The Way of the Passioneer–Because Life is Too Short for the Wimpy Stuff!

Jan 30, 2014 by

What is a Passioneer anyway? I know you’re asking this very question as you read the title of this blog. Simply put, a passioneer is someone who engages in activities that tap into their inner fire and emotions. You know you are ‘tapped in’ when you answer the following questions below. You can also explore more on this in “The Passion Plan” A Step by Step Guide to Discovering, Developing and Living Your Passion’ by Richard Chang.

Do you lose track of time doing a particular activity?

Do you get excited just thinking about it?

Do you feel energized by it?

Do you dream about it?

Do you lose self-consciousness doing it?


Are you a Passioneer?  No we are not talking about passionate sex but I can see how you might go there after answering those questions! ‘Passion’ is this exciting feeling  we all hope to have along with sexual intimacy. It’s quite alluring when we completely lose ourselves in the ‘passionate moment’ because we are 100%  present and at the same time we give ourselves over to another person by completely letting go emotionally and physically.  I digress, but the association is not lost on me either! Now back to the ‘Way of the Passioneer’ outside of the bedroom because we can ‘feel’ passion in so many other areas of our lives! 


Now that we know what a Passioneer is, what exactly is the “Way of the Passioneer’? Most recently I conjure Diana Nyad, the world record winning long distance swimmer who at the age of 64 was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida (110 miles) without the aid of a shark-tank. You’re probably thinking “wow she’s crazy and I don’t need to be a passioneer”! But remember she was a ‘trained’ athlete also attempted the passage 2x before her victory in 2013.



Since breaking her record Diana has shared many things about how her life experiences have shaped and conditioned her but the two big Passioneer ideas she has put out there for us is “Find A Way” and “Never, Ever, Give up”.  It made me think that most accomplished athletes are Passioneers.  So what are the most important attributes of a Passioneer? I would have to say a mental toughness and hardiness. You don’t need to swim the English Channel or climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to be a Passioneer but you will need to be mentally tough, resilient, and hardy to pursue your dreams or attempt anything that’s really important to you like your passion!



Hopefully I will do a Q&A with Diana one day soon at World Wise Beauty but in the meantime know that mental toughness and hardiness is developed not found. Most individuals who are mentally, physically and emotionally hardy, seldom feel victimized by circumstances and tend to learn more from their challenges. Here is a great abbreviated list of strategies from an excellent book “The New Toughness Training for Sports-Mental,Emotional, Physical Conditioning from the World’s Premier Sports Psychologists by James E. Loehr.  I hope you find them useful and begin to hone and develop the important skills of a Passioneer!


1- Change your thinking to change the way you feel and think in ways you know will bring out positive emotions. Resist the temptation to think negatively even if you feel that way.

2-Think about mistakes differently–after making a mistake, ask yourself what could I or should I have done differently and what can I learn from this that will help me in the future.

3-Visualize in vivid emotional terms the following thoughts: I will put myself on the line everyday; I will not surrender; I will not turn against myself during tough times.

4- Use adversity to get stronger–Every crisis is an opportunity to grow, and to extend beyond your normal limits. A major component of emotional toughness is learning the right attitudes during tough times.

5- Learn to keep a here and now focus– During competition or any pressurized situation, thinking about the past or the future can let anger and frustration beat you; practice maintaining a moment by moment focus.

Have a great weekend ahead and stay tuned to the Passioneer department at WWB where I will feature exciting Passioneers and expert guest bloggers who are highly engaged in helping you find your passion and purpose in life. What makes you a Passioneer? Inspire us and share your passion(s) in life here! 

Truly Herself,



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What’s On Tap for Wellness Culture in 2014? World Wise Beauty Explores the Trendscapes…

Jan 22, 2014 by

The wonderful thing about hitting the bottom is there is only one way to go and that’s up! Frazzled from this stressed out world we are living in, we human beings have finally figured out that taking care of ourselves from the inside and out is the way to a happy, long and fulfilling life. Look no further than here to discover ‘ideals for wellness culture’ and to find out exactly how creative WE ARE at finding ways to take care of ourselves. 

Wellness Culture is a world-wide phenomenon but it comes to life both locally and globally.  Below are just some of the trends I wrote about in Tourism Review circa 2009.  Look how much the trends have picked up steam! Read on for 2014 trends forecasted from respected media channels Spa Finder and Wellness Tourism Worldwide.  Pay close attention to the #1 trend identified on both lists. Which ideal in wellness culture will you embrace?  It’s so wonderful to have options! Explore them all with me here  and remember ‘no passport is required’ at World Wise Beauty because we can be well and wise without ever leaving our neighborhood!



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Truly Herself, Lauroly


World Wise Wellness Excerpt from Tourism Review Magazine written by your very own Lauroly Circa 2009.  

Global Options in a Mobile Society: Medical Tourism is one of the fastest growing international industries and more and more countries around the world are emerging into Medical Tourism destinations, from Asian countries like India and Thailand to North Americas Cuba and to European countries like Hungary. With most of the world experiencing a healthcare crisis, patients and wellness consumers are traveling abroad to seek the best quality care and alternative options available. Health and wellness consumers are traveling worldwide and engaging in health tourism by visiting health spas, medical spas, wellness retreats and destination/day spas. In addition to the general health and wellness focus, the anti-aging trend fueled by baby boomers around the world are finding medical and health spas an appealing option in slowing down aging degenerative effects whether they be cosmetic or cellular. In the case of cosmetic surgery alone, its cost in countries such as India, Thailand or South Africa can be one tenth of how much it costs in the United States or Western Europe.

Navigating Culture CodesThe bright side of the health crisis is the global attention preventative, integrated and holistic care are receiving. Wellness Culture is now taking center stage and consumers are increasingly exploring global options and practices. The wellness phenomenon and preventative approach has been under way in recent years for the American spa market and for centuries in Europe and Asia. With diverse cultural drivers and motivators, people around the globe are now embracing wellness culture and reaching outside of their borders for treatment and therapies. Medical Spas, Health Spas and Wellness Centers exist all over the world and all operate uniquely in accordance with their focus and local culture. International associations such as IMSA, DSA and ISPA are defining guidelines comprehensively but cultural codes and standards still vary. The very differences in cultural standards may very well be the marketing appeal of medical tourism and the destination spa experience. Having access to complimentary treatments and modalities that may not be available to you at home or your country is one of the benefits of traveling across international borders.

A Healing Sense of Place and Milieu: In Europe (where the spa experience originated) you can find Medical Spas run by physicians and integrative practitioners who may combine holistic and alternative therapies to address everything from chronic health conditions to anti-aging prevention. The essential framework of the European spa industry is mainly based on the curative use of natural resources and healthy climate with contribution from medical and therapeutic care. Budapest already renowned as the “City of Spas” presents Medical Spas offering the healing benefits of mineral hot springs treating chronic musculoskeletal problems. Often the spa physicians have a specialty in Rheumatology or Internal Medicine as well as Physiotherapy (series of cures using electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy light therapy etc), Homeopathy (a system of therapeutics using natural substances such as plants, herbs and minerals), or Botanical medicine. You will also find treatments such as Climatherapy (focus on air purity for treatment of respiratory conditions), Balintherapy (a general term for water based treatments treating circulatory, musculoskeletal and immune sensitive illnesses) and Crenotherapy (treatment carried out with mineral water, mud or vapor). The attention to place and natural healing properties are paramount to the European wellness culture.

Bon Voyage Takes on New Meaning: Voltaire, the French philosopher and writer of the Enlightenment wrote “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease”. This philosophy is still relevant today and is the essence of a wellness inspired vacation. Medical and Health tourism is no longer a novelty and is quickly becoming a lucrative global trend. As wellness culture spreads around the world, expect to discover a cultural cocktail of treatments and services. Crossing borders allows the wellness consumer to enjoy the affordable cost of various healing options that may be much higher priced in their own home and region. The opportunity to experience a new culture in an exotic locale while healing, recuperating or revitalizing is a seductive proposition many wellness consumers will explore in the coming years. Bon Voyage has truly taken on new meaning and international travel could be considered a life saving and enhancing experience.



                                       TRENDSCAPES  IN  WELLNESS  CULTURE  2014



Ainsworth Hot Springs, Montana USA

 Spa Finder Top Ten List: 

1. Uber Trend: Your Mind is What Matters


2. Healthy Hotels 2.0

3. Wired Wellness

4. Hot Springs Heat Up


5. Suspending Gravity

6. Ferocious Fitness

7.  “Natural” Beauty Meets Social Media


8.  Aromatherapy: Scent with Intent

9.  Wellness Retreats Rise… & Urbanize

10. Death & Spas: Thriving  During Life’s Transitions








PLUS: Check out the top four trends from Wellness Tourism WorldWide relevant to you…

1-La Local Vita

2-Breaking Bread With Wellness ( Food Tourism)

3-Vacation RX

4-Looking for Personal Enrichment

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Wisdom, Greek Philosophy and Cooking–Introducing World Wise Beauty’s First 2014 WWB Icon, Maria Benardis of ‘Greekalicious’

Jan 16, 2014 by

Maria Benardis, Author and WWB ICON


WWB Icon: Maria Benardis is a Gourmand Award winning author, health coach, teacher, chef and Founder of Greekalicious.

Maria published her first book titled “My Greek Family Table” (Penguin), which won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards – Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book in Australia 2009 and this was followed by her ebook, “A Greekalicious Feast”. She also recently published her new book “Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health” (Balboa Press) – How the Wisdom of Ancient Greece can lead to a longer Life.

She is a slow food advocate and regularly appears on radio, television and the print media to enthusiastically share the Greek heritage, its food and healing wisdoms that create vibrant health, and a balanced and peaceful life.

WWB Healthy Epicurean Featured Book: Cooking & Eating Wisdom for Better Health’



Lauroly Opening: Welcome Maria, I am so excited to have you join us at World Wise Beauty. You are the epitome of a true World Wise Beauty and I am honored to declare you our first 2014 WWB Icon. You can see the simpatico we share just by looking at the title of your new book “Cooking and Eating Wisdom for Better Health”.  Greek culture offers so much wellness wisdom to draw upon and I love how you weave so much of the Greek ancient wisdom into your new book. The sub-header of your book is ” How the Wisdom of Ancient Greece Can Lead to a Longer Life” and I think this important to emphasize because this is no ordinary cookbook! So let’s start with the first sentence in the introduction of your book “The past has much to teach us about the value of our food and the spiritual rituals surrounding its consumption”.  Tell us more about how the ancient philosophers and doctors of Greece influenced your approach to health and wellness.


Latest Book from Maria Bernardis


Maria Benardis: My ancient Greek ancestors believed that healthy eating and a healthy mind were the two key components to be practiced to ensure healthy living and longevity – “Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine”. The natural force within each of us is the greatest healer of disease” Hippocrates. Many people during these times lived up to the age of 200 years old a rare occurrence now days. I felt compelled to study these profound words and the wisdoms and philosophies and to adopt them at my cooking school Greekalicious, my health coaching practice and in my ever day life. Most importantly it was important to resurrect them and to share them with the world. My book provides the tools and know how to cook intuitively and how to use the Farmacy not the Pharmacy for healing. Positive affirmations are also included as they were important in everyday ancient Greek life. I also practice affirmations daily.



Lauroly Q- Chapter one of your book is just beautiful.  It is amazing how much wisdom comes from Ancient Greece. You begin your opening chapter with a quote from Aristotle “Love is the cause of unity of all things”.  Your book is not just a cookbook and you manage to teach us so much about “life” and connect it all with cooking. Tell us how important this quote is to cooking and life.  I love the whole section on the theory of circular energy…

Maria Benardis: The central approach to health and wellness is to live and do all with agapi (A Greek word meaning unconditional love) and with good energy (derives from the Greek word energia). Love or agapi (unconditional love) is the most important ingredient when cooking and in life. It completes us and the dish. The ancient Greeks believed that the purpose of love was to unify things. When you cook with love, all things come together in the kitchen. Your recipes work out and it brings you great joy and happiness. When you cook with stress or anger, you become separated and disconnected.

The ancient Greek philosophers recognized that the universe was circular, symmetrical and harmonious and so for human beings to coexist in this universe they had to achieve balance and peace. This was sometimes referred to as ‘cosmic equilibrium’: a oneness with all. Love and the circulation of energy is circular and it moves in a circular motion — the energy flow is never-ending and we are all connected.

Observe how so many things in this world are circular — the human head, many of our fruits and vegetables, the moon and the sun. This theory of circular energy was incorporated into the ancient Greek kitchen, in other areas of the home and in day-to-day living. For example, the Greeks had circular ovens, tables, cups, frying pans, saucepans, plates, utensils, cakes, breads, jewelry, furniture, home and theater designs.

Lauroly Q- Another great passion I have at World Wise Beauty is to focus on “inner beauty from the inside out” and Chapter three of your book is in complete alignment with WWB’s mantra “to be comfortable in your own skin”. You open with this quote “Knowing Yourself is the Beginning of all Wisdom” by Aristotle. This is another great chapter and might I add while they are short, they are chock full of wisdom. You share “in ancient Greece they believed different individuals have different needs, at different ages in different seasons. No two people are the same and nor do they have the same requirements.” Wow! This is the secret to wellness right here! Can’t believe how many of us have lost sight of this important wisdom.  Share with us the meaning of the Greek word “Filotimo’ which there is no exact English translation for.

Maria Benardis: In Greek culture living in a connected loving state is also referred to as living with ‘filotimo’. The filotimo in a Greek makes one stand tall in all of life’s good and adverse circumstances. Growing up Greek, it was instilled in me to have respect for myself and others, including nature, and to have a sense of duty to my country, Greece.

A sense of humour was also essential when things were not going according to plan. Filotimo is used by Greeks to guide us. For it to work the vibration of love must be present and celebrated. This vibration is always present in my life whenever I do something, especially when I am cooking. ‘Filotimo to the Greek is like breathing. A Greek is not a Greek without it. He might as well not be alive.’ (Thales of Miletus).

As outlined in my book let your true inner beauty shine and radiate outwards and let it translate into your dishes. Adopt an approach of filotimo in the kitchen, understand the benefits of fasting and always believe you are the magician of your life and that you create your own miracles. It does not matter what others think of your dishes; what matters is what you think and how you feel. Your vision will only become clear when you look within your heart and yourself. Everything you need to know will come to you with ease.

Lauroly Q- I could explore so much with each of your chapters Maria but I think everyone should run out and get your book! Chapters four and five are wonderful too and focus on what it really means to be a “Healthy Epicurean” ( the name of this content department at WWB).  Moderation, harmony, music and colors are all part of the Greek approach to cooking. Reading your book makes me want to go back to Greece just thinking about the dining experience. What would you like to share and distill for us from these two chapters. Give us a teaser…

Maria Benardis: Firstly it’s important when adopting a healthy approach to your cooking, to always season and add ingredients in moderation. Allow each ingredient to speak for itself, to tell its story and to shine. Let each ingredient be its own bright shining star. Observing this wisdom will ensure balance and harmony in the dish and balance and harmony in our bodies and soul when we eat. The dish will always taste better. Exercise moderation and nothing in excess in all aspects of life, not just when cooking and eating, and you will lead a balanced, peaceful and joyous life.

Secondly as they did in ancient Greece keep it simple, and using the right combinations of music and colour therapy will assist you in cooking harmoniously. Most ancient Greeks practiced the principles of simplicity, balance, harmony when cooking for healing purposes. Plato believed that food should have simple flavours and wrote that ‘even sweets should sing with their simplicity’. In ancient times the principles of balance and harmony are taken a step further when colour, numbers and music therapy are incorporated into a dish. There were many therapies (The actual word ‘therapy’ comes from the Greek therapia, meaning ‘to serve or help medically’) adopted in ancient times for healing, and many of these are still practiced today that I have included in the book and they include chakra clearing, sun therapy and aromatherapy.

Lauroly Closing: Thank you Maria for gracing the World Wise Beauty blog with your lovely wisdom. Your new book ‘Cooking & Eating–Wisdom for Better Health’ is wonderful and I encourage our readers to learn more about your other books and visit to discover Maria’s world of cooking and wisdom. You are all the way on the other side of the world in Australia but hope to see you soon when you visit New York!

To learn more about Maria’s work and you can visit her website Greekalicious’ and follow her on her Facebook page. As a special TREAT you can view Maria’s YouTube video where she shares her Ancient Greek recipe for DONUTS!  You’ll love her “Aussie” accent!

Truly Herself,



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World Wise Beauty Launches the WWB ‘Take Out’ a Monthly Glean of Wellness Wisdom to Go…

Jan 12, 2014 by

WWB ‘Take Out’ Monthly E-Glean


Sometimes I share WWB blog content on our Facebook page hoping you will catch wise “bites” there, but that’s always a shot in the dark, because it all depends on where WWB is on your news feed. I had to think of someway to share all this great wisdom sitting on my blog and then suddenly I became inspired by a post I was doing on Chinese Take Out food in America and the ‘Take Out’ theme was born. Sometimes ideas are that simple and there is no rocket science involved!

I spend a lot of time at World Wise Beauty interviewing the best culturally relevant experts, inspirational authors and visionaries to help you become comfortable in your own skin and cultivate your own personal wellness lifestyle wisely. I wish you had time to read every single post at World Wise Beauty because I know you would come away feeling enlightened, inspired and informed.

But at World Wise Beauty we are all about choices and options. Can’t read every post? No worries! The WWB ‘Take Out’ Monthly is curated especially just for you. Some may call it a cheat sheet but I like to think of it ‘Wellness Wisdom to Go’.  It’s a monthly glean where you will find wise ‘takeaways’ from our featured experts and authors on the blog plus other treats I find out there in the world of wellness culture!


Be sure to use the Subscribe Button to sign up for your monthly WWB ‘Take Out’ and enjoy the A’ La Carte presentation of beauty, health and wellness content. I welcome you to share it, bookmark it, print it and okay at least peruse it. Rest assured if you can’t get to it all, the World Wise Beauty Blog will be here waiting for you with in-depth interviews and updates in wellness culture to read at your leisure.  Be wise and stay well…

Truly Herself,

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