Category Archives: Philosophy

Chronic Illness & the Hero’s Journey Part 2

If you want to teach to your weakness, place yourself in challenging situations – this is a warrior trait. Everything that happens to you, if you take a warrior’s position, is simply a challenge. It’s not a good challenge, it’s not a bad challenge, it’s not a pleasant challenge, it’s not an unpleasant challenge. Those

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5 simple self-care hacks

One of the unique aspects of Chinese Medicine is Five Phase Theory, developed during the Han Dynasty, over 2000 years ago. The theory is based around the Five Elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These were metaphors for describing the nature of change and movement, and how they each mutually generate and constrain each

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Chronic Illness & the Hero’s Journey

Whilst reflecting on my history with illness, I had the dawning realisation that the journey of illness and recovery follows the patterns as described by scholar Joseph Campbell in his ground-breaking book The Hero With A Thousand Faces. In that book, he provides a comparative analysis of various global mythologies and points out that there is

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Emotions: can the moon affect your health?

So for those who have an astrology bent, Wednesday night was a full moon. According to Astrologers, it means that our emotions can run high, and tend to spill out into our lives. Is this possible? I don’t know. I’ve heard theories that because we are roughly two-thirds water, our bodies react to the gravitational pull of

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Coming to peace with death & cancer

Death. I heard today that one of my patients, a dear friend and close business associate of my dad’s, who has known me since I was an obnoxious feral teenager succumbed to her fight with cancer this morning. I was seeing her last year and helping her recover from her Chemotherapy treatments and everything was

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2016 Year of the Yang Fire Monkey

As is usual at this time of year, I provide you with my meditations on the energy of new Lunar Year. 2016 is the Year of the Yang Fire Monkey. The true nature of the calendar So the ancient Chinese calendar is a fusion of two different calendars, both dating back to the early Zhou

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Re-Integrating Vitality

And so, on the Day of the Dead, ends four weeks of harmonious clearing, cleansing, and eliminating the turbid waste of life of experience. Ironic of course that I attended a workshop on the yogic and tantric perspectives on death and dying. How is this relevant to my journey over the last four weeks? To

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#Revitalise Day 27: the Empty Vessel

OK, so I’m off the clean diet, and slowly re-introducing certain elements of the eliminated foods which I know don’t normally have a negative effect on me. I haven’t done any Qi Gong for a couple of days, however last night’s Tantric Yoga really pushed me to a physical edge. We learned a pranayama practice

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#Revitalise Day 25: Loss for Words

I’m in my final week of the 4-week #Revitalise process. What a journey. Feeling like I’m coming out the other end of an intriguing rabbit-hole. After today, I will be ceasing the cleansing diet, and returning to regular eating habits, and introducing what I had eliminated one by one. Things seem a lot clearer today.

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#Revitalise Week 3: Lost and Confused on the Way

  It’s been over a week since I last wrote about going through the #Revitalise process. It’s also been the toughest week so far. I am in the full throws of the clean diet (although I will admit I cheated today and had hot jam donuts with my daughter), and the intense harmonising, clearing, and

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