Well, how did the Aries full moon eclipse/mercury retrograde/fire trine/zap zone shenanigans affect you this week? I added PMT into the mix, making for an speechless red hot rage experience on the night of the eclipse and the following morning, so intense it felt like insanity. I’m looking back on it now from the safety of 24 hours wondering what it was all about – but I know better to ignore anger when it pops its head up: Hint: Relationships are front and centre of this energy. You need to bring your A-game to your relationship (including to yourself). Also, I wrote this to a friend yesterday who was spooked by the intense energy around at the moment and wanted to know more.:
Think about this: this is the last phase of an intense, rare astrological transit that kicked off for real in mid-2012. Anything change for you around then? This is the kind of transit where you are not allowed to be complacent about your self work – it is your most important focus. Also, it’s really important to be clear and real about money matters, both on a personal level and on a global level. This year has strong echoes of 1996 – you may notice similar themes – but hopefully your more mature, enlightened self is doing it better this time around. There is also a mercury retrograde at the moment as well as the overwhelming feel of the eclipse, making this time feel very frustrating – there is change afoot, you can hear the bells tolling – but you have no idea where it’s coming from or what’s going to happen. No matter – you’ll know when you’re supposed to 🙂
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So, how do you instantly piss people off? Talk about food and diets, particularly the Paleo movement, that’s how 🙂 Mrs Woog, the owner of WoogsWorld is not a nutritionist, but Katie Rainbird is – and she writes here about her food philosophy and how it differs from the paleo diet:
Cake; when made from scratch using good ingredients (wholegrain flours, organic dairy and eggs, sugar free cocoa, natural flavorings and colorings, whole butter or coconut oil icing [there’s many ways to healthy-fy a cake]) and when eaten, as a minority percentage of an otherwise whole foods diet is FUCKING LUSH and WITHOUT SHAME.
Note my mention of a “whole foods diet”, which is essentially what the Paleo diet constitutes.
Although there are myriad versions of the Paleo diet its primary guidelines are to eat wild game and fish, grass fed organic livestock and their produce, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and cold pressed oils.
YES! A great line up of foods, I agree that these are virtuous and worthy of regular rotation on our plates from breakfast through to dinner.
But there’s no rainbow cake on that list. Which makes it immediately not allowed and therefore a no-no. Bad. Wrongful to consume. Only the weaker Paleo dieter will know the pleasure of tucking in at a birthday party.
I don’t get on board tying guilt up with eating because I believe that the communication between the mind and the body plays a substantial role in the outcomes of one’s diet. Click here to read the rest of the article
I really enjoyed this article, basically because it taps into some of my core beliefs: namely that food is not and should never be a religion where you are right and people who don’t agree with you are wrong, evil or stupid; there is not one right way to eat; and that a healthy, home-crafted, wholefoods diet is a beautiful thing. Plus, Katie Rainbird studied nutrition at Nature Care College, same as me, so I feel like I have some small connection with her 🙂
Guess what? I watched television this week 🙂 I know! A-mazing 🙂 Seriously though, this was incredible television. This past week has been Mental Health Week and the ABC, our national broadcaster, has shown their support for it on all of their platforms (radio, television, internet) with their #MentalAs programming. The highlight of the week was Changing Minds – The Inside Story, a three part documentary set in Liverpool Hospital’s Mental Health Unit.
Filmed inside one of the busiest Psychiatric Units in the country, Changing Minds: the Inside Story uncovers the realities of 21st century mental health treatment as we meet the patients and staff who are challenging, with humour and honesty, the stigma and taboos that exist around mental health.
In order to film the series at Liverpool Hospital, an intensive 6 months of pre-production, involving protocols, legal and access agreements was undertaken by the team before filming commenced.
Over 12 weeks, a small crew from Northern Pictures filmed inside the locked wards of the Mental Health Unit. From electro convulsive therapy, to modern psychiatric drug regimes, access has been unprecedented. For the first time on Australian television, we film the proceedings of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and see the legal process that allows unwell people be held against their will whilst being treated.
The series follows the journeys back to health of patients unwell at the time of their admittance. It’s raw, funny and sometimes uncomfortable. But the message is clear – help is available.
You can watch it for free on iview – check it out.
Best Short Watch
In this TED talk, Ash Beckham talks about coming out of the closet. Not just the gay closet – Ash describes the closet as a difficult conversation that we need to have, and how sitting in our closet holding our grenade is not only bad for our health, but is depriving the world of our true authentic selves. A wonderful 10 minutes and a great start to our weekend!
Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment.
Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
– Marianne Williamson
That’s all from me today folks – have a beautiful weekend!