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  • Increasing Your Positivity

    I’m fortunate to live in one of Sydney’s leafy suburbs, surrounded by a variety of different trees and bushes. And where there are trees, there is wildlife. This morning a dozen or more rainbow lorikeets were flying and chattering outside my bedroom, showing off their beautiful plumage and enjoying the nectar of the flowering bushes. … Continue reading Increasing Your Positivity

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  • Good vs Bad Stress

    This past week has been a challenging one for me in many respects. If you read last week’s newsletter you’ll be aware that I’ve had gremlins in my website for a couple of weeks that have been playing havoc with my events page. So I’ve not been able to post new events or receive online … Continue reading Good vs Bad Stress

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  • Polishing Your Meditative Practice

    People often assume that because I teach meditation, my life must be pretty chilled. They ask me if I meditate every day and assume that I have no challenges with this because I’ve been doing it for more than 30 years. Of course, the truth is I experience all the challenges with my practice that … Continue reading Polishing Your Meditative Practice

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  • If You Can’t Sit, Walk

    When thinking about meditation, most people envisage someone crossed legged on the floor, completely still and calm. Often it’s this image that puts people off learning, as they say “I could never sit still that long” or “I can’t sit comfortably on the floor”, or “I need to move when I’m stressed”. Traditionally, this is … Continue reading If You Can’t Sit, Walk

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  • Taking The Yo-Yo Out Of Dieting

    If endless chasing of your ideal self-image is a familiar story, read on! Aussie summers are long and hot.  If you’d rather suffer the heat than put on shorts and swimwear, you might be one of the many people thinking about going on yet another diet. So here are a few points to consider: Too … Continue reading Taking The Yo-Yo Out Of Dieting

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  • How Gratitude Can Improve Your Physical & Mental Health

    There’s a lot of talk in the popular press about expressing gratitude – it’s almost become the next buzz word after “Be Mindful”! But what does it actually mean? This week, I’d like to discuss some of the science behind what gratitude is and what it does for us. Studies over the past two decades … Continue reading How Gratitude Can Improve Your Physical & Mental Health

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  • The Difference Between Hypnosis and Meditation

    Hypnosis and meditation are both trance states that result in similar brain wave patterns. Hypnosis uses the guidance of a therapist, whereas meditation is usually done independently. Hypnosis is a trance-like state of heightened awareness.  Everyone goes in and out of natural trances many times a day.  If you’ve ever walked or driven somewhere whilst … Continue reading The Difference Between Hypnosis and Meditation

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  • Mindfulness and The Emotional Brain

    In this video one of my favourite authors, Daniel Siegel, talks about how the regular practice of focusing the attention (meditation) can enhance the integration of the brain and empower us to have better mental health. He talks about how the practice can improve our relationships, moods and outlooks on life. Although he speaks of this … Continue reading Mindfulness and The Emotional Brain

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  • Surviving the Stress of the Festive Season

    It’s that time of year again. For some people, the end of each year is filled with excitement as they prepare for parties, family gatherings, giving and receiving gifts, fireworks and perhaps even travel. For others it can be a time of stress, over-indulgence and even loneliness. One thing is for sure, if you live in … Continue reading Surviving the Stress of the Festive Season

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  • Meditation Isn’t Weird

    When I was 10 years old my Year 5 teacher told us a story about a scientist who happened to be a microbiologist. I don’t remember who she was or the context of the story but I clearly remember deciding at that very moment that this would be my future profession. And it was. Eleven … Continue reading Meditation Isn’t Weird

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