Tagore, life and death

Gitangali, book cover

“When I go from hence let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable. I have tasted of the hidden honey of this lotus that expands on the ocean of light, and thus am I blessed—let this be my parting word.” Contemplating questions of life and death?  Please take a moment [...]

Emotional Intelligence for Planet Earth

Emotional intelligence of indigenous elder

Are we really all that smart?  No question that intelligence is important, but it may be that our EQ (“emotional intelligence”) is just as important as our IQ when it comes to longevity.  That’s because EQ may be the key factor in increasing resilience and the ability to handle stress.  Lower stress levels, either innate [...]

Hidden Carbs – the Liquid “Fructose Hit”

The water alternative

Watching what you drink is not just about alcohol consumption.  The so-called “fructose hit” – the daily consumption of sweetened drinks – is a major change in the carbohydrate consumption of millions of people worldwide.  Are you aware, for example, of the number of calories you get from the liquids you consume?  Fruit juices, soft [...]

Lower Stress, Healthy Heart

Meditate for heart health

Meditation and stress management techniques are as effective as any other approach to cardiovascular health.  As we get older, stress management is more important than ever. According to Dr Robert Buist, Sydney complementary medicine practitioner, there’s a subgroup of cardiovascular patients who aren’t successful in lowering risk factors using lifestyle improvements like smoking, drinking, eating.  [...]

Living Beyond The Bucket List

peace on a boat

The unexpected has no respect for bucket lists.  Our latter years are not all fun and games, and life can and does creep up with the bucket list, however it might be imagined, still glaringly incomplete.  Perhaps a heart attack arrives out of the blue, and things can change.  So it goes for many. So [...]

New Nordic Diet/Cuisine

Wild flowers and greens

Have you heard about the New Nordic Diet (NND)?   It’s catching on so fast that the Danish government now promotes the diet on their official website, together with recipes designed by one of the world’s favourite restaurants, NOMA, among others. The Danes have concluded that dietary guidelines which are going to make a difference to [...]

Birdsong – The Essential Soundtrack

blue wren

With 7 billion of us on the planet, it’s becoming a very noisy place.  Maybe you haven’t noticed yet but recorded birdsong is beginning to appear, anywhere from blogs and websites to airport lounges and service station toilets.  Seems good sound may be starting to equate to good business. Natural sound may also help you [...]

Honouring Older Artists – Judy Cassab

Marea Gazzared portrait by Judy Cassab

A retrospective of the work of renowned Australian portrait artist, Judy Cassab, has recently opened at Sydney’s Eva Breuer Gallery and will run over the summer – a very special opportunity for locals and other visitors to view the work of an artist who is twice winner of Australia’s top portraiture prize, the Archibald.  She [...]

Eating Healthy While Flying

cup-noodles-unhealthy

Frequent flying and healthy eating are two behaviors that don’t exactly go hand in hand. Frequent travelers want to move quickly, eat quickly, and not waste time finding food or else they may miss their flight. Healthy eating on the other hand emphasizes carefully selecting meals that are high in nutrients and made from wholesome [...]

Electrosmog and the Radiation Epidemic

Photo credit: n8kowald

Running out of steam before your due date?  For many of us something seems to be happening to that mysterious energy or life force. No doubt it does start to wane as we age but environmental factors can have a big effect on the speed at which this happens.  What’s more, there’s much more to [...]