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December 14, 2017

“I’ve always wanted to be in the health and wellness business. I try to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.” – Mark Wahlberg

This week’s Parsha, Mikeitz in a nutshell from

Joseph’s imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean years. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven years of hunger, and advises Pharaoh to store grain during the plentiful years. Pharaoh appoints Joseph governor of Egypt. Joseph marries Asenath, daughter of Potiphar, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 

Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest, Benjamin, stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Simeon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Simeon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin’s sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning, they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.

It has been a while since my last Blog, apologies to all those who have missed my Blogs. With the year coming to an end, lots of people have New Year resolutions or commentators come out with predictions for the new year. As someone who loves a #healthylifestyle, MindBodyGreen’s trend for 2018 has caught my eye.

In 2017, the definition of “wellness” shifted. At mindbodygreen, we know that wellness is bigger than any individual’s journey. We are banding together to heal one another, our communities, and the planet. …., and so is our new mantra, one we hope will illuminate the way to a better, brighter 2018: You. We. All.”

 Being Chanukah, I thought I would share a thought than links in with these themes of wellness. The miracle of Chanukah is not just about a little bit of oil lasting eight days. It is about the inner healing light within each of us. Chanukah is a time when we can celebrate this inner healing light as we move toward wellness. Chanukah is also about the miracle of survival against all odds, about hope, courage and belief in one’s ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles[1]. What I really liked in the article was a list of wellness thoughts for each night of Chanukah:

First night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our bodies.

Second night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our minds.

Third night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our souls.

Fourth night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our children.

Fifth night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our parents.

Sixth night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our communities.

Seventh night:

…, we light this candle for the restoration of health and wellness to those who are ill, suffering, or grieving.

Eighth night:

…, we light this candle for the health and wellness of our world.

Michaela - Flying Fox 2.jpgWe are all very critical of the Millennials and there is a lot written about their attitude to work, friends, relationships, technology, religion etc. BUT what amazes me about the millennials that goes against so much that is written about them is that the Millennials have become more “civic-minded” with a strong sense of community both local and global. They are socially aware and care for the wellness of others and the world. Over the last few years, I have watched the growth of the youth-led organisation, Flying Fox. Flying Fox is a network of fun and life-changing opportunities that connect people with a disability and the community. This year I was very proud of my daughter, Michaela and a few of her school buddies who volunteered as “buddies” on their Camp Sababa. Camp Sababa Junior is a camp for 8-16 year olds with special needs. Campers are supported by Flying Fox trained year-12 graduates and professional support staff on the camps that have the aim of providing kids with the most fun time. Well done Flying Fox team and Michaela.

GP_82Birthday_PLANK4PLAYER-copy-1600x807There is so much that can be written on wellness, but I would like to share a thought on a true ‘wellness warrior’, Gary Player. Gary has a passion for health, fitness, wellness and nutrition and has pioneered the way the modern golfers prepare themselves for tour golf. Gary is showing us by example how to remain ‘ageless’. I noticed on the Wellness Wednesday! Podacst[2], that in honour of Gary’s 82nd birthday people are planking for 82 seconds when they wake up in the morning and posting to Instagram & Twitter #Plank4Player – Go Gary!

#plank4player • Instagram photos and videosAs we come to the end of each year we need to spend some time on reflecting on the past year and planning for the new year. What is your wellness plan for the new year?

“It’s time to use the incredible practices we have established to make the world a better place for ourselves, our children, and our planet. Here’s to a progressive 2018!” – MindBodyGreen




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One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    Great, meaningful blog with a strong & important message for everyone. Well done Ian.

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