The Night Sky – There is so Much to Discover

The Night Sky – There is so Much to Discover

The Night Sky – There is so Much to Discover

The night sky is our very own library in the stars. The stars and planets, galaxies, and cosmic dust are our ancestors, mythically and realistically. You see, we are truthfully made from the dust of stars.

We first learned how to live in harmony with the earth by reading from the stars. The stars and the constellations that stayed fixed in the sky from the dawn of time were and are the keeper of records, time, history, and memories.

our people, before the written word, or even language, lived a life governed by the forces of nature and the cosmic maps. By reading the planetary guide we learned how to farm, how to read time, to navigate the world, and learn our place in it. The cosmos and our starry guides are what initiated the greatest of all human endeavors, our journey back to them is still our most triumphant. 

 All we have learned since the beginning of human existence until now – started in the stars. 

Orions Belt – The warrior in the night sky.

Orions Belt – is a very easy constellation to be viewed almost anywhere in the world. For us Down Under the best place to look is 45 ° North West – best seen on a summer night.

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The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

Our very own city of stars, 170,000 light-years

“From once we came, we shall return”.
Emily Rack

Which one Are We?

There are two main types of galaxies, the elliptical and the spiral galaxy.

We are supposedly a spiral galaxy. We can’t take a picture from space to prove it; it would mean we would have to travel 129,000 light-years to capture it. Meaning we would need to travel 100,000 years to cross it.

“In March 2019, astronomers reported that the mass of the Milky Way galaxy is 1.5 trillion solar masses within a radius of about 129,000 light-years, over twice as much as was determined in earlier studies, and suggesting that about 90% of the mass of the galaxy is dark matter.” ( From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way)

Where exactly am I?

The Milky Way Galaxy is our home, our own metropolis of stars, all 200 billion of them.

The Milky Way is one of the billions in the universe, and not all are peaceful and life-supporting. Galaxies are places of cosmic drama and unimaginable forces that play out the birth-death of reality. Our reality only exists because of sheer luck. A unique combination of chemistry and energy, intelligence and forces outside our understanding coalesced and gave life to the universe.

My Place amongst the Planets

A sky exploded with glittered stars and scintillating planets, flickering and twinkling on a blanket of deep interstellar indigo carpet.

Dusted with the shimmer of billions of galaxies, seemingly a fingers width out of reach, a milky, dreamy cloud of sparkling wonder – The Milky Way, my galaxy of stars.

This is my home, this is where I am from.

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Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

There are worlds of incredible beauty, colour and wonder hidden all around us, it just takes a curious mind to discover them. Miniature worlds full of living beings, that go unnoticed because we humans are too busy or have forgotten how and where to find them.

These little worlds are often found in the quietest of places, secretly tucked away from the busy world, loud noises and prowling predators like domestic cats and dogs.

Hidden in a hillside in a thin strip of native bush, I discovered one such world by accident.

The Shy Spiders’ Garden – A Short Story

There lives beneath a bloom of orange horseshoes, tucked away into the hillside, a trapdoor spider; The guardian to a miniature bush garden, filled with wild rocket and tiny, tiny bulbs of garlic and bush onions.
Every day that I visit, the once minute buds of orange grow bigger and brighter as the season of May moves forward. And the doorway to one shy spiders’ realm changes, weather depending. Sometimes the door is closed, sometimes not. When the rain comes, the door is woven shut with silk. Today it’s closed; rain is on the way.

First published in May 2021

What started as an expedition to discover what local spiders inhabited the Yarra Trail, has become a daily ritual of exploration, patience, imagination and learning.

This is the Shy Spiders’ Garden, a secret world that perhaps only I know about?
A world of miniature proportions that could and is – easily unnoticed by the usual passer-by.

 

 

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Vitamin D – the benefits of a daily dose of sunshine

Vitamin D – the benefits of a daily dose of sunshine

Vitamin D – the benefits of a daily dose of sunshine

We all know sunlight is good for us, and we all know that it gives us Vitamin D, and even the idea of a day spent outdoors in bright warm weather is enough to make us feel good.

We are a continent wrapped in a blanket of searingly high UVA and UVB rays, and health experts heavily caution us never to bake in the sun, for the risk of skin cancer is very real.

But is our effort to avoid premature ageing and skin cancer making us sick in other ways?

Australia is a sunbaked continent.

We have grown up being trained by mass media campaigns and schooling to be conscientious of our time in the sun. Our country is well known for a sun that bites, and to avoid the sting and agony of a summer sunburn, we vigilantly follow the advice of years and years of social conditioning to; “slip, slop slap”. 

Australian schools adopt a policy of – ‘no hat, no play! As the primary intervention for teaching a ‘Sun Safe’ attitude in a country with summers that can reach the high forties is imperative. The risks are high for many with fair skin as well as the elderly – but we need the sun to stay healthy and mentally balanced. 

In our effort to protect our appearance and save lives combined now with a dramatic shift in the way we live, socialise and work, Australians young and old are increasingly at risk of a Vitamin D deficiency

 

It is estimated that at least 1 billion people don’t get enough Vitamin D. Could the spike in depression, auto-immune diseases, and ADHD be related?

It’s Winter in Melbourne

It is now winter in Melbourne, and the sun is hidden in a perpetual blanket of grey.
It is a difficult time for many, as winter can trigger depression in those with lower levels of happy chemicals in their brain. A natural booster to the missing sunlight therapy we all need to feel well and maintain mental equilibrium is Vitamin D.

Doctors and pharmacists recommend soothing winter blues with extra Vitamin D during the winter months, but how much exactly should we take, and which of us really need it?

Your Headaches Might Be a Vitamin Deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency can cause depression, fatigue, body aches, headaches, insomnia, back pain, bone fractures and osteoporosis. Vitamin D is essential for healthy brain function, cellular renewal and memory and getting enough time outside can improve concentration and focus in kids with ADHD.

Because Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system, without enough of it, you will get sick all the time and wounds on your body will take longer to heal. Lower Vitamin D makes you more susceptible to colds and flu, so it’s a good idea to get your Vitamin D checked by a doctor, especially if you live in a place like Melbourne, which has long grey winters and is further from the equator.

How Much is Enough?

To get enough Vitamin D, we need at least 10 – 30min direct sun exposure daily (it depends where you live in the world). To gather Vitamin d from the sun, you need UVB, and to get that, you need to be outside; light filtered through glass only delivers UVA, which is only going to burn your skin.

Other ways of introducing Vitamin D into the body are through a dietary supplement or eating foods like oily fish, beef liver and eggs.

Watch the film to learn more.

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Prescription Hugs – The Healing Benefits of Hugging

Prescription Hugs – The Healing Benefits of Hugging

Prescription Hugs – the healing benefits of hugging

A hug is such a simple remedy to handling the complex and sensitive emotions we have as human beings, and its intrinsic value to our health and happiness is overlooked.

 If you have experienced a lockdown in the era of COVID-19 for two weeks or more, you might have an insight into what it feels like to be deprived of human interaction, meaningful touch and companionship?

The Pain of Separation

Last year for so many of us in Melbourne and around the world, we were alone for prolonged periods of time. It was a huge test of our resilience to cope with sudden change, intense grief, impeding financial ruin and social isolation.

Like myself, many endured a prolonged lockdown alone. My family and friends well and truly out of reach I struggled at times to feel ok. I was lucky enough to have my little dog Neumann as a solid and noble companion and it made a world of difference.

But some people had no one, and unlike the lucky folks with backyards, terraces, families, pets and sunlight, they were locked up in small apartments that closed them off from the world entirely.

What Now?

The implications of these ongoing lockdowns can not really be quantified socially, emotionally or economically. Nevertheless, the effects of loneliness, hopelessness and future uncertainty on our way of life continue.

 We know there are harrowing statistics regarding mental health and suicide rates due to the pandemic, and it continues to rise. And there is not a single person I know that hasn’t been emotionally and psychologically affected by the pandemic we are still in. And the solution to the mounting health crisis that impacts all of us is totally insufficient, and we know it.

The COVID_19 lockdowns have highlighted the realisation of how unwell we can become when we don’t have enough interaction with other living beings. Depression, anxiety and the feelings of grief and hopelessness among the many is expediential.

How long might it take for us to recover – unknown?…

Hugs could save lives!

After my experience of prolonged isolation,  loneliness and grief, I learned what it was like to be touch-deprived and how serious its effect was on my health. I had depression for quite some time last year, and the lockdown we just had triggered feelings of doubt, angst and irritability in me and many others.

When I  finally had the opportunity to properly and consistently interact with friends again, I recognised immediately how impactful being physically close to another being was for me and how quickly bad vibes and anxious feelings were subdued when hugged.

 My experience got me thinking – how many of us could have our lives transformed by regular touch and meaningful hugs?  How many of us are unaware that our society’s lack of human contact might be why we are unwell and critically imbalanced?.

We have a mental health crisis at our door, and accompanying this is the loneliness epidemic, and the two go hand in hand – could hugs help?.

It is factual that regular social contact, physical touch and big warm hugs help us handle the difficult emotions, grief and pain we all experience. Science says it’s so – and there is plenty of good evidence that proves that hugging heals.

Take one dose of hugs daily!

I am interested to see if you, too, can benefit from a good old fashioned dose of hugs?

I am prescribing 1 month of hugs and love to be taken daily.

Whenever possible, take the opportunity to connect with fellow humans through physical touch and cuddles. It important you make sure you choose someone who wants to hug you back.  There is nothing worse than an empty hug; you will know the difference; it feels weird, and you won’t feel any better afterwards.

In the videos above there are  some good guidelines and ideas for building up to a good long cuddle and how to provide and experience maximum benefits to your health and heart.

  • I would recommend a diary to track your feelings, your health and your overall view on life throughout your hugging experience.
  • I recommend hugs every day or as often as you can. Track in a diary whether there is an improvement to how you feel – and does it make your bond closer to your buddy?
  • I would be curious to know if you experience any changes to your mood, health, and social and emotional bonds. So please send me an email, comment on my social media feed or post a letter to let us know how it goes.

Goodluck Fellow Huggers xxx

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Prescription Nature – Natures Medicine Cures All

Prescription Nature – Natures Medicine Cures All

Prescription Nature – Natures Medicine Cures All

As our world moves further away from the natural and merges into the digital, the gulf between what we are and who we once were widened. Our animal self, our relative ancestry and organic life move toward the artificial and synthetic, and because of this, we are unwell.

The industrial world is eating the natural one. And we do not seem to understand the fallout from the giant global environmental nightmare.
Our disassociation from the natural environment is a major contributor to every illness you could think of almost…

Nature Is Medicine.

“Yes. We have all heard the catch cry -‘ Nature is the best medicine’, but what does that exactly mean, and if true, how so?.

 It is a fact that almost every medicine available for the treatment of major medical illnesses like cancer, leukaemia and Parkinson’s are derived from nature. We take compounds from the wild and synthesise them into costly medicine. So, where did the knowledge of these compounds and drugs originate? Native medicine men and women. But that is another story.

This one is about nature being a salve to all that ails us and how she does it.

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