Attending the lovely Kylie Lewis (Of Kin) and Belinda Langler’s (The Inkling Effect) Content Kin Workshop recently, an accessible and heart filled introduction to navigating the intimidating (for me anyway!) world of social media as a small business, was a real highlight of my year. [Read more…]
Archives for 2014
A number of years ago now I came across the most beautiful short video about gratitude narrated by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and author. It is only a few minutes long, however by the time I had finished watching it, much to my surprise, I felt quite emotional. [Read more…]
I was completely enamoured by my first ever yoga class, which I stumbled upon one hot summer’s day the year I left school. I was captivated by the whole thing – the teacher, who couldn’t have been more welcoming; the yoga poses which, even though they were unlike anything I had done before, I relished; the burning incense and the mysterious ‘OM’ that was chanted at the end of class. [Read more…]
I once asked Kate James of Total Balance if she could tell me the best piece of advice she has ever been given. Her response was – “Be authentic. There is only one version of you and all you ever need to be is that person”. The beauty and apparent simplicity of this statement really struck me. While being the one true version of our self should, logically, be the most natural thing in the world, it seems it can also be one of life’s greatest challenges. [Read more…]
Waking each morning provides us with an excellent opportunity to start the day with mindfulness. Simply pausing and taking a few deep breathes during the transition from sleep to wakefulness can make a huge difference to the way your day plays out. [Read more…]
With my next 6 week ‘Learn to Meditate’ course having just started, I have been thinking once again about how best to encourage the development of a regular home meditation practice. As with the development of any new skill, a commitment to regular practice is essential. I am, however, all too aware of the potential for meditation to become yet another thing we can use to beat ourselves up with if we’re not practising as regularly as we’d like or think we ‘should’.
Last month I was lucky enough to fulfil a long held dream of experiencing Australia’s red centre. I’ve always wanted to go to the outback but somehow I’ve never quite been able to work out how to do it. I knew I didn’t particularly want to join a commercial tour and while I love the idea of organising my own outback adventure it has, thus far, eluded me. So, having followed the work of Ian Gawler for a long time, when I heard about his ‘Meditation in the Desert’ retreat and add on tour I was in! [Read more…]
Today I discuss bringing awareness to the short space between the in and out breath during meditation and the experience of deep stillness to be found in this moment. I found this enormously helpful when I was learning to meditate and it’s something I still enjoy bringing my awareness to. I hope you will find it helpful also.