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WellBeing Issue 179

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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Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
6 Issues

in this issue

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Where do you find spaciousness? How do you create space in your life? One of our favourite ways to find space is through words — in a book, on the pages of WellBeing, in a poem or by speaking them out loud. When reading a book, for example, you sit in the space the words have created for the duration of your read. Each time you pick up the book, you revisit this mental picture and a feeling of spaciousness from daily life comes over you. Emotionally, you can also create space, but it comes from digging into a tight, restricted area within yourself. If something has your thoughts racing, one of the best ways to feel space between each thought is to stop and take three deep breaths. You…

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Satya, Sanskrit for “truth”, is the second yama of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Sat translates to “true essence” or “true nature”, which embodies a sense of honesty. This word also takes on a deeper meaning than just truth — something that is pure, unchangeable and “beyond distinctions of time, space and person”. Given that your thoughts and feelings are constantly in a state of flux, this poses an intriguing question: how much of life are you seeing with complete honesty? Your mood and emotions play an important role in shaping your reality, which you understand first-hand when your mind replays a painful story, highlights a challenging belief or hijacks you with a gripping fear. By drawing your attention towards the fixed nature of truth, perhaps the fact that you are enough,…

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from the editor-in-chief

When you are 13 there’s lots going on. In addition to English, for instance, you are mastering a language largely incomprehensible to anyone under 10 and over 18. Your body is doing unexpected things and is growing in unfathomable directions. Your social world is a mix of hilarity, drama and global memes. The world is opening before you like a sliced pomegranate. It’s no wonder that you ponder the big questions. As a casual observation recently, my daughter voiced the query, “I wonder if the voices in our heads all sound the same?” That’s a lasagne of a question: there are layers to it. Initially, it begs the issue of whether the voice in your head has a sound. Right now, you’ll be running a few phrases through your head and trying…

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from the editor

In any given moment you have the power to begin again. Each new breath can be a source of hope, inspiration and awe. However, the New Year can be loaded with pressure to be a better you, which can often result in a less desirable outcome with an even more unpleasant feeling attached to that outcome. We're past the hysteria of welcoming in 2019 and, instead of getting caught in the hangover of that hype, I invite you to ground, re-centre and come back to the anchor that is your breath. It's your awakening. Thích Nhất Hạnh sure was onto something when he said, “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Explore juicy shapes in yoga to unlock your creativity (p54), find out how to open your mind, body and soul through walking (p80),…

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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 page or Instagram account: @WellBeing_Magazine. We reserve the right to edit all letters. Journaling with care From my teen years to my forties I wrote in a journal every day. I wrote down my daily thoughts, plans and sometimes even the weather. At first, I thought it was fascinating I was able to revisit every day of my past. What finally ended my relationship with my journals was that I started to go over all the sad events I had diarised until they were having a negative effect on my wellbeing. I literally got stuck in the past; I learnt that diaries are powerful…

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recent medical findings for a healthier body

Yoga & tai chi for stroke High blood pressure, high fatty acids and high blood sugar levels are all risk factors for stroke. In 2017, 56,000 Australians experienced a stroke, equivalent to one stroke every nine minutes. The estimated national cost of treatment was $5 billion. In a new meta-analysis, researchers analysed 26 studies published between 1985 and 2017 that examined how yoga and tai chi moderated key stroke risk factors. The results showed that yoga and tai chi regulated blood pressure by teaching people to breathe deeply, balancing and stabilising their autonomic nervous systems and lowering their heart rates. Additionally, yoga and tai chi can help improve diabetics’ health by increasing blood and oxygen supply to the tissues, helping to produce insulin and boosting antioxidants. Survivors of stroke are at…