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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

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 #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

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

Relationship between Social Connections and Happiness

We are social beings. No matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert; we all have the need to connect with others. We are born in families, live in communities and help each other to overcome obstacles. According to the Science of Happiness course by UC Berkeley, we are “ultrasocial” beings who not only care for our own offspring but also for others in need through empathy, generosity, and cooperation. In this.. Read More

Tips for a Happy Relationship!

Maintaining a healthy relationship can be difficult at times. I surely had enough ups and downs in my relationship with my wife to provide some firsthand suggestions but let’s take a look at some of the latest research in the field. What is the secret of a happy marriage or a relationship? In their famous study of “the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”, Gottman and Levenson have documented that four specific behaviours in.. Read More