Sitting in discomfort

Perth’s temperature hit 44.4° C yesterday (111.92° F). I work from a home office and we don’t have air conditioning in our house. I have a pedestal fan I can put in my office and a spray bottle I fill with water. It was uncomfortable – no denying it. As happens with such temperature, my … Read more

Dropping the “story”

Between Christmas and New Year I did a flying visit to Thailand to be at the wedding of Ginger and Laetitia who live in a village outside Mae Rim. It was a beautiful wedding with friends and family from many countries present. I also went to spend time with Ouyporn Khuankaew – a feminist, activist, … Read more

Getting through the silly season sanely

Most of us feel the pressure of this time of the year – more events, parties, drinking, food – less time. Here’s a reminder of some things to help keep us sane during this time: take regular 3-minute breathing spaces – bringing attention into the body… feeling the physical sensations present… connecting with the breath… … Read more

Mindfulness and religion…

Mindfulness is not about religion. Or is it? Look at what Abraham Lincoln and the Dalai Lama say about their religion: Abraham Lincoln: “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad… that’s my religion” The Dalai Lama: “My religion is religion is kindness” Mindfulness involves heartfulness: kindness we … Read more

Old friends and new

With gratitude to Bernadette Brady for capturing week of celebration for our Associate Anne Courtney Gathered at a table, We women of a certain age Have come together Through threads of circumstance and friendship In each life of half a century or so there are tales words, wounds, paths taken-and not… There have been moments … Read more