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  • Gratitude, kindness & compassion

    My parents came to Australia as refugees in the 1950s. The neighbourhood was not welcoming. Although their English was good, their accents were strong. Australians at that time were unfamiliar with strong accents and strange European names, and their normal human reaction was to be suspicious of what they are unfamiliar with. My father changed … Continue reading Gratitude, kindness & compassion

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  • Reflections

    This beautiful photo was captured by a friend of mine whilst holidaying in Italy. It made me think of this word “reflection”, in fact you might say it made me reflect on the word. The most common meanings are: To think about or to deliberate on something, introspection, review in your mind To mirror, cast … Continue reading Reflections

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  • Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life (Tuesday Evenings)

    Are you looking for coping skills to deal with life’s challenges? You may have a stressful job. a challenging relationship or a difficult health issue. Or maybe there’s just too much going on in your life right now and you’re feeling the strain. This introductory Mindfulness course will teach you how to manage stress and … Continue reading Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life (Tuesday Evenings)

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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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  • Mindfulness Skills Level 2

    In our introductory course, Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life, you learned how to manage stress and strong emotions, and you experienced what it was like to let go of judgments and to observe your thoughts instead of running away with them. This allowed you to gain a perspective of observing, rather than being your … Continue reading Mindfulness Skills Level 2

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  • Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life (Tuesday evenings)

    Are you looking for coping skills to deal with life’s challenges? You may have a stressful job. a challenging relationship or a difficult health issue. Or maybe there’s just too much going on in your life right now and you’re feeling the strain. This introductory Mindfulness course will teach you how to manage stress and … Continue reading Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life (Tuesday evenings)

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  • Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life (weekend workshop)

    Are you looking for coping skills to deal with life’s challenges? You may have a stressful job. a challenging relationship or a difficult health issue. Or maybe there’s just too much going on in your life right now and you’re feeling the strain. This introductory Mindfulness course will teach you how to manage stress and … Continue reading Mindfulness Skills For A Balanced Life (weekend workshop)

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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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  • 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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  • The Science of Happiness

    In this week’s blog I’m posting a video of an interview with one of the top experts on the Science of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky. Happiness is something that most people think they have little control over. In fact it turns out that about 50% of happiness is genetically determined, 10% depend on life circumstances, which … Continue reading The Science of Happiness

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