The practice of relating well

With social pressure (and personal desire) to achieve, to be informed, to look good, to have answers, etc, much of the time our attention moves outwards and forwards (into the future). We seek out resources (materials, information, status) and anticipate potential problems. We do this intentionally, and it also happens in habitual ways, outside of … Read more

Relating to the natural world

Recently I was talking to some friends in England who are thinking of visiting Western Australia. They are interested in visiting Exmouth/Ningaloo Reef and we were talking about the vast distances between places in Australia. My friends are familiar with English landscapes where they can easily walk from village to village and find a pub, … Read more

Mindfulness and the planet

“Could you please put the bread in a paper bag and not a plastic bag?” The local bakery I go to has both paper and plastic available, but their default is to use the plastic bag. If I am caught up in my thoughts rather than present and aware, I end up with another plastic … Read more

The judgemental mind

If you stand back and observe your thoughts during an average day, most of us will see a fair share of self-judgement, as well as judgement of others. Our minds can be pretty quick to form conclusions of something (or someone) as good/bad, right/wrong etc. “He’s annoying!” or “This will never work out!” for example. … Read more