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Connect with Nature

There are many ways to connect with nature some of them quite surprising!

Beneath the waves a world of creatures communicate in ways we have yet to understand, but our insight grows as we begin to explore culture in the ocean.

Space described through science fiction as the final frontier, has a rival of equal worth in the unexplored fathoms of our oceans. Explorers champion the potential of the world below, but by comparison marine science receives far less funding than projects exploring other planets. Perplexing you might think, that our earth warrants second billing to distant and desolate versions—well your’e not alone. A bold crew of photographers, scientists and explorers bound to a blue quest, are determined to shine light on the virtues of deep water discoveries. 

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In a new series showcasing ocean explorations, we begin with a familiar topic: ‘culture’—only people are not the focus. Marine researchers, Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell are the authors of a new book ‘The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins’ in which they attempt to decipher codes of communication between Cetaceans. Their fascinating insights (pg. 102).

From the blue to the biome, we look at new science connecting human microflora to brain and body health (pg. 14). After the biome we discuss the bees. These miniature marvels are so integral to all life that when we drink mead or wear make-up we are appreciating bees (pg. 25). And we discover the wild wisdoms of nature photographer, Paul Saunders (pg. 58)—who through his travels enjoys many a close encounter!

There is more, but that’s yours to explore…

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Issue 40 Out Now!

In sunset and rustling leaves, lies the creative promise for innovative vision.

Creative explorers combine art and adventure in quest of visual innovation—the latest issue of Bare Essentials Magazine reflects their inspiration.

Each year the aspirations of photographers reaches its apex in competition—every entry, advancing distinctive standards and level of skill. As new technology expands what’s possible, novel techniques and unique talent emerge, unlimited by age or location—only by one’s imagination. Discovering and documenting wildlife need not be a remote assignment, it could be an urban affair. Emphasis on expression both in the subject and in the photographers style form the new definition of creative exploration and the innovative visions that manifest are truly inspiring.

I invite you to immerse yourself in the images that follow, including a collection from a unique stock library (pg. 5) and this years most coveted awards (pg. 11)—breathtaking and pioneering photos to excite the artist within. Learn the art of Light Painting (pg. 39) and Photo Sketching (pg. 61).

Bound for adventure features the latest literary delights for every genre (pg. 77) including a sneak peak of Lonely Planet’s Wild World and The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh. We also explore the science of scent (pg. 119) and natural flight (pg. 123), plus much more.

Let this issue inspire adventure for the year ahead!

Enjoy and share with those who care.

Inga Yandell
Chief Editor & Creative Director
Bare Essentials Magazine, Earth Endeavours

Festive Foraging

As the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts. Sharing a skill, a gem of wisdom or a cultural tradition, embraces this sentiment in a unique and creative way!

Festive foraging resonates all these virtues, gathering natures gifts away from the hustle of Harrods. A resourceful ramble in nature not only lifts the spirits but makes a great family outing and educational experience for the kids.

From forest ornaments to flower cordials, natures store-cupboard is brimming with ingredients for wild crafted creations.

I’d like to share a few of my favourites, wishing all our readers a very merry christmas.

Go Hive Hunting

Bee’s provide a cornucopia of christmas goodies, wax for homemade candles, native honey and honeycomb are natural sweets which make wonderful alternatives to store bought candies or used to create cookies, cakes, honey wines and meads. You could also make personalised skincare, everything from face masks and body scrubs to first aid for the survival kit (honey makes a wonderful remedy added to hot lemon water for sore throats, or when applied topically to help heal open wounds and sunburn). Simply bottle and label your gift as intended or bundled in a basket with fresh lemons and other ingredients as a DIY gift to encourage your friends and family to try their hand at baking and making their own bespoke recipes. You are not only sharing a skill but nurturing a new appreciation for natures versatility.

Make the most of Honey: naturalnews.com/035721_raw_honey_hair_first_aid.html#

Find a local beekeeper: apiarymap.com

Bee’s Downunder: www.amazingbees.com.au/useful-links.html

Forage for Flowers

Floral art can manifest as a botanical sketch, a photograph, or pressed and framed original. You could also use the pigments to pattern and color linen. Native flowers reflect biodiversity beautifully, something distinctive and special to share with friends overseas. Besides art, flowers like honey can be used to craft bespoke skincare, haircare, and scents or used as ingredients to add natures flavour to foods and beverages. I recommend borrowing a guide book from the library or googling flower identification and uses, to ensure your harvest is edible. Do check for picking penalties, not every neighbourhood garden or local park offers free flowers.

Craft with Compost

Handcrafted gifts which repurpose, and reimagine organic materials also reflect our ancient relationship with nature. Man has been crafting from wood, stone and various other natural materials for thousands of years, celebrating nature in creations imbued with the wonder and wisdom of the wild. Let your inner artist be inspired by what you find outside, ornaments, decorations, jewellery, garlands, party favours, nature napkins these are just some of the ideas out there.

Quick Crafts: www.bhg.com/crafts/easy/30-minute-projects/quick-nature-crafts/

Kid Crafts: rainydaymum.co.uk/natural-ornaments-crafts-to-make

We all know sleep is good for our health but science also reveals a few unexpected sleep connections with curious consequences.

Warning: once you read this post you’ll never look at sleep the same way again!

Who better to help us explore the science than Sleep Masters—designers of a unique mask with built-in sound-muffling to combat light and noise, a secret weapon for…

Incompatible bedfellows: late night readers, and tree cutters wielding snore soars.

Expedition Challenges: 24/7 daylight and howling winds.

Tiring travel: busy airports, jet lag inducing flights, and less than ideal accommodation.

Nap Needs: workplaces without sleep stations, snoozing between shifts on a multi-day adventure race, military training or operations, and long distance drives.

Sleep Connections

Sleep Master’s Top Six Unexpected Sleep Connections

At Sleep Master, we frequently hear about the life changing effects of a restful night’s sleep. Our customers reach out from around the world looking for the key to unlock their sleep obstacles ranging from a simple sluggish day at work to regular episodes of insomnia. Then we hear back about how our light-blocking, sound-muffling mask saved a marriage (“he snores” or “sleeps with the lights on”), helped our troops sleep in the barracks (“work is in round-the-clock shifts—there’s always someone getting up for their watch”), assisted in recovery from illness (“the nurses are in and out of the room all night”), and helped students make it through college (“my roommate sleeps all day and studies [or talks on the phone] all night”).

Funny, our reaction to the recent article on Kanye and Kim’s not sleeping together: http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/kanye-west-kim-kardashian-don-t-sleep-same-bed-69764 was that a Sleep Master could save their marriage!

In recent years, sleep deprivation has been shown to influence heart disease, obesity, and diabetes as well as affect physical appearance. In the following articles we list some of our favorite recent studies detailing the consequences of improper and non-restful sleep.

#1 How to Get Quality Sleep Like a Professional Athlete

This study of athletes training for the Rio Olympics demonstrates how even the physically elite must conform to a proper sleep schedule for optimum performance. Team adviser Bryan Smith states, “If you can create the environment for sleep and for rest that allows you to feel rested … then you’ve set yourself up for success.”

Source: The Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/get-quality-shut-eye-to-get-in-shape/article26134464/

#2 Study: Inconsistent sleep can lead to weight gain in college

Brown University’s Sleep for Science program studied 132 freshman Brown students tracking them over a 9 week period finding half of those studied gained 6 pounds and typically kept late hours sleeping under the recommended length. “The disruption of the circadian rhythm, the lack of sleep for whatever reason—all of this will add up to change their eating habits completely.” said Dr Samuel Potolicchio, medical director of the Sleep Center at Sibley Hospital.

Source: WTOP http://wtop.com/health/2015/10/study-disrupted-sleep-can-lead-to-weight-gain-in-college/

#3 Sleeping like a caveman?

Researchers study preindustrial societies to gain insight into the sleep patterns of our ancient ancestors. While this study has had critics due to its suggestion of successful reductions in sleeping time while maintaining health patterns, it highlights not only that hours of sleep important but the importance of quality of sleep and influence of your sleep environment to your overall health.

Source: Harvard Health Publications http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/sleeping-like-a-caveman-201510288501

#4 The Spooky Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Article details the psychological and emotional effects of deprived sleep including hallucinations, delirium and even the possibility of death in extreme circumstances. David Dinges, a professor of psychology and the director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania states, “Everything we know about sleep loss is harmful. But—on a more positive note—most of the effects of sleep deprivation dissipate after you sleep,’ he added.

Source: Live Science http://www.livescience.com/52592-spooky-effects-sleep-deprivation.html

#5 Electronics in the Bedroom: Why it’s Necessary to Turn off Before You Tuck in

Experts detail the role of light connected to our circadian rhythms and how brightness supplied by electronics can miscue the brain by suggesting day time. These miscues can affect the sleep patterns of adults but particularly influence children. Using a quality sleep mask can alleviate these interruptions.

Source: The Sleep Foundation https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/electronics-the-bedroom

#6 Failing to get the hint.

Insufficient sleep can also affect us in more subtle ways. Yes, if I didn’t sleep last night I could fall asleep at the wheel and crash my car. But if I am chronically sleep deprived, I could lose my job. I may not realize my boss is unhappy with my work performance. I may be unable to pick up on subtle hints during performance feedback. I might have thought he smiled when I handed my report in late, but it was actually a smirk. An interesting study at Berkeley shows when you’re tired your ability to pick up on facial expressions is diminished.

Source: Berkley News http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/07/14/brain-facialexpressions/

Ideal sleep environments are hard to come by especially when you live an active life, but a Sleep Master makes it easy to grab good zzz’s when, where and while you can!

Learn more: Sleep Master http://www.sleepmaster.us

DH. Navy Seal

Habits are the key to behavioural and lifestyle changes, they form our frame of mind and direct our daily actions. By replacing counterproductive habits with habits of excellence we can create effective change on a subconscious and conscious level. Let the daily habits you embrace cultivate the character and aspirations you desire. With habits as the foundation, we explore what it takes to become a Navy Seal.

Introducing our guest expert, Phil Black, a former Navy Seal and the founder of FitDeck, a series of exercise cards that make fitness fun, flexible and functional.

As a BUD/S graduate as well as a BUD/S Instructor, I have strong feelings on what it takes to survive what many consider the most difficult military training in the world. It boils down to three key components: (1) physical preparation, (2) mental preparation, and (3) personal commitment.
 
Physical Preparation:
Much has been made of the physical preparation that prospective trainees put themselves through in order to prepare themselves for the rigorous conditioning runs, obstacle courses, swims, calisthenics, diving, climbing, and often relentless beatings. Though there’s a lot of hype and drama related to this portion of training, it’s actually the easiest of all phases to prepare for. It consists of mindless adherence to a relatively straightforward menu of runs, swims, and calisthenics. I’m not implying that it’s easy, but it is straightforward and most able-bodied people can push through a sensible plan without much trouble.
 
Mental Preparation:
Many people talk about how important it is to be “mentally prepared” for BUD/S training—but few actually talk about how you would prepare yourself mentally. Most people assume that if you can do x recommended number of push ups, pull ups, and sit ups, that you’re good to go. Since there is no way to quantify mental readiness, most people assume “you either have it or you don’t”. This is fool’s gold.
 
You can figure out if you are mentally prepared for BUD/S, and you can help yourself get there. There are two distinct ways to think about mental preparation for BUD/S: (1) mental training that takes place at home before you get to BUD/S, and (2) mental training that you endure while you are actually at BUD/S. These are two very different phases of preparation and neither must be overlooked.
 
The starting point is to establish the right kind of mental programming, which will, in turn, create strong beliefs, beliefs will create positive attitudes, a positive attitude will create positive feelings, positive feelings toward something will encourage good behavior, which leads to results.
The strategies employed in this preparation include programming your brain for success. Relating these universal success principles to Navy SEAL training is not readily apparent—but it can be done by those who have been through the training themselves with great success.
 
Personal Commitment:
You can throw all of the previous advice down the drain if you are not prepared to have a deadly serious conversation with yourself. In order for any of these strategies and tips to have any efficacy, there must be a rock solid commitment that becoming a Navy SEAL is a commitment that you can literally not live without. How badly do you want it? That will be the question that will haunt you for the rest of your life. You must be strong enough to answer this question openly, honestly and without hesitation.
 
The strength and intensity of your desire to become a SEAL is directly proportional to the success you will have at BUD/S. The truth is we will do virtually anything if we have a big enough reason why. Successful BUD/S students have an unwavering answer to the question why in the back of their minds. When the going gets tough, they don’t begin a debate in the recesses of their mind regarding whether they should quit or not. That debate never happens to students who have a strong enough why. That debate never happened for me. I never once even remotely considered quitting the program. It wasn’t even a fleeting thought. I had a strong why. You’ll need one too.
 
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, feel free to sign up for my 4 free videos (www.survivingbuds.com) that walk through many of these phases of preparation in more detail. Alternatively, if your mind is made up and you are ready to fully prepare for BUD/S, you can go straight to my Surviving BUD/S Audio Program (http://shop.fitdeck.com/surviving-bud-s-audio-series.html) that delivers over 7 hours of teaching and instruction on how to survive and thrive at BUD/S training. I wish you all the luck. Hooyah!

Thank’s Phil for sharing the habits which helped you become a Navy Seal and for those readers eager to consolidate these habits with a worthy goal our friend Don Mann has just the mission.

Mann on a Mision…

When Don Mann joined the U.S. Navy at 17 he never imagined he’d be a SEAL for so many years, work as a CIA operative or train the team that took out Osama bin Laden. Now, to support his fellow veterans and help the SEAL community, he is setting out to raise $1,000,000 to support the charities that help SEALs and their families.

Don’s new nonprofit, Frogman Charities will raise funds by conducting 5K run/walk programs that benefit the UDT-SEAL Association, the National Navy SEAL Museum and the Foundation for Navy SEAL Veterans.

“As a retired Navy SEAL, I have a very clear understanding of the many hardships and sacrifices that our military personnel and their families make and live with on a daily basis,” said Don Mann, founder and CEO of Frogman Charities and retired U.S. Navy SEAL member of Team SIX. “I founded Frogman Charities to make it possible for people from all walks of life to play a part in supporting SEAL veterans and their families while encouraging fitness at the same time.”

Frogman Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, conducts virtual (meaning in a place of the participant’s choosing) run/walk events in partnership with organizations seeking to support its mission of raising $1,000,000 for nonprofits that support Navy SEAL veterans, their families and other charitable causes. Founder Don Mann is known for producing and directing more multi-day, multi-sport, adventure races, triathlons and SEAL training events than any other person in the world.

The inaugural Frogman Charities Virtual 5K Run/Walk is going on now through Friday, September 11, 2015. During the days leading up to the anniversary of 9/11, people around the world are doing a 5K run/walk in support of Frogman Charities and its mission. Participants may complete the 5K all at once or may break it up into multiple segments completed on different days or weeks.

Participants will receive a custom finisher’s medal, challenge coin and a finisher’s certificate recognizing their support of the UDT-SEAL Association, the National Navy SEAL Museum and the Foundation for Navy SEAL Veterans. They also have the option of ordering a signed copy of “Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors” or “Hunt the Fox,” both written by Don Mann. To register for the Frogman Charities Virtual 5K Run/Walk visit http://bit.ly/FMCVirtual5K.

“As an experienced sports event producer, I know that it is sometimes difficult for people from different cities to come together on one day, at one time, in one location to support a cause,” stated Mann. “By conducting a virtual run/walk event, a nonprofit can give people living anywhere in the world an opportunity to come together virtually and show their support for that nonprofit.”

“The Frogman Charities team is skilled at conducting these events and presenting them for organizations that are interested in doing them but perhaps don’t have the staff resources to do so,” continued Mann. “We invite you to contact us to learn more about how working together we can help America’s nonprofits as well as our veterans.”

To learn about sponsorship opportunities or how Frogman Charities can conduct a virtual run/walk for your organization visit http://frogmancharities.org/. Register for the Frogman Charities Virtual 5K Run/Walk at http://bit.ly/FMCVirtual5K.

One more thing…

Through my own research and interest in the strategies of a Navy Seal, I discovered two gems I’d like to share ‘8 Weeks to SealFit’ and ‘Unbeatable Mind’ by Mark Divine. Both books are highly effective at breaking down the core habits of an elite warrior into daily habits and can be integrated with online courses and events that further support your goals. To learn more visit: www.sealfit.com