Taking the first step….

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase – Martin Luther King

The world is a beautiful place, made up of billions of wonderful souls. I believe we all have an amazing story to tell, which is unique to each one of us. We all have our trials and triumphs and we make choices for many different reasons. I don’t have all the answers, but after many years of observing, contemplating and experiencing everything life has to offer, I have decided it is time to start blogging about my ideas.

I was born and brought up in Nairobi, Kenya – a country with incredible beauty and wonder, and also intense poverty and challenges. My mother spent her childhood in Africa, born to an English father (who came to Kenya in 1907 as a baby in arms) and her mother hailed from a German aristocratic family, who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1936. My father, half Hungarian and half Austrian, lost his father when he was a young child, and was brought up by his mother and very strict grandfather.  He escaped from his home country during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. A university student himself, he marched, with thousands of others, through Budapest to the parliament building, after being suppressed by the government for many years, with its Soviet imposed policies. The revolution was the first chink in the armour of Soviet rule, which eventually brought down Communism across Eastern Europe.

My father has many grueling, emotional and triumphant stories to tell of his experiences during the revolution, and throughout his childhood (part of which was during the war years) and it has certainly made him a wonderful (and at times, a somewhat eccentric) character. My brother and I are very blessed to have had two outstanding role models in our parents.

Many of my family’s experiences have had an influence on the way I think, where I want to go and where I would like my future to be.

I am a mother myself (of three beautiful children) and this, in itself, changes one’s perspective on life. Life isn’t about what I want, but it is about thinking about the needs of others. My mother has always been such a great example of putting others first and her vision led her, 10 years ago, to start a school in Kenya to help children get a good education, and thus help lift them out of poverty. Another one of her strengths is to use her never ending charm to rally around a support team to help her – hence my father (being a very experienced engineer) has designed and overseen all the building work and I am now a Director of the school. As a family, we are all very committed to helping Africa.

Over the years, my desire to travel has led me to many different parts of the world to live, and in 2007, my husband and I decided that Brisbane would be a wonderful place to bring up our family – and we are certainly very happy with our decision! We love the outdoor, sunny climate and it has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere

While I have been formulating my ideas over several years, I have made two main observations after reading widely around the web, talking to friends and family and taking a keen interest in “self help” books (I am sure these ideas will evolve when I start blogging and of course I always welcome feedback):

1) Many people are searching for something to depend on – whether they call it God, a high power or the Universe – and they don’t want to be tied in to a religion. They want to explore and experience their spiritual journey independently, without being part of an organisation.

2) Unhappiness seems very prevalent in the world. Even in places where there is affluence, this money doesn’t bring happiness, and people turn to temporary means of finding peace (whether it is through drinking, gambling, drugs etc).

On this blog, I will explore ideas on how we can “Nourish the Body and Heal the Soul”.

I believe that there is a strong connection between what one puts into one’s mind and body, and the health of the body. If we only accept positive thoughts into one’s mind, put nourishing food into our bodies and be active and vibrant, our bodies will respond positively, with less disease. With less DIS-EASE.

I will share my journey on how I am working to nourish the body (and be the best my family and I can be physically), as well as how my spiritual journey is helping me to find joy and peace for me and my loved ones. I hope these ideas can help you too. I welcome your feedback.

Please come along with me on the journey.