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WellBeing Issue 188

WellBeing is the World’s leading journal of natural health and living.  A refreshingly intelligent reading experience, WellBeing offers inspiration for a way of life that is authentic and soulful.  Reportage reviews the latest developments (or revived ancient practices) in natural living, and in-depth articles both challenge and inspire pragmatic action in the real-world balance of work, life, family and community.  WellBeing reaches an increasingly sophisticated audience of citizens of the global village.  Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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At a time when hate crimes and inequality appear to be on the rise, it has never been more important to actively fight for equality in all corners of our lives. This year has highlighted the injustices that exist all around us. The bushfire crisis laid bare the environmental burden our regional communities suffer. Stay At Home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic put those without safe homes in further danger. The Black Lives Matter protests that swept America and then the world reminded us of the grim reality of race relations in the 21st century. There is no easy fix to this sprawling web of injustice, but we believe that change starts within us, and within our homes and businesses, and right here, in WellBeing. This month, we encourage you…

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“Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection,” says Dr Brené Brown in a beautifully animated video that narrates the chasm between sympathy and empathy. “Rarely, if ever, does an empathic response begin with ‘at least …’” she says. True empathy requires you to step outside of your own world view, to pause your own perspective in order to favour the perspective of another. It is about halting your judgement and opening yourself up to connection. It is not about a fixit job or a silver lining, but simply allowing another’s pain to hang heavy on your heart too. There has been a lot written and said about the “empathy deficit” that Barak Obama described as the modern world’s most pressing problem. Perhaps the real issue is that we often think of…

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from the editor-in-chief

None of us know exactly what lies ahead of us, but we do have some clues. I was walking with my daughter recently near a sun-speckled forest at the mouth of a river. The forest was barely large enough for the few wood pigeons that call it home. Still, it was big enough to have a few paths running through it and I asked her which path she’d like to take. “I don’t know,” she responded. “I haven’t been down all the paths so I don’t know what’s there.” There’s a certain impenetrable, 12-year-old logic to that statement which is hard to refute. Nevertheless, I ventured that even though we hadn’t been down all the paths available we might gain enough information through observation of the lay of the land to make a…

4 min
from the editor

“Where are we going?” I say suspiciously to my fiancé Henry, as he leads me blindfolded to the car at 5am. He opens the door and carefully guides me in. “I’ve packed your hiking boots and your wetsuit,” he replies with a laugh. After 40 minutes of driving and a few cryptic clues, he stops the car and leads me outside. I can feel the sun on my cheeks and hear a few muffled giggles nearby. Henry tells me I can take off the blindfold; I do so faster than a five-year-old at Christmas. I spin around with excitement until my eyes land on two of my best friends. They rush to hug me, and I realise we’re standing next to a boat. I look around. The sun is rising…

1 min
chain reaction

I just received your WellBeing magazine issue #186 sporting a lovely, smiley, curly-haired girl on the cover; a welcoming sight given the current world we’re all living in. Over the past few months, my sleep has been disturbed. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good, solid sleep. I’ve had a few issues going on in my life and I’ve been turning to junk food, which makes me happy (but it’s short-lived). I’ve always known that plenty of good nutritious food and exercise is beneficial for my wellbeing, but lately my anxiety has the better of me. Reading the article on sleep and weight gain on page 6 has really opened my eyes. Now I understand that eating properly is so important to getting a good night’s sleep, which makes everything…

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star letter!

Journeying to motherhood WellBeing, I want to acknowledge and thank you for your work, in particular the piece on matrescence by Amy Taylor-Kabbaz in WellBeing #185. I am a 42-year-old woman who has literally been to hell and back and had two kids in between! I lost both parents at the age of 16. They were both disabled and dysfunctional due to their own upbringings and this made for an incredibly confusing childhood for myself and my younger brother. My mother passed from bladder cancer and I took my 13-year-old brother and we left my aggressive father to start a life on our own. My story is one I could write a book about, but essentially, I have floundered through life, trying to make sense of my feelings off the back of my…