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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 agitated to sit and meditate. In this case, instead of focusing on the sensations of your breath you would focus on sensation in your feet. … 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 each person entered on subsequent floors they did like-wise, avoiding eye contact or conversation even with colleagues. I thought, what busy, important people they all … 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 also be just the normal ups and downs of life.  In fact, pain itself is not so much the cause of a low mood as … 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 about itself has difficulty in comprehending itself? Scientists used to think that the neurons (brain cells) we were born with were only plastic (changeable) for … 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. I can relate to that! But not in the way you think. It’s not just actual sunlight that we need. As humans, the sunlight we … 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 it was unusual for me to be frightened by a spider. At about the age of 8, I was standing in our home’s backyard laundry … Continue reading The Misleading Mind

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  • How Well Do You Sleep?

    Everyone with a mind capable of thought has had a bad night’s sleep at some time. Everyone has also experienced waking up refreshed and rested. So why can’t we have this all the time? Sleep accounts for a quarter to a third of your life. It is both a natural and a learned process.  It’s … Continue reading How Well Do You Sleep?

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  • Train Your Brain For Happiness

    Although all humans have evolved to have a bias towards looking for the bad things in life, we can also train our brain to look for the good. In this way, positivity can become a habitual way of thinking and being. Please listen to this talk I gave recently about how to train your brain … Continue reading Train Your Brain For Happiness

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  • How Do You Eat An Elephant?

    Shortly after the birth of my first child, we moved interstate for my husband’s work. Even though this would mean that my family and friends would be nearly 900 km away I saw this as an adventure, a challenge for a new mum with a 5-month-old baby. And I’m always up for a challenge! In … Continue reading How Do You Eat An Elephant?

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  • How To Have A Happy Year

    Have you ever considered what makes you define one year as better than another? Is it how much money you make, what holidays you take, major life events such as births, deaths, marriages? What if you put all those labels aside and considered that a good year might just be the total sum of how … Continue reading How To Have A Happy Year

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