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  • Managing Negative Thoughts

    It’s funny the things we remember from our early years at school. I remember the fairy floss we used to have at our school fete each year and the machine … Continue reading Managing Negative Thoughts

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  • Nurturing Optimism

    There are a lot of misconceptions about what is “optimism”.  Optimism is not blind faith in the good and it’s not simply seeing the glass as half full. It may … Continue reading Nurturing Optimism

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  • Mindfulness Is Not A Cure-All

    I recently attended an online Mindfulness Summit where Dr Richard Davidson (Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Founder and Chair of the Centre for Healthy Minds) talked … Continue reading Mindfulness Is Not A Cure-All

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  • Have You Lost Your Job?

    How do you look after yourself while looking for a job job in a global pandemic recession? In the first episode of this new podcast series Journalist & Podcaster, Cindy … Continue reading Have You Lost Your Job?

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  • How To Increase Joy In Your Life

    Living in Sydney it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have such a comfortable, temperate climate. Sure, we get a few cold days in winter and some very … Continue reading How To Increase Joy In Your Life

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  • Self-Compassion To Heal Pain & Trauma

    One of my early childhood memories is of my father consoling me after a rather nasty fall I’d had.  He patched up my skinned knee which, I recall was burning … Continue reading Self-Compassion To Heal Pain & Trauma

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  • Building Self-Compassion

    When you’re tough on yourself you may be inadvertently setting yourself up for failure. Think of it like this: if someone close to you is always telling you that you’re … Continue reading Building Self-Compassion

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  • Eating For Nourishment Or Comfort?

    Our relationship with food is complex. Instead of yet another failed diet, consider understanding this relationship and working with it.

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  • Mental Imagery Improves Performance & Health

    The idea of imagining what we want to occur is not new. We’ve all done this at some point. Some might call it daydreaming or wishing for something to happen. … Continue reading Mental Imagery Improves Performance & Health

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  • When You’re Too Stressed To Meditate

    We know that meditation helps relieve stress, but many people find that when they’re stressed they’re feeling too agitated to sit quietly. Luckily that’s not a problem because there are … Continue reading When You’re Too Stressed To Meditate

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  • Certainty In Uncertain Times

    We all like certainty.  Certainty that we have food on the table every day, certainty that we have a warm and safe place to live, that we have income, purpose, … Continue reading Certainty In Uncertain Times

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  • Reframing Memories

    I was less than five years old when I first underwent a general anaesthetic. I have a clear memory of the operating room, of being held in my doctor’s lap … Continue reading Reframing Memories

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  • Kindness vs Courage for Survival

    When I was in the third grade at school, my teacher finished the year with a brief poem. It went:  “Life is mainly froth & bubble, Two things stand like … Continue reading Kindness vs Courage for Survival

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  • Do You Ever Procrastinate?

    As long back as I can remember I’ve always had a mess-drawer or mess-cupboard in my home. It’s my procrastination area. When there’s some object or piece of paper that … Continue reading Do You Ever Procrastinate?

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  • You don’t have to sit to meditate

    This week I’d like to share with you a video I made about walking meditation. A walking meditation is useful when you may not have the patience, or feel too … Continue reading You don’t have to sit to meditate

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  • How To Be Smarter Than Your Smart Phone

    The other day I entered an elevator in a building in Sydney’s CBD and watched as everyone took out their smart phones and became engaged in the head-down position. As … Continue reading How To Be Smarter Than Your Smart Phone

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  • Meditation For Managing Chronic Pain

    Like everyone, I have good days and not so good days. For me, this is often linked to how much pain I’m in on a given day, but it can … Continue reading Meditation For Managing Chronic Pain

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  • Meditation Can Keep Your Brain Young

    One of the popular buzzwords today is Neuroscience.   We’re all fascinated by our brain and the potential it has. And isn’t it curious that the very organ that can think … Continue reading Meditation Can Keep Your Brain Young

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  • Being Human is Like a Solar-Powered Watch

    I have a rather old solar powered watch. In the winter it often stops running because under my long sleeves it’s not getting enough sunlight to keep the battery charged. … Continue reading Being Human is Like a Solar-Powered Watch

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  • The Misleading Mind

    As a child I was fascinated by all living things. From ants to elephants, from microbes to dinosaurs, if it was or had been biologically alive, I was interested. So … Continue reading The Misleading Mind

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