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by: Sarah Bradshaw

Love. That four-letter word that makes the world go around. We use it in so many situations and not all of them are directed at a special someone. ‘I’d love to get a coffee, I love the feeling of warm sunshine on a cold winter day, I love my yoga class, I love my new (insert shiny new gadget name here).’ If we think about it, I wonder how many times a day we use the word love? I popped that cherry relatively early this morning when I looked at the gift from my dad’s farm, a mountain of citrus fruit sitting on the bench and I cheekily thought, I love free food! Since then I’ve confessed my love for the nut butter I had on my toast for breakfast, told my friend who’s overseas that I love and miss her, and fallen back in love with Massive Attack while writing this blog entry.

Considering the many different kinds of love there is, (soul mate love, career love, unconditional love, friendship love, self-love…coffee love?), the number of times we apply this pack-a-punch word to our everyday lives and the fact that love energy from the heart is 5000 times more powerful than the brain, it’s a wonder we’re not all gushing around in a puddle of hearts and smiles completely disabled by the warm and fuzziness it brings!

At the last Free Your Spirit event, the love-duo themselves talked us through how we get more love, how we can have more self-love so we can attract in the love that matches our vibration, and even falling in love with career and life direction. We pondered our gifts and our shadows and opened our hearts up with a beautiful meditation. The room was soon filled with energy so loved up it was bursting at the seams. Thank you to James and Debbie for presenting this topic… yep, I’m going to say it – with so
much love! The next time we meet will be July 26th for the Body Talk event in Mosman and I’m so looking forward to hearing about the chakra chart with corresponding body issues so I can finally put a stop to this niggling lower back pain. Learning to balance and harmonise health issues by listening to the intelligence in your body – count me in! The recipe this month is truly delicious Split Pea Sunshine & Saffron Soup from my favourite food blog  The beautiful Sunshine soup adds a touch of color on even the dreariest of winter days.

Enjoy x

How to make Split Pea Sunshine & Saffron Soup


  • 1 cup dried yellow split peas, soaked a pinch of saffron (approx. 20 threads), soaked knob of coconut oil or ghee ¼ tsp. cayenne (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 5 bay leaves pinch of sea salt
  • 2 large leeks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small Hokkaido (or any winter squash/pumpkin),
  • cubed 4 carrots (set aside two),
  • chopped 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lemon


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