December 15, 2019 Melbourne, Australia.

I’ve just finished watching heartbreaking story after heartbreaking story of farmers and rural communities throughout Australia devastated by the ongoing drought. Daily stories are now also being told of our national bushfire disasters. Everyday, homes lives and livestock are being lost, suicides are at all-time highs …and there seems no end in sight. 

Like nearly every Australian, troubled by the incredibly despairing stories, I ask on a daily basis, “What can we do?”

While obviously direct assistance such as helping hands, money, and water are infinitely precious at this time, what we really need long-term of course is …. RAIN!

When it comes to the weather, we understandably think there is nothing we can do. Anciently however, it was believed that there is indeed much we can do. Although considered ‘left-field’ or even crazy by many, I feel compelled to at least share this considering the desperate need and the lack of other solutions.

Humans and Mother Nature (The Weather) are Intimately Connected

Rain will occur about a week after locusts begin to sing at night.  Gladys Wright

Most indigenous and traditional cultures throughout time, particularly those who endured and thrived for long periods, believed that we humans and Mother Nature are part of the same fabric of life. Highly evolved civilisations from the Aztecs to the Mayans to the ancient Greeks, have written about how at the basis of all physical and material life lies a non-physical field of intelligence. 

This non-physical, non-localised field, known as a ‘field of consciousness’ in the Vedic Tradition of India, is now beginning to be theorised by modern science and quantum physics ('Unified Field' theories). This field is said to be the home of all the laws of nature that govern our world. If everything in our universe springs from one, unified field, the clouds, the sun, the soil and the rain must all be expressions of the same underlying field as we are. Thus, the traditional understanding was that if we can influence this field, we can influence the fundamental vibrational resonance underlying Mother Nature's functioning. If we can do that, then we can influence all of what Mother Nature controls or governs, e.g. the weather. 

Just as we can change the pattern of iron filings on a piece of paper by moving a magnet underneath the paper (even though we can’t see the magnetic field), traditionally it was understood that if we can influence the collective consciousness of society or create more balance in the field underlying Mother Nature’s functioning, we can spontaneously create more balance and harmony in the expressions of this field, e.g. the weather. 

So how might we do this?

Drought Windwill Orange

Sound Wisdom 

In the beginning there was sound. Sound began the whole thing, and in sound resides tremendous power. Barbara Marciniak

The most powerful ancient technology for positively affecting the environment was through the large group practice of traditional 'transcending-based' meditation. (See Note 5. at bottom for more).

Another powerful way to promote greater balance in Nature and thus balance in the weather was known to be through sound. The ancients understood that sound is what connects the non-physical field of intelligence at the basis of creation with our physical universe.

Jonathan Goldman, founder of Healing Sounds, explains this time-honoured understanding of the power of sound. “Modern science is now in agreement with what the ancient mystics have told us, that everything is in a state of vibration, from the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom, to planets and distant galaxies moving around stars .... this vibration can be perceived as sound. So everything is creating a sound.”

Sound as a therapy is of course is most commonly associated with music.

Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen

Ancient Greeks and Romans, from Pythagoras and Aristotle to Galen and Celsus have spoken of both harmful and beneficial effects of music.Acccording to Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D., Plato, Cicero, and Seneca all believed that music profoundly affected the behaviour of entire societies. The suggestion was that those responsible for society should regulate the performance of music and prohibit certain types because of their potentially harmful effects.We’ve all heard of ‘rain dances’ and have generally assigned them to the domain of folklore or non-science. Another thought is that it may not just the dance itself that is important, but the singing or chanting invocation that goes with it.

Much modern-day research is now starting to support the power of music. More and more studies on music and sound therapy for healing the human body are being published every day. Lowering blood pressure, normalising heart rate, reducing pain and anxiety, helping with sleep/insomnia are just a few of the many benefits stating to be seen  But what about music affecting our environment? You may have heard of studies where the behaviour and health of plants differed significantly when they were subjected to different types of music – typically classical or rock music. 

As just one example, in the early 1970s, Dorothy Retallack performed some experiments at the Colorado Woman’s College in Denver. She found that after a couple of weeks, plants subjected to a radio playing soothing music, were uniform in size, lush and green, and had begun bending towards the music. After the same time, plants that were played rock music had grown very tall but were drooping with faded blooms. They had also begun leaning away from the radio and died soon after.

While such studies are not yet unanimously accepted and I'm sure different types of rock music would have different effects (The band KISS would be very balancing!!), they are beginning to support the traditional wisdom that if the underlying vibrational field of something is changed (through sound) then its behaviour or functioning will also change. The main difficulty we tend to have with such beliefs or understandings is that we can't see it. We do however 'feel' the difference between a screeching fingernail running down a blackboard sound versus the sweet, soothing sounds of a bird chirping or water flowing. Why wouldn't our environment, Mother Nature, be affected in a similar way?

Music for Rain – The Rain Melody

Music can change the world. Beethoven  

From the perspective of Ayurveda or ancient Vedic science, not only is everything made of sound at its deepest level but combined together our whole universe has its own underlying sound or musical composition. It is as if there is an innate rhythm, harmony and melody to the laws of nature that structure the world around us. The exact rhythm and melody varies according to the location, time of day, month, season etc.

The ancient science related to the cycles and rhythms of nature is called Gandharva Veda. In Maharishi Gandharva Veda, music is produced if you like as a mirror or musical reflection of the underlying 'sound code' by which Mother Nature creates our world. One particular recording (known traditionally as 'ragas') is called the ‘Rain Melody’. The Rain Raga or Melody is a specific composition based on the sound vibrations known to counteract excessive dryness and heat, restoring balance in the environment.

When there is excessive dryness or heat in the collective functioning of society and/or being experienced in the environment (e.g. drought/fires), traditionally the instruction would be to counteract this influence by introducing the sounds or music of the opposite quality. In modern times, the Rain Melody serves as one example of this. (Traditional music, healing sounds bowls, tribal drumming and the like can also be used).

Pray Rain Woman

Playing the Rain Melody to Help Ourselves & Just Maybe ...Break the Drought / Beat the Bushfires! 

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. Kahlil Gibran

If, like me, you are thinking of how you might be able to help our dear farmers and those who might still be affected by the bushfires, consider playing the Rain Melody in your home or office. (Link below) At the very least, you and the plants in your home will likely feel better. (See Note 4 below).

The main idea though is that if enough of us can play the Rain Melody and start spreading its harmonious sounds out into the environment, eventually order and balance may be restored to Mother Nature. In turn, our weather should normalise, rain should fall where needed and the seasons will come in proper time. So ideally, in addition to playing the Rain Melody yourself, forward it on to as many people as you can, so that we can hopefully achieve a critical mass of harmony as soon as possible.

This has been the understanding for many thousands of years in many enlightened cultures throughout the world. 

And besides, what have we got to lose, other than the pain and suffering of so many ... and the pain and suffering no doubt being experienced by Mother Nature herself? 

Listen to the Rain Melody Free

Purchase Rain Melody Here (CD only unfortunately!)


1. You don't actually even have to actively listen to the  Just playing it quietly in the background as you go about your day (or even having it play while you are away) will still produce the effect for the environment. 

2. If you have any suggestions or can help with how to get this idea out to a wider audience (media, Government, major influencers etc) just share/forward or let me know at 

3. Rain Melody is not usually a free recording. I’ve taken the liberty to provide it here based on the desperate situation of our climate here in Australia. It is with great thanks and gratitude to the composers and artists of this recording (Amar Nath - one of the most respected performers on the bamboo flute in India today - Somnath Mukhergee on Tabla and Sukhamar Chandra on Swarmandal) that I have provided it as a free option here. If you enjoy it however and would like to purchase the recording as thanks to the composers you can do with the second link.

4. Regardless of any environmental effects, the Rain Melody can be very helpful for our personal health and that of our plants. In Ayurvedic medicine, the Rain Melody is known to balance Vata and Pitta doshas, thus being particularly helpful for those suffering anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, dry or irritated skin or other Vata or Pitta imbalances. (More on the Ayurvedic doshas). Also, many people have commented that after playing the Rain Melody in their home, that their house plants and even gardens have become significantly brighter, greener and healthier. 

5. Meditation for Rain

In recent decades, the most direct and powerful way to bring balance to our world has been shown to be through technologies of collective consciousness. As individuals, we each have access to the same underlying field of consciousness that underlies all of the natural world - Mother Nature. 

In what scientists have called 'The Maharishi Effect', if enough people in any given population can enliven this field of consciousness within their own awareness, waves of coherence spread out through the whole environment. Many scientific studies dating back to the 1970’s have illustrated this phenomenon with practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. Where the numbers of people practicing the TM technique reached 1% of a given population, the research showed that things like crime rates, traffic accidents and hospital admissions all significantly reduced and econimic type indicators increased. All these are signs that more coherence is being generated in the environment and that the mechanisms by which this occurs must be on the most fundamental level, e.g collective consciousness. With the more powerful TM-Sidhis Program only the square root of 1% of a population are needed to practice in a group to create the same effects.

In Australia, an example of this group meditation effect was during the 1983 drought. Approximately 400 practitioners of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programs specially gathered together in Goulburn, New South Wales from January 1-28 in order to try to help break the drought. Soon after significant rains didi fall and shortly after the drought was over.  Coincidence? Of course, ithat's possible. But equally possible it that it was due to the 400 strong group creating coherence in collective consciousness!

To my knowledge, no formal research has been done on this effect in relation to balancing weather patterns perse. However, as the effect is theorised to occur at the level of consciousness itself (the source level of everything in nature), it seems highly likely that it would ... as has been the belief of many ancient and indigenous cultures throughout time. More on The Maharishi Effect

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1. Rooke, Andrew; "Searching for the Lost Chord: Ancient Uses and Modern Trends"; Sunrise Magazine, Dec1985/Jan1986 and Feb/Mar1986; Theosophical University Press, c1985; In: webpage at https://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/arts/ar-rooke.htm

2. Plato; The Republic; translated by Benjamin Jowett, c1998-1999 by Raymond Woodcock; In: webpage at https://members.nbci.com/the_republic/sj-txt.htm

* 1 and 2. With thanks to Roger W. Wicke Ph.D, for the original article, ‘Effects of music and sound on human health’. Herbalist Review, Issue 2002 #1:  Roger is the Director of the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute.

3. Retallack, DL. ‘The Sound of Music and Plants’. 1973. DeVorss.

The amazing benefits for our mental health, physical health, happiness & more.


The best healing sanctuary in the world is all about forest bathing.

Mother nature at her best, is what we're talking about today.

Science is now backing up the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine, about the importance of human beings being connected to Mother Nature. 

A huge amount of research now exists on earthing. I.e. that when we take our shoes and socks off occasionally, or get in the garden we literally get an influx of negatively charged ions that come into the human body, and as if dowse the inflammatory fires that line our tissues. This is being shown to significantly reduce chronic inflammatory illnesses and pain, improving blood profiles, and helping regulate our body clock, particularly our sleep/wake cycle, and other circadian rhythms.

Now the science is coming out to show us the importance of connecting to Mother Nature generally.


Forest Bathing - Shinrin-Yoku

A famous doctor in Japan, called Dr. Li has spoken and written a lot about this recently. In Japan, they have a saying called 'shinrin-yoku', and it's basically the art and science about how mother nature, trees and plants, promote health and wellbeing in human beings.

It is absolutely profound. We've heard a lot about gut bacteria in recent years, that we have to eat certain foods, and do certain things to promote a healthy gut bacteria in our own colon.

What we now know is that the soil also has its own microbiome, and according to ancient wisdom, this actually cycles or changes with the seasons. But when we connect to Mother Nature, connect to the ground, and be in forests and natural environments, it's likely that we actually integrate that microbiome to promote and strengthen our own gut microbiome.

We now know that trees elicit certain essential oils or chemicals (phytonicides) that allow them to communicate with other plants and trees, as well as to deter microbes or other invaders. A little bit like pheromones in our human body that we emit to communicate with other people. E.g. so we know what relationships are good for us, and what ones aren't. These chemicals are now known to help clear our mind and lower our stress levels.


Pschoterratica, Biophilia & the Latest Research

Ever heard of 'Psychoterratica'? It's the fear or problems of being disconnected from nature. 

What about Biophilia? Biophilia came into consciousness in the 1980's when E.O. Wilson, a biologist and author, said that 'loving nature is part of our DNA'. 

It all points to the incredible healing power of nature as evidenced by some really interesting studies recently.

One study showed that when people immersed themselves in nature for four days without technology, their creativity and problem solving went up by 50%.1

In a collection of four studies, titled 'Can nature make us more caring?', people that were more immersed in nature became more intrinsically motivated. They were more caring, more community-oriented, less self-interested or self-centered. Those that were not connected to nature were more self-centered, more self-interested, and more externally motivated.2

Other studies have shown that when we connect more with nature - we forest bath, earth or ground etc - anxiety comes down, mental health improves, our immune system becomes stronger, we have more anti-cancer proteins, natural killer cells are stimulated among other benefits.3


Air Breathe Girl Green


Back to Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom

 All this is really just backing up the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. In my studies in Maharishi Ayurveda, connecting to Mother Nature was always promoted as one of the highest medicines. Did you know that doctors in Scotland can now 'prescribe spending time in nature' to their patients? How great is that. Instead a drug or pill, "Tom, what you need is to go camping for e few days or take your partner for a hike in the hills."

The question is, "how can we get out of our cities a little bit more, out of our homes, and reconnect to the profound healing benefits that mother nature gives us?"

How can we get out of our indoor environments and do our yoga outside, going for a hike, doing our walk, jog or even strength training out in a forest or a natural environment? 


Future Trends

 As evidenced by the Global Wellness Summit recently, the coming trends to watch out for in this space will be things like:

  • Pop-up parks - so in urban areas, there's going to be pop-up parks that we can earth and ground ourselves and connect to nature.
  • Green exercise - a shift away from just exercising in a gymnasium, or doing yoga in a yoga class. 
  • In Canada today, they're starting forest skating. Rather than going to the ice skating park, you'll ice-skate through a forest.
  • Forest Bathing Clubs - There's already a Global Institute of Forest Bathing  and a San Francisco Forest Bathing Club that's very popular.
  • Biophilic design - how we design our workplaces, our offices and our homes, so that we integrate the benefits of nature.

Traditionally, this was just about bringing some green plants into our office place or home, but also there's a science now about designing things so we maximise natural sunlight, natural air flow, and a whole host of other ways that we connect to the healing power of nature.

They're some of the trends so what can we do practically to use this knowledge?

Would you like to know some ‘natural’ remedies to counteract the negative effects of some of the things you might be inclined to overindulge in over the coming ‘Indulgence Season‘ – extra drinking…chocolate… sun etc?

While obviously it’s ideal not to overindulge too much too often, we also know that it’s good to ‘let our hair down’ (for those who still have some!) every now & then. Below I’ve listed some powerful, ‘natural’ little ANTIDOTES, that you can use to offset some of the ‘not so healthy’ effects of certain things over the coming weeks.

* Note: Please don’t take this to mean you can have as much of these things as you want as long as you take the ‘remedy’. Prevention is always better than cure…though if you like smashing your head against the wall, it is worthwhile having something to reduce the damage!!!

Over-indulgences & Their Antidotes:

CHOCOLATE: In Ayurveda, chocolate is a classic ‘Srota Blocker’. Srotas are the ‘channels’ of the body that when kept clear ensure good health & vitality…when blocked they lead to all major disease. The main culprit in chocolate is the milk solids, so the first thing where you can is to try and get varieties without milk solids – organic or good quality (European) usually best.

Antidote: Hot water(boiled) with ‘cardamom pods’. The hot water helps ‘melt’ any poorly digested foodstuffs & cardamom pods are renowned for re-opening up the srotas/channels. * Good after heavy ‘cheese’ dishes or rich desserts etc also.

ALCOHOL: One of the most common effects of (excessive) alcohol is in destroying liver cells/compromising liver function.

Antidote: Turmeric – Recent research has shown a tremendous reduction in alcoholic liver damage’ through the intake of turmeric. 1-2 pinches can be taken in a glass of water, but best is just to add it to normal cooking / morning cleansing drink etc as part of a general routine.

WESTERN MEDICATIONS (for those headaches / hangovers etc):

Antidote: Turmeric – Drugs/medications etc also aggravate the liver, so turmeric (as above) is good here too.

SEAFOOD/SPICY FOOD etc: Even in summer, these things are being eaten more commonly these days – Seafood for Christmas lunch etc (good for you though Mum!). These things being ‘hot/heating’ by nature, can often result in ‘digestive heat related problems’ – acid stomach etc.

Antidote: Peppermint Tea – Peppermint Tea is often very good for reducing the symptoms of acid stomach, excess stomach heat, diarrhea etc. I think this is related to where ‘peppermint’ after dinner mints came from…don’t know where the chocolate came into the equation though!!! 
*Note; this is merely alleviating symptoms it is in no way a treatment. Proper food selection & eating habits are needed to ‘prevent’ these problems.


Antidote: Aloe Vera – Fresh Aloe Vera (or a good quality natural commercial aloe gel) is sensational for sun-damaged skin. Apply regularly to reduce skin damage & hasten repair, if you get a bit too much sun.

EYE SORENESS / RED EYES (due to sun, wind etc):
Antidote 1: Rose Water Eye Spray
Antidote 2: Eye Baths with Cold Milk
Antidote 3: Sliced Cucumbers on both eyelids (it’s a good look too!).

CAR TRAVEL (motion sickness, nausea etc):

Antidote: Fresh Ginger
Both Ayurveda & modern research has shown fresh ginger is terrific for reducing nausea/motion sickness etc. Take 1/4 tspn with a little lemon juice & pinch of salt every few hours. * For kids / adults who don’t like it fresh, you can get ‘Crystalised Ginger’ at supermarkets/health shops etc. Don’t overdose in summer (ginger is heating!).

HANGOVERS: While alcohol does a number of well-known things, one of the key ones from the standpoint of Maharishi Ayurveda, is that it dries out what’s known as ‘Ojas’. Ojas is the finest product of digestion and the primary link between consciousness & our bodies. It’s the material equivalent of bliss and is what gives maximal health, immunity, radiant skin, bright eyes, mental clarity & resistance to disease. So I guess you could say it’s pretty important!!!

1. TIME TIME TIME… Do the Crime…Do the Time!!!
2. Plenty of ‘re-hydrating’ fluids – plain water / fresh juices best
3. Avoid de-hydrating substances – ‘caffeine (coffee, coke etc)
4. The Morning Cleansing Drink (morning after) – see www.healthaa.com/food_recipes.php?p=6
5. Ojas Increasing Foods/Drinks – fresh juicy fruits, boiled milk (and homemade ghee!), oil massage, lots of nourishing fluids.

From The All-Time Classic Show – Cheers on 8/26/2003

In an episode of ‘Cheers’, Cliff is seated at the bar describing the ‘Buffalo Theory’ to his buddy Norm.
“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this…A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive drinking of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Do you sun gaze or at least connect to the early morning sun as a daily practice? Are you aware of the incredible mental, physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of such a daily ritual?

While many of us know about high-performers morning habits such as making their bed, planning their day and exercising, connecting with early morning sunlight is not so well know.

As understood by most ancient cultures, the master regulator of all our internal health and performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Most advanced traditional cultures throughout time have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. (Others, as in India along the Ganges river, do things like Yoga 'sun salutes' while facing East as the sun rises).

More and more high-level business performers are now understanding that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As such they make sure they get outside to reap the incredible mental, physical and emotional benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes. (Many of us today live in artificially lit homes and work in artificially lit offices and are 'mal-illuminated'.)

Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;
• improved energy & immune function
• stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
the ultimate mood-booster (anti-depressant) & emotional balancer • optimal weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
• regulation of our entire internal body clock

* A key benefit is in assisting optimal sleep at night ... as our sleep cycle regulation starts first thing in the morning!

Now, while the ancients understood that the sun will not harm the human eye in the first 45 minutes of sunrise ... the first 10 degrees of arc, you don't necessarily have to look directly at the sun - 'sun gaze'. (If you do, this should strictly only be done in the first 30-45 minutes of sunrise and for very short periods - seconds - to begin with.) However, even indirect sunlight through the eyes will bring significant benefits. The main thing is to actively get outside for at least a few minutes early morning to sync your physiology with our planets No.1 source of life-energy, vitality and positivity. And if you can combine exercise, earthing (see my blog)) &/or connection with others at the same time, all power to you.

The sun (Surya), often maligned in our modern world was traditionally understood and indeed honoured for being the central to all life and every aspect of human health. We just need to respect it and connect with it in the right way ... not too much but also not too little.

The importance of early morning sunlight exposure for optimal #health and #workperformance #wellbeing Do you make a daily practice of connecting with the sun or at least getting outside in the early-morning? What do you do and what difference does it make to your life and your work performance? I'm sure others would love to hear your inspiration.

#sun #sunlight #morningsun #morningsunlight #sungazing #suntherapy #heliotherapy #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #sleeptips

Research shows that those who consistently perform at high levels commonly do things as daily practices or rituals that other don’t. Here’s a few.

Connect with the Morning Sun

High performers intrinsically understand that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As understood by the ancients, the master regulator of all our internal health and optimal performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Traditional cultures throughout history have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. Hgh performers make sure they get outside (out of their artificially lit homes and office places) to experience the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes.

Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;

  • regulation of immune function
  • stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
  • regulation our internal body clock
  • promotes balanced weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
  • uplifting mood (anti-depressant) and strengthening emotional health.



What do Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferriss, Katy Perry, Ray Dalio (Head of the world’s largest hedge fund), Ariana Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and countless other world class performers have in common? They start their day with 20 minutes of TM or Transcendental Meditation (other high performers use other forms of meditation).

According to Tim Ferriss, author of New York Times Best-seller ‘Tools of Titans’, meditation is by far the most common habit or daily ritual amongst the world’s highest performing individuals. Don’t have time to meditate? Almost universally everyone who meditates, specifically transcending-based meditation like TM, remarks that they get far more done when they meditate and couldn’t imagine life or work without it. We can’t build a 100 storey skyscraper without first digging deep into the ground. Likewise, we can’t sustain high level, dynamic outward activity without first (and regularly) going within and enlivening our deepest (inner) source of energy, creativity and intelligence. Transcending does this which is why such a high percentage of high performers do it as their most important daily habit.

As the latest neuroscience and brain mapping research clearly demonstrates, such meditation produces more global brainwave activity and peak brain coherence. Do less achieve more.

More on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Transcendance



Another hallmark of high achievers is that a very high percentage start their day with physical activity. Research shows that those that make a habit of exercising early morning have a compliance rate of 75%. Those who leave it until later in the day (after work) have a compliance of around 25%.

Again, the research suggests that the time devoted to physical movement or exercise in the early hours is more than returned in terms of improved efficiency, brain performance, decision-making and all around productivity for the rest of the day. (Early morning is also the best time for exercise according the understanding of Ayurveda and our daily body clock.)

* Richard Branson has been quoted as saying daily exercise gives him 4 hours of improved productivity.

Connect to the morning sun, transcend to develop your most precious resource – consciousness - and get your body moving early to help maximize your work and life success.


Mark Bunn

* These are just three of the practices discussed in Mark’s highly popular ‘Daily Habits of High Achievers’.


Great fun doing a Podcast with my great mate and fellow Natural health brother Luke McLean for his 'Conscious Conversations'.
We discussed everything from my transition from AFL football to combining Western and Eastern Science, Earthing, practical health wisdom for busy people, Transcendental Meditation (TM) even my David Lynch Foundation work and lots of other great stuff.
Luke has a fabulous style and such a pure heart. Loved it and hope you enjoy. 
Podcast here 

*This is a REPOST of the blog from August 13, 2012


Did you scrape your tongue this morning?

Good news. Another ancient health practice has recently been accepted and promoted by modern experts

Have you been to buy a toothbrush lately, and noticed many companies marketing a tongue cleaner on the back of their brushes? Promoted as a way to rid yourself of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of your tongue, they actually have a lot of merit.

Heard about charcoal water yet? It’s one of the big health items – detox drinks - for 2017.

While at my wholefoods store recently I decided to buy some to see what it was like. I had not bothered to research it at this point, as I’ll try most things once anyway, and thought it would also make a nice surprise for my partner Luisa. (As an aside, I text said partner about the surprise knowing she likes the anticipatory excitement! I leave out the specifics and later discover she was thinking ‘hmmm, a yummy treat!’)

This simple tip (written here for winter, but applicable to some degree year round) is one of the simplest, yet most profound things you can do to protect yourself from getting sick (colds & flu's etc), to prevent that 'heavy/depressed' winter feeling & helping avoid those extra kilograms that always seem to enjoy making themselves at home at this time of year.

You might have heard me talk a lot over the years about the Ayurvedic concept of oral hygiene.

I've discussed the problems associated with using commercial mouthwashes , and how in Ayurvedic medicine it is being prescribed for thousands of years to combine this with daily tongue scraping for keeping the mouth truly clean and the teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Well now I think you're ready for the full version. It's called 'oil pulling' and not only cleans the mouth, and keeps one's teeth and gums in tip-top health, it is said to help purify the entire body and optimize the functioning of our entire physiology.

While it’s been a controversial topic for some years, a recent segment – Wi-Fried on ABC’s Catalyst program - graphically illustrated how our high use of mobile phones, Wi-Fi and other technological devices is probably not as safe as you may think. More and more evidence is now suggesting links to brain cancer and other negative health effects.

Of course, we are not going to stop using our phones and Wi-Fi in the short term so here are some tips to minimise your risk and protect your precious brain.

Just got an email from a business client recently who asked the following;

Hi Mark,

Just wondering if I can ask you a question regarding Gluten…is it really that bad for you?

Do our bodies find it hard to digest gluten even if you are not gluten intolerant?

So in that case, is it best to avoid?

My reply was as follows;

1 Minute Overview

The Paleo Diet (and other similar ones) and the general Paleo philosophy is great in terms of focusing us back on ‘real’ food (eliminating processed/junk food), minimising or avoiding alcohol, caffeine and sugar, as well as for promoting good exercise. However, according to ancient, time-tested health sciences such as Ayurveda, the heavy emphasis on meat, and completely avoiding grains, dairy, and legumes is not ideal.

It’s the ignorant way we consume these foods in our modern world, not the foods themselves, that is harmful. Consume them as they were designed and we can get all the benefits of the Paleo diet, plus even more benefits.

Ayurveda comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India1, where it has been practised for more than 6,000 years. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the world’s oldest continuous system of Natural health-care. In its sanskrit roots, ‘veda’, means ‘pure knowledge’ or science, and ‘ayus’ means ‘life’. So Ayurveda is understood as ‘the total knowledge or science of life’. Ayurveda is both a time-tested science, having a recorded history of thousands of years as well as containing a history of highly evolved, healthy and long-lived individuals.

On March 20, 2014 Jayson P. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I have been doing a lot of your recommendations :-). I have a question, I have very week bones by the look of things, as I sneezed a couple of days ago and fractured my ribs. Do you have any bone strengthening tips ? I am 42 this year and to young to be breaking bones from sneezing.



Hi everyone – I don’t say this often but this is one of the most important and exciting blogs I’ve written for a long time.

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On 12 Dec 2013 Kylie B. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I am wondering if you could suggest something to kick start my metabolism.

I am a 40 year old overweight woman working 16 hour days and looking after 4 boys (this includes my husband). I have been a yoyo dieter since I was 14 years old have always lost the weight and have always gained it again. I have recently given up my ever loved ciggies but can’t help with the weight.

I’ve touched on this here and there over the years, but as it’s finally getting a lot more recognition in the mainstream media just now, I thought to mention it again.

Basically, it’s about the absolute myth that substituting ‘polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats’ is good for us. You may be aware that many years ago scientists and food manufacturers started promoting the benefits of polyunsaturated fats (think vegetable oils in most processed foods, margarine, and the like) in the belief that saturated fats (butter, coconut oil etc) were bad for us, particularly our heart health.

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. – Joan Gussow

Today, food companies, many doctors and even some dieticians commonly recommend us to eat supposedly healthy margarine instead of evil butter. But should we listen to them?