The Cat who loves to Meditate

January 12th, 2017

20170112_093334_resizedIf you regularly meditate, you may have noticed that some animals, any resident children and pretty well everyone around likes to have some of the soothing energy which can be generated as a result of meditation. 

Some years ago I noticed that on  some occasions several minutes after starting a deep and silent meditation, dear little Fizzy Cat, who graces this screen on the left, would race back home from wherever he was on his rounds of  the ‘hood and enter very noisily at great speed via his cat flap. He would then plonk himself right in front of my meditation space and just sit there, soaking up the energy.

He rarely went to sleep during meditation, instead he just tended to sigh, purrrrrrrr very loudly and he even refrained from his constant body washing in this time, thankfully as that sound drives me demented. Now he is getting older (he’s 13 I think) he tends to sleep a bit more in the meditation space. 

At first I thought it was purely co-incidental.  After I while I become suspicious that he might be an ‘Energy thief’…I still don’t know how, when he is away half way up the block that he picks up on a meditation session happening.  I am not usually doing it at regular times in the day so that rules out that idea.  

I started noting in my diary every time he would present himself for meditation, and it was consistent. Diary findings were pretty interesting –  about 90% attendance rate over a 3 week period of daily meditation.  That other 10% he was probably catching a mouse, which is his speciality as a hunter gatherer. 

A great bonus to Fizzy Cat becoming a meditation junkie has been that he has become much calmer. He used to be a very easy to alarm and  difficult to live with.  He was a rescue cat and very oversensitive and used to scratch and bite excessively until he became a meditation junkie. Quite quickly he settled down and is now much easier to be around. 

© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationAfter sharing meditation techniques with so many people in clinic time, when running workshops and retreats, I find that one of the most effective practices is to keep it really simple.   I am grateful for having many years of practice loosely following the Soto Zen model which emphasises supportive posture and breath. I started this practice 20 years ago.  

Before that I found it very difficult to sit with a practice for more than 5 – 10 minutes as all the other methods I tried involved chanting or doing something else as part of the practice.  I realised when I started the Soto Zen practice it was perfect for me as it involved NOT doing anything else.  We have so much going on our minds all day every day, it’s really counter productive to add more when meditating.  Well, for me anyway. I appreciate that others have different ways which work for them.  

It’s good to have an ‘intent’ when doing meditations. A major focus at the start of most of  my meditations is to have the intent of being an instrument of peace, unity, empowered living and embody a state of balance of Wise Masculine and Divine Feminine energy for  myself and all of humanity.  

If we can make a commitment to ourselves to develop a regular practice the benefits can be amazing. From the feedback of individuals and groups I have led in meditation comments such as these are common :

  • I feel like I can deal with life with a lot more grace and ease
  • Things that used to bother me a lot don’t seem to have as much effect
  • I am sleeping better and feeling more refreshed
  • The whole household feels calmer 
  • Noticing that the children in the house are calmer and happier
  • Reduced back pain (this is why correct posture when practising is so important)
  • I feel more energised and not so tired at the end of the day
  • My mind seems to be more focused with work
  • People have commented that I seem to be calmer
  • I really notice that my pre-menstrual/menopause symptoms are alot better
  • I feel less aches and pains and generally more happy
  • My relationships have improved.

If we extend our practice location to outside in nature we also have the benefit of being grounded on the earth and among the beauty and energy of plants and animals.  There are some meditations in my Enterprise with Soul book which go into this in more detail. 

Sharing from the heart.

Sharing from the heart.

A word of caution.  I often meditate in nature and find that it’s not only cats which like to get some of the vibe. I have also had a beautiful black snake curl up just behind me, skinks sit in front of me, a goanna stop and look close by for a while,  foxes and other animals sit close by, including kangaroos, dogs having a run tend to come and want to sit with me, birds perch very close by, butterflies sit on me.

That’s all lovely  (make sure the potentially dangerous creatures are contained!) except I also experience the occasional annoying human who asks ‘what are you doing?’ bringing me right out of my state of peace sooner than I would have liked, sigh!   

Blessings for your meditations.   Wendy Dumaresq.   Women’s clinic info here  .  Radiant women book information 

Judy’s FAST and Safe detox & weight loss

December 2nd, 2016

Photo don't give up

Judy shares her great experience of 3 days and 3 kg weight loss & detox and feeling fab.  

Having been a health practitioner for so long, it’s not often I get excited about a product that claims it can help with a detox, weight loss and build energy and vitality as well. Seems too good to be true and it usually is!   

Usually if it’s a 3 kg in 3 days result, it would be loss of water and muscle and a total fast which is not good for a lot of people. But because this FAST product has good amounts of high quality vegan organic protein, it’s a much healthier and safer way to start your detox.

AMAZED is how I would describe my feeling when Jude told me of her results….see it here, the FAST  superfood info.

This time of year, my patients thoughts (and mine!) tend to go towards what their swimmers and summer cloths are going to look like on them.   Many of us feel the need for a bit of a detox about now – and want to feel more energised and vital.
So I get lots of people, mainly women wanting to know how to safely and effectively start a detox program which can also result in weight loss.  

***(Scroll down for some extra success tips from my clinical experience).

Judy Humphreys from NSW has just tried the FAST super foods and is keen to share her results with you and encourage you to try it yourself.  Thanks for sharing this Judy.judy-humphreys

Here’s some of what Judy had to say about her experience…. and here’s Judy in this photo.  
“...Day 1 was a challenge, but not overwhelming as I thought it may be.. I found the taste quite bitter to begin with, …. . As i progressed I found I adjusted to the taste. My thirst did increase and I found it quite easy to drink around 3 litres of water a day, firstly as a distraction but then I wanted and enjoyed it.

I became headachey on the first day but it only until early in the second day, and I slept a lot and took it easy, especially on the first day. However I still managed to work my 5 hours and was delighted at loosing almost one kilo by the following morning.

Day 2 and 3 was much easier, and fatigue lessened. The weight loss continued, and after completing 3 days, I had lost almost 3 kilos.  ….
– Less bloating, generally my digestive system is so much happier! Less brain fog, much more clarity!!
– I can’t deny it, I missed my sweets, carbohydrates and all my food! However  I was pleasantly surprised that I only experienced very low level of hunger.
– It was interesting to observe my previous eating habits and

Free Happy Woman Enjoying Nature. Beauty Girl Outdoor. Freedom cI am now motivated to find ways to continue on using this product, incorporating it
into an ongoing plan to improve my health and well-being, and to reach my target weight!  Highly recommend it!   Cheers, Jude

CONTINUING YOUR DETOX AND WEIGHT LOSS: If you want to continue with the good effects of the detoxing and weight loss, I would recommend continuing your efforts after the initial 3 days as per example below. 
You can get the Complete Protein Powder and the superfoods mentioned below on my site – along with a very encouraging discount of 10 – 20%** .

There is no way I can promise you will have the same results as Jude –  there are too many variables involved with our health, however it’s a good place to start for many of us. 

Berry smoothie – including 4 tablespoons of Miessence protein powder – plus 2 teaspoon each Berry Radical, Alkaliser and InLiven.  Add 1.5 cups of berries is a good amount. Add enough water for the thickness you desire, I would put in about a litre.  Miessence berry radical imageWhiz it up in your blender and that gives you enough smoothie to have 2 – 4 glasses a day depends how big your glasses are.  And smoothies will be fine in the fridge for 24 hours so you can consume the next day without having to make more. 

Green Smoothie  –   make sure you add at a tablespoon of the protein powder to each serve of smoothie. See my article on the Radiant Women Blog  

Breakfast – 1 x berrie or green smoothie plus some almonds. 
Photo vegetablesLunch – a salad with lots of difference coloured raw vegies and leaves, some olive oil, avocado, olives, lemon juice, with a small amount of protein such as a palm sized serving of fish, or lean meat, some tofu, nuts and seed or 2 eggs are some ideas.
Dinner – Green smoothie.   
– Make sure plenty of water during the day.
This is a good way to have a modified detox for a longer term results.
** This is not medical advice, anyone who has medical concerns please see your doctor.  It is unwise to continue a modified detox for too long and the length of time can depend on your lifestyle, health concerns, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, and your particular wants and needs.  Please contact your health practitioner for their advice. 

Please contact me (below) at my clinic  if you would like a on-line or in person consultation about safe strategies for detoxing and weight loss. 

WD photo 2013Have a great time and please let me know how you fare or if you have any questions.   
Wendy.  Miessence certified organics. 
For more information on natural women’s health please see Radiant Women  Wendy Dumaresq.   Ph: 0408 517796

Your Daily Bread – a high energy, delicious alternative.

October 13th, 2016
Window Display of Autumn Harvest Foods

Window Display of Autumn Harvest Foods.

WHOLEFOODS – Let food be your medicine.   Try the this  gluten free, diary and sugar free recipe for  a Nut and Seed bread alternative. 

Thank you to Paula M for sending this recipe, which I believe your sourced from the wonderful Paleogrubs website.  Thank you Paleogrubs for all your great recipes which I try out often.   Are you ready to make some more Marg and Richie? 

One or two slices a day is generally plenty for your needs.

Try toasting a slice of this delicious loaf and having some avocado, egg, salmon as well if you wish on it.  Great also for some tomato and cooked mushrooms with herbs on the side. 

Those of us wishing to avoid gluten, sugars and refined carbs can often find it difficult to locate a bread like product which actually helps improve our energy and satisfaction rather than drain us.   If we eat too much in the way of refined carbohydrates such as most cakes and breaks, pasta etc, it can be difficult for us to have our weight under control and to feel our best – and that can apply to us all, not just those on gluten free diets.  

If you are wanting to find out more about how to eat to experience abundant energy and renewed vitality, you will find energy promoting, dietary, lifestyle, herbal remedies, women’s stories  and heap more inspiring top tips in the Radiant Women book  –  website : Radiant women book .

Seed & Nut Bread

(no gluten, diary, sugar)

11/2 cups almond meal

6 tbsp sunflower seeds

4 tbsp chia seeds

3  tbsp pumpkin seeds

3 tbsp flax seed

1/3 cup almonds

2 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

3/4 cup almond milk

1/3 cup olive oil

1tbsp honey

1 tbsp cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven 180c   Line loaf tin with baking paper.   Mix pumpkin, sunflower, flax & chia seeds, set aside 3 tbsp.

Pulse almonds in food processor a few times, add rest of seeds pulse till roughly ground.

Add almond meal, coconut flour & baking soda, pulse till combined.   Add eggs, almond milk, olive oil, honey, vinegar & salt, process till well combined.

Rest batter 5 mins.    Pour mixture into pan & smooth the top, sprinkle with reserved seeds.   Bake 45-50 mins until golden brown.    Let cool in pan before turning out and slicing.

Happy munching!  and you can email me or post on the Radiant Women Community FB page with your feedback.

Wendy Dumaresq. 

Hot stuff can beat the Bugs

July 7th, 2016

We certainly know when winter has arrived when it’s been unusually cold even in parts of Queensland and northern NSW.  On a recent work trip to the more northern areas I was expecting to be toasty warm morning noon and night.  Not so, the days were often lovely warm 18-20 but the nights especially in one place I was staying at were in the low single digits.  The places I was staying definitely were not geared up for the cold and each night I employed all sorts of tactics to try and stay a bit warmer (not very successfully).

The result – I managed to take home my share of the nasty cold virus going around the retreat centre.  Normally I manage to say ‘pass’ but this time I was just so cold at night despite all my efforts that my immune system said, ‘naaaah, time for you to pay more respect …..”

Window Display of Autumn Harvest Foods

Winter Warmer Foods

So many people have asked me at my clinic over the years for a simple and easy recipe to help alleviate or even at times prevent the cold virus taking hold.  This is one of the ways of helping yourself.

If I had been home or somewhere where it was possible I would have made my  Bug Blaster decoction.  It’s a ripper for nipping those colds in the bud most of the time.  If you can get to it early and combine it with adequate rest, staying warm at all times, keeping especially warm in the feet, kidney’s area (lower back) and head, as well as having a 3 – 4 mg  (in divided doses throughout the day)  of vitamin C a day this can often help you to overcome something nasty before it takes hold.  It’s not going to work all the time, nothing does as far as I can tell over the decades of clinical practice, but it’s well worth a try.

It’s also very useful to keep your digestive powers at their maximum, sometimes a challenge when away from home.  Unfortunately I forgot to take my favourite probiotics (see : ) with me which didn’t help my case.

In addition, it is useful to have this even if the cold bug has bitten and settled in, as it warms your whole body and you can feel alot better.  The fresh or dried herbs you add to the decoction can vary according to your needs.  Here is my base recipe for your to try.

Wendy’s Winter Warmer Bug Blaster Herbal Drink

(….and if you are concerned or pain persists please see your health practitioner)

Ginger root

Base stock:

Fresh ginger root – approximately 8 cm piece sliced thinly or 2 x teaspoons powder (I find the fresh preparation more effective and tastier).  Ginger is a warming remedy as well as helpful for the digestion and also can help with the aches and pains from the cold virus.

Fresh Tumeric root thinly sliced (or 1 heaped teaspoons powder) Curcumin longa .  Tumeric root is reputedly anti-inflammatory and helps with liver function as well as being warming.

If you can cope with some fresh garlic (and you are not allergic to it!) then it’s good to add 2 – 3 crushed garlic cloves as well.

in 8 cups of water.

Simmer this with the pot lid partially off for 10 minutes.  It should have reduced by about 1/4 by that time.

Take off the stove.  Add which one or more of these herbal remedies in fresh or dried leaf form. *

Herbs to add if you can source them:

A few examples:   Catmint leaf (nepeta cataria) – 1 heaped tablespoon of fresh herb, or 2 teaspoons dried herb. Catmint is calming and also good for helping feel more comfortable with fevers.

Lemon Balm leaf (melissa officinale) –  dose as above. Lemon balm is calming and can also assist relax more so more sleep is to be had.

Thyme leaf (thymus valgaris) – dose as above.  Fantastic if you have a cough with the other symptoms.

There are many other herbs you can add, these are just a good start.

Allow the decoction which now has the herbal remedies in it to sit for 10 minutes.

Add:   1/2 to 2/3 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 a lemon juice to each cup.

Consume warm to hot in temperature sipping 1 cup every 3-4 hours.

It is really useful to put the whole lot in a large thermos, wrap the thermos in a woollen blanket or space blanket so that it is still warm later in the day.

NB:  If you don’t have the herbs just do the decoction without these, it will still be really useful. The honey and the lemon added is a real winner.

Happy sipping and keep warm!  Wendy Dumaresq. 


Are you a Bouncy Ball or a Flat Tyre?

May 10th, 2016

RW radiant ritaAre you like ‘Radiant Rita’, jumping for joy?  Radiant Rita is one of the images in my book “Radiant Women ‘.

Do you feel you have lots of energy, no matter what stage of life you are inhabiting?  Feel that you are light on your feet (no matter what your body weight), have a spring in your step, feel optimistic most of the time and seem to cope reasonably well with life’s ‘curve balls’?

If so, fantastic, please share with us.

If not and you feel like you can do with some more bounce,  which is the majority if people I see in my clinic, then please be reassured, there are many simple and powerful actions you can take which can incrementally bring you to your most radiant, resilient health and well-being.

I will soon be commencing a series of webinars which you can be part of which will focus on the many and varied self-healing, natural healing strategies which can make a big difference to how you feel, how you cope and how you move, sleep and generally experience life. 

You can email me at if you would like to be on the list for when I get this started.  From the comfort of your own home or office you can join in and rocket your way to your best version of yourself.


For today, let’s start with something really simple yet potentially very powerful. 

Including more fresh, preferably organically grown foods, especially vegetables,  into your day –  whether this be with more raw salad foods in your meals or with green smoothies and vegetable juices.

Photo vegetablesFresh, preferably local grown foods are an important choice if you would like to start to reduce inflammation in your body.  Over many years of clinical practice, I find that reducing inflammation is one of the single most important healing tools that you can put in place to kick start your health and well-being.  

I have included a specifically designed dietary program in the Radiant Women book to assist you to reduce inflammation.

The best news is that this is so easily achievable via diet and lifestyle, and some natural therapies. So, rather than thinking ‘well I SHOULD eat more fresh foods because I sorta know I am meant to‘, you can be extra inspired in the knowledge that by doing so you can greatly reduce your risk of chronic and degenerative health conditions.  The power to do so is in your hands, your fridge, your garden.  How amazing is that? 

One thing I have done for years is to have either a fresh vegetable juice or a green smoothie most days as a snack or even at times a meal if I am in a hurry.   It makes such an incredible difference to how much ‘bounce there is in my ball’.  When I drink one of these (sometimes more than one) I can feel it going into my system, and it’s almost like my cells are jumping up and down singing ‘hooray, hooray’. 

Yes, I know that seems too simple, but what a great way to pump up your energy, inflate your ‘flat tyres’. 

Fresh vegetables and fruits are packed with vitamins, fatty acids, plant enzymes and fibre.  Here is my green smoothie recipe which I made up this morning (yes it has other colors to green in it as well).  I tend to use what I have growing in my garden or can obtain from local farmers/community garden.

– Large handful of kale, parsley, several nasturtium leaves and spearmint leaves – all from my little garden. (caution – if pregnant, do not consume much parsley).

– juice of one mandarin plus one apples cut into pieces.

– pulp of 3 very ripe persimmons – thanks to a local foodie friend Heather (you know who you are!) I am experiencing the amazing flavour of these fruits for the first time…. must be very ripe or taste really yuk!  

– water to degree of thickness you want the smoothie to be.

– this morning I also put some protein powder in it as I like to have some protein to start the day (I used the vegan protein powder on the Superfoods page at ) and I put in some Green Alkalising powder (same page as protein powder). 

That generally makes me enough for two large glasses, so I keep one in an airtight container in the fridge for tomorrow.

RW book revised cover low resYou can find out more about dietary, lifestyle and natural therapy strategies to boost your health and well-being in Radiant Women – Natural Healing for the Three Stages of Woman, 

May you have a very bouncy day!  Wendy Dumaresq.

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