape characteristics communicate emotion and give the work a sense of spontaneity. A complexity of naturalistic colour creates an emotive atmosphere and depicts a strong sense of depth. What is your earliest creative memory? My earliest memory of creating would be the family drawing competitions and critiques.

Being in an artistic family there was always a healthy level of competitiveness. I also remember throughout my schooling years sketching various subjects in my spare time. What inspires you? The beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis inspires me to keep painting. It is forever changing; the light, the colour, the texture, the layers; all creating an emotive unique atmosphere. I am very privileged to be able to explore the landscape around me and translate this into my paintings. This allows people who do not get the opportunity to do that to get a feeling and taste of exploring these landscapes through my paintings, which is very rewarding! With the nature of oil paints I tend to work on several paintings at once, rotating during drying times. This allows me to keep my creative flow fresh and new. I am always seeking out new material and resources around me, creating fresh ideas to develop and progress my paintings. Advice for others on their creative path: Be bold, confident and true to yourself in whatever way that may look. People are drawn to what is unique about you and that will reflect in what you create. Find your own voice and don’t let others opinions get you down. Follow your passion! Make connections, network, build relationships and become a master at what you do. Have fun! Encourage everyone to follow their passions and maximise their gifts! It is so special seeing people thrive in the areas they are so passionate about. Find out more on her Website: www.carolinebellamy.co.nz Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


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Caroline Bellamy | 'Evening Sundown' (2020) | Oil on Board | www.carolinebellamy.co.nz


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Travel & Adventure With Pauline Vernetti 3 DAYS IN SEVILLE, SPAIN Known for her rich history, mix of Christian-Muslim culture, and her way too hot summers, Seville is an adorable Spanish city, located South of Spain, and ideal if you want to see the real Spain. Being an expatriate in New Zealand for 4 years now (yippee!) and being a long-time fan of architecture and history, there is one thing that I miss the most compared to Europe: millennium buildings and culture. So, in December, when I flew back to France for a well-deserved white Christmas, I convinced my mum (pretty easily), that we should definitely go to Seville for our daughter-mother time. Best decision ever! As a New Zealander, you won’t need a visa for Spain up to 90 days, that’s the good news. The bad news is that flying to Spain from New Zealand is going to be a long trip, but absolutely worth it. It is hard to predict right now which airlines will be working going forwards but my favourite ones to fly to Europe are either Singapore Airlines or Emirates Airlines. If you are brave enough, check out Emirates’ new 16hr Auckland-Dubai flight. I know that sounds horrendous, but I tried it last year and found it easier than having another exhausting layover. Spain money is the Euro. Don’t get trapped at the airport by changing your dollars there, instead, you can either change it here in New Zealand or once out of the airport. But in Seville, you should have ATMs everywhere, and most of the commerce will take your debit card anyway. Good news is, Spain is still affordable for Europe, and you will find tasty food, charming accommodation, and easy transportation without ruining your budget (I mean, besides the cost of flights...). TIP: Don’t change too much dollars into euros; if you don’t spend all of it, the conversion rate back from Euros to NZD will make you cry. I truly hope that like me, you will fall in love with Spain and its inhabitants.

The Spanish are just lovely people; usually happy to help you on the condition that you are making some effort! You will discover a warm way of life, very typical for South-Europeans countries. I am not going to lie, it could be quite a shock if you are not used to it! Be ready to hear people yelling at each other in the food markets, laughing out and loudly, and singing in the streets with a fresh ‘cerveza’ (beer) in their hands. TIP: Try to speak a bit of Spanish; there is nothing that will make them happier! "Hola ¿Cómo está?" Remember that Europe is opposite to New Zealand, so their summer and warmer months will be July and August. Honestly, I would never go to Spain during summer, because I hate heat waves! If you go there during those months, be aware that you can have 40-45°C temperatures! The siesta (nap) is quite of an institution there, and some shops might be closed during this time, so you may want to take a nap as well. Any other time of the year is great for Seville: Spring will be in blossom and the smell of orange trees will ravish your senses; Fall will be less busy and still very warm, and even winter, like we did, is a great choice. This place sounds perfect, but there is one trick: mass tourism. If you wanted to be alone, that’s not the place to go. But if you are prepared to have people in your pictures, lines to take your Instagram pic, and booking well in advance for your activities, then you are going to love it. My Top 5 Must-do in Seville: 1 - Real Alcazar 2 - Seville Cathedral 3 - Plaza de Espana 4 - Museum of Fine Arts 5 - Chilling in the streets My advice: always book your tickets in advance for the Real Alcazar and the Cathedral, at least 3 months before. Thank me later! Pauline Vernetti Little Frog Blogger www.littlefrogblogger.com Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



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Conscious Community With Brain Injury Association Nelson The Brain Injury Association was founded in the early 1990’s by the Stewart family, who were struck by the lack of support available for those affected by brain injuries. In their quest to find information and support for their son, who himself suffered from a brain injury, the Stewart family began to realise just how imperative it was to provide a support service for those affected. With this in mind, they opened The Stewart Centre, a day centre where those with brain injuries could come together for workshops, for skill gaining and for socialisation. From these humble beginnings sprang the network of regional Brain Injury Associations throughout New Zealand, providing support and resources to brain injury patients, their families, and their loved ones. Who We Are and What We Do: Brain Injury Association Nelson are one of 14 affiliated groups of Brain Injury New Zealand and cover a large geographic area including Nelson, Tasman (to Golden Bay and Murchison) and Marlborough (including Picton). We are a notfor-profit charitable trust governed by a board of volunteers, all with a variety of specialised skills and experience in brain injury. We provide information, advocacy and support for individuals affected by brain injury, including their friends and family. We are fortunate to be able to reach across a wide range of ages, abilities and health and wellbeing services to tailor our service for individuals. You don’t have to have a brain injury to approach us, we are happy to talk to anyone who needs information or support. Another important role for the Liaison Officer is to provide education and increase awareness around brain injury from mild to the severe. Our aim is to raise awareness of how common brain injury is and that anyone is able to approach our service. Why We Do It: One person in NZ every 15 minutes sustains a brain injury. Also ACC reports "around 36,000 people in New Zealand suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year. Of these, we only treat 14,000, so most people aren’t getting their injury

checked by a health provider". So there is a gap in the existing health and wellbeing education framework aimed at the general community population. Brain injury is extremely prevalent throughout all age brackets and affects each individual's wider community circle. Our mission is to support an inclusive community where those affected by brain injury have opportunities. We work hard to make sure every member gets the right information, advocacy and social support. We are continually building our professional and social network to increase the opportunities for members to participate. Resources and Links Available: Brain Injury NZ provides a range of downloadable resources on their website HERE and helpful links for those living with brain injury, such as: • About the brain • What is brain injury? • Learning to live with brain injury • Your rehabilitation • Cognition – attention, concentration, memory • Changes in behaviour • Fatigue • Coping with brain injury – for family and friends • Alcohol & drugs • Work and study How Can You Help: • Volunteer to our board in a governance role or volunteer to assist with events • Invite us to present / provide education to your company, employer or community group. • Join as a member • Donate through our give a little page: www. givealittle.co.nz/org/the-brain-injury-association-incorporated-nelson • Other: We are also keen to hear from anyone who has ideas or suggestions for our members or anyone who thinks they could volunteer their time to speak to the group or facilitate an activity. Find out more or get in touch: Phone: 03 546 6656 Email: nelson@brain-injury.org.nz Website: www.brain-injury.nz Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



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Conscious Business With Guest The Native Loom Questions answered by: Sneha Pulapaka - Founder & Director The Native Loom is a social enterprise providing opportunities to people from rural artisanal communities in Southern India. We produce natural textile products that support our ecological balance while supporting livelihoods. Founded by Sneha Pulapaka in 2018, the idea of setting up an ethical platform for rural artisans, came after understanding efforts behind making a handwoven blanket that was gifted to her. “During my travels to India, I learnt that there exists a sustainable way, where textiles can be produced without harming the environment and empower communities”. Our collections include reusable organic cotton tea bags, mesh bags, apparel, accessories and everyday textile goods. How do you do business more consciously? People, planet & culture are central to our ethos. People: We work in partnership to empower artisan and weaver community clusters in India. Our team of artisans are predominantly women who have traditional textile weaving skills that they have acquired through generations. We take steps to ensure safe and ethical working conditions along with, fair & living wages for our people. Planet: It’s not a hidden fact that modern day cotton textiles are produced from genetically modified seeds using harmful pesticides & fertilizers. These toxins make their way into our soil, waterways, air and our bodies every single second. We are mindful of our impact on the planet and we ensure conscious practices by using: • Certified organic cotton and natural jute, hemp. • Naturally dyed using plant extracts • Handmade by artisans • Ethically sourced • Preserving cultural traditions • Sustaining livelihoods • Plastic free packaging & labels • Reusable, supporting circular economy Culture: We see ourselves as a social enterprise,

because we are motivated beyond profit; profit, otherwise being the unit of measuring success. Since our inception in 2018 we have: • Saved 12,000+ single use plastic bags from going into landfill • Supported 2 native tree planting initiatives within New Zealand • Saved 3000+ litres of water by using organic farming • Empowered 21 women with fair & living wages in safe working conditions Describe your unique business attributes: Textiles are an essential part of everyday life and anything made from natural fibres are kind to our earth. Many communities around the world still practice traditional textile making; using natural fibres on a handloom and using plant extracts as dyes. But these textile producing skills have diminished over the years, impacting artisanal livelihoods. By combining our love for the earth, humanity and design to create functional products, we are advocating and bringing awareness towards slow and mindful consumption of our resources. Our actions preserve the planet, empowers the lives of artisan communities and provides possibilities to future generations. How have you found doing business this way? Organic textiles products have been well received since our inception in 2018. We acknowledge the shift in people’s choices, mindset and their awareness about mindful production. We have also found other conscious businesses with the same ethos as ours, very collaborative in the advocacy space. Producing organic and quality products for everyday use, using slow & ethical practices is the only way forward. We are very grateful to our people, customers and amazing connections we have made along the way. We hope on this wonderful journey we help strengthen communities across the globe. Our choices bring change; change for the better. And collectively if we all did just this, the impact would be exceptional. Find out more on their website: www.thenativeloom.com Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



It is connected to the cycles of nature.

There is something that humanity has forgotten and that is the innate ancestral wisdom we all have in our bodies.

What happens when we purge? A release of emotions, traumas, conditioning, patterns, feelings, beliefs that are no longer needed or that are holding you back from connecting to your truth - your soul, your being, your presence.

Our bodies are designed to release trauma, to purge, to bring us back to homeostasis; to balance, to heal. Our bodies are designed to flow with the cycles of the Earth - to restore during certain seasons and to energize in others. This is something we used to know, we used to understand and have as an inherent part of us, but as we become increasingly more and more detached from the earth and detached from ourselves; as we detach from the old ways of living, we forget how natural this process really is. So when our body attempts to 'purge' - to release unhelpful emotions, traumas, physical ailments through a process of expulsion which can manifest in numerous different ways from extreme emotions to actual physical purging we shut down the process out of fear.

Nature is currently purging and rebalancing, so many of us will be purging with her.

The heaviness that is keeping you powerless, small, a victim, unconscious, perpetuating this vicious cycle of ‘not enough’ness. Anything that is preventing you from evolving is being brought into the light right now - the inquiry is becoming: • Is this real? • Does this serve me? • Is this helpful? • Is this in alignment with my truth? And if the answer is "no" to any of the above, then you can expect to purge, purge, purge... Why do we purge?

How you are feeling - your current state - is actually a pretty accurate indication of what is going on internally for you.

You cannot build a new home on a shonky foundations and you cannot create a bright new future in the shadow of the past.

You might not understand what is happening to you on a conscious level, but just because you can’t understand it doesn’t mean that it should be dismissed.

When you purge you can imagine it like the foundations are being corrected: the ancestral lines are being cleared, the very beliefs and programming that is preventing you from moving forward is being brought to the surface so you can deal with it.

Just because you can’t rationalise it, does not mean that the emotions that are wanting to be expressed are not real. Trust that you don’t have to understand what is happening, you don’t need to attribute the pain or sadness you are feeling to this thing or that thing... that your body knows what it is doing, what needs to be released. Your body is more intelligent than you think. 36

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Only once it’s been dealt with can you start anew; can you build the life that you dream to create. We purge so we let go of anything that is hindering the process of rebuilding and reclaiming what is ours. Advice for anyone in the purging process Being in the midst of a purge can be exceptionally uncomfortable, my loves.

In fact, it’s no surprise that many of you would rather not deal with it‌ But the more you resist or deny it, the more you bump up against it - the harder it will be. I know this, because I tried to fight my awakening process. I tried to deny it was happening. I refused for so long to feel the feelings my soul was asking me to feel. My advice? Let it take you where it needs to go, stop resisting the inevitable. The moment you surrender and let go, the moment it becomes tolerable. The feelings will move, if you let them and the purge will not last forever. What is on the other side of the purge, however, is more love, clarity, connection and unity with your soul self than you could ever possibly imagine. Purging away what no longer served me changed who I was so fundamentally that I don’t even recognise the person I used to be. I am now happier, more balanced, more connected to myself than I have ever been. And to me, that makes the whole process incredibly worthwhile. Bec Mylonas Spiritual Teacher www.becmylonas.com

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Divine Inspiration #1 With Aimee Shields ATTUNEMENT Long before you remembered me you were bound to me in your creation. You were bound to the life that throbs within you, around you and in tune with the heart pulse of this Earth. You are intricately linked in a multitude of ways that have been misplaced, forgotten or simply not known of before. We of Gaia come to you now; open your hearts and minds to our words for we have longed to connect. Some of you my darlings have seen my face and others do not even know I exist. Times are changing... it is upon us and so the opportunity for our relationship to re-establish itself in a new and powerful way emerges. Celebrate this divine timing upon the planet; celebrate your becoming for it is the birth of us all. My words have power and authority, hear my voice, my children speak your names into the heart of me and hear the resounding call of its echo back to you. We know you dear ones as intimately as you have yet to know yourselves; lift your voices to the wind, hear it calling you home again... listen children to the song in your hearts and live your life in the freedom of its expression. Begin to see that all around is the love; the homecoming you seek for I am of you and you are of me. Together let us build a new world upon the truth in our hearts, the divine message the great one wrote upon our cells that has had you searching so long now my children; open your eyes and begin. There is a new dawn coming and it shall be the brightest most brilliant sunrise you have ever seen. I will make it for you my dear ones; every step you take in my direction leads you there. I carry within my beings all that is dormant in you and in knowing us you shall finally know yourself truly, wiser, stronger and more beautiful for the wholeness that is found when this knowledge is awakened and used.

I am the Goddess Gaia and I call you home children of my heart, my body, my life I call you home. Begin...every morning give thanks and homage to the sun rising, the moon setting, the rain falling, and the sky above you. Every night praise the Maker, the Great One. Feel the thankfulness in your heart and the extreme bliss for the day that was given to you; for every breath your body took, for every time you smiled, for every hand touched and every life form acknowledged, for every moment of happiness and know the supreme privilege it is to live in this body at this time upon the world... This world is a part of you... You are a part of its past, its present and you are about to be a part of its future. Paint your feelings well my friends for tomorrows sunrise will be full of the colors you gave it today. As always my children, my dearest hearts, praise the earth beneath your feet, the beat of your heart, the length of your stride and the promise of what lies within you ready to be birthed... the moment you give permission it will grow within you and flower continuously upon the path of the life you have chosen. Feed it the sweetness of your vision, the compassion of your tears and the triumph of your victories and I will ensure its fragrance reaches every corner of this globe and beyond. Celebrate my children the love that waits for you is boundless and its bounty overflows in the anticipation of meeting your waiting vessels. Drink deep of the purest intentions and open to the grand design before you; it is magnificent. Aimee Shields Divinely Inspired www.callah-ancients.com/gallery

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Divine Inspiration #2 With Aimee Shields FOCUS

Dearest children of my womb cast not your eyes to the past; allow me to carry that for you. Cast not your eyes to the hearts hardened and deeds still being done that are of pain and the absence of love. Cast your eyes to your own heart; focus on filling it with love and forgiveness. Each act of non-love is perpetuated by the supreme hatred that rests within us that stems from an even vaster pool of unforgiveness. Look into your hearts: what war do you wage within you and who do you wage it with; is it yourself or is it another? Put down your weapons, whatever it is they are made of, and focus on loving yourself. Bear not the graves of this war for new life may be brought to this landscape; it need not stay war torn and barren of all life and colour. This world is made for you. Inside this space... this space of love has been born of the very finest things the creator wished you to have. Look with new eyes my darling ones and see the salvation of your turmoil in this fresh perspective. You are all a part of each other, when one hurts, so too does the other. Turn away from those that anger still and would harm; build a wall of peace around your world and create the sanctuary where this peace may grow. It is within you to be in this realm of peace right now. Everywhere you rest when you sit still and really open your senses you will find that a great many vibrations exist at the one time. Some of them contain the old energy of separation, of lack, of anger and revenge and others resonate higher bringing in the great energy of Creation itself. The hills will sing to you, the grass dances with joy as the sun shines upon it and the sky is alive with colour, with the energy of life. Reach out my children, touch your destiny for it is a part of your path to remember your oneness with this world. It is in line that you brave souls, that empty your castles of all that is rank and stale and unworthy of you, to ascend to higher realms of feeling,

greater than you have ever known upon this Earth before... paradise my friends, it is here and it is beyond here and it is already here. Begin your journey to this space today... it begins with love. Focus your intent solely on love my children, love for yourself, love for others and love for the Earth. If you saw yourselves truly as divine you would not be able to harm another knowing they too are divine. However, you have harmed many in many incarnations; not one of you has hands that are not stained with blood, but all have the core of innocence that once shone out from your souls like the beacons of lights that you are. lt can be re-claimed in all its glory, this innocence that resides within. Lay down your weapons whatever you deem them to be. Lay down your lower emotions that serve only a devotion of ego and pride and once more take up your mantle of divinity. Shine as brightly as the stars above, be as steadfast in your devotion to the Divine within you as Gaia is to feeding and clothing you and you shall rise my brother and sisters you shall rise in glory, light and innocence born of great wisdom. Wisdom of knowing that while you shall not fix your eyes anymore upon the path behind for you now carry within you the lessons learned and the knowledge that the path ahead holds more promise than the path behind you. You glimpse it only to call back to you and your awareness those things that are a part of you and your relationship to The Divine that had been lost along the way. Good journey my brothers and sisters, may peace be the way ahead for you, may it fill this Earth and every heart upon it with its presence. Blessed be, blessed be. Aimee Shields, Divinely Inspired www.callah-ancients.com/gallery Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


Spiritual Guidance With Guest Clare Deale RECEIVING MORE LIGHT

It’s up to us to be ten steps ahead.

In meetings recently with the Galactic Light Council they were conveying to me about the importance of receiving more light.

The fact you are hearing a ‘certain’ word again and again is no mistake; that in itself is it being infiltrated deeper, programming it in deeper.

Of opening your palms often, closing your eyes and envisioning the light pouring in. At first sitting in the palm of your hand and then pouring into your blood stream, your body, your bones, your entire being, every facet of you.

We are not victims, we are the culprits as much as anyone else, but we are also the heroes!

Letting it shift so much for you, letting it transmute all that is dense. In this time of reset, regroup, reprogramming there has been a bigger opening to persuasion. To believing more now than ever what we are fed, sold and told to believe and not look beyond it. To see the magician's tricks and how they are in fact an illusion put in place to confuse and bemuse you.

Duality is shifting in a way that was impossible in the 3D vibration. So much is coming together, so that what has been ready to be let go of is coming to an end. Some endings are magnificent, some can seem cataclysmic. Sometimes we need a hard slap to see how and where we have been playing games and where we have been giving our power away. This unique experience is one of them and it doesn’t stop there in fact it’s becoming more and more prominent so much so that we can no longer ignore it.

To make you look the other way, to dismiss your intelligent mind, your sovereignty, your sense of self and what is real and what is a fallacy.

Remember your power my loves.

We are what we believe we are, as is the reality before us.

Expand and grow your light more than you had every thought possible.

We are the master creators and we have forgotten this overtime.

Receive and accept the help of the Galactic Light Council, for we can bring in the shift that so many of us can feel is possible.

We’ve bought into the program as if all of it is real. Misunderstanding that the options of endings and the way it plays out is up to us. We get to choose freedom or chaos.

Truths revealed, delusions cleared, power accepted and moving forth liberated before we can see it form.

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We must believe it before we see it. Clare Deale www.facebook.com/claredealeintuitiveguide

Divine Guidance With Michelle Cotton CONSCIOUSNESS UNFOLDING Greetings dear ones. We come to you at this time after so much change and uncertainty, and we do however bring forth good news. The earth shift that has been experienced while the world slowed down, had a massive impact on humanity and the consciousness throughout all living beings, it’s raised the vibration on a global level. For those that have the connection to source already and have felt the shift, it is coming into a wonderful time ahead of great clarity and knowing. For those unaware of this path, you will sense a shift also within yourself and the life purpose you are living; for those not satisfied with their career or relationship you will see the choices you have before you to follow your own truth and to live in alignment with your soul purpose. We are excited to see the unfolding of joy after this dark time. So many people have realized the willingness of being a follower and not having made more stronger choices to live a more sustainable lifestyle, others will take this opportunity to get back to basics and live differently to be in harmony with the earth Mother Gaia. A new appreciation is unfolding for the simple aspects that have been taken for granted for years, how many of you have stopped growing your own food and getting regular exercise? Your capability as human beings to gain harmony from being In tune with your body, to be able to self-heal and be strong, to give the mind space to expand, and the soul joy to thrive; the human life is incredible, it is a gift when you learn to look after it fully.

The body is Energy within every aspect and in this it can create shifts within itself that are remarkable and defy belief. It is through hardship that human beings learn to be more caring and expand their awareness beyond themselves. True enlightenment is not becoming better than others, nor is it knowing more than anyone else, it is the willingness to be open and give love to all, it is the willingness to not judge or leave behind anyone. When you care for others unconditionally and look out for those in need, you truly are shining your light; this also includes the earth that requires care; from the oceans and the land, the animals, lakes, forest and rivers - they all need you to shine your light and care. The small bit of time they have had to rest and restore while the world stood still, is not enough to heal the years of harm so think about helping in any way you can. To help the earth and its occupants is to help you and all that is. Be a beacon of light and welcome others you meet, find ways to communicate and assist those in need, care and show kindness, help just because you can and desire to help others. It is the most rewarding experience you can have to bring joy to another, whether human or animal. What a wonderful time to be living on earth, experiencing the growth that is evolving within humanity. Deep blessings of love. The High Council Channeled Through Michelle Cotton Pure Vibration www.facebook.com/PureVibrationNZ Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



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With Guest Dawn Grace Kelly HOW TO SUPPORT YOURSELF WHEN YOU’VE BEEN TRIGGERED Have you been 'triggered' lately? It’s a word that I hear often – commonly used to mean 'bothered', yet in the psychological sense being 'triggered' means to have an old trauma activated. I notice this everywhere – out in the world, within my family and for the clients and students I work with. It’s something I am personally familiar with – my old traumas can be triggered too. We usually believe being ‘stirred up’ is all about what’s happening in front of us. We don’t know that we’re overreacting (a classic sign of an old wound being touched). We might be left feeling anxious, upset, angry, guilty or shamed. Our thoughts might become judgmental and blamey about the other or about ourselves. If we’re brave enough to bring our attention back to our body and stay with what we are feeling we can notice what is below emotions like anger or anxiety. It is likely there is some deep sadness under the surface. This is old emotion that hasn’t been felt – trapped emotional energy that wants to release. If you allow yourself to feel it without judgment of self or others, you will be able to let go of heavy energy in your body – energy that may have been manifesting as long-term chronic pain, blame, anger or something else. This is the healing benefit of having our wounds stirred up. Being triggered can look like this: • Blaming and/or judging (that makes us feel ‘better than’ and gives us some temporary pseudo-power). • Self-medicating with drugs, caffeine, sugar, carbs, alcohol – substances to ease anxiety. • Fighting/arguing. • Complaining to someone who will listen (it’s another way we get power back via those who listen to us.) This is different to being supported and exploring your actions with someone who

supports you to reflect. • Being addictive in other ways to avoid the anxious feeling – excess work, cleaning, exercise, shopping, internet and the endless list of things we use to avoid our feelings. If you are being consciously self-aware this is what could happen: • You notice you are overreacting. • You breathe and bring your energy back to yourself. • You notice what you are feeling. • You allow the feelings to flow. • You may have memories, images, thoughts come forward from the past. • You are gentle and kind with yourself because you know an old trauma is being activated. • You give yourself the love and support you didn’t get as a child/younger person, the care and validation that you really needed. That might look like tea and blankets, rest, being with your animals, journaling, connecting with your inner child via writing or visualization or something else. If you need support you might share with a wise friend or therapist that can hold space for you. Giving our self the love and care that we didn’t get when we were younger is profoundly healing. We need good boundaries, self-kindness and a commitment to attend to what we need at a given time. I wish you conscious awareness to notice when you overreact and self-compassion to care for the wounded younger self that lives within you. Dawn Grace Kelly Author, Spiritual Teacher & Energy Intuitive www.dawngracekelly.com

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Soulful Living With Kerry Kingston HOME MOON CYCLE As more of us become aware of the lunar cycle and the ancient practice of moon gazing and following the flow of nature; incorporating intention setting and allowing, along the path of connectedness to mother earth and her beautiful timekeeping throughout the months, years and all of time - we tune ourselves into her rhythms. In my own body and soul I feel the synchronicity, which led me down another path of discovery when looking at the home. Sometimes it seems a struggle to find the motivation to clean our spaces, while other days we achieve great things and are on a mission to spring clean and have a good decluttering session! There is a definite link with the ebb and flow of these daily practices and I believe there is a greater force at play, that of the lunar cycle. By aligning ourselves with nature and working in sync it may ease and support our daily lives rather than working against it. There are 8 phases in the moon cycle which take place over a 29.5 day period. For the purpose of the home, we focus on 4 of these: new moon, the first quarter, full moon and the last quarter. New Moon – Seen as a time of new beginnings, the best time for setting intentions and planning. This time can be used to work on lists of what you would like to achieve; look online and in magazines for inspiration and research projects; set out plans for the coming month. What do you need to buy or source to achieve these goals and what needs to be done around the house? First Quarter – A time to take inspired action on the intentions set at the new moon. With the moons energies building you can commit to taking a leap and move forward. This is a favorable time to launch or start a 46

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project when development and momentum will flow freely. This may include rearranging rooms, purchasing or repurposing furniture, watering or repotting plants for future growth, painting or getting stuck into the garden to name a few! A time to get your life, home and paperwork in order, prepare and get things done! Full Moon – A special time when we celebrate the beauty of the glowing moon present above. Emotions can be heightened as we celebrate the energy flowing at this time. We can look at our home and life and feel grateful for what we have and what we have achieved. A time to cleanse and release what no longer serves us. Light candles, smudge your home and use essential oils to remove negativity. Ease off on projects and prioritise peace and calmness with ritual, which may include a bath, meditation and placing your crystals on a windowsill to absorb the moons energy and purify them. The Last Quarter – The quiet phase after the full moon when we can evaluate, adjust and reflect. A time for continued release and the most supportive time on the home front for general cleaning and removing of any unwanted energy. Dusting, mopping, cleaning windows, removing clutter, putting things in their places and anything that clears space at this time. Once you have completed the releasing and cleansing stage do take time for rest and relaxation before the lunar cycle begins once again. During the darkness before the new moon there are roughly 3 days to focus on meditation and relaxation; be present with yourself and what you need at this time. Be kind to yourself and take time out. There are times when things just need to be done (like the laundry which is daily in our home!). This method of working with the lunar cycle guide is simply here to help support the process with greater ease.

You may already instinctively feel and be following this path in your life or you may choose to allow the lunar rhythm to help support the flow in your body, life and home going forward. Kerry Kingston Kerry Kingston Design www.kerrykingstondesign.com

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Holistic Lifestyle With Machelle Tewnion THE ART OF STOPPING

Could boredom bring about liberation?

As I stood on the side of the road there were tuk tuks everywhere swerving around the cows who have decided the perfect place for them to relax is in the middle of a main road. There are no ‘sides of the road’ to drive on in India, you just drive and swerve. Crossing the road requires one to close their eyes and walk, hoping desperately that no one will crash into you while you're moving from A – B. So far I would say I’ve been pretty successful, only having been hit by a scooter once in my 8 years of visiting this magical place.

Learning to stop may sound easy, but in fact it is going against everything that has been programmed in us over thousands of years.

India is a place that stimulates all your senses; the colours, smells and noises are all on the spectrum of incredibly beautiful and something which requires a lot of getting used to. The first time there, you go into sensory overload. Overwhelmed with everything that you are seeing, feeling, hearing, tasting and smelling. It is not until you finally stop, that you find the magic and the transformation that was truly happening all around you and even deeper still within your own being. “As soon as there is stopping, there is happiness. There is peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh We have been running for thousands of years; throughout time we have created a habit of running after things - this is a habit which has been transmitted down from generation to generation. It's an unconscious avoidance of the present moment where there is the feeling of needing more now. We are always reaching for that one more thing to make us happier, healthier and wealthier; because our senses are constantly firing off in our brain we often forget that this feeling of needing more and being busy is actually taking away, that which we are craving most. This made me ponder the idea... Is our liberation in fact hidden in the stopping? Or perhaps even what you may experience as 'boredom'. 48

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Learning to be ok with becoming ‘bored’ or stopping takes training. When you can sit and just ‘be’ and be ok with the 'boredom', the ‘nothingness’, the no–thing to do, you begin to feel a sense of freedom, you are free; there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do and you begin to encounter what life deeply is in the present moment. When we stop, it seems as though nothing is happening, in fact this is the time when the most is happening; you begin to recognise everything that is within you and also fine tune yourself to all that is happening around you. This is where you introduce yourself to what is known as the ‘the cosmic body’. You begin to find your centre, your happiness and your freedom. After a while you begin to bring your stillness , ‘boredom’, and stopping into present life where even the chaos and sensory stimulation of a place such as India can become peaceful. How can we welcome in the practice of stopping in our lives today? 1. Start your day with a ritual – Meditation is a great way to start, or even just drinking your coffee mindfully, washing your hand with presence, feeling the water on your hands and deliberately bringing your attention to how that feels, right now in this moment 2. Schedule time in your day to do no–thing – We all lead busy lives so it is vital that we schedule it in, this tells our brain that it is important for us and a priority. You are then more likely to follow through with it. 3. Surrender – Begin to practice acceptance in your day to day life and the circumstances that you find yourself in, be ok with not being ok. 4. Practice full yogic breathing – To do this, concentrate on taking full breaths noticing your belly expand as you inhale and recoil to your

spine on the exhale, this not only helps you still your mind but has huge benefits on the entire body. 5. Recognise that your dream is now - Realize that you are actively living your dream right now as it becomes your reality in the present moment. Machelle Tewnion Holistic Health Institute www.holistichealthinstitute.org

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A Balanced Life With Sarah Jensen YOU CAN’T SELL A SECRET “Launch.” If you’re in business, how do you feel when I say that word? Excited? Confused? Uncomfortable? There’s so much hype around about launches, and every man and his dog wants to sell you their strategy to 10x your list or saunter into a six figure success story. I avoided ‘launching’ anything for a long time because it felt like all kinds of sleazy & stressful. When I had something new to share, I’d mention it once (maybe twice if I was feeling brave) in all the ‘usual’ places (socials + email list) and then I’d scurry back to my corner and hide (while secretly feeling sad / wondering why no one was buying my thing). If you relate, I have 3 (heart-led) launch lessons I’d love to share with you: 1. You can’t sell a secret. While you don’t have to shout it from the rooftops or bombard your community with constant ‘buy now’ messages, you need to at least tell them you’ve got something available. Because here’s the thing – people are in your community because they like you, resonate with you or you’ve given them information that helps them in some way. And if your course, product or service can help people, then you’re doing them a disservice by NOT telling them about it. Think of it this way – if you’d never found your favourite café, hairdresser or that person, place or thing that rocks your world, how would you feel? And while it might feel a little weird for you to think this – you and the thing you’ve got to sell could actually rock someone’s world, so get out there and share it. 2. You don’t have to do it alone. One of the biggest lessons I learned in launching Becoming You was the power of community + word of mouth to get the message out there.

While it can feel uncomfortable the first time you do it, I highly recommend reaching out to people you know & trust who have complementary businesses and asking them to share your thing. It’s an awesome way to reach a wider audience, you get the benefit of someone introducing you and your thing to their community (which = street cred and carries weight), you can re-share other people’s promo posts of your stuff with your community (a nice way to say thanks + show your community it’s not just you talking about your thing – other people are talking about it too), and you allow people to help you (which makes them feel good). Because think about it, aren’t there people in your life who you care about and believe in who have great stuff to share or sell? And if they asked you to share their thing, wouldn’t you feel really happy to help them? When you give people who care about you the opportunity to support and help you – everyone wins (you, the people who care about you and the people who get to experience your amazing offering). 3. Passion sells. Yep, it’s true. Your belief in what you do is contagious (in a really good way). When I launched Becoming You, I knew in my bones that journaling is an incredible tool for deeper self-knowing. I’m 1000% passionate about it and I completely believe in its transformational power. What that meant is I never actually felt like I was selling myself or even really ‘selling’ at all. I was inviting people to come and learn how to use this incredible tool that’s changed my life. And people picked up on that positive energy and deep belief in what I was sharing, and they wanted to be part of it. The most incredible gift you can give yourself in terms of making ‘selling’ easy is to believe in what you’re offering – then it stops being about selling, it stops being about you, and it becomes all about service + helping others. Sarah Jensen Sarah Jensen www.sarahjensen.com.au Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


A Nurtured Life With Devorah Goldblatt CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS IN OUR TEENS AND TWEENS - EVEN WHEN SKEPTICISM IS THEIR #1 JOB “There’s just too much breathing” - Julie, 17 “I can’t just sit there and not do anything. OMG.” - Tyler, 13 I work with many teens who love to meditate, and some like Julie and Tyler who just “aren’t having it” (their words). If you’re reading this magazine, my guess is that you, like me, are a conscious parent who aims to cultivate mindfulness and intentionality in your teens and tweens. We want our kids to be able to stay grounded, return to balance when challenged, and access their own inner compasses. Maybe we’d like to get them to embrace a meditation or mindfulness practice or a healing/clearing modality like EFT/tapping, but sometimes, it’s hard to get them excited about it. Here is what has helped me get buy-in from teens over years as a high school counselor, holistic teen coach, and mom: 1. Letting go of my own attachment to the outcome. (This one is tough!) As we read about the rising rates of anxiety and depression in teens and tweens, it’s easy to get caught up in worry and hand-wringing. However, it helps to remember that there is nothing as repellent to a teenager as an angsty, anxious, or desperate parent. The more we focus on the powerful coping techniques our teens and tweens already have (and they ALL have powerful, creative ways to self-regulate), the more our interactions exude a warm appreciation for them and a trust in their own intuitive knowing. When we approach our children with this warmth instead of anxiety that they are not doing it 'right' or that we or they have somehow failed - they are far more likely to listen when we introduce them to an additional technique, like meditation, for their 'resilience toolbox'. 52

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2. Summarizing the research, and framing it in terms of 'peak performance'. We may want our kids to be resilient, mindful, compassionate, and intentional - but those attributes often sound less sexy to our teens and tweens than peak performance does. Who doesn’t want to be a more successful athlete? A more confident public speaker? A better musician? A stronger student? Think about your child’s personal passions, and head to Google - I guarantee there is a study of how mindfulness or meditation supercharges performance in everything from athletics to academics to art. Another related tip? Have them make a list of their favorite athletes, celebrities, or influencers and then research those people to see if they meditate. My teens love this assignment, and have learned that Gal Gadot attributes her success in Wonder Woman to her daily mindfulness practice and that LeBron James meditates during basketball games. 3. Being vulnerable and specifically sharing how it has helped ME. I share with my students that I experienced significant trauma as a teen; I believe I would not be a healthy person today without meditation or EFT/tapping. I frequently give examples of how I use these techniques to center myself through difficulties - fear of public speaking, a near-accident, an uncomfortable social interaction. (And it goes without saying: if you haven’t personally embraced the practice you are trying to impart to your child, you may want to focus on your own learning and growth first. A teen superpower: they can smell authenticity - or the lack of it from a mile away!) 4. Starting small, and remembering that there are many different ways to meditate. When teens complain, like Julie above, that they can’t just focus on their breathing, we try a body scan meditation or a walking meditation. One of my 17-year old clients could not get excited about any mindfulness practice until he discovered eating meditations! He has now whole-hearted-

ly embraced mindful eating practices, especially when there is cake involved. Many teens enjoy the many meditation apps available - Headspace, Calm, and Insight Timer, for example - or the free Tapping Solution app for EFT/tapping. And some teens will quietly commit to a few mindful moments a day, like one of my teens who embraces mindful moments during basketball practice: How does the ball feel in his hands? How do his muscles move as he prepares to dunk the ball? Ultimately, our job as parents is simply to plant seeds. Our kids may not 'buy in', and that’s ok. My hope is that by implementing some of these tips, we can slowly introduce our teens and tweens to the gifts of mindfulness and meditation - tools to build more focus, self-awareness and compassion (and yes, even better basketball performance). Devorah Goldblatt www.devorahgoldblatt.com

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Soulful Business With Sabrina Weber WHY YOU NEED TO BE SELF EMPOWERED & THE HOW I could also name this post 'how to be a queen' or 'how to be in your goddess energy', it’s all the same thing and comes down to you showing up from your most confident feminine self. Not because you wanna play Barbie or because you are so damn full of yourself, no. I want you to be your most confident *insert radiant, magnetic, glowing self in order to manifest and create the life you truly deserve and always knew was possible for you! I am sure you have experienced this before, where you met someone in person or online and you just felt so drawn to them for no obvious reason, yea? There was just this energetic pull and I am not talking sexual even though it’s the same phenomena there. #itsanenergything Since starting my own entrepreneurial journey I have invested nearly $20k in coaches and programs focused on personal and business growth and will keep doing so. The work is never done. One thing I have observed and learned, especially from the high-level mentors I’ve hired in the past is this:

The point I am trying to make here is that you can have the best strategy or program in the world if you are not backing yourself up energetically you will never reach the full potential. Will you have some sales? Yes sure, most likely. But it will also feel like you are pushing shit up a hill! #nothanks So, with that said, here are 7 things you can start implementing right away if you want to up your frequency and manifesting powers: 1. Remember who you always were then BE that again. 2. Know what you actually want, ask for it and say no to all that is not that. 3. Watch your self-talk, focus on kindness and positivity. 4. Dress your body in a way that feels good no matter the occasion, do it for you. And yes, that may include Birkenstocks or high heels, whatever, girlfriend, do you! 5. Invest in yourself. Say YES to personal growth and being the woman you need to be in order to live the life you want to live. Back yo self! 6. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and lift you up. 7. Keep learning and have fun. Most of all remember that you ARE supported; that if you take one step forward the Universe will take 10 steps for you! Is this easy?

Our success is 80% mindset and 20% practicality.


Crazy huh!?

As easy as not eating gluten! #yeahright

But so true. I mean look, I could go on and copy page for page of the program my mentor is selling, I could even go as far as copying her sales page. Would I have the same 7-figure + outcome in my bank, NOOOO! Why? Because it would not have been an offer that’s aligned with my own authentic self AND I would not have the same level of belief, confidence, and mindset to back me up.

But also not really, because it’s a daily choice. A daily YES to you being you and showing up for your dreams! Or daily opportunities to make excuses and flounder… Sabrina Weber Sabrina Weber www.heysabrinaweber.com Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


An Empowered Life With Rose Aitken 4 COMMON DESTRUCTIVE BELIEFS THAT CAUSE A LOT OF SUFFERING & SOME ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVES It’s never what happens to us that determines who we become, but what we tell ourselves about those events. Thanks to neuro plasticity, even a brain wired for trauma and abuse at a young age can be trained to function differently and create new pathways and connections. It is a process that takes a lot of work in adulthood, but is entirely possible and this has been my personal experience. I managed to do it through two primary means. Energy work that centers on the neural pathways, clearing out old electrical circuitry that holds, thoughts, feelings, emotions, judgments, trauma and points of view in place using Access Bars from a modality called Access Consciousness. Acquiring new information and tools, with which to identify and break old patterns of thinking and feeling and create new ones. My level of ease, consciousness and emotional self-mastery continues to improve and I have only just begun to uncover my real potential and possibilities! For many people who have encountered challenges and difficulties, they are running around with a brain that is working against them and a set of beliefs which are unhelpful and through which they negatively filter almost everything. I do see patterns of beliefs in clients and people which trip them up and sometimes even stop them from reaching out to change things. I hope if you identify with any of the following, that the accompanying information and perspectives will inspire you to do just this: BELIEF #1: It’s really unfair I had such an abusive family/relationship and I am sick/broke/anxious and life has dealt me this hand... 56

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So you’ve had it rough getting to here and now you’re looking for answers! Well done, you’re in the right place! There is no explanation for this other than our soul knew what it was doing when it chose that start in life/those events and you can either embrace it and start working hard to make the rest of your life the best of your life, or you can let a perceived inequality consume you. Real 'adulting' involves getting on with what you’re given and learning from there. You will develop acceptance, great insights and fit the pieces of the puzzle together along the way… People with the toughest start often have the most to offer once they get a handle on things. If you are willing to do the challenging job of processing your wounds into wisdom, you have so much to offer, you will be able to leap light years ahead of others eventually. The wisdom you will acquire in that process will enlighten you to a degree that most people never attain, even at the end of their lives. You are often the one with the hidden advantage. It just takes a leap of faith, tons of courage and some damn hard work to get to uncover it. You will earn the joy of discovering your own resilience and the power of transformation, grace and redemption. These are beautiful qualities. Once you embrace them, people will be magnetically drawn to you and you will create success and opportunities that others only dream of, in a relatively short amount of time. Early changes can seem slow, endless and frustrating as we have to incubate and integrate them as we go. However, it gets easier and your confidence and competence will expand, resistance will lessen and you will eventually develop self-mastery if you stay the course. Keep going, this work is part of your soul purpose (believe it or not).

You can do it. I know you can, because I did it and if I can then you can too. BELIEF #2: I deserve way better than this… Set of circumstances/situation/outcome I don’t like/job I didn’t get/missed opportunity... This is ego, fear, denial and conditioning talking. Who said you deserve better? If you were currently a match for that opportunity (and it was supposed to be yours) you would already have it! We are all WORTHY of being loved and leading wonderful lives and we all have the equal opportunity to create that for ourselves, that doesn’t equal DESERVING. Success is ours when our level of preparation invites opportunities and we are responsible for cultivating our own opportunities and becoming equal to what we say we want. There are a couple more things to bear in mind here: • Nothing intended for us can miss us, so if you are hung up on that relationship, job or win that you wanted - there was a reason you didn’t get it. • Either you have more growing or learning to do first, or for some reason (which you aren’t yet aware of) there was a problem with it and you have in fact been positively redirected. There is often something far better around the corner, it’s just that we tend to conclude, decide and judge what we think is best for us and react emotionally when it doesn’t work out. When we allow life to help guide us in the midst of taking action to implement our goals and dreams, we create more easily and become more buoyant and happier in the process. BELIEF #3: I just care so much about the planet/ animals/other people I have to be permanently sad because so much awful stuff goes on here... Give up ‘fighting’ for a better world. You will never create change from railing against what is perceived to be 'broken'. You are wasting your life, your opportunities and your energy. The only way we create a lasting change, is to change ourselves, demonstrate what is possible and inspire others to choose it too. Smart people create a different way, connect with each other and empower themselves so they cannot be controlled. They also appear to fit into the existing system and make it work for them, whilst putting their energies into consciousness and developing positive change with which to improve life for everyone.

Stop being a victim. What you resist, persists, because you are energetically feeding it. This is also true on a global level, just think of the ‘war on terror’ the ‘war on cancer’ as examples. The solution is to empower ourselves and others to out-create the problem. By committing to feeling good you become an agent, example and advocate for a better planet. When we sit around bemoaning what is wrong, we tip the collective consciousness towards trauma and drama, adding to planetary woes. BELIEF #4: I just can’t get over this grief/loss/ heartbreak and it’s the story of my life... Do you tell the same story of hardship to everyone you meet? Do you engage with life through the filter of one set of events, that you have allowed to define you? There is no judgment in those questions. The reason you are holding onto past events can be one of two things: • You experienced a trauma which you don’t know how to clear. • Your conditioning and beliefs mean that you value holding onto that thing. (This is learned and can be unlearned). If the trauma option resonates, see someone and get some help. There is no shame in doing so, it is a sign of strength. Life can be challenging and sometimes our human self just appears to freeze in time, even when we are well equipped. If the second option looks familiar - do your parents talk about that one thing that would have made them famous/rich/happy if it had just worked out, or do they pass down stories of the family tragedy and expect you to live by them too? If they do, that’s a sign you’ve been conditioned to victim-hood. You get to choose whether to release these events/beliefs and become your best self or buy into a legacy of suffering. Everyone has had grief and loss and how your life is right now is a result of every past decision you have ever made. (Even a decision to listen to others). Our quality of life is determined not by our circumstances but by our level of courage. There is always healing available to us and there is always another way. We are fragile, yet paradoxically, powerful beyond our knowing. Some of us just need a bit of help discovering that for ourselves and knowing how to access it. Rose Aitken, Life Coach www.roseaitken.com Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


Healing Modalities With Guest Nicky McLeod BREATHING RETRAINING - BUTEYKO INSTITUTE METHOD I live above the beach in Nelson with my husband and two children. Having grown up on my horse on a farm in Southern Hawkes Bay I will always think of myself as a farm girl. These days I’ve swapped the horse for my paddle board and paddle around Peppin Island a couple of times a month when the tide is right and off Tahuna beach during the week. I happily live an urban life as long as I can get out for a green soak rural walk most days of the week, which is easy in a town like Nelson. It was thanks to my husband’s snoring that I became a Breathing Educator. Every time I looked up snoring the Buteyko Breathing Clinic website would come up. I’d never heard of it and started reading. I was impressed with what I read and decided to train as a practitioner. I’d had epilepsy for 13 years, since my first pregnancy – grand mal and partial complex seizures. I didn’t like being on medication and every year I would reduce the drug slightly and the partial complex seizures would return so I would reluctantly increase the medication. Despite having always been drawn to natural health this was epilepsy and no one had ever mentioned a possible cause once a brain tumour had been ruled out; however within a month of doing a course as part of my practitioner training I again tried reducing the medication... nothing happened. So the following month I did it again and again nothing. 4 months later I was drug and seizure free - and that was 4 years ago! The medication had had a terrible impact on my life and I felt aggrieved that no one had picked up my breathing dysfunction. I also felt that every New Zealander should have access to this powerful but relatively unknown health modality and once I qualified I opened The Breathing Clinic in Nelson. 58

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How has this modality changed your life?

An end to the epilepsy that I had been told was life-threatening and that I would probably always be medicated for was a good start. I used to have a hard time getting out of bed in the mornings and didn’t function well until after 10am. I now get up easily at 6.00am and hit the ground running thanks to the improvement in my quality of sleep. I no longer have the vivid nightmares that plagued me for decades. I don’t have bad breath in the morning or catch colds. I used to be exhausted, but am now energised, by exercise. I am calmer, more relaxed and able to concentrate better. Using the techniques for speaking I overcame an extreme fear of public speaking to the point that I can now address a crowd of any size and was able to speak at my mother’s funeral in 2018 to 300 people. I have a found a career that I love and that makes a difference and that is hugely relevant in stressful times. I meet interesting people in the health field from around the world as well as NZ in my role of organising professional development for the BIBH.

About this modality:

The goal of Breathing Retraining is to achieve a functional breathing pattern. To do this we look at all aspects of breathing (rate, route, rhythm, mechanics and volume) in all situations (awake, asleep, at rest, while speaking and while exercising). Normal, healthy breathing is efficient, appropriate, adaptive, responsive and supports health. I use the Buteyko Method which was developed by Russian Dr Buteyko in the 1950’s. I learnt from NZ’s only practitioner trainer, Glenn White, in Auckland. The first step for clients is a breathing assessment where they learn how their breathing compares to normal. I use oximetry and capnography in my clinic as an assessment and biofeedback tool. Capnography enables people to see their breathing pattern, rate and rhythm on screen

and also we are able to measure the CO2 levels in their lungs at the end of the exhale. I explain the relevance of this during the assessment. We cover some basic breathing science and I explain how a client’s symptoms are related to how they are breathing. They take away a 10 page guideline full of tips to get started on. The next stage is a course which includes six 90 minute sessions. The course includes education around the science of breathing and addresses the many habit and lifestyle factors that influence breathing. Specific breathing exercises are learnt and practiced for a minimum of 6 weeks. Typically my clients achieve at least a 50% reduction in breathing related symptoms within the first week. Over time they are often able to reduce medication under the guidance of their GP, reverse or improve long-standing health conditions and gain significant improvements in sleep and quality of life.

Thoughts on this modality in healing:

It comes first - breathing and health are inseparable. You can influence orofacial development, blood flow to the brain and heart and blood vessel and airway diameter through how you breathe. A healthy functional breathing pattern provides a solid foundation for health whereas poor breathing can create havoc. Breathing is the first thing you do and the last thing you do and you can’t opt out of it. While it is automatic, unlike other functions of the autonomic nervous system, you can override it and cause it to malfunction. With so much misinformation around about breathing I often find that clients have negatively influenced their health just with one very widespread and damaging belief - that deep breathing is good for you. Often well-intended advice to deep breathe means to breathe from the diaphragm rather than the upper chest however it inevitably leads to an increase in the amount of air breathed or the minute volume. Learning more about breathing and how to achieve a more functional breathing pattern can be an absolute game changer in terms of health and healing.

Who do you think could benefit from this?

Anyone who mouth breathes and if you start to observe breathing you will notice an alarming fact – approximately half of children today are mouth breathers. Anyone with breathing related conditions including asthma, hay fever, snoring/sleep apnoea, insomnia, anxiety/panic attacks, chronic cough/ throat clearing, sinusitis, nasal congestion, hypertension, migraine, COPD or emphysema.

Anyone who has a sense that their breathing isn’t quite right or has never been the same since they got the flu, or went through a stressful experience. Anyone who has trouble with public speaking or singing or who’s sporting performance is being affected by their breathing. One teenager that I worked with had the choice of surgery to break her lower jaw and bring it forward or to see me to unblock her nose and establish nasal breathing so that her functional dentist could bring her jaw forward. We achieved that within 2 days and over the next few months her gut and anxiety issues started to turn around. One man had visible nasal polyps and had not been able to taste or smell for 5 years. A surgeon told him she could operate but they would grow back. He came to me out of desperation and 3 months later his polyps had shrunk markedly and he was able to nasal breathe after we addressed the underlying cause which was a high minute volume or over-breathing. Incidentally he was able to taste and smell again. Another client had a chronic cough for decades. 3 months after her course she no longer required asthma medication and her cough had resolved. She described the course as life-changing.

Last words about your healing modality...

My goal is that breathing pattern disorder is picked up in general practice and that those with breathing related health conditions are made aware of and have access to breathing retraining as a treatment option. I want those with snoring and sleep apnoea for example to know that there is a natural, effective alternative to separate rooms or CPAP for life and those with asthma or hay fever to know that there is so much they can do for themselves and that their future does not have to be a lifetime of medication. I want parents to know the impact that poor breathing habits such as mouth breathing are having on their child’s orofacial and airway development as well as their behaviour and ability to concentrate. What I teach is relevant to everyone who breathes and I would encourage anyone in their quest for health to start with their most basic function and get a breathing assessment. Too often I see people who have been on a long and expensive journey with their health who look at their breathing last. My last words are that breathing comes first. Nicky McLeod. The Breathing Clinic www.breathingclinic.co.nz Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


The Yogic Lifestyle With Swami Karma Karuna RITUALS PART 1 - DO WE NEED THEM OR NOT? As I write this article, I have arrived in India, the land of ritual. Just walking out the door of my hotel sweet fragrances waft past me. I am delayed in my purchases as the shopkeeper does his morning chants before he will serve me. From elaborate, several day marriage rituals with strict rules to simple daily affairs, Mother India is synonymous with ritual - anything from candles and grains of rice on the abundant sidewalk altars, to drive-by prayers whilst throwing a coin at the temple for a safe journey. I get in my taxi and the dashboard is host to several Gods and Goddesses as the remnants of incense mingle with the pollution. Bells ringing, conches blowing and mantra reverberating whilst walking past painted cows with flower garlands, I am in the land of honoring everything and anything, in a ritualistic way. While we may think rituals in the Western world have faded as perceptions of religion and culture change, we still get up every morning and go through a sequence of activities such as making a cup of tea or coffee, bathing, brushing our teeth, dressing, etc. in an ordered manner. We are often not conscious of these activities, as they have become habitual; yet, they are done at a certain time of the day or week, often in a particular way and they create a specific feeling. If you rush out the door without time for that 'ritual' cup of tea, does it filter into your mood or your ability to perform your next activities? What is Ritual? The word ritual comes from the Latin ritualis - ‘that which pertains to rite (ritus)’. In Roman times this indicated a right or correct way of doing something, whether religious or legal and involved certain words and actions. The Vedas, (ancient Indian texts containing many original teachings of yoga), have a similar concept reflected in the word Rta which translates as 'the proper functioning or natural order of the universe'. It is thought that Rta may have been the original Sanskrit root of the word ‘ritus’. 60

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While rituals, historically and in modern times, have often been associated with religious rites and ceremonies, if we look more closely they cross all aspects of our lives - a rite of passage, our first day at school all dressed up an apple in hand, a significant birthday, the National Anthem or Haka before a sports game, a ceremony for graduation or grace before a meal or bed. Gestures, words, songs, and certain common themes or a particular way of doing something mark the honoring of significant points in our lives that may be related to personal experiences, our society, culture, family or religion. Emma Hill-French describes a ritual as “a way of communicating with the rest of the universe through invocation and symbolic action. We invoke to invite in, whether it’s other people, a quality of awareness or an aspect of the divine. The symbolic action corresponds with the effect we’re trying to create.” Bringing Ritual Back into Daily Life In our fast moving world, we have perhaps begun to devalue the importance of rituals or feel we don’t have time for them. Although these rituals still form part of our lives, they may not hold the same significance as prior times. One of the key concepts in yoga is developing presence in all actions. We practice this on the yoga mat through awareness of body, mind and breath but how can we be more present in daily life? Often there is a ‘dis-connect’ between what we do for our health or spiritual self and our dayto-day activities. Have you ever found yourself stressing about getting to yoga class on time? During class, you are guided into presence and relaxation, but the after-glow of yoga quickly fades as you run back to the stresses of daily life. Adding small, conscious actions or rituals at pertinent points in our day, such as standing in the supermarket line, before a meal or meeting, at times of change, or regular occurrences like the full moon, is a way to build a bridge between the habitual unconscious experience and the mindful conscious field. Rituals can be tools to help create a pause in the busy-ness of life and

reconnect with the self, our community, and the natural rhythms of nature. It is a link that allows us to use everyday activities for higher purpose and to translate the subtle inner experience into day-to-day life, so that over time there is no difference. Everything in life becomes the experience of yoga. The Brain & Ritual If the concept of ritual seems a bit airy-fairy or you feel too busy to pause, consider it from a brain science perspective. The brain stem is called the reptilian brain or the unconscious, instinctual and emotional brain. If a dangerous situation occurs, we don’t meditate on whether to move out of the way of a moving car; we instinctively move. Our evolutionary protection mechanism of 'fight or flight' kicks in and physiological functions drive us towards survival. The fight or flight response is meant to protect us from starvation, wild beasts and threatening situations. Most of us have more than enough and wild animals are not perusing the malls, yet the fight or flight instinct has become so over-activated that in many it is chronic; it activates when our sandwich is not made to our liking or an e-mail pings in the box. These instinctive mechanisms drive us to act from fear or protection which causes us to stress over the 'little things', which can be detrimental to our health and well-being. Ritual, or performing a purposeful sequence of activities that may involve gestures, objects, music or offerings, is a conscious way to help us activate the higher brain centres. The frontal lobe of the brain is the region of higher cognitive functioning, connected to conscious thoughts and actions. Qualities such as planning and discriminating, as well as concentration, happiness, creativity and rational thinking, are associated with the frontal brain. Studies have shown that when we breathe without awareness, (which is most of the time), the brain stem or lower brain is activated; however, with conscious breath, the frontal brain or higher brain is stimulated. Ritual, which may involve the breath, conscious action, concentration or creativity can be a tool to take us from the instinctual experience of life to a more aware, mindful and positive life. Symbols and Ritual According to psychology, the unconscious mind holds different life experiences as well as universal patterns as archetypes or symbolic images in the brain; these images may represent positive or negative experiences held in the unconscious mind. By using a symbol that we associate with something strengthening, peaceful or inspirational in a regular way, each time we focus on

it there is an opportunity to reconnect to that quality. The brain scientists tell us that whatever we do regularly creates a neural pathway that makes that action or thought more likely to be repeated. We can use the ritual or offering to create new neural pathways, so that something that may have been unconscious or difficult in the past has a new, more positive association. Do Rituals Have Rules? Traditionally, rituals have come with strict sets of rules such as right and wrong ways of actions, worship or use of symbolic objects; however, when we look deeper, many symbols and objects span different cultures and religions. As the same items can be used in different ways across various rituals and cultures, the rules become less essential. For example a candle can be found in a Catholic Church, a Buddhist or Hindu temple, a Pagan ceremony or a dinner ritual, each with its own set of rules. Although there may be individual associations with objects or actions, there are also many shared or universal meanings. Symbolic items may be used as offerings before an activity or on an altar. They may be placed in front of your practice space, your dashboard, workspace or anywhere else you deem fit. You may do something like chant a mantra or set an intention mentally each time you get in your car; or while waiting in line, do several yogic breaths. Anything that has meaning to you can be used in a ritual. A co-facilitator at a women’s yoga event set up an altar representing the wise woman and the central piece was unexpectedly a pocketknife! She said that the pocketknife had all sorts of useful tools in it and that the wise woman with the experience of life had gained knowledge and tools to cut away what no longer served her. So anything goes - The rituals and items used need to fit into your work, home or personal environment as well as resonate with you. Ringing bells in your office may set off warning bells! Make the ritual and items you use your own and appropriate to your environment. A ritual can be done anytime and anywhere, however regularity is helpful for setting up a new pattern. Rituals can be something done alone, as a couple or in a group. Connecting with a significant other in a conscious way using principles of ritual can bring a new dimension to the relationship; also, chanting, invoking energy or making offerings as a group can magnify the experience. Swami Karma Karuna Anahata Yoga Retreat www.anahata-retreat.org.nz Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


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With Guest Lorella Doherty AUTUMN BLESSINGS

But then comes - Autumn.

For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere Autumn blessings to you. What an incredible time of year. It's funny as this is not something I have ever said in my life before. Autumn for me is usually almost a time of mourning and loss. A time of letting go (very difficultly), to those stunning, inspiring, vibrant, hot, long summer days.

And suddenly there is not enough hours in the day, and we have taken on a load of stuff that if we keep going the way we are going we are basically going to crash and burn out.

This Autumn started the same. That feeling of loss was dawning on me as I had to pull out the trackies and socks that had been stored well away in the back of the wardrobe. And my usual intention of embracing the cooler weather, shorter days and increased darkness was not really happening. But like things happen in life - I have received a few weeks of 'gifts' or ‘lessons', that have taught me the real feeling of embracing Autumn. Summer is amazing - we all know it. The sunlight our bodies receive and the energy that life force gives us is incredible. We are generally in much better health as we are moving more, eating more fresh, raw, mineral dense foods, flushing our bodies with more water and receiving plenty of vitamin D. Plants flourish with green leaves and colourful flowers. Animals are busy doing their thing, making babies (or courting, what ever you call it). And us humans? We are busy, busy, busy! We are busy doing this project, and that task. Starting this job around the house, and going on that holiday, and taking our kids to the beach, having dinner out with friends, going for walks, starting up new this's and that's. You know. We are all in achieve mode and do mode. It feels like there are so many hours in a day, that we can take on so much more. And when we are feeling so much more energetic compared to the rest of the year, it would be rude not to! And so, summer is all about creativity and play, with all of this healthy vibrant energy. 62

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So Autumn, beautiful autumn with colours of bronze, auburn, red, orange, yellow and brown. She, teaches us to LET GO; and to let go GRACEFULLY. If we turn to nature, the tree's show us this so beautifully. They give up their leaves they have worked so hard to create, and they do so with such ease and grace. Their hundreds and hundreds of loving creations, each and every one, they just let go of. I have had a big pull in the last month to look at everything in my life that is not aligned with my heart and soul’s vision. This has lead me to here, learning the beautiful lesson of letting go of all of these things that have piled up in my life, that are not in my highest and best; and doing so with grace. It's quite beautiful really, and for the first time in my life, I see the amazingness in Autumn; I feel deep gratitude to Her for bringing such a clearing and gentle energy. My home is being cleared out as I am learning to simplify mine and our family's belongings. I am learning new methods of living our life in a way that is more in line with our way of being; I see how I've taken on so many things because they were there in front of me, on offer, or because I thought I should do them or say "yes" to them. I have learnt to 'check in' first with my inner self, and see if it really is aligned with my heart and soul rather than my mind just running in to take on everything I can because "I wanna do it ALL!”. I have learnt that we can help others more by letting go of them and what we wish for them and their life with grace also. I have learnt a lot! Phew...

And so today, as I sat in the garden admiring the fallen leaves, I saw and felt natures gift of letting go gracefully; of all that is no longer serving me positively. And the knowing that many new blessings will take their place when the 'season' comes. Until then, I am happy to wait in patience and trust, and allow those things that do not, to fall away with grace. Happy Autumn where ever you are, life is beautiful x Lorella Doherty www.instagram.com/lorella_doherty

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for someone, it will raise your vibration and fill you with joy.

I believe that now more than ever, we need to feel anchored, grounded and hold onto a sense of balance in our daily lives.

Learn Something New - Learn a language, how to knit, how to draw, Yoga, how to fix a cabinet. There are endless possibilities. Just involve yourself and give yourself a new experience.

For me, like many of us, one minute I feel great and the next I’m stressed, anxious, fearful or on edge. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions and I need to return to my daily rituals of self-love, and self-care. I need to bring into my day those regular things that support and nourish my well-being. I need to regain my sense of calm. I need to create balance and have positive uplifting things in my day so I can cope with the rest. I need to bring sunshine into my heart, I need - JOY!!! Joy is what illuminates the darkness, joy is what heals our mind and body. Joy is what brings moments of bliss and fills us with love. Joy lights us up, and opens our spirit to shine. When we’re full of joy, we emanate that energy out into the universe. Joy is my daily sanctuary, it’s not always possible, life happens, but when you can I invite you to join me, get creative and gift yourself a little time each day to do something uplifting and joyous. It’s those few moments of creativity, of being immersed in something that makes you feel good that will uplift and brighten your days. Here are 5 easy, feel good ways to bring joy into your day: Take a Photo - Challenge yourself to take a photo every day of something that makes you feel happy when you look at it. It doesn’t have to be big, or complicated, you can use the camera in your phone and just snap. Kindness - Do something kind from your heart 64

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Connect with Nature - Walk barefoot on the grass. Hug a tree. Listen to the birds chirping. Bring flowers into your home. Go for a nature walk around your neighborhood. Watch a show on TV about nature. Just admire nature, if you’re open to it, nature will open itself to you. Love Yourself - Cultivate the habit of loving and nurturing yourself. Make time for you. Give yourself what you need, rest, jump, read articles on how to love yourself. Find one thing you love about yourself every day and give gratitude for it. Joy is not indulgence, it’s a necessity and it’s our choice and responsibility. It’s our empowerment. There is magick in feeling joy, it lights us up, makes us feel good, fills us with energy. Joy can help us combat stress re-energize us and boost our resilience. Joy keeps us healthy and sane. It strengthens our immune system, and we can rely on it to pull us through difficult times. Joy is an essential part of our daily life; we need joy for our well-being. Even if we spend just 15 minutes a day doing something that makes our heart smile, we will raise our vibration level, uplift our mood, elevate our mindset, and just plain feel joy-filled. Joy-full Blessings. Masha G Ellman, Writer. Guide. Coach. www.mashaellman.com

My Journey So Far With Guest Sally Rees I was very fortunate to be brought up in Spring Grove just out of Nelson, New Zealand on 5 acres of land dotted with many native totara trees. My Spanish-speaking Welsh Dad was self-employed as one of the first full-time woodturners in this area producing beautiful things from local timbers; it was his passion. Looking back we had a wondrous childhood with a menagerie of animals including a milking goat; our own vegetable garden, memorable birthday parties; bike riding and frequent trips to the river not far from our house, accompanied by our dog and the goat. Describe the experiences that have shaped your journey Some of our close friends lived on a lifestyle block, producing most of their food from their land. I was most impressed with them as they not only grew, but ate, almost totally from their own gardens. Gardening has been in my paternal genes for several generations and so it’s no wonder that I’ve been involved in the local Waimarama Community gardens for about 6 years. I love getting my hands in the soil and seeing the rewards of my efforts in the harvests I reap. Having been brought up in the rural lifestyle it’s not surprising that we spent a lot of our time in domestic crafts from spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing wool, sewing our clothes and learning a lot of practical life skills that we took for granted at the time.

my skills and passion for raw foods and teaching to share with others the amazing effects this can have on their health. Share with us the ways in which you have changed your life for the better As soon as I qualified and fulfilled my training obligations my sister and I took off to England on a ship to visit relatives and see the world. From my first overseas trip to Fiji when I was 22, until now, travel has been one of the best investments I have made. Many thousands of miles later, I am a better person for having visited many different cultures, learnt a foreign language and studied many of the ethnic foods I’ve experienced along the way. I’ve no doubt that travel broadens your mind and makes you far more tolerant of the differences of others. It gives you a much bigger perspective on life and our whole planet; you realise that the world doesn’t end in NZ despite it being at the 'bottom' of the world. I think in total, my life has been a rich tapestry of experiences, enriching my mind and my outlook on life. Later this month I turn 70 years young and continue to be fascinated by people, relationships, the mind and the intricate workings of the human body. I’ve developed a positive, enthusiastic attitude to life which will give me a great basis for more enjoyment in the next 30 years !

It was my English mother who taught me to cook around the age of 15 which eventually led me to attend the School of Home Science at Otago University. What appealed to me most was the extensive range of subjects offered. One of our lecturers was a well-known and well-traveled artist and I put my interest in art and visiting art galleries down to his inspiring lessons.

Tips and Advice The best advice I would give anybody is to always look for the good in any situation. Life throws us curve balls every now and then; we can’t control them, but each one contains valuable lessons if we will only pause for a minute or two and realise that in that space we have a choice to respond in a different way.

Not surprisingly, my career has been focused on food and in the last few years I have combined

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Mindset Matters With Angela Miccio-Harris A NEW NORM TO BE ENCOURAGED Society burdens us with its views and expectations to go to university, get a 9 to 5 job, climb the corporate ladder, and have a family. But what do YOU want? The key to success is to figure that out, discover who you are and be comfortable with that. Find out what your own personal definition of what success and happiness are and evaluate yourself to be that person. If what you want is not the socalled 'norm' then there is nothing wrong with that! Even if your family, boss, teachers, or friends think otherwise. It’s not about changing you but about the way you FEEL about you. Everyone is unique and maybe the above are the goals you strive for and if so that is totally fine, but if you find you don’t fit that mould then keep reading. It’s an all too familiar story and I’ve witnessed it with a few of my clients where they are spending day in and day out at a job they despise and wonder where that spark or happiness went. For many people, the dread of their work creates stress and anxiety for them and according to a survey carried out by Business NZ and Southern Cross Health Society in 2017, stress and anxiety in the workplace in the western world has increased dramatically over the past few years. (This is not to say that everyone despises their job or experiences these feelings.) It’s important you preserve who you are; you have limited time here on earth so why spend/ waste it following someone else’s dream or advice? Regardless of how well intended, they are. Ask yourself, if money wasn’t a factor what is it that you would love to be doing? Be it job wise or a hobby or some interest you’d love to take up and pursue. I love coaching and having the freedom to plan my own day, however, at times I do feel the pressure of getting a 9 to 5 job especially when I was on my own with a sole income.

My daughter wanted to be a dancer, she had the talent to go to a dance school and the brains to go to university and she was determined and courageous enough to follow her heart and is pleased she did; 4 years after graduating and dancing professionally she got her first corporate full-time job and after living her dream for a time, she has no regrets about doing so. Now she is studying to head down another non-conventional path for employee satisfaction. My son, on the other hand, took a slight detour from his passion to be a Navy Diver, due to the pressure from his college to “at least get a degree first.” He did and is now doing what he first wanted and is loving it. So evaluate your own situation and who you are and give yourself permission to dream and implement a plan to take a risk and make a start in that direction! It’s worth noting that we are living in a society where everyone is demanding more of our time and demanding it NOW. The more technologically advanced we get the more this is true, hence the need to now more than ever listen to your heart, accept who you are and then step out in confidence. You don’t need to stay on the 'hamster wheel' that some people and society would have you stay on, there is freedom to choose. Looking after you and looking out for you will make you a better person, employee, partner and parent. When you can accept who you are and have a healthy sense of self-worth, you are able to live a fulfilled and much more satisfying life with your own sense of purpose. Angela Miccio-Harris Angela Cheruseo NZ www.angelacheruseo.nz

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Living Naturally With Hannah Shaw FAMILY WELLNESS Every day the human body encounters potentially harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites. However most of us are able to function well, and live our lives without constant illness. The immune system is complex. It consists of white blood cells, the lymphatic system (thymus, spleen, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, lymph (fluid) and bone marrow), and the substances that they produce, to assist the body in fighting infections and other illnesses. The two main components of our immune system are the innate and the adaptive (acquired) immune systems. The innate immune system is comprised of barriers to prevent foreign particles from entering the body, it is general/non-specific so anything non-self is a target. These barriers could be physical, eg. the skin, eyelashes, the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract; defense mechanisms, eg. mucous, bile, gastric acid, tears; or general immune responses eg. inflammation, complement and non specific cellular responses. Babies and children run mostly on the innate immune system, until they can build acquired immunity by being exposed to various antigens (germs!) over time. The adaptive/acquired immune system is activated by exposure to antigens and uses memory to learn about the threat and enhance the immune response accordingly. The adaptive immune system has far fewer cells at play (just B cells and T cells), yet that does not mean it is less complex! It is slower to respond than the innate immune system which is primed and ready to fight at all times, but allows us to achieve lasting immunity to many of the antigens we are exposed to (hence why you cannot catch certain illnesses more than once). It’s important to work at building your immunity on a daily basis, year round, so that you have a robust defence system at the ready should illness strike. 68

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Choices we make every day of our lives can either enhance or hinder our immune system function. These choices can be as basic as ensuring adequate sleep, wholesome nutrition, stress reduction and physical activity for adults and children alike. Quitting cigarette smoking and reducing alcohol consumption are also very important for general well-being and for healthy immune system function. Below are some of the time-tested things that work well for my family’s general well-being: 1. Regularly getting outdoors and placing bare feet on the ground or in fresh water (ocean, river, lake) to re-energise and soak up the Earth’s negative ions. 2. Seasonal intestinal worming for the whole family - either herbal or over the counter (worms thrive in children, taking advantage of their developing immune system). Treat on the full moon and again two weeks later with bed linen changes (preferably hot washed) for the whole family each time. 3. Adequate hydration from drinking room temperature water, fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices, and herbal teas (tulsi, peppermint, manuka, thyme, lemon balm are great choices). 4. Consuming an abundance of stir fried and roasted vegetables, salads, smoothies, and plant-focused curries, soups and stews. Include garlic, ginger and turmeric root into most of your meals. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut are also a favourite of ours. 5. Cold therapy - something I have been doing for 4 months now and will continue to do. Either hopping into the river, or having a cold shower daily with the aim to build resilience both mentally and physically, increase innate immune system function and lower inflammation in the body.

6. Stress reduction/body movement all-in-ones such as tai chi, qi gong, yoga, meditation and walking. 7. Turning off wifi each night, using EMF protection, and keeping devices away from the close proximity of children where possible. 8. Epsom salt + essential oil baths most days (for kids, at least weekly for adults). 9. Adaptogenic herbs. These are an absolute necessity for anyone struggling with poor immune function. They have been safely used for centuries within Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and have the ability to help the body resist stressors of all kinds, bringing balance to where it is needed most. Our favourites are ashwagandha, astragalus, reishi, chaga, tulsi, he shou wu, cordyceps, and maca. They can easily be slipped into a smoothie or hot chocolate, or even your meals. 10. Daily supplements such as esterified or liposomal vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D, and selenium (coupled with adaptogenic herbs) will help you to build a foundation of defence. When on the verge of illness, we stop the adaptogens and increase vitamin C to bowel tolerance, take zinc twice daily, get lemon drinks on board (recipe below), take elderberry syrup, and echinacea too. There are some great herbal tonics out there containing the latter two for when illness strikes. A daily tonic for the family: Add 1-2 lemons, a large knob of ginger and a piece of turmeric root to a juicer. Pour juice into two one litre glass bottles. Add raw honey to taste and some ground black pepper. Fill halfway with cold water, then to the top with boiling water. Shake gently until honey dissolves. Alternatively, add ingredients to a blender with 2L hot (not boiling) water and blend. Allow to steep for at least ten mins. Strain and enjoy! Hannah Shaw A Nourishing Notion www.facebook.com/ANourishingNotion *Consult with a health professional before commencing any new health regime; particularly if you have a pre-existing health condition or are on regular medication Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


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With Guest Paula Kilkelly SWEETENER ALTERNATIVES I have a huge sweet tooth; a person that must have something sweet after a meal... I found though, refined and processed sugar was doing me no favours; excess weight, low energy, trouble sleeping, bad skin and anxiety left me feeling as crappy as the crap I was eating. I knew I had to change my eating habits to benefit my physical health and get my mental health back on track. I cut refined and processed sugar and chose lower natural sugar fruits like fresh berries over dried fruits and juices; lowering my carbs completely changed my eating habits and my life. I have never felt better and the thought of eating sugary snacks now is not something I am remotely interested in. I am a huge lover of food, the creating and the joy and pleasure that comes from eating. This is something I could never give up! I started researching sugar replacements as I wanted to create sweet treats using natural sweeteners that were not going to spike my blood sugar levels - The bodies constant response to sugar spikes have been associated with mood, increased appetite, cravings and weight gain. I liked the idea of coconut sugar, dates, high sugar fruits and honey to sweeten my baking and whilst these have some micronutrient benefits and are a better choice than refined sugar, they were essentially having the same impact on my blood sugar levels and my cravings. I made sure to increase my intake of fresh vegetables and ate only lower sugar fruit to reach my micronutrient needs. I did not want to use anything artificial, and found there were some natural sweeteners with very low calories, that did not cause tooth decay or raise your body’s insulin levels, unlike sugar. 70

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I bake with these sweeteners and along with nutrient dense ingredients, such as nut flours and butters, coconut cream, cacao, seeds and fruit and vegetable extracts, I make delicious cakes and slices that are really good for you. I eat cake every day! Two years on, following this healthy lifestyle some of the benefits I have seen and felt include fat loss, especially visceral fat; higher energy levels, clearer skin, less anxiety and a better mood. Most sweeteners available online and in supermarkets are a blend of the following sweeteners, that have been mixed to give you the same sweetness of sugar. You can then use them in your baking in the same ratios as you would sugar. If buying pure stevia or pure monkfruit, use sparingly as they are intensely sweet. I recommend a blend, and you can readily find these in granulated or powdered (like icing sugar) form. Stevia The stevia plant originates from South America and the leaves have been used for hundreds of years to sweeten food. It is a great modern day crop, only using about one fifth of the land required to grow sugar and much less water. Stevia has zero calories, and little effect on blood glucose insulin levels, and does not cause tooth decay. Erythritol Erythritol is a NATURAL product - not to be confused with artificial sweeteners. It is made by fermenting the natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables, in most cases it is made from corn. It is about 70% as sweet as sugar and has a very low glycemic index of only 1 and does not raise blood sugar levels, it is low in calories, at only 0.2 calories per gram. It does not cause tooth decay. Monk Fruit It comes from a small melon-like fruit found in Asia, its sweetness comes from an antioxidant

found in the skin, not fructose. It does not raise blood sugar levels. Studies have shown it useful as a natural antibiotic, antioxidant and effective anti-inflammatory. It may also help reduce fatigue, and does not cause tooth decay.


INGREDIENTS - base • 1 cup (100g) Almond meal • ½ cup (50g) Coconut, desiccated • 2 tbsp (15g) Cocoa or cacao powder • 2 tbsp (20g) Sweetener (Use either a Stevia/ Erythritol or Monkfruit/Erythritol blend) • 2 tbs (30g) Coconut oil, melted INGREDIENTS – filling • 135g Hazelnut butter • 75g Coconut oil • 750ml Coconut cream • 100g Chocolate (90% cocoa) • ¼ cup (40g) Sweetener (Use either a Stevia/ Erythritol or Monkfruit/Erythritol blend) *Extra melted chocolate and chopped hazelnuts for topping METHOD • Mix dry ingredients for the base together. • Add coconut oil until it is moist enough to press together. Press evenly into baking tray. • Bake at 180°C for 10 – 15 minutes. • Allow to cool before adding the filling. • Mix all filling ingredients together in a pot • Heat through until thick and glossy. • Spread over base, and chill overnight in fridge. • Top with a layer of extra melted chocolate, and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. • Set and then cut into pieces. Paula Kilkelly Sweet Not Sugar www.sweetnotsugar.co.nz

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Sweet Treats With Sarah Sears EASY VEGAN CHOCOLATE BERRY BROWNIES Prep Time: 5mins | Cooking Time: 35mins Skill: EASY | Serves: 9

These easy vegan chocolate berry brownies are refined sugar free, egg free, grain free + dairy free. And they taste out of this world. As a busy mama of two small children I love recipes that are quick and easy whilst also ticking the ‘healthy’ box so that I can feel guilt free about giving them to my girls. What I love about these easy vegan chocolate berry brownies is that they don’t require many ingredients and the ingredients that are needed are usually already in the cupboard. Annnndd more importantly, everyone, EVERYONE can eat these!!! Whether you are a diabetic, celiac, lactose intolerant, vegan these healthy flourless brownies are for YOU. You’ll be able to eat them feeling like you didn’t miss out on the ‘actual yummy’ dessert/snack, because these are so good you won’t believe that they only have a few ingredients in them. These little squares of delight could even be called cheesecake chocolate bars as they are so incredibly moist like a cheesecake with all the deliciousness of one too. If you’re wondering whether these would be a good thing to serve as a fancy dessert then the answer is definitely YES! They can also be dressed down and served as a protein rich snack for you or your child. They are basically the perfect healthy easy vegan chocolate brownie in every way possible. My three year old loves helping me make these as she can do most of it by herself. Parent win! If you don’t have any freeze dried boysenberries on hand, you can omit them or replace them with any dried fruit e.g. raisins, sultanas, goji berries, cranberries etc. 72

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INGREDIENTS • 120g (1/2 cup) peanut butter • 230g (1 cup) apple puree/sauce • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract • 50g (1/2 cup) cocoa, sifted • 10 freeze dried Boysenberries (optional) COCONUT CREAM ICING (optional) • 100mls coconut cream • 100g milk or dark chocolate, chopped MASCARPONE CREAM ICING (optional) • 125g mascarpone, at room temperature • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350F) fan bake and line a 10cmx20cm (approx.) tin with baking paper. 2. In a small bowl combine peanut butter (warm in microwave if needed to make smooth and runny), apple puree/sauce, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well until combined. Add cocoa and mix to completely combine. If using freeze dried boysenberries, place in a small cup and add just enough water to rehydrate them (about 2 tablespoons). Add this to the rest of the mixture, mix and then spoon batter into prepare loaf tin. 3. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean or with a few ‘baked’ crumbs. 4. Leave to cool in pan and then chill in the fridge for an hour (or overnight). Remove from pan add icing of choice (coconut cream or mascarpone) and cut into bars. Garnish with crushed freeze dried berries and/or sifted cocoa.

To make coconut cream icing: Combine coconut and chocolate in a heat proof bowl and microwave in 20 second increments stirring in between until chocolate has melted (about 2 -3 times). Leave to cool and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once it is a spreadable consistency, ice the brownies. To make mascarpone cream icing: In a small bowl, beat the mascarpone, cocoa powder and maple syrup until light and fluffy. Sarah Sears What Sarah Bakes www.whatsarahbakes.com

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With Guest Burger Culture HOMEMADE BAKED DONUTS This delish recipe only took us about half an hour and minimal effort; so good as well especially when fresh out of the oven . Ingredients • 1/2 cup milk (we used soy as a Dairy Free alternative) • 1/4 cup butter (we used Olivani and set aside another 1/4 cup for coating) • 1 cup flour (can use Gluten Free flour but will be denser) • 1tsp baking powder • 1tsp ground cinnamon (another 1tsp for the coating) • 1/2 cup white sugar (another 1/2 cup for coating)

Method • Preheat oven to 190°C on bake • Mix sugar, butter and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl • Stir in the milk • Gradually mix in baking powder and flour until just combined • Portion out into donut tins • Bake for 12-18 mins until golden in colour • While the donuts are baking, melt another 1/4 cup of butter. • Mix remaining cinnamon and sugar • When the donuts are good cool, dip them in melted butter and then the sugar mix. We just ate these plain and were delicious, but you could whip some cream to go with, or melted choc would be stunning! Burger Culture www.burgerculture.co.nz

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Feel Great Food With Lee Holmes LENTIL POTTY PIES Please don’t be put off by the lavatorial name, these Lentil Potty Pies are comfort food at its best, and a delicious, albeit, slightly sneaky way to wedge a few unsuspecting veggies into your child’s diet. You with me? I’ve revamped this dish and come up with a healthy remake of a family favourite. Replacing meat with a hearty lentil filling that still provides a high-prowess protein richness and makes it a tailor-made vegetarian meal that will satisfy even the most grumbling of bellies. I’ve broken down the content of the dish nutritionally so that you can be inspired to give it a whirl. The traditional high-carbohydrate potato topping has been substituted for cauliflower mash, a much more nutritious option that so closely resembles the real thing and good ammunition for diffusing a picky-eater panic-fest. Talk about a fuss-free mindset reset! My potty pies are also the perfect size for a nutritious leftover lunchbox snack for budding foodie kid-preneurs. Don’t be afraid to pep them up with your favourite seasoning or mixed herbs. You can pack them with whatever vegetables you like. I find that versatility is the key when dealing with little (or not so little) fuss-pot eaters. You can also whip up a little extra of the cauliflower mash topping, and keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge to use throughout the week as a side dish and in a range of family friendly recipes. Leaving the kids aside for just a moment, baking individual pies is a nifty idea if you’re eating alone, simply serve with a leafy salad or some steamed veggies and freeze the remaining pies. Your thighs will love you for it. Nutty and earthy in flavour, don’t be fooled by lentils’ small size or low calorie content, they’re 76

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packed with nutrition and a versatile ingredient that work in a range of salads, baked casseroles, ratatouilles, curries, soups and even spreads. Think of them as a fuss-free and low cost way to bulk up the protein content of any meal, with a whopping twenty six percent of their calories attributed to protein! This makes them a staple meat-alternative amongst vegetarians and vegans. But you don’t have to be 'clean and green' to enjoy the countless health benefits of lentils. Available in red, brown, and green varieties, not only have lentils been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, these legumes are an excellent source of folate and magnesium, two vital minerals required by the human body to function efficiently. And the benefits don’t stop there. Their high insoluble dietary fiber is a thumbs up for maintaining good digestive health. Collective squeal! For ease of digestion it is recommended that you soak your lentils, preferably overnight, in some filtered water and drain and rinse them prior to cooking to reduce anti-nutrients such as phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that can make lentils difficult to digest and reduce nutrient absorption. Rivaling lentils with its very own versatility, Cauliflower the queen of the cruciferous tribe, can be used as a stand-alone ingredient, riced, roasted, steamed, added to curries, soups, frittatas, muffins, burgers, patties, used as a bulkening ingredient in desserts, or mashed into the ultimate creamy, fibre-rich comfort food. It’s gorgeous snow-white appearance and mild flavour means you can dress cauliflower up any way you choose, it’s like a flavour sponge and the options are endless. Unlike other cruciferous vegetables, much of the nutrition of cauliflower is stored in the florets or curds. This nutrient-dense vegetable has even been found to reduce the production of lipids that increase heart disease when they are in high concentration within the blood.

What’s more, cauliflower is an amazing source of Vitamins C and K - making it an excellent flu-fighting and anti-inflammatory agent. Mashing cauliflower brings out its goodness and creaminess, and by adding nutritional yeast you can easily replicate that delicious traditional savoury cheesy flavour with a total of zilch trans fats, artificial colours and preservatives. Not to be confused with gluten-heavy baker's yeast, which is still active and can build it’s new home inside your stomach, depriving you of essential nutrients, nutritional yeast is the healthy answer to an underlying cheese addiction. Thanks casomorphins. Gluten-free nutritional yeast may be one of the best additions you can make to your diet in terms of nutrition and flavour if you’re cutting down on dairy. It has a nutty, cheesy taste and provides a wealth of protein, vitamins, and minerals that the whole family can benefit from.

When transitioning to a wholefood diet, there is a misconception that you’ll be subjected to bland, tasteless meals, but adding ingredients such as nutritional yeast can give you nutrition and flavor and help to expel such myths. While getting kids to eat real, wholesome food at dinner may seem like an impossible task sometimes, I’d love you to give this recipe a go and you might be pleasantly surprised at how it’s instantly gobbled up and seconds are ordered. These little potty pies are super easy to make and a very handy way of using up any spare veggies you have on hand. Here’s to having a new, nutritious recipe to throw into the family dinner rotation.

You can find nutritional yeast at almost any health food store, and nowadays even in the health food aisle of most large mainstream supermarkets. Nutritional yeast is a microorganism known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae that’s grown on sugar cane and beet molasses. Once harvested, nutritional yeast undergoes heat treatment to deactivate it before it’s flaked into what looks like cheese-flavoured oat bran. Once you’ve taken the plunge and begun experimenting with nutritional yeast, you’ll start adding it to just about everything. Use nutritional yeast as a replacement for Parmesan cheese. Add it raw to salad, or sprinkle it over air-popped popcorn, pizza, stir it into soup or toss it into pasta. Nutritional yeast is a particularly great source of B vitamins, including thiamine, folate, B-6 and niacin. In fact, just half a tablespoon of some brands will provide you with your daily requirement of essential B vitamins that help you extract the energy from food and produce red blood cells. Most brands of vegan-friendly nutritional yeast are also fortified with vitamin B-12, which is usually found exclusively in animal products. It’s also a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the nine essential amino acids that your body cannot produce and that you must therefore consume from food.


Ingredients for filling • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil • 1 brown onion chopped finely • 1 ½ cups of mushrooms chopped • 1 zucchini diced small • 3 cloves garlic minced • Good pinch oregano • 2 tsps. dried thyme • Celtic Sea salt • 1 cup carrots diced • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste • ¾ cup lentils (rinsed) • 3 cups vegetable stock (sugar and additive free) • 1 TBS wheat free tamari • ½ cup frozen or fresh peas Ingredients for Cauliflower Mash WF, GF, SF, NF • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets • 1 TBS butter • 1 TBS nutritional yeast flakes Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


Cauliflower mash method • Put the florets in a steamer over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, covered, until tender — the florets can be verging on soft, but shouldn’t be falling apart. • Transfer the cauliflower to a blender or food processor and add butter, yeast flakes, a pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. • Blend until smooth. Potty Pies Method • Preheat oven to 200°C • Make cauliflower mash and let stand • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat • Add the onions, and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes • Add the mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, oregano, thyme, and season and cook for 5 mins • Add carrots, lentils and stock. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook for 20 minutes until stock has evaporated, then stir in tamari, and peas • Transfer mixture to individual pie dishes • Gently spoon the pre made cauliflower mash over the top, scraping a fork across the surface to create little trenches in the mash. • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the mash has a crispy top • Remove the pie from the oven Lee Holmes Supercharged Food www.superchargedfood.com (Originally published by Lee On July 22, 2015) *Photo by Kate Duncan Photography


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Well Being With Rosie James KEEPING FIT FROM HOME There are a plethora of options now available to us for keeping fit from home. If you have been shying away from exercise because you are nervous about getting moving in front of others now is a great time to get started. Most programmes will work well for beginners too. My suggestion is to try something new and make sure you are enjoying it! If it doesn’t suit you move on to something else. This is not giving up! It's making sure you find what works for you so you can form a good habit. Mix it up a little too. A mix of exercise that builds strength and exercise that improves cardiovascular health is a good start. You could try a daily walk or run, yoga twice a week and a body weight workout twice a week too. Having one or two rest days is advisable to prevent injury. Active rest is also okay. This would mean doing something that is very easy for you such as a much shorter or slower walk. Yoga is good for flexibility, muscle strength and tone. It is also a great way to give your mind a break too. It is easily achievable at home as most online classes do not require any equipment. Household items such as blankets and rolled up towels can be used to replace bolsters and blocks if you don’t have any on hand. Try a Yin class at night to help you achieve a good nights sleep or a Vinyasa Flow to invigorate and get you moving of a morning!

I have worked with clients using cans and full water bottles! Try this workout to get you started at home: • Squats x 15 Standing with feet hip width apart, keep your chest up high and drop your bottom as low as it can go • Push ups x 15 These can be done on the knees or toes • Crunches x 30 Knees bent and using your core muscles to lift your shoulders off the floor Take a 10 second break between rounds and repeat for 3-5 rounds Walking or running in your neighbourhood is a great way to get out and enjoy some fresh air too. The key to getting fit from these activities is variance. Try hills if you have one close by. If not, increase your pace and make it brisk a couple of times a week. Intervals are also a good way to get improvement. Walk for 5 mins to warm up then jog for 1 minute and walk for two. There are lots of ways to do them! Increase or decrease timings to suit your level of fitness. You will find your fitness quickly improves if you make it challenging twice a week. Remember to keep it enjoyable! Rosie James Nourish and Move www.rosiejames.co.nz

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Movement & Flow SPINE & HIPS With Julie Stephens Awakening the Spine and Lubricating the Hip Joints. This is a great little taster to start to explore the hips and connect to the spine. They say "You are the age of the condition of your spine", so look after it! Julie Stephens | Julie Stephens Yoga | www.juliestephensyoga.co.nz >> Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/1LR07cx1N44

Yoga Flow

With Julie Stephens

Spine & Hips

INTRODUCTION TO BREATHING FOR PILATES With Tania Huddart Breathing is one of the cornerstones of the Pilates method. Pilates teachers will encourage you to link your movements with your breath. It's important that you don't change the alignment of your bones as you engage your muscles.​ Tania Huddart | Hearts and Bones Pilates | www.heartsandbones.co.nz >> Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/gHcMhAdhKcs


With Tania Huddart

Introduction to Breathing for Pilates

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Movement & Flow OPEN & CONNECT ENERGY TO THE ORGAN SYSTEM With Natalie Meijer Gathering energy to nourish the organ system of the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we have three main organ Cavities called Sanjiaos: Lower (kidneys, intestines, bladder, reproductive organs), Middle (Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Gallbladder, Pancreas) and Upper (Heart, Lungs and Mind). Natalie Meijer | Heart Wisdom | www.heartwisdom.co.nz >> Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/QmrIoKfYqFU

Qi Gong

With Natalie Meijer

Open & Connect Energy to the Organ System

STAYING GROUNDED WITH CONSCIOUS BREATHING With Natacha Anthoni Conscious breathing is a great way to becoming more grounded and centred. This guided meditation is helpful for anyone who is suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, and for anyone who is integrating their Divine self. Let this conscious breathing be your anchor. Natacha Anthoni | My Breath | www.facebook.com/my.breth >> Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/vXRFiFSmpBg

Conscious Breath With Natacha Anthoni

Staying Grounded

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A Twist in the Tale Short Stories By John Du Four MACKENZIE I am chained to a cast iron sky, drunk on the stare of a rust-smeared sun. Held in place by this vast scoop of basin, gaping before me like some brazen wilderness whore, her wide-open tussocky legs unshaven, her hot breath panting against my beaded brow. A Karearea drifts into view, forensically searching the ground around me, cupped in the invisible fingers of high country thermals. All is silent, save the countless whispers of gossiping grasses — daisies and buttercups, Spaniards and eyebright — secretly putting their finest forward for shy comparison. The bone-dry high-cloud heat besieges me, baptises me. I stand here blessed and sanctified, forged anew. Cradled in the awesome. Grace. Now.

I finish my writing and close my notebook, slip it into the side pocket of my backpack. I remain a while longer just to bathe further in the inspirational expanse before my eyes, pleased to have captured in the nuances of poetry something of the mystical grandeur. Yesterday. ‘I told you 3 o’clock. 3 o’clock! 3 is not 5!’ You are livid, your face purple like plum stains. ‘Two hours I’ve been waiting here! Two fucking hours!!!’ Your rage hits me like a slap to the face. I don’t know what to say. I blink senselessly, my breath stolen. This only flames your fury. ‘I am so sick of you not listening to me! Why do I even bother speaking? Stuck here as bus after bus of Asian tourists comes and goes — if I see another goddamned selfie peace sign!!! With no clue as to why you aren’t here as we’d planned, not knowing where you are, what has happened?’ I start to mutter that I hadn’t heard the time, that I just . . . ‘Jesus, Michael! Can’t you SEE how upset I am? You never paying attention! And me raising it over and over, and over again, like a broken record! I’m so sick of it!!!’ It’s no good, I feel it welling up in me. When push comes to shove, I can only meet such an assault of anger with the defensive shield of my own wrath. From clenched teeth I tell you I am not a child, that communication is a two-way street, that if you need me to be clear about some precious detail or other, then be fucking clear yourself that I’ve heard you. ‘Not a child! NOT A CHILD!!! A child is precisely what I’m dealing with if whenever I want to be heard by you I have to take you aside and make really really sure you’ve got the picture! You’re not four, Michael!’ 84

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‘And you,’ I yell, ‘are NOT my mother!’ By now we are being watched by a gathering of nationalities, some even holding up their phones — are they actually recording us? A shabby show for sure, and inappropriate as hell in the pretty mauve shadows of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Last night. So we agree to a few days apart. Breathing space. You’ll keep the rental, I’ll catch a bus to wherever, and we’ll meet again back at the motel on Tuesday. The agreed upon time is once again the dreaded 3pm. We both make sure it’s been noted. This morning. I gather my backpack and make my way to the bus depot. I catch an Intercity heading south, and hop off in the middle of nowhere. As it departs I turn my back on the road and head northwest into the barren hinterland. Now. Rested, my poetic reverie sated, I set off again, walking hard. Honest sweat can be so liberating, healing. These dry hills and sparse rocky outcrops feel like they belong in a spaghetti western, harbouring dangerous secrets; like bandit posses, a dead man’s motherload claim, Apaches skirting the ridge tops. The blazing afternoon sun bangs off my dark cap, cranking up the heat setting in my head to ‘incinerate’. I feel a headache kick in. What I need is shade — proper shade that’ll suck a good ten degrees out of the furnace fanning my face. My brain feels like it’s boiling. My eyesight starts to squeeze tight and mean, held in the vice-grip of my cranium-pounding grimace. I need to find a decent overhang, deep enough to hide under, nestle out of the relentless sun. I walk on, stumbling. Soon all my needs are reduced to simply planting one foot ahead of the other. A sickening wave of nausea sweeps through my gut. I can only just make out my shuffling, scuffling feet. Concentrate! Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, left, right, left . . . I come to. I am lying on my side, head turned upwards, staring at a dense black blanket stretched from horizon to horizon, pinpricked with so many twinkling bursts of light, it doesn’t feel real. Surely it’s some vast digitally-produced backdrop, a Weta Workshop wonderland draped sensually over all of Middle Earth. It is cool now, deliciously cool. I shimmy out of my backpack and sit up. I drink from my water bottle, rummage in my pack for a muesli bar and my headlamp. The forehead-mounted LEDs click into life and I check out my immediate surrounds. It seems I did manage to find an overhang after all — stumbled my way senselessly to a sheltering nook. I stand up and step out from under its rocky perch. That’s when I hear it, a soft clicking sound, little more than the purring tisk of a tongue, rhythmic and persistent. It sounds like it’s coming from my right. I swing my headlight’s beam towards it. The gleam bounces back, reflected in two bottomless liquidy-black almond-shaped eyes. The figure is slender and tall, standing a good metre above me. It is pale and smooth-skinned, with a long neck topped by a smallish oval head. The startled creature’s arms rise up to provide shade from my glaring lamp, they are long and thin — all four of them. Unknown. I am lying on my back on a soft metallic table top. I sink into it slightly, but the surface buoys me up, shimmering and swimming under me like some kind of liquid-solid. I try to rise, lift my arms, legs, but I am constrained by some invisible unyielding force. I cannot raise my head, but I can roll it from side to side. Around me is a domed space formed of the same green-grey material, an undulating surface like the underside of water. I have no sense of time. It’s like I’m in an endless loop of recurring present, so that as soon as my mind contemplates beyond the immediate moment, the scene flickers back and any developing notions are forgotten. I watch as smooth liquid tendrils form from the molten surrounds and snake towards me. Some instinct within me calls me to shrink back in horror. It is but a shadow-thought, subsumed by my ever repeating soporific state. The exploring extensions busy themselves with my body. Some tiny vestige of a memory whispers: so they’re true after all, those Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020


fanciful reports — those poor souls aren’t nutters. There is no pain, but I feel the tendrils, investigating, sampling, analysing, as they move about over me. And inside me. I find myself in conversation. Telepathically. Answering question after question, as they sound off in my head. I am asked about anything and everything. My replies are truthful and complete — I seem to have no other desire than to be as honest and helpful as possible. As with the probing, I’ve no sense of time passing, no urgency to end things. I simply give of my mind, as I did of my body. Eventually, the discussion comes to a close: ‘You say you love your partner, your woman.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘That you hope to breed with her one day.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Why then did you get so angry with each other?’ ‘Angry?’ ‘Before you parted, you argued.’ ‘People disagree sometimes — it can make us annoyed and irate.’ ‘This is why your species is in conflict so often?’ ‘I guess people disagree quite a lot.’ ‘Why do you not simply come to a mutual agreement?’ ‘We do, a lot of the time — but it can turn to custard when we don’t.’ ‘Custard?’ ‘It can go wrong.’ ‘A flaw then, in your species?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Which will ultimately prevent you from surviving.’ ‘Maybe.’ ‘If your species fails, we will make your planet our home.’ ‘Is that why you visit us, study us — you are monitoring our progress?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘You should know, love prevails as often as not.’ ‘You feel there is hope?’ ‘As long as there’s love in the world, I guess.’ 86

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Tuesday, 2.59pm. I discover myself standing on the roadside in front of the motel sign. I’m wearing my full backpack, and from it a fresh change of clothes. I have no idea how I got here, I seem simply to have arrived. I recall nothing beyond the moment I woke up under that magnificent Mackenzie starscape. I turn and catch sight of you walking towards me. You arrive — smile cautiously. I smile back. We embrace. Hug tight. Feel the beautiful electricity, the charge of love, dancing back and forth between us. ‘Right on time,’ you say into my shoulder. ‘Yes,’ I reply, ‘Yes, I seem to be.’ By John Du Four

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Divinely Inspired www.callah-ancients.com/gallery Aimee is an intuitive and empathic healer who paints and scribes for Spirit. She is a pure channel through which many people have been able to receive messages from their guides and Divine Spirit. A practicing Pranic and lntuitive Healer for 10 years Aimee is part of a team of healers who travel New Zealand and Australia holding channeling and healing events. Aimee has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury and has worked much of her adult life caring for and teaching children. She lives in New Zealand, a magical piece of Lemuria, with her beloved daughter and their two cats, two bunnies and two hens.



Sears Co www.searsco.nz Amanda has many roles in life that can be summed up in 4 words: create, connect, learn and experience. She lives a full life of possibilities and has had an adventurous life so far, full of many ups and downs. In her own personal journey she has battled through the darkness of many physical, emotional and spiritual health lessons and has come out the other side a more developed, aware and knowledgeable person. She shares helpful tips based on her own experience and observations of life in the hope to inspire those struggling on their own personal journey – while continuing to grow, evolve and learn herself.


Life Coach www.angelacheruseo.nz Angela is a leading edge wealth empowerment coach, life coach, workshop facilitator, inspirational keynote speaker, and author. What she loves and what motivates her is seeing the improvements in the individuals she works with - moving forward, eager to be the best version of themselves. Angela is passionate to see you achieve sustainable transformation in all areas of your wellbeing, job/career or relationships. As a life coach she can facilitate a better space for you to untangle whatever may need untangling and get you back on track to be operating as your unique and true, perfect you.


Spiritual Teacher www.becmylonas.com Bec is an intuitive healer, shamanic practitioner, spiritual teacher and writer who is passionate about helping women to navigate their shakti and spiritual awakening process. She facilitates channeled soul journeys, healing processes and mentorship sessions which are designed to purge away the blocks and traumas from this life or past that stand in the way of reclaiming soul gifts, returning to true self and retrieving parts of soul that have been lost.


Holistic Teen Coach www.devorahgoldblatt.com Devorah says teens and tweens are her spirit animals; since 2007, they’ve filled her office and dinner table with everything from head-scratching trends and Netflix recommendations to conversations about anxiety, depression, academic pressure, and cyberbullying. Fiercely committed to teaching teens and tweens tools for inner peace and resilience, Devorah has over 15 years experience as a community youth worker, high school counselor, and holistic teen coach. She merges her counseling skills with techniques such as EFT and mindfulness to help teens (and their families!) stay grounded and peaceful throughout adolescence. Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



A Nourishing Notion www.facebook.com/ANourishingNotion Hannah is a mother, wife, registered nurse and a whole food plant based-lifestyle (WFPB) proponent. Originating from Timaru, she moved to Nelson in 2007 to do her nursing degree. She works part-time at the Wakefield Health Centre and recently completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition. She proudly belongs to a group of Nelson health professionals who promote WFPB; aiming to achieve positive health outcomes, and sustainability in the community. Passionate about cooking and creating recipes, she enjoys inspiring and supporting others through her new business 'A Nourishing Notion' and via her social media.



John Du Four really enjoys being creative. He has made art in everything from acrylics to encaustic to batik. He’s fired ceramics and sculpted in papier mache. He’s composed music and written jingles. He’s performed in the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes. He’s written and directed short films, one of which was an international finalist in New York. He has choreographed dance and written many short stories. A former chef, sound therapist, and creative director in advertising, John is on the board of Arts Council Nelson and is Arts writer for Wild Tomato magazine. He lives in Richmond with Sue.


Julie Stephens Yoga www.juliestephensyoga.co.nz Starting her yoga journey around 30 years ago, Julie found the spiritual aspect of it a major draw card and the physical side an added bonus. She spent many years travelling the world and in 2000 started her yoga teacher training apprenticeship which took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. She trained with many great inspirational teachers and has since owned yoga studios all over the world. As a yoga teacher she feels truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.


Kerry Kingston Design www.kerrykingstondesign.com Kerry combines stylish interior design with a holistic and intuitive approach to create harmonious and healthy spaces from a soulful living perspective. As a holistic interior designer she looks at a space in its entirety; from the overall design, environment and visual appearance to the feel, flow and energy. Her holistic approach includes timeless décor and practical design while taking into consideration eco living and the energy in the space; utilising a range of holistic methods to enhance these attributes, such as: decluttering, plants, Feng Shui, complementary crystals and essential oils.


Supercharged Food www.superchargedfood.com Lee is a holistic nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef and author of the bestselling Supercharged Food series. After changing her diet to improve symptoms of a non-specific autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia she started the Supercharged Food website from a need to share easy, wholesome and simple recipes. Experience has taught her to listen to the cues and signals from your body and that making positive nutritious food choices while having the desire within you to change your life for the better is the first step to optimum health. 94

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Holistic Health Institute www.holistichealthinstitute.org Machelle is the creator and founder of ‘The Holistic Health Institute’ which provides a 6 – 12 month holistic practitioner program bridging together the ageless wisdom from the east and the modern science of the west, spirit and matter. A registered nurse and human behaviour expert, Machelle has spent the last 7 years traveling throughout parts of India and developing an extensive knowledge around the ancient mysteries and how we can combine it with the science we have today to help people in all areas of their lives. She is passionate about bringing about unity and believes the foundation of this starts with ourselves.



Pure Vibration www.facebook.com/PureVibrationNZ At age 22, Michelle experienced the most life- changing year of her life and discovered who she truly was and her spiritual and healing abilities. Embracing this aspect of herself and realising she was a blank canvas, Michelle trusted herself and the Universal Source of Creation and started learning about all things spiritual and energetic. She loves the life she has chosen, which is filled with love, learning and pure vibrational energy... and best of all, she gets to use it to help others as a Clairvoyant Medium, Trance Channel, Healer, Teacher and Empowerment Coach.


My Breath www.facebook.com/my.breth

Natacha has been assisting people to open up to their full potential with conscious breathing through workshops and guided breathing sessions since 2009. She is passionate about her personal journey of living as a fully conscious, divine human and assisting others to do the same. Conscious breathing has been the most profound tool in her journey of self-realization, and it is her passion to share this through workshops and free online guided meditations. NATALIE MEIJER

Heart Wisdom www.heartwisdom.co.nz Natalie started her path training with Yuan Tze in Ren Xue and its connected disciplines of Yuan Gong Qigong and Yuan Ming Medicine around 14 years ago. “I have benefited so much from these tools in my everyday life and it feels such a natural extension to want to share this with others”. Natalie works from home and in the wider Nelson/Motueka community where she runs classes online and in person as well as healing and life cultivation sessions. In New zealand her home base is setup for intimate retreats and wellness weekends.


Travel Writer www.littlefrogblogger.com Pauline is a French native; founder of Little Frog Blogger, a travel and lifestyle blog. She has now set up in our beautiful New Zealand for the last 4 years. Before becoming a Kiwi apprentice and falling in love with the country (and finding true love on the way!), she quit her French corporate job in 2013 for backpacking the world and has not looked back since then. After having "slow-traveled" through Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and bits of Europe, she has created her travel blog in 2019 and enjoys writing about her experiences. Issue #11 | The Inspired Guide | May 1st 2020



Life Coach www.roseaitken.com Rose is an Inner Wisdom & Potentiality Coach offering private Life Coaching Sessions & Programs in Nelson, New Zealand and online. Rose is an expert at helping you undo your blocks, release your pain and connect with your potential. She has a genius for nurturing your talent, providing support and seeing where you are limiting yourself, how to challenge you, and where your undiscovered capacities lie. Rose gets results and her clients have nick named her “The Excavator”, because they are so free of their problems after working with her. “You can’t build a new house on old Foundations” Rose Aitken.



Fitness & Nutrition Coach www.rosiejames.co.nz Rosie James is a Registered Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. She is also a dedicated Mum of 2 children, partner to Kris and obsessed with their 3 resident cats! She is passionate about empowering ordinary people to live their best lives through improving Nutrition and Fitness. Rosie is a believer in exercising for enjoyment rather than torturing yourself. When she is not working from her home based fitness studio and nutrition clinic you will find her running the hills and trails of Nelson, New Zealand training for her next running event.


Empowerment Coach www.heysabrinaweber.com Sabrina is a women’s empowerment coach, modern mystic and self-proclaimed palm tree enthusiast living in Raglan, New Zealand. In true Aries fashion, she designed her own career path; blending spirituality with purpose-driven business mentoring that attracts and elevates like-minded women globally - empowering them to live life by design, stepping into their true goddess power and purpose work, and saying 'yes' to who they really are for a happier and freedom filled life. Her clients adore the effortless blend of spiritual tools and down to earth business talk from this beach-loving boss babe, mother and plant foodie.


Life & Business Coach www.sarahjensen.com.au Sarah Jensen is an award winning, internationally certified Life and Business Coach and host of the award nominated Rock Your Goals podcast. Sarah helps heart led coaches and creative entrepreneurs grow a sustainable, successful and super fun business (without going broke or burning out in the process). She believes in owning your awesome, writing your own rules, and chocolate!


What Sarah Bakes www.whatsarahbakes.com Sarah has loved to bake for as long as she can remember and as a self taught baker has had her fair share of baking disasters! Passionate about making your baking experience the best it can be, Sarah creates recipes that taste great and are easy to follow. Over the years, she has developed a baking style that focuses on the ease of baking without compromising on flavour or texture, with influences from her travels in Europe and America, and of course her home country New Zealand. Sarah shares tasty recipes that have proven to be a hit with family and friends. 96

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Anahata Yoga Retreat www.anahata-retreat.org.nz Swami Karma Karuna, a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with over 25 years of training and experience in a range of areas such as therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga nidra relaxation, prana, chakras, women's health and applications of yoga into daily life. She travels internationally including guiding yearly sadhana (Yoga practice) retreats in India at the home of her spiritual guides. Swami Karma Karuna shares her depth of knowledge in a simple and practical way, creating an inspiring environment for people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.


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Hearts and Bones Pilates www.heartsandbones.co.nz Celebrating her 25th teaching anniversary in 2020, Tania believes in thinking differently about the way in which to teach Pilates and has been training teachers for the past 18 years as well as teaching professional development workshops internationally. She loves to inspire people and finds it exciting to see them open up, to ask questions and explore movement without fear. Starting her career as a dancer before training to be a Pilates teacher, Tania trained in the UK and USA before establishing Hearts and Bones Pilates in Wellington, New Zealand in 2002; in 2018 she moved to Nelson, NZ with her family.


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