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Media Release: One Woman’s Mission to Improve NZ’s Mental Health

  In the face of record suicide numbers, reports of inadequate mental health support and increasingly demanding lifestyles, one woman is on a mission to tackle mental health issues at their source by bringing a little zen to people’s daily lives.     Carina Allen is the Founder of The Zen Division, a business focused on helping Kiwis overcome everyday stresses with a toolkit to encourage intentional self-care. She says it is critical people take time to look after themselves in their increasingly busy lifestyles.   The World Health Organisation puts depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, and says there are clear links to the suicide rate. The suicide statistics in New Zealand are as high as they have...

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How Cultivating a Meditation Practice Can Benefit You: A Journey of Intentional Self Care.

             De-bunking the mystic myth of meditation.   Let’s take a minute here to examine a common myth surrounding meditation. I hear it frequently. Whether I’m within the health and wellbeing community or casually jaunting down the footpath. “Meditation is hard. I don’t know how to do it. I can’t sit perfectly still with my fingers looped together housing a gentle smile across my face.”   Funny story. As a society I think we place meditation quite highly onto a pedestal that has become a drastic length for us to go to find a bit of clarity in our lives. Meditation is not a thing that we do. Meditation is simply a practice, individual to...

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Zen Kids: A Review by Brayden Allen

The Zen Division The Zen Mat is amazing because you can use it when ever you need. It helps to sooth the muscels and calms you down. There are multipul ways to use the Zen Mat like putting it on the couch while you watch T.V. or on your car seat or even on your bed.                                        I love the Zen mat because I play rugby and I am the smallest on the feild and get injured lots but now with the Zen mat I can get injured but helps get rid of the pain within minutes. You can use the Zen...

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Are You Ready to Blossom Wildly?

 Is it enough to just exist, or are you ready to BLOSSOM WILDLY?   Springtide, 'the season of spring' is here, carrying with it the connotations of renewal, rebirth, regrowth. The heralding of a new season is like a punctuation mark, a pause in which to recollect oneself and set a new intention going forward. Too many people ignore what they know in their hearts needs to be addressed. We can end up feeling like we only able to muster up the effort to do what is absolutely necessary, with nothing extra left to enjoy those, sometimes simple pleasures that bring us joy. When was the last time you felt spontaneous and playful, that you were able to focus on a single task...

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