Mark Bunn – ‘Combining the Best of East & West’
I have always been interested in people’s health and performance. Even during an ‘inglorious’ 6-year AFL career (many would say the highlight was when it ended!) I completed an Honours Degree in Western health science. However, despite my supposedly ’expert’ qualifications, I was as confused as most people today about what’s best for our health and well-being.
Then my life changed forevermore. While working for an aid group in Southeast Asia. I visited remote villages where the people were as poor as poor, had never heard of good fats, bad fats, sleep apps or optimal heart rates. Yet ‘amazingly’ they were ……. HAPPY!
I came home to see people everywhere drowning in the latest health information yet suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, obesity, insomnia and lack of work fulfillment.
So I began researching the Eastern traditions of medicine, the healthiest people to have lived and formally studied Ayurvedic medicine. It seemed the real secrets to a healthy, meaningful life were far simpler than we were being told. (Big light-bulb moment for me was that it wasn’t so much about being ‘resilient’ as creating environments at work or at home where can experience more meaning, mindfulness and joy).
Adding to all this was having my wife pass away from breast cancer. Believing preventable stress was a major factor in her illness I’ve since been motivated to do all I can to help workers avoid similar scenarios. I was intrigued how high-success business people who maintain balance in their personal lives do it so studied what they do. I keep track of the latest modern scientific findings, and also learnt to teach the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Program. I had learnt it back in my AFL days (when I had some hair!) so knew first-hand how beneficial it is to be able to quieten one’s mind, quickly de-stress and ‘switch-off’.
In summary, I guess my research suggests that the missing ingredient in much of what we do is happiness. Happiness creates true health (mind, body, emotional & spiritual). True health is the basis of optimal productivity and performance. When presenting at conferences or doing in-house training now, this is what I focus on more and more. ‘Happy people = healthy people. Happy workers = productive workers. Happy Leaders = good leaders.’
It’s funny how the hardships of life make us in to who we are, but I guess as some say life is a game.
Author & Speaker:
Mark is the author of ‘Healthy People Healthy Business’, ‘The Year Round Health & Wellbeing Program’ and the three time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health’ – the simple secrets of the world’s healthiest people. The first in a 3 book ‘Wisdoms of Health’ series, ‘Ancient Wisdom’ is now published in 7 countries, and has seen Mark featured in media throughout Australia & India. These include;
Richard Stubbs Show (ABC Melbourne)
Denis Walter Show (3AW Melb)
Dr Ross Walker and George & Paul Shows(2UE Syd)
The Glenn Wheeler Show with Susie Elelman (2GB Syd)
ABC Adelaide & Darwin
Margaret Throsby & The Spirit of Things Programs (ABC)
Feature articles have also appeared in magazines such as ‘Wellbeing’, ‘Australian Natural Health’, ‘Australian Yoga Life’ & ‘Management Today’.
As a health and work-life balance speaker, Mark is a former resource presenter for The Executive Connection – an International Group of CEO’s, and Duke Corporate Education (USA) – a global training company. He presents to up to 20,000 people a year in multiple countries around the world and is now considered a ‘first-choice’ speaker in the areas of health & wellbeing, personal performance, work-life balance and motivation.
Mark is also a certified teachr of the Transcendental Meditation Program(TM) and supports the Beyond Blue national depression initiative, the ‘Look Good Feel Better’ Program for Cancer Patients and the David Lynch Foundation
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