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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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…

1 min.

Breath is a powerful tool. In yoga philosophy, prana, the Sanskrit word for life force, has become synonymous with breath because it is the physical manifestation of our prana. When we breathe in, we take in prana that flows through our body. Although breath comes naturally to us, we are able to control and improve the quality of it and, as an extension, control the vital energy within and around us. This is why pranayama (breath and control) is such an essential part of daily yoga and meditation practices. You can practise pranayama wherever you are. In fact, try this simple breath exercise now. • Breathe in through the nose for four seconds• Hold for seven• Exhale through the mouth for eight seconds Repeat this four times. Picture the worry, stress and…

2 min.
what parents can do to avoid overindulging a child

• Set and enforce boundaries and limits Your child needs to know there are reasonable limits to what they can and should do. And if the child knowingly does the wrong thing, there needs to be meaningful discipline. • Teach the value of delayed gratification Learning patience is an important life skill. If your child wants a new Xbox game, wait until the child’s birthday or encourage them to save their pocket money. • Let your child see gratitude in action Gratitude is more than saying thank you. It’s noticing things in the world around us, it’s being thankful for what we have and it’s appreciating those who bring us joy. Begin a gratitude journal for your child and help them to write three things a day they are grateful for and why. • The value…

1 min.
our # inspo

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”~ Helen Keller…

8 min.
changing hearts and minds

Genevieve Clay-Smith spent her childhood ensconced in the creative world of Young People’s Theatre in her home town of Cardiff, Newcastle. When she wasn’t improvising with her theatre buddies, she was spending lunch breaks immersed in writing stories — more compelled by the worlds she was creating on the page than the kids playing outside. Set on making it as an actor, Clay-Smith delved into a Media Arts and Production degree at the University of Technology in Sydney, drawn by the idea that she could better herself as an actor from behind the camera — it didn’t take long for her to realise that was where she belonged. Stars aligned In 2008, Clay-Smith was contracted to make a documentary for Down Syndrome NSW. She was to follow six people with trisomy 21 (the…

4 min.
making sens

SENS … stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. “Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts,” the ageless Paul Simon once intoned, and when it comes to gurus one figure that bestrides the pinnacle of the anti-ageing movement’s totem pole is Aubrey de Grey. He is the chief helmsman of the Methuselah Foundation, an organisation that oversees worldwide research attempting to germinate science-based technologies that aspire to halting and even reversing ageing. His plan for terminating ageing is framed by a rather quaint acronym called SENS, which stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. This appears to mean allowing your body to get a little bit older but not a lot. Like the Seven Wonders of the World or habits of highly effective people, de Grey has fashioned seven…