Winding up into the New Year

After the summer break, we are all heading back into the fray having re-vitalised ourselves and recharged our batteries. But how do we help ourselves to stay on top of when we are back into our routines. Here is a tip from your osteopath to help you improve your health and focus during the year.

One of the answers to help give ourselves a mental break is to meditate … a chance to rest the mind for a bit and restore your mental vitality.

Meditation is basically about focusing your attention to reduce, and even get rid of, the stream of racing and crowded and jumbled  thoughts that often take over our mind and are believed to be one of the of causes of stress.

An interesting study quoted in ‘The Guardian’ by Harvard Professor Daniel Gilbert concluded that 47% of the time our minds wander from what we are doing. The interesting fact here is that people were not at their happiest when their minds wandered and drifted into fantasy but rather when they were focused on the present.

Needless to say, meditation will help this process. Meditation will help, not only to improve your mental and emotional health, but some research suggests it will also help your physical health and help increase your longevity.

Click here to quickly read about 5 basic meditation types from The Mayo Clinic’s website. The major elements of meditation are;

1. Focusing your attention

2. Relaxed breathing

3. A quiet location

4. A comfortable position

So straightforward …  a little  something for you to think about as you embark on your new year

Tis That Time Of The Year Again

I have just finished organising the Christmas menu….. really , so much Champagne…..

Sitting here reflecting, I would like to take this moment and wish all of you a wonderful time over the festive season and all the best for 2011.

I look forward to being of service to you in the coming year.

Peter

Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas

A crikey statistic on population growth and carbon use

In an article on population growth in Crikey.com, Charles Berger from the Australian Conservation Foundation gave the following statistics (and yes I know … lies, damn lies &…) about population growth and carbon usage which certainly give pause for thought and consideration about just how sustainable our current lifestyles are.

He was talking about figures by that Prime Minister of ancient history, Kevin Rudd, set for reducing Australian pollution levels by 60% of 2000 levels by 2050. This figure is based on the current Australian population of 21 million.

Now if the Australian population stabilises around the 27 million mark by 2050, this would mean that we need a per capita reduction of around the 72% mark. However, if our population were to increase to 36 million by 2050, this would mean a per capita decrease of 79% to meet that same goal.

This does mean that in a high-growth population scenario, carbon-intensive activities will become considerably more expensive.

Another topic in his essay is on water use. he cites the example of the Victorian government setting a target of 155 litres per person per day water usage for Melbourne residents. If Melbourne were to grow from its current population of 3.8 million to 5 million, to maintain this total amount of water usage for the Melbourne basin would mean Melburnians would have to decrease their water usage to 118 litres per head per day and further reductions needed as population grew. That certainly cuts out my long showers.

The article  certainly paints a picture of a world where many of our everyday lifestyle options and habits will need to change and it should make us ponder our lifestyle choices, so many of which we take for granted.

The Abyss that was once a fine steak

The idea has been floating around for years now that vegetarianism is good for the environment and eating meat, especially beef, is a significant contributor to global warming, but a comment recently by Lord Nicholas Stern, an english economist and author of the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change has given serious pause for thought. He has predicted that peoples attitudes to eating meat will change so much in the not too distant future that it will be inevitable that eating meat will become socially unacceptable in the same way that drink driving has today. Now all of us baby boomers and cuspers will remember, somewhat incredulously now, driving with alcohol fuelled gay abandon…… To think that this may now happen to our beautiful medium rare prime sirloin.

Stern states that meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases, methane causing 23 times more greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. He believes that the price of meat and other foods that generate a lot of greenhous gases will become more expensive and that people will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.

What is there to say in the face of such irrefutable change but bring on the waygu….. and quickly!!!!

20 Years of Bangarra Dancing

Both my inner osteopath and the lover of dance was awestruck, as usual, by the beautiful grace and movement of the Bangarra dancers, watching their 20 year gala performance on Saturday night. It was a trip down memory lane watching some of those magical pieces from the last 20 years being performed. Congratulations to Stephen Page and all the creative team at Bangarra for their inspiration and stories to us.