Healing

Book review: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Book review: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

One of my most treasured books is A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle. 

Tolle is known as one of the most spiritually influential people in the world. 

He teaches that the main reason for your unhappiness is never the situation itself, rather it is your thoughts about it. The insight and exploration in this book really open your mind to a new way of thinking.

Balance and Synchronicity

Have you ever had the experience where you have been thinking of a long lost friend who lives far away, and she calls out of the blue?

Why is that? Is it just a coincidence?

Image via Michael Grab

Image via Michael Grab

Hello Friends! We don't believe you found us by accident!


As you join us on our journey to Evolving Health and Wellness, take a look at these Meaningful Coincidences in a new way, if you haven't already, and see that so often there is a reason behind them.

These Meaningful Coincidences have been labelled Synchronicity and were first described by Carl Jung, who was a Swiss psychologist in the mid-1920s, and a student of Sigmund Freud. 

Not much is written about it - we are all too busy running around to take much notice of it. 


It's all about the Law of Attraction. Like attracts like!


If you're open to the Universe and you're actively seeking something - it will come to you!

And it happens more easily when your Mind, Body and Soul are healthy and in sync. 

As you develop your Balance and learn to understand Synchronicity, I'm told, you become able to summon things to you as you desire.

I'm fascinated by the idea that you can just think of something and it comes to fruition! 


+The times that you think of somebody that you haven't seen in a long time and all of a sudden they appear in front of you in the street!

+The times when you arrive in a carpark just as somebody pulls out in the perfect spot! 


The reverse can also be true. Like when you try too hard at something that you just know in your gut just isn't right.  

I'm having fun at the moment with my 20 year old son who is a natural cynic. I'm trying to teach him about The Magic of Life. Magical coincidences are happening around him all the time, and as we talk about them, he chooses to roll his eyes at them :)

I'm sure The Cynic will be quietly watching the Universe with interest, although.. he may keep his observations to himself!

Watch for it and see what happens and let us know of your experiences! 

 

-Hugs, Margot x

Why You Should Try Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Do you ever have those days when you are feeling overwhelmed? Butterflies in your tummy, a knot in your throat, an ache in your chest?


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, is a tool that can help you overcome negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones and help you feel calm and relaxed.
 

It works so well for stress and anxiety.
 

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Image via theweddinggurus.blogspot.com

A gorgeous neighbour of mine once told me to tap on my sternum over the thymus (a very important organ of the immune system) when I felt stressed. She is a very clever psychologist and I didn't realise at the time that she was introducing me to the Emotional Freedom Technique.

I never gave my thymus too much chance to respond, as the younger cynic in me took over. Recently though, when I was feeling more stressed than usual, I stumbled upon an article by Dr Mercola about the Emotional Freedom Technique and decided to give it a go.  Take a look at Mercola's video on EFT here


Why should you try EFT?

+reduce stress

+reduce food cravings

+reduce pain

+implement positive goals


Its so easy, it doesn't cost a thing, and I believe this technique can truly help reduce stress.


Emotional health is just as important as having good diet and lifestyle habits in finding balance, so it's important that we find ways to reduce our stress. 
 

Check it out, give it a go and let us know how it works for you!
 

Hugs, Margot

Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth

Making your own broth is so quick and easy, involving almost no preparation. I love using the slow cooker as you can simply "set and forget" your broth. Ask your local organic farmer/butcher for grass-fed beef bones. Beef bones are super cheap, and this broth is so nourishing and a delicious base or flavour addition to many recipes.

  Image via crainny.wordpress.com

  Image via crainny.wordpress.com

What you'll need:

1.5kg beef bones 
6 cloves garlic, minced
Water to fill slow cooker

How to do it

1. Add beef bones and garlic to slow cooker. Fill slow cooker until around 1cm from top.
2. Turn slow cooker on high for around 2 hours, and then reduce to low heat. I leave the slow cooker on low heat for around 4 days. If you wish to add vegetables (carrot, celery etc.) add them whole 1 day before broth is finished.
3. Allow broth to cool, then skim fat off top and store. You can use the fat for cooking.
4. Strain the broth, and store in jars or glass bottles. I usually leave half in the fridge to use throughout the week, and freeze the remaining broth in icecube trays and transfer to ziploc bags to store in the freezer.

Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

This is a great entry-level paleo recipe! Meatballs are quick, easy and popular with picky eaters. Grass-fed mince is cheap and easy to find, and zucchini noodles are a great way to get in plenty of veggies.

Serves 4

Ingredients

500 grams grass-fed beef mince
500ml tomato passata
1 large grated carrot
1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
4 medium zucchinis
1 small bunch fresh basil
1 egg
3 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp coconut oil

Method

1. Sauté onion until lightly browned. Add mince, carrot, onion, egg and minced garlic to a bowl and thoroughly mix. Form into meatballs.
2.  Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to a pan, and brown meatballs on medium heat, but do not cook all the way through.
3. Place meatballs, passata and basil into a large pot and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes, continually stirring. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Prepare your zucchini noodles with a mandolin or with long swipes across your regular grater. Add 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tbsp coconut oil and zucchini noodles to pan. Toss noodles frequently, only cooking until slightly softened (3-5 minutes).
5. Bon appétit!

6 Steps to Healing your Whole Self

Over the last decade I have seen countless doctors. I was told that my unrelenting exhaustion was just a stage, that I would grow out of it. I had almost given up, but mum encouraged me to give it one last go. I found an Integrative General Practitioner who ran every blood test under the sun, and shed some light on the way I was feeling.

We discovered imbalances with thyroid hormones, cortisol, MTHFR genetic mutations, pyroluria and a number of nutrient deficiencies. I am treating all of these imbalances naturally where possible, and I have found that diet and lifestyle factors are just as important as any medication or supplements for my healing.

Due to my Type A approach to life, I am always consciously working to reduce stress and promote peace and happiness. Whether you are suffering from autoimmune disorders, fatigue, depression, or any other condition, you must take a comprehensive approach to healing. We need to heal our whole selves: minds, bodies and the mind/body connection.

Here’s to balance…and scaling life back!


My guide to healing your whole self


+Scale back your life While you are healing, make your life more realistic. Don’t overcommit. Learn to say no.

+Sleep Make time for sleep. Have a hot shower, put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow, and read a good book before bed. Diaphragmatic breathing slows the heartbeat and really helps me drift off to sleep.

+Move I stay active with yoga, rock climbing (when I am up to it), and walks. I do things I love that make me feel happy, without leaving me feeling depleted. Listen to your body, and let go of any feelings of guilt associated with skipping exercise in favour of sleep.

+Nourish your body Eat to nourish your body. Avoid foods that trigger inflammation in the body. Everyone is different, so learn and experiment to discover how best to support your body.

+Love your body Learning to love myself and be comfortable in my skin has significantly reduced stress in my life. Self-care routines such as candlelit epsom salt baths, dry body brushing, deep breathing and slathering your body in coconut oil can really help.

+Be happy Laugh. Sing. Spend time with people who value you. The real you. Spend time alone, and enjoy it.

This journey never ends, but I am learning to appreciate it is a constant reminder to look after myself the best I can.

 

A Note on Healing

A renowned address to incoming medical students reads as follows: "Half of everything we teach you is wrong... unfortunately we don't know which half."

Healing yourself, I mean truly healing yourself, takes dedication to expanding your knowledge and opening your mind, experimentation, patience and strength. Having struggled through varying states of fatigue for the last decade of my life has led me to spend hours poring through health-related websites, books and podcasts to gain an understanding of my health issues and what I can do to heal myself in the most natural way possible.

Be persistent. Be patient.

Doctor Kirk Parsley, a former US navy seal, stated "if you wait around for, you know, a gold standard study to tell you what to do with every patient, you're never going to be able to actually take action..." 

So investigate. Look beyond what standard medical and nutritional "best practice" says and experiment with diet and lifestyle changes that can only nurture your health and wellbeing. Do everything in your power to sleep soundly, nourish your body, be mindful, play and laugh.

Do everything in your power to heal yourself and discover true happiness.

-Fran