Issue 99

Singing For Fun & Healing: Learn How to Sing, Tone & Heal with Dick Rigby!

AND you don't have to sing well to enjoy the workshop!

In Brisbane Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November (9.00 am to 4.00 pm for both days)

In Melbourne Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December (9.00 am to 4.00 pm for both days) At Bayview Conference Centre, Clayton, Melbourne, Victoria

Early bird discount: $255 (Late payment $300)


Rediscover your natural voice.
Develop the potential of your singing voice.
Enjoy singing together
Have fun in a safe learning environment.
No one has to sing solo.
There are four parts to the workshop:

1. Singing together for fun

Enjoy singing lots of songs together.
It's easy to learn a harmony. Instant choir - Oh joy!

2. Develop your singing voice

Learn how to:

improve the power, quality & range of your voice

use your body to project your voice

sing in tune, even if you can't sing in tune now

it's easy - trust me!

3. Improve your confidence


sing and speak with more confidence

reduce the impact of your Inner Critic

reduce performance anxiety

overcome the emotional and physical blocks to vocal expression

4. Singing & Toning to Heal

We use "Toning" (holding a single note) & other sound healing to achieve:

greater self awareness

improved energy flow

better control over voice and breathing

emotional and energy connections

psychological healing, physical healing, personal empowerment & spiritual development


The price includes a free copy of the book "Holistic Singing & Toning". By Dick Rigby. Value: $20.00.
And a free copy of "The Dick Rigby Song book". Value: Absolutely worthless.

LOCATION (Brisbane workshop) Kenmore Hills, Brisbane, Qld, 4069. This is a private residence situated on acreage in beautiful established rainforest. There are many native animals and birds including resident whip birds & visiting wallabies. Ample street parking is available in the quiet cul-de-sac.

FURTHER INFORMATION Phone: Dick on (07) 3378 6267. Email: Web: OR

clickhere here and fill out the contact form on the web page.

Dick is a psychologist, music and voice therapist. He has over 25 years experience. He has been a music teacher, a professional musician and professional singer. He has specialized in voice development and overcoming voice production problems. He has had wide experience in running singing and toning workshops. He is author of the book "Holistic singing and toning - Developing voice power for healing & enjoyment". He has also released several CDs.

Penrolment forms can be downloaded from the net You can return this booking form to Dick Rigby via: PRINT & POST: Dick Rigby, P O Box 1345 Kenmore, Qld, 4069, Australia.
PRINT & FAX: (07) 3378 7514

"Singing makes the difference"



No Virginia, We're Not What We Wat: We're What We Absorb!

For any supplement to be effective it must be absorbed efficiently. Having said that just how many people understand the process of what happens to a health supplement capsule or tablet when they take them. Do you?

As in nature, nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements do not exist in our body as isolated chemicals. They are normally bound together as soluble food complexes - a whole group of constituents like proteins, carbohydrates, lipids etc. This is how the body absorbs, transports and ultimately utilises nutrients.

Unfortunately most health supplements in the mass market tend to use cheaper isolated synthesised nutrients devoid of the essential components and have to rely on added transporter substances. This often doesn't work too well. The nutrients are poorly absorbed and a large percentage of the nutrient is excreted by the body without any utilisation.

Most companies compensate by increasing the dose. This however may cause unnecessary strain on the kidneys, liver or other digestive organs.

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Meditation For Everyone: with Craig Hitchens ND!

Meditation is something that I will regularly suggest to my clients as a way of helping to alleviate stress in their lives and to help them focus more easily, after all, the mind and body are as one and one will not be healthy without the other being healthy so it is desirable to keep both in good order.

The main problem people seem to have with learning to meditate is that they can not find the time, or I can not sit cross legged for long periods, or my mind will not stay quiet long enough and I lose interest...etc. Any excuse will do if you are lazy people!

Meditation is like another skill, it takes time and constant effort to become proficient in. We are not talking about the effort involved in building a house, just regular and frequent persistence. You do not have to site cross legged, you can sit in a straight backed chair, or lay down even. As for time, you only need around 10-20 mins daily for meditation to dramatically change your life!

I have been meditating since my early teens and actually probably before that and I have found it's benefits to be life enhancing and enriching. I personally am a Buddhist and have undergone training and initiations for my meditative practices but this is not to say that it is the same for others, you do not have to go this way to gain greatly from meditation. Anyone can do it.

I meditate all day! My entire life is lived in calm abiding can do this too you know. The results are that I am physically very healthy and mentally/spiritually very healthy. When problems occur or negativity arises, I am able to overcome and antidote it with my strength of mind and spirit. This leaves me with a perpetually positive outlook on life and able to move freely unattached through it.

Meditation has many health benefits at the physical level such as sustained immune function, normalized blood pressure, normalized metabolism, and much more all due to the lowered levels of stress hormones in the body because of your positive and relaxed outlook. Science has even proven that people who meditate and are positive and relaxed are healthier than those who do not.

So, How To Meditate Then??

This is the confusing part for most. I meditate in the traditional and non-traditional sense, meaning that I sit cross legged and do my daily practices and I meditate throughout my day.

Meditation is whatever you wish to make it you see. It has some different aspects such as;

Single Pointed Focus - This is where you take an object or just your breathing and focus intently on it only, seeing all aspects as the observer not the participant.

Energy Meditations - This is like single pointed focus but you are using your inner vision to focus energies in specific areas. This is also known as Tantra, Esoteric or Vajra meditations in Buddhism. This requires training from a true Buddhist teacher and is usually taught after you become better at single pointed Focus or Samahdi meditation.

For now we are going to look at single pointed focus meditation.

This need never be complicated and is in fact very simple, but do not think that you are lesser than because of this. Understanding the simplicity of meditation is the great gift. Some of the world's great masters still keep it very simple.

To do this meditation simply get comfortable either in a cross legged position or sitting with your feet crossed at the ankles in a straight backed chair. Next either choose an object, a flower for instance, or focus on your breathing and nothing else. Now just sit and notice the object for as long as you can before your mind inevitably begins to wonder. It will be about 2-3 minutes for most newbies. Not long is it! That is ok.

You just simply and gently bring you mind back to focusing on the object. continue this for as long as you feel you can. Do not strain as this will not make it happen any quicker! Good, you've just meditated for the first time..well done! Repeat this each day and gradually you will find that it is easier and you will be able to go longer each time.

You see what you are actually doing is separating from yourself. You are the observer not the participant. This will dawn on you eventually and then you begin to extend this calm observation into daily life. Then you will really notice the difference as you will be able to concentrate on things far better, you are able to better examine situations in your life without getting caught up in them and you are generally far calmer and more centred than before. This is turn means a happier you and a healthier you and this makes you want to meditate more and so the cycle goes.

You are able to problem solve better as you are soon able to separate from the inner arguments and simply watch them. You soon are quite calmly able to see the direction to take as it will ring true in your heart and off you go. All this from a simple meditation. Powerful stuff!

For some the use of meditation music is needed and this is perfectly ok. For others they may feel this inner reflection and focus when painting or playing a musical instrument or walking on the beach...this is all meditation! I meditate when I am out surfing, I reflect and observe my inner world between waves..good meditation. How many of you out there do something like this?? Then take the time to do it! Recreation is meditation as it very much centres you in the moment which is essentially what all this leads to. An understanding that there is no other time except now, this moment and to be fully in it with a silent, joyful heart and mind, is what we are here to do! Experience the perfection of stillness in the now and know that all things are tranquil and our "perceived" reality is nothing more than an illusion created by our untrained minds. So get up off your posteriors and find a comfortable place and begin the journey to inner peace and total wellness today and try some form of meditation. You won't explode or disappear...well at least not right away! Just have a go and see for yourself how beneficial to your total being it is.

I hope this has helped you all in some way out there.

Until next time, Best Of Health To You. Craig Hitchens (B.Sc.Nat.)

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Vitamin D and the Flu By Joanne Hay

In recent years my husband and I have noticed we have a rough time in winter. We actually came down with flu symptoms the last couple of winters, after not getting ill for years (we often got quite sick in winter years ago, when we were vegetarians). We’ve also noticed we get depressed, lose money and have relationship problems in winter. This happens more now that we both work from home, indoors and on computers. Summer on the other hand is always explosive for business and money and our family life blooms, as does our relationship. (more…)


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Short and Sweet: Bocconcini and Olive Salad Ciabatta!


1/4 cup black or green olive tapenade 4 large ciabatta rolls, split in half 250g shaved good-quality ham 1 x 200g packet Australian Bocconcini, drained and sliced


1. Spread the tapenade on the bottom half of each roll. Top with ham and sliced bocconcini. 2. Replace the tops of the rolls and wrap each ciabatta roll in foil and bake at 180?C for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 3. Serve immediately.

If desired make your own tapenade from: 125g green olives with pimientos, finely chopped 125g pitted black olives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and spread over rolls or toss through pasta.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

A pirate was talking to a "land-lubber" in a bar. The land-lubber noticed that, like any self-respecting pirate, this guy had a peg leg, a hook in place of one of his hands and a patch over one eye. The land-lubber just had to find out how the pirate got in such bad shape. He asked the pirate, "How did you loose your leg?" The pirate responded, "I lost me leg in a battle off the coast of Jamaica!" His new acquaintance was still curious so he asked, "What about you hand. Did you loose it at the same time?" "No," answered the pirate. "I lost it to the sharks off the Florida Keys." Finally, the land-lubber asked, "I notice you also have an eye patch. How did you loose your eye? The pirate answered, "I was sleeping on a beach when a seagull flew over and crapped right in me eye." The land-lubber asked, "How could a little seagull crap make you loose your eye?" The pirate snapped, "It was the day after I got me hook!"


Quote of the week!

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do" Epictetus

For a Good Cause: Why support The Make- A- Wish Foundation?

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia is giving you another reason to get into the Christmas spirit this year. You can decorate your house or garden and enter the “Wish Upon A Christmas Light” competition to win $10,000, kindly donated by Donut King. There will be six state/territory prizes of $1000 gift voucher to spend at your local Thrifty-Link store. The competition, for which there is a $40 entry fee, will be judged by the public through SMS voting and all money raised will go toward granting more wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.


In the next issue of "Naturally Happy"

  • Dick Rigby!
  • My Health Yoga!
  • Brisbane Aquatic Centres!
  • Xmas Ideas !
  • Introductory Offers!
  • Short and sweet!
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