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Nature’s Medicine

Nature’s Medicine

Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music.
~ A Cornelius Celsus ~




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The Best Medicine

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~ Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990 ~


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{ c.1390, from L. committere “to bring together,” from com- “together, in combination or union’” + mittere “to put,” “to send or let go.”}


Commitment to self opens the pathway to freedom.

Once one is committed all hesitancy ceases – resistance is obsolete

and one can push further into their destiny

towards who they are –

 where they are going –

what they want – in freedom.


Lets dispel a few myths – commitment isn’t about giving something up, being forced into something, losing personal freedom, an obligation or duty, a noose around our neck … ball and chain … or something we have to do. Together in union we morally and emotionally engage, that is commitment. Commitment is about union, a joining together of an equitable nature. It is about bringing together agreements, which we choose to honour through duty and obligation. And we do so through our personal power and a commitment to self. All other commitments flow from our ability to commit to self.

We exercise our personal freedom through out ability to choose to commit. To make a commitment out of duty or obligation is not the nature of commitment. A commitment is something we honour; a duty is something we perform through honouring that commitment. It takes courage to make a commitment and it takes a willingness to be accountable. When we commit we can’t blame anyone or anything, if it is a real commitment we do so from a place of willingness, peace and joy. Our commitments reveal much about whom we are, how we operate and what is important to us. When we commit life gets real, there is no avoidance, we have to show up.

Commitments should honour who we are and what we want. They should be something we are proud of and a pleasure to honour and uphold. If they are not, it may be time to revaluate your sense of commitment or the commitments. Re-evaluating and re-negotiating is integral to the integrity of commitments, it helps to keep them evolving, authentic and sacred. 

Reflection …

What are your beliefs regarding commitment? How do you approach commitment in your relationships? Do you view commitment as a duty or obligation? Do you view commitment as an incursion to freedom? How well do you honour your commitments? How well do you honour commitments to yourself? Do you use your personal freedom to choose to make a commitment? What are your current commitments? Do these commitments honour self? Do you avoid commitments or the act of committing? If so what are you avoiding? Do your commitments bring you pleasure and joy? Are there commitments in your life which require re-evaluating or re-negotiating? Do you use the term commitments to define habits?


When we stand behind our words, we demonstrate commitment.
Commitment exists when our actions meet the expectation of our words – when there’s a congruency between intent, words and action.

Consider the following concepts and may they inspire you to live
from your commitments!

1. Commitment is connection!
Commitment is the connection between our values, intentions and our actions. Connection is the coming together of more than one element, while commitment is the giving of our selves to it, the surrender. The connections we make generate our commitments, just as our commitments generate more profound connections.

2. Passion: the essence of commitment! Passion is that which deeply stirs us. It’s the fire from within and that which motivates us. When passion is missing, our
actions lack meaning and we don’t get the results we want. Without passion, our actions are obligatory and lack velocity. Commitment emanates from passion — passion is the seed from which commitment blossoms!

3. Commitment = persistence. If one is committed, one’s support is uncompromising and unending. One is willing to do anything in support of the commitment.
This applies to love as much as it applies to professional or global commitments. Commitment drives us and anchors us during challenging
times. Commitment helps us to maintain our integrity; we persist to that which we’re committed.

4. Commitment is conscious! Commitment requires insight and self-awareness — one must know what one’s values and ideals are in order to commit to them! Do you
know someone who’s a conscientious and productive worker but who’s not happy? Such a person frequently lacks insight and self-awareness – commitment is difficult if you don’t know what’s most important to you! Commitment requires an ability to observe self and make conscious decisions.

5. Commitment is purposeful.
Commitment involves choice – saying yes to our values and to our passions! Commitment is never haphazard or random. While we may lose our perspective from time to time, commitment always involves choice and intent. Commitment enables us to be purposeful.

6. Commitment is self-expression.
Self-expression is the culmination of who we are and how we’re being. When there’s perfect alignment and congruency between who we are and how we’re being, we are authentic and fully self-expressed. This is wonderfully fulfilling! If commitment is the ultimate expression of our values and who we are, self-expression is a core ingredient of commitment.

7. Vision brings forth our commitment.
Does commitment generate the envisioning process, or does vision generate commitment? Either way, commitment and vision are inexplicably tied together. Expand your vision while you deepen your commitment in order to produce powerful results!

8. Commitment inspires us to be and do our best.
We aim for the sky and shoot for the stars! We refuse to accept less than the best from our selves and others. Our commitment inspires us to reach for quality and excellence. We continually enlarge and clarify our vision – this contributes to our living our personal best.

9. Commitment lives in communication.
Communication involves verbal and nonverbal interaction. While commitment lives in the declaration and words, evidence of commitment lives in the actions we take and don’t take. Be attentive for evidence of commitment in communication.

10. Commitment is surrender.
Commitment is the giving of our selves to what we most believe and want. It is the merging of our ideals and our being. We surrender to our ideals and with commitment, live them. We create what we want when we surrender to our commitment.

Sustainable Health – an excerpt

Your Personal Tuning Fork: The Endocrine System

is a book about health — Sustainable Health


[“A key to sustainable health is the Endocrine System: our personal tuning fork.”]


Your Personal Tuning Fork: The Endocrine System takes you on a journey into the human body, its processes and systems as both a physical and metaphysical being. As a reference piece, its purpose is to acquaint the reader with their own personal tuning fork and to guide regarding the functionality and processes of the endocrine system, with a goal towards self-empowerment through knowledge. It presents safe, simple techniques to enable a creative approach to self-care which engenders greater wellbeing at a holistic level towards sustainable health.


 [“Allow yourself to gain the understanding and then you will be guided towards a greater sense of wellbeing and harmony.”]

It Discusses:

·       Daily disturbances which interfere with health

·       The endocrine system and how it relates to health and health disturbances

·       The endocrine system as our personal tuning fork

·       The concept of holism or totalism towards sustainable heath


It Takes You on a Tour:

·       Of the body via the endocrine system exploring the glands and hormones – and how it tunes the body’s systems and organs back into health

·       Beyond the physical body into the unique interaction between the physical and the subtle energies known as the meridians and chakras and how integral this relationship is to total well-being


It Demonstrates:

·       How to identify imbalances and correct them with natural and safe remedies

·       Self-care techniques to assist your journey towards sustainable health

·       A how-to-daily-tuning-guide

·       Safe and simple practices to maintain a balanced and fluid connection between the physical and subtle bodies



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Freedom And Rules


Rules are part of society. They are necessary. Rules are part of our personal life. However, it is important to keep a perspective on the issue of rules and the concept of freedom. Rules and freedom are mutually exclusive. We can have rules and still choose freedom.

No rules = anarchy / chaos. Too many rules = bondage.

On a personal level that means:

  • No rules = I wouldn’t get anything done and my work would be in chaos.
  • Too many rules = I feel trapped by obligation and this impinges upon precious time to enjoy my life and the freedom I should enjoy working for myself.

My epiphany – I had too many rules and these rules did in fact impinge upon my sense of freedom. Freedom to enjoy the great life I had, to take adequate rest, to fully appreciate my surroundings in total harmony. The consequence? I felt trapped by my workload and commitments. I felt tired, too tired to enjoy the life I had created and the beauty around me. I felt resentful of my work (which I paradoxically loved!)

And so, today I began the process of breaking some of my rules … some of which weren’t even mine! I had inherited them or formed them as part of my psyche without really knowing I had.

For example: 

  • People come first = I had difficult saying no
  • You have to work hard for what you have = I worked hard, 12 hours a day hard otherwise I wouldn’t get what I want
  • Freedom comes at a cost = I have to suffer to feel free (what the?? That needs to be ditched!)
  • You can’t take a break until the job is done = I don’t take a break and the result is I collapse into a heap and resent the job (which I loved at some point)

There is more but I will leave it here… because I want to take a well-earned break soon

A break from obligation and a jaunt with nature …

So … today I broke some of my self-imposed rules and incorporated freedom into my daily commitments.  Besides which, I worked for myself! Hello Deborah … what are you thinking? (You need to have a serious talk with your boss.)

And with renewed sense of spirit, I engaged in 2 distinctly different activities – yet not mutually exclusive – as my first step into breaking some of those self-imposed rules or breaking the back of that unrealistic sense of obligation I have carried around for way too long.

  1.   I swam in the ocean in a storm.
  2.   I took a lunch break… that is a proper lunch break.

Freedom … I was liberated.

Now for some of you this may not be a huge deal. But for me, who swims daily (well almost) to swim in a storm was always considered a no-no.  To take a lunch break has always been a difficult one for many of the afore-mentioned reasons. When it comes to lunch breaks, bathroom breaks or coffee breaks (not to mention– take a break just for the heck of it) my usual day goes like this … I will answer this query first, I will write just a few more lines … I will hang that load of washing out first …. I will … and the list goes on until I fall faint-headed due to lack of food, grumpy to lack of food and fatigue and a range of other unfavourable feelings which I won’t go into now.

SO back to the swim on my new rule of taking a lunch break. Of course it was not intentional to swim in the storm. At the point that I ventured down to the beach the sun was burning. Yes, there were a few charcoal clouds hanging around in the thick air, but at first glance they didn’t seem to be a threat. They appeared dark but lazy.

Upon reaching the beach I swiftly laid out the towel, grabbed my book and reclined back content to get my dose of vitamin D. Before long those charcoal clouds had shifted … my way… yep – deluge. And so rather than run for cover (where was the cover anyway?) I walked into the ocean and splashed around like a babe in the bath. Huge drops of rainwater mingled with the salt ocean water and it was glorious.

Just as quick as the rain fell, it went and sun spread its light upon the glistening wet of the rocks, skin and sand. The water of the ocean had so many depths to my visual … clear turquoise of the trough I stood thigh-deep in, white foam of the break just yonder and the deep indigo farther out running into the horizon.

Through freedom I found more freedom …

Sailboats and a charter boat formed part of the Surfer’s Paradise skyline. Aircraft warning lights atop high-rises shone out like cats eyes on a dark night. Bits of silver wove in and out of the clouds. I thought of my upcoming trip and being part of a ‘bit of silver’ in the clouds preparing to descend at my next destination. More freedom.

I enjoyed the sun and the surf for a tad longer before taking my departure.

Walking home the rain fell heavily again. As I licked water from my-still-salty-face I felt rejuvenated and appreciative that in the space of an hour I had felt Mother Nature at her best. Magnolia flowers stood erect despite the downpour, yellow trumpet flowers hung their heads as if in mourning and frangipani flowers lay spent on the pavement. Steam issued from the asphalt, reminiscent of a sauna. Freshly mowed grass clippings clung to pebbles.

As I made my way home I made a pact with myself. I am free to enjoy my life as I wish. Rules are mine to create within the greater sense of societal rules. My rules about how I conduct my life … when I take breaks and how I spend them. From now on there is no more downing food at the kitchen bench or dropping crumbs on the keyboard under the guise of a ‘lunch-break’ – from this moment on I would allow a well-earned hiatus. Sun, surf, salt, rain, flowers, sailboats, horizons, skylines… equate to rejuvenation and more…


Did You Know …


Did you know …

it’s perfectly okay, even highly ideal, to claim all is well amidst doubt and confusion?

To be happy in spite of challenges?

To laugh at problems?

Dance and sing for no reason?

Talk to inanimate objects?

To feel sad without it being called depression?

Did you know it is okay?

AND more …

YOU are okay!

Love And Deserving

Today, do something to show love to yourself.


Think kind thoughts


Recall a time you achieved a goal or aspiration

and immerse yourself in the feeling


Treat yourself to something you really enjoy

– a massage, time out, something sweet…


Stand up for yourself where normally, you wouldn’t


Tell someone you love them –

giving love comes back 100-thousandfold


Affirm goodness in your words









Being Debt Free

Emotionally, Mentally and Physically …


Being debt free is more than an external wealth factor, or a factor that involves credit cards and loans.

Being debt free is about freeing oneself up from emotional debt such as guilt, regret, grief, hate, envy, revenge, not deserving and loss.

It is about freeing oneself up from mental debt such as negative thoughts of failure, not having enough and fear around not having enough.

If you are affirming a state of being ‘debt free’ to clear ‘money debts’ you are part of the way there.

To jettison the affirmation along, try adding affirmations around being emotionally and mentally debt free to the mix. Often our so-called debt in life is hooked into our mental and emotional areas.

Try it today and see how free-er you feel.

This freeing up of spaces creates the room for miracles to occur.



Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”

~  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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