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If you are drained, rather than energised, after your exercise routine, you may be doing too much too often. Ian Craig explains the problem of exercise addiction and how you can be healthier by focussing on quality and balance rather than quantity.
The land of the Cape Epic, Two Oceans, Comrades, Ironman . . . South Africa is certainly a land of extremes. When I moved to this wonderful country from the UK many years ago, I was totally amazed at how fixated people were with volume of exercise. I met people who were spending three hours in the gym daily, runners who did 30 to 40 km 'pack runs' on a Sunday, cyclists who would think nothing of a six-hour ride and triathletes who would try and cram all three disciplines into a day.
‘When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.’ ˜ Rainer Maria Rilke
Ask anyone to visualise being on holiday and the chances are they’ll see themselves on a beach somewhere. Stretches of white sand with palm trees and turquoise water have become the cliché vacation when we need timeout. We associate going to the beach as a soothing salve for the soul, which is why, come each holiday, thousands of us head for the coast.
Baobab seeds are cold-pressed to release a rich golden-amber oil which provides impressive moisturising qualities to both skin and hair. Sought after as an ingredient by many major cosmetic houses, baobab oil contains omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, vital for maintaining a healthy glowing skin.
Baobab oil is plant-based and is therefore absorbed easily and quickly, improving skin elasticity and encouraging the regeneration of cells. It does not clog pores. It is a superb moisturiser excellent for treating extremely dry skin conditions, and can also be used to condition dry and brittle hair.
True posperity is the inevitable reward for a willingness to walk the path of service with Love, to open our hearts to the magnificence of our Universe.
There is no such thing as something for nothing. We get what we give. We may take from others in our ignorance, not realising that we are only depleting our own storehouse. Money, like blood, must cirulate to remain alive, to retain its vital spark. Generosity for the wise reason is always rewarded in mysterious ways through Universal Law. The shape of coins will change with the realm; but like energy, the abundance they represent can neither be created nor destroyed. Their essence possesses intrinsic beauty and purity, like fine gold or brilliant gems. So too is the essence of our deeds. Definiteness of purpose with wise action will help focus this energy of abundance. A magnifying glass intensifies mild sunlight to blazing heat. Focus is the key.
The message is very simple and very clear: If we don’t balance our books, the Universe will do it for us. For example, if an employer lessens the worth of employees, the entire business is cheapened, for good employees are valuable assets. Both employer and employee must understand that our Universe does not permit something for nothing.
In truth, there is no separation between self and other, or self and Universe. A single drop of seawater possesses all the content and quality of the ocean, without needing to be the ocean. The trick to getting along with other people is to let them be who they are, instead of trying to change them to whom we are. When we give of ourselves and see ourselves as universal, we acknowledge a universal expression through Divinity. Every gift of Love moves from the finite to the infinite, like water rising from the sea to the clouds, and back again to the finite in drops of rain.
The number ‘0’ represents the way of all cycles in the Universe, and the balancing of all books. Everything we send out will return in its own cycle if we are patient. Remember that we cannot force rain from the clouds; when the clouds are ready, the prosperous rains will come.
Prosperity does not always arise from counting arbitrary units of wealth in time and space. True prosperity is the inevitable reward for a willingess to walk the path of service with Love, to open our hearts to the magnificence of our Universe. Prosperity is the fulfillment of void and inner peace of mind. There is nothing gained, nothing is lost in the perfect balance of our universe. Love is all there is. This is the true gift of God. When we permit ourselves to Love, we walk in courage. When we live by the virtues of Life, we have prosperity.
SourceDemartini JF. The Wisdom of the Oracle. 1st Books LibraryTM; 2001.A
Executive chef Christiaan Campbell and Boschendal’s horticulturist and food garden manager Megan McCarthy talk about how best to grow and enjoy tomatoes.
Christiaan: Tomatoes are at their best mid to late summer. I’m very passionate about where our food comes from and obviously the health of the soil. The tomatoes are picked here at Boschendal and some from our partners that I work with. Of all fruit and vegetables, the tomato is a very interesting plant in that it apparently puts into its fruit whatever is in its soil – including heavy metals and toxins. You need to know where your tomatoes are grown if you are particular about what you put into your mouth. The tomato will gladly pass on the general soil health – so it’s good to know your tomato’s origin. Obviously it’s important to buy organic and from a farmer that is concerned about soil health.
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