June 20, 2012

Gazing upon natural beauty…

Posted in health tagged , , , , , at 9:50 am by Margi Macdonald


I love that meandering on the interwebs may lead us to unexpected and delightful things.

Yesterday was one of those happy occasions.

This danmala is for you.

It was created by Kathy Klein

Visit her site, see her gallery.

Allowing the eye and mind to alight upon natural beauty is a kind of therapy in itself, well-understood within Ayurvedic medicine.

I’m so happy I found these.

I’m reminded of my childhood in Papua New Guinea. As little children, our minds and creativity at ease, we made danmalas using frangipani and other tropical flowers…

I’m thinking it’s time to do it again!


January 16, 2012

What is healing, really?

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:35 pm by Margi Macdonald

My definition of healing is coming to terms with things as they are, so that you can do whatever you can to optimize your potential, whether you are living with chronic pain or having a baby. You can’t control the universe, so mindfulness involves learning to cultivate wisdom and equanimity— not passive resignation—in the face of what Zorba the Greek called the full catastrophe of the human condition.

Read more at Time Magazine Healthland

Image ©Margi Macdonald

August 25, 2011

It’s been a bit quiet over here…

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , at 12:59 pm by Margi Macdonald

Here’s why…

I tree-changed out of the inner city, and now more than ever before, notice the seasons and the light, and more stars in the night-sky and native birds in the trees.

I have trouble dragging myself back into the city.

I decided to live without a telly, a tumble dryer and a dishwasher but joined Twitter and discovered iView. I’ve played with another level of flexible and easy information-gathering ever since.

For the winter I took up my favourite cool-weather pastime, and began a knitting project, which soon earned the title ‘Patience Cardigan’.  I learned that the ability to knit complex patterns and manage skeins of wool is a handy pointer to the state of one’s mind.

More to follow on the Patience Cardigan, and scattered information-overloaded-minds in a near-future post. Yes, we will explore mindfulness, technology and social media. Or something like that.

So now, with spring’s arrival heralded by the first jasmines of the season, it’s time to harness the energy gathered and regenerated during winter, think of new things to do, find new ways of doing old things, and mess about with some spring cleaning.

It was a cold-enough winter that the teachings and wise counsel of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine – the foundations of my work – reminded me that the wish to hibernate and avoid salads was of course, simply a basic biological need, even for this busy human first-world primate.

How did you manage winter this year? For our northern friends, I’m curious to know how you approach autumn and the coming winter?

October 1, 2010

Is this what you’ve been waiting for..?

Posted in cooking, food, fragrance, health, life, love, music tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:29 pm by Margi Macdonald

When I grow up (______________)

Late 2010 – early 2011

A 21st century multi-media, interactive, self-paced course of ancient wisdom and sensory cultivation will be available by subscription.

This is a very special project, possibly one of the first of its kind, and I’m developing it now.

This course is for you if:

  • You’re interested in truly knowing your own mind and creating a life guided by your mind’s unique abilities.
  • You’ve struggled to find an exercise program and diet which suits your constitution and lifestyle.
  • You have chronic health concerns, or are recovering from major illness or surgery.
  • You’d love to plan holidays and adventures which enhance body and mind.
  • You’ve never felt comfortable or relaxed in your workspace or at home, despite making it as beautiful and functional as possible.
  • You know our ancestors had much to teach us, but you don’t know where to start, or how to weave ancient wisdom into 21st century health and well-being.

Sign up to receive course updates by email.

It’s for you, and it’s for life.


Image: When I Grow Up (________) Todd Baker on Flickr

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