Have you ever stopped to appreciate how marvelous your nose is? For some, It is more than just an attractive feature on the face, and for others well their noses may not be so attractive, but nasal anatomy is brilliant. The nose is essential for warming air and adding moisture when we inhale. The internal nasal cavities and sinuses provide 90% of the required ‘air conditioning’ of inhaled air and also recover a third of exhaled heat and moisture. The other thing I like about having a nose is I can inhale essential oils, smell beautiful food cooking and enjoy the perfume of nature, the smell of trees, earth, dust, rain, and ocean, just to name a few.
Stop for a moment and consider how you are breathing right now; is it through your mouth or comfortably and effortlessly through your nose?
Few of us ever consider how the nostrils of every living person pulse to their own rhythm, opening and closing like a flower in response to our moods, mental states, and perhaps even the sun and the moon. The ancient text from Shiva Swarodaya described how one nostril will open to let breath in as the other will softly close throughout the day. Some days, the right nostril yawns awake to greet the sun other days, the left awakens to the fullness of the moon. According to the text, these rhythms are the same throughout every month and they’re shared by all humanity. It’s a method our bodies use to stay balanced and grounded to the rhythms of the cosmos and each other. (more…)
Anxiety can often be overlooked or mistaken for another condition, and therefore undiagnosed, misunderstood, and psychologically swept under the carpet, while the Anxiety itself creates havoc in the nervous system of the body. Catching the signs of anxiety early can mean the prevention of far more grave conditions.
Anxiety is a feeling that manifests in various ways, it can begin with your heart beating faster, usually in response to a stressful situation. Another symptom, even more, common is your palms become sweaty as you’re confronted with a perceived overwhelming task or event. Note the word ‘perceived’! Everything in life comes back to perception. How you respond to any given situation is directly related to your personal, private interpretation of that situation, ‘perception’. (more…)
Recently while my husband Darryl, was dumping a full wheelbarrow of garden debris into our Mulch pile, he quite literally ‘tripped over the largest pumpkin’ we have ever grown. It was magnificent and ready to be picked right at that moment! So he brought it up to the house with a proud look on his face, and I was delighted to take delivery of our wild, homegrown creation.
On close inspection around the banana trees and pumpkin patch, we could see there were more pumpkins developing. This got me thinking about our garden and the extraordinary growth and advancement that has taken place, particularly over the last 16 months. They say that ‘every problem of the world can be solved with a garden‘. I agree with this sentiment so much, as I have felt the therapy of my garden on many an occasion. I find myself preferring the company of my plants for longer periods of time. As I draw in the vibration of the green leaves and aesthetics of the flowers and their scents, there is no better place to be. What about you? Do you have a garden?
When I was a little girl, my family and I shared our summer holidays in ‘Macrae’, a beautiful beachside suburb of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The water was sparkly green-blue and sometimes grey as the mood of the sky reflected back a predictable color and pattern for most of our summer.
I would play and swim for hours on that beach, walking up to Rosebud pier and back and accumulating and intensifying every freckle that is still on my skin today. I used to dive under the water and hold my breath for as long as physically possible, and rejoice in the inhalation of new oxygen as I burst out of the water for embracing life. I shuddered at the thought of not being able to breathe, not being able to take in those deep inhales, and express those necessary exhales. (more…)