I pondered the above statement for a while and came to the conclusion that it was fitting that on Clickholistic’s first birthday that that message: “we are one” was the header. Because that is really what Clickholistic is all about – promoting awareness of various holistic therapies, techniques, practitioners and like minded people – proving that we are all One, striving towards a common goal – Oneness. Holistic Health is the practice of reaching wholeness. I would like to thank all of the practitioners who are subscribers to Clickholistic, all the visitors (thousands!) who reach these pages in their search for information, and those who have contributed to creating a better understanding of what we do. My gratitude to you all.
This month we have submissions from some very busy women! Lehla Eldridge, who is a writer of an inspirational book “The lovely book”; wife to coach Anthony Eldridge Rodgers and mother of three tells us about herself. We also learn more about Jin Shin Jyutsu and the “Self Help Workshops” in this amazing technique offered by Lynda Silk. Dr. Arien Van Der Merwe, medical doctor and wellness practitioner, tells us a bit more about her history, and Ginny Johnstone, Bio-Pulsar practitioner, coach, holistic therapist, wife and Mom of twins is offering a free Biopulsar scan.
A Short Biography – Lehla Eldridge
Lehla Eldridge studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1989-1992 along with a host of now famous people. On graduating she was awarded a scholarship by Twentieth Century Fox to study theatre in South Africa. She worked with various theatre companies for a year and then went back to London to work as an actress. She then formed her own theatre company which was chosen to inaugurate The International Theatre Festival in Delhi, with her co written show ‘On The Boil’.
Her love for South Africa did not leave her as she went back with an idea to write and illustrate a cookbook. She approached a publisher and went on to write The South African Illustrated Cookbook. She travelled around South Africa in a hire car with a paint box, pen and notebook and wangled her way in to people’s kitchens. She was generously given recipes from all the different cultures, from Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans and Indian to Cape Malay.
The Cookbook is now on its sixth print run and has also been translated in to Dutch.
She went on to live on a fruit farm with her husband, ran and owned a restaurant and had three children all in three years. This led her to taking time out for her sanity to produce a book called The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women. It is a book celebrating wonderful women and is written with humour and insight in to what makes women laugh and feel good.
She is a self taught artist, having grown up with an artist father who ran workshops in Italy. Her childhood was littered with bohemians doing inventive quirky things, like making papier mache mountains, installing them on their heads and accidentally setting them alight…and it was these people that hugely influenced her life.
The South African Illustrated Cookbook is published by Struik New Holland and The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women is published by The Succulent Press.
Reviews for books
The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women
‘Finally a book that celebrates being a woman…It’s humorous, inspires and delights and aims to give you time to stop, breathe and take stock of all the miracles and wonders that make up the fabric of your life.’ O Magazine- The Reading Room
The South African Illustrated Cookbook
‘A must have for every cook’ The Star; South Africa
‘This is a cookery book with a difference…a delightful keepsake for family or friends’ The Herald; South Africa
‘This is one of the prettiest and nicest South African cookbooks I have seen in ages. The recipes are really tempting-and they work’ Daily News; Tanzania
‘This little collection of recipes from all corners of the country makes a change from the usual modern cookbook…’Cape Argus
Supporting the Wisdom of Winter with Jin Shin Jyutsu
by Lynda Silk
Deep wonder in the stillness
open us up
to the knowing
in our very being
— aaiyn foster 12.’93
(courtesy of Aaiyn Foster)
As the last of the golden orange leaves falls to brown, autumn falls into winter. The sky darkens, the days become shorter. Our focus shifts from that which is outside to the indoors; we turn inwards. The natural inclination is to reduce our activity to essential functioning; simply being cosy at home becomes extra attractive. In winter our energy goes deep, to the deepest level of our bodies, to the marrow of our bones. In this quietening we often become introspective, questioning “where is my life flowing?”.
The wisdom of winter is the capacity and confidence to be still and recognise and review our unique heritage and capacity, and with that, to restore our clarity in what is ours to create in this lifetime. As we know the depth of who we are, our fears are allayed. Having confidence in what we are made of, and confidence in the capacity of the bigger whole to support that, we flow effortlessly with life. We accept that we have a unique form to express, and we meet the challenge of making our unique contribution to the world.
Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced jin-shin-JIT-soo), an ancient art of harmonising body mind and heart, reminds us that we are not separate from nature. We are nature. Nature is not just something that we experience on weekends away in the countryside; nature is within the rhythms of our own body. We are strongest when we live in harmony with the seasons of nature.
“At the heart of us exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm. Whatever our imperfections there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm,” said Mary Burmeister, the Japanese-American woman who brought the gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu from Japan to the West. Jin Shin Jyutsu simply helps us to live this perfect expression of harmony that is innate to each of us, to be the divine blueprint, to live in harmony with the greater whole.
As well as a profound and beautiful philosophy, Jin Shin Jyutsu is the art of knowing and utilising simple practical helpers to bring our body, mind and heart into harmony with the bigger whole. It is for this reason that Mary referred to Jin Shin Jyutsu as Physiophilosophy, Physiopsychology and Physiophysiology. In order to know the universe, we focus on knowing who I am. The body is a microcosm of the macrocosm.
An easy Jin Shin Jyutsu helper to energize and balance the rhythm of the winter months is simply to hold the entire index finger with the opposite hand. Hold it for a few minutes or until you feel a rhythmic pulse. So doing, instead of freezing through the winter, we flow in its wisdom.
According to ancient written records, stored in the archives of the Imperial Palace in Japan, the principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu were widely known in ancient times across many cultures. For many generations these were passed on through verbal teachings and shared experience. Knowledge of this ancient art of harmonising life energy faded gradually until the concept was virtually lost.
It was rediscovered in the early 1900s by Master Jiro Murai, who, after recovery from a ‘terminal’ illness, in gratitude devoted himself to the revival of the Art for future generations. Master Murai was a man of keen intelligence with great dedication and capacity for questioning. After years of broad, systematic and meticulous research, he organised the body of ancient knowledge for transmission.
Jin Shin Jyutsu differs from other healing modalities in that the focus is never on healing, the focus is always simply and profoundly on harmony. Healing is a side-effect of living in harmony with who and what we are. Jin Shin Jyutsu is empowering in its foundation on the innate ability of each to harmonise him/herself. Through utilising specific hands-on sequences we are able to restore emotional equilibrium, relieve pain, and release the causes of acute and chronic conditions. It can be utilised as an adjunct to other therapies or medications and can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Our wellbeing depends upon the free and even distribution of life energy throughout our body, mind, and spirit. ‘When the stress and strain of daily living disrupt the movement of life energy, our mind, body, and spirit are all affected. Not only do we succumb to worry, fear, anger, sadness, and pretensions, but we increase our tendency to become ill or “out of balance.”’1
Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonises all bodily systems – endocrine, immune, nervous, skeletal, digestive and so forth by simply addressing the availability of the underlying source, the flow of energy that supplies life force to all systems.
Anybody who is interested in establishing and maintaining harmony and health in their lives can benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu. A session with a qualified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner commonly lasts 1 hour. It may be shorter. During a Jin Shin Jyutsu session the client remains fully clothed and reclines on a therapy table. The session might begin with the practitioner simply observing the body – where the tension sits in the body, whether one shoulder is higher than another, the way the hands rest, or the toes bend. The practitioner also listens to the client’s pulses, before beginning sequences of holds to energise specific “safety energy locks”. Only gentle firm pressure is utilised during holds, no massage or deep pressure is applied.
Jin Shin Jyutsu can also be deeply empowering when practised as a self-help tool.
Lynda Silk offers private consultations as well as workshops on Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Current weekend workshops include Cape Town 11-12 July, Johannesburg end July and Durban beginning August.
Please refer to her website for more information.
Tel: 084 875 4585
Deep solutions needed for today’s problems
Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor, author, health coach on integrative medicine, and specialist corporate health & wellness service provider.
Dr Arien facilitates individual health coaching sessions on integrative medicine, a 12 week to wellness health coaching course, week-end or mid week retreats, seminars & workshops throughout SA, on deep relaxation training with left & right brain integration (using many healing modalities), for deep healing of mind, emotions, body and soul. Topics include: ‘Journey to the Centre of Your Soul’; ‘Soul Lessons for Modern Woman’; ‘Journey into Inner Healing’; ‘Opening your Heart’; ‘Executive Wellness Retreats’. For more info: www.HealthStressWellness.com / email@example.com / Tel. 012 460 0191 or 012 755 6641/3. Cell. 083 731 2049.
Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB (Pretoria) FRSPH (London) MISMA (UK) is a medical doctor, health coach, trainer, internationally published author and specialist corporate health and wellness service provider. She has extensive experience in workplace wellness, stress management and health promotion through well researched health solutions, wellness products and sustainable interventions, incorporating the power of thoughts and emotions (mental-emotional aspects) and their effect on physical health and wellbeing. Arien strongly believes in the power of thought to create new realities, support change and build a healthy and prosperous global community.
Dr Arien has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH) in the UK for the work she does in South Africa to promote public health and wellness through education, training and communication. She is a Member of the International Stress Management Association, UK branch.
Dr Arien writes books and training manuals, develops programs and presents regular wellness/peer educator training, stress management (where she teaches people to deeply relax) as well as workplace wellness talks, workshops, courses and seminars. She sends out a regular, free newsletter, Health Info, to an ever growing data base of (at present) >6000 subscribers. The newsletter aims to disseminate credible, topical and easily understandable health information to a broad global community. She also maintains her own web-site that is accessed by thousands of browsers looking for reliable health information, every day.
Dr Arien developed and facilitates three accredited Short Courses on Peer Educator Training, Stress Management and Wellness in the Workplace, through the University of Pretoria. Courses are offered in-house for companies, as well as at UP’s Postgraduate & Continued Education Training Centre.
As director of Health Stress Management (Pty) Ltd, Arien acts as wellness advisor and consultant, workplace peer / wellness educator trainer, stress expert, product and program developer to the health care industry, companies, interest groups, websites and the media.
As an accomplished author of many books and training manuals, the focus of her work is on addressing and finding lasting and sustainable wellness solutions for the chronic diseases of lifestyle (CDL’s), among these especially heart disease, HIV & Aids, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, lung disease, osteoarthritis, depression and cancer.
Dr van der Merwe’s recent books are ‘Health & Happiness’, ‘Herbal Remedies’ and ‘Stress Solutions’ (all HSM Publishers). All the books are now also available as E-books to download from her web-site: www.HealthStressWellness.com. She released a relaxation CD especially aimed at newcomers to meditation and relaxation techniques. She writes training manuals and presents regular peer / wellness educator training, stress management and workplace wellness talks, workshops, courses and seminars. Her new book ‘Journey into Healing’ will be published later this year. She contributes a monthly column on workplace wellness for HR Future magazine, on integrative health for Natural Medicine Journal and on deep healing for Odyssey magazine. She recently developed an E-course on 12 weeks to wellness through a health coaching process, to help and support people with health risks, as identified during health screening procedures, breast thermography and those with high stress levels. The 12 week health coaching course helps people to access deeper levels of their unconscious and superconscious mind, to assist in the deep healing process.
She has an extensive list of clients in the health, mining, parastatal, government, services, corporate, banking, IT, engineering, legal and manufacturing sectors and offers a comprehensive range of training, consulting and advisory services that aim to improve the status of employee health and wellbeing, by providing lasting health and wellness solutions to address the burden of disease. This translates into improved productivity and creativity, with decreased absenteeism, sick leave and presenteeism, thereby showing that wellness is a good return on investment.
Dr Arien van der Merwe believes in a holistic, integrative approach to manage health and wellness risks, and therefore designs and implements comprehensive and integrated sustainable health and wellness solutions, that also addresses social responsibility obligations.
She is passionate about helping others find the real cause of disease and therefore the way to healing, which lies deep within us. I’m working very much on the epigenetic structure of the cell membrane, where the messages actually go through to the DNA molecule within the cell nucleus. Whatever binds to the receptors on the cell membrane, ultimately affects the function of every cell. These binding molecules (the vibrations of thoughts, emotions, nutrients, oxygen, water, sound), are under our control and the better we know how to do it consciously, the more control we have over the unconscious saboteurs within our own unconscious minds. This is my life purpose: to help others while I’m forever learning myself to do so! (‘We teach best what we most have to learn!). Her dream is to, eventually, open a healing sanctuary for those with chronic disease, to come for rest, relaxation, deep healing and recovery.
Would you like to win one of Dr. Arien’s books? Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Dr. Arien” in the subject line.
Ginny Johnstone – Biopulsar Practitioner
Ginny is the vibey mum of twin girls who decided that there was more to life than being a nine-to-fiver. Following her passion for healing, she begged, borrowed and bargained to buy a Bio-Pulsar machine, knowing it was the tool she required to set up her energetic healing studio from her beautiful home in Hout Bay. Since the day it arrived, she hasn’t looked back! She is an accomplished coach and energetic healer, giving regular workshops and one-to-one sessions based on Biopulsar scan information. For more information check out her site: www.vitalichi.co.za
Ginny is offering a free bio-pulsar scan for one reader. E-mail email@example.com with BIOPULSAR in the subject line.
The winners of the 3 signed copies of Lehla Eldridge’s “Lovely Book” will be on the site in a few days, so keep your entries for that give-away coming in – the best will be chosen on 02 July!
Steps to acheiving your Goals, A Retreat for Women Who Dare and Aromatherapy Courses with a Difference
Clickholistic turns One next month and to thank you for being a loyal friend, I’ve decided to hold a special competition to celebrate – and you can win just by taking part. Thirteen people who send the most inspired ending to the following sentence: “Holistic Health is………” will win a gift. E-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 20 June 2009. The first three winners will win a signed copy of Lehla Eldridge’s “Lovely Book” (for more info go to: www.lovelybooks.co.za) in the post. The other ten winners will receive a link to download a copy of one Dr. Arien VD Merwe’s amazing books. So get typing!
Is your business succeeding as you would like? Are you following your heart and thriving, or are you paddling upstream, trying to make ends meet every month doing something you aren’t inspired to do?
NLP coach and trainer, Jevon D’Angeli, tells us in this month’s edition of Clickholistic, what it takes to get on the road to success.
The First & Final Step to Success
What’s your track record of sticking to your commitments and achieving your goals?
Well, here’s why goals fail and what you can do about it:When we learn to take personal response-ability for how we deal with each experience as it unfolds, we’ll be well on our way to success mastery.Jevon Dängeli – NLP / HNLP Trainer & Wellness Coach
Most people set goals which they think will help them to feel better about themselves, make them happier, fulfilled, excited or relaxed. The problem lies in that nothing outside ourselves can ever provide us with a sustainable means of experiencing the internal mental and emotional states that we seek.
Although the attainment of an external goal may briefly provide the internal state which is really what we’re after, the novelty soon wears off. We therefore keep chasing illusive outcomes and life becomes a rat race that we never win. Goals don’t work when what you’re attempting to accomplish by setting goals is not something that can be accomplished by goals, i.e. to avoid feeling undesired mental and emotional states.
Often the goals we set up for ourselves are distractions from what we fear most in our lives! So we keep moving away from what we don’t want (fear), and continue setting new goals to avoid experiencing the negative emotions which we drag along with us anyway. Probably the greatest undercurrent of all fears is our fear of the unknown, of uncertainty. So we go about setting goals, planning and organizing our lives in a hopeless attempt to avoid the inevitable. The solution: Become comfortable with uncertainty!
If you want to grow, develop and thrive in this day and age, then uncertainty is necessary – it’s a natural order in life. It’s out of uncertainty that new possibilities, opportunities and creativity energy arise. Most people set goals to escape uncertainty, and in so doing deprive themselves of the very experience that they seek to have.
“Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”
– Claude Bernard
When one learns to embrace uncertainty, life takes on a new meaning and we begin to identify the purpose and value of each experience. Be curious about the gifts awaiting you on the other side of uncertainty. Accept the uncertainty – accept the gift.
If you want to achieve your goals, make sure they’re authentic. An authentic goal is one which only you are responsible for. It doesn’t depend on other people or external circumstances. It’s the desire and intention to experience yourself in a particular way. People and situations may point you in a certain direction, but these are only indicator goals along the way to the achievement of an authentic goal.
Think of an indicator goal as a road sign, rather than the destination you are trying to get to. The indicator goal is only the sign or map. It is NOT the territory. One of my teachers used to remind us to beware of driving into the sign!
Be aware that you’re not setting your goal to avoid the very experience that life might have in store for you – such that you can move in the direction of your desires. For only when you can be with your life exactly as it is do you have the choice to change its direction. And changing direction is a mark of flexibility – one of the key ingredients in achieving your authentic goal. If, for example, happiness is your goal, then start by doing the things and changing your environment to how they will be when you are happy. And if that isn’t making you happier, then change the way you’re doing it until you’re being the person which you wish to become. Remain committed to achieving happiness and flexible as to how you go about it.
Remember the wisdom of the Chinese adage “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Quit focusing on the “thousand miles” part and shift your attention to the step you’re on. It’s only on this step, here and now, where you can experience your authentic goal. In any case an effective strategy to achieve more materialistic desires stems from the energy and focus which you’re cultivating on every step of your journey.
Each successive step along our way through life appears as a result of the thoughts, mental pictures and actions taken in our previous steps. Therefore we are constantly attracting the people and circumstances which are there for us to learn from in order for us to progress. If we refuse the learning and don’t take accountability, then similar situations continue to show up and nudge us along. We’re either successfully achieving the results that we want, or we’re successfully achieving the results that we don’t want!
Eventually we wake up, lock our focus on what we want (as opposed to what we don’t want), become flexible, begin behaving the part of that which we desire and therefore experience it!
It’s no wonder that Mahatma Gandhi said we must be the change that we want to see in the world. It’s the only chance the world has, and the only chance we have of achieving our authentic goals.
In my opinion our greatest opportunity for success in life is where we are each and every moment. It’s the step we’re on!
How are you going to bring about what you want to be, do and have right now?
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Soul Tools for Modern Woman
TIME OUT FOR WOMEN WHO DARE
Once a month Waterdown Health Farm and Spa organizes art, health and spiritual healing retreats for women who dare to reconnect with their bodies and souls. This retreat can also be arranged for any group: private or workplace; at your convenience and a venue of your choice.
Waterdown Health Farm and Spa is an integrative health and healing facility tucked away in a valley on a 22 hectare farm in Mpumalanga. About 3.5 km from the main road between Nelspruit and White River surrounded by abundant birdlife, rocks and a stream running through it, Waterdown is a hidden sanctuary that provides an opportunity to step back from work and reconnect with the heartbeat of the Earth. Integrating the healing power of nature, art, ritual, healthy eating, holistic massage, meditation and counseling, Waterdown seeks to find a deeper meaning of health that goes beyond the physical.
“Soul tools for Modern Woman” Retreat is facilitated by Mmatshilo Motsei and Dr Arien van der Merwe assisted by other therapists (art, movement, massage). Using deep relaxation exercises, painting, music, story telling, movement and meditation, the retreat is designed to create a quite, loving and caring space for women to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. By participating in a circle of love and delightful attention, women retrace their steps back to their magnificence.
Ms Motsei is a psychology graduate, Afrikan spiritualist, author and poet who spent the past two decades working as a counselor, trainer and consultant working mainly on personal empowerment for women across Afrika, North America and Europe. As part of her own healing process, Ms Motsei published a book titled Hearing Visions Seeing Voices in 2004.
Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor, author, health & wellness coach, Fellow of Royal Society of Public Health and Member of the International Stress Management Association. She works as a mind-body facilitator, spiritual teacher, health coach and skills development facilitator in the field of health and wellness. She is well known for her integrative approach in discovering blockages in the human energy system which leads to physical, emotional and spiritual disease.
Because of the intensity of the retreat, only 10 women can be accommodated. For more information and/or bookings send email to email@example.com
Positive Health is an Academy of Massage and Aromatherapy. Although we focus on massage classes for relaxation and release of the 3 T’s – tension, tightness and toxins – and later diplomas in massage, because POSITIVE TOUCH IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH, we will also be providing classes on other complementary therapies, which will all lead to Positve Health.
Our latest offerings are two workshops on Nutrition, presented by well-known Registered Dietician, Annelie Smith, who has had 13 years experience in solving Nutrition ‘problems’ and, from her work over the years, has developed a special interest in our relationships with food, how we sabotage living a full and healthy life by the food choices we make, and how we can change those patterns. Her first workshop is on 23rd May and the second will be on 20th June at the Wellness Centre in Llandudno.
Other courses will become available over the months and it is suggested that the website www.positivehealth.co.za is regularly looked at for course updates.