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Why meditate?

Why meditate? In a world that keeps turning at an ever-increasing pace, it feels essential to find a still point and experience our natural state of calm and peace. Current research, evidence-based guidelines and more, now advocate that you meditate regularly, as a...

How to heal your emotions

‘Your issues are in your tissues’.  I like these words! I find them comforting. They were kindly spoken to me during my first yoga teacher training. My emotions were bubbling over and I was having a deeply heartfelt cry – nothing else was possible in...

Be-come your own best friend

I LOVE my friends! I LOVE knowing they are out there, even when I don’t see them. I SO enjoy creating gifts of kindness for them, and being there during the good and the tough times. But is this simply a smoke screen… do I regularly give myself all this care and...

Get rid of unhelpful thoughts

Last Saturday night (no not at the pub!) I sat preparing my mind and my intention for a havan (fire ceremony) at Satyananda ashram, which is situated deep within the Wombat State forest.  I observed the accumulation of thoughts in my head from the previous week (and...

Manage your mind for ‘good’…

An early swim this morning with a friend in a rather cool, no-frills public pool had me reflecting.. it’s not only sitting on a meditation cushion that enables my mind to focus on the ‘good’. After all, I’d just set an alarm early on a public...

Inner homelessness

‘We meditate to come home…so many of us have a feeling of inner home-lessness’. Dr Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and researcher This fascinating interview with Rick as part of the Mindful in May challenge, highlighted the disconnect that many of us...