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WellBeing Issue 193

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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in this issue

1 min

Absorbed in the minutiae of life as we are, it’s hard to consider the vast expanse of history that went before us and the future that stretches out ahead. We are but a tiny moment in time, existing only briefly. And in that moment are smaller moments: the seasons of our life, the ebbs and flows, the peaks and troughs. It’s a daunting thought, but there is something comforting about the ephemerality of life. Everything is a phase, to be enjoyed to the full or weathered until brighter times. And each dance in time can never be replicated just as it was; each feeling, season, chapter holds a unique timestamp. So remember to look up, take it in. And if you’re struggling through the fog, repeat after us: this too…

3 min
from the editor-in-chief

What are the internal rules that run your life? Storytellers know that any story, and your life is a story, runs to internal rules. To give just one example, consider the “Rule of Two” that exists in the Star Wars universe. I’m no Star Wars nut but I do like the films and apparently, the “Rule of Two” is a philosophy established by the evil Sith (Darth Vader was one) after their internal conflict led to them being defeated by the Jedi. After that, the Sith rule was that only two Sith Lords could exist at any given time, a master and an apprentice, to avoid in-fighting. Internal rules are about learning from experience and avoiding unpleasant experience or recreating pleasant experience. I came to ruminate on internal rules recently when a…

2 min
from the editor

Again, I wake at midnight for a snack. The baby that’s growing inside of me is hungry and, for now, predictable. I stumble to the kitchen with my eyes half-open. Blinded by the aggressively bright fridge light, I grab the milk and pour some cereal into a bowl. Narrowly avoiding a milk-to-cereal spill in the dark, I wander back to bed and start munching. Cereal is not a silent food. My husband Henry stirs, lovingly squeezes my arm and rolls over. He knows the drill; it’s been happening for eight months. Crunch, crunch, crunch. As I slurp my cereal, I see the full moon outside. It’s a pink supermoon and I admire the soft light dancing on the blinds. I realise that I’ve carried this little one in my womb…

2 min
community your say

Did something resonate with you in this issue of WellBeing? Tell us! Write to WellBeing, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670, email wbletters@umco.com.au, comment on our Facebook or Instagram page: @WellBeing_Magazine. We reserve the right to edit all letters. Adventure therapy Hi WellBeing! I just finished reading issue #191 and was so moved and inspired by ‘Adventure therapy’ by writer Lauren Clarke. I am now planning to visit Shoalhaven and do some forest bathing and exploring the region. Thank you! Miraa WIN! The winner of the STAR LETTER! The winner of our Star Letter will win a gut and beauty pack from Maeraki Australia. Valued at $135, the pack includes Maeraki’s Harmony and Radiance superfood powders designed to transform your skin and gut health. To find out more, visit maeraki.com.au. Natural skincare Thank you for an outstanding…

2 min
it's in the doing

• My mindfulness journey really began when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Daily rituals like acknowledging gratitude, journaling and authentically feeling what I needed to get through each day of treatment were pivotal practices that helped me to acknowledge moments of fear, but also stopped me from going into full catastrophising mode … Mindfulness should be taught in schools — it’s a key life skill. @ronileonardo • I used to always live for the future. My mind was in a constant state of anxiety over possible negative future happenings, or constantly creating lists and said: “Once I get this sorted, I will finally be able to relax.” The practice of meditation and mindfulness changed my mind and changed me. I started to live, fully, at last. Best thing that ever happened…

3 min
recent medical findings for a healthier body

Green veg and your microbiome Sulphoquinovose is a sulphonic acid that is a derivative of glucose and found primarily in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce. In new studies researchers have shown that sulphoquinovose stimulates the growth of key organisms in the gut microbiome of humans. Specifically, these organisms include the bacterium Eubacterium rectale, one of the 10 most common bacteria in the microbiome of healthy people. The E. rectale bacteria ferment sulphoquinovose to produce a compound called dihydroxypropane sulphonate, which in turn acts as an energy source for other bacteria. Additionally, sulphoquinovose was found to increase levels of hydrogen peroxide in the gut. Too much hydrogen peroxide is a bad thing, but at the low levels encouraged by eating these foods it is believed to have an anti-inflammatory…