We are excited to announce that Níall Ó Murchú – one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of the Wim Hof Method of breathwork here in Ireland – will be joining us at Positive Nights on Thursday January 31st from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Looking for a real treat to lift the January blues, Positive Lifers? If so, check out Soul Centred Retreats’ ‘New Year, New You’ retreat, taking place in Aherlow House Hotel, Co. Tipperary, from January 14th to the 17th.
This beautiful reflection on the famed Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route by Brendan McManus gave us some food for thought. This account of his incredible journey appears in our Winter 2018/19 issue, and it’s got us feeling inspired … have any of you ever walked the Camino or a similar pilgrimage route, Positive Lifers?
Happy Winter Solstice, Positive Lifers! In this extract from our Winter 2018/19 issue, acclaimed health and wellness coach Alison Canavan discusses some of the challenges of winter, and how we can learn how to thrive during the winters of life. Remember: the darkest hour comes before the dawn.
‘Tis the season to be jolly … and we’re getting into the spirit here at Positive Life Magazine with this roundup of amazing events, products, services and news to celebrate during this festive month of December! Read on, enjoy, and most importantly, have a very merry Christmas.
We are pleased to announce that the wonderful community musician John Bowker will be joining us at Positive Nights on Thursday December 6th for an evening of Christmas Heartsongs. The event will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
John Bowker is well-known within Ireland’s holistic community for his heart-centred musical workshops and Tribal Spirit Drumming sessions. We have been pleased to host him here at Positive Nights on a number of previous occasions, and on Thursday December 6th, we are going to do it all again.
On this evening, we will enjoy a Christmas special with John, who will guide through a range of Heartsongs designed to awaken joy and contemplation. John describes Heartsongs as “software to open your heart, exploring intentional blessings and weaves of harmony in a playful friendly space for humans”. Expect to feel a lot of love in the room!
Absolutely no prior singing experience is required and absolute beginners are welcome. Doors open at 7.00 and the event begins at 7.30.
You can pay on the door or book your tickets here.
In a world filled with distractions, what can we do to stay healthy? Bioenergy and frequency pioneer Paulette Agnew shares her tips for enjoying a healthy, vibrant life. This article is taken from our Autumn 2018 issue. Subscribe here to receive a copy of the magazine direct to your door, or check your local stockist.
Returning to Our Natural Resonance
The FAB Approach to Health
by Paulette Agnew
My FAB Health book exposes a successful new emerging healing paradigm using Frequency and Bioenergy (FAB) devices and practices. For too long, general science has led us to believe that our bodies and our environment are just bundles of molecules and that when this biochemical mix becomes sick, it has nothing to do with us. The reality is, we are living in a sea of energy, light and interconnected consciousness, emitted and absorbed by all things. The future of our world and our own wellness lies directly at our doorstep.
The FAB Health book came about due to my experience with chronic Lyme disease. Ten years of misdiagnosis and debilitating symptoms had brought me to my knees. Cardiac problems, semi paralysis, memory loss, chronic fatigue, arthritis, hair loss, insomnia, depression … the list was endless. A barrage of pharmaceutical antibiotic drugs is the normal approach, but research reveals that many of the thousands of people who are given this treatment never fully recover. Instead, FAB medicine rebuilt my battered body, initiating a deep desire to find out why it works and share it with all of you!
So what can we do to stay healthy?
Light is key. Biophotons emit both information and energy. Molecules and cells require both to function and we get this from being outside in natural daylight. Modern comfort-based lifestyles are a trap. Living inside at work, school, shopping malls, and even transport reduces our time in nature, where we should be absorbing those vital photons.
Get grounded. Throw off those shoes, feel the earth beneath your feet as often as possible, and a stream of electrons will flow up through and into the connective tissue. We need abundant electrons to fight free radicals and transport energy throughout the body.
Hydrate. Alkalised water, such as Kangen water, helps the body to fight off acidity caused by stress. Get a water device for your home. By drinking enough water, (not beer, tea or cola) the cells can flush out toxins which impair normal healthy cell function.
Detox, detox, detox! The body is like a spaceship, full of trillions of individual cells. Each one requires good nutrition in and waste out. Exercise, fasting, correct diet and saunas are just a few of the simple, fun and inexpensive ways to help yourself.
Last but not least, electromagnetic smog, from mobile phones, masts, computers, WiFi, 4G, 5G, etc, are all propelling unnatural frequencies into our cells, disturbing our healthy frequencies and correct cellular communication. It is now essential to protect yourself and your home/workplace from those things that disrupt our natural bioenergetic pathways. One company called Bioprotective Systems have gadgets that can be attached to phones, modems etc. I personally use the BICOM bioresonance device for diagnosis and treatment with my clients. I also use the CoRe Inergetix to run a full health scan on my non-local international clients.
Welcome to a new world of healing – yet the oldest on the planet – where you are not a victim of illness, but a co-creator in your recovery and personal awakening journey.
Paulette’s Tips for a Healthy Life
•Walk barefoot in nature – allow the Earth to nourish you
•Drink alkalised water – Kangen water is a good example of this
•Exercise regularly – yoga, Chi Gong or walking are all powerful forms of exercise you can try
•Protect yourself from harmful electromagnetic frequencies with bioprotective devices
•Eat nutritious, organic food
•Use natural skin products to reduce the body’s chemical load
For more information on diagnosis and treatments with Paulette, the devices and to order FAB Health go to: fabhealthbook.com
In this instalment of Autumn Vibes – which appears in our just-released Autumn 2018 issue – we picked the best products, events, and positive news that the holistic scene has to offer this season. To get your copy of the new issue, check your nearest stockist or subscribe to have a copy sent direct to your door.
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
The Autumnal, John Donne
Products With Pep
Newly launched Irish brand Chi Fit Tea is an amazing blend. Ten ingredients from Yunnan, the oldest tea region in China, are selected for their unique energy boosting properties and delicious flavour. This tea can also be used to aid slimming in conjunction with the Chi Fitness healthy eating programme.
Squbes are an Irish health food company with a passion for healthy living and nature. Their delicious, gluten-free, cube-shaped granola snacks come in a variety of different flavours: dark chocolate, coconut and sea salt; blueberry, cranberry and vanilla; and caramel, almond and sea salt.
YourBeautyTonic is a unique food supplement that nourishes skin, hair and nails from the inside out. It’s rich in collagen, hyaluronic acid and 14 other nutrients that assist not only skin, hair and nails, but – along with added magnesium bisglycinate, B12 and MSM – are also beneficial for sleep, energy and joint health.
Water is one of the most important substances in the world, and drinking plenty of it on a daily basis is vital to our health and wellbeing. Kangen® Water is alkaline, antioxidant, rich in minerals, purged of impurities, and best of all … it can be made in your own home.
For a takeaway with a difference, check out NKD Pizza’s unique offering: pizza with a crust composed of ten different ancestral grains. Yes, you read that right – ten. By making better, more thoughtful decisions when sourcing their ingredients, they hope to create a healthier pizza. NKD Pizza is based in Rathgar, Co. Dublin.
A Positive Tip
by Corina Bambina
A ‘negative’ emotion is only negative if you resist it, push it away or deny the feeling. Joy can be a negative emotion if you’re not letting yourself feel joy when it comes (maybe because you’re so used to the opposite). Allow emotions to transform and teach you.
Looking for a unique gift idea this autumn? Check out the creations of psychic artist Patricia Hughes, based in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Her paintings contain roses, mandalas, dancing feet, and other vivid scenes, all inspired by otherworldy themes. If you would like a unique piece of spirit art hanging on your wall, contact her.
087 237 8568
The Time is Now
Never before has there been such a proliferation of entrepreneurs and cultural creatives in Ireland: beavering away, following their passion and contributing to making the world a better place. Psychotherapist Monica Haughey offers monthly forums in Dublin where small groups of women meet to support each other and grow their businesses.
Movement coach Tobias Pintar, based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, runs weekly movement therapy classes aimed at reducing chronic pain. In these classes, he teaches stretching and foam rolling exercises specifically designed to reduce muscular tension levels, for long term pain relief.
Yoga of Life
If you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, look into Living Yoga’s teacher training programme. They welcome qualified teachers from all lineages for one or more modules, and combine traditional yoga studies with contemporary somatics, experiential anatomy, developmental movement, voice work, and applied teaching methodology.
Stores to Restore
Healthy Habits Store in Quarantine Hill, Co. Wicklow, has everything you need to live a healthful, happy, productive life. They run inspiring courses, monthly talks and holiday retreats in exotic locations … and even produce their own vegan and gluten-free wraps, energy bars, onion bread and breakfast cereals. The selection must be seen to be believed!
The Health Beat
Beata’s Health Shop in Killorglin, Co. Kerry, pursues an impressive zero waste policy. All organic nuts, dry fruit, grains and seeds are available loose, with customers encouraged to bring reusable jars or containers. In-house treatments include Lomi Lomi, holistic massage, energy treatments, nutritional consultations, health talks, vitamin and mineral tests, and much more.
Kate Curtis of Golden Spears Healing is hosting a holotropic breathwork workshop from the 5th to the 7th of October in Aghvannagh, Co. Wicklow. The circle will be opened with shamanic drumming, followed by acupuncture sessions. Breathing quickly and deeply for two to three hours will be the method used to go deep within.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, known throughout the world as Amma, has served the world for decades, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration. She has inspired thousands to follow in her path of service to humanity. Receive your embrace from Amma at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, from the 13th to the 14th of October 2018.
Corina Bambina and Kim Kindersley recently began to lead special ceremonies through Chant Breath Dance. Having completed a weekend workshop in Glastonbury, they are coming to Dublin soon. Kim says, ‘when you combine dance, sacred chanting, ritual and breath work, it really heightens the group experience. I can’t wait to share it.’
This autumn, we have many exciting events lined up for Positive Nights. Some highlights include a mini parenting workshop with our regular Positive Parenting writer Anna Cole, an evening of psychic art, a visit from renowned medicine woman Rosie White Elk and lots more … watch this space!
Our resident gardening and food writer Hans Wieland shares the secrets of horseradishes in this extract from our Summer 2018 issue.
Horseradish, a Vegetable to Cry For
Growing vegetables that make a difference
By Hans Wieland
I have been living with horseradish all my life – in fact, even before my life, as the wedding dish of my parents was beef in horseradish cream sauce with potatoes, considered a poor man’s dish in the 50s, but with an outstanding flavour, as my late mum claimed.
Horseradish is a hardy root crop, an often neglected group of nutritious vegetables, which are most useful during the winter months. In German, it’s called “Meerrettich” (sea radish) because it grows best by the sea. Many believe the English mispronounced the German word “Meer” and began calling it “mareradish.” Eventually it became known as horseradish. In my humble view, horseradish is one of those plants that can transform dishes.
How to grow horseradish…
My parents did not live by the sea. They grew their horseradish beside the compost heap, probably with no other intention than to give it enough space. The main culinary use at home was for sauces, to be grated and mixed with freshly made quark, and also as a source of Vitamin C in my mum’s winter tonic of horseradish, onions and garlic.
Horseradish is a vigorous perennial plant from the Cabbage family (brassica), which also includes mustard, wasabi and broccoli. It can grow up to one metre tall and develops long stout roots. As a root vegetable, it is cultivated primarily for its large, white, tapered root, and also used as a spice. The plant is probably native to south eastern Europe and western Asia, but has a place in most Middle European gardens.
It grows better roots for harvesting if given its own space and attention. A rich fertile soil would be great. Being a deep root crop, it needs depth to grow, so a hard subsoil won’t be to its liking. But in the wide area between these extremes, which is pretty much any healthy garden soil, it will give you a good crop with very little effort.
We grow horseradish at Neantóg in true family tradition, beside our compost heap where its spreading habit doesn’t become a problem. In a herb garden, it can be grown in a big and deep container: a half barrel, for example. It’s a large-leafed, tall perennial plant, so make sure it won’t be overpowering a more delicate neighbour.
Horseradish is best grown from a root cutting – similar to comfrey – or start with a potted plant from a good garden centre. In year one, I recommend growing it in a big, tall pot to boost growth without harvesting. In year two it can be planted in its final position.
After the first frost in autumn kills the leaves, the root can be dug and divided. The main root is harvested and one or more large offshoots of the main root are replanted to produce next year’s crop. Horseradish left undisturbed in the garden spreads via underground shoots and can become invasive. Older roots left in the ground become woody, after which they are no longer culinarily useful, though older plants can be dug and re-divided to start new plants. The early season leaves can be distinctively different: asymmetric and spiky, before the mature typical flat broad leaves start to be developed.
The culinary use of horseradish
The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma, but when cut or grated, enzymes from the now broken plant cells break down the sugars to produce mustard oil, which can irritate the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes. Once exposed to air or heat, it will begin to lose its pungency, darken in colour, and become unpleasantly bitter tasting over time.
The mustard oil (allyl isothiocyanate) serves the plant as a natural defence against herbivores. When an animal chews the plant, the mustard oil is released, repelling the animal. The health benefits of horseradish are manifold: a very high Vitamin C content, antibiotic properties and beneficial for blood circulation. Homemade remedies are more potent than bought ones. Chefs often use the grated root of the horseradish plant mixed with vinegar, which they call “prepared horseradish”. Preserved like that, it can be stored for months under refrigeration, but eventually it will darken, indicating it is losing flavour and should be replaced. The leaves of the plant or “horseradish greens” – while edible – are not commonly eaten, because of their very strong flavour.
The preferred use of horseradish in the Wieland household, besides being an ingredient in Gaby’s master tonic, is mixing it with quark, soft cheeses or ricotta. Here is a very simple recipe:
500g of fresh quark or soft cheese
3-4 tablespoons of freshly grated horseradish
1 apple grated, lemon juice, salt and pepper to season
Hans Wieland worked and taught at the Organic Centre for over 20 years before ‘retiring’ to Neantóg Kitchen Garden School in Cliffoney this May, along with his wife Gaby Wieland, herbalist and naturopath. The couple offer a range of courses and workshops in food growing, fermenting, foraging, cheese making, healthy cooking and baking.
Join legendary mystics Tantra Maat and Anne Tyrrell on their sacred spiritual tour of Ireland, taking place from September the 13th to September the 23rd. Their tour will take them from the North to the West of the country, then the South to the East, before journeying to the centre and ending their journey at Uisneach Hill at 10.00 a.m. on September the 24th. The full explanation of their tour, including further information about locations and times, can be found via this link.
Tantra Maat is a mystic, seer and the author of An Irish Tale of a Modern Mystic and The Language of Creation. Maat was highly intuitive from a young age. Throughout her life, she has accurately predicted the challenges of awakening in humankind. In 2011, she created what she terms ‘a living field of unity within which humankind could get a living experience of the realm of unity.’ She is passionate about assisting the evolutionary process of the Earth, knowing that this is our time to awaken beyond the social, biological and cultural limitations that have been imposed upon us.
Maat says: ‘I give voice to the sacred vision manifesting at this unique point in the evolution of human consciousness. That sacred vision awakens us into embodying our unique and essential design that carries our direct link with Creation. My life’s work is devoted to freeing the human system – mind, body, and spirit – from the illusion of separateness that has manifested realities of separation, and to return the human system to the unified fields of Creation from which the human system was created. This reunification opens human beings into realities of unity that exist in obscurity in realities that separate human beings from themselves, others, life and the greater eternity of which they are a part.’
Maat has a special connection with Ireland, as her spiritual name of Tantra Maat was given to her by none other than Fungi the Dolphin, Dingle Bay’s most well-known resident! She has returned to Ireland many times over the years to access the special energies that this land holds – secrets that we are only just beginning to understand. Maat asks:
Did you make a pact in the distant past to walk again on this sacred land now named Ireland?
Did you promise your clans and allies you would, in future time, rally to move together into the greater whole of that which we are all a part?
Do you hear that you are part of a pilgrimage that has to be honoured in the now?
If so, Tantra Maat and fellow seer Anne Tyrrell invite you to walk with them as they progress on a spiritual tour around Ireland, reconciling the past, present and future, answering an ancient call to meet in this potent time within time. You may be called to one stop, many or all. Each will have its significance.
At various points, they will stop to rest and to gather as community in unity, “ag cur eolais trí scéalta” -sharing through stories – at “oíche comhluadar” – nights in the company of clann or family – to honour the ancient and the new, the myths and legends, the Gods and Goddesses, the elementals and Shee, the masculine and feminine, the language and the sounds of this deeply mystical land.
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