A New Beginning

  Hello! My name is Stephen, and over the course of my 30 short years of life, I can say, with certainty and conviction, that I have spent the overwhelming majority of my time on auto-pilot.     It’s easy enough to do – we spend years in school or at university, studying for an imagined future, building and striving towards a picture that does not yet exist.   And if you are.. Read More

Mindfulness Workshop at the National Conference of Australian Counselling Association

I had the privilege to present a 90 minute Mindfulness Workshop, which was well attended. The workshop looked at the theory and practice of mindfulness including the theory of the mind. It provided useful tools and techniques for the therapists to incorporate mindfulness in their practice and ended with a 15 minute guided meditation. The 2016 Australian Counselling Association, National Conference was held between 23rd-25th of September, at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in.. Read More

Reflections of 2015 – Conscious Beginnings

Wow, what a year it has been! I don’t know you, but for me 2015 passed with great speed and intensity. In this post, I will reflect on the past 12 months and share the main events for Conscious Beginnings. The Science of Happiness It all started with signing up for the Science of Happiness course offered by the UC Berkeley. It is an online course that looked at how we can improve.. Read More

The Science of Happiness

Happiness

Currently, I am participating in an online course on the Science of Happiness organised by University of California, Berkeley. In the next couple of articles, I will share some of the teachings and latest scientific findings that can help us to live a happier life. Who doesn’t want to be happy? I believe, we all wish that one day we will achieve this state of pure joy and happiness and never turn back… Read More

Mindfulness through Vipassana Meditation

There are many ways to cultivate mindfulness in our lives. In this article, I will discuss about an ancient meditation method which was used by Buddha. My first introduction to this mindfulness meditation was more than 8 years ago and it has definitely changed my life. At the time, I was depressed and confused about my direction in life. Nothing really made sense. I was going through very difficult times and didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

After a 10 day retreat in Switzerland, I saw the world from a different perspective and made some drastic changes such as starting a new (more…)