The Gift of Presence

Humans need each other. The biologists say that human beings are one of the most social of species. We cooperate, support, share, empathise and look after individuals who are unable to look after themselves. Care and empathy are hard-wired into the human psyche. Several years of altruistic behaviour are required to ensure the survival of … Read more

How does Awe support well-being?

What might be the relationship between awe and mindfulness and well-being? Mindfulness is a quality of the human mind experienced by everyone reading this article. We may not call it “mindfulness,” and it may be fleeting rather than continuous, but we all have moments of being completely present with our immediate experience, without the usual … Read more

Bringing mindfulness to eating

Eating is such a basic part of life. It can bring us joy, pleasure and connection. It can also bring angst, shame and distress. Our early ancestors evolved in times of scarcity and under harsh conditions. Getting enough calories to survive was much more challenging than driving to the local Macca’s. As a result, we … Read more

Acceptance: Remembering the Serenity Prayer

Much of my working life has been dedicated to responding to injustice – different forms of oppression and discrimination. As the disability discrimination solicitor in Western Australia I took action to support clients with a disability to enjoy the same access and opportunities that I had. As a volunteer in Guatemala, I worked on literacy … Read more