The Inspired Guide - Issue #3

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Issue 3 Sept 1st 2019 Nelson, NZ


“People are doing the best that they can from their own level of consciousness� - Deepak Chopra

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Hello and welcome to Issue #3 of The Inspired Guide magazine! The last couple of months seem like a chaotic distant past for me... I launched The Inspired Guide, lost all my beloved pets to Heaven, went to Australia to relax and refresh but ended up being the sickest I’ve been in a LONG time and missing a couple of flights and struggling to get home... But it finally feels like things are settling down, looking up and falling into place, which means exciting updates and opportunities! You will see even more articles and ideas come to life in The Inspired Guide! Like our new Yoga Flow VIDEO (with Tai Chi and Qi Gong flows to come!), special features like this months Nourished Soul ‘foodie feature’ with some amazingly tasty and healthy recipes for you to devour, PLUS our NEW innovative digital gallery to exhibit the work of local artists! The Inspired Guide has filled me with so much love and excitement! I love being able to share all of this amazing content with you from all of the wonderful contributors + articles! I am engaging with and meeting new people from all over New Zealand and the world every month. With the growth of the magazine I can now see the statistics of how many times each issue has been read, including each individual page and WHERE in the world it is being read - the possibilities are endless, and thinking of modern, unique and innovative ways to present and share these ideas with you is igniting my brain! I LOVE problem solving, doing business differently and thinking outside the box - so stay on this journey with me and let’s see where it goes, together. Thank You for Reading! Take your time and enjoy... Amanda Sears

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WIN & Book of the Month ...... 6 Get Involved ...... 7 Inspiration on Instagram ...... 8 Divine Beings Behaving Badly ...... 9 Introducing the Contributors ...... 10-13 Meet the Panel ...... 15


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The Inspired Guide is designed to inform and inspire all who seek to live more conscious lives. There are 3 main categories that are conducive to living consciously and in balance. For a balanced life it is important to incorporate mindfulness and personal development in all areas of our Mind, Body and Soul.

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CONSCIOUS LIVING Sustainable Living ...... 18-19 Home Grown Gardening ...... 20-21 Conscious Business ...... 22-23 Consciously Creative ...... 24-25 Conscious Living ...... 26-27 Conscious Community ...... 28-29 Earth Watch ...... 30-31 Sustainable Business ...... 32-33 Travel Guide #1 ...... 34-35 Travel Guide #2 ...... 36-39

HEALTH & WELLBEING The Women's Panel ...... 58-59 The Men's Panel ...... 60-61

SPIRITUAL GROWTH Spirituality ...... 44 Energetic Forecast ...... 46 Divine Guidance ...... 47 Spiritual Development ...... 48-49

FEATURE: Nourished Soul ...... 62-73 Inspiring People ...... 76-79 My Journey So Far ...... 80 A Balanced Life ...... 81 Healing Modalities ...... 82-83 Living Naturally ...... 84 A Nurtured Life ...... 85 Mindset Matters ...... 86 Helpful Herbs ...... 87 An Empowered Life ...... 88-89 Yoga Flow ...... 90


Being Fit and Well ...... 91

Cindy Hutton ...... 51

Crystal Healing ...... 94

Greta McComb ...... 52

Sound Matters ...... 95

Marilyn Andrews ...... 53

Art as Therapy ...... 96

Living Well ...... 92-93

Lynette Graham ...... 53 Anice Doel ...... 54-55 Alan Roberts ...... 55

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Not every day is a walk in the park or a breath of fresh air - but it can be... When you need a pick me up or something inspirational to shift that doom and gloom. Be uplifted & inspired with our carefully curated selection online... WATCH Look for the light in the world and you will see how bright it shines! Get a breath of fresh air with Good News! READ A book can teach you or take you away on a journey - often both... enjoy our selection of inspiring and uplifting books. ART Art is subjective... it can inspire, soothe or insight action among the viewer. Our collection hopes to do all of these things... BE INSPIRED Hear the words from great minds around the world! Watch inspiring videos and learn more about these people. LISTEN Soothe your soul, find that happy place and get your groove on with some of our uplifting musicians and singers.


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Inspiration on Instagram POSITIVELY PRESENT By Dani DiPirro



BECCA REITZ By Becca Reitz

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

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 her on Instagram: @the_celestial_witch


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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 her on Instagram: @journey_to_wellness_

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 her on Instagram: @becca_reitz



By Amanda Sears (Concept) & Alan Roberts (Illustration)


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Introducing the Contributors Living Well

Nourished by Nature

Amanda Sears

Charley Ainscough

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.

Charley is a Qualified Health and Wellness Coach and author of the wonderful family cook book Charley Chop Chop Shares Her Culinary Magic! Teaching and inspiring both children and adults to cook is her true passion and she greatly believes in old school values and rituals when it comes to cooking. Nothing gives her greater pleasure than helping people find true balance in life from wholesome and nutritious food through to a healthy lifestyle. Her passion is to teach, encourage and inspire.

Mindset Matters

Being Fit & Well

Angela Cheruseo

Clare Scott

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.

A mother of three and a passionate advocate for sustainable and conscious lifestyles, Clare grows as much of her own food as she can, composts, make her own zero-waste products and gets around outside of a car as much as possible. An experienced and qualified personal trainer, cycling instructor and wellness consultant she has recently launched a new commuter cycling business to encourage active transport and more environmentally and health conscious travel. She also enjoys boxing, reading, gardening, cooking, tramping, and catching up with friends and hanging out with her family.


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Introducing the Contributors Yoga Flow

Helpful Herbs

Julie Stephens

Mandy Haywood

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.

Mandy is a mother, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. She aims to empower clients to initiate and take responsibility for their own health by making fundamental changes in their diet and lifestyle with herbal medicine/supplements/therapies prescribed to help support the body to achieve wellness and balance. Mandy offers personalized, compassionate health care for people of all ages with conditions ranging from minor acute illness to serious chronic disease. Healing one step at a time and ultimately achieving balance on all levels physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually.

Sound Matters

A Nurtured Life

John Cohen-Du Four

Mariette Zoeppritz

John Cohen-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.

Mariette is an early childhood teacher and Reiki practitioner with a passion for exploring different aspects of holistic wellbeing and supporting others on their journey to living a fulfilled, authentic life - true to their higher calling. She has created a strong spiritual practice that supports her in staying connected and aligned to her higher Self which includes time in nature, Reiki, creativity, mediation, oracle cards and more. Her own healing journey recently led her to experience the power and magic of Inner Child Healing and she looks forward to incorporating what she has learned into her work with children and adults alike.

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Introducing the Contributors Crystal Healing Michelle Cotton 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 put her trust in herself and the Universal Source of Creation and started learning about all things spiritual and energetic. Now at age 49, 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.

Spiritual Development Renae Bailey Although qualified as a Reiki practitioner in 1999, it wasn’t until Renae became a Reiki Master/Teacher in 2011 that she began her journey as a Reiki professional. Now based at Balance in Buxton Square, Renae brings her experience in BlueStar Quantum Healing, Reiki, Inner Child Healing, Essential Oils and Crystals to Nelson. She truly enjoys facilitating transformation in her clients utilising the many tools in her toolbox.

Living Naturally

An Empowered Life

Noreen Macdonald

Rose Aitken

Noreen has immersed herself in natural health for over 20 years. She is a qualified Naturopath, Bioresonance Therapist, Neuro-emotional Technique (NET) practitioner, Yoga teacher and a mum. Noreen is also the owner of Natural Living Yoga Studio in Nelson where their aim is to inspire you to be the best version of your self that you can be... to be balanced, to heal, to grow, to love. She also has a blog called The Choice Lifestyle - inspiring choices for you and your family.

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.


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Introducing the Contributors A Balanced Life Sarah Jensen 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!

Home Grown Gardening Tim Morozgalski Tim loves to spend time outdoors and studied Environmental Management to get a better understanding of some of the problems and solutions of our modern way of living. He set up Tim’s Garden Services as a way of helping people to reconnect with their gardens and use more traditional and organic methods of gardening. He loves to grow food and shares this passion with his staff and customers so they too can grow delicious and seasonal food.

Energetic Forecast + Divine Guidance Suzy Robinson Suzanne is a local Psychic reader, Psychic Medium, Healer, Writer and Home and Land Clearer. She has been working in the spiritual field for over 25 years and is also a trained teacher and Life Coach. She has been spiritually gifted all of her life.... As a child she used to give messages to people and foretell them of events about to happen. She started reading Tarot cards and then did many spiritual courses which has brought her to where she is today.

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Meet the

Men's Panel Each month the Men’s and Women’s Panel answer a question based on their own experience about health, wellbeing and conscious living which is then shared with the you along with some of their helpful tips...

John Cohen-Du Four

A former chef, sound therapist, and creative director in advertising, John really enjoys being creative and has turned his hand to many creative modalities from painting to performance.

James Kane

Started out life digging holes as a labourer, and has had many different jobs since. He has worked in different hostels overseas and is currently the Manager at Paradiso Backpackers and Apartments Paradiso.

Meet the

Women's Panel Becky Siame

Is a proud mother of 2 teens and is passionate about bringing joy into the lives of others through her nationwide party styling franchise. She is also a best selling Author & Motivational Speaker.

Angelika Barnes Caslavska

Entertainer and Teacher at heart, Angelika works as a Business & Life Coach. She feels most passionate about bringing out the best in people, so they become happy confident communicators.

Caron Proctor

Is a transformational Life Coach, Founder of Your Tribe and loves helping people learn that they matter. Everything she does is about leaning into love and life.

Joleen Reynolds Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is a writer, musician and coach who helps people looking for something more from life to take ownership of their own happiness.

Spiritual Life Coach & lover of meditation, journaling and essential oils. Joleen guides her clients to connect to their higher self and unlock their limitless potential with confidence and self love

Judene Edgar Josh Ryan

Josh is a 19 year old entrepreneur and sports fanatic. Born and raised in the Nelson region, he currently runs a social media marketing agency

Believes that we need to use our skills to make a difference to society. She’s worked and volunteered in health, housing, education, transportation, energy, local government, sport and charitable organisations. Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


CONSCIOUS LIVING Sustainable Living ...... 18-19 Home Grown Gardening ...... 20-21 Conscious Business ...... 22-23 Consciously Creative ...... 24-25 Conscious Living ...... 26-27 Conscious Community ...... 28-29 Earth Watch ...... 30-31 Sustainable Business ...... 23-33 Travel Guide #1 ...... 34-35 Travel Guide #2 ...... 36-39

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Sustainable Living


times of need. We can also conserve our own energy through restorative practices such as Yoga Nidra, which allow our bodies to relax and regenerate.

It is no secret that the external environment is in danger from global warming, pollution and a myriad of chemicals. In this changing climate, our inner world can also fall under threat. We can easily spin out of control from disturbed emotions, disease, toxins and negative thinking. We are in need of holistic solutions and practices to help guide us as we move forward.

Obtain a Yield This principle is about ensuring that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work you are doing. With consistent Yoga practice you will also be able to see an abundance of valuable results in body, soul and mind.

Inner and Outer Ecology Traditional yoga aligns with a holistic world view which combines: ethics, psychology, philosophy and balancing mind, body and emotions. Similarly, Permaculture relies on three core integrative values of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. When practiced together, Permaculture and Yoga can offer incredible insight on how to heal both our inner and outer ecology. PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES AND YOGA There are 12 key design principles of Permaculture. As we look through the 12 principles we will explore how some of them can also be applied to our internal world via the practice of yoga: Observe and Interact This is the first permaculture principle. By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation. Just as we must pay attention to our external environment, it is also important to pay attention to our internal environment; our bodies and our minds. The yogic practice of Antar Mona can help us to observe our thoughts in a conscious way. Catch and Store Energy By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in 18

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Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback Discouraging inappropriate activity ensures that systems can continue to function well. Negative feedback is often slow to emerge. We can also observe and modify our own dysfunctional behavior through Swadhyaya (Self Study). Observing our Strengths, Weaknesses, Aims and Needs through SWAN practice is an amazing tool. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services This principle speaks to reducing our dependence on scarce resources and making the best use of nature’s abundance. Similarly, Yoga asks us to stop looking outside of ourselves and access our own infinite and abundant energy sources. Produce No Waste By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste. We must also stop wasting our vital energy and use a variety of practices that focus on extending the capabilities of our body and mind. Humans are very capable of increasing brain capacity. Design From Patterns to Details By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go. We can also pay attention to our own patterns through daily reflection and meditation.

Integrate Rather Than Segregate By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other. Yoga is not something to be practiced on the mat and left there. It can and should be integrated into our daily life and attitude so that we can gain maximum benefit. When we practice in larger groups or attend ashrams we can also become part of a Sangha (Spiritual Community). Use Small and Slow Solutions Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones. They make better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes. It seems in the modern world, we always want the quick fix to our problems. However, Yoga like Permaculture prioritises simplicity. It is important to have a sustained practice and work your way up to complexity. It is often the simple practices that have the most profound effect. Use and Value Diversity Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. In Yoga there are so many wonderful practices and elements to integrate and benefit from; doing Karma Yoga or singing Kirtan is just as important as Asana and Meditation! Use Edges and Value the Marginal The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system. In a similar sense, it is often the areas we pay less attention to that are able to offer us the greatest lessons. Creatively Use and Respond to Change We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time. We humans are ever changing and evolving beings, we must respond to our own evolution creatively and peacefully. Yoga and Permaculture offer many incredible tools to inspire us on a holistic path of looking after ourselves and everything that is around us. Anahata Yoga Retreat (Original post published June 25, 2019. Images from Anahata Yoga Retreat)

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Home Grown Gardening With Tim Morozgalski SPRING GARDEN TIPS

With Spring here I am focusing on garden companions and diversity. Using this precious time to sit down and design your garden, or even a small patch, is well worthwhile. Be sure to include a wide array of vegetables and flowers and to consider each plant and its next door neighbour. When thinking about companion planting, it is important to remember why. Firstly, it can be for insects, which may be important if you are wanting insects which attack pests or deter the pests in the first place. Secondly, it can be due to what each plant takes from or gives to the soil. An important thing to remember in a small residential garden is you will be attracting insects, and if you want to attract more of one type you may need to look at what you’re planting. If you want them to stay and populate your garden you can provide bug houses. Mulch is also important as it provides a habitat and shelter for small dwellers. Plants in general attract or repel certain insects. Flowers, for example, are a food source to many insects and will attract them. However, some will hoard off others and some will work in unison with each other. For example: the carrot fly can be a problematic pest. Tip: by bruising foliage it intensifies the smell and can attract the carrot fly so avoid disturbing or bruising the skin – if you have to, you can remove it from the ground. The carrot fly is deterred by the allium/onion family. I recommend planting rows of onions with carrots sprinkled in between and leeks in any gaps to safeguard against an attack. The good bugs of our backyard come in all shapes and sizes. Even the bad bugs can be good bugs! For example: ladybugs love to eat aphids. If you find a lady bug in your garden, show it where the brassicas are. Often if all the aphids have disappeared, so will the ladybugs. So it is important to keep an eco-system so you constantly have a line of defence as insecticides are non-selective. Personally I would rather wash off an aphid or two in the morning than use insecticide, knowing the bugs are doing their jobs. 20

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Praying mantises look like hunters and are. They hunt almost anything, including each other, so if you see one, try to find out if it is the South African or New Zealand species, the latter has vivid blue and purple patch on its front legs. As shown above, some insects are a problem en mass, like the aphids, but in small numbers they are harmless and contribute to the eco-system you have in your garden. This is natural, but promoted by you - the diversity of life increases the stability and resilience of the system year-round. A healthy garden, a healthy you. Companion planting isn’t just for insects, it is also practical, like the ‘3 sisters’ method: climbing beans use the structural support of corn while fixing nitrogen for the corn. Pumpkin or squash meander at ground level acting as a living mulch by shading the soil and preventing weeds. I have always been told to plant beans and potatoes next to each other for best results and to improve taste. Potatoes also love being planted with cabbage as they don’t compete for nutrients and share space well. However, tomatoes and potatoes are quite water-intensive crops and blight can be an issue if planted together. To keep this habitat thriving, have a bird bath as insects and birds need water. One at a bird height and one at ground level. Fill with a few small rocks so the little critters don’t drown and surround it with wild flowers. Empty and refill it every so often to prevent a breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially at this time of year. Flowers, even dandelions, provide nectar as food. You can use flowers (such as Marigolds) as borders in your vegetable patch or throughout the vegetables, providing shelter and nectar for the eco-system you are promoting and encouraging. By understanding and adapting to this mindful method of companion planting, it is possible to limit those pesky bugs getting to your veges before you do... organically. Tim’s Garden

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Conscious Business With Guest LunaBloom Questions answered by: Marta Willis - Owner I am a Nelson-based, soul-fuelled mama-owned business supporting other women through their motherhood journey. The name of my business says it all: Luna represents the moon, fertility, the changing phases of a woman’s life, sacred cycle, and everything that is feminine and filled with mystery. A women’s ‘Bloom’ is the specific time of life I am focusing on. The mama in ‘Bloom’ is expecting babies and caring for their young ones. I offer beautiful nurturing massages, Mother Honouring Ceremonies, placenta encapsulation, and creating precious forever keepsakes. Tell us about your conscious business: When I had my two daughters, I experienced first-hand how it feels to be unsupported at a time when you need it most. Deep down I knew it was my calling to help mothers feel honoured, loved and cared for during pregnancy and postpartum. As a midwife, massage therapist, and creative soul, I launched LunaBloom to offer mothers a safe space to escape, relax and recharge their being. I provide nurturing, professional massage, sacred Mother Honouring Ceremonies, and craft precious keepsakes - to honour milestones and the transition from maiden to mother. I’m here to create a sacred cocoon, where women can tune into their own journey and understand it better. How do you do business more ‘consciously’? Through my massage and keepsake work, I tune in to the individual mother, working closely and checking in with her feelings and what she is going through. When creating keepsakes, I love to use elements of nature, especially aspects significant to the mother or the birth of their babies. My creations often incorporate healing herbs and crystals. With massage, my hands find the sore spots, and it is the same when I’m making a 22

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piece of jewellery - I set aside my ego, and allow things to unfold, flow and form under my hands. I come into my zone, where I am purely relaxed and uplifted each time. Throughout the massage or keepsake creation journey, I am passionate about helping mums understand that everyone’s journey is different and to trust themselves and their mothering abilities. Each child brings different teachings and life lessons and motherhood is our chance to understand and learn more about ourselves. Describe your unique business attributes: Through every aspect of my work, I aim to help women connect to their own source, strength and intuition - and learn to trust it. I believe we carry our healing abilities within. By giving women the space to connect, I see them magically find their own way. It’s so important to give back to ourselves, nobody can pour from an empty cup. When mothers are wrapped in pure love and care, they let their own love hormones (oxytocin) flow freely, and become better mothers. How have you found doing business this way? I live and breathe my work. I simply cannot exist without it. I feel as though it’s my third little baby - it has a personality, an entity. I feel humbled with the sense that I’m contributing something special to the world, by pouring love into one mother at a time. It feels like it’s flowing with no effort. The most beautiful people find me and it’s a true joy to work with all of them. My heart is full of love towards each mama I work with. It is a soulful journey for me, but it is more than that: This is who I am. I feel blessed to have found my life purpose doing what I really LOVE. Find out more on their website:

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Consciously Creative With Guest Craig Potton PHOTOGRAPHY & CONSERVATION Growing up in Nelson, Craig Potton loved surfing and mountaineering which lead him to photography, to capture the excitement and joy he found in nature. His Dad was a “real techno-freak and loved everything new” and bought Craig his first camera around 10 years old. On his first film are images of caged animals in a zoo, which influenced in a sense, everything he has done in the rest of his life. He says “We abuse nature, put beautiful big animals in a concrete cage with bars, we don’t understand nature...all my life I’ve tried to prevent that”. It’s this passion for nature that drives him to traverse mountains, native bush and even Antarctica. After reading Ghandi at 16, he immediately converted to vegetarianism which strengthened his desire to “find out how we relate to nature and how we should relate to nature and, how we relate to ourselves and how we should relate to ourselves.” Around age 17 he became acutely aware of the importance in conservation and started to find out more of what was going on in the world and while studying at University he joined in longstanding campaigns to save our precious native forests and wildlife. He speaks passionately about the importance of conservation to him, and that it is “fundamental to (his) way of thinking, seeing and being,” that “photography was (his) way of showing others in New Zealand the beautiful forests that were going to be destroyed.” In an effort to better understand humankind he studied Eastern Philosophy and English Literature, “I was interested in the way we treated nature and the way we treat each other”. 24

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He got into book publishing as a way to make money and because he didn’t like how other publishers cropped his photographs and the incorrect colours they were printed in. He started by writing books about the national parks and their history and supplementing the text with his photographs. This grew into speaking appearances and succeeded as a way to make a living while still pursuing his passion in photography and conservation. At age 17 he even took the opportunity to berate Prime Minister Muldoon about conservation for an hour! After years using film, he had to teach himself how to use a digital camera, which he resisted until they no longer produced his film about 3 years ago and he had to adapt. Craig describes his Nikon 800E as “a very fine digital camera”, and the irony is that he thinks he now has the digital camera looking like film! “It has a lot to do with how passionate you are, how good your work is and how you communicate it to others.” Craig’s tips for photographers: • Work on subjects you are passionate about • Criticise it against people that are better than you • Study the great master photographers of the world (what are they doing and their composition) “I get up in the morning and I hear the birds and I love it, I love life” Craig’s advice for life: Live in the now.

Visit Craig’s website for more: (Originally published in Issue #1 of Creative Nelson magazine by Amanda Sears)

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Conscious Living By Amanda Sears EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE Founded by visionary architect Michael Reynolds in the 1970s after hearing about the lack of affordable housing and mounting piles of rubbish. The Earthship is a type of self-contained, self-sufficient and off-grid house built with natural and recycled materials with energy conservation in mind. It is designed to produce its own water, electricity and food using biological, technological and physics applications. Combining nature, natural resources, design and technology. The key advantages of an Earthship are the reduced expenses for food, energy, heating and water + the ability to be off-grid and self-sufficient all year round with natural passive heating and cooling. The 6 Human Needs for a Harmonious Life on Earth: 1 - Comfortable Shelter 2 - Water 3 - Food 4 - Energy 5 - Sewage Treatment 6 -Garbage Management If we were traveling on a spaceship or ship at sea, that ship would have to take care of all of these needs and how homes can do this too... DESIGN PRINCIPLES Earthships are defined by six basic design principles which take advantage of existing natural phenomena of the earth: 1. Building with Natural and Repurposed Materials - Discarded tyres make the perfect rammedearth brick and are readily available. Cans and bottles are optional, although bottle brick walls are a familiar stand-out feature. All interior walls are packed out between the tires and plastered with adobe mud. Mud can also be used for floors, and reclaimed wood and metal are often used. 26

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2. Thermal/Solar Heating and Cooling At their most fundamental, Earthships are structures that heat and cool themselves without electric heat, burning fossil fuels or wood. By using thermal mass and solar gain, Earthships are capable of maintaining a comfortable temperature without additional fuels in any climate in the world. The structural walls of the building are formed with used automobile tires packed tightly with earth. These thermal mass "bricks," which weigh about 300 pounds each, are pounded into place and staggered like bricks to form the load-bearing walls for the roof. The densely packed walls, considered to be self-supporting monolithic walls, also store temperature (heat or cold) because their solidity imbues them with the quality of thermal mass. The basic idea is to surround each living space with mass on three sides and line the south side of the building with windows. Sun enters through the glass and heats up the mass of the floors and walls. In the evening, when the air temperature drops below the stored wall temperature, heat is naturally released into the space. In the summer, with the sun high in the sky, the building stays cool with the constant temperature of the earth. We enhance the cooling with natural ventilation through buried cooling tubes and operable vent boxes. 3. Solar and Wind Electricity Every building has its own renewable “power plant” with photovoltaic panels, batteries, charge controller, and inverter. The key step in making these systems affordable for residential use is to “design down” the electrical requirements of the home before the solar system is sized. Super efficient lighting, pumps, and refrigeration help lower the load, as does the lack of any need for electric heat or air conditioning. Add in daylight from the windows and skylights and a keen awareness of trickle drains and phantom loads, and an Earthship’s electrical needs are

about 25 percent of that of a conventional home. Most residents can meet their demand with one kilowatt or less of energy from solar panels. Some also opt to add a small windmill to the system for gray, stormy climates. 4. Water Harvesting Earthships collect all of their water from rain and snowmelt on the roof, storing this water in cisterns. Water from the cistern feeds a pump and filter system that cleans the water and sends it to a solar hot water heater and also to a pressure tank. From there, water is used for bathing, washing dishes, and laundry. 5. Contained Sewage Treatment The used gray water flows to interior botanical cells, where plants use up and treat the water until it’s clean enough to be collected in a well at the end of the planter and pumped, on demand, to the toilet tank for flushing. (Forty percent of water used in a conventional home is for toilet flushing.) The toilet water then goes to a conventional septic tank, which overflows into an exterior rubber-lined botanical cell filled with exterior landscaping plants. Every drop of water that lands on an Earthship roof is used four times, so homes can subsist and even thrive without taking water from the ground or municipal sources. 6. Food Production Interior, in-home, organic food production is the most recent design principle added to the Earthship concept. Earthship Biotecture employs a plant specialist who has experimented with the best plants for the interior gray-water botanical cells. She has also designed mini-hydroponic planters in suspended buckets that have added vertical growing space in the greenhouses and have tremendous yields of herbs, peppers, tomatoes, kale, beets, cucumbers, and more. Aqua-botanical systems in the newest Earthship enhance food production capabilities with fish and nutrients from their waste. Earthship Outreach and Learning Earthship Biotecture is based in Taos, New Mexico and offers training at their Earthship Academy + information, resources, consulting + global sustainable development and poverty relief projects all over the world. You can find out more on their website: (Information and images supplied by Earthship Biotecture) Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


Conscious Community


Nelson Women's Centre (NWC) to clarify that they are a community centre, rather than a residential house.

WHO WE ARE The Nelson Women's Centre is a resource and support centre for all women and children in the Nelson Tasman region. Offering services such as social worker support, advocacy, information on women's rights, workshops, a library, an opshop, and a programme of workshops.

In April 2007 the NWC was badly damaged by fire. The stench and senseless destruction were shocking and traumatic for everyone. The Centre was unusable but repairable. Thus, their motto became: “Crisis is opportunity arriving on a dangerous wind.”

You do not have to be in any sort of crisis to visit or use their services. Our History in Brief In the early 1970s Women in Nelson (WIN) formed to become one of the first local feminist groups committed to working to advance women's interests and became an incorporated society in 1980. WIN established themselves as an umbrella under which other women’s initiatives formed and played strong roles in the development of each of these groups, as vehicles to help address women’s needs. In 1992 WIN leased a house in Paru Paru Rd. in order to provide premises for these groups and round 200 women per week used the it for counselling, support, information and health consultations. In 1994 the Paru Paru Rd property was sold and with the intention to "own and provide a dynamic, safe and caring women’s house where all women may flourish” WIN negotiated a lease to own with NCC on their current 44 Trafalgar Street property, which after an ambitious 18 month $160,000 fundraising campaign, they finalised the purchase of the property in December 1996. In 2002, the Women’s House was renamed the 28

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The insurance completed repairs in four months and they also secured donations from Lion Foundation and NZ Community Trust to upgrade the kitchen – making the most of the opportunity presented by such a big disruption. In 2013, members of WIN, NWS and SASH held a series of Joint Strategy Meetings, exploring ways to address the many political and economic changes we face. As a result, Women in Nelson and Nelson Women's Support decided to merge. The aim of the merger was to: strengthen governance, simplify operations and clarify our public profile. The new Women's Centre Governing Collective includes members from both former Collectives, so that we have a strong mix of newer and older members. Their mission: empowering women to be safe, resourceful, to value themselves, and to reach their potential. The most visible legacy of Women in Nelson Inc is the Women's Centre facility at 44 Trafalgar Street, which is now officially owned by Nelson Women's Support Inc. WHAT WE DO The Nelson Women's Centre provides vital resources for women in need, and connects them to support services. Their team works with women to empower them to be safe, resourceful, to value themselves and to achieve their potential.

Social Workers and Counsellors They are one of the few places in Nelson where women can access very low cost counselling with their team of Counsellors. Their social workers can help with advocacy, information, support with other organisations, and advice. They will also be your first port of call to get you set up with one of the counsellors. Op Shop They have an Op Shop in the Centre where you can find (or donate!) women's and children's clothes and small household goods. All proceeds from the Op Shop go directly back into the operation of the Nelson Women's Centre. Drop-In Space Come in for a cuppa anytime! They are open (Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri 9am-2pm). With a welcoming kitchen/lounge area, a cozy logburner in the winter, and a sunny deck out the back where you can meet other women or enjoy a safe quiet space on your own. Women's Library They also have a 'river of books' in the Wom-

en's Library in the lounge where you can have a browse, sign out books for a month and then bring them back when you're done. Workshops They also offer a range of interesting, informative and fun workshops. HOW YOU CAN HELP NWC exist through a combination of government funding, donations, and the hard work of a large team of volunteers. You can help: ♥ Attend their fundraisers ♥ Drop off donations of quality women's clothing and other items that might be useful for women, like toiletry or sanitary ♥ Donate via their Givealittle Page ♥ Tell people about what they do ♥ Get an annual membership subscription ♥ Volunteer your time and skills ♥ Join the NWC Governing Collective ♥ Run a workshop Find out more: Donate via Givealittle:

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Earth Watch By Amanda Sears PLASTIC A Brief History of Plastic Plastic originally meant something that is 'easily shaped and pliable' - now it is the name given to a category of polymers, which are long chains of molecules. Polymers are found in abundance in nature, such as cellulose - which makes up the cell wall of plants. In fact it was cellulose that started our journey into synthetic longer chain polymers and the plastic we know of today. 1856 - English inventor Alexander Parkes created the first cellulose based flexible product called Parkesine. 1869 - John and brother Isaiah Hyatt in America added camphor to cellulose derived from cotton fibre and improved the malleability and renamed it Celluloid (in an attempt to win $10,000 and substitute ivory in billiard balls which could reduce the killing of elephants). "Hyatt discovered a plastic that could be crafted into a variety of shapes and made to imitate natural substances like tortoiseshell, horn, linen, and ivory.... This discovery was revolutionary. For the first time human manufacturing was not constrained by the limits of nature. Nature only supplied so much wood, metal, stone, bone, tusk, and horn. But now humans could create new materials. This development helped not only people but also the environment" ( 1907 - Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite, derived from 100% fossil fuels which propelled plastic into what we commonly use today, with slight tweaks to each formula resulting in the development of polystyrene (1929), polyester (1930), PVC and polythene (1933) and nylon (1935). The Benefits of Synthetic Plastic Because of the lightweight, durability, malleability, strength and waterproof characteristics of 30

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plastic, it replaced more traditional and natural materials: steel in cars, paper and glass in packaging, and wood in furniture which made manufacturing much more cost effective and renewable compared to the natural alternatives. This gave some observers an almost "Utopian vision of a future with abundant material wealth thanks to an inexpensive, safe, sanitary substance that could be shaped by humans to their every whim". ( With the rapid development of technology, industry, manufacturing and cities, along with world wars - the need to preserve scarce natural resources made the production of synthetic alternatives a priority and synthetic plastics provided great substitutes with endless possibilities, eg: Nylon for parachutes, ropes, body armor, helmet liners - and Plexiglas as an alternative to glass for aircraft windows. Synthetic and natural plastic is everywhere now; packaging, transport, clothing, paint, upholstery, furniture, storage, toys, etc. It's development and evolution solved a major problem for the world but, in doing so, it created a new one... The Problems with Synthetic Plastic • They can take thousands of years to degrade • Fossil fuels are no longer an infinite resource • The manufacturing process can be harmful to the environment and users • Recycling and reuse options are not always easily accessible, available or efficient • Tiny plastic particles have been found to be contaminating food and water • Improper disposal has led to massive amounts of plastic waste in the oceans, land, beaches and also found to be killing our aquatic and bird life. The best part about problems, are the solutions. With technology the best it has ever been and a

world full of intelligent and open-minded innovators who deeply care for the planet - solutions are already in place and developing rapidly. Solutions in Action • The Ocean Clean Up - using technology to collect up the garbage patches in the ocean • Plogging - picking up plastic while jogging • Strawking - collecting straws while diving • #trashtag - social challenge where people pick a place filled with litter, clean it up, and post before and after pictures online • Green Gym - get fit and healthy while improving the environment • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle awareness campaigns • Bottle Recycling Machines • Plastic Free Boy - 12yr old Australian boy edu cating youth about plastic pollution • Tahunanui Beach Cleanup - by local Nelson College for Girls yr9 student Sophie Weenink • Single Use Plastic Bag Ban - with alternative options encouraged and provided • Increased Awarenes and Education • Plastics NZ - maximising the success of plas tics-based technology in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way • Plastic Recyling - into park benches, roads, bricks, housing, biofuel, clothing, etc • Beach Clean Ups - Check out Afroz Shah and his clean up of Versova beach in Mumbai! • Plastics that decompose or can be composted • BioPlastic bottles using sugar cane • Plastic eating organisms and enzymes!

What Can You Do? • Be aware and mindful of how, what and why you consume products • Get educated, ask questions and make informed choices not fear or opinion based assumptions • Join in on one of the above 'solutions in action' or start your own local/community one • Close the loop on your consumption by using reusable, recyleable or biodegradable packaging where possible • Shop with brands that have practises in place for a circular economy and waste reduction • Be aware that there is no 'one size fits all' solution to everything and that solutions to perceived problems may in turn become problems in themselves in the future • Don't get down on yourself about using plastic. It has it's place in the world and makes our lives more comfortable, food more readily available, and technology and prod- ucts lighter, more affordable and accessible • Try not to add to the problem by judging or discriminating against others for living their life differently from you. • Local infrastucture may take time to catch up with new technologies and solutions • Don't litter and pick up litter that you see • Buy secondhand and reuse platic items • Encourage change in manufacturing processes • Support innovation and conscious business practises and practise them yourself too • Do the best you can, that is all you can do.

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Sustainable Business By Amanda Sears CIRCULAR ECONOMY - CLOSING THE LOOP

The following describes six strategies of circular design in practice that have appeared to be more successful than others:

Since the industrial revolution in the 1700s was established, the world has evolved and diversified in many ways, however the economy has stayed operating on what is termed a 'linear economy' - a model of resource consumption that follows a take-make-dispose pattern: we take resources from the ground to make products, which we use, and when we no longer want them, we discard them..

1. Prioritise the highest value opportunities design products to be easily repaired, remanufactured or create new business models that increase value to your business and customers.

With increasing awareness of the environment, progressive thinking about sustainable business, living and manufacturing methods has never been more important - introducing the 'circular economy' - a way to close the loop, so to speak, on our current 'linear' model through foundational design and forward thinking and planning.

2. Shift from ownership to access - offer products on a short term basis like rental, subscription, sharing and leasing. 3. Design products that last - extend the life of a product so it can remain in use for longer. This may involve innovative design in which the product is physically and emotionally durable or adaptive to the changing needs of the user. 4. Choose safe and circular materials - that are non-toxic to people and the environment.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY 3 MAIN PRINCIPLES: #1 - Designing out waste and pollution #2 - Keeping products and materials in use #3 - Regenerating natural systems

5. Reduce your resource requirements by design - find solutions using the minimum amount of material possible. Like creating a digital product (like this magazine) rather than a physical one.

From a time when raw materials and labour were plentiful, we are now seeing the repercussions of such wasteful and materialistic overconsumption practices in almost all areas of our lives and it is time to use our innovative minds to bring in a new revolution that is mindful of the whole planet and everyone on it - A circular economy takes into consideration how we manage resources, how we make and use products and what we do with the materials afterwards - creating a thriving economy that can benefit everyone, within the limits of our planet.

6. Design for upgradability and easy repair modular design makes it easy to remove or customise a part of a product, lowering the cost and effort to upgrade or repair

CIRCULAR DESIGN STRATEGIES There is no single way to design a product or service that creates no waste and pollution or a business model that keeps products in use for years and years. The three principles of the circular economy do not dictate the methods by which they need to be achieved, instead, they leave the door open to countless strategies and innovations. 32

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EXAMPLE - Cities - think about using non-toxic, renewable resources to create modular structures that can be assembled and dissembled with ease and could produce power rather than just consume it. Buildings that use smart technologies to reduce consumption and waste. Transport could be multi-modal, offering a diverse range of mobility options for the diverse needs of the citizens and travel distances can be reduced. Information gathered from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation which launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and is now a global thought leader on this topic. Learn more about the circular economy online:

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Travel Guide By Amanda Sears THE OLD GHOST ROAD with MARY & ERIC SEARS

too high so the bush walks were closed and they were reduced to walking around Marsden Cemetery for their training.

The Old Ghost Road is an 85km stretch of long-forgotten gold miners road from the 1880’s, stretching between West Coast's Buller and Mohikinui Rivers of the South Island of New Zealand which has now been revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail. It traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys.

Eric had a tramping companion from Auckland who booked some places on the Old Ghost Road and asked if Eric and Mary wanted to fill the spots. Eric was slightly apprehensive at first because he didn't want to tangle with bicycles for 4 or 5 days - however that fear didn't eventuate because the big rush of bikes seemed to be over by they time they ventured through and there were many more walkers than bikers, including many others in their 60s and 70s.

“Four ghost towns populate the route. The Old Ghost Road is quite literally an 85km-long outdoor museum.” (From the Old Ghost Road website) Mary (age 67) and Eric (age 71) along with a couple of friends walked the 85km Old Ghost Road in late February 2019. Eric is an avid tramper who loves being out in nature. He started tramping around age 13 up the back of the Nelson hills and in his teens started going further afield like the Heaphy. He is proud to say he has even been to all 27 or so huts in the Richmond Forest Park (including some that are no longer there). Eric admits he actually has done some of the hardest tramps in the later years of his life, not earlier on!

When Eric asked Mary if she wanted to come she said well "I better be brave" and while she did her best preparing for it, she still wasn't sure how she would go with the length of the track. But because it was reasonably well graded she said "it wasn't too bad and the scenery was so lovely". In fact when she got back she was feeling great and ready for her next adventure with Eric exploring some of the Bothies in Scotland and Wales! (A bothy is a VERY basic shelter found in certain remote mountainous areas - according to Wikipedia).

Mary started tramping around age 18 with local church groups around Nelson and Christchurch. Since then she says, she hasn’t done as much as Eric, but together they have done tramps all over New Zealand and even some places in Australia.

Eric is a meticulous planner which makes their tramping trips more manageable, especially with their pack weight. Eric's pack was 13kg and Mary's 8.5kg, which included almost all their food for the week, plus clothing and a tent in case they needed it (if one of the huts was full). Eric also takes his radio gear which he sets up every night to talk to people all over NZ.

To keep fit and well, Eric tramps regularly and Mary took up cycling (and also goes on some tramps with Eric). As experienced trampers they knew the importance of training for the 85km track and did this by walking up and down Marsden Valley. However in the couple of weeks leading up to their walk the fire danger risk was

The tramp took 7 days but for many they do it in 4 nights. A lot of the tramp is very remote with little to no cell reception so it is important to carry a registered locator beacon (or travel with Eric and utilize his radio equipment and skills which he has had to use in an emergency situation before).


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Highlights for Eric: Going over Rocky Tor - you are right on top of a mountain and it felt like we got their without any great effort. The skyline steps on the 3rd day - you go along a ridge and then drop 60 vertical metres down these steps into the bush. The resurgence - that many bikers miss because they are going too fast was able to be much more appreciated at the speed of walking. Highlights for Mary: Going down from the Stearn Valley hut - it is more open with different kinds of vegetation, bulrush, tussocks and flowering trees, then you get to where a mountain fell over during the Murchison earthquake with huge boulders everywhere which created a beautiful landscape of little tarns and lakes and the mist was coming off the water and it looked magical. Eric and Mary's Tips for The Old Ghost Road: • Practice walking on rocks and get really good walking boots • Plan your food carefully to reduce weight • If you want to enjoy a long tramp, keep your pack weight as low as you can To keep pack weight down they take dehydrated meals and on this trip Mary and Eric dehydrated their own chicken and vegetable soup over 8-12hrs and said it was really good once they soaked it for 2-3hrs in a pot with water and then heated it up - which they planned into their trip. The Book There is a wonderful book called 'Spirit to the Stone' by Marion Boatwright who shares great stories and pictures about building the Old Ghost Road. It is called 'Spirit to the Stone' because a lot of the area is sensitive conservation land and they had to cut the much of the track by hand! Including the track along the Rocky Tor. In fact, Eric says "I didn't understand until I read the book that they took a lot of the big rocks by helicopter to a place where they pounded them up with a generator powered rock crusher and then flew them back and spread it on the track!" The track took many years and the team of volunteers worked quite closely with DOC to have as minimal impact on the environment as possible. It ended up costing around $7million! (Photos supplied by Mary Sears) Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


Travel Guide By Amanda Sears SUNSHINE COAST, QLD, AUS The Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia is one of my happy places. As a child I was blessed to visit family there regularly and have wonderful childhood memories that I've been adding to in my adult life, now with my husband. As an adult I can appreciate the vast beauty of the region, with its tropical sandy beaches, wellkept coastal urban areas, down to earth inland towns and the natural rainforest terrain where the jagged glass house mountains erupt abruptly from the lush bush.. The Sunshine Coast is around 1.5hrs drive north of Brisbane Airport on the motorway.

Each area, suburb and town offers unique attractions and experiences to delight all types of people and ages. Consistently across the region are happy, helpful and friendly locals. Then there are the numerous craft and artisan markets, delicious and nutritious food options, unique and exotic wildlife just casually roaming around + great shopping options and beaches that back onto bush and a hinterland full of natural rainforest that expands as far as the eye can see... epic... Depending on when you come, you might get wild thunder and lightning, huge hail and tropical storms - or unbearably hot temperatures and vibrant sunny days with luxuriously blue seas and gentle warm breezes - but whenever you go over, it will never feel like a cold Winter in NZ! 36

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Here are some of the highlights from our recent trip to the Sunshine Coast in July: Caloundra - Given the title of 'Australia's Tidiest Town' Caloundra sits alongside the coastline and has a selection of beaches for swimming which include a safe, seasonal saltwater pool alongside Kings Beach. The main street holds regular markets and has a great range of shops, cafes and restaurants. I really liked the big trees in the middle of intersections! On this visit they had a mini ferris wheel on the esplanade which we rode in and watched the sunset over the Glass House Mountains and hinterland! We ate breakfast daily at a lovely local business near our resort called Frocals and were lucky enough to meet the friendly owner! They supply fresh local produce and delicious juices, treats and coffee. It is a great central location with a range of accommodation options to base yourself for day trips.

Australia Zoo - Probably the most amazing zoo I've ever been to. Their attention to detail and effort in creating a whole experience set amongst different 'themed' areas, such as 'Africa' was very impressive! Their animals all looked so happy and I even had a sneaky pat with my favourite Australian animal... the wombat! They have a Sumatran tiger breeding program there and only a few weeks before we arrived they had their first cub! Serendipitously named Nelson! From a two acre wildlife park in the 70s it is now almost 1000 acres and one of the biggest and best wildlife conservation facilities in the entire world! It includes it's a hospital and generates funds for more wildlife conservation work around the world while continuing Steve Irwin's mission of 'Conservation through exciting education'.

because of the energy and proximity to nature that Montville provides only a short drive from the main towns and centres along the coast.

Maleny - A hidden gem for us... Noted for its dairying, together with orchard and nut plantations, Maleny is near Montville in the Hinterland, near the Cairnscross Rainforest Reserve. A traditional Australian town to many, we hadn't visited it prior to this trip because it wasn't one of the regular 'tourist' destinations on the Sunshine Coast, however we were pleasantly surprised and found it to be a really great place!

Montville - A small hinterland town nestled among agricultural farms, native bush, waterfalls and walks, Montville is a must-see place with stunning art galleries, boutique shops, local chocolates, craft markets, epic views and delicious restaurants and cafes. Founded in 1887 it holds a lot of culture and history and attracts many people just because of its beauty, quality local products and scenic, relaxing atmosphere. We love the relaxed artisan vibe there and many people visit for health and wellbeing retreats

We walked up the main street and looked at the beautiful galleries full of local art, the crystal cafe shop, the local co-op society store, the many artisan shops and book stores, the 'Source' bulk foods store and had lunch at Sherpa Kitchen at the 'Maleny Lane' world food and garden cafe. I struck up a conversation with a parent from the new Maleny Independent School which opened last year with foundations in mindfulness and 'neo-humanism' (inspiring and encouraging the innate desire to learn). The students swim in the local creek in Summer, do athletics at the showgrounds and learn permaculture + building and renovating in the local eco-village. They also learn real-world business skills from making Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


their own products to packaging design, pricing, marketing and sales - which is actually where I met them - at their stall on the main street! Maleny proved to be a place we want to spend more time at in the future! Delicious food, amazing art and really down to earth people with progressive ideas on living, community and education. Rowan, a Maleny local just loves the place and even gave me a quote about it! "A real town with real roots and acceptance of diversity."

Noosa & Coolum - Driving up the coast from Kawana Waters (between Caloundra and Mooloolaba) we stopped at Coolum to look at yet another pristine beach! I found what I would call the 'Tree of Life' or at least a remarkable resemblance and had another delicious fresh juice made with fresh local produce from one of the many juice bars that appear across the coast. Not far past more beautiful beaches up the coast is Noosa, which is absolutely stunning! This was our first time there and we were pleasantly surprised and will be back again to explore it at a more relaxed pace. There is a small town centre type area with a great display of painted street art, which seemed to be the main locals' shopping area, then only 5 minutes from there is 38

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the tourist part of Noosa where the Noosa Heads Main Beach is, alongside Hastings Street. It is full of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, apartments and hotels lined with trees and with lots of little alleyways leading from Hastings Street out onto the beautiful beach. Noosa Heads is a high tourist destination so it is very well-maintained. The view is breathtaking! Native bush merges with the glorious sandy beaches and the ocean sits only metres away, which we were told is teeming with lots of sea life!

Mooloolaba & Maroochydore - One of my favourite malls is in Maroochydore... the Sunshine Plaza. Situated over and around a beautiful waterway, it is 2 storeys and full of all the mainstream shops you could want, eateries of all sorts for any dietary requirements and outdoor loungers for those who have had enough shopping and needed a rest in the sunshine. They had built on a huge extension since we were there last and it is starting to get a tad too big for me... but, I just love the way it extends across the waterways + the many food options and stunning design and decor... We haven't really ventured around Maroochydore much, other than the mall! But we LOVE Mooloolaba! Restaurants, hotels, apartments and shops line the esplanade which

provides expansive views of the pristine beach, which is full of people in the warmer weather. In fact even in July there was still a lifeguard patrol on watch so I guess people still swim there in Winter! Mooloolaba is the perfect place to socialise, swim and relax among stunning beauty - not just the landscape, but the people there too. They just seem to ooze good health, and why wouldn't they? The climate is great all year round and fresh food in abundance is produced nearby - people just seem to be happier there...

If you are looking for an uplifting and close to NZ semi-tropical destination, then Sunshine Coast, Queensland is for you. Only a few hours flight and similar enough to NZ culture, shopping and food to feel comfortable. They have an amazing range of food everywhere, the fresh produce is often much bigger and much better priced here. Pick the time of year that suits your temperature tolerance the best. We like March/April and September/October. Seems to be just right for us. Many New Zealanders move to Queensland for the relaxed lifestyle and warmer weather and John and I even considered it for a little while too, but we love Nelson and visiting the Sunshine Coast for a holiday is enough for us. Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019



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A Spiritual Life By Amanda Sears WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?

tribes have strong spiritual belief systems and many rituals and worship practices to show this.

The Oxford dictionary says spirituality means: 'the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things' which just leads to more questions, but in simpler terms, spirituality is the belief and awareness in something bigger than yourself - in fact spirituality means something different to everyone because it is such a unique and personal belief system. It evolves with us as our consciousness expands and evolves, as we age, experience life, learn more, dream bigger and meet people with different belief systems.

I’ve studied mythology, ancient civilisations, religions and various spiritual belief systems and get so excited about the limitless possibilities of spirituality. The more you follow the white rabbit, the more interesting and exciting are the ideas, stories and beliefs! Just like what Alice found on her journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.. Imagine if all the fairytales, myths and legends were real! That dragons and unicorns do exist and that Jesus wasn't the only one to ascend death and we can all walk on water if we want!

Now, with rapid advances in scientific development we can even measure what was previously deemed 'unknown' and understand the effects of thoughts and energy through quantum physics... which is where science and spirituality meet. Some call it the Universe, Source, Energy, God or Goddess... and many other names... The majority of the population of Earth have some kind of belief in something bigger than themselves in one way or another. Ancient cultures and indigenous


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The scariest part about opening your mind up to the possibilities of a spiritual belief system is that you begin to wonder more about your place in the world and your purpose for existing... Spirituality and awareness of something bigger than ourselves makes life more magical... no matter what end of the scale your belief systems are on - let your imagine run wild and look for the magic in everything around you and inside of you... you never know what the truth could be!

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Energetic Forecast With Suzy Robinson SEPTEMBER 2019 September falls under the zodiac sign of Virgo. Virgo is a grounded earth sign and its practical energy helps us focus on what really needs to be done, which is why this is an excellent time to clean up, organize, and tend to the details of the tasks you've been ignoring lately. Mercury has been in Retrograde for the past couple of months. So, you’ve most likely got a ton of work to do that you just haven’t been able to get around to or felt like doing. It might not be easy either to switch gears from Leo's unusual resting, healing and take it easy vibe but getting your work done now is top on the list. The New Moon in Virgo that is in our skies on the 30th August changes the energy big time and quite suddenly. So, what’s so important about this New Moon? This New Moon is a reality check. We will be thinking, ‘what do I need to do to catch up after the past few months?’ September is the 9th month of the year and this carries the energy of completion. So, we will feel like ticking things off our bucket lists for a start and getting things completed. We should also gain a new sense of independence without getting distracted as we get organized and down to work. Innovation is also in the air as we keep discovering easier and more effective ways of doing our work. September is also a highly creative month and is the perfect time to start new projects or to get ahead in your career.


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However, the energy of September can also encourage us to overwork, get carried away and become pedantic about achieving high standards. Be careful of the self-talk, putting yourself down or listening to others giving you their opinions. This is a month to achieve, not to over achieve or get down on oneself. September also carries the energy of number 3. This energy of 3 encourages us to really learn how to express ourselves and to communicate our thoughts and ideas in a clear way. The full Moon in Pisces on September the 14th brings sensitivity and perceptiveness and if there has been something on your chest or pent up emotions, this would be the perfect time to work on releasing them. You will be supported to let things go and to clear out any old emotions that are no longer serving you. If you have felt the need to travel or even take a retreat somewhere, September would also be the perfect time to put some plans into action. Get the hard work done then take a break and reflect on your hard work. October is coming and the fruits of your labour will be materializing and there’s still work to be done. Suzy Robinson Psychic Suzanne

Divine Guidance With Suzy Robinson OUR HEAVENLY GUIDES We all have heavenly helpers that support and help us here on earth plane. Most of the time we are not aware of their presence but they are around us. They are our guides. They are made up of Angels, our Guardian Angel and spirit guides who are people who have passed on to the next life. Angels Angels usually act as messengers between heaven and earth, though they are also considered to be guides, protectors and nurturers. Angels normally work with us on a one to one basis and these are usually our Guardian Angels. However, there have also been recorded instances where large numbers of angels were seen. There are many accounts of groups of angels assisting the British forces during World War 1. We don’t have large numbers of angels with us all the time but we do have angel helpers that we can call upon to assist us in times of need. Guardian Angel Whether you are aware of it or not you do have your own personal Guardian Angel. Our Guardian Angels are assigned to us at conception or birth. Once the Guardian Angel has arrived, it stays with us throughout our lives and helps us go through the transition of death. Your Guardian Angel knows everything about you and is willing to help you in any way at all and to protect you. Experiencing your Guardian Angel comes in many ways. Some develop a knowing of increased protection or their Guardian Angel appears in their dreams. Thoughts and feelings are other ways they speak to us. We become aware of these through our intuitive hunches.

We can do or not do things because we feel they are right or not right. Write a letter to your Guardian Angel asking about them and asking that they make contact. Set upon drawing your guardian angel as you see in your mind’s eye. You may find that your hand is guided to draw and colour an Angel that is very beautiful. This is your Guardian Angel making contact. Spirit Guides Spirit guides are people who have passed over into the next life. They have reached a high spiritual level where they are, but still retain an interest in what is going on in this world. They are not like Guardian Angels who protect us, but are there to help and guide us when we ask for advice. Spirit Guides are principally concerned with our spiritual growth and will help us with it. They act as mentors - older and wiser who have already learned the lessons we are so painfully trying to master. Your Guides do not offer advice to you unless you ask for it. If a person is in dire straits and calls out for help from God, help will come immediately from the Spirit Guides. Experiencing your Spirit Guides is much the same as that of your Guardian Angel. You may also connect with your Guides through automatic writing and mastering the use of a pendulum. However, I do not advocate the use of Ouija boards unless you have a very experienced person present at the meeting who can remove meddlesome spirits who are not Spirit Guides. Many connect with their Spirit Guides through a Psychic Circle. Your local Spiritualist church may help you with that. Suzy Robinson Psychic Suzanne

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Spiritual Development With Renae Bailey ARE YOU USING YOUR INTUITION? You may be aware, we are all made of energy. Did you know that our energy field extends out beyond our physical body? For some people this extends out quite far, and for others it’s closer. It’s this energy field that allows us to perceive information before our mind can process what is happening. This is our gut feelings, our hunches, our inner knowing. Whether you are aware of it or not, your intuition is healthy and functioning. The only reason we aren’t aware we have it, is that, unless we taken some time to actively listen, our lives generally aren’t quiet enough to hear it. Intuition can be cultivated... WAYS TO CULTIVATE AND STRENGTHEN YOUR INTUITION: Meditate Messages from your intuition tend to be quiet, so spending time in silence will help you hear and interpret these messages. Be Aware Start noticing all you can with your 5 conventional senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. This will raise your sensitivity to your inner knowing, the "gut" feelings and hunches. Pay Attention to Your Dreams When the cognitive (thinking) mind is busy, it can override the intuitive right brain and the subconscious mind, which is the wellspring of intuition. When you are sleeping, your cognitive mind rests which opens space for the subconscious mind to signal you in your dreams. Don’t just wonder about your dream, really ask yourself, “Where did that come from, and what can I take away from it?” Keeping a journal of 48

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your dreams may help you understand messages over time. Get Creative Engaging in creative activities such as drawing, crafts, or journaling, quiets the cognitive mind allowing your intuition to speak up. When you think of “paint by numbers” vs the Mona Lisa for example, you will realise the missing ingredient is intuition. Being intentionally creative helps to develop the intuition. Test Your Hunches Getting a sense it will rain tomorrow, but the forecast says it won’t? Do you just know that someone you have just met is bad news? If you have feelings about what might happen in the future, write them down, and check them later. See how often you were right... Consult Your Body Compass Your intuition speaks to you through your body. The more you cultivate this awareness, the more sensitive you become. If you get an uncomfortable physical feeling when you are trying to make a decision, pay attention. Are you feeling light or heavy? Expanded or contracted? Escape From Your Daily Routine Slow down, take time out. Find a way to spend some time in new surroundings with nothing planned. When you are overly busy, it’s hard to be sensitive to the quiet voice of intuition. Try clearing your schedule, and see if your intuition pipes up. Spend Time in Nature Being outdoors, away from technology, and the mind’s other temptations, can open up the kind of intuition we needed when we, as a species, lived with nature and relied upon it to keep us safe from the elements, predators, and other true-fear dangers.

Learn From the Past Recall a negative experience, something fairly recent if possible. Before this thing happened, think back to whether you got any feelings about steering clear. Maybe you got a gut feeling that something wasn’t right, or you had a foreshadowing dream or vision? If so, did you pay attention to that feeling, or vision, or did you talk yourself out of it? Try to remember exactly how you felt, recalling as many details as possible. The more you can get in touch with the part of you that tried to warn you, the more you’ll trust it next time. Feel, Don’t Think The mind thinks - always chattering away while intuition feels. If you aren’t sure whether you are listening to your fearful mind, or your trustworthy intuition, see if you can differentiate whether you are thinking or feeling. Engage in Repetitive Movement Run, dance, chop carrots, paint or play the piano. These type of physical actions can calm the cognitive mind and open up your intuition. Practice sensing into people before you know them. See what kind of information you can glean from observing people and feeling their energetic signature before you talk to them or learn anything about them from other people. The more you pay attention, the more you will realise you already know things you couldn’t possibly know with your cognitive mind. Release Your Resistance Understand you are not crazy when you get an intuitive hunch, and learn to trust your heart and guidance. Renae Bailey Healing with Renae

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DIGITAL GALLERY EXHIBITION Introducing this exciting, modern & innovative approach to exhibiting art work of all kinds. Each artwork links to the artist’s website or social media where you can enquire about the work, order a commission or find out more about each artist and see their other works. Some work is for sale, while others are examples of the artistic style of that particular artist. Cindy Hutton ...... 51 Greta McComb ...... 52 Marilyn Andrews ...... 53 Lynette Graham ...... 53 Anice Doel ...... 54-55 Alan Roberts ...... 55 *Some images may be cropped to fit. If you would like to know more about this new way of exhibiting your work, whether it is photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, etc. Please go to our website HERE to request an information guide. 50

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Cindy Hutton | ‘Mountain Air’ (2018) | Oil on Canvas |

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Greta McComb | ‘Piwakawaka and Manuka Blossom’ (2015) | Acrylic on Canvas |

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Greta McComb ‘Nurture Nature Series: Piwakawaka and Monarch’ (2019) Acrylic on Canvas


Marilyn Andrews ‘2730 Summer View Over Nelson’ (2012) Acrylic on Canvas

Lynette Graham ‘A Bee’s Perspective’ (2017) Oil on Canvas

Marilyn Andrews ‘3173 Nelson Harbour’ (2018) Acrylic on Canvas

Lynette Graham ‘Irises & Freesias’ (2014) Oil on Canvas

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Alan Roberts ‘On the Way to Dovedale’ (2013) Acrylic on Canvas

Anicë Doel ‘Nelson Cathedral (NZ)’ (2017) Acrylic on Canvas Facebook @aniceartwork

Alan Roberts ‘A Touch of Blue’ (2016) Acrylic on Canvas

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HEALTH & WELLBEING The Women's Panel ...... 58-59 The Men's Panel ...... 60-61 FEATURE: Nourished Soul ...... 62-73 Inspiring People ...... 76-79 My Journey So Far ...... 80 A Balanced Life ...... 81 Healing Modalities ...... 82-83 Living Naturally ...... 84 A Nurtured Life ...... 85 Mindset Matters ...... 86 Helpful Herbs ...... 87 An Empowered Life ...... 88-89 Yoga Flow ...... 90 Being Fit and Well ...... 91 Living Well ...... 92-93 Crystal Healing ...... 94 Sound Matters ...... 95 Art as Therapy ...... 96 Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


The Women's Panel For Women by Women


Caron Proctor

I use the practices from Issue #2 (meditate, long baths, body brushing, long walks, writing and reading), then I work out what I want to achieve and what I will say yes and no to. We can’t do everything we are asked to do, and we need to learn to be ok saying "no". People pleasing is a habit I gave up years ago too. Do what you love and do it well, no matter what other people think you should be doing. I also take a lot of time to lay like a starfish on the floor and listen to music.

Judene Edgar

With emails, messenger and social media on your phone, as well as the ability for people to actually ring you on your phone (yes, that’s still a thing), there is never any respite from demands on your time, the expectations of instant replies, or the time-drain of scrolling through social media. So, while I could advocate to remove social media from your phone as I know a lot of people do, I’m not going to preach what I don’t practice! It’s so easy to lose yourself so keeping hold of something you love doing is really important. For me, having a hobby, something that I unashamedly love doing and look forward to is my mental oasis. Unfortunately, it does require my phone because my hobby is playing scrabble online with friends. However, it’s fun, a little competitive, challenges me, and because it requires my attention, it means that I’m not thinking about other things while I’m playing. Other than my keenness to play, because other people are waiting for me to have my turn, it also encourages me to play every day. 58

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Becky Siame

Working from a home office can be all consuming and its hard sometimes to cut off and leave work at work. When I first started I found myself working till all hours in the night but that was not sustainable and I went through months of little sleep and high anxiety. Nowadays I turn the computer off at 6pm, don’t have business stuff in my living environment and allow myself down time after 6pm cooking and watching tv or listening to my audio books. Being in front of a computer all day my eyes get sore so audiobooks have proven to be a life send for me to be able to switch off from the busy events and decisions from the day and just step into someone else’s world.

Joleen Reynolds

As an introvert, I rely on a decent amount of alone time to recharge. For me that means creating space in my schedule where I have zero plans and try my best to stick to it. With that time I like to focus on my self-care rituals. Most importantly for me is meditation, reading, nature/beach walks and writing. Here are some other ways I find helpful to recharge: Unplug from social media or limit your own phone use. I recently did a stint of 30 days with no phone use for the first hour of the day. I felt far less rushed in the mornings because I wasn’t distracted. It also allowed me to get back into my own energy field after sleep. Say no to things you don’t want to do – and do it without guilt. Saying no allows the opportunity to say yes to something you do want to do – even if that some thing is purely nothing but time to yourself! Breathe! The 4-4-4 method. Breathe in for 4 secs, hold for 4secs then exhale for 4 secs. Doing this for 3 mins has the ability to cam by reducing stress and anxiety. Create solid self-care rituals so when life does get hectic you have the tools to lean on.

Angelika Barnes Caslavska

The key to my work-life balance is essentially the mix of self-care practices I expanded on in last months’ issue. The fact that I am self-employed and can schedule my clients’ coaching sessions as I please, hugely helps with that. Whenever I observe myself getting irritable, I realise this is a definite indication that I have fallen out of balance and need some time to myself. That could be taking myself out into nature or just being in my own space, e.g. lying on my bed and tuning into my body and my thoughts. This gives me a good inkling for what to focus on next. This next can mean that I need to slow down and take it easy, or it could be the exact opposite and mean that I need to have a really good work-out, a dance, a bit of vocalising as in singing or even shouting to release whatever it is that causes the irritability. My tips: Increase your time of “being” versus “doing” Double-check your priorities – is money really the be all, end all? Remember: you are exactly where you want to be in your life, everything else has been perceived as ‘too costly’ by you so far Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


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Gareth Edwards

This is definitely a work in progress for me! I figure emotional eating and using food to soothe was the first coping mechanism I learnt so it’s possibly the last to go. As is often the case with men, my journey starts with problem solving. I had chronic adrenal fatigue some years ago and one of the ways I addressed this was changing my diet. I tried being strictly gluten and dairy free for a week and was astonished at how quickly I regained some energy for life. I’m a little looser now, but still steer well clear of dairy and choose my battles with gluten, maybe having bread once a week. Apart from that I’ve played with lots of diets, been vegan on and off, currently enjoying fasting. For me it’s a careful balance of enough self-love to avoid feeling awful about my eating and enough aspiration for a healthy relationship with food to keep me from giving up.

James Kane

I have experienced how much diet effects mental well being through trial and error. I love food. Mostly I try to eat whole foods with plenty of vegetables, fruit ,nuts and seeds. This helps to keep me in a positive frame of mind and gives my body good fuel to run off. I have been known to eat the odd chip sandwich from time to time which I consider good for the soul.

Josh Ryan

I don’t follow a specific diet or way of eating at this point. Although I eat a very clean balanced diet as I demand a lot from my body both physically and mentally through plenty of sports, exercise and business Im constantly needing the extra boost of good food.

John Cohen-Du Four

No specific diet. For mainly animal rights reasons I was largely vegetarian in my twenties (alas, many moons ago). Interesting that decades later I find I’m again placing much less emphasis on meat. (There are more reasons than ever these days: health, environment, and yes, those nagging ethical ones). My regime, as such, is to primarily take note of where my body’s at – notice how I’m feeling, mentally and physically, and/or (sometimes) how I look – and act accordingly. For instance, if I sense I’m carrying excess weight, I cut back on amounts. If I feel mucousy, I go easy on fats and sugars, eat more fruit, and garlic. I do take a few daily supplements, mainly mens’ multi-vitamins and fish oil. As for helpful tips:• • Let observation and intuition be your guide, moderation your mantra • Go for free range and/or organic where you can • Buy consciously, not supporting food products/companies with dubious practices • Drink twice as much water daily as you're probably doing now • Diet is an overall lifestyle thing, so exercise regularly and get enough sleep • Remember, the best eating to be had is alongside friends and loved ones. Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019




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A Health and Wellness Coach, author and experienced chef. Charley is passionate about teaching, inspiring and helping people find true balance in life from wholesome and nutritious food through to a healthy lifestyle.



Supercharged Food

A holistic nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef and author of the bestselling Supercharged Food series, Lee is passionate about simple, wholesome recipes and great food for the whole family.


Natural Nosh

Paula uses her creativity in the kitchen to create tasty cakes and slices, that are low carb, sugar free, and full of nutrient rich ingredients. She now co-runs this as a commercial business with her partner Sam.

Growing up in the Nelson countryside with a large vegetable garden, Sally’s family made their own bread, sprouts, yoghurt, juices and smoothies. Trained as a chef, her interests now lie in the amazing benefits of raw food.



A self taught baker, Sarah has loved to bake for as long as she can remember. She focuses on the ease of baking without compromises to flavour or texture ,with influences from Europe, America and her home of New Zealand.

A clinical pharmacist with a certificate in plant-based nutrition, Hannah founded The Better Base to support people in eating healthy, sustainable plant-based foods and to futureproof their health, one bite at a time.

What Sarah Bakes

The Better Base

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Nourished by Nature With Charley Ainscough POWERED BY PLANTS Do you dream of feeling lighter, brighter within yourself and your body? Do you dream of never having to stand on the scales again because your weight is balanced. A plant based diet can provide all of this for you and more. My journey to living a plant based diet started a couple of years ago and it happened in stages. Firstly my Chiropractor worked with me and helped me realise that I was sensitive to both gluten and dairy. I can remember this as if it was yesterday... The thought of not being able to eat dairy filled me with horror. No more cheese!! How on earth could I cope with the pure satisfaction of a cheese board shared amongst friends... Slowly, and by taking simple manageable steps it became a new way of life. Normal cows milk was replaced by almond milk and cheese, well, I just had to say goodbye to it. It was hard, but my body felt so much better and because of that it was an easy decision to make. Next came meat, I had been a meat eater for all of my life, and suddenly it just didn’t feel right for me. I was training to be a Health and Wellness Coach at the time and the more I learned about how much animals can be pumped full of antibiotics, and about the sprays that many farmers use to boost their grass growth - which in turn the animals eat. I was like “ummm, no thanks” for me. That it was ‘for me’ is a very important point, because everybody’s lifestyle and choices are 64

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different. So my suggestion, if you eat meat which is ok - is to please ensure you only eat free farmed and organic meat where possible, which your body will process with much more ease... By being creative and taking small, manageable steps I lost a lot of weight. My skin was glowing. I felt lighter and brighter and I feel the healthiest I have done in a very long time. Eating a plant based diet is a way of life. By committing to a plant based diet you can feel this way too. The basic principles of living a plant based diet are as follows:  Eating a diet fueled by whole foods. Eliminating processed foods, refined sugar and white flour.  Limiting all animal products.  Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grain, legumes, nuts and seeds.  Buying locally sourced, seasonal and where possible organic fruit and vegetables.  Allowing yourself to listen to your body and providing your body what it asks for. You will be amazed at how much better, lighter and fitter you will feel by taking these simple steps. Be creative with your new found food choices. It may take a little time to find the right alternatives, so be gentle on yourself, allow yourself time to make the changes and your body will love you for it. Charley Ainscough Charley Chop Chop NOURISHED SOUL FEATURE

Cashew Nut Cheese

A delicious alternative to cheese, can be used as a spread on toast, for a sandwich or use as a dip with your favorite vegetables.

You will need: 1 large cup of cashews – soaked overnight in filtered water 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 clove of garlic crushed 1 teaspoon of pink himalayan salt A good grind of cracked black pepper ¼ cup of olive oil How to: Measure all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Check seasoning and change accordingly.


The Ultimate Black Bean Patties

Spinach & Parsley Pesto

This can also be used as your main protein in a buddha / nourish bowl.

Delicious stirred through roasted vegetables, and can be used as a dip or spread.

You will need: 2 x 400g tins of black beans 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 crushed cloves of garlic 1 small red onion chopped finely 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 1 teaspoon paprika large handful of parsley and coriander ½ cup of gluten free breadcrumbs A good splash of tomato ketchup 1 small kumara peeled cooked and mashed

You will need: 3 cloves of garlic peeled 2 cups of baby spinach 2 cups of parsley ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds 1 cup of olive oil 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast A good grind of salt and cracked black pepper Juice of ½ lemon

How to:

Turn on the oven to 160. Drain and rinse the black beans Place on a flat baking tray and bake for 15 minutes to dry out the beans. Allow to cool. Peel, cook and mash the kumara. Allow to cool. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine. The mixture should form easily. If its to wet add some more breadcrumbs. If too dry add a splash of water. Form into 1/3 cup sized patties. Heat a little oil in a non stick pan and cook until golden on both sides.

How to: Place all ingredients into a food processor Blend until smooth and combined. Check the seasoning Does it need more salt, more lemon, more pepper. Change accordingly.

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Nourished Soul With Guest Lee Holmes SMOOTHIE BOWL This sweet and rich smoothie bowl is filled with berries, bananas and all-round goodness and can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or even as a healthy dessert. The real key to a good smoothie bowl is a highspeed blender. My blender has honestly changed the way I use my kitchen. While it may be one of the more expensive kitchen items you can buy, it’s totally worth the investment. One sturdy and versatile blender is worth every cent. High-speed blenders can perform certain tasks that regular blenders can’t, such as making nut butters and milks, whipping up instant ‘ice creams’, grinding coffee beans, and creating smooth drinks. It’s time to say goodbye to ‘sip and chew’ green smoothies for good. If you gravitate towards eating raw food, a high-speed blender will enable you to extract all the fibre and juice from your fresh produce without any pulp, which means you get better bang for your buck and less waste; it’s a winner all-round! I’d recommend purchasing a blender with a good warranty, as you want it to be a long-lasting investment, because you and your smoothie bowls are so worth it. Now that we’re properly equipped to make our bowl, let’s talk about the ingredients... No raspberry smoothie bowl can be made without raspberries! They’re high in antioxidants, low in sugar and delicious in taste. They also help sharpen the brain and boost our energy! While I’ve used fresh raspberries here, don’t underestimate the power of the frozen berry. I know their list of health benefits is as long as your arm, but you’ll often find me eating them simply because they taste so sweet and satisfying. Fresh berries are delicious, but if you know you have a busy week and may run the risk of wasting those sweet fruits, keeping frozen berries on hand avoids waste. I’m all about that bass, and by bass, I mean base, because that’s the secret to a good smoothie bowl. 66

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Frozen bananas are a classically-used base that always work like a charm. So, before you throw overripe bananas out, remember how easy and versatile they are. Trust me, they work their magic every time. To add some creaminess to the picture, we also need avocado. I know, avocado may seem like a weird addition to some, but, in a smoothie bowl, they’re worth the weird looks your family may give you when you start the de-pitting process. Avocado provides a healthy source of essential fats to help us absorb all the vitamins we’re eating in our bowls. They also contain around 20 vitamins and minerals! You know what they say: once you go avo, you never go back. Buy them in season so they don’t break the bank! If you’re looking to take your smoothie to the top, don’t forget the toppings. Here I’ve used passionfruit, edible flowers and lilly pilly berries. I also love adding home-made granola and chia seeds to help ease digestion, provide protein, omega-3’s and calcium. If you’re in an early morning rush (seriously, how does time go so quickly in the morning and so slowly during the early afternoon?!), you can actually make this smoothie in advance and freeze it in a muffin tray. When it’s go-time, take three out, whiz them in your high-speed blender and you’re ready to go! If you’re as obsessed with chocolate and berries as I am (because of all the antioxidants… right?), this is the spoonable smoothie for you. I mean, who says you can’t eat chocolate for breakfast? Not me. That’s for sure! Lee Holmes Supercharged Food (Images, text and recipe supplied by Lee)


Chocolate and Raspberry Smoothie Bowl Serves: 2

Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas 1 ripe avocado, peeled 125 g (41/2 oz/1 cup) raspberries 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder 1 teaspoon vanilla powder 130 g (41/2 oz/1/2 cup) sheep’s milk yoghurt or coconut yoghurt 125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) almond milk or milk of your choice To top (your choice): edible flowers, passionfruit, lilly pilly berries, banana, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), chia seeds, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, granola and/or nut butter Method: Whiz all the ingredients except the toppings in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. The mixture should have a spoonable consistency. Pour into two bowls and decorate with your chosen topping(s).


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Nourished Soul

With Guest Hannah O’Malley RAINBOW SUPER SALAD As a whole food plant-based recipe it is vegan and free of salt, oil, sugar and gluten. Serves 4 Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1.50 cups frozen peas 2 x 400g cans corn kernels 2 carrots 2 medium beetroot 4 large leaves red cabbage 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 lemon ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup hazelnuts (or your favourite kind of nuts) Optional: 4 tsp sesame seeds to garnish


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1. Place peas and drained corn in a large pan and warm over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. 2 Grate carrots and beetroot and chop the cabbage into thin strips. 3 Once peas and corn are warmed through, take off the heat and mix in the carrots, beetroot and cabbage. 4 Chop the hazelnuts and add to the pan, along with the balsamic vinegar, juice of one lemon and pumpkin seeds. Stir well. 5 Serve in bowls with a garnish of sesame seeds if desired. Hannah O’Malley The Better Base

(Images, text and recipe supplied by Hannah)


Nourished Soul With Guest Paula Kilkelly PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIE Sugar free – keto friendly Ingredients 1 cup 2 cups 3 cups 200g 100g 4 1 tsp

Peanut butter Erythritol Almond meal Butter 90% cocoa chocolate Eggs Vanilla

sturdy spoon. Add the almond meal, and then the 90% chocolate, broken into pieces. Line a baking tray with baking paper, and pour in the mixture. Bake at 180°C for around 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream, or any other toppings of your choice. Paula Kilkelly Sweet Not Sugar

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Method In a pot melt together the peanut butter, erythritol, butter, and vanilla. Take off the heat, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix in with a


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Nourished Soul With Guest Sarah Sears CHOCOLATE CHUNK LACTATION COOKIES Ingredients: 295g (3 cups) rolled oats 190g (1 + 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour 50g (5 tablespoons) brewers yeast 30g (3 tablespoons) ground flaxseed 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 170g (12 tablespoons) butter, softened 65 mls (1/3 cup) virgin coconut oil 200g (1 cup) soft brown sugar 100g (1/2 cup) white sugar 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 170g (1+ 1/2 cups) dark chocolate, roughly chopped Method: 1. Preheat the oven the 175C (350F) and line two trays with baking paper. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt.


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Cream the butter, oil and both sugars together until light an fluffy, making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl as you go. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla beating until combined. 3. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the dry ingredients until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chunks. 4. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on baking tray about 4cm apart. Slightly flatten the balls down with a fork. 5. Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until the cookies can slide on the baking tray when gently pushed. NOTES: – These cookies freeze really well before they’re baked! Just freeze the uncooked cookie dough on a baking tray until the balls harden, then transfer into a freezer bag. Sarah Sears What Sarah Bakes (Images, text and recipe supplied by Sarah)


GLUTEN DAIRY FREE ALMOND RASPBERRY CAKE Ingredients: 225g (2 cups) ground almonds, almond flour or almond meal 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon cardamon (optional) 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup liquid or melted honey 1/4 cup canola oil 170g (3/4 cup) raspberries (frozen is fine) Juice from one orange

3. In another bowl, whisk together the beaten eggs, honey and oil until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir just until combined then gently fold in the raspberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin. 4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake has come away from the sides of the cake tin. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. 5. Whilst the cake is still warm, poke holes all over the cake with a toothpick or skewer. Squeeze the juice from the orange all over the cake until the whole surface area is covered. Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.

Garnish: 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted 2 tablespoons freeze dried berries (optional) Icing sugar, sifted

6. If desired, garnish with toasted sliced almonds over freeze dried berries before finishing off with a dusting of icing sugar. Enjoy!

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 160C (325F). Grease and line an 8 or 9 inch cake tin with baking paper.

Sarah Sears What Sarah Bakes

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt.


(Images, text and recipe supplied by Sarah)

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Nourished Soul With Guest Sally Rees NOT SO PINA COLADA This smoothie has probiotics galore, loads of antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre, live enzymes and phytonutrients.

Sally Rees Natural Nosh

(Images, text and recipe supplied by Sally)

Ingredients: 250 ml milk kefir 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 banana 1.5 – 2 cups spinach 1 cup strawberries/raspberries 1 cup ice 1 tsp raw honey Method: Whizz it all together in a high powered blender. Sip slowly while watching the sunset...


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Inspiring People By Amanda Sears SIMONE ANDERSON At age 23 Simone Anderson worked as a make up artist and nanny. She was a friendly, open and honest person who would happily talk about anything, including sex and bodily functions nothing was off limits - however, when it came to her weight, she would feel embarrassed and shut down, knowing she had a problem, but not ready to address it... until she found accountability through social media almost 5 years ago...

and began accruing followers, realising that people weren't used to hearing someone speak so openly about such topics and as she began to open the path for others to get real with themselves, she succeeded in losing 92kgs and transforming her whole life - and the lives of the many others who followed her. She now has a global following, hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, a published book and has appeared in the media around the world and on international TV shows. Simone is a real down to earth woman. She lives in Auckland with her fiancĂŠe Trent and their french bulldog Maddox. What started out as an accountability platform has now become Simone's full time job and she truly loves it! Trent taught himself professional photography and takes those gorgeous snaps of her and she creates all her own content, answers the messages, comments and emails personally and honestly says she usually works seven days a week, but she loves it and wouldn't change it for anything. As a deeply loving, sensitive and kind person in the public spotlight, Simone has had to adjust the way she approaches social posts to consider the way her message may be perceived or how it may affect people, so she thinks a lot about what she says or writes before she posts so as not to hurt or offend anyone, but still stay true to her message. She always has to consider "could this be taken the wrong way or put in the wrong context or even taken out of context." So whenever she talks about things she tries to make it very clear that it is her opinion, view and reality, and that there are certain things she can't relate to (like being a mother of three) but that it is her personal journey and where she is at right now in her own life.

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In saying that, she is well aware that no matter how cautious or careful you are that you cannot please everyone or be everyones 'cup of tea' and that is actually ok. In her early days on social media she found negative or hurtful comments

on her page were a real battle ground and would leave her in tears and feeling unwell for days, if not weeks, but she finally sat down and worked through this and now has a strategy in place on how she approaches it: "I remind myself of who I am, what I am doing and what my goal is online, and at the end of the day when I put all of that in front of me, I know my goals are to uplift and help others, to be positive and inspiring and I know I never intentionally set out to hurt or offend anyone and that makes me feel more secure in myself." Of course hurtful comments still affect her, but nowhere near as much as they used to... Simone is very proactive at moderating her page and has great practices in place. She loves people sharing their stories, healthy conversations, opinions, ideas and even constructive criticism - but if it starts to become aggressive or incite hate or is just behaviour she finds unacceptable, she will immediately delete it. In her experience she has found that leaving aggressive comments up encourages her supporters to back her up and sink to the bully's level, perpetuating more hatred and negativity, so deleting it is best. In saying that, Simone has put in as much best practice as possible in the way she manages her social media, but it hasn't stopped people from creating big low points for her... the media has jumped on her negatively in the past, and she has been the target of online bullying and hatred - even having whole groups and pages set up just to shame and bully her. She even had one person 'rampage' on social media for almost a month inciting hatred towards her and encouraging people to send her death threats!

During this time she was extremely unwell with anxiety and felt awful - but because she is a strong, brave women who leads by example, she continued her social posting and interactions as though this nastiness wasn't happening... she refused to let someone else take her personal power away. While there have been massive low points like those, there are many more high points that greatly outweigh them, and as she tells me about them, she sheds tears of happiness, love and joy... Simone feels humbled and blessed every day about simply sharing her life and journey, and knowing it is helping to change lives. Every day she gets messages from men and women from all over the world telling her that they have changed their life, turned their life around and are now living the life of their dreams, from seeing even just a single post of hers and that is something that she "still can't quite fully comprehend and believe". This is the kind of positive impact that social media can (and does) create in the world. Many people fear social media because they don't know how to use it and Simone has had to learn, adapt and grow with it over the last 5 years. She sees the positive impact one person can have and has pushed through the times of judgement, perception and fear from others and has changed thousands of lives all around the world. Which I reckon is pretty impressive and inspiring! Having people shape their lives , goals and ideas around their perceptions of you can be daunting for some, but Simone is quite ok with it because Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


she knows that what she shares online is her actual real life and is a real possibility for people to achieve. She doesn't pretend that her life is perfect and shows all sides of her life authentically, openly and honestly - not just a 'highlight reel' - she is confident and comfortable knowing that people truly see her journey as it really is so setting goals based on that is perfectly ok. Her social media is full of inspirational videos, photos and words of wisdom... but here are some wise snippets from our recent interview: Daily Wellbeing Practices • When she wakes up, before looking at her phone (but after saying "hi" to Trent), she physically stands in front of the mirror and repeats self-affirmations out loud on a few things she wants to work on or things she is not sure she is there with mentally, which change regularly. This gets her mind in a good headspace. When she first had lots of loose skin she would grab and pull at it, telling herself that she was thankful and grateful for it and within a few months she could truly say deep down that she loved every part of it.

"It is about training your brain. I truly believe that as a society we have been taught to hate certain elements of ourselves and we can retrain our brain to love those same things that society has told us aren't beautiful or attractive, why can't they be?"

• Even though she is super busy she finds 2-5 minute slots every day where she will sit down (ideally outside) and just collect her thoughts, be at one and clear her head • At the end of each day her and Trent say what


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they are thankful and grateful for. Which "makes you focus on what you have, rather than what you don't have and you feel much more at peace with your life" • Exercise is part of her daily routine and she says she definitely functions better with it. If she doesn't feel like going to the gym, which doesn't happen often, she will just go for a walk. Advice for Others on Their Health Journey "Start the journey from a place of love. Get in a headspace where you truly feel positive and on the right track to tackle what you need to tackle, because if you have any self-doubt you are going to find the words and judgment of others really confronting, where if you know through true and true why you are doing this and what your goals are and you feel confident and comfortable within yourself and your own skin, you will feel much more able to tackle these massive life changes than if you are doubting yourself from the start." Social Media Tips and Advice • Be you. Don't model or replicate what others are doing or you think you should do. The industry needs you, doing you, authentically • Beautiful imagery. Social media is visual and if your images are top notch they will stand out. Use beautiful colours and natural light • People love a good caption. Try to captivate people with your words and share something of substance that will really help • Let your personality shine through by using the 'story' function. Let people see a little bit more about you than just a static photo, and that will build more trust and connection • Have fun with it! Do it because you genuinely love it and enjoy it - because you have a

passion for something and you want to share it and help others. Not because you are trying to make a life from it, to get free stuff or be- cause you feel like you should be doing it • Use it like a 'real life' platform. Would you say that to a someone face to face? No? Then maybe keep that thought to yourself.... "With so much hatred in the world every day, how can you use social media to create positivity or uplift someone? I truly believe that strong women uplift and help grow other strong women and if you are trying to tear them down than you might need to reevaluate what is going on with your own life before getting online." You can learn all about Simone's journey online and in her new book, so here we just wanted to share some of the highs and lows of being in the social media spotlight and some words of wisdom from this inspiring, beautiful, strong and brave woman. Words of Wisdom from Simone on Facebook "I want every single woman to know that she is normal. That no matter what society has tried to teach us over the years, that it’s all not true. Our bodies are perfect just as they are. Post weight loss, post weight gain, postpartum. We are all incredible and just as we are meant to be. Loose skin isn’t gross it’s actually bloody cool, how cool to be a able to show a story with your body! Stretch marks are so unique and each tells of our journey. And cellulite.... don’t even get me started...... ITS NORMAL!!!!! I want everyone to erase what society has taught us and teach ourselves a new message of acceptance, self love and confidence in what makes us different. Choosing to have skin removal surgery after weight loss or postpartum doesn’t make you instantly not be able to preach self love. Self love is unique to each person and no one person will have the exact same views on what it means to them. It means accepting yourself at every stage of life and being ok in the decisions you make throughout it. I’m sharing this to show you it’s ok to be confident in the skin you are in. To touch your tummy and actually feel love for it. Stand in the mirror and look at yourself proudly- you are killing it!!!" Learn more about Simone on her website:

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My Journey So Far Q + A With Guest Kathy Mason Tell us a little bit about yourself I was born in Southampton, England - the home of the Titanic Maiden voyage. As a child I yearned for the blue sea & skies of Australia and at age 20 I met Steve, my soulmate of 31 years and discovered that he was from New Zealand and half Maori and half English. We actually moved in together after 4 weeks and were engaged within the year and married by 18 months and the rest is history. We have 3 amazingly independent adult children. After we married we backpacked to Fiji, Australia & New Zealand to Steve’s family in Golden Bay. We then sold our house in England and settled in Golden Bay and started our family. I continued with my own mobile hair and beauty business, which I had practiced since I was 17. The minute I landed in Golden Bay my spiritual journey began! I am clairsentient ‘clear feeling’ and claircognizance meaning ‘clear knowing’ and i use these heightened senses within my work and life today. I fondly recall my spiritual awakening as I began to finally embrace my gifts whilst also opening up to the Maori Culture I had married into which led to studying the traditional Maori bodywork of Romi Romi, with Steve’s cousin from Rotorua. Describe the experiences that have shaped your journey I have worked with so many great teachers over the last 20 years, all whom have had many pearls of wisdom, guidance or karmic teachings to share during my current lifetime experience. My Soul Realignment studies back in 2010 was a big leap forward working with the Akashic Records (our Akash is held with in our DNA, it is like an etheric database of all our experiences & choices we have ever made over thousands of lifetimes). As a sensitive person those early years were not 80

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without their challenges.. I would say the biggest challenge of the past was being misunderstood. I am now aware that it’s not my job to make other people feel comfortable in their own skin by compromising my values and my truth. Share with us the ways in which you have changed your life for the better Our newest adventure moving from Nelson to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia in early 2017 has been amazing in every sense! I can’t even express in words how this has been like a coming home for me... My healing work and confidence has increased on so many levels with this beautiful place, the connections and beautiful friendships, my new teachers & clients - which curiously has triggered many of my past life Polynesian lifetimes! It truly feels like I have come home.... When asked, is Australia my forever home, honestly who knows, but right now YES... I will always follow my inner guidance which has never let me down... Currently I feel the pull from many countries to travel and reconnect back to the energy of lives in other lands, which i am beyond excited about. Tips or advice for others on their journey My biggest piece of advice would be: don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone. It could be your physical location, job or even to farewell a relationship that may have been holding you back from being YOU. My motto is “never say never”, so I will always stay open to change. It’s about following your inner knowing, which leads you to the next destination, the next synchronicity to experience and awaken growth & purpose in your life - I truly believe, many more will continue to awaken and see the world becoming a more peaceful, compassionate, loving place, without fear, anger and hate, that is what we all have to look forward to.

A Balanced Life With Sarah Jensen YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL YOURSELF… As burgeoning business owners, it can feel like we’re wearing ALL of the hats in our business. Often, that’s just how things roll in the early stages because we don’t always have the cash available to hire help. And while I’m a huge fan of learning new things, and keeping my finger firmly planted on the pulse in my business, there are some things I either don’t enjoy doing, or I’m just not great at. What I’ve discovered is that working to my strengths means admitting my weaknesses and addressing the knowledge gaps. When I do this, I can more easily stay in my own lane, create from my zone of genius and maintain both momentum and motivation. So, in the interest of helping you get more done, without having to wish on a magic lamp for more hours in the day, here are two ways I started outsourcing work while I was still brand new in business. I hope they help. 1. Service Trade One of the great things about being online is making new friends and I’ve met so many lovely business owners through online courses and communities – many of them at similar stages in their business to me.

2. Freelance Websites There are a plethora of freelance websites popping up all over the internet where qualified and talented copywriters, designers, virtual assistants, sound engineers and more are offering their services on an ad-hoc or project basis at really affordable rates. A quick internet search will help you connect with a website or service provider that meets your needs, is aligned with your values and can provide the services you need. Tip: don’t be afraid to reach out to the freelancer and ask questions or clarify scope before you book their services and, if you’re not 100% sure they’re the right person for the job, send them a smaller project first to test the waters. Oh, and always, ALWAYS, trust your gut. The good news is that (as tempting as it may be – especially for us control freaks and recovering perfectionists!) you don’t have to do it all yourself and there are ways to start getting help in your business, even if your bank account isn’t bulging at the seams. So, go forth, Rock Your Goals and grow that beautiful business of yours!

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Healing Modalities With Guest Kelly Wells ACUPUNCTURE I was born and raised in Nelson before moving to Wellington to study. I lived there for 8 years before wanderlust took hold and I set off abroad to see how far I could make it on $4000 NZD. Turns out it was pretty far! I moved back to Nelson in late 2017 and have been reminded how much I missed the sea, the mountains and the sunshine. I first got into acupuncture through karate. As a teenager, if I had thought I could have made a living training in martial arts I would have! As my style of martial arts utilises a lot of Chinese philosophy and theory, and we use pressure points for many of the strikes, grapples and throws, acupuncture and Chinese medicine seemed like a natural progression and a good way to get a more comprehensive understanding of the way the body works. They are two sides to the same coin. Acupuncture is a four year bachelor of health science in New Zealand, and an intense four years of study at that. I opted to do the two diploma courses, one in tuina massage and the other in taiji and qigong alongside. It was a hectic four years of study but despite the work load I utterly fell in love with the system. How has this modality changed your life? Acupuncture has given me a more balanced perspective on life. I used to train hard physically and give little thought to rest and taking care of my body. Now I am more aware of the balance necessary to ensure I maintain a high quality of life for a long time. It has 82

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also given me the skills to better understand complex health issues from a holistic point of view. Acupuncture has become not only a career I love but also a way of life. It also set me up to deal with a serious concussion that I suffered early last year. Because of my training and study I was able to keep a positive mind set and track my progress rather than pushing too hard too soon and making things worse. About this modality: This is always one of the hardest questions I get asked as an acupuncturist! In a nut shell, Chinese medicine looks at the body as a complex, interrelated whole. We seek to understand the main complaint by building a complete picture of what’s going on with you and your health and determining all of the contributing factors. Sometimes you may have a sore back, and while you may have pushed it a bit hard at the gym, often I find there are other underlying factors, such as chronic over work or stress, that are just as important to address when treating the back pain. Once I have an idea of what’s going on, I select pressure points on the meridian lines of the body to send the body signals to adjust accordingly. It’s all about balance and flow. When we are healthy our energy circulates freely and our body mostly heals itself. I use acupuncture to adjust the flow of energy in the body and give the body a gentle push in the right direction. Because there are always many factors at play, I supplement treatments with general

health and lifestyle advice and where appropriate exercises and stretches. Who do you think could benefit from this? Just about everybody! Acupuncture works differently on different conditions and for different people. It is most effective and fastest acting earlier on in a condition, say a few days to a week after an injury or the symptoms first appear. In this case I would expect to see results in the first 1-3 treatments. For chronic conditions that have been around a lot longer it can take 6-10 treatments for us to get a result. I have had a number of patients improve significantly with injuries and pain syndromes. I have also seen a big improvement for patients with headaches and migraines, digestive disorders, menstrual disorders and insomnia. It’s also a great compliment to western medicine. Acupuncture is fantastic at easing the symptoms of pregnancy (for instance morning sickness, reflux, and pain) and also in helping ease the side effects of long term medication use. Last words about your healing modality... It’s a really gentle, relaxing modality. I have had a number of people come to see me over the years who are worried they won’t be able to handle having acupuncture because of the needles. Most people hear needles and think doctors needles, the big ones used for injections or blood tests. In fact acupuncture needles are so tiny you can tie a knot in them, they’re not much thicker than a strand of hair. While some points do cause a strange sensation, pain in acupuncture is rare and once the needles are in there is generally very little sensation at all. Most treatments leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and often also improve your sleep. Many patients are so relaxed they fall asleep on the table! Kelly Wells Balance Health & Wellbeing Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


Living Naturally With Noreen Macdonald SCREEN TIME Screen time. There’s no doubt it’s a big part of life for all of us - parents, kids and toddlers. We live in a world that is digital and with so many kids shows now on digital streaming platforms, the amount of time kids spend on devices is certainly on the rise. A lot of the conservations I have with parents is around their kids’ addiction to screens, to gaming, and to other digital streaming sites. Did you know that screen time is like a drug for their little brains? Screen time (and sugar) flood the brain with Dopamine, the same feel good hormone that people feel when they take Cocaine. And guess what, Dopamine drives and reinforces habits. So you can see where the addiction part comes in. I’m sure you’ve seen it, the temper tantrum, the flushed cheeks, the dilated pupils, the manic highs, followed by the manic lows when it’s time to take the screen off your child. Sounds and looks a lot like a comedown to me... How to Manage Screen Time: 1. The first thing I recommend you do is look in the mirror. As the parent, how much time are you on your screens (computer, phone, IPAD and even the Kindle – even though yes I have one and I don’t count it as a device... but, my son does). We have to live as the example. Yet how many times a day does your baby/toddler/child/teenager see you glued to your screen, how many times a day do you not listen to what they are saying, or responding to their needs. They don’t care how many likes you just got on your new social media post. They want you and they need you to be present.

We all know that a device is a super cheap and portable babysitter and there is a time and a place. However, some reports say kids are spending anywhere from 2-7 hours a day on a device... That’s an addiction without a doubt and I’m sorry to say it, but maybe a bit of lazy parenting. We spent a year living in our house bus out in the Marlborough Sounds last year and our 8 year old son had no device (it helped a lot living off grid as that was the perfect excuse – a lack of electricity). However on moving back to town, I realized that all of his friends were playing games and that this generation does use it as a form of socialization. So he didn’t feel alienated, we made a decision to allow him on the iPad but with a time limit. We actually bought a new iPad and my hubby set it up with a 30 minute time out and promptly forgot the password so now we can’t change it! Not ideal, however, maybe it is... because as much as our son complains about the 30 minute time limit, we literally can’t change it! 3. Write down a list with your child of things that are fun for all of you to do and start doing things from the list. This reminds your child that in fact you are fun and love to do things with them. 4. Try not to use screen time as reward or punishment. Would you reward or punish an addict with the exact thing they are addicted to? 5. Make sure you spend some time playing the games your child loves with them. This ensures that what they are playing/watching is suitable for their age. 6. Teach your kids about internet security. This is vitally important.

So monitor your usage. Your phone can actually tell you how much time you’ve been on it on a daily basis… go on check, I dare you!

7. Remember that in this digital world, your kids need love and cuddles. Human touch is what is missing from all of those digital games!

2. So now you’ve set some limits for yourself, it might be a good time to set some for your child.

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A Nurtured Life With Mariette Zoeppritz THE ART OF PRESENCE Imagine you are an infant, lying on the floor, fully absorbed in looking at your hands. You only recently discovered these hands. You may not even be aware yet that they are yours. As you gaze at them, you are taking in every little detail and every little change as you move them. Your full attention is on your hands right in front of you. No thoughts of what happened before nor worries of what will happen next fill your head. There is only you and your hands. Even time does not exist in this state. This is pure presence, sheer openness to the world and all the wonderful and new experiences this life presents. We all started the journey of our life as infants. At that stage being fully present and in the moment was the only way we knew how to live. As we grew older and older, our minds filled more and more; judgements, ideas of how life could or should be, preconceived notions, doubts, fears, and so much more clutter our thoughts. For many of us these thoughts completely take over and presence is a thing of the past until we make a conscious effort to bring presence back into our lives – be it through meditation, mindfulness practice, yoga, or any other pursuit that helps us to be fully in the moment.

There is no need for us to teach them, in fact we can learn from them. Through observing infants in their early play with their hands and then objects and silently paying as much attention as them, I found my own presence increasing. With these new insights my focus shifted. I wasn’t wondering how to teach children presence anymore, instead I began to ask myself how we can support children in keeping this valuable skill they so naturally possess. I believe that the most important step towards this is being fully present with our children, taking them in for who they are in each moment without expectations, plans, or preconceived notions of who they should be or what they should do. Yes, life can get busy and we can’t be fully present all the time we are with our children. But by ensuring we give our children our presence regularly and often, we not only become more present ourselves but model to them the value of their presence, and thus allowing them to carry that skill forward into their lives as they grow older. Mariette Zoeppritz Seeds of Peace NZ

Over the last several years I have searched for and found several practices that help me to be present which in turn supports my inner peace. Being an early childhood teacher, I began to wonder if there was a way that we can incorporate some of these practices into our teaching to support children build an early foundation for holistic wellbeing and inner peace. Around the same time, I started work in a new position which included working with infants and toddlers (previously I had been working with children from the age of three). As I got to observe and be with this age group a realization hit me: children already live the art of presence! Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


Mindset Matters With Angela Cheruseo TRANSFORMING FAILURES & FRUSTRATIONS INTO NEW POSSIBILITIES Failure isn’t the end of the line! If you still have breath in your body, you have the chance to move forward and grow through any experience. I want you to not just cope but learn from failures. Failure and frustration can be re-engineered into the very things that make you wiser, stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to fulfil your destiny. Six important things for moving forward after a setback: 1. Figure out what went wrong. Sometimes we aren’t at fault, but more often than not we carry at least some of the responsibility. By identifying missteps, you can connect with a hard-earned lesson that will leave you stronger and smarter. 2. Don’t succumb to regrettable words or behaviour. When things make a turn for the worst, it may seem you’re entitled to let off some steam, feel justified, maybe feel like a victim left feeling powerless due to what happened. But realise what it’s costing you by choosing to not move on, forgive and let go because it’s costing you something! Stay committed to a life of integrity, joy and most of all... love. 3. Observe your thoughts. This is important always but more so after a setback of any kind. That inner critic conversation that takes place within your mind will form a default reaction that will not serve you well in overcoming and moving forward in a positive way. 4. Be kind to yourself. Know you are worth it, regardless of what took place. Do not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, instead acknowledge your positive attributes and continue to believe in yourself. 86

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5. Surround yourself with the right people. Those that will lift you up. Not those that leave you feeling defeated or drained. 6. Face forward. Failure is often the starting point for new and unexpected opportunities. Many great inventions have been created, successful businesses have been started, and adventures have begun out of the ashes of defeat. So face towards what’s next, and don’t stay stuck in what was. This way you won’t miss the groundwork being laid that will propel you into what’s next! Keep asking yourself “Is what I’m thinking, doing or saying currently, going to forward me to where I wish to be?” Day by day, your story is being written. Don’t let a defeat stop you from stepping into the plan for your life. This is your opportunity to be an overcomer, eager to face tomorrow in spite of what happened yesterday! Trust me it is possible to move forward and to recover with grace and integrity. It just requires effort on your part. I myself have had a few setbacks between a Cancer diagnose, a broken marriage after 27yrs and most recently falling prey to a business scam (Foolish I know but we live and we learn.) My point is life happens, it’s not always pleasant or fair or easy, but it’s how we choose to navigate our way through which is most important. Angela Angela Cheruseo NZ (Original Blog Posted by Angela 6th June 2018)

Helpful Herbs With Mandy Haywood SAGE – Salvia officinalis “Why should a person die when sage grows in his garden?” – A Medieval saying Parts used: The leaves History: Sage’s reputation as sacred herb, with miracle qualities for health and longevity goes back to Ancient times. It’s Latin name Salvia means to “save/cure/heal”. The burning (smudging) of Sage is well known for its ability to clear the build-up of emotional or spiritual negativity. It is used in preparation for prayer, ceremonies, rituals and purification and to increase clarity and awareness. We refer to “the Sage” to describe someone with wisdom and humility or we receive “Sage Advice” and this is attributed to one of its many traditional uses - to improve memory and heighten the senses. Nutritional constituents: Vitamin A, C, B complex Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Sulphur, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sodium Spiritual/cleansing benefits: Wisdom, Healing, Protection Astrology: Pisces (February 19 to March 20; Ruled by Jupiter)

indigestion, gastroenteritis as it helps to relax intestinal spasms and soothe pain. Traditionally Sage was used to stimulate memory and studies have shown that it may be beneficial in preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Sage is an effective remedy for various hormonal conditions. It is helpful for irregular periods and can assist with regulating pain and flow. It is a valuable herb for menopausal hot flushes, night sweats and helping the body to adapt to the hormonal changes that take place. It reduces breast-milk production so is best avoided while breastfeeding however, can be used when weaning to dry up milk supply. How to use: Sage can be made into a cup of tea by adding it to hot water with lemon and honey – this is very effective for sore throats. Fresh sage leaves can be used as a first aid remedy by rubbing on stings and bites. If smudging sage is not appropriate due to the smoke/smell, you can make a room spray by adding Sage essential oil to water in a spray bottle. This can be used to clear negative vibes or to “clear out the old and make way for new” energetically which can help to lighten up the feel of a space. Sage tincture can be prescribed by a qualified Medical Herbalist.

Traditional/Current Medicinal uses: Sage is a potent antioxidant and anti-microbial (antiseptic) and is used for infections and inflammation of the mouth, tongue or throat. It can be taken internally and also helpful when used as a gargle.

Culinary uses: Sage leaves are used in sauces and stuffing’s. It can be made into pesto. It is delicious with Crispy Pork Belly cooked in Milk or Coconut Milk depending on dietary requirements, and aids the digestion of fat.

Due to its calming and grounding effect on the nervous system, Sage can help to reduce nervous exhaustion, debility and tension headaches. Digestively it is beneficial for colic, flatulence,

Mandy Haywood Mandy Haywood Naturopath & Medical Herbalist

An Empowered Life With Rose Aitken HOW TO GET PAST PAINFUL EVENTS AND INTO YOUR POWER How do you enact healing when you’ve been badly hurt and what’s required to turn your pain into empowerment and progress? Learn where you were and weren’t in your awareness This isn’t to blame, it is to empower you to a different possibility. If there are things you don’t know, this is an opportunity to become wiser and take a learning curve to being a more informed and perceptive you. For example; I had a past relationship where I was narcissistically abused. My recovery involved: Learning about toxic narcissism, why empaths are attracted to narcissists and what creates a narcissist. Also: What was inside me and from my upbringing that left me pre-disposed to engaging romantically with narcissists. Where I was susceptible to missing red flags, how to spot them and set appropriate boundaries. I was unaware of those traits in other areas of life, and began to see the different permutations and presentations that toxic narcissism can have. This learning empowered me to understand myself, the world around me and where other people function from. I’ve since come to understand this phenomena on a broader and deeper spiritual and societal level. Take care of your physiology as part of healing Our bodies house all the pain that we go through and everything we experience that is 88

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traumatic is stored in our muscle memory, cellular memory, neural pathways and energy field. Giving relief to the body is such an important but little understood area of healing and letting go. When we have biochemistry firing off with things like PTSD, the body needs help to reset itself. Doing the emotional and spiritual development is part of the puzzle and receiving whatever type of healing works for your body is another important part. Access Bars in particular are proven to be good for changing trauma. Be brave and explore the purpose behind the pain For most things, when we are being pushed to grow, life gives us a number of gentle opportunities to change and warnings which seem to intensify over time if we ignore them. When events and challenges arising seem sudden, those are soul challenges playing out for the purpose of our evolution. I have been studying soul pre birth planning and that has become an area of fascination for me. We choose our major challenges for each life time ahead of incarnating. Each incarnation has a purpose, and several themes and areas for growth. When we learn to explain our difficulties in light of what the soul was choosing for our highest evolution, events stop seeming random, pointless and unfair. This doesn’t mean the pain is any less, however we can progress through it with more ease and the understanding we need to get the learn we require. Whilst Psychology offers valuable insights into specific behaviors and relationships, spirituality empowers on a soul level, ultimately allowing us to become freer.

Learn any tools which may have empowered you to handle that situation effectively Knowledge is power Knowledge applied well is wisdom. Tools that allow us to practically apply wisdom, empower us. Once empowered (connected with our own power), we feel safe. When we are safe, we can thrive As we thrive, we get happy and can forgive if necessary. Get Grateful It is possible to do enough work that we are grateful for our most painful experiences and for those that we created them with. I also believe it is possible to do many life times of healing and ascension in one life time. We step up and evolve when we are ready to do so and sometimes that path can be quite dramatic. Ascension is a word that describes that sort of trajectory in terms of growth and awareness. Often the people with the biggest contribution to make are given the toughest path as preparation. Souls don’t have a point of view about suffering, pain, trauma and difficulty, only our human selves do. It’s only our conditioned human selves that long for an easy life, quick success, loads of fun, money, fame, beauty and whatever else we are seeking. We cannot control what shows up in our life, once we are here. It’s who we become in the process of dealing with our challenges that is where we have free will and the ability to transcend and thrive.

Rose Rose Aitken (Original version posted on the blog - date unknown)

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Yoga Flow (Video) With Julie Stephens

Presenting short introductory Yoga flow VIDEO for those seeking more balance in their life. Uddiyana Bandhas Morning ritual to wake things up and get things flowing. These need to be done first thing in the morning before having any liquid or food. They are great to practise on a regular basis to tone and massage internal organs, allowing optimum function. * Not to be practised while on your moon cycle (menstruation). Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) A gentle flow you can repeat as many times as you feel comfortable. If you don't have much time and would like to maintain flexibility, strength and peace of mind, then challenge yourself to practising these as much as you can. You will notice a great improvement on all levels.

Remember: the breath is the essence of your Yoga practice... breathing in through the nose and out through the nose (Ujjayi breath; creating a slight rasping sound, without force). Julie Stephens Julie Stephens Yoga

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Being Fit & Well With Clare Scott GET ACTIVE FOR SPRING Spring is here and the days are warming up with more daylight hours, but temperatures can still be a bit chilly... don’t let this stop you from getting active and in shape. Staying active all year round keeps you healthier, stronger, motivated and helps your concentration, and as an added bonus, helps you look great and feel confident. It also raises your metabolism which helps keep you warmer—definitely a plus for cooler weather! Dress right. Having warm clothes at the ready makes going outside for a walk or bike more appealing in the cold. Dress dry. Wearing clothes that help to keep moisture away from your body will keep you more comfortable in the cold weather. Merino is great for this. It keeps you warm, and wicks moisture away from your skin.

Get into the garden. Gardening is a great way to get some incidental exercise in and get grounded while being productive! Weeding, setting up new garden beds, planting and landscaping can work out your whole body, and you will be stoked later in spring when your hard work pays off. Create a challenge chart for yourself. Draw out a chart and fill in the days of the week with the exercise you plan to do that day. Ticking the successful days off is very satisfying and can keep yourself motivated. At the end of the week you can look back at everything you’ve done. Stay hydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water or herbal tea every day. Being dehydrated makes you tired and less likely to feel the enthusiasm to exercise and more likely to veg on the couch. Commit to taking the stairs. If you work or live in a building with stairs, making this daily commitment will add a lot of fitness to your life.

Joining a gym is an obvious way to get some exercise - provided you actually go! - but it may also be the option that provides you with the least additional benefits. Go if you love the gym, but explore these other options as well!

Bike to work. You have to spend time getting there anyway, so why not make your journey part of your exercise for the day? Try starting with one day per week.

Go for a walk around your neighbourhood every day before dinner. Even getting out for ten minutes makes a difference. That’s seventy minutes of walking over the course of the week!

Find a class that you love. Boxing, yoga, martial arts, Pilates. Whatever floats your boat! Signing up to something increases the likelihood that you will keep it up.

Do home workouts. This sounds silly to some, but home workouts are the main way that I stay fit in cooler weather. There are so many resources online these days, from yoga to HIIT workouts, that you can follow to keep you inspired.

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you huddled inside. Find what works for you, have fun, and feel amazing!

Meet a friend for a class, walk, or bike ride. Making a commitment to meet someone makes it more likely you will stick to your plan.

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Living Well

With Amanda Sears STATE OF BEING - BLISS Have you ever woken up and just felt light, as if you could walk on water? And all you did was get a good nights sleep... Many years ago I had this. An unexplained euphoric 24hrs of feeling like my true divine self - my friends all needed drugs to get to this state but I was there, sober and clean, with as much energy (if not more) and no hangover the next day. After that 24hrs of bliss dissipated I spent the next 13 years looking for it...

After leaving my stressful job in 2018, resting and allowing my body to heal, be nourished and return to a place of ‘normal’ instead of constant fight or flight mode, I finally understood the power of meditation... because I finally did it! I stopped worrying about doing it ‘right’ and just did it...

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” - Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

I have a spot on the couch I sit in with my back supported, then I set my timer, close my eyes and take three deep breaths in and out and let myself relax and reconnect. Thoughts come and go and I just let them flow and eventually my mind stills and a state of bliss sets in... sometimes I see a vision of myself sitting on a precipice on a mountain overlooking a small village among the landscape, sometimes the sun is rising or setting, or it is sunny or raining, sometimes with rainbows... but always so peaceful... I sit for at least 11 minutes per day and can reach that blissful state of mind in almost 1 minute now (down from 6-7 minutes)...

For years I struggled to meditate, I would lose interest or just couldn’t get settled comfortably, so I tried active meditation by painting or gardening, and guided meditation with audio, anything to get into the flow of bliss, but still I couldn’t get to that space of pure joy I so longed for...

My goal is to live in this blissful state of being at all times - while still experiencing the wonderful highs and lows of life - but as a calm and centered observer and to not get sucked into the drama or fear state that the world seems to pulsate in and perpetuate.

It appeared in brief moments of pure joy since then, but I couldn’t quite hang onto it... until just recently when I finally realised what it is and have found ways to access it daily and plan to evolve this ‘temporary’ state into my permanent state of being. I finally found this state of bliss in meditation!


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Not only can meditation ground you, reconnect and align you with the Universe and your Self, but alongside forgiveness, it can lift you into an Alpha Wave state of clarity and pure joy! The other day I felt so discombobulated that I made myself sit and meditate and it felt as though I was spiraling in pieces inside a tornado of drama (brought on by external influences and my reaction to them) - within a few minutes the tornado calmed and my pieces re-combobulated and came back together - wow! What a massive change in such a short time from such a simple exercise... that ANYONE can do ANYWHERE! I used to think I didn’t have enough time to meditate or even practice self-care regularly until I finally gave in to meditation and realised that it actually gives you more time, not because it magically creates more time (although it might!) but because it grounds and reconnects you to You. Creating more space which allows you to live in a more flow state and work with more efficiency through clarity and focus - and joy! “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day - unless you are too busy, then you should sit for an hour” - An old Zen saying. When as many people in the world meditate as much as they do, it makes sense that there is a good reason why! In fact there is something called the ‘Maharishi’ effect where a meditative state can be combined across a collective consciousness to reduce crime, create calm, heal and bring life back into dying rivers! How powerful! Churches have the right idea in bringing large groups of spiritual believers together to create positive change through conscious prayer and worship with intention. There is immense power in just one person, but when we all come together the power of combined conscious meditative thought can change the whole world! In fact there are many groups of people practicing this regularly around the world and raising the vibration of the planet to a higher consciousness and more peaceful place. I am so excited about this wonderful possibility and power we all have to create peaceful positive change through prayer, collective consciousness and intention. Many scientific studies have been done and quantum physics can now make more sense of this amazing phenomenon. It all starts with one. Amanda Sears The Wellness Guide Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


Crystal Healing With Michelle Cotton AMETHYST

Colour: Pale Purple to Dark Purple and Lavender Astrological Sign: Aquarius Chakras: Third Eye and Crown History Amethyst is a uniquely powerful crystal, known to transform lives with its metaphysical properties. Very few crystals are as famous or as well recognised as Amethyst with its unique purple colour. It is constructed from a variety of quartz that contains iron and other trace minerals within its structure. A meditative and calming stone, it works on the emotional, spiritual and physical. Amethyst was a stone that was highly prized in the ancient worlds and continues to be prized by people today. The name Amethyst is from the Greek ‘amethystos’, meaning “not intoxicated” and the Greeks believed this crystal would guard them against drunkenness. Amethyst is found all over the world with some of the most precious found in Greece, Italy, the Middle Wast, Brazil and North Africa. The legendary powers of Amethyst are rarely matched, it holds a unique place in crystal lore. Medieval soldiers wore amulets made of Amethyst for protection during battle in which they had a strong belief that the stone had magical healing properties and in Tibet the stone is sacred and used in the manufacturing of prayer beads. The love and appreciation for Amethyst stretches far back into human history and because it was so easy to find all over the world, many cultures have held this stone in high regard. The colour of Amethyst has added to the respect of the crystal as purple has been associated with nobility and regal bearing for the longest time, and because of this Amethyst has a luxurious quality to it. 94

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Healing Properties Amethyst is known for its healing powers physically and emotionally. Used extensively in Energy Healing and Chakra Balancing, Amethyst properties are associated with the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, along with balancing the crown chakra, it works to alleviate stress and encourages inner strength. At a spiritual level it is known to enhance psychic abilities and help tap into higher levels of consciousness. It is known to serve as a bridge between the physical and spiritual realm, and assists in enhancing the environment for enlightenment purposes. On a physical level Amethyst is one of a few gemstones with the ability to improve intellectual and cerebral thought. It promotes clarity and insight and is known to assist lucid dreaming by placing a stone in your pillowcase. Keep an Amethyst in your pocket or wear as jewellery to help keep your head clear, reduce stress and anxiety. You can also use Amethyst in meditation to assist in relaxation and enhance intuition. How to Use Amethyst As always size does not matter, neither does the form, whether its raw, polished, in Geode form or a cluster. • Placed beside the bed or at work to bring a sense of peacefulness and calmness • In water, allowing the healing properties to absorb into the water and give you healing/clarity • Meditate or practice yoga with Amethyst in your hand or beside you for clarity, relax- ation and enhanced intuition • Wear the crystal in any way to promote calmness, clarity and a stronger connection to the spiritual realm Michelle Cotton Pure Vibration

Sound Matters With John Cohen-Du Four PART 3

Time to stop hearing and listen up! I can’t remember who said it, but it goes like this: our eyes are the enemy of our ears. It’s true. As soon as we are bombarded with visual stimuli, our hearing plays second fiddle. This is why blindness so often leads to heightened, indeed sometimes hyper, aural awareness. And why music aficionados regularly close their eyes when rapturously devouring their favourite passages.

You might only hear a few sounds. In your home, it might be the heat pump running. Or the fridge humming. Or sounds from outside, a passing car, wind in the trees. Maybe it’s someone in another room. Or a bird singing out. Just notice all the different noises and sounds. Even those inside your body – the blood rush in your ears, your breathing. Now spend the next minute or two doing this, wherever you are, focus on isolating the details of the soundscape all around you. Go on, do it now – and prepare to be amazed.

Daily we meander our way through all the visual (and indeed sound) clutter modern living throws at us. The result being that somewhere in our brains, often subconsciously, we are frantically filtering the wheat from the chaff, making calls as to what we attend to and what we do not. So that all the while this jumble continuously tumbles over us and around us (and in sound’s case, through us), only some of it actually lands and gets absorbed. (The alternative, if we took it all in – and please note this hasn’t been proven scientifically – is we’d simply explode!)

Okay, you’re back. Hopefully you now appreciate a bit more of just how much aural stimuli we routinely ignore. We hear stuff – we’re just not listening to it. I once learned some basic counseling skills, which included reflective listening where we practiced focusing our attention on another’s dialogue to the point where we could successfully relay back to them a clear and accurate representation of what they were sharing. I can honestly say that in my daily life I don’t do this enough.

The trouble is, since our eyes are already taking star billing, and we’re busily tossing out so much sensory clutter and dross, our ears end up seldom being allowed to do justice to all the potential they offer. We’re passively hearing, not actively listening. Want quick proof as to how simply we can kick this into action? Try this: in just a moment, when you’ve come to the end of this paragraph, simply shut your eyes and focus on the sounds around you. Bring all your listening to the fore. If you’re in a busy, noisy environment, say, a cafe, what does it actually sound like? Maybe a bird colony, with chattering everywhere? Or what? Are there sharp noises? Dull ones? Turn your head to position the sounds. What’s to your left or right, in front of you, or behind? What’s near, or far? How are the sounds layered? You may instead be somewhere very peaceful. Listen attentively.

The sad truth is this: when I’m hearing but not listening, I am short-changing the world around me, those near and dear to me, and most of all, myself. Certainly there are times to actively ignore dross or overload. But the ongoing challenge to all of us is to make sure we don’t squander this wonderful sensory gift we’ve been blessed with. Simply practice focused listening every now and then – you can do it anytime, anywhere. It’s just another key to being more present, more authentic, and more alive. PostScript: To this day, whenever I find myself walking past a kowhai tree, I simply can’t resist reaching into its branches with both hands and gently shaking the clusters of beautifully architectural seed pods. I close my eyes and listen to the subtle conversations, the secret percussive whispers above and about my head. John Cohen-Du Four Issue #3 | The Inspired Guide | September 1st 2019


Art as Therapy Mindful Colouring

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Keltica ConTact C.A.R.E Health & Wellbeing Seona Christie 021 024 69264 Discover the missing link...​Release that sore, stiff and restricted body. The Flinchlock® Release Method is a very successful way to treat past injuries that simply won’t go away. This process is painless and does not require nor use any manipulation. Services: ConTact CARE, Bioptron Light Therapy and Access BARS®. Harmony & Balance 4 Health Health & Wellbeing Yvonne Harvey 027 316 6626 11B Tahunanui Drive, Tahuna, Nelson Book an appointment at my small clinic in Tahunanui to experience a complimentary range of natural therapies for relaxation and stimulating the body’s own healing processes and get back to enjoying life comfortably. Services include: Reflexology, Holistic Body Massage, Reiki, Ortho Bionomy and Indian Head Massage. Wellness Movement Health & Wellbeing 0221677958 Level 1, 121 Trafalgar St, Nelson (Entrance on New Street) 100

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Wellness Movement is a collaborative movement and wellbeing haven in central Nelson. We offer massage, accupressure and reflexology from our clinic along with regular classes in various styles of yoga, restorative exercise, Feldenkrais and qi gong. Private sessions are available and studios and clinic may also be hired casually. Nature’s Effusion Natural Health Elizabeth van Beek 021 644 402 Wellness Movement, Level 1, 121 Trafalgar St, Nelson(Entrance on New Street) Liz blends 20 years adventure guiding with her curiosity of our physiology. Training and practicing in NZ and USA as a Natural Health Practitioner she knows only too well how mind, body and soul are affected by our environment. Tailoring sessions to your bodies requirements; blending reflexology, acupressure and massage.

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