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WellBeing Issue 175

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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6 Issues

in this issue

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Has anyone ever told you curiosity can get you into trouble? Like many powerful tools, it is a double-edged sword that, when used wisely, can enhance your experience of life. Humans have an innate need to understand the world but, beyond childhood, this outlook can dissolve. As adults, our brains are filled with questions like, “What will I have for dinner?”, “Can I be bothered going to yoga?” or “Should I buy the top?” Adopting a curious mindset is one such way to refuel this desire to discover. Being curious often involves questioning an idea yet remaining neutral on the subject. It may begin with one simple word: “Why?” Explored further, “Why am I reacting like this?”, “Why does this make me feel discomfort?” or “Why did I allow this…

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Growth is an evolution that’s not always linear. You might go backwards and then sideways before you’re ready to move forward. There are multiple layers to the messy process. Take the lotus flower, for example. Its roots are planted deeply in the darkness of mud and this strength and grounding allow the lotus to climb up slowly, but firmly, through the mud. Only through this mud can it find the light. This light is brighter and stronger than any force that preceded it because of its journey to get there. Steady growth takes time, but that’s the juice of the experience: who you have to become, what you have to face. The caterpillar did not become the butterfly overnight. Give yourself the space and time to grow, as we all…

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from the editor-in-chief

My younger daughter and I were chatting on the way to school. We had misjudged someone who turned out to be quite nice once we met them. I offered “Don’t judge a book by its cover” as the proverbial learning. She countered, “Don’t judge it by … what’s that thing on the back of a book called?” “The blurb?” I offered. “Yes.” She seemed satisfied. “Don’t judge a book by its blurb.” That set me thinking about blurbs. A blurb, after all, is where a book tells you what it wants to be, not what it actually is. We all know the sad deflation of getting 10 pages into a book only to find that the promised “riveting” read is, in fact, a vacuous ramble. It set me thinking, too, that we live in…

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from the editor

The comfort of familiarity can be a wonderful anchor to bring you back “home”. Home might be physically returning to your humble abode, the warm embrace of a loved one or perhaps even a connection to your breath. These examples all share a common theme: they nurture us. In yoga, this is described as bhava, a feeling state. Bhava is cultivated through a clear intention of what you want to create and impart, which you then hold space for. When putting together this issue of WellBeing, our annual Nurture Me edition, I discovered something very interesting. “Coming home” and feeling a sense of warmth, familiarity and ease can also occur in unprecedented circumstances — like a new job. As with anything new, your experiences are predominantly unfamiliar when starting a new…

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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. Michael Leunig I’ve just finished WellBeing #173 and very much enjoyed the Thinkers & Doers article on Michael Leunig. I grew up with his cartoons; Mum and Dad would often cut them out of the newspaper and put them up around our house. Even though Leunig is such a respected and celebrated artist, it was very grounding to hear him say he still doubts himself. At age 28, I achieved a huge goal of mine: running for my local council. Even though I was very successful in my campaign, I still…

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how do you take care of yourself?

I exercise to feel a happy dose of endorphins. Afterwards, I feel like I can take on the world! I nourish my body with healthy foods and the occasional treat. I love nature walks with my dog and long bike rides with my daughter. Nata Jonjic By reminding myself to breathe from my belly whenever I remember and encouraging myself each evening to go to bed that little bit earlier. @cecilia.rosenberg In my life, I include a loving practice of self-reflection and gratitude. This includes guided meditation, walking, learning something new, eating clean wholefoods, drinking clean water, as well as enjoying clean air and nature. This is all in the name of finding peace, joy, health and happiness in everything I do. Diane Jurcola Daily rituals that connect me to living an authentic…