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Life Lesson #7 – Transcendence Through Music

Music is amazing.   There’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a song that moves you so much that you feel more connected to yourself and to the world.  Today I’d like to discuss the impact music has had for me over the course of my life.   It’s been an interesting journey…     From Metal…   As a teenager, you could often find me at The Arena in Brisbane.  This live.. Read More

How to Offer Assertiveness

  Communication is hard.  It’s particularly hard when you are caught up in difficult emotions.  Often, when we feel hurt, misunderstood, or angry, communication breaks down.  This entry will discuss how to offer assertiveness to those in your life, and why it’s important to do so.   What Even is Assertiveness?   Assertiveness, according to the Better Health website is the ability to communicate your thoughts and feelings, verbally and non-verbally, to another,.. Read More

Life Lesson #6 – Concentration (and Video Games)

Today’s Life Lesson involves video games.   I can already hear some of you asking – what lesson could I possibly have learnt from video games?  Well, it’s a very important lesson actually – one involving concentration and focus.   A History Unfocused   I have never excelled at focusing on a single task.  As a child, my attention would flit from topic to topic.  I would get distracted and sidetracked easily, and.. Read More

Putting off Procrastination

  Procrastination is something we all grapple with from time to time.  It can be a mild inconvenience or it can cripple us for weeks at a time.  Let’s spend some time exploring procrastination a little, and see if we can’t come up with a plan for how to overcome it when it strikes.   A History of Putting it Off   I’ll do it tomorrow.   No sentence has been uttered more.. Read More

What I Learnt in 2017

With the dawn of a new year, it’s always nice to reflect on what we have accomplished in the last 12 months.  What went wrong, what went right; what I learnt in 2017.   I can’t remember a year quite as challenging and humbling as the one so recently past.  I would be so bold as to say that it was the best and worst year of my life.   First, I Learnt.. Read More

Life Lesson #4 – Vipassana

Returning from my 10-day vipassana retreat, it feels strange and foreign to type on a keyboard and process words on the screen. My aim for this post is to share what I can about my experience with this beautiful method of self-discovery.   What is Vipassana?   Vipassana is a 10 day meditation retreat. You take yourself away from society, normally to a beautiful natural environment, and agree to get up at 4am.. Read More

Life Lesson # 3 – Relax!

  Relax, slow down, smell the roses, breathe, chill out.   We often find these challenging.  But why?   Why can’t we just sit on our own in silence and feel relaxed?     Time-wasting   As a teenager, I did everything I could to avoid work or deciding on my future.  I dropped out of high school to pursue video gaming and binge drinking.   Everything I was doing was in search.. Read More

The Gratitude Jar

Hello! This week I would like to talk about gratitude.  And when we talk about gratitude, I have to mention my jar.   “I keep a gratitude jar” is not a sentence I ever thought I would use.     A Journey Towards Becoming Grateful   I started the practice recently, maybe three or four months ago.  Every Friday, after work, I write a new entry on a piece of scrap paper, fold.. Read More

Life Lesson #2 – Travel

Often, when we travel – particularly as Australians – we fling ourselves across the seas.  We visit Asia, Europe, and the Americas in search of new experiences, and to sink our teeth into the culture of a foreign land. Mindfulness plays an important role in travel, but often, still, we end up on autopilot.   Mountains of Mindlessness   I travelled a lot growing up.  It didn’t feel like much at the time,.. Read More

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