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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

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

Life Lesson #5 – Shame

It’s that feeling you get when you just don’t measure up.  That cold, dark sensation that washes over you when you fall down on a responsibility.  This is shame.     Shame affects all of us differently.  For some, it’s a minor inconvenience that arises at the worst of times.  For others, it’s a constant battle, each day a minefield of triggers and obstacles that cause feelings of unworthiness.   I want to.. 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

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 Little Kindness

Showing others kindness is, in my humble opinion, one of the most gratifying and fulfilling things you can do.  It generally costs little more than effort, and it can honest change lives.  We often take small gestures of kindness for granted.   Remembering Kindness   I grew up with disability in the household.  My mother had Multiple Sclerosis, and passed away just over 10 years ago.  When I was 10 or 11, she.. Read More

Mindfulness Retreat in Nature

Mindfulness

Why mindfulness in nature? Is practicing mindfulness is nature any different than meditating in the city? I believe being in nature makes it easier to connect with ourselves and be present with what is happening in the moment. I had the great pleasure to facilitate the first ever 1-day mindfulness retreat for Conscious Beginnings on Sunday, 27th of November 2016. “Rest you mind and connect with nature” was the theme of this rejuvenating.. 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