Looking for answers? Easily found, inside each of us..

I am not sure if you like me are looking for answers? I know for myself I am forever chasing the truth, answers, the why – what – where – how and when…. It’s never ending really.

Lately I’ve been a little lost, preoccupied with an ever-growing and never- ending to do list (it seems to propagate itself gorging on the crumbs of my diminishing memory).

On top of this the rather than the age of information, I feel we live in a world of dis-information, so I’ve been trying to use discernment as well as my curiosity for truth, to search for those ‘the answers’ – yes there we have it again more questions and answers.

And I am left feel I’ve been churning around on a hamster wheel going faster and faster; reading 10 webpages at once, reading 8 books, listening to 4 podcasts, watching youtube, gaiatv, printing off to do lists and really going no where at an ever increasing speed….

Is anyone else feeling it? Are you also running in circles?

Time is flying by, holly molly it’s now 2017 – what happened to 2014, 15 and 16…..  and still I am going around in circles.  If anyone has managed to catapult free of the wheel and fly of into a happily ever after, please let me know…..

Yesterday though, I was meditating – and the little (actually large – but little, in that I am able to ignore it) voice deep inside me was laughing.  Laughing at all my every crazy comical effort’s to find the answers, running as fast and far and wide as I can.

And yet, there they are – peacefully waiting – inside of me. They are not coming in an email, or there on the web, there maybe regurgitated parts of it in a few select books –very rarely you’ll come across a hint, a seed but mostly,  you won’t be told by others, definitely most unlikely place to find them is on TV or in a newspaper.

The answers, their there, inside you – yours, uniquely for you, totally free – exceptionally patient and ready for you to stop. Be quiet. Be open. Acknowledge/ hear and see them.

The Answers are/ were/ will be there – they’ve never been anywhere else. We often, in this crazy dazy upside down society, DON’T get taught where to look, nevertheless it’s like magic, their hidden in the most obvious yet unexpected of places, right inside you.

So this week, the top and only thing on my ‘to do’ list in very big text, is the advice:  ‘Stop, Breath, BE!  Know & Remember’.  So I’ve stepped off the hamster wheel for now, made myself a lovely cup of tea, sitting down and feeling the essence, the energy and answers of life and living.

It’s here, it’s me…..  Just have to remember to BE!

p.s.  it’s you too!!!! So remember to just stop and ‘BE’ a little this week.
If you are not sure about how, check out and look into: Eckhart Tolle/ Mindfullness

p.s.s. This is a little off topic as it’s not herb related, however as it is related to being, sanity and mental well being, I figured it deserved a spot on the blog.

p.s.s.s Although perhaps you are not looking for answers, in which case this whole post may be completely irrelevant – I just want to let you know for all other issues/ problems, Wayfarer’s Magic Comfrey Ointment works a treat ;-)  Go Comfrey!!!

Why buy handmade… lots of reasons really

There are endless reasons really, yet I am constantly struck at by people or even at myself who can at times baulk at the price of braceletshandmade in comparison to an nice neat off the shelf number for a fiver from a larger retailer. Here are my top 5 reasons: 

  1. It’s ethical; Sure we’d all love to pay $5 for something, yet the thought of where it comes from who made it, and for what price rarely comes into the equation. In our continually striving for lower costs, so we can just buy more things we don’t need, we often forget somewhere at sometime there is a cost to someone, maybe not to you, or the company you are buying it from – however the person/child having to press out thousands of the product a day in appalling labour conditions might beg to differ, somewhere somehow someone is paying for it.
  2. You are buying a story, and a product made with Love I’m really quite new to crafting, making, creating things and yet I see that there is the opportunity when buying handmade to connect to the seller, here the story of how it came about, why it’s being made, from what materials and thoughts, ideas, passions and joys came from this one or many items. You see most of us don’t create from boredom, or lack of things to do – we do it because it makes us happy, it means something to us and we get a kick out of it. And we get an even bigger kick out of finding a good home for our creations.  They are a part of us, and what we send out into the world, and we are wanting to share that with you, so that it also makes you happy :)  Aww so now everyone is happy!
  3. Supporting small local creative businesses I know it’s great you’ve given a 10 year old somewhere in Asia the opportunity to earn a few cents a day, there are also many creative souls right on your doorstep struggling, creating, hoping to one day that their creations and passion will be their main source of income. Many working across all sorts of industries and creating in their spare time, with joy.  The products are often recycled, with a story; hours that also have value are filled with work. The product for the most part hasn’t left any carbon footprint, not been flown across the world, made by machine or pressed off in the thousands, no this little product has been thought up and handmade by an individual here, near you and there is simply nothing like supporting local initiatives, creativity, arts and culture – in brings you closer to your role in the larger scheme of things.
  4. It’s completely unique, imperfections and all You won’t be going into any store and finding thousands of them, the chance that someone at work will be wearing the same thing is minimized, its unique in it’s style, essence and mostly it’s one of a kind – maybe one day it’ll even be a collectors item of a bygone era, when they’ll talk about how once upon a time people made things, and it made them and everyone around them happy…
  5. Quality For the most part (of course on many of these points there can always be the odd exception), the quality it handmade far exceeds the factory made store bought equivalent. I always use the highest quality pure wool, it’s often been hand-dyed and it put it together with great care. It will survive being washed, and as with the handmade products that I have for myself these unique pieces often last years when all else has fallen apart or been given away, they stay in good form, colour and style.

Just some insights, of course you needn’t buy handmade,  I do though encourage people to try making something themselves, get down and get creative. I started creating as I could never find any skirts or bags in the style I wanted, then I discovered crochet and found it was relaxing and was akin to a moving meditation – and I could use the soft, colourful, beautifully, luxurious wool that I liked, and it all went from here. I also make my own ointments, it’s satisfying to have made something, something you like, you’d wear/ use, and it’s even more satisfying when someone else likes it too. And there is a deep satisfaction using something you’ve made yourself, even if it’s falling apart at the seems as my skirts often are. So talk to the creators when your at the market, get to know them – you’re supporting more than just a creation, product or lifestyle, you see you are connecting and buying something from someone, a person just like you, who has a name, a life a whole story of which this product probably plays an interesting part – listen, learn, engage.  If it resonates and you buy it, it becomes part of your story and you life, and for you to enjoy.
P.s. I’ll be at the Flinders St. Market again on the 31st August, this coming Sunday – drop by say hi!

Here is a very inspiring ‘Story of a bag’, that brings to life all of the above, by the lovely creative Juanita Tortilla: Check out her blog:

Is illness hereditary? Can we heal ourselves?

I personally believe we can; you can see more in this enlightening youtube video by Bruce Lipton, who I love listening to is the one who introduced the idea to me, through his research, he did an interview with Wayne Dyer awhile back – where they discuss what is possible, our conscious and unconscious minds – and the power we have over our own lives. Very interesting, recommended viewing: