I’m a tree lover, all sorts of trees, but especially food-bearing trees.  They can be dangerous too, in storms or high winds.  We have experienced a few trees falling down over the years and damaging what they fell on, still, I wouldn’t give up on a tree just because it fell over.

Trees provide shelter, food, stability, shade, and sanity just to name a few. Trees provide leaves, bark, roots, and flowers for essential oils. Trees are homes to birds and wildlife, they bring better air quality, colour and shape to our world.

Trees For Emotional Pleasure…

I’d like to share Hermann Hesse’s description of trees, what their relationship is with each other, and us.  This was taken from his 1920 collection of fragments, Wandering: Notes and Sketches. 

Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877–August 9, 1962). (more…)

Jin Shin Jyutsu – Harmonizing The Body.

Jin Shin Jyutsu – Harmonizing The Body.

The service of love and care for another.

Recently I had the good fortune to receive treatment of care and love from Deborah Callan.  Deb is officially a very specialized practitioner in Jin Shin Jyutsu, ( sounds like a new form of martial arts, only you are not defending yourself, or attacking).

I really do feel it’s a wonderful experience, and that’s why I’m letting my friends know about Deborah’s treatment and skills.

There are so many modalities out there claiming to bring calm and peace to the willing receiver, most do, but occasionally they don’t, and that can be a disappointment. If you are paying good money to receive some healing, it needs to be satisfying! (more…)

Change Climate, Change Us!

Change Climate, Change Us!

As I look out at the paddocks and rolling hills around our property, I am reminded of the vulnerability of the bush, especially now with temperatures around 35 degrees outside, Camphor laurel trees swaying wildly with the increasing wind and desperately thirsty grass now crispy and brown as far as the eye can see.  It’s a tinder box, waiting to happen!

I had a conversation today with one of my friends who was forced to evacuate her home in the Tewantin area.  She borders the national park, which is thick and dense bushland. (more…)

7 Tips For Living Your Bliss

7 Tips For Living Your Bliss

You probably have something that you really love to do, something that ignites your spirit, yet somehow the day, week or month gets away from you and before you know it, precious time passes and you haven’t lived your bliss!

Finding more bliss in your day is about ‘MAKING TIME’ to do the little things that make you feel awesome.  All those ‘little things’ add up and pretty soon they become ‘BIG POSITIVE THINGS’!  

If you would like to spend some quality time focusing on you, and getting clear about what it is that helps your spirit, then take a stroll through this website - read the blogs.  There is a lot of insightful information to share. Annie Clark’s Retreats.

You may not be able to control the unexpected challenges that come your way, however, you can put these 7 tips and suggestions in place to deal with the bad news, the blahs, the loss of enthusiasm we all experience from time to time — and get your bliss and high spirits back.

***Here are my top 7***

1.  Schedule 1 hour a day minimum for ‘You’ for FUN, your design!

2.  Spend time in nature (that may be your fun).

3.  Embrace a new experience!

4.  Be selective about your interactions - friend audit!

5.  Make a list of everything that’s working in your life - celebrate that with gratitude!

6.  Watch a little comedy - actively seek out laughter every day!

7.  Gain Energy by Expending Energy - Exercise!

The 7th hint is vital, you are going to need ‘energy’ to live your bliss.  Evaluate everything that makes you tired.  This could be some relationships, different types of food or ingredients like Gluten, as an example.  Avoid too many re-heated meals.  These type of meals re-heated generally lack life force, so if you are going to eat something that you have warmed up, always serve fresh greens on the side. This will help the digestion and transition of the meal.

When it comes to interactions with other people, spend more time with people who are kind, loving and peaceful, than the opposite.  Sounds so simple, but time is precious, so if you are hanging around with people who drain your batteries, you are hanging around with the WRONG PEOPLE! 

Living your bliss is about being in harmony and alignment with what you love to do, and making sure there is more time set aside for that.  No one lies on their death bed and says, ‘I wish I worked more!’ unless of course they loved their work.

Check out the new look Anne Clark website.  There are many special products designed to support your wellness journey.  Have a look inside IN THE RAW, the new version.  Enjoy Spring. . 

The Power of Greens

The Power of Greens

When I was growing up, I had a very simple menu and very simple food choices.  My first meal of the day was cereal and If it wasn’t cereal it would be peanut butter on toast.

My dear mum meant well, but the cereal wasn’t the best choice and certainly is not what I would suggest today.

Our bodies are up against a lot of stress and a lot of ‘free radical’ attack, so if I can get some insurance and protection against the ravages of life, I’m going to chose green food every time.  You will see there are many ways of incorporating green food into your day.

One of the priorities of ‘My lifestyle choices now’ is eating and juicing and including green leafy vegetables into the family everyday menu.  It’s about getting the green on your plate!

While most of us know that lean protein and healthy carbs (like whole grains) give us energy, many are unaware of a group of superfoods that help our bodies process and unlock the energy from the foods we eat. These nutrition-packed veggies are easy to find, delicious, and have one thing in common—they’re all green!

Leafy greens and green veggies are filled with nutrients and power our health. Dark leafy greens, for example, are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K as well as the B-vitamins essential to converting food into usable energy. With fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium, in addition to other beneficial antioxidants, these greens are true superfoods that can help you unlock the energy you need to tackle your to-do list.

Here are eight easy ways to add more green food on to your plate and into your life!

  1. Start your day with green by including veggies in your breakfast, like with a broccoli and cheese scramble on whole-wheat English muffin or by adding green vegetables to your omelettes.
  2. Place a bed of sautéed greens underneath your main dish, Veggie bake or quiche.
  3. Add natural sweetness to green veggies by combining them with fruit, like in broccoli salad with dried cranberries, or by roasting veggies to bring out their natural sugars.
  4. Amp up your side dish game by experimenting with new sauces or fresh herbs for green vegetables, like with asparagus salad with lemon-garlic dressing or crunchy cucumber-dill salad.
  5. Add kale or spinach to your soup or smoothie.
  6. Add lettuce and wild greens to your juices.
  7. Make sure you grow some fresh greens and make it easy for cultivating and harvesting.
  8. Use a powdered green of choice for when you are travelling or away from your usual routine.  We use Jade Green Zymes and/or Barley Life and several other brands.  Whatever your choice, just be consistent with it.

No matter what I always start the day with something green.  This simple habit has kept me well and happy for years!  Enjoy!