My Son Stopped Me In My Tracks With This Comment

I returned home from yoga as you do on a Saturday morning and commented to my family as I walked in the front door that it was a glorious perfect day outside! To which my son replied, “No it’s not Dad, it would be perfect if it was raining!” He had a very valid point and he was thinking very differently to me. I was thinking about myself and how lucky we were to have such a beautiful day, where he was thinking about the needs of the planet where. Here we were one hand the middle of winter with clear blue skies, 25°C, and I was swimming in the ocean. What bliss! But on the other hand here we were in the middle of a drought, we have ice caps melting, and rainforests burning. For the rest of the day I had mixed emotions, I knew that this glorious day that I was experiencing here in Sydney was partly a result of the planet cooking and us humans were turning up the dial on the hotplate.

It’s completely undeniable now that things are deteriorating environmentally on our planet and the ability to correct this anomaly is getting slimmer and slimmer. I know many of us experience some level of futility and frustration at not knowing what we can do to bring about change but I also think if we all collectively made a number of minor changes in the way we live our life that we could have a huge impact and make things a whole lot better.

So I have outlined a few things that I feel that if we tweak our lives a little bit, the compounding effect of that could be quite substantial. Now admittedly some of these things go against the grain of how we’ve been programmed by deeply condition systems. The main one of these systems is the system built on spending more money. The entire economic and capitalistic system requires us to keep spending more money which means buying more things, so we have more successful businesses. Anyone in economics will agree that this is what’s required to keep the economic system flourishing. This is one of the systems that is deeply flawed because not only is it leading to environmental disaster is also keeping us completely trapped in a debt spiral that is seeing the banks make more money than they have ever made before and more of the world’s population chained to more debt than we’ve ever seen in the history of humankind.

So here are a few ways we can transcend the system and makes some minor changes that collectively will make huge differences:

1. Buy fewer clothes. Do we really need the copious amounts of clothes in our wardrobe that we need to change every season as a new style comes out? This is something I’ve been exploring a lot more lately, and I’m taking a bit more of a Steve Jobs approach by wearing the same clothes over and over again. I’ve even realised that as some of the fashions have changed I was able to take some of those clothes to a tailor and have them adjusted so they still would look wearable with the current trends. I’ve also got in the habit of repairing my clothes when they have holes in things in them. I was about to throw out some old jeans because they have holes in them and then recalled that when we were kids my mother would always stitch holes in our socks and jumpers to get a few more years out of them. I took them to a seamstress and she has patched them up and I reckon there’s another 5 years left in them!

2. Fly less. Now I’m going to be very hypocritical here because I’m about to go on a substantial tour flying across Australia, America and Europe for my film and book The Portal https://entertheportal.com/ that is coming out soon. This does challenge me because I know the impact those flights have on the environment is quite significant. There are some ways to navigate this by offsetting my flights by buying carbon credits, which gives me a little bit of peace of mind. I can’t help but look at my Instagram feed this time of year and noticed how many people are posting photos of their holidays from Bali, Greece and the likes of Spain. Flying is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and I think we need to start thinking more about this extravagance of holidaying all over the world until we find a better solution for the impact that those flights are having on our environment. Hopefully in the future will have another form of travel that won’t be so impractical on the environment but in the meantime if we are flying, buying carbon credits might help?

3. Eat less red meat. One of the main causes of the burning of the Amazon rainforest is farmers needing more land to grow cows for meat. The meat consumption on the planet is higher than it’s ever been before which is leading to not only a rapid deterioration of rainforests but also huge increase in the methane gas emissions cause by cattle. If you are a meat eater perhaps consider eating more fish or chicken and reduce red meat intake.

4. Buy fewer products packed in plastic. Recently I noticed how many shampoo and conditioner containers we had in our bathroom. And I started to think about how many households will be in the same situation across the world. And this is just shampoo and conditioner! So I went down to my local wholesale grocer that sells bulk grains, legumes and herbs and spices, and noticed that they are now also supplying things like shampoos and conditioners in bulk. I was excited by this and realised that we can now just have one bottle for each and top them up regularly from large containers in the store. We’ve also resorted to buying as much produce as possible from our local growers market and find as many ways as possible to do grocery shopping that doesn’t include using things packaged in plastic. It’s become a bit of a playful game in which everyone wins.

5. Use solar energy for our houses and cars. I’m only renting currently and so our house doesn’t have solar panels even though we requested it with our landlord. But in our future house ideally it will be completely solar efficient and having spoken to some solar panel installers, I’ve been told that it costs less to install solar panels than the current energy costs of our house. My ideal situation would be to have a house that was 100% solar energy that also fuels my car. This is neither complex nor difficult, the technology and capability is available right now and it’s a direction we should all be moving in as fast as possible.

These aren’t massive changes but admittedly they do take time to implement and some of these I’m guilty for not following my suggestions entirely. But I realise that just these five changes alone, if everyone were to make them, it would have a huge effect on the planet. Of course there are so many other ways that we can make a positive impact, but these five stood out to me. Perhaps you have some suggestions? Please share them below. I just don’t think we’re going to be able to get governments, industry and the system itself to make the changes and it really is just going to come down to individuals like you and me to start making different decisions. Let’s hope we make these changes fast enough to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

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7 Pillars For Optimal Health

healthyIt’s not long now until I turn 50. Seems strange to think of that number when I feel so young. Not only do I feel young, but I also feel the healthiest I’ve ever been. How is that so? Health is a process. It’s not a goal. Goals are something you reach, and then it’s done. Health is never done. It’s a daily process that I’m dedicated to and conscious of, where as lack of health more often than not is due to no dedication and unconscious decisions.

I want to clarify that fitness and health are two very different things. My friend is fit! He runs marathons all the time. But if he’s not running and training he’s battling flus and sleeping. Professional athletes are fit. I read an article on the weekend about Lauren Jackson the basketballer. She was fit! She was a professional athlete and paid lots of money to shoot hoops. But she was addicted to pain killers and sleeping tablets! Healthy? Or fit? You decide.

Of course, the body is fallible. It has limitations. And over time it will show signs of wear and tear. I have a tear in my meniscus in my left knee, some rotator cuff issues in my right shoulder, minor pain in my left wrist when I do downward dog and push ups and I now need glasses to read! Yep, the creaky old thing is showing the effects of age. But beyond that there is health. Health is vitality, zest, strength, aliveness, stamina, immunity, potency, lightness and energy.

To be healthy I have a 7-pillar program. It’s simple and I believe if you follow this 7-pillar program you will reach optimal health in no time.

1. Sweat. 2-3 times a week I will have big sweat. Either through training or in a sauna. I believe sweating is a great way to cleanse the body. I will sauna 1 hour at a time to really cleanse deep in the body with intermittent swims at 20-minute intervals. Be sure to drink lots of water. (See Step 4)

2. Strengthen. 3 times a week I like to lift heavy weights. There is something grounding, strengthening and empowering about lifting heavy metal to the point of exhaustion. Deepak Chopra says that lifting weights increases bone density and obviously develops muscle tissue and if great for longevity.

3. Stretching. Be it yoga or just stretching before bed at night or first thing in the morning is something I like to do every day. It could be as little as 5 minutes or up to 2 hours for a yoga class. Stretching opens up the tension points in the body allows the energy to flow more freely increasing immunity and vitality.

4. Hydration. 2 litres of clean filtered water to hydrate the body a day. Many people are suffering from dehydration, which will affect your adrenals, your immune system and kidneys and liver. I have a 2-litre BPA free bottle that I fill up in the morning and make sure I finish by the end of day. Take into account caffeine and alcohol do not hydrate the body, they dehydrate it.

5. Nutrition. Hippocrates nailed it when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” There is more than enough information in the world today to know that clean organic fresh foods are good for you. Processed foods, sugary foods and trans fats aren’t. I will have 1-2 cold pressed organic vegetable juices a day and eat as much natural food as possible. Whether you are paleo, vegan, Ayurvedic, pescetarian or whatever, that’s up to you and I think everyone has to find what’s right for them. But under all that the same simple principles apply. Eat for health.

6. Sleep. There are not many people I meet in my coaching and training sessions that aren’t tired. I think the biggest imbalance we have on the planet today is fatigue. We simply don’t rest enough. (Guilty here!) Ideally I’d like to be in bed asleep by 9-9.30pm, but that rarely happens. I wake regardless around 5-5.30am, which is my body clock that wakes with the sun. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I can take breaks and nap in the afternoon. (Those Spanish were on to something!) Making sure we are rested and our battery cells are charged is key to being healthy.

7. Mental clarity and calm. Ok let’s cut straight to the chase, I’m talking about meditation here. Meditation has been a priority in my day for 20 years now and I won’t let a day go by without sitting in meditation. It’s like eating food, going to the toilet and sleeping. I don’t question it. It’s a non-negotiable. The body is a print out of the mind and if the mind is busy and filed with negative thoughts then this will transfer through into the body.

It’s not complicated. Following these steps has had a huge impact on my life. Of course there are times when I deviate from this and it shows when I do. Life isn’t rigid and you cant always fit everything into a day or week. But if health becomes a priority then you will probably find ways to fit most of these pillars into your week in some way shape or form. Have you got any other pillars that I might have missed out? Please let me know below, I’d love to hear them!

Happy health!

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5 Tips To Help You Get More Balance With Work And Life

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At a certain stage in life, you might find yourself struggling to manage your professional and personal life. Once you’ve settled into a routine, it can be easy to neglect one or more aspects of your holistic wellness and to feel ‘caught up’ in life without feeling like you ever get a break. Indeed, you need to give attention to every aspect of yourself in order to strike the perfect work life balance. Focusing on only one thing (i.e. your career) and neglecting another (i.e. your relationships) will leave you feeling dissatisfied with your life. The following work life balance tips can help you if you feel like you’re suffering in one area or another.

1. Schedule time to relax.
Your own downtime is often the first thing to be dropped when you’re busy. Your job might demand results that others rely on, so spending time on yourself (which produces a result that you rely on) is easily sacrificed. But your ‘me-time’ isn’t selfish. In fact, it will improve your mood and your subsequent actions with others.

Think about the things you enjoy and make a point of incorporating them into your weekly schedule. For instance, plan on spending some one-on-one time with your spouse or doing a fun activity with your friends. It’s easier to incorporate these kinds of activities when they’re scheduled, because you can finish your work around them. The most important thing is to make time for something that will help you to unwind and relieve stress.

2. Make small changes to your routine.
You don’t have to make huge changes in your life in order to achieve balance. In fact, you’ll be less likely to follow through with your goals if you make them extreme. Instead, take small steps when it comes to incorporating relaxing activities into your routine.

Even on your busiest days, taking out a few minutes in the morning or at night can really make a difference when it comes to helping you de-stress and unwind. Relaxation activities such as meditation are highly effective and don’t require a huge time commitment. As an example, the Stillness Movement is a shift towards a meditation-centered lifestyle that only requires twenty minutes worth of practise twice per day.

3. Get regular exercise.
If you see exercise as just another thing to check off on your list of things to do, you should change your perspective. Yes, it takes a huge amount of motivation to stay active when you have a busy work and home life, but ultimately it can help you to accomplish more by increasing the amount of energy you have and helping you to concentrate. When you make time to exercise, you feel better throughout the day and it will be easier to maintain your focus and complete all of the tasks you have to do. Of course, that’s in addition to all of the other benefits of exercise, from improved health, to increased longevity and improved confidence.

4. Do away with activities that stress you out, take up your time, or suck your energy.
It’s easy to waste time on things that are counterproductive, or that wear on you unnecessarily. For instance, you might spend an hour time listening to your mother-in-law complaining about her arthritis flare-ups over the phone. While it’s good to devote time to the people in your life that matter, it’s not good to spend too much time indulging others when it comes to activities that aren’t getting you anywhere.

Being unproductive at work is a major problem for many people. Some people even find that if they cut down on the amount of time they spend on social networking sites, news websites, and sifting through emails they get a lot more done. If you can identify sources of wasted time in your life you can work on minimizing them.

5. Know your goals.
If you feel like you’re life is in a constant state of chaos, it might be because you’re lacking direction. You need to take some time to identify what you would like to accomplish over both the short- and long-term. You might want to create a list of things you would like to do in your life, so that you can choose one or two things now and start working towards them. If you write down what you want to do without giving yourself a time limit, you’ll feel directed without feeling stressed about achieving your goals within a specific time frame.

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Three Life Changing Questions From World’s Leading Transformational Coach

Don’t you love a “Hero’s Tale”?

You know those stories where someone climbs out of the ashes and rebuilds their life to one of greatness? These stories offer us hope and inspiration.

Well I have one for you that stands out. Introducing Brendon Burchard. This guy was on death’s door after a car accident at the age of 19, and three questions inspired him to look at his life at such a young age:

 

Did I live?
Did I love?
Did I matter?

Three powerful questions that really make you sit up and think. What are you here for? Are you loving fully in every moment? Why are you waking up each day and are you living a relevant life?

Brendon has gone on to do some amazing things. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger, and the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive. He is also a public speaker, and online trainer on the topics of motivation, high performance, and online marketing.

One thing Brendon puts a lot of his success down to is meditation. He’s been meditating for 10 years now and says:

“It is the magic method for improving people’s lives mentally and psychologically, and many people would argue spiritually as well.”

I have to agree with Brendon because it was transformational in my life. With just 20 minutes twice a day of setting time aside for stillness, my whole life changed for the better. Who would have thought that by doing something so effortless and seemingly inactive that it could have so much power in changing your active life. Brendon explains it so well here how simple it is:

“I close my eyes and do the meditation and in 20 minutes I’m fresh and feel like I just woke up in the morning, like I had a great nap and bam! Now I can write creatively, unattached to all the previous activities.”

We are accustomed to looking outside ourselves for fulfilment….

…yet happiness is not outside. It’s only when we go within do we truly find peace and happiness.

As Brendon says:

“It’s a sensation, a presence, an aliveness and freshness that most people have never experienced in their lifetime.”

So if you are trying to find happiness and success or trying to find love and money, then start by setting aside time each day to connect to your inner stillness in meditation, then watch what flows from that space.

If you already have a meditation practice, then that’s awesome! Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day to go to that quiet space within.

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How To Find Inspiration In Your Day Job When You Are Seeking A Life Purpose

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For quite sometime I really grappled with the fact that my daytime job wasn’t “my life purpose.”

There was this niggling feeling that I should be doing something more meaningful with my life and that I am “wasting” time.

I would ask myself, couldn’t I be doing more to save the planet ? Yet there was this internal conflict as I still had to feed, clothe and shelter my family. How do I combine the two?

I feel this sentiment is shared throughout a lot of society today. There seems to be a growing level of discontent with people and their careers in the world as they search for that income stream that is sourced from their mission or “calling”.

100 years ago men and women, well mainly men, would rise out of bed, pull on their boots and head off to labour through the day for the purpose of making sure their was food on the table and shelter overhead.

This was their number one priority. It was the driving incentive for heading off to work each day.

Digging coal from the coal face, shoeing horses, tilling soil, working the printing presses, carving stone all day, laying slate tiles on roofs and so on. Once they had decided that this was their mode of raising revenue to fund the family, very rarely did they change it as there just wasn’t the choice and their wasn’t the expectation.

Now though there is a strong yearning to be fulfilling our goals through our careers or revenue sources. If we are not, then there is a big question over our head and a growing level of discontentment.

Writing a book, teaching yoga, recording music, painting artworks, building schools in Africa, working with street kids or setting up a large philanthropic fund… many of us are searching for this life purpose with a belief that it will also be our career.

This brings me to the word dharma. Dharma is a Sanskrit word that means life purpose or path.

Like many of these sanskrit words that seep into our dialogue they often get distorted and misinterpreted.

Usually when we hear the word dharma we think of career, AND life purpose together. I’m not sure how the career part snuck in there but it has.

Our career or revenue making is usually totally separate.

There are a very small minority who are capable of merging the two. Successful writers, movie makers, musicians, sport stars, spiritual advisors. So if we can come to terms with the idea that our dharma and income stream are two separate things altogether, then we might feel a little bit better about pulling on our boots and heading off to the coal face each morning.

This doesn’t mean we have to surrender the idea altogether of not following our dharma. Our income stream can become a fund-raising mechanism for our life purpose.

In more cases than not, our income stream is a source of funding FOR our dharma, not FROM our dharma.

By surrendering one night a week out drinking with your friends or sitting in front of the TV watching a reality show, throw in a lunch break here and there, or a small portion of your weekend, and you will find that there is a way to merge the two.

The other option is to follow the path of Bill Gates. Now one of the world’s leading philanthropists, he took his time patiently. He built up a stockpile of funds from his career (a substantial one at that!) and then proceeded full time into his dharma.

So if we change our perspective of our work life and see it as a stepping stone to enable us to one day take a similar step like Bill Gates, then it should help us realise a sense of relevance to pulling on those work boots everyday.

Plant that seed, set an intention, and you will find inspiration in crawling out of bed each morning.

Just remember, even Superman had a day job !

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Beware Of The Quickening!

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It’s happening to you right now and you may not even be aware of it.
Have you noticed how when you ask someone how they are, about 80% of people reply “Busy!”
Have you noticed how many people walk along the footpath looking at their phone?
Have you noticed how when people push the ‘WALK’ button at the traffic lights, they will push it three or four times?

See , I’ve just arrived in Byron Bay to prepare for our retreat. If you don’t know Byron Bay, it’s a small coastal town on the east coast of Australia that is renown for amazing beaches, lots of retreats, yoga, meditation and healthy cafes. Straight way I can feel as I arrive here and settle into my accommodation by the forest everything slow down and my body surrender into ‘not doing’. It’s moments like these in places like this that I realise how much ‘doing’ I’ve been doing and how quick life has become! When I step back from the city and my life I realise how much I, WE, get swept up by the quickening of life. It’s happening right under our noses and yet most of us are unaware of it.

The other night I was watching a film with my family from the 80’s called The Color Of Money, which had Tom Cruise and Paul Newman in it. (I’m a movie buff and love watching films, yes, even Tom Cruise ones!) I was sharing with my kids how films back in the 80’s had much longer camera shots than they do today. We counted the seconds for many of the camera frames in the film and some of them were 10-15 seconds! Yet when we checked some recent films the camera shots were averaging 4-6 seconds per frame. Quickening.

Recently I was out with my mates for dinner and we were chatting about work and careers. One of them said he was thinking of leaving. I was surprised because he was earning really good money, he loved the job and he didn’t have any complaints about it. I asked why would he leave? He said, “Well, I’ve been there for 5 years now, and I just feel it’s time to move on.” Quickening.

Another friend of mine regularly updates me with her latest boyfriends. I asked her how does she meet all these people and get to know them so quickly. She said “It’s really simple now, with apps like Tinder and Happen you can find someone you like and meet up with them in no time.” Quickening.

There is a collective speeding up of life which is affecting everything, especially our attention span. Our minds are being condition to digest small tidbits of information from news feeds like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and our ability to stay focused on one thing for any length of time is being dramatically reduced. As a result we feel less contentment, and our minds are become addicted to the next bit of data, our nervous systems are frazzled and our bodies are deeply fatigued.

This is all leads to huge increases in ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar and even suicide. The quickening isn’t going away though. It’s here to stay and it’s only going to speed up. The flow of information will get faster and faster. The good news is there is a way to thrive amongst this. Being aware of the quickening is the first step. Then taking action to counterbalance it is the second. There are a number of things we can do to offset this increase pace of life which I will share with you here:

1. Get out of the cities regularly. I don’t mean go to your local park in the middle of your city with a trillion kids yelling and screaming on swings and parents standing around with expensive cappuccinos in hand talking about the housing market. Drive miles right out into the open land where it’s quiet and still. One thing you will notice, the quickening is a human condition, nature is still moving at the same pace it always has.

2. Be mindful of doing one thing at a time. (Big reminder for me!) So when you are eating, just eat. When you are walking, just walk. When you are driving, just drive. Multi-tasking is one of the causes of this quickening and also the source of a huge increase in our stress levels.

3. Bring back gaps in your day of just sitting around. When I was a kid, we would always take morning and afternoon tea breaks on the farm. So at 11am and around 4pm, we would all stop what we were doing, sit on the front porch, and just sip a cup of tea doing nothing. Often there would be total silence as all 7 of us would just sit and ‘chill out’. No phones, no iPads, no technology. Weird I know, but beautiful!

4. Yep, I have to say it….MEDITATE. It’s a no brainer. Its a great technique that will give you respite from the quickening. In the stillness of meditation, you free yourself from the constant change of life and everything pauses. I recommend 20 minutes of meditation morning and afternoon. If you haven’t learnt to meditate yet and would like to, click here to find out how.

5. Sleep! The biggest anomaly I see in my students is fatigue. So many of us are exhausted as a result of this quickening! We have cut back sleep to a bare minimum so that we can charge ahead in life and get lots of ‘doing’ done. I try to have all technology off by 9.30pm and lights out by 10pm. I find I sleep better and wake up feeling much more refreshed than if I go to bed at 11pm or later.

These 5 tips should help you offset the quickening that’s occurring in our world today. You might have some other suggestions which we’d love to hear so please feel free to share them with us below. Stay chilled and slow down. If you need some help with slowing down try this easy 10 minute guided meditation below…

 

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We Have A Problem..But There’s Good News TOO!

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After my recent travels of late, and meeting a diverse cross section of Australia’s population, it became more apparent to me than ever that we have a problem. A BIG PROBLEM!

In numerous conversations with people in the last 2 weeks, it was revealed to me the extent of how many people are relying on drugs for sleep, anxiety, depression, cholesterol and countless other imbalances. When I asked them what they were doing different other than taking the drugs to remove the imbalance they looked at me with rather bewilderedly.

It’s not their fault, just as I had once done the same. Why? Because I relied on the perspective of the ‘authorities’ that told me this was the best thing for me to do. These guys had done 6 years of medical school right? So they knew what they were talking about. Right?

You have high cholesterol…take a pill.
You have insomnia…take a pill.
You are anxious….take a pill.
You aren’t happy….take a pill.

I even met one woman whose 19 year old daughter was on three different medications for anxiety!

Then I started thinking, if I met this many people in the last 2 weeks that are like this, then how many more are like this across Australia, Canada, USA, UK, China and on and on? It dawned on me that we have a major problem that is perpetuated but the medical and pharma industry. The exciting thing about problems though is that there is always a solution. All that is needed is a little creativity.

I once suffered with many of these imbalances myself, and I discovered that the solution required adaptability. I had to change the model to change the results. I learnt that if I did the same thing over and over again, took a pill, and expected a long term sustainable change, that I was kidding myself. I had to make wholistic changes to my life to expect different results.

My major discovery was that I had simply become imbalanced in my lifestyle, and this resulted in an imbalanced biochemistry and body. When I rebalanced my lifestyle I rebalanced my biochemistry and body. It was simple. I see this time and time again with students of mine. Like Claire who was suffering post natal depression and anxiety for 2 years. Once she changed her lifestyle slightly, the post natal depression and anxiety went away.
She says:
“I am SO THRILLED with the difference it has made to me after suffering from post natal depression and anxiety for the past two years. I am finally enjoying life again.”

So what changes can we make to bring balance back to our mind and body? Here are some tips that could help you get back on to the road of a drug free life that is light, happy and calm:

1. Meditation. Yep this is the biggest and most effective change I’ve seen in my life and my students lives by far once they embrace twice daily meditation. If you aren’t meditating yet and would like to learn then click here.

2. Diet. Our brains are being starved of nutrition because we eat so much food that is devoid of nutrients and minerals. It doesn’t have to be fancy or have any labels to it like ‘paleo’’, ‘vegan’ or ‘raw’. I just keep my eating simple. Wherever possible I eat organic, free of dairy, processing, sugar, gluten, alcohol and caffeine.

3. Strengthening and stretching. Every day I’ll either stretch (yoga) or strengthen (gym workout). Admittedly a most yoga classes will combine both, however I do love my yin yoga which is more stretching.

4. Upgrade your software. Buddha once said “What you think you become.” If you have negative, fearful, angry, or sad thoughts, then this will transfer into your body. Read inspiring positive books, attend positive inspiring talks and workshops, be around positive inspiring people.

5. Be with nature. Every week I will take time out to spend time in nature. Either by the sea, in a forest or in a park. Even just lying on some grass and feeling the support of the Earth below me and looking at the sun and clouds above me creates a huge shift in how I feel.

This is a great foundation for bringing balance back into your life. It never ceases to amaze me how simple it is. But one thing I realized is, it’s requires a holistic approach. If someone tells you they have a magic bullet, the solution to your problem, (and admittedly, many doctors currently believe their little pills are it), then do a little more research. Because we don’t want you ending up like the lady I met last week who was taking sleeping tablets for the last 8 years as prescribed by her doctor!

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My Body Gave Me A Message, And I Listened

How do you feel when you are tired?

How about when you are swamped with deadlines?

Or perhaps you are trying to do a million things all at once?

One of the key teachings in the Zen Academy for Transformational Leadership is the importance of maintaining a space of tranquility, compassion and love in everything that we do. Often leaders become so caught up in their mission, in the DOING, and the end goals, that they become fatigued, stressed and overwhelmed. When we slip into this state – fatigue, stress and overwhelm – we lose the foundation of what it is to be a transformational leader. We no longer embody the energy of that which we intend to inspire in others.

It was for this reason I headed west…away from the city, to be amongst nature, surrounded by trees, and still water and quiet. I could feel my body tiring, and I was swept along in the DOING of life, and although I have a daily practice that takes me into the stillness, every now and then I need a booster. Think of it like a stillness injection! So I headed to the amazing Billabong Retreat for a dose of Tom-Time.

Whilst there I made you a little clip 🙂

Enjoy!

Love and peace

Tom

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How To Get A Positive Charge

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Ever wondered why you feel elevated after charging through waves in the ocean or standing under a waterfall?

Negative Ions are incredibly good for you, which make them a big positive!

So what are they and how do you get them?

(Stay with me on this) Ions are particles found in the air. They are either molecules or atoms, which bear an electric charge. A negative Ion is an atom (or molecule) that has gained one or more extra negatively charged electrons. (Still with me??)

They are invisible, odourless and tasteless. They are usually created by crashing waves, waterfalls, storms and salt lamps. You can actually buy machines these days that can produce negative ions for your room or house.

Places where there is a depleted level of negative ions are concrete jungles like cities, in air-conditioned offices and inside cars. A controlled study on seasonal affective disorder (SAD), reported in the Archives Of General Psychiatry in October 1998, found negatively charged fresh air to be an effective treatment and prevention for depression. Scientists believe this is because negative ions affect the serotonin levels in the brain, less dramatically (and synthetically) than a prescription anti-depressant.

Negative ions have also been proven to:

  • Relieve stress
  • Increase energy
  • Help reduce air born germs
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Improve blood circulation

So if you want a nice dose of positivity get yourself some negative ions by:

  • standing under a waterfall
  • jumping through some crashing waves
  • turn off wifi and electronics at night
  • install salt lamps in your home
  • have indoor plants in your home
  • dry your clothes in natural sunlight where possible
  • install ionisers in your home

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Breaking News! New Cold And Flu Cure!

NEWSREADER:
“Breaking news just at hand, it has been reported that Tom Cronin has recently experienced cold and flu like symptoms. At first this was thought to be merely rumors however it has since been verified that yes, he did have a flu.”

This may not seem such big news to many, as surely it’s quite normal for people to get a flu once a year or more, however being a representative of all things healthy and natural and not having a cold or flu for over three years now it is big news for me. So how have I prevented having colds and flu for so long and why did I get it this time?

Balance and Imbalance.
Health is a state of balance and I have to tell you that the last few weeks I was wayyyy outta balance! A combination of lots of flying, limited sleep, poor diet, lack of routine, compromised meditation routine and 2 rock concerts in 5 days (but insanely awesome concerts!) and you have a seesaw that is heavily weighted on one side.

It doesn’t sound like much but this is the nature of this fragile eco system called OUR BODY. It’s a very complex biological system that requires the utmost care and respect for it to operate at the highest level. When this level of care is maintained, the body will function with vitality, zest, youthfulness and strength. However if that level of care and attention isn’t taken, then imbalances will be present and finally, symptoms of the imbalance will manifest.

Sickness and disease is the last of 5 stages of an imbalance being present in the body.
Interestingly western medicine is only interested in treated the final stage of the imbalance which is the symptom, not the cause.

So to rebalance and repair naturally and quickly the steps I took were:

  • Early to bed each night.
  • Drinking lots of warm lemon water
  • Warm baths
  • Increased supplements of vit b + c, acai powder, astragalus, olive leaf extract, Echinacea
  • 2 green smoothies a day
  • 2 full days of rest at the beach and in the National Park among nature
  • Increased my meditations from 2 to 3 day
  • Extra kefir and probiotics
  • Cut out exercise for a couple of days to let the body heal

A few days later and I’m fully realigned and ready for action (this time with a little more balance to it!) No doctors, no Codral, no pseudoephedrine, no antibiotics…simply the bodies healing code and few natural assistants. .It’s really simple. Your body will heal, and recover very quickly. When I say quickly, I mean within a few days, instead of weeks. All it needs is some balance restored through rest, lots of fluids, healthy food and a positive mindset.

I’m always searching for other alternative methods to healing during times of colds and flu. Do you have any other suggestions that you could share with us?

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