In this extract from our Spring 2020 issue, our co-editor Alison McEvoy discusses how we can maximise our brain health naturally, using principles from the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. Read on to learn more!
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Who doesn’t love a sweet treat every now and again? When that sweet treat is also nourishing, healthy, and free of chemical additives, it’s bound to be a winner. In our Spring 2020 issue, we were excited to interview Noele McEvoy of Supernature. Supernature specialises in crafting impossibly delicious chocolatey treats, which are composed of just four ingredients! Read on to learn all about them.
Looking for a way to kick-start your creativity? We can highly recommend the creative writing classes and workshops offered by Siofra O’Donovan. We were thrilled to feature her work in our Winter 2019/20 issue – read on to learn all about it!
If you’re looking for a nutrition brand that will help you to improve your health and energy levels, while also bearing the needs of the planet in mind, look no further than One Nutrition! We had the chance to interview the founders, Darragh Hammond and Dominic Galvin, for our Winter 2019/20 issue.
Ria Cusack is an amazing kinesiologist, postural alignment specialist and fitness practitioner, based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. We were honoured to feature her in our recent Winter 2019/20 magazine! Read on to learn all about her work.
Avondale Retreat provides an amazing space to unwind, get away and attune to your true nature. This wonderful article (which appeared in our Winter 2019/20 issue) by founder Helen Holt offers a beautiful description of the driving force behind the Retreat’s offerings: helping people to feel Alive, feel Loved, and to Belong. Read on to learn all about it.
This Thursday, we are hosting the amazing ‘natural rebel’ April Danann at Positive Nights, for a revolutionary talk on climate change, ascension and shifting our consciousness. We are marking the occasion by sharing this short but beautiful piece she wrote on the nature of love, which appeared in our Winter 2019/20 issue. To read the full magazine, pick up a copy or subscribe.
By Alison McEvoy
I began seeking out a healthier lifestyle in my early teens. Reheated stew was my weekly fare and my family relied way too heavily on canned and frozen food that I just couldn’t stomach anymore. Almost overnight, at fourteen years, it dawned on me that I had the power to choose.
Much to the consternation of my family, I turned vegetarian, began a yoga practice that has stayed with me through thick and thin for the past seventeen years and decided to go organic – venturing into what health stores I could find and pestering my father (which he secretly loved) to drive me out to farmers’ markets on Saturday mornings. It was on my travels back in 2005 that I first came across Ayurveda. The word mysteriously hung in the air when I spoke it to myself, beckoning me into deeper discovery. In 2016, eleven years and much googling later, I joined the first Ayurvedic Studies Diploma being taught in Ireland.
The intelligence and simplicity of Ayurvedic knowledge feels like home. It gives me a world-and-health-view that I can feel the truth of. The more I learn, the more appreciation and gratitude I experience, for the perfect potential harmony that exists between Mother Nature and her human child. It is amazing to learn how the food and herbs provided by the natural world are so attuned to our body’s requirements and needs, and about how to come back into rhythm with our body’s nature which is itself a part of Nature as a whole. The journey continues as we delve into year two…. wish me luck!
By Orla Bass
James French is the founder of the Trust Technique, a simple technique derived from the understandings of Animal Communication and Reiki healing, that he and his partner Shelley teach to animal owners and rescue centres around the world. James’ dream is that all humans learn to treat animals with mindful regard, using trust rather than fear as their point of connection.
The Trust Technique recognises that animals and humans share feelings, and is based on the belief that through mindful interaction, anyone can learn the simple skill set to communicate with their animal and create a peaceful, confident and trustful relationship. James’ connection with animals began at an early age. He admits he was incredibly fortunate to have had a challenging childhood. His family experienced a lot of pain and upset. However, for James, this meant that he discovered a healing connection with the animals that surrounded him on the family farm. These animals were his lifeline, supporting him during those turbulent times. He now believes that the Trust Technique was first shown to him by the compassionate support of the animals through these childhood connections.
Our emotions impact theirs, and their behavioural issues can result from a lack of understanding of their needs. The Trust Technique is about teaching people to help their animal. For James, “you can’t just go and mend an animal. If you don’t change the environment, the animal will revert to its old behaviour.” They have a saying that “sensitivities never leave but they can be transformed.” Through mindful regard and unconditional love even the most troubled soul – animal or human – can find solace.
By Aisling Cronin
Kevin Griffin’s therapeutic journey began under the guidance of his brother Tom, and explores the unconscious mind’s role in creating blockages within our lives and our bodies. Now, both brothers practice bio-energy and a special healing technique called Hidden Mind: Tom in Mayo, and Kevin in Dublin.
Kevin explains that a new client will typically attend four sessions with him, to address imbalances within four different areas of their life: physical, emotional, nutritional, and energetic. He says, “The energy field holds a picture of our optimal state of health. For example, your subconscious mind knows what your liver’s 100% functional state should be, or whether you are impacted by trauma, and the Hidden Mind technique involves using a dowser to access the client’s subconscious.” The therapy incorporates both touch and non-touch hand techniques (to manipulate blockages in a client’s energy field).
After the sessions, clients are provided with corrective sounds and affirmations to help them maintain equilibrium. One client says that the Hidden Mind therapy completely changed her life and the lives of her family members. “One of my sons, aged four, has always been prone to aggression, and we tried everything to help him,” she explains. “When we took him to Kevin, he discovered that a bone in his head was out of place, and fixed it without even needing to touch him. After that, my son became very calm. His teacher remarked that he was a completely changed child!”