Visit to Elephant Sanctuary in Laos

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting Mandalao, an elephant sanctuary, Luang Prabang, Laos. The Sanctuary Visit The guided tour consisted of a lady from Portugal, the guide and me. After being driven along a very pot holed road, we sat in the café overlooking the sanctuary with a cup of tea and listening to an elephant expert. He has worked with elephants for 27 years, worldwide, and is an international consultant who works with sanctuaries, zoos, and works towards eliminating cruelty to elephants. What a smiling, gentle knowledgeable man! Spending half an hour with him was a real experience. We were given socks and Ninja boots and set off...

Visit to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine Dispensary in Sri Lanka

The story of Ayurveda goes back 5000 years. The statue that depicts Ayurveda has four hands and each is symbolic of what Ayurveda stands for. One hand holds a shell (longevity); another holds a plant (where all medicine comes from) and the other holds a pot of medicine (symbolising healing)-and another holds a book – the scriptures were originally written on palm tree bark which is virtually indestructible whether it be stored under water or in the air. The scriptures have also been written on silver and the very important ones on gold. There are different branches of Ayurveda, like our medical doctors ie surgery, paediatricians etc. On the shelf...

Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Resort Visit

Arriving in Sri Lanka From the time we arrived at Colombo, Sri Lanka at 2am this morning I feel a sense of excitement being in the home of Ayurveda. For the next 7 nights my dream of experiencing a week’s panchakarma in an Ayurvedic Resort in Sri Lanka is coming true. (A panchakarma is a time to chill out, focus on restoring good health and detoxing. It is usually done at a change of season. Spring is the optimal time and autumn also a good time.) However, it should be for 10 days to 3 weeks and I am here for 7 days. Barberyn Ayurvedic Resort Barberyn Ayurvedic Resort is...

A book review: Becoming the Shape of the Chair You Sit In by Barbara Mawson

I recently bought this book online after a client recommended it. And I am pleased I did. Barbara is a physiotherapist who has had a lifetime of results working in the area of spinal pain. It is a self-help book and is full of information, good sensible ideas with some humour and lots of tips for daily living – all easy to read. Great to see a few yoga asana in there too. After 40 years of working as a physiotherapist she certainly comes from a position of knowledge and wisdom. Lovely to see a NZ author with such powerful messages to share for all of us to prevent and...

No Jet Lag?

Yes, it is true – Jin Shin Jyutsu really works and it is easy to do if you don’t want any jet lag after a long haul flight. During a plane trip from London to Auckland via Hong Kong I held each of my fingers and thumb gently. When I wasn’t eating there wasn’t much else to do except watch a film or snooze so it was easy to hold my fingers. And no jet lag. What do I need to do to avoid jet lag? Hold your thumb gently and relax. Soon you will feel a gentle pulse in each hand. Move on to holding the index finger, then...

New Me New Year

2017                                                                                                                                                                                    2016 numerologically is 9. The number 9 is about endings. So we are into a new 9 year cycle in 2017. Now is a great time to reflect on the past 9 years and refocus for the next 9 years ahead. We are already well into our first month. I wonder if you are serious about changing all that which didn’t work for you last year – because if we keep thinking the same way, we will get more of the same. This is fine if you are happy with your life as it is, but if it was a hard year with lots of stress, or you would...

World Abundance

Economics isn’t my field at all. But the big picture of abundance for the whole world’s population excites me. How cool is everyone being able to live with abundance and not poverty? I feel hopeful we are going down this global track of abundance for the whole world, not just abundance for some privileged people. An end to gobal, cheap and nasty products that put our local businesses out of business because they are so cheap; yet to be cheap – human lives are made miserable? An end to the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer? Amin Toufani is a director of strategy at a university in USA and is speaking at...

We Can Create Heaven on Earth

We can create heaven on earth… This is one of my favourite parts of the book ‘Karma for Today’s Traveller’ Floating in water. The pool represents our mental world. Every thought/intention we have sends waves out into this pool. All of these waves taken together, along with echoes of our old waves, form our mental environment. If we fill our mental environment with angry waves, then that is where our mind lives, seeing angry waves everywhere. Similarly if we use our mind wisely and compassionately, we will find our pool becoming clearer and more beautiful. The vista we see will be something to   behold. Our mental environment is up to...

Never diet again

Isn’t it interesting that the simplest things in life are usually the hardest to do? I have struggled all my life with eating. I love food and it has almost been like how to eat as much as I can without putting on weight. It is a game. And loving all the wrong food. Somehow yummy food tastes the best (but of course it does – otherwise the manufacturers wouldn’t be able to sell their processed ‘food’. And so, eating and I have an interesting relationship. And as I get older my body is starting to assert itself and I am having to listen. If I eat a big meal...

How our Feet Help us to Earth

Our feet not only support us, they are conductors of energy for our body. This is known as ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’. Just as the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D, the Earth underfoot gives us food and water, a surface to walk, sit, stand, play, and build on, and an eternal, natural, and gentle energy. Think of it perhaps as vitamin G—G for ground. Why is earthing important? Maybe the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, or sleeping well or not so well. You can’t see the Earth’s energy. For this reason it is usually disregarded, but just because...