Last week I was lucky enough to have one of those weekdays spent chatting to a like-minded soul about life. In a park. Under the spring sunshine. Eating a raw cake. Bliss. It’s one of those simple pleasures that can leave such a lasting impact on your whole week, don’t you think?
Contributed by Verusha Singh
Success means different things to different people. For some, it’s fame and fortune, and for others, it’s status, a happy relationship, a university degree, a trade or profession, raising ‘good’ children, helping people or the environment. For a minority, success is the journey itself or simply reaching a desired state of being.
Sometimes I just want to curl up under my shell and hide. My slightly inhibited ways could be because I’m a Cancerian, in which, like the crab, we like to protect our soft insides with a tough outer exterior. But it’s mainly because I’m an introvert (an INFJ to be exact). I have a natural tendency to prefer my own internal world of thoughts and feelings than wanting to be around a group of people.
Last weekend I went to the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi for an Ayurvedic consultation.
It was like a having a check up with a GP except that instead of the doctor trying to find out what might be wrong with you, an Ayurvedic doctor wants to determine your ‘dosha’ or body type, which helps them understand why you may be experiencing certain types of symptoms or imbalances.
My Lola (grandma), also known as Inang or Meding to friends and family, turns 91 year this year. Inevitably, it’s made me think about how she’s been able to stay so strong and sharp up to this ripe old age (and praying for many more years to come).
I’ve been fortunate to have amassed a large collection of health books over the years (thanks to some great PR people and publishing houses), but there’s only a handful that have a special place on my bookshelf.
These books have been dog-eared, highlighted from cover to cover, and kept as constant reference pieces that have either helped me understand a more holistic approach to health, the importance of good food, or have inspired me to take better care of myself. I hope they inspire you as well: