WellBeing Being

WellBeing Being Issue 6

You know this state of presence by its feeling: aligned, connected and in flow. Sometimes our physical environment enables us to cultivate this sense of balance, ease and calm, which is why we intuitively turn to nature and other grounding environments to relax and reconnect with ourselves and the world. But, other times, if you adjust your internal landscape — your perspective on a situation — you can rediscover your presence, find more ease in moments of unease and surrender to the freedom of balance. Transitioning from a place of doing and into a state of being is at the core of this magazine, Being.

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3 min.
the energetics of food

While the adage “you are what you eat” rings true in the West, ancient healing modalities have a drastically different approach. Aside from what we eat, how we eat is of equal importance and is encouraged in practices such as Ayurveda, India’s 5000-year-old system of medicine. At the core of Ayurveda is prana, which translates to vital life-force energy. Practitioners believe that prana flows through all living things and their goal is to balance the energy of mind, body and soul. In fact, optimal health is believed to be a by-product of this harmony. In her book East by West, author, cook and Ayurvedic expert Jasmine Hemsley writes, “Ayurvedic cooking is in itself part of the medicine of wellbeing. The principles of Ayurveda can therefore find a home in everyday food…

2 min.
natural living for the whole family

Q: When and what inspired you to create Wotnot? A: My business partner Sioned Guard and I never had any intention of creating a skincare range. Our plan was to introduce the world’s first environmentally friendly disposable nappy, Moltex Nature, to Australia. Our customers were the driving force behind Wotnot. Once they grew to love the nappies, they asked for complementary products but what they asked for just wasn’t available anywhere. So we took a leap of faith, wrote down exactly what they wanted and promised to make it. Everything we have created since then has been through a wonderful collaboration with our customers. Q: How does Wotnot give back to the planet? A: We recycle wherever we can, both in our office and in our manufacturing process. We use green energy, and…

7 min.
the art of balance

Ironically, while trying to write about how to cultivate balance in life, all that comes to mind are my recent experiences of a lack of balance. However, thanks to a few moments of curiosity about this irony, I’m now coming to believe that a lack of balance is actually where the practice of building balance begins. Throughout the incredibly tough year for many that was 2020, I had periods of difficulty with maintaining balance in my life. It would be easy for me to be self-critical about this, as living a balanced life is dearly important to me, but instead I’m choosing the path of compassionate self-reflection so that I can learn from the experience. What helps me to take this approach is the awareness that I am not alone in…

9 min.
channelling creativity, clarity & mindfulness

Q: I feel most calm when … A: “I am at the beach [smiles]. I grew up by the ocean, and it’s always been my place of solace and refuge. My favourite beach would be Torakina Beach, where we live now, in Brunswick Heads.” Q: The last time I felt inspired was … A: “This morning. I’m definitely not low on inspiration [laughs]. If anything, I find that I’m overwhelmed with the amount of inspiration that is available. It’s more of a centring and filtering through all the inspiration that’s available, and then trying to navigate which bits I invite in, and which bits I let go of. I have an unbelievable thirst for human behaviour, design and creativity, and what people are doing in the world. So even this morning, we went…

3 min.
lit from within

Buddha nature (sometimes called Buddha Dhatu) is one of the most important teachings in the Mahāyāna tradition of Buddhism — and it’s one that resonates as much in the 21st century as it did thousands of years ago. Buddha nature is the first of Buddhism’s Three Gems (or Three Jewels), and understanding Buddha nature is one of the simple yet profound and essential steps on the path to enlightenment (the other two gems are dharma and sangha). Together, the Three Gems form a statement made by those wanting to express their newfound or ongoing faith in Buddhism: I take refuge in the BuddhaI take refuge in the dharmaI take refuge in the sangha While the word “dharma” has many meanings, in the context of the Three Gems it means staying engaged with and…

2 min.
happy & healthy for life

Q: What inspired you to launch Cheeki Bottles more than 10 years ago? A: Back in 2009 I had just come back home from living overseas as an outdoor guide and every time I took a little urban adventure, I would see so much useless plastic on the ground. Water bottles, cups, containers — the list goes on. I hated seeing it and with such limited reusable options on the market, it seemed like single-use plastic was the only choice for consumers. So, I wanted to change this and I created Cheeki: the first Australian brand to introduce stainless steel bottles on the market. This inspired me to create a range of premium reusable products to generate change. Today, we’re still doing it here and around the world. Q: Why did you…