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20 March 2016, International Day of Happiness

What is Happiness?

We all want it, but is it something we can buy, sell, create or invest? Can it last, can it fade? Where does it come from? Where does it go?

These are just some of the questions I have asked myself over the years and now, on International Happiness Day, I ask you.

Published in Living in Harmony
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:18

How to Meditate - 7 Simple Tips for everyone

  1. Before you start, put in your mind, “Meditation is attainable for me.” It is not difficult.
    Meditation is about training the mind, eg. When you want to ride a bicycle, you keep trying and after practicing awhile, you can do it, then it becomes easier and easier.
  2. Sit in a relaxed position for your body - on the floor or on a chair.

  3. Choose an object of focus that makes you feel good, e.g.: breathing, a mandala painting or a photo/image, etc.
    Use this as a tool to bring harmony and love to your mind.
    Use it as a way to bring about concentration and mindfulness.
  4. Turn your vision inward and observe your breathing.
    By observing your breathing, you will calm your mind naturally.
    Observe the fickle-mindedness of your mind coming in and fading away, bringing about a steady concentration.
    Allow your concentration to turn into contemplation and slowly, you will forget about both yourself and any form, effortlessly blossoming into meditation.
  5. Become a source of love and light.
    Once your calm mind is steady, let love permeate within you and around you like a radiant light.
  6. For healing, gently direct your thoughts to make your body healthy, alleviate your mind of stress, send your love to someone in suffering, etc.
    Bring inner wisdom to your mind so that it becomes increasingly harmonious, and use this for healing the body, trauma or others in your life.
  7. Let go and let spirit in.
    The practice of meditation will train your mind to become good, full of love – enough to heal yourself and others.
    Ultimately, there will be no Form, only Atma or soul in union with the Divine. 

Articulated by Lahra Tatriele, Co-founder & Vision Director, Fivelements.
• Inspired by spiritual teachers from India and Bali.

Published in Living in Harmony
Saturday, 14 June 2014 15:01

Eat Well Every Day

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates

Mother Nature provides us with living foods that fuel our bodies and minds with optimum energy and healing. Take your favorite recipes and gradually adapt them by adding more living foods to provide a fresher and healthier alternative.

1. SHOPPING
Food sources: Select quality, fresh organic produce and whole foods from reliable sources
Shop local: Buy directly from local organic farmers when possible
Buy produce in season: To enjoy the peak of their natural goodness
Buy sea salt vs. processed table salt: For its additional minerals

Published in Plant Based Cuisine