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  • The Brain That Changes Itself – Dr Norman Doidge

    A fascinating video about what the human brain is capable of. If brain plasticity is of interest to you (and if you can ignore the interviewer’s hype), watch this.

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  • Peeling Carrots

    Growing up I remember that although my mother did all the cooking at home, my father would always make sure there was healthy snack food around, like carrots, celery and fresh fruit. On weekends I’d sometimes sit at the kitchen table with him while he peeled and sliced the fruit and vegetables he’d bought from … Continue reading Peeling Carrots

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  • Three Ways To Manage Cravings

    Hi. My name is Judy and I’m a chocoholic. How do I know this? Because when I walk past the chocolate section in the supermarket I have to look the other way. Cadbury’s chocolate entices me, Tim Tam biscuits beckon me. Sweet white chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, filled, praline, dark and bitter-sweet – it all … Continue reading Three Ways To Manage Cravings

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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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