The Therapy of Simple Living

Over the last several months I have been embracing simple living as a way of coping with stressors and issues in my life. I am learning to consume less, to spend less, and to become more self sufficient, and in the process I am gaining more control over my life. Like anything I practice that…

Whale Song – Experiential Meditation

It sounds incredibly corny but there are times when – if you allow yourself to pay close attention, you can feel your life and intentions and understanding shifting in the moment. Sometimes it is just a subtle shift, a feeling like the wind changing direction, and other times it just slaps you across the face….

The Goal of Kindness

While I believe that setting SMART goals can be beneficial sometimes, I think we can forget our true selves in the process. Often when I am working with mental health consumers they complain of ‘goal fatigue’. It seems every new service, clinician and doctor they see insists that they set more goals. This insistence can…

The Home Stretch – Building a simple daily yoga practice

In January, as part of my new year overhaul, I decided to start practicing yoga. While I have tried yoga in the past, the pros of practice were always quickly outweighed by the cons and I’d quit as quickly as I’d started. My own personal list of yoga cons included: Being around too many ‘yogis’…

Setting and Reflecting on Goals

Creating exciting and achievable small term goals can make all the difference for long term success, especially when the process includes reflection, celebration and re-evaluation.

Reluctant Enlightenment

Meditation I have always been resistant to meditation. One reason for this is the overarching insistence that it is the ultimate modern panacea. Being goaded into breathing exercises and beach visualisation at conferences, training days and team meetings is enough to put one off the practice. I’m sorry but instant coffee and trans-fatty packaged pastries…

Living the Anxious Life

The other day a friend texted me asking if I had any idea how to reduce anxiety without using prescribed or self-medication. People often ask me for recommendations about anxiety reduction, not because I work in mental health but because I have been vocally living with anxiety for the better half of my life. While…