How does the thought of running a marathon every day for 366 days sound to you? Because that is exactly what today’s guests did every single day of 2013 – with a bonus marathon on Jan. 1 of this year.
Originally from New Zealand, Janette Murray-Wakelin and her husband Alan Murray, are the internationally acclaimed dynamic duo who inspired millions of people around the globe by running a marathon a day, every day for 366 days straight. Their epic journey took them around the entire perimeter of Australia to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future. They named this adventure Running Raw Around Australia. Why running raw? As long-time raw vegans promoting consciousness, compassion, and wellness, it simply made sense.
In 2001, Janette was diagnosed with a highly aggressive carcinoma breast cancer where doctors gave her six months to live. But they didn’t know who they were dealing with. Janette is a paradigm-buster extraordinaire. Not only did she not buy into the fear mongering and life destroying solutions promoted by the allopathic medical system, she also didn’t buy into their diagnosis. Janette basically turned her back on the modern medicine and, using her words, decided that “the power of intention is far greater than that of fear,” and with that, she had every intention of staying around for a long time.
I had the honor of befriending Janette and Alan back in 2004 when we were all living in the small northern Vancouver Island community of Courtenay, BC. When I hear of their decision to take on this compassionate adventure last year, I was thrilled and knew that it would be big. This couple is truly unstoppable because they are both so deeply connected to the power in their hearts.
Today we chat about such topics as:
• the importance of taking responsibility for your own health through lifestyle choices.
• what you put into your body is what you get out of it. You can’t get something live out of something dead.
• the power and simplicity of body wisdom.
• the limitlessness of what we are all capable of with our lifestyle choices.
• you are worth it!
• the shift in conscious thinking and the unstoppable movement of hope.
• the importance of purpose in life.
From the Running Raw Around Australia website, Janette and Alan state:
“WE ASKED OURSELVES – How can we share the information and experiences we have gained through conscious living during the past decade, so that others may make their own informed lifestyle choices that will make a difference to their health, the health of their family and future generations, the health of their community, the health and well being of the animals, and ultimately, the health of our precious Earth where we live? What can we do to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings and to raise awareness for a sustainable future?
THE ANSWER – We can lead by example, walk (or in this case) run the talk. By running a marathon distance together per day, every day for a year around Australia, we hope to inspire others to believe in themselves, to follow their dreams, and to achieve their goals through making more conscious lifestyle choices. We can be living proof of what can be achieved by making conscious life choices. While we are Running around Australia during the year 2013, we will have the opportunity to show that by eating raw living plant-based foods, we are healthier, more physically fit and have unlimited energy at beyond 60 years of age than in our earlier years, including when we ran the length of New Zealand 13 years previously. Inspiration is what motivates people to ‘Never Stop Pushing’ for what they believe in and for what they want to achieve.
We also had the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for selected charitable groups instrumental in making a difference to the health and welfare of the people, animals and environmental sustainability within Australia and worldwide. We believe that the survival of our (human) species is dependent on our kindness, compassion and caring for all living beings, and that this is achieved by making conscious lifestyle choices. By doing so, we can make a difference.”
These two are truly unstoppable. After more than 43 years together, they continue to inspire with their love and it is a great honor to bring to you today’s interview with my wonderfully inspiring friends, Janette Murray-Wakelin and her wonderful husband, Alan Murray.
Running Raw Around Australia
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