Bite-size wellness booster: the health podcasts you’ll want in your life

We all want to live as healthy and happy a life as possible, but there are times when we’d benefit from some expert advice and a motivation boost to get us there. And while health and wellness info is easier to find than ever, we can feel bombarded by the amount that’s out there, struggle to find the time to watch the latest documentaries or get around to reading those online articles we bookmarked ages ago.

Enter podcasts: no matter how busy your life is, you can get your daily dose of wellness inspiration anytime, anywhere. Think of them as a free online audio library accessible from your laptop or mobile device, covering pretty much any topic you can think of. Use any podcast manager to find the channels that pique your curiosity and you’re set to enjoy stimulating and informative content on your morning commute, in the gym or while taking care of the daily chores at home.

From speedy expert views on latest food trends, to guided meditations and discussions on the hottest wellness topics of the day, we’ve rounded up some of the best body and mind podcasts you’ll be glad to have added to your daily wellbeing regime. Start here and see where the journey takes you!

  1. TED Talks Health

Who doesn’t love TED? The global community is known for their viral content in the form of groundbreaking expert talks that aim to spark conversation and change lives. Faithful to the short and sweet TED format, the TED Talks Health podcast comes as powerful presentations in 18 minutes or less. The episodes feature doctors, researchers and other thought leaders who present their insights and discoveries in thought-provoking and entertaining videos. From breakthroughs in medicine to emotional first aid, the reasons we laugh to living passionately at any age, TED Talks Health will keep you inspired and up-to-date on the latest from the world of health. We recommend you start by checking out Sandra Aamodt’s talk on ‘Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work’ (because life’s too short to quit biscuits for good)!

And if you can’t get enough of TED, there’s also TED Talks Education and TED Talks Art

  1. Breaking Down Nutrition

While we’re bombarded with nutritional info on a daily basis, making sense of it all is perhaps harder than ever. What on earth is FODMAP? Is chocolate good for us or not? Hail or not hail the latest celebrity endorsed food trend? If the jargon and all the contradicting blurb makes you want to give up and reach for the doughnuts, take a moment to listen to Dr. Susan Mitchell’s podcast on what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to food and diet. Susan is a registered nutritionist and her podcast gets to the point quickly in mini episodes in which she dispels myths, examines the latest food trends and shines the spotlight on healthy eating heroes from turmeric to avocados.

Want more nutrition tips from mindful eating to optimising your breakfast? Look up The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous.

  1. Beauty Inside Out

If a podcast could give you a ‘glow’ it would surely be this one. Beauty Inside Out is the podcast adventure of Kimberly Snyder, a celebrated nutritionist, beauty expert and author of the New York Times best-sellers The Beauty Detox Power, The Beauty Detox Foods and the Beauty Detox Solution. Her podcast is designed to empower us to make better choices and boost wellness in all areas of our lives, helping us feel healthier, happier and more gorgeous. Packed with nutritional advice, beauty tips and spiritual inspiration, Kimberly’s advice on healthy living is delivered in a joyful and down-to-earth style. Expect lively conversation on a wide range of wellness topics such as Ayurvedic practices, seasonal eating, gratitude and aromatherapy, FAQ sessions as well as exciting interviews with today’s top healthy living luminaries from Deliciously Ella to Deepak Chopra.

Love Beauty Inside Out? Check out The Ultimate Health Podcast for more ways to take your wellness to a new level.

  1. The Daily Meditation Podcast

The idea of meditation seems simple enough: close your eyes and focus on something that helps quieten your mind. But if you’re someone who struggles to fit meditation into your life, would like a bit more guidance to get the most out of your practise or are interested in trying out new techniques, Mary Meckley’s The Daily Meditation Podcast is for you. As a certified meditation teacher, Mary is passionate about helping more people manage the stressful aspects of modern life by making meditation a natural part of the day. Drawing from multiple traditions, Mary guides us through a diverse range of approaches to meditation from various breathing techniques to mantras and walking meditations. Each week is focused on a specific topic, so whether you want to manage stress, boost your confidence or foster self-love, there’s a 7-day series of meditations to help you. With hundreds of episodes delivered in Mary’s soothing voice, incorporating meditation into your life has never been easier.

Want even more ‘Om’ in your life? Try 10% happier with Dan Harris, the meditation podcast by an ABC newsman and a former meditation sceptic.

  1. Katy Says with Katy Bowman

Moving better makes you feel better, and according to Katy Bowman, biomechanist and bestselling author of ‘Move Your DNA’, healthy movement isn’t about making sure we get enough exercise to compensate for all those sedentary hours spent at our desks. Rather, it’s about tweaking how we move (or not) on every day to make sure we get the full spectrum of ‘movement nutrition’ our bodies are craving. How our ancestors lived (and moved their bodies) is a far cry from how most of us live today, yet it’s something we can begin to change, and Katy’s holistic approach to movement not only keeps our bodies fitter but can also help us prevent and recover from many modern ailments. Old or young, movement matters to everyone, so join Katy and movement geek Dani Hemmat as they talk minimal footwear, swinging on monkey bars and setting up a dynamic workstation to get our desk-based work done in a more body-friendly way.

Enjoying Katy Says? For more content on natural movement and beyond, listen to the Liberated Body Podcast.

  1. The Rich Roll Podcast

With over 21 million downloads, The Rich Roll Podcast is one of the most popular wellness podcasts out there. And while you might expect Rich – a passionate vegan endurance athlete and author of ‘Finding Ultra’ and ‘Plantpower Way’ – to focus on fitness and nutrition, he doesn’t stop there in his quest to help people become their personal best. In each episode, Rich has a stimulating (and sometimes provoking) conversation with one of today’s brightest entrepreneurs, athletes, artists and spiritual leaders, with an intention to help us move over the mental and physical hurdles on our path to living our most authentic lives. And it doesn’t matter where you are on your wellness journey – Rich was unhealthy and unfit until he turned his life around in his 40s – you can begin to shift things around right now, and this podcast will give you a motivational boost once a week.

Inspired? Head over to the Bulletproof Radio podcast by Dave Asprey for similar content.

5 ways to boost your intuition

Think of the word ‘intuition’ and you’re likely picturing a sudden stroke of inspiration, a ‘sixth sense’ guiding you toward the right choice, an ‘aha’ moment that seems to come from nowhere or that gut feeling that turns out to be right… But where does intuition come from, do we all have access to it and should we trust it? Intuition is a well-researched psychological phenomenon: our intuitive ability to pick up patterns and make accurate judgements in a flash hails from prehistoric times, when our brain’s primary task was to keep us alive and out of danger. And although nowadays we’re unlikely to be fending off saber tooth tigers, those ancient areas of our brain continue to operate alongside the newer, conscious parts. And this channel to our subconscious knowledge keeps supplying us with valuable insights – whether we pay attention to it or not.

So how can it help us today? Many well-known entrepreneurs credit following their inner guidance as a source of their success. Steve Jobs urged us all to trust intuition over intellect:

            “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

And he‘s onto something. Besides upping our business world brownie points, intuition can help us make better decisions in all areas of life – from choosing a spouse to buying a home. Sounds good, right? But what if you wouldn’t describe yourself as a very intuitive person? The great news is, we all have the potential to tune into our inner knowing and there’s a lot we can do to strengthen that connection. Consistent practice pays dividends, so tune in and start applying our five intuition boosters today.

  1. Quiet your mind to notice the signals

Tune out… tune in… Intuition often comes to us as subtle signals – be it physical sensations, emotions, mental images or words – and it may take a bit of practice to be able to recognise them. More often than not, we’re so distracted by our internal chatter that the intuitive messages have trouble getting through. Overthinking – that blight of modern life – lures us into obsessively analysing our options instead of pausing and listening to what our inner voice is trying to tell us. The solution? Any practice that helps us slow down and tune out distractions opens a space for our intuitive thoughts and feelings to bubble to the surface where they can get our attention. Give your mind a breather from the chaos of day-to-day life by meditating or practicing mindfulness – even just for a few moments each day. Physical activities and creative pursuits that put us into a relaxed state of focus are also brilliant at strengthening our receptivity to spontaneous bursts of inspiration – yoga, running, climbing, painting and knitting are all great options. Or turn to our favourite way of creating space for inner guidance: a long soothing soak in the bathtub…

 

  1. Access your intuition through a journal

Are you after a more direct way to access your inner wisdom? Try some ‘stream of consciousness’ writing. Grab a pen and a notebook and begin by writing down a question – it could be something specific like ‘Should I accept this job offer?’ or something generic like ‘What do I need to be aware of?’ – and then start writing whatever pops into your head. (You can set yourself a timer or decide on a number of pages you will fill before you stop.) You may find that something that has seemed irrelevant up until now suddenly surfaces in your writing in a way that shines new light on your situation.

Your journal is also a brilliant place to record and reflect on moments of intuitive insights. Write down any you can remember from the past. How did intuition speak to you? Did you follow the guidance at the time? How accurate was your ‘hunch’ in hindsight? Write down any new ‘aha’ moments you experience as well – you’ll be more likely to remember and make the most of them.

  1. Use sleep time to boost intuition

When we sleep, we’re fully immersed in the realm of the subconscious, the source of our intuitive insights. Experiment with setting intentions at bedtime: ask to be shown answers to your questions while you sleep, or simply request to see something that will be of benefit to you. As soon as you wake up, jot down any thoughts that come up or doodle pictures in a Dream Diary. Remain open to receiving insights throughout the day even when nothing relevant immediately jumps at you.

Exploring our dream worlds can also give us powerful intuitive glimpses into our circumstances. Rather than consulting a dream dictionary, you may get better results by trying a more personal approach. The Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés (author of The Women Who Run With The Wolves) recommends the following simple method of dream analysis:

  1. Write down your dream as a story
  2. Pick out all the nouns (the places, the people and the things) in your story
  3. List any personal associations you have with each of these dream symbols
  4. Choose what feels like the strongest association for each symbol and rewrite your dream story

For example, a dream about following a dog into your childhood home could, for you, mean being led by your desire to feel safe and protected back to the comfort of old and familiar habits.

  1. Feed your intuition with new experiences

Older may not just mean wiser. Elderly individuals seem to have the edge over youth when it comes to following gut instincts as well – and it may have a lot to do with the wider range of experiences that come with having lived longer. All new experiences give our subconscious mind something novel to chew on, boosting our potential for intuitive breakthroughs at the same time. Therefore, while we’re learning to listen to our intuition better, we’d do well to feed it a varied ‘diet’ of experiences too. Have fun exploring new places in your city and further afield, try out a new hobby and read books you normally wouldn’t. Even shaking up your daily routine by taking a different route to work or eating your lunch in a new café could spark a new insight or two.

  1. Practice acting on your hunches

Finally, becoming an expert at noticing our intuitive guidance doesn’t do much good unless we’re also prepared to act on our hunches. Admittedly, that can be scary. Many of us have learned to do the opposite of trusting our intuition by actively ignoring the signals or dismissing them as irrelevant. When faced with decisions, we may have trouble believing that intuition can truly lead us in the right direction and instead write lengthy lists of pros and cons or turn to friends, books or Google for answers. But if we want to partner up with our intuition to make better decisions and solve problems more effectively, we need to begin to trust our gut feelings – and ourselves – more.

Begin to break through the discomfort by acting on your hunches when the stakes are small. If you suddenly think of a friend, give them a call or send them a message. Or maybe you find yourself inexplicably drawn to certain places, activities or ideas? Take time to explore them and see where it leads you. As you try out these new habits, keep track of any positive outcomes that following your hunches leads you to. Then, as your confidence in your intuitive abilities grows, allow your inner wisdom to guide you through bigger decisions too. By trusting our gut feelings we’re not abandoning all logical thinking – we’re simply adding another powerful tool to the mix. And the more airtime we give to intuition, the more likely we are to see great results in all areas of our lives.

Hello sanctuary – how to reinvent your bathroom

In many cultures around the world, there’s a lot more to bathing than just scrubbing the body clean. In Japan, for example, bathing in an Onsen (a Japanese hot spring) is all about taking a moment to slow down, getting into a meditative state of mind and seeking respite from the stresses of daily life (even the monkeys do it!). And while few of us have a hot spring in our neighbourhood (we wish!), you’ve probably noticed how much better and clearer-headed you feel after showering and how answers you’ve been searching for and your best ideas often seem to miraculously pop into mind. Not to mention how a long soak in a hot bath literally melts your worries away…

So why not cherish this place, emphasise its transformative and soothing qualities and intentionally turn it into a sacred space dedicated to self-care where you can let go of your worries and restore your soul and body alike?

  1. Clear some space

Clutter definitely takes away from the serenity of any space and the same is true for your bathroom. To clear out the clutter, take a look at all the products you have. Check all the dates and get rid of anything that’s expired. Then take a look at the rest – if you haven’t used in six months, pop it in a storage box and see if you really need it over the next six months, and if you haven’t used it in a year, bin it! Now, you’re probably left with only those products you love (bliss!), and with the clutter eliminated, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for easily whenever you open your bathroom cabinet or reach for the shelves.

What else do you keep in your bathroom? Give all that other stuff the same ruthless treatment. Ask yourself: Do I really need this? Then act accordingly!

  1. Keep it organised

It’s easier to keep a space well-organised and inviting when everything has its proper place. Even when multiple people use the same bathroom, we can keep the chaos at bay by having a designated storage area (e.g. a drawer or a shelf) for each person. Very small bathrooms can present more of a challenge, so if space is at premium, explore more effective storage solutions, such as magnetic hooks for hand-held mirrors and nails scissors, and boxes and trays for keeping drawers tidy. And if you’re craving more inspiration, check out the countless bathroom make-over ideas on Pinterest.

  1. The green clean

Think of ‘sanctuary’ and the idea of harsh chemicals is unlikely to be the first thing to spring to mind. Avoid exposure to chemical residues and keep your bathroom sparkling clean in a way that aligns with your aim of creating a soulful, restorative space by using gentler cleaning solutions. From simple liquid detergent and a cloth for wiping surfaces to scrubbing the bath with baking soda and white vinegar, there are many green and safe methods fit for a sanctuary.

  1. Sacred space

What does a sanctuary look like to you? Is it minimalist, natural, feminine? Give your imagination free rein and jot down any qualities, ideas, symbols and objects that you associate with healing, inspiration and rejuvenation – then think of ways to bring these elements into your bathroom. You could create more warmth and cheer by adding colourful towels to your collection or you could introduce an element of nature by placing a potted plant by the window or by using a large shell as a soap holder. Think also of crystals, candles, art… Even small adjustments are likely to reward you with a tangible shift in your energy whenever you step into your newly transformed – and transformative – bathroom.

Add a little transformative magic to your bathing routine with the AEOS bath salts, the perfect body-mind pick-me-up whenever you need some extra nurturing or simply want to take time for yourself.

Power up your productivity

Time’s a funny thing – the more we have on our plates, the fewer hours there seem to be in a day. But whether in the office or at home, we can increase our productivity by learning new ways to approach our tasks and doing away with those habits that aren’t helping (you might be surprised just how much of our time they eat up)… After all, it’s not about cramming even more into our already packed days, but rather making what time we do have count more.

So let us ease the pressure a little and give you a helping hand with your to-do list with our top five productivity-boosting tips.

  1. Eliminate the distractions

So that shocker of a project just hit your desk? Make space for it. Multitasking is a productivity-killer so cut the distractions – and yes, we do mean your smart phone too! Turn it off, hide it under your sofa or tackle the urge to constantly check what’s new by downloading an app that trains you to leave your phone alone – we know… the irony! From pointing out exactly what activities are sucking up all your time to rewarding you for not touching your phone for 30 minutes with a beautiful growing tree, using a phone app to keep us away from all those other apps can be a surprisingly effective way to help us put our focus back to the task at hand.

The same goes for browsing the internet and going back again and again to check for new emails. One study concluded that a whopping 47% of online time is spent procrastinating! Unless you have to, limit checking your emails to a specific time of the day and use a browser add-on to block any distracting sites during your work hours.

  1. Take a ‘productive break’

Some types of tasks, especially creative work, can sometimes grind to a standstill when we’re under pressure. So if the inspiration has dried up, don’t stare at a blank screen until you despair or give into procrastination – instead, take a moment to consciously engage in a reinvigorating activity. If you can get out, go for a run, take a walk or spend your lunch hour in an art gallery or some other place you wouldn’t normally go. If you’re stuck inside, take ten minutes to meditate or stretch out in a yoga pose. Finally, sometimes all our mind requires to get the creative juices flowing again is a little break from the internal ‘editor’ that’s constantly demanding perfection – try filling a few pages of a notebook with a stream-of-consciousness style writing (forget about spelling and grammar!) or take a sheet of blank paper and doodle whatever comes to mind before you get back to your task.

  1. Fuel productivity with the right foods

It’s hard to get anything done when our focus falters and we’re having trouble concentrating. What you had for lunch may have a lot to do with it! Making healthy food choices is not only good for our bodies but affects our productivity, too. Eating a healthy diet, getting our five helpings of fruit and veg at least four times a week and regular exercising are all linked to higher productivity. So how do you put this into practise? Start by stocking up with healthy snacks – fruit, nuts, carrot sticks with hummus, wholegrain sandwiches with avocado, etc. – and reach for them instead of sugary treats throughout the day to keep your energy up. A quick sugar hit is just that – after the initial energy boost you’ll soon end up feeling even more tired and unfocused. Go easy on empty lunchtime carbs too and opt for generous helpings of veggies with whole grains that will provide you with a more sustained energy to see you through the rest of the day. And keep a glass or a bottle of water handy! Hydration is not only important for clear skin but clear thinking too.

  1. Bring mindfulness to your desk

At first glance, setting aside some of our work time to sit quietly with our eyes closed might seem like the antithesis of productivity. But how often do we waste time by being unable to concentrate and having our minds constantly wander to things that are irrelevant to the present moment? Having a calm mind increases our productivity by boosting our ability to focus on the task at hand.

Before starting work, try to find 10 minutes at home to relax and focus on your breath with your eyes closed – you may find counting each inhalation and exhalation helpful. By taking the time to calm your mind, you’ll soothe any stress you may be experiencing about the workload that’s waiting for you and will be better equipped to ignore distractions and to prioritise your time effectively. While at work, go for another mindfulness boost (or two) by briefly bringing your awareness back to your breath and the present moment before beginning each new task – even focusing fully on the experience of enjoying a cuppa during a break can transform stress levels.

  1. Embrace structure

With oodles to do, from mini tasks to long-term projects and everything in between – both at work and at home – it’s really easy to get overwhelmed. However, just a smidge of structure can go a long way in eliminating stress and powering up productivity.

Try this: print out a weekly planner, write a list of things that you have to do during the week (such as work projects, appointments and so on) and fill those in. Then make a list of things that you want to do, like working towards long-term goals, socialising, self-care and leisure activities, and slot those in too. If you haven’t got enough space, go back to your list and pick out the things that are most important.

Instead of being restrictive, knowing exactly what we’re doing and when during the week helps us avoid being distracted by all the other things that need doing – it’s a lot easier to stay motivated when we’re looking at a to-do list of one item instead of 50! Scheduling pleasurable activities is also important as it can help tame our urges for instant gratification. Knowing that we’ve made the space for fun in our week, we’ll be less likely to resent all the mundane tasks that we need to get done in the meanwhile.

Channel your inner spiritual girl in a material world

Ever feel like your spiritual quest and your material surroundings are at odds? The path to inner peace can be a little tricky to navigate with our spiritual compass via all the limitations, demands and conflicts of daily life. But fret not! Even when we have money to earn, bills to pay, groceries to buy, meals to cook, a house to clean and so on… it is possible to  find calm and purpose and reconnect with our spiritual selves on a daily basis, while making the most of what the material world has to offer..

Find below our five must-do’s to keep your spiritual practise alive in the midst of modern living.

  1. Find your tribe

Even when we’re surrounded by some pretty awesome people in our lives, if none of them shares our interests in spiritual growth and personal development, it can feel like something is missing. It’s not only refreshing to have someone in your life who ‘speaks your language’, but exchanging ideas and information is a great way to deepen our understanding of the concepts we’re exploring.

From sharing wisdom gained through life experiences to recommending books and techniques, connecting with like-minded people can really help steer us in an enlightening direction. You may already have people in your life who share your spiritual interests – if so, nurture those relationships! – but if you don’t, it’s well worth seeking them out. Find your new pals by joining classes and attending events or reach out to online communities that centre on the spiritual ideas you’re drawn to. You’ll be glad you did.

  1. Oh so many choices? Use your inner guidance

From choosing which brand of loo roll to buy (how long can it actually take?!) to deciding where we live, our lives are a never-ending stream of small and big choices. And while on the surface having more options seems wonderful, the truth is that decision making in the face of endless choices can be a one way track to stress and extinguished zen.

In the book The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz takes a look at how the more choices we have the more time-consuming investigating each option becomes and how more often than not we end up second-guessing ourselves. But is anything out there actually perfect and could we instead be satisfied with ‘good enough’ and let go of the need to make ‘the best’ choice every time?

Zap the stress out of decision making and find your calm core again by following these two steps:

Make snap decisions

Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. The way around the agony of choosing can be as simple as to stop deliberating and make decisions quickly. Do you ever think to yourself “I knew the right decision all along, why didn’t I just make it at the time?” Then you’re aware of your inner guidance and can start tapping into it to make easier – and probably better -– decisions. The more we practise surrendering the decision making process to our innate wisdom, the freer and more in tune with what really matters to us we feel.

Take it from Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking):

“decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.”

And if you’re thinking: that’s all very well when I’m choosing a tube of toothpaste or a new shade of lippy, but what about the really important decisions in life? Shouldn’t I spend a lot time making sure I’m making the right choice? Glad you asked.

Make peace with your choices

Making a big decision is scary. However, choosing between two different options is seldom the life-and-death dilemma our brains often make it out to be. If the fear of making a decision is paralysing you, take solace from this advice from Susan Jeffries (the author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway): at any point you’re faced with a decision, realise that either option is most likely going to turn out ok in the end. When we accept that nothing is perfect anyway and that every choice is going to have some benefits (we learn from mistakes after all), we can find greater peace and start enjoying life more.

  1. Make your material world a mindful world

When life gets hectic, attending to our spiritual lives can easily take a back seat, however important it is to us. But thankfully we don’t need to attend a week-long meditation retreat to quieten the thoughts racing through our minds or take a day off work to chant mantras to feel more spiritually focused. In fact, reconnecting with our inner selves can take as little as 10 minutes a day as Andy Puddicombe explains in this Ted Talk.

Mindfulness – bringing our awareness to what is happening now and observing it without judgement – is your go-to daily tool to help you slow down, relax and be more present in your life.

Try Andy’s tip: pop post-it notes on your front door, the fridge, by the kettle, on the bathroom mirror and anywhere else you frequently visit, and use them as reminders to focus fully on the present moment for a minute or two. Check in with your senses – what are you hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing, feeling in your body? – and if you’re experiencing an emotion, name it and let it be without resistance. The more we practise mindfulness, the more naturally it comes to us – and the easier life will begin to flow.

  1. Spend time connecting with nature

Rekindling our relationship with the natural world is a one-way path to a greater sense of meaning in our lives, so even if you’re a city girl to your core, make space for nature in your life. Taking the time to commune with nature reminds us of our connection to the rest of the world and observing the earth’s cycles is a healthy reminder to accept change and to let go of what’s no longer needed. And you can build up your connection with nature wherever you are – everyone has access to at least a window sill! Go on, grow flowers or herbs in your home, create a seasonal nature altar with the kids, make art with natural objects, walk barefoot in your garden, meditate in your local park, learn to forage for edible plants or pack your bags and leave the city for a weekend of hiking.

Natural surroundings also make for a perfect setting to practise mindfulness. Next time you’re out and about, follow the advice of Eckhart Tolle, author of Stillness Speaks:

Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

  1. Be the change you want to see

What values do you hold dear? Are you passionate about helping others or looking after the environment? Checking in from time to time with what’s most important to us and making small changes accordingly can give us a real spiritual lift. And the great thing about a material world is that it gives us ample opportunities to express our values through the choices we make as consumers. From Fairtrade, locally grown and organic produce to greener energy and responsible fashion, every time we choose to support the businesses and individuals who offer products and services that are in-line with what we care about, the more actively we’re shaping a world we’d like to see. Or perhaps being in-tune with your values could mean consuming less and stepping away from the ‘disposable’ culture through ‘making and mending’ and reducing waste through re-using and recycling. However it looks to you, ‘being the change that you wish to see in the world’ is a spiritually empowering practice!