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The beautiful dragon fruit

She just looks so exotic, her bright pink flesh calling me from across the fruitologists isle I had to take her home. Her delicacy as I gently slice her open to reveal her soft white spotty flesh. She’s as lush as you can imagine any creation to be.

Originally known as pitaya, due to its scaly appearance, dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit with an intense shape and color and dazzling flowers. Since she blooms at night, she is also known as the Queen of the Night, Lady of the Night and Moonflower.

What I didn’t realise was that the ‘Lady of the night’  is not only gorgeous to look at, a joy to eat and a delicacy to the palette, but she has high nutritional value and is good for your health as well.  She is a good source of antioxidants, prevents free radicals and protects from cancer causing elements and other health detriments from entering your body.

So next time you hear her calling you name from the fuitologist shelf, take ker home as when consumed regularly the ‘Lady of the NIGHT’:

Inside the magestic fruit

  • Enhances the immune system
  • Helps neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metals
  • Can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Aids in fighting against cough and asthma.
  • Has high amounts of vitamin C
  • Helps heal bruises and cuts quickly
  • Contains Vitamin B2 which acts like a multivitamin and helps to improve and recover the loss of appetite.
  • Contains Vitamin B1 which increases energy production and also metabolizes carbohydrates
  • Improves the appearance of your skin by smoothing and moisturizing it
  • Improves eyesight and decreases hypertension
  • Is a good source of phosphorus and calcium, it reinforces bones, helps in tissue formation and forms healthy teeth.
  • Decreases weight, thereby creates a well-balanced body.
  • Is helpful in reducing blood sugar levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes

She is best served chilled and can be used in juices, fruit salads and jams though to me she is delectable all on her own!

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator  in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.

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After dropping a few kilos, cleaning out the wardrobe and the office with a sense of curiosity I made myself a daily challenge and adopted  Piero Ferrucci’s  quote

“Eliminate something superfluous from your life.
Break a habit.
Do something that makes you feel insecure.”

Thinking I had it pretty well sorted, after all life is pretty uncluttered these days my intention was to refine, refine, refine!

In breaking a habit it soon became obvious that there were some habits I needed to adopt ‘eekkk’ some of which I’m totally loving like super foods and raw chocolates to die for and yes a tad more exercise and a dash of discipline was needed.

So I start everyday with an element of curiosity: ‘What will I either add into my day or eliminate’ and in the process I’ve transformed some old thought patterns, hoisted a few reactions, created some boundaries, eliminated even more wardrobe clutter and detoxed my inbox and as always when you put your focus on something you start to see things you hadn’t previously noticed.

In my adventure I woke one morning to find a bottle of Jose Cuervo Margarita mix sitting on the kitchen bench. What does that have to do with anything? you may ask.

Well its like this

I looked at the bottle and wondered ‘Why do we still have that?’ After all in the last 5 years we have; merged two full households into one, given more than a house full of furniture, nick nacks and appliances away, moved to an even smaller apartment, given even more furniture and household items away, decked out my daughters apartment with even more excess from our garage and cupboards and of all those things I’ve given away here sits this quarter of a bottle of Margarita mix taking up space in our tiny kitchen!

I mean, does Gino (my partner) even like Margarita’s?

How did it manage to survive? After all I’m a dedicated and self confessed minimalist!

So like many things in life it turns out the bottle of Jose Cuervo did have a purpose and it had nothing to do with Margarita’s but a symbol that triggered my curiosity to ask:

What else is quietly taking up space, lurking in the corners of my mind,  thoughts, emotions, friendships, life that I have not even noticed.

What else slips by that I am habitually eating, drinking, buying or carrying from one situation to the next, even wrapping and packing it (sometimes in excuses) to make sure it arrives safely without asking ‘Where did it come from?, Do I still need it?, Whats its purpose?.’ Do I even like doing this or is it just habit?

So my question to you is ‘What’s Your Bottle of Jose Cuervo? What’s cluttering the corners of your mind, emotions and day that’s habitually taking up space in the precious moments that are your life?

The curiosity continues!

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator  in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.

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CONTEMPLATING MIND

Look upon the body as unreal;

An image in a mirror; the reflection of the moon in water.

Contemplate the mind as formless, yet bright and pure.

Not a single thought arising,

Empty, yet perceptive; still, yet illuminating.

Complete like the Great Emptiness; containing all that is wonderful.

 

Neither going out nor coming in, without appearance or characteristics.

Countless skillful means arise out of one mind.

Independent of material existence, which is ever an obstruction.

Do not cling to deluded thoughts, these give birth to illusion.

 

Attentively contemplate this mind; empty, devoid of all objects.

If emotions should suddendly arise, you will fall into confusion.

In a critical moment bring back the light, powerfully illuminating.

Clouds disperse, the sky is clear.

The sun shines brilliantly.

 

If nothing arises within the mind, nothing will manifest without.

That which has characteristics, is not original reality.

If you can see a thought as it arises, this awareness will at once destroy it.

Whatever state of mind should come, sweep it away and put it down.

Both good and evil states can be transformed by mind.

Sacred and profane appear, in accordance with thoughts.

 

Reciting mantras or contemplating mind,

Are merely herbs for polishing a mirror.

When the dust is removed, they are also wiped away.

Great extensive spiritual powers are all complete within the mind.

The Pure Land or the heavens can be travelled to at will.

 

You need not to seek the real, mind originally is Buddha.

The familiar becomes remote, the strange seems familiar.

Day and night, everything is wonderful.

Nothing you encounter confuses you.

These are the essentials of mind.

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Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator  in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.

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Mung Soup

As an expert in ancient Ayurvedic secrets (including pulse reading and marma shakti), Dr Pankaj Naram has treated over 900,000 people, including the Dali Lama, Mother Theresa, and the victims of 9-11, Dr. Naram uses the ancient secrets he has been entrusted with to transform their health and peace of mind.

As part of the legacy from his teacher, Baba Ramdas, Pankaj Naram received 25,000 parchment pages of the original Ayurvedic text. These pages contain the lost healing secrets passed on from guru to student over 2,000 years of an unbroken lineage of Ayurvedic masters to the present day.

The Siddha Veda, is a vast herbal pharmacopoeia and treasure trove of medical knowledge and wisdom, handwritten in four ancient languages, including Sanskrit and nTibeta. Until now, the Siddha Veda has never been translated!

This Mung Soup recipe is a favourite of Dr Naram’s and is a fantastic blood cleanser and a good source of protein. The quantities of herbs and spices can be altered to suit your own taste. The soup can be made as a broth or thick with vegetables; the following recipe is for six people.

Ingredients

1-2 cups dry organic green Mung Beans
1 onion finely chopped
1 knob of green fresh ginger finally chopped
1 -2 tbsp ghee or olive oil
3 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves or bunch curry leaves
Cup chopped parsley
Cup fresh coriander
1-2 large vegetable stock cube
Pinch asafoetida (hing)
Celtic sea salt
Black pepper
2 litres water
1 tbsp each of: ground or buld of tumeric, cumin, ground coriander seeds, curry powder, garam masala, chilli paste, black mustard seeds, yellow mustard, fennel.

Possible Vegetables: Onion, fennel, celery, capsicum, for the base.

Beetroot, potato, zucchini, carrot, cauliflower, spinach or any vegetable that suits your diet.

Instructions
Wash the Mung beans, soak for thirty minutes or until sprouted.
Discard water and re-rinse.
Heat ghee, add spices, onion and ginger.
Sauté lightly, add Mung beans and stir to coat for greater absorption of the spices.
Add water and salt.
Bring to the boil and cook until the Mung beans are completely soft.
Add black pepper to taste and serve with extra ghee.
You can garland with fresh coriander and add cooked balsamic rice.

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator  in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.

Michelle is facilitating an online eSeminar Meet the Healer Within on 24th August, 2010. Visit the website for more information and to register.

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At the last minute I was gifted 2 tickets to one of my favorite writers and speakers,  I had a previous commitment early that morning to drop a young friend to one of the outer suburbs and make sure she was safe and where she was meant to be.

At the last minute the plan changed and the drop off time was not until lunch which meant leaving the event early. The morning session was fantastic I noticed my mind slipping into debate could I let my partner take her, I didn’t want to miss the rest of the day, this was really great, I wanted to stay, I made a commitment, today of all days, I said I be there for her and I won’t let her down  and I noticed myself slipping into a spiral of thoughts, heady debate and a churning feeling inside .

Then I remembered the process of ‘Living in the Question’ ….

When you live in the question and things aren’t going the way you intended you open up to new possibility for something unseen, something out of your awareness to present itself to you. It’s not that you are expecting an immediate answer but reminding yourself that everything is happening in  divine order even though in that moment you cannot possibly imagine why!

To abate my increasingly incessant mind I switched my focus to a continual loop of ‘What’s right about this that I’m not seeing?’

Whilst we waited for her friend to call we went to lunch and all was revealed. She opened up, started talking about herself, her nervousness, her relationships and challenges. We got to talk about life and different ways of looking at things and new possibilities and in that moment I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be, that being here right now was far more important than another workshop and all else dissipated.

There is one certainty in life and that is constant change. When we have an expectation of how life will be or how things will happen, something we have been looking forward to, and there is a sudden change it can be overwhelming, depending on the magnitude of the unexpected event.  Our emotions rise up, we get stuck in the story, disappointed, why me, I never, the list of stories, emotions and mind chatter can intensify into a seemingly uncontrollable vortex.

However when we live in the question we stay open to a deeper understanding, new possibility, the opportunity of a higher purpose and perhaps and an outcome that we never could have imagined.

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is a renowned Innovator, Visionary and Facilitator  in Life Transformation. Her previous role as the C.E.O. of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation has seen Michelle working and studying with leading edge Doctors and Physicians from around the globe as she mentored 1000’s of people in sustainable wellness. An experience that embedded the importance of interconnecting the spirit, heart, mind and body both personally and professionally to maximize health and success in all areas of life.

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Michelle Richmond

Heading down the highway, bands of the past put smiles on our faces and our vocal chords rage, as with a raspy voices, we belt out the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel.  Every kilometre passing my body sinks deeper into itself as the past month of massive change reverberates through my system.

The temperature gage drops to an icy 2 degrees, the air is chilly and it’s our orientation to bunk down, light the fire, indulge in a good book, go internal and nourish the soul, mind and body.

But NO… the outdoors beckons and we wander along the country road breathing in the aliveness of the country air, letting go of the fullness of the past month, stretching, moving, feeling the earth draw the tension from my body, absorbing the nourishment of the forest and recognising the congestion we so often carry unconsciously in the day to day of our full lives.

A local farmer ‘Dave’ pulls over, introduces himself and says ‘Well if you’ve got nothing to do this afternoon I’m taking the bike to round up some lambs, come along.’

Never an adventurer myself, with 1minute instruction, I mount this four wheeled wild beast, grasping the handle bars we head off through the 1st gate my heart in my mouth, “just relax” reverberating through my mind,  at the first steep decent my heart beats to a rhythm it hasn’t experienced for some time. Two hours later we return having tamed the wild beast and adventured through mountains, streams and rain, shaken, rattled and rolled I’ve experienced the most glorious views that nourish the heart and feed the soul, this is what happiness is…

I FEEL FULLY ALIVE!!

“Surrender to the stillness the truth you seek is already there, not the stillness in stillness but the stillness in movement.” Unknown

‘During winter many people get sick not only because of the changes in temperature but because of the decrease in solar and air prana (life energy that keeps the body alive and healthy). Thus a lot of people feel mentally and physically sluggish, depressed, lose vitality or become susceptible to infectious disease.’ says Master Choa Kok Sui International Author,  Researcher and Lecturer Pranic Healing

Happiness demands that we move, cleanse and revitalise our energetic systems to create maximum health and vitality.

  • Creating MOVEMENT in your body creates movement in your life; walking, running, yoga, tai chi and dancing decongest and revitalise the physical and energetic body.
  • Draw energy from NATURE as the air, sun, ocean and forests have strong, nourishing, invigorating and healing energy.
  • Get your vocal cords moving and SING; clearing the throat chakra, opening the ribs and chest raising your vibration … who cares if you sound like a warbling, whaling, feline!!
  • Take and EPSOM SALTS bath or use salt as a scrub to cleanse away other people’s energy.
  • Step out of the box, be spontaneous and do something that makes you feel FULLY ALIVE!!

Michelle Richmond

Michelle facilitates interconnection of the spirit, with Mind Body Medicine taking Personal and Professional Development to a deeper level integrating Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence, Micro Movement, Neurology  and Energy Work to create increased states of expansion, new possibilities and congruence in all aspects of your health and life. Michelle is facilitating on our next Quest for Life Program for people with cancer and other life threatening illness.

“Each week is like a stepping stone into another part of discovering your potential.” Client

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Supermarket shelves, TV screens and bill boards  are splattered with pink ribbons, whilst statistics report one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85, however little is shared on how to keep your breasts ‘Vivacious and Healthy’.

Our busy lives and the daily pressures of being a mother, daughter, partner, wife, friend and income producer often sees our daily routine encompassing little more than hair and makeup, as our breasts are tucked away or perked up in the latest ‘wonder bra’ hardly getting a second look in, unless something goes wrong.

It may sound too simple to be true however 30%-50% of breast cancer could be prevented with a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. The human body knows exactly how to take care of itself when given the right tools and by creating the right environment.

Girls, it’s time to be proactive and add a little verve to your breasts for your own health, vitality and longevity. Personal development guru’s encourage being in the flow and that’s exactly what’s needed to create healthy, perky breasts. High levels of stress, emotional, mental and physical congestion and toxicity all contribute to a less than healthy breast tissue.

A recent study found that women who wear a bra 24 hours a day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes. The tissue around the breasts, neck, shoulders, and arm pits contain the lymph system which unlike the vascular system does not have a pumping station, relying on movement and breath to rid the body of nasty toxins. So along with your shoes, fling your bra off at the door.

As stress is a major contributor to disease, rather than adding a few more things to that already over sized list, become present and choose to take advantage of existing moments of time to self nurture and create flow.

Tips to Vivacious Breasts:

  • Regular breast massage helps to improve circulation and lymph drainage; it decreases symptoms of PMS, menopause and menstrual cramps, and decreases the discomfort from pregnancy and breast feeding.

Take 10 minutes a day a little Almond Oil or other natural oil and using the flat of your fingers use small circular movements, around the breast, armpits, and shoulder blades. A relaxing thing to do when in bed at night whilst focusing on things that you are grateful for throughout the day, thus calming your neurology and physiology before sleeping.

  • Where there’s movement in your body, there’s movement in your life. Dr Finn Skott Anderson from the Humlegaarden Clinic in Germany says Exercise, Exercise, Exercise is essential to heal cancer. What heals must prevent. Bushing walking, sport, gardening, yoga, dancing.  Meet your girlfriend or colleague at the beach or park and go for a walk to discuss business instead of at a coffee shop or office.
  • Choose to still the mind by focusing on breath or an affirmation whilst walking, exercising, sitting  on the bus, in traffic, when going to sleep, taking a shower become present with your body, your environment, your breath.
  • Increase lymphatic movement and relax the mind with long slow breathing through the nose down into the pelvis – can be done whilst sitting on the train, at the traffic lights, waiting for a meeting or to pick the kids up from school.
  • Avoid seafood, which is farmed, including prawns, barramundi and salmon. And commercially farmed chicken and eggs.  Organic is always best.
  • Drink filtered water, not from plastic bottles.
  • Never use plastic when micro waving, only glass.  This includes plastic wrap which when heated releases sexo-estrogens into the heated produce. Avoid micro waves if possible.
  • Choose organic live foods, greens and high enzyme foods. If not ensure you wash your vege’s in apple cider vinegar and peel the fruit or vegetable well. Foods which have anti cancer benefits; broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips garlic, onions, cabbage, cherries, beans, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, winter squash, yams, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, citrus, grapes, walnuts, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, tomatoes, carrots, guava, ruby red grapefruit, watermelon, green tea, nuts, seeds, especially flax seed.
  • Never believe a pesticide is safe.
  • Use non toxic hair, skin and household cleaning products – It is known that the breasts can store quite high levels of toxins from our environment. Studies of human breast milk have shown a quite alarming tendency for traces of household cleaning products to be present for example. It is believed that there could be a connection with the onset of breast disease from these toxins.
  • Do what you love and love what you do – you might not always like what you have to do in a day, you can complain about it or look at the benefit … find the benefit, the blessing and change the colour of your day.

Ghandi said ‘Be the change you want to be in the world and watch the world change around you’ … next time you see a pink ribbon or a cancer statistics ask yourself ‘Have I put a little verve in my day and done my bit to lower breast cancer statistics?’

You’re truly worth it.

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is an innovator of holistic health, wellbeing and personal change management. In her previous role as CEO of the Asher Institute of Integrative Medicine Foundation, she has mentored 1000’s of people seeking a deeper understanding of an integrative approach to wellness. She combines research into Human Behaviour, Business Intuition, The New Sciences Quantum Physics, Energy Medicine and Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence. As a teacher and presenter Michelle is a natural; her presentations utilise a well tested understanding of what inspires people to make change in their lives. Michelle is a published writer, she consults in a private practice to individuals and is a Director of; energy at work – Corporate Wellness Strategies’. ‘WR business Enlightenment’ and maxAwareness.com an on line educational membership hub and a Founding Trustee for the Children’s Neuro Development Research Foundation. http://www.michellerichmond.com.au

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