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Life Lessons #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

Does Money Bring Happiness?

In this article, we will go beyond the proven facts that exercise, good sleep patterns and achievements contribute to our happiness. We will look at the scientific research to understand effective ways of cultivating happiness and challenge the myth “money brings happiness”. What makes us happy? When we identify happiness as pleasure or having our needs met, we end up in a vicious circle. Many of us, especially in the Western societies, associate.. Read More

FREE Mindfulness Workshop

Date and Time: Every Tuesday, from 6.30 to 7.30pm Location: West End Natural Therapies Centre, 11a Sussex Street, West End. Join the weekly FREE Mindfulness Workshops in West End to learn about mindfulness and train your mind to stay in the present moment through guided meditation. Have you ever noticed when you are doing quite familiar and repetitive tasks, like driving your car, washing dishes, or even eating, your mind is often miles.. 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…)