July 24, 2013

The world’s easiest exercise for health and happiness

Posted in health, life, music tagged , , , , at 7:52 pm by Margi Macdonald

Everyone knows we’re all “supposed” to do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.
But what if it’s raining?
Or joining a gym and actually using your membership makes you want to crawl under a rock?
Or all those repetitions make you want to shriek, because they’re just plain boring?
Or you don’t live in a safe neighbourhood?
Or you feel really self-conscious about moving your body vigorously when you’re in public?
Or it’s too darned hot out there?

Well here’s your answer: conduct music!
Do it with passion.
Do it in your pyjamas, or dress right up.
Do it with a friend or when you’re feeling lonely and bored.

Here’s your inspiration… Enjoy!

March 24, 2012

What gives you joy?

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , at 3:43 pm by Margi Macdonald

Here’s your chance to vote in the world’s sweetest little poll!

May 14, 2011

Saturday serenity: music for a glad heart

Posted in brisbane, life, music tagged , , , , at 11:09 am by Margi Macdonald

Look… listen…breathe

… and smile…or do star jumps…

Image: © Margi Macdonald

Music: Beethoven, naturally

March 13, 2011

Music to my ears… and yours

Posted in brisbane, life, music tagged , , at 1:27 pm by Margi Macdonald

This one’s for all  those Aussies tortured during our enforced recorder-playing school music lessons.

This is what we were aiming for.

If only we’d known…

 

January 22, 2011

Fresh New and Blue: it’s sing-along-time

Posted in brisbane, health, life, love, music tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:21 am by Margi Macdonald

Round about this time of year, I change the blog’s visual theme.

I have no idea why I hadn’t found this theme in the past, as it sits nicely with my business card, and is so fresh and clean.

In Brisbane this morning it’s fresh, sunny and cool, and there’s a song for that!

Now play the video and sing along. Singing is very, very good for our Lung qi – a vital energy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine understands our Lungs are like a bellows which pumps qi through our bodies. Lung qi also oversees our immunity and assists with fluid metabolism. Grief and loss cause Lung qi to dissipate. So really, truly sing out loud!

August 15, 2010

It’s time for some music

Posted in health, life, music tagged , , , , , , at 8:45 pm by Margi Macdonald

It’s been a while since I posted any music here.

So today, sit back and enjoy this live performance of one of the world’s most exquisite pieces ever written for piano.

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11; 2nd movement.

Watch as Mr Fichman enjoys and becomes part of this piece.

Apparently Chopin in this movement wanted to describe the feelings we might experience when our eyes alight upon a beautiful landscape.

Where did this music take you?

What did you feel or remember as you listened?

Why do you think music makes us feel profound emotions?

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Image Evening #1 1982-1983. The great Australian painter – Lloyd Rees 1895-1988

June 12, 2009

Creativity, joy and youth

Posted in health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:27 pm by Margi Macdonald

There’s always something quietly wonderful about being a parent.

My youngest offspring turned 16 recently, and I’m drinking in every moment of her blossoming, as she moves well beyond ‘kid’ to woman.

What has this to do with health and healing … and you?

During  the past 20 years I’ve learnt that expressing our creativity, and sharing it with others, is fundamental to life and to good health.

In our creative acts, we harness and move a primal, vital energy.

Sharing the results of our creativity, speaks to others, and communicates our innate connection with each other.

I’m not necessarily talking about the ‘big’ creative works of famous artists, authors or musicians. Rather, I’m thinking of the ‘little’ works, the ones which might look, smell and taste like a carefully prepared meal, a well-made cappuccino, the fun of messing about with pavement chalk on the back wall, of singing in the shower, of poking some flowers into a vase.

And yes, sometimes our kids do something special, and their creation becomes an affirmation of life and joy.

So, for your viewing pleasure, and to tweak a little smile into your day, I present to you, this stop-animation Circus Freaks, designed, crafted, produced, directed and animated by my daughter and several friends. You’ll find they acknowledged themselves, the pony and the musicians over there on YouTube. If you like the music, buy it. If you like the animation, tell us!

What did you create today?

April 26, 2009

fragrant life

Posted in fragrance, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:02 pm by Margi Macdonald

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April 24, 2009

“Bad Heart Linked to Depression”

Posted in health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:34 pm by Margi Macdonald

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So stated The Courier Mail last week.

Hmmm

What is a ‘bad heart’ anyway?

What makes a heart go ‘bad’?

Cholesterol?

Adiposity in excess?

Love gone wrong?

Existential crisis?

Being bitter?

Check back in a day or so for a Traditional Chinese Medicine, Care of the Soul, and Tarot-based interpretation of this important issue.

Today, and any other day, if you feel something is amiss with your heart, your mind, your body or emotions, please see an appropriately qualified and experienced health professional.

Margi Macdonald

A note about ownership of today’s image: the Three of Swords from the Tarot.

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