I received a gift card on my birthday this year and this was the message on the front of the card:
“Meraki: to do something with soul, creativity or love; to leave a piece and the essence of yourself in your work.” 

I got to thinking about the longevity of this beautiful and wise old girl that Odyssey is and how every person that has taken on the custodianship of this ageless magazine has left a piece of themselves, a fragment of their soul and an outpouring of love held within its pages.

Odyssey Magazine is the only Holistic Lifestyle and Wellness Magazine in print in South Africa today. I believe that its success in these unusual times is attributable to the cumulative contribution and commitment of our  dedicated OM Team, our conscious thought leaders , writers and columnists that contribute informative, uplifting and inspirational content to nourish with meraki and the meraki-filled foundation laid by all those that have gone before.

This has inspired us to establish The Odyssey Community Online which launched 3 September, a space of connectedness and sharing where we will bring teachings, eBooks, interactive Zoom events and a conscious living video channel featuring interviews with leading spiritual teachers; we launched  with a five part series with Colleen-Joy, in which we address some of the pressing questions of our times:

Finding Inner Peace, Holding Space, Scarcity vs Abundance, Loss and grief and The Spiritual Outfall of the Pandemic. All of our fantastic competitions and giveaways will be now be accessible via the Odyssey Community web link and the best part is membership is free. Join our community, your community, www.odysseymagazine.co.za/join-our-community

In this Spring Edition we feature articles about recovery, restoration and the renewal of body, mind and soul. Spring represents birth, new beginnings, renewal and growth; in traditional Chinese medicine the element associated with spring is wood. The power of wood when balanced can be gentle, yet persistent and filled with creative potential. In spring, trees’ roots awake from dormancy and the roots (wood) begin to penetrate the earth in search of water, the source of all life. We need this kind of energy to penetrate all possibilities in the world and find our purpose, passion and goals to fuel our life.

Tips on how to harmonise the wood element in springtime: Wood governs the early hours of the morning; begin your day early, with a brisk walk in nature. Update your lifestyle eating and exercise plans and hydrate adequately. Remember to nourish your emotional body too. Try something new in all aspects of life: Social, work, spiritual, family and home. This spring germinate new ideas and nurture them; summon the energy of the sun – it’s time to grow, flourish and bloom.

My spring affirmation: “This spring my life blossoms in all the shades of awesome.”
All love

* Meraki is a Modern Greek word, derived from the Turkish ‘Meraki’ (labour of love, to do something with pleasure). It is applied to tasks, usually, creative or artistic tasks, but can be applied to any task at all. Meraki means to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention.

Debra Robins

Savvy and insightful corporate jungle escapee, wordsmith, author, publisher and magazine editor, Debra is passionate about upliftment through the power of the written word. Former natural healer, teacher and healing academy principal Debra blends together extensive expertise in wellness, both in the corporate and personal contexts, as well as over 25 years’ experience in driving and delivering corporate wellness initiatives for local and global corporations. Student of law and corporate consultant by trade, naturopathic practitioner by design and magazine editor by choice. Debra is honoured to be the custodian of Odyssey



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