Why acknowledge Country?

I like to open all my classes with an acknowledgement of Country. Why? As a non-indigenous Australian, I am aware of the history of our country. I cannot deny that the foundation of our present day culture is based upon a history of oppression, dismissal and denial of the first people of this continent. It is a history of violence and trauma and everyone of us is impacted by this today. The threads of that original oppression are woven into the fabric of our culture today. Of course, what happened can’t be changed, we can’t wind back the clock. But, [...]

By |2022-08-06T13:00:35+10:006 August 2022|

Learning to Meditate

Sam Harris (of Waking Up, the book and app fame) says, and I’m paraphrasing, that there really isn’t any separation between your meditation practice and the rest of your life. But, that you do have to learn how to meditate first. You’re not going to learn how to meditate hang-gliding, playing soccer or rock climbing. However, once you’ve learned how to meditate you can take those skills into all of those things. In fact, into every thing. So, what is it that we’re learning to do when we’re meditating? We are working with our mind to shift the scales so [...]

By |2022-03-05T15:51:11+11:005 March 2022|

When opinions separate

Peace, love and oneness – that’s my daily mantra. Boy, is that hard to live during these times of global pandemic! I fundamentally believe in equality. It is an absolute for me. Irrespective of status, wealth, health, gender, sexuality, race, culture, ability, age, body shape and size – we all fundamentally have equal worth. I know that’s not how the world operates. So, I’m used to feeling ‘on the outside’. I don’t buy into dominant narratives easily, and in fact, I’ve spent a great deal of my life disentangling myself from them. I’m going to talk about the dreaded vaccination [...]

By |2022-02-03T13:55:43+11:003 February 2022|

Living in the present moment

A lot is said in mindfulness circles about living in the present moment. I think the concept could use some consideration and exploration. Sometimes I notice when I’m doing something that isn’t engaging me in the way I think it should be, or that I would like it to, that I’m distracted, day dreaming. It’s good that I’m noticing right? I’m recognising that my immediate presence is being crowded out by random memories, thoughts, flotsam and jetsam. And, I feel a little guilty. Warts and all I’m not sure that’s helpful. The guilt I mean. Being distracted, daydreaming is part [...]

By |2022-01-05T15:34:33+11:005 January 2022|

Competition, Comparison and Success

I notice that when I observe others who have achieved amazing things in their lives, that I have a great tendency to compare myself to them. Which, inevitably leaves me drowning in a mire of inadequacy. The truism ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ is confirmed. And yet, I seem to fall into this tendency very naturally. Of course, it is natural for us to compare, to help us make sense of our position in the world, to identify our strengths and weaknesses, to define ourselves. But when I notice that my mood is affected, I know I need some [...]

By |2021-10-29T15:10:32+11:0029 October 2021|

Navigating Mystery with integrity

  There is mystery in our lives. Where do we come from? Where do we go? Somehow, we all need to find a way to navigate this. This is mostly the business of religion. For many of us though, and in some stages of life, we become so identified with our role/s that there simply isn’t any time or space to contemplate the before and beyond. These questions only erupting to the surface at times of tragedy and loss. Religion I have been attracted to religion; the reverence, the sacredness. But never have I been able to slip into what [...]

By |2021-10-03T06:59:46+11:003 October 2021|

Reconciliation

There was a time when we knew ourselves as nature. We understood ourselves as connected to the earth, the sky, the birds, the trees. We understood, we respected the sacredness of our part in the magnificence of the life we found ourselves in. I feel that ancient connection. There is something in me that knows. A wordless knowing. Not mine alone. I am ancient, and modern. To survive I must perform. Follow the rules. Fit in. Get that job. As if, that were the only way I can know my worth, my acceptability. A superimposed identity of who I am, [...]

By |2021-08-26T12:07:51+10:0026 August 2021|