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word from the wise: the invitation (by Oriah)

word from the wise: the invitation (by Oriah)

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, is the kind of spiritual writing that could be written off as ‘plastic shamanism‘. However, Oriah’s cultural identity aside, I think that in a world so dominated by the material, the immediate, and that which is defined by solidity or tangibility, The Invitation is more than anything, a narrative of divine and...
'What the Buddha taught' (W. Rahula 1958)

‘What the Buddha taught’ (W. Rahula 1958)

  Book review: ‘Buddhism is neither pessimistic or optimistic. If anything at all, it is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It looks at things objectively (yathabhutan). It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and agonize you with all kinds...
thanks for the feature SCB!

thanks for the feature SCB!

Nothing better than getting your nails did to get through the mid-week slump. Catherine Sandow is a baben nail artist/politics student/coconut enthusiast who creates personalised, innovative and one-of-a-kind nail designs from her Carlton home. But as a perusal of her banging site www.scbnails.com will prove, Sandow’s nail art designs are a reflection of an eclectic,...
YOU WILL SURVIVE: the spirit is timeless

YOU WILL SURVIVE: the spirit is timeless

Book Review: Survival into the 21st Century: Planetary Healers Manual by Viktoras Kulvinskas   “Progress is what it’s all about” is the trip May lays on your head, brothers and sisters. More oil, more money, more cars, more chicken in more pots. But when one progresses into a pool of quicksand, one better start thinkin’...
on still screaming

on still screaming

The morning I got up to begin this book I coughed. Something was coming out of my throat: it was strangling me. I broke the thread which held it and yanked it out. I went back to bed and said: I have just spat out my heart. (Nin, House of Incest, 1936)   There are women who will always...
on India

on India

One month. In a space the size of Australia, with a population of 1.2 billion people. I barely scratched the surface, barely made a mark on the endless dirt roads. Just another footprint – another journey. We all have our motivations for travel, so what were mine? What did I capture and contain, select and...
on gender and agricultural diversity

on gender and agricultural diversity

Book Review: Staying Alive, Vandana Shiva The macro industries of farming and agriculture are inherently tied to philosophies of masculinity and control. The levelling, dividing and repurposing of land; the mass growth of crops, the hierarchies of industrialisation, and the sheer physicality of farming are all masculine processes, predominantly controlled by men. Vandana Shiva’s text Staying Alive delves...
healing ingredients

healing ingredients

These are some of the ingredients that I use most frequently: Ginger: In my mind, ginger fixes pretty much anything. But medicinally, it is best known as a digestive aid. Use ginger in your cooking to aid your body in the processing of processed or heavy foods. Spirulina: Spirulina is a whole food and a complete protein...

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