If you are a regular reader of our print magazine, you may recognise Alison as the author of our Positively Metaphysical column: offering her sage advice, issue after issue, on subjects such as mindful exercising, the importance of spending time in nature, or learning how to care for ourselves. She is also the organiser behind the highly successful Full 360 health and wellbeing shows that take place on a regular basis around the country.
The Joys of January: Happy New Year, Positive Lifers! We wish you all the best for the year ahead, and we hope 2019 has many blessings and gifts in store for each one of you. Sit back and enjoy this collection of inspirational events, products and holistic news we have put together for you this month, and get ready to start the year with a bang!
Want to kick-start your New Year in a positive way? Check out Fresh Resolutions, an annual coming-together summit of some of Ireland’s leaders in health and wellbeing. It takes place on Saturday January 5th, 2019, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. Some of the speakers will include The Happy Pear brothers, Christina Noble, Alison Canavan and Mark Pollock. Read on to learn more!
If you’re looking for some truly high-octane inspiration and insight this New Year, you need to check out the Pendulum Summit, taking place on the 9th and 10th of January 2019 in the Convention Centre Dublin. It is the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit, offering a life-altering experience to all who attend. Read on to learn all about it! And make sure you check out our competition on Facebook, where we are giving away a ticket to one lucky reader.
Interested in attending a workshop with powerful potential to realign yourself with your highest purpose? Check out Orla Phelan’s Soul Goals workshop, taking place in Tulfarris, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, from 9.45 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Saturday November 17th.
Orla Phelan entered the world of meditation, energy healing, wellbeing and facilitating spiritual workshops in 2003. She created her Soul’s Goals workshops as a way to tune into inner guidance and live each day with greater satisfaction and fulfilment. Over the past seven years, it has become the model she lives by to continue living happier, more fulfilling days. It is her delight to share this approach with others.
This Saturday 17th November, from 9.45 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., she is running a Soul’s Goals workshop in Tulfarris, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. She will be joined by the gifted light language artist Delphia An Ra, from the Netherlands. During the workshop, you can expect to:
- Receive two light language activations with Delphia An Ra to help you align with your higher path.
- Ponder and discuss acceptance, visions, sacrifice, transformation, delight and the higher path.
- Have a day for yourself: for clarity and alignment with your higher path going forward.
- Connect with the group to share, align with and hold the greatest vision you can for yourself and this planet.
The event page on Facebook contains a video by Orla and further details. Places are limited, so if this resonates with you and you would like to book your place, contact Orla as soon as possible.
She says, “Life is calling you to listen and receive the most beautiful visions for your life and for this world. Are you ready to anchor in the light?”
The Soul’s Goals process is all about attuning to your inner guidance and the journey that takes place from here. The day will include workbook material, sharing, lunch, chats and time to sit/ meditate/ walk in nature and welcome inspiration.
For more information on the Soul’s Goals workshop programme, click here.
The full cost for the day is between €69 and €88, depending on what feels right to you and what you can afford. Everyone who is curious about the process is welcome: no previous experience necessary. A €39 deposit secures your space, with the rest payable on the day. You can pay your €39 deposit by: using cash; clicking here; organising a bank transfer with Orla; or using the ‘donate button’ on her home page, orlaphelan.com.
November‘s News: It’s official. Winter is here, and it’s time for the gloves and scarves to come out. Our summer heatwave is a distant memory … but there are many things to look forward to about this time of year. What could be better, for instance, than sitting beside a roaring fire, dressed in cosy pyjamas and enjoying some delicious hot chocolate, while the cold rages on outside? We have picked out a number of treats for you to check out this month, ranging from our very own Positive Nights events (look out for our extra-special speed dating event or Heartsongs with John Bowker) to an in-depth look at the gorgeous Calm Rooms of Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
Positive Nights: Some of Our Best Picks to Enjoy!
Following our successful speed dating events last November and April, we are ready to bring it to another level and help singles to connect once again. From your hosts with the most, Orla Bass and Paul Congdon, we present to you an evening of Speed Dating From the Heart on Thursday the 22nd of November, from 7.15 to 10.00 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. Click here to learn more and get your tickets.
Also make sure you keep an eye out for our Heartsongs with John Bowker on December 6th, and our event with Andrea Hayes on December 13th. Details will be announced soon – watch this space!
The Organic Trust: Excellence Assured
The Organic Trust is the organic certification body of choice for professional organic producers in Ireland. The Trust describes their mission as, quite simply, “upholding the integrity of organic food.” The organic food sector in Ireland is in a continuous state of development, and the Organic Trust are proud to certify a huge range of organic products on retail shelves in Ireland (with the bulk of Irish-produced organic food being marketed under the Organic Trust logo). If you are an organic producer who wants to learn more, make sure you check out their website!
The Calm Rooms of Monkstown: An Oasis of Wellness
The Calm Rooms is a brand-new wellness hub in Monkstown Village, specialising in therapeutic treatments, meditation, yoga and pilates. This new business is hoping to establish themselves as a premium centre for wellness and relaxation in the city. We can’t wait until they announce their full range of treatments! Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more. You can also watch our recent Facebook live video that we did with them to get a sense of what they’re all about.
Our Exciting New Visualisation Track With Judith McAdam
We are pleased to introduce a meditation track we have always wanted to do for you: a 20-minute visualisation in which you get to actively enhance your resonance with health, love, abundance and your personal purpose. This track was co-created by the Positive Life team and Judith McAdam. Judith is a renowned theologian, kinesiologist, holistic life coach and author of the beautiful book The Source, and we are thrilled to have launched this new collaboration with her. To learn more and download the track, just click here.
In this extract from our Autumn 2018 issue, we spoke to Sinead Mitchell of the renowned nutritional supplement and research company Pharma Nord. She had some exciting news to share about heart health, based on a revolutionary Swedish study! If you haven’t had a chance to pick up our Autumn 2018 issue yet, click here to find your local stockist, or here to subscribe to the magazine.
Health Boosting Nutrients
Revolutionary study gives hope for heart health
by Aisling Cronin
Pharma Nord is a Nutritional Supplement Brand renowned for its revolutionary approach to nutritional support. Its high grade supplements are backed by rigorous scientific research, which documents their products’ safety and superior bio-availability (which, in laymen’s terms, refers to how easily absorbed they are). Pharma Nord’s research database contains over 9,000 scientific studies which serve to inform their impressive product development program. To date, more than 300 scientific studies involving Pharma Nord products have been published, one of the most striking being the KiSel-10 study, carried out in Sweden.
I spoke to Sinead Mitchell, Product Trainer for Healthcare Professionals at Pharma Nord to learn more.
‘The KiSel-10 study was a five-year, placebo-controlled, randomised double-blind study,’ Sinéad explained. ‘Two Pharma Nord products were used in the study: Q10 and Selenium. While there has been a lot of research done about the benefits of selenium for heart health, and the benefits of Q10 for heart health – when taken separately – there wasn’t a lot of research out there investigating the relationship between them, or the potential impact of their combination, which was the primary focus of the KiSel-10 research. The KiSel-10 trial was carried out in a small town in Sweden, with Swedish citizens who were aged 70 to 88. 443 participants took part, making it a very rigorous trial.’
The aim of the study was to observe how Selenium and Q10, when taken together, would affect participants’ heart health. Participants were divided into two groups. One group were administered 200 milligrams of BioActive Q10 Gold every morning, combined with 200 micrograms of BioActive Selenium, while another placebo group did not receive either supplement. Once the five-year study was complete, the results amazed researchers: those receiving the Q10 and Selenium combination were shown to have a 54% reduced risk of mortality through cardiovascular disease.
‘In addition to the reduced risk of mortality measured by the KiSel-10 study over the five years, positive effects could also be seen in all of the inflammatory markers, which are used to measure heart health,’ Sinéad revealed. ‘In fact, in many cases, the supplementation eased the inflammatory markers to a point lower than would be considered ‘normal’ for the participants’ age group, which is fantastically encouraging.’
The KiSel-10 study is now referenced extensively in a number of leading health and scientific journals, including the European Journal For Clinical Nutrition. An additional fourteen further studies have since been pulled from the original KiSel-10 data, as health professionals seek to gather even more insight into the heart-protecting effects of long-term Selenium and Q10 supplementation.
It has been known for decades that Q10 – particularly when consumed in the high grade form, ubiquinol – is a very powerful nutrient, so the KiSel-10 study results, demonstrating the immense impact of both Q10 and Selenium on heart health, are not all that surprising.
Coenzyme Q10 (as it is formally known) is a natural, vitamin-like compound that all cells require in order to produce energy. Levels of this nutrient peak in our twenties and decline from that point onward. However, the discovery of coenzyme Q10 by American scientists in 1957, and the array of scientific studies done in the interim, has empowered us with a tool to potentially prevent this ‘energy drop’ from taking place. Selenium, too, has long been known for its incredible immune-boosting qualities. However it appears that these two nutrients have an even more powerful potential when used in combination.
Based on the promising results of the KiSel-10 study, it seems that long-term consumption of these vital nutrients could have the power to unlock new potential for longevity and improved health.
These heartwarming stories from our Autumn 2018 edition of Positively Newsworthy are sure to lift your spirits! If you have not yet picked up your copy of our Autumn 2018 issue, check your local stockist or subscribe to receive the magazine direct to your door!
Local solutions to global problems
By Alison McEvoy
There are so many ways to interact with the ‘challenges’ the world is encountering. What I love most about the ‘zero heroes’ which are emerging in response to pollution and excess waste production, is their ingenious creativity.
These people, who wish to create a world in which there is zero wastage, have come up with some of the most pioneering and novel ideas around. Take the Recycled Island Foundation for example. They have recently launched the world’s first floating, recycled park on the Maas River in Rotterdam.
The students of Rotterdam University joined in and pioneered the idea of the floating hexagonal building blocks which form the basis of the floating landscape. On top of these is packed all the plastics which the foundation has retrieved using litter traps from the river and, similar to a roof garden, upon these is planted all kinds of greenery, from moss to small trees, and plenty of native plant species.
Not only does the park soften the river’s edge through creating a buffer of green, it also provides a nesting and breeding place for marine life below the water’s surface and bird and insect life above.
These kinds of initiatives clearly show us that ‘waste’ need not be wasted, that there is value in every material that exists, in whatever form it exists, and, if we engage our creativity and problem solving, we can discover new value in what was previously discarded.
The foundation are now looking for new cities and locations to continue their mission!
A Devoted Dog
Brave pup saves the day
by Aisling Cronin
Dogs are true heroes in so many ways – bringing comfort, love and solace to grateful humans all over the globe – but their heroism is never more evident on those astounding occasions when they save their humans from serious injury or even death. This summer, Paula Godwin – a resident of Arizona in the U.S. – was spared a shocking ordeal thanks to the courage of her own dog, a sweet golden retriever named Todd. She, Todd, and the other canines of the household were out on a walk one day in June, when their stroll was interrupted by a not-so-welcome visitor: a rattlesnake.
‘It was a carefree, beautiful morning,’ Paula recalled, ‘but as we were walking down the hill, I literally almost stepped on a rattlesnake. My hero of a puppy, Todd, saved me. He jumped right in front of my leg, where I surely would have been bitten.’
Todd was left with a number of injuries as a result of the snake bite, but he made a speedy recovery thanks to the veterinary care he received. He was later honoured in style at a Diamondbacks American football game, where the crowd were thrilled to see him. Paula is deeply grateful to him for saving her from what could have been a deeply painful or even lethal experience. ‘This is what a hero looks like,’ she declared. ‘Please say a prayer for my sweet hero.’
Lord of the Books
Bin man builds free library
by Aisling Cronin
Twenty years ago, Jose Alberto Gutierrez – a waste collector living in Bogotá, Colombia – found a copy of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina that had been thrown out in one of the wealthier areas of Bogotá. He decided to rescue the book from the rubbish, and thus began his passion for salvaging high-quality books from the waste system and offering them for free to Colombians in need.
Gutierrez has now collected over 20,000 books, spanning a wide range of genres. These books form his free library service, Fundación La Fuerza de las Palabras (Strength of Words Foundation), located in his home in South Bogóta. Gutierrez keeps childrens’ books, classic novels by authors like Margaret Mitchell, Mario Vargas Llosa, and fellow Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, as well as textbooks covering subjects such as science, business and medicine, to name just a few.
The library is open to community children at weekends, and Gutierrez and his wife ship books to other communities in need all over Colombia. Their books have reached over 450 territories in the country. Gutierrez has become affectionately known as ‘the lord of the books’ in his neighbourhood. As he puts it: ‘In an area that lacks access to many resources, a book becomes a symbol of hope. Listen, if humans treated each other as they do in many of the books that I’ve read, this planet would be governed only by love.’
October is upon us and autumn is unfurling at a rapid pace. In this edition of our ever-popular Vibes newsletter, we are pleased to share the details of some amazing events and products on the holistic scene. Grab a nice warming cup of tea and check them out below!
The Joys of October: Temperatures are dipping, leaves are falling, cosy fires are being lit, and Hallowe’en is just around the corner – yes, it is that time of year again. First things first: our cover star Marianne Williamson is coming to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, on Wednesday October 10th, for a special talk being run by the lovely folks over at seminars.ie. Tickets for the much-anticipated event are sold out, but we are giving away a free ticket on our Facebook page – just click here to access our pinned post, which contains all of the competition details. Simply like the post, comment with your favourite Marianne Williamson quote, and you’re in! The winner will be announced on Monday October 8th.
If you haven’t had a chance to read our Autumn 2018 issue, fear not: you can pick up your copy in one of our stockists throughout the country, or subscribe here to get the magazine delivered right to your door.
The Conscious Concert: a Unique Experience of Joy and Connection
For a night out with a difference, check out the Conscious Concert taking place from 1.00 to 10.00 p.m. on Sunday November the 11th in Griffith College, Dublin 8, organised by Conscious Concerts Ireland. The concert experience promises to be an immersive adventure with music and wisdom from around the world, and will include some games that are designed to let your body intelligence guide you to the people you are meant to meet and connect with. The experience will also feature times of stillness and dancing.
Positive Nights Presents: An Evening With Trinity Vision Seeker
We are thrilled to announce that Trinity Vision Seeker (formerly known as White Elk), a gifted grandmother/ healer from the Cree/Salteaux Nation, will visit us for a special evening of love, truth and wisdom on Thursday October 18th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. To learn more and book your ticket, click here.
After her evening with us, Trinity Vision Seeker will be leading inspirational workshops around the country with fellow teacher and healer, Unity Star. For all details on those events, just follow this link.
Rupert Sheldrake to Deliver Seminar on Science and Spirituality
Traditional religion has declined in Europe, but recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights. On Tuesday October the 30th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m., well-known biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake will visit the Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 to deliver a talk on the many intersections between science and spirituality. More information is available here.
Celebrate Hallowe’en in an Alternative, Alcohol-Free Way
If you want to celebrate Hallowe’en in a way that doesn’t put alcohol at the centre of the experience, take a look at the PRANA Alcohol Free Party, set to take place in St. Kevin’s Community Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Dublin 8 on October the 27th, from 5.30 to 10.00 p.m. Organisers promise “an evening of high velocity fun, dance and excitement.” Fancy dress is optional. You can learn more about the ethos and inspiration behind the PRANA Alcohol Free Party by visiting its Facebook page.
Party in My Pants: The U.S. Company Making Menstruation Easier
Party In My Pants specialises in reusable menstrual pads. All of their pads are handmade in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. Owner Luci started sewing at the age of just three, and can whip up anything from a skunk costume to a wedding dress. After years of frustration with conventional menstrual products, Luci sat down at her sewing machine and made her first cloth pad. Her designs are quirky, beautiful and unique – check them out here.
Gifted Intuitive Paul Buggle Offers Profound Readings
Paul Buggle knew he was intuitive from an early age, but in 1991 he began to open up to his psychic gifts in a profound way. He has now worked as a healer and intuitive reader for many years, and views it as an honour to assist clients with their journeys in life. He says: “I help people on their spiritual path. In a reading, which can take up to an hour or more, I communicate with spirit guides and loved ones who have passed over. I never know what will happen in a reading: everyone is unique. It works on many levels, answers questions and brings about balance and harmony. It is always enjoyable and often profound.”
Healing, Courage and Honesty
How cancer set me free
by Keith Cullen
When I started chemotherapy at the start of this year, it took me a while to sort through my feelings: the layers of fear and disbelief, the desire to ignore reality (I am well known for this). I finally had to admit to myself – and I am able to say it out loud now – that I have stage 3 bladder cancer.
All the signs were there, telling me my health was unraveling, but it took a medical emergency before I was ready to listen. This I don’t recommend and this is why I want to share my experience will anyone who will listen. Last year was the best year I’ve ever had. I experienced some big personal awakenings, my career was on the rise, my love life was finally worth talking about, the schedule was full, and the lessons I was learning along the way were inspiring me in all the right directions. I was even prepping to attend the Grammys, for a big showcase and for my album.
During that hectic time, I started to notice blood in my urine. I thought I had some sort of infection. Eager to stay on schedule and keep up with the recording, I did the whole “mind over matter” bit, took advice from health experts and finally saw my local doctor.
By December, my symptoms worsened, and while I was on a trip in Sydney, I sought medical help again. Jessica, an Australian doctor I visited for more antibiotics, required me to have an ultrasound instead. That led to another specialist, which led to a CT scan, which led to my laying on the operating table in Sydney. December 8th will be a date I won’t forget, as they removed a large tumour from by bladder, not really knowing the full extent or nature of how the cancer had spread.
I’ve experienced every different type of emotion possible this year, from ‘WHY ME,’ to ‘I got this,’ to ‘I’m okay,’ to ‘This sucks balls.’ I’ve learned to be okay with not being okay.
I’ve been learning the difference between reality and fantasy, and how to be positive within my reality, rather than ignoring it in order to stay positive. I can be happy and have cancer. I can be whole and also sad about my circumstances. I can be afraid and still courageous about what is happening.
‘It takes a lot of strength to share yourself with someone else’ – a lyric of one of my songs written five years ago is back to remind me why it was written!
Being new to cancer and to chemotherapy, I hadn’t imagined it would force me to be so brutally honest and reflective as I currently am. Each decision I make now has meaning and the value attached to survival, and being a source of good has never been stronger at the forefront of my mind.
I’ve been gracefully broken and now am focused on rebuilding a stronger, more knowledgable, kinder Keith who surrenders to my new path and will continue to keep my arms wide open to life’s opportunities, whilst doing some good along the way.
Everyone is different regarding their journey. Please feel free to share yours with me. Just reach out at any point: Keithcullengm@yahoo.ie