The end of 2015 is already here. This year feels like it just blinked itself into the past. That is not to say it was a breeze. For so many people, 2015 was a pretty challenging year. On both personal and global levels, many of our assumptions and beliefs were up for review. Letting go is not the easiest human thing to do.
As I sit at the edge of a new calendar year, I cannot help but look back to see what was good and where I can pay more attention to going forward. Where I can stretch or expand and where I need more discipline.
I found myself on the road quite a bit this past year, as you can probably see from the photographs in the magazine. Everywhere I went there was this sense of familiarity, from the Florida Keys to New Orleans to Stockholm to Northern Noway. Yes, Northern Norway.
Travelling solo allowed me to sit in silence. There were days I did not speak to a single person. Even my internal dialogue petered off. Somewhat. I followed empty trails out of town and into green. One magical moment was when I was waiting by the roadside for my bus to Solvær. The only sounds were the seagulls and the very faint singing of hymns from a church I could not see. The sun was out. The air was warm. I was happy.
I sat at wind-beaten beaches, looking out to the roaring water, the changing skies, and the far-off horizon. With no particular thought, or desire to do anything. St Pete’s. South Beach. Florida Keys. The Lofoten Islands. What I found again, especially in Northern Norway, was flow. We do have to let go.
And I found peace. My whole body exhaled.
Maybe not quite the level of peace that David R Hawkins writes and speaks about, but it was a reminder of what it feels like to be at peace and ease with myself and the world. What I felt was reflected in all the wonderful people I met on the road.
Of course being away from all my responsibilities for weeks on end made it easier. The first few days I invariably fretted about the dogs and cat, and about all that I should and could be doing for work. But then you realize those are choices you impose on yourself, don’t you?
The question is then how do I bring more of this peace into every day life? How do I live with this lightness of being?
Peace is very important and I wanted to see what my friends’ perspectives were and so the idea for the winter issue was birthed. As always I am so inspired by everyone’s words and offerings, and their excitement to be included in this issue. There were many others who wanted to share, but it did not flow with what was happening in their lives at the moment. We have to be okay saying no, as well as saying yes. Each has its place.
This issue is not meant to give anyone answers but give us fruit for thought. Pluck it at your leisure and sit by the ocean or on a mountain trail or at your kitchen table and taste the exquisite juiciness of possibility.
SANDRA TONKINSON, EDITOR + WRITER
ISSUE 12 CONTENTS
Peace | An Inside Job
Peace is Every Step | A Collection of Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes
Wild + Raw plus a Sweet Potato Smoothie
Tea + Peace
Peace | A Compilation
Where World Peace Starts | A Compilation
Peace in the Mundane
Make Peace A Habit
Peace the Spiritual Perspective
A Christmas Gift
Hiroshima | The City of Peace
Peace | A Poem
Open Door | Refugees in Germany
Leah Kim | Rediscovering Self After Pregnancy
Art of Attention
Words | Alana Lea, Andrea McIntyre Rivers, Angela Shih, Ashley Chen, Beth Moses, Christine Volm, Chris Dubois, Elena Brower, Emily von Euw, Erica Jago, Eugenia Gajardo, Jennifer Salness, Kaylin Toh, Leah Kim, Nicole Gilg-Geymayer, Patrick Sterenchuk, Paly Seabrook, Rui Luz, Sebatian Huth, Shannon Whitehead, Stephanie Helmberger, Syv Bruzeau, Taylor Bean, Valia Efstathiou, Valérie Marin,
Photographs + ART | Angela Shih, Andrea McIntyre Rivers, Elena Brower, Erica Jago, Rui Luz, Sandra Tonkinson, Valérie Marin, Valia Efstathiou
Alana Lea is a voice for rainforests. A horticulturist and a botanical artist, Alana is the founder of Rainforest ECO Enterprises and through crowdfunding on the platform of iGiveTrees, she is working to help bring awareness to the environmental situation in Brazil and to support those who live in these forests. Alana was moved to action when she realized much of the Brazilian Rainforest has turned into barren land from deforestation for coffee and pulpwood plantations.
Andrea McIntyre Rivers is a Naturopath and Western Medical Herbalist based in Scotland.
She provides integrated wellness consultations as well as massage for adults and infants, lifestyle counselling, and flower essence and aromatherapy sessions, to name a few. www.HerbalMatters.biz
Angela Shih grew up in California, USA and is currently teaching at Concordia School Hanoi. She loves cats, hanging out with friends, laughing, spending time outdoors, watching children laugh, snowboarding, playing guitar, and building community with people.
Angela has travelled to many countries, lived long-term in a few of them in the hopes to connect with Spiritually Sensitive people who want to follow Jesus.
She lives with a cat named Mochi in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ashley Chen is the co-founder of WOOGA! a boutique dogcare business based in Singapore.
Some of the services WOOGA! provide include dog walking, home boarding, and hand stripping + carding. They also have an e-shop that offers products tried and tested on their own dogs. Affordable biodegradable poop bags, healthy treats, and supplement oils. www.woogadog.com
Beth Moses founded Oh Well! in 1994 as a way to bring healing to the workplace and to individuals … and also to prove to her two young sons that she could do it!!
Watching people grow and evolve is a passion of Beth’s, and she firmly believes that until we can learn to be comfortable, really comfortable, in our own body and mind, and until we learn the active skill of self love, our evolution is inherently limited. The good news is that the first step in that process – relaxing – is well within our reach. www.BethMoses.com
Dr. Christine Volm has a PhD in Horticultural Sciences and works as a consultant for natural nutrition with raw food and edible wild plants. She advises interested people and provides seminars, excursions, and publications.
In June 2015 her third book about raw food and edible wild plants was published: “wild und roh – die besten Smoothies mit Wildpflanzen” (wild & raw – The best smoothies with wild plants)
Chris Dubois and Valérie Marin are originally from France. For nearly 20 years, they have made Singapore their home, where they live with their two teenage children and two cats.
Chris has visited Cambodia to support Tabitha Cambodia several times and this year the whole family went. Living in Singapore, it is easy to forget how privileged life can be and Chris and Valérie wanted their children to know what privilege is and how we can use it to help others. Valérie is a certified Health Coach and the founder of Live Your Vitality. www.Your-Vitality-Store.com
Elena Brower is a mama, teacher, and author. She has studied yoga, meditation, and healing with master teachers since 1997, and has been teaching since 1999. Known for bringing a resonant, relevant voice that speaks directly to your heart, Elena offers weekly asana and meditation classes in New York City as well as international trainings and retreats. Elena’s groundbreaking yoga workbook, Art of Attention, has been translated into 5 languages. She’s the founder of teach.yoga, a virtual home for teachers worldwide, and her meditation coursework and first film, On Meditation, are devoted to cultivating meditation as our most healing daily habit. www.ElenaBrower.com www.ArtofAttention.com
Emily von Euw lives in Vancouver Canada with her family and is currently a History major at Simon Fraser University. Em is the founder of the fantastic This Rawsome Vegan Life and the author of several “uncook” books – Rawsome Vegan Baking and her latest The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook. Em is a vegan and mostly raw. My experience as a vegan is a highly privileged one; I am white, young, female, living in an urban centre in a more developed country, able-bodied, financially secure and have access to post-secondary education and the internet. All these factors and more shape my reality and inform my experiences, opinions and actions. I aim to be aware of my privilege as much as possible, consider its potentially damaging effect on others, and try to minimize that. www.ThisRawsomeVeganLife.com
From an early age Erica Jago has been innately interested in exploring spiritual domains in life — through dance, art, music and athleticism.
She earned an industrial design degree from the Ohio State University and has been a graphic designer in San Francisco since 2001.
Studying + practicing yoga for over 10 years has been an ever-evolving way to express her truth, creativity, and emotions. In her teachings, design is vital for transforming instructional concepts into artful + meaningful class experiences.
Designing Art of Attention has been a profound life changing journey.
Eugenia Gajardo was born to be an artist. She weaves her successful profession as a psychotherapist and counsellor with the realization of her long-time ambition as an artist. Her art is enriched by her extraordinary and multicultural life.
She was born in Santiago, Chile, and has made Singapore her home for 38 years. She lived and studied in the USA, France, Switzerland, and the UK. In high school, Gajardo was a poetry prize winner. As an adult in the UK, she was in fashion, and in Singapore spent 15 years in the corporate world. She lived in an ashram for three years undertaking yogic studies and pursued her Master of Social Sciences (Prof Counselling) at age 58 in Singapore.
Jennifer Salness is a marketing consultant who finds peace in her urban garden and on long drives in the country and in words.
For over 20 years she has built multiple businesses and offered consulting services to retail businesses, artists, coaches, and entrepreneurs. Her gift is helping your presence online be easy, so you can focus on your passion. She offers personalized sessions, workshops, and technical services to find clarity, growth, and movement for their business, especially for those overwhelmed or confused by technology. Her passion is to guide you with a calm, knowledgeable voice. www.JenniferSalness.com
A passionate tea lover, Kaylin Toh is committed to sharing her knowledge and love for tea. She believes that everyone needs a quiet space, a safe haven, and a moment to relax. Tea is a divine gift that confers not just delicious flavour but also health benefits and calming properties to the one who drinks it, allowing one to have more peace and connect with oneself readily or have heart-to-heart connection with others easily. Ultimately with more tea drinkers out there, this world will have more loving interaction, and become more tranquil, peaceful and harmonies.
When not brewing tea, Kaylin can be found volunteering across borders, and spreading love and joy in the little ways she can as she lives her life motto “love all, serve all.” www.TeaTradersCo.com
Trained in the modern-day yoga mecca of Santa Monica, Leah Kim has been Nike’s Global Yoga Ambassador and Master Trainer since 2009.
She is the spokesperson for Nike’s yoga campaign, traveling around the world to lead trainings and events. She designs yoga programs for Nike, most popularly for the Nike Training Club app.
Leah’s home is London with her husband, son, and their long-haired dachshund. www.LeahKim.com
Nicole Gilg-Geymayer is a Grinberg Method Practitioner and a Yoga Teacher from Germany. She has lived in an assortment of countries, and is currently calling Singapore home, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
She chose to be a Grinberg Method Practitioner to hone her skills of paying attention to the body and through it, teach others to move toward greater freedom and happiness. Nicole loves working with people to connect the dots and see the “aha” moments reveal on their faces, bodies, and their breaths as they exhale with a new and freer experience in their body.
Nicole offers sessions and workshops in Singapore as well as retreats in Bali, Indonesia. www.beurbody.com
Patrick Sterlenchuk is a spiritual teacher, philosopher, mentor, intuitive, healer, meditation guide, stress management consultant, Laughter Yoga teacher, and a loving presence. The core wisdom, of his teaching, and of his work is this: “All healing is simply the remembering that we are already (always) whole.”
For more than 20 years, Patrick has experienced the blessing of serving others, in their remembering. www.PatrickSterenchuk.com
Born in Quito Ecuador, Paly Seabroook now lives in Singapore where she went to high school. She is married to a Kiwi and together they are raising two Third Culture Kids. Their daughters were both born in Singapore, where they have made their home. Paly and her husband have also lived in London and Dubai and spent six months travelling with their first-born before returning to Singapore.
Rui Luz is a photographer/digital artist from Portugal who takes an experimental approach. He uses mainly black and white in his work, and aims for atmosphere and concept, sometimes in an abstract manner rather than beauty. He believes the true essence of the picture must be stripped to the fundamental points; this way there are no unnecessary distractions, and the main subject is completely preserved, a sort of purification and discipline as he perceives it. Noir-Division
Sebastian Huth was born in Germany, where he currently lives. Sebastian is an Event Coordinator and an 11:11 Workshop Facilitator. Thanks to the amazing and life-changing energies of Solara and the 11:11, Sebastian was able to learn and build upon many great techniques and tools that help us shift from the world of Duality into Oneness.
One brilliant tool is called the “Silent Watcher”. By embodying one of these ancient universal beings, Sebastian is able to see, feel, and understand what is happening around him, in regards to people and situatons in a very neutral loving way. Sebastian1111@me.com
Shannon Whitehead is the founder of Factory45, an online accelerator program that supports entrepreneurs going from idea to apparel product launch.
Her desire is to help change the fashion industry with thoughtful design and ethical manufacturing. Her vision is environmentally-conscious clothing companies. www.Factory45.co
Based in Munich, Germany, Stephanie Helmberger is an avid traveller and visits Asia every year.
She is an Access Consciousness facilitator and a Physiognomy Practitioner. This is the fascinating system of gleaming information from a person’s physical traits and features. www.Gesichterlesen.com
Born in France, Syv Bruzeau went to Japan after university to explore Asia and its culture and never left this part of the world.
She discovered Butoh while in Japan and studied it in the Himalayas and in New York City. She was mainly trained by Japanese Butoh master Lee Rhizome and also learned from Eiko and Koma, Katsura Kan,Tetsuro Fukuhara and Natsu Nakajima. www.OnenessFlow.wordpress.com
Dr Taylor Bean is a Canadian Naturopathic Doctor who was based in Singapore. She is currently on maternity leave back home in Canada for the birth of her second child.
She is passionate about discovering what part of the system is responsible for creating imbalances. To dig deeper than the surface and look at all aspects, ultimately finding the missing link. Each and every person will have different reasons for bringing on ailments or dis-ease. www.DrTaylorBean.com
Valia Efstathiou lives in Greece and is a translator by day, jewelry designer by night, and a sea-loving shutterbug in between. She loves exploring the Greek islands and being in water. She goes by her nickname Laliou – find her on Instagram and Etsy under that name.