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Tree Energy

Tree Energy

What is this energy about? The Tree/Wood element: the beginning of the cycle, the germination, the renewal. Spring is here! The season of gentle wind, green colours and sour taste. The movement is one of growth and expansion: ascending towards the sky, the Yang, collected and withdrawn in winter, begins to slowly arise and manifest itself. Like the seeds that sprout, it´s now time to create, take on projects, give wings to creativity and passion.
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I garden – therefore I am

I garden – therefore I am

We all need a tonic. A lift. A change of energy. For as our physical fuel is crucial, our metaphysical fuels are just as much so! And in the UK we are blessed with four seasons. And so; to the garden. The allotment, the window box, to help a friend, to volunteer at a local veg box scheme. Let’s collaborate with nature, listen to the birds, get wet in the rain, feel the wind, feel the sun, ground with earth and enjoy more or less physical activity while we plant, grow, share, cook.
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Tree Energy in Springtime

Tree Energy in Springtime

A most precious reference and teaching book by Carola Bersford-Cooke publisher Churchill Livingstone.
Title:-  Shiatsu Theory and Practice – A comprehensive text for the student and professional.

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Shiitake Tea

Shiitake Tea

To me the shiitake mushroom is a beautiful mushroom. The joy of Aveline Kushi teaching us how to make shiitake tea, with the heart felt appreciation that she had for the effect of the preparation of all food, is one thing. After preparation, tasting the flavour and effect of drinking the tea is another thing…..also heart felt.
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Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Wabi sabi is very hard to translate. I have asked many Japanese people to translate the words for me and there are lots of slightly different interpretations. The version I like is, transient beauty seen through humble eyes. Transient beauty is the beauty of things the change with time.
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Less is More for a Beautiful Life

Less is More for a Beautiful Life

Many times, we buy things as a way to feel more secure, especially in this world of constant change. However, do material goods really bring us that security? Could having less actually make us feel more secure by having more in terms of joy, inspiration, happiness, and fulfilment? A less-or-more list is a gentle way to help create change.
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Less is more

Less is more

Macrobiotics has had an amazing influence on my life. Yet, I sometimes wonder if it became too complicated, attempting to be all things to all people, to have an answer for everything. Just for fun, I imagined that I was clutter clearing macrobiotics, in the same way I might clutter clear a house.
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Walking on the Wild Side

Walking on the Wild Side

The days are long gone when our ancestors walked the land, drank from the streams and slept on moss under hedgerows, wrapped only in their cloaks. Nowadays we are more likely to drive to our air b-n-b with en-suit and snuggle down in a comfy king-sized bed. BUT what we have gained in comfort, we have lost in our direct contact with nature!!
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Exercise

Exercise

To have good energy for exercise it helps to be sure we have good sleep and rest, enjoy regular periods of deep breathing through the day to oxygenate the blood, and eat a diet that includes whole grains. Once we have more energy, we need to use it in the form of exercise to help the develop the ability to create and use energy.
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Gentle, Thoughtful, Fasting

Gentle, Thoughtful, Fasting

We are not separate – at these times we are part of the magical change; repeating the world outside by deeply respecting our personal precious natural world inside ourselves. We care for ourselves in gratitude. All cultures across the world have had ways to do this for thousands of years.
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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a wonderful time for new beginnings and creating change within the home and ourselves. Our home is like a sanctuary, away from the bustle and daily stresses of life. We can discover a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath when we clear out those things we no longer need. There is no better time than now to start.
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Memorial for Denny

Memorial for Denny

It saddened me greatly to hear that Denny Waxman had passed away. If a pioneer is willing to explore new territory and move on facing the unknown, then Denny qualified. Denny’s contributions were many and he was always studying and steadfast in his commitment to the principles of macrobiotics. He will be much missed by me and all who knew him.
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Growing Foods in Bedfordshire

Growing Foods in Bedfordshire

When you get introduced to the macrobiotic life, you discover multiple ways of practicing it. You can eat organic, seasonal and local, with animal products or without. But by now you must surely know that there is more. We now need to find ways to live that support the environment and that at the same time work for us within our own means and economies.
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Metal Chi Energy

Metal Chi Energy

The movement of the autumn, sunset, metal chi is inward. It is the energy of the farmers collecting the harvest, seeds and nuts being pushed into the earth and the bears eating for the winter. It is essential taking in energy and building up for the cold weather ahead. For this reason is can also be associated with acquiring wealth.
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