Volume 7 Issue 4 - January/February 2002
I started writing about my Down Under trip as an editorial
and, as I suspected, it grew larger than I had intended so,
instead, I made it into an article called, Soothing My
Soul Down Under (p. 16). In it I capture a very tiny
portion of my experiencesthose that came to mind when
I sat down to write. What particularly stood out for me was
the realization that thirty years ago I mustnt have
noticed the thick tropical vegetation or the large number
of exotic birds in these two countries because this time
they seemed brand new to me. Wherever I went it felt like
I was in an enchanted forest and as I travelled each day
I soaked up the sights, sounds, and smells so I could bring
that energy and beauty back with me. Everything in their
nature was truly a delight to look upon, particularly because
it is so vastly different from the nature we have in Canada.
From my casual observations in both New Zealand and Australia,
I would say they have the same percentage of people interested
in wholistic health care as we in Canada. They have a variety
of organic grocery stories and a large number of health food
stores that carry primarily supplements and body care products.
As well, they have the same kinds of therapies and practices.
I also picked up a few magazines such as WHOLifE and purchased
some from news stands, all of which had articles and advertisers
very similar to our Canadian wholistic health publications.
My overall opinion from this trip is that the world is a
small place and getting smaller all the time.
Since my return Ive received lots of warm welcomes
from clients and friends and I thank you all for thinking
about me. Its great to be back and to see and hear
from you again. As I begin my work there continues to be
a terrific response to all aspects of the Journal, which
means we are able to bring you another issue full of interesting
and informative articles, along with an abundance of advertisers
who primarily live in our communities, and who are providing
a wide variety of practices, products, and services for the
benefit of our good health and well-being. Bless you all!
Saskatoon has a new Naturopathic doctor, Alana Barmby, to
whom we are grateful for her article, Naturopathic Medicine,
Its Stronger Than Ever! (p. 14). Welcome, Dr. Barmby!
This kind of medicine is playing an important role in helping
to bring about the integration of allopathic and natural
medicine so we can eventually have the best of both worlds
in our health care system.
In an intriguing new article, Circles of Light (p.
10), author Todd Lorentz describes a new phenomenon, similar
to the idea of crop circles, that has been seen in Edmonton
and several cities in the USA. Mr. Lorentz, who lives in
Edmonton, actually saw these circles of light that appeared
on various buildings and took photos of them. He says, "they
cast a healing glow on those people and communities that
they grace." For those who are interested in rare and
unusual sightings on our planet, youll enjoy reading
Measuring Success (p.
24) by Sheila Bautz of Middle Lake, Saskatchewan, is a excerpt
from her first book entitled, Spiritually Speaking
in December, 2001. In it she says the "key to success
is attained through trusting, improving and empowering oneself."
Nutritional Consultant, Paulette Millis, was busy while
I was away writing about the Extremely Versatile Cabbage (p.
8). I was truly amazed at the many benefits of this seldom-praised
vegetable and you will be too! From sauerkraut to salads,
cabbage is an all-around choice for good health! Theres
Root Woman, Kahlee Keane says, "Loving lichens is easy
for a lot of reasons. They are an example of a flourishing
symbiotic relationship, living for each other and the good
of the communityplants, animals and humans." Read
all about it on p. 6.
It is now becoming more important than ever for all of us
to nurture and support ourselves and each other in whatever
ways we can, in order to make the world a better place in
which to live. May we keep this in mind as we start a new
year and send out our prayers for world peace to the worlds
leaders and to each other.
Have a joyous and prosperous new year and may we grow together
in peace, joy, and love! Blessed Be!
(I honour the Spirit in you!)