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hand draws brain signThis blog arrived in my email today.

I was struck by its profound simplicity and by it’s practically as a useful tool to develop appreciation, gratitude and mindfulness.

What do you think?

A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain

By ELISHA GOLDSTEIN, PH.D.

“TAKE A MOMENT to look around. Where is the good in this moment? Look inside and out. What’s the good within you, what’s the good outside of you?

The gifts of life are truly here; we just need to come to our senses from time to time to notice them.”

Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind

The fact is our brains aren’t wired to be happy; they’re wired to keep us safe. That’s why left to its own devices the brain isn’t going to be aware of all the good that is around.

There are many writers, psychologists and mindfulness teachers who speak about the essence of our true nature being good, being happy, and being compassionate.

However, this only comes when we feel safe and secure.

Our brain is often times not in a state of feeling safe and secure and is more often on the lookout for what’s a potential danger around us. This is what’s been called the brain’s automatic negativity bias. In other words, we’re far more likely to pay attention to what’s not good than to what’s good. This is especially prevalent if you’ve ever struggled with anxiety, depression or any trauma.

But there’s good news:

The good news is that we also know what we practice and repeat in life starts to become automatic. In neuroscience lingo, that is the basis behind neuroplasticity – the ability to wire our brains with our attention and behaviors.

This can be a very simple practice as suggested above to just pause from time to time and ask yourself, “What is good right now?” or perhaps you can even ask yourself, “What do I love?”

At times the answers may come easy and at other times you may yourself reaching for something that’s good. There may be even times when you notice resistance to this practice, judgments around it or a sense of vulnerability arising in combination with the answers.

This is your brain’s way of guarding against vulnerability. In other words, if you feel good you’re at risk for a greater let down if something bad happens. Researcher Brene Brown calls this “Foreboding Joy” and it’s more common than we think. When you notice this resistance, remind yourself it’s okay to be aware of the good and see if you can refocus on it for a moment.

For the good of your brain and your life, give this simple practice a shot. Treat it like an experiment and see what you notice. Allow your experience to be your teacher.

These are the sorts of things we will be exploring and practicing on the Meditate for life workshops we are running over the next few months.   For more information go to the Meditate for Life Webpage: http://www.questforlife.com.au/meditation-program

All the best

StJohn Miall

StJohn Miall

StJohn Miall

StJohn Miall is the co-founder of Keep Evolving, an organisation the facilitates Leadership and Personal Development Programs that has it’s focus on the development of Wisdom, authentic Power and Compassion.  His focus is on the design and delivery of programs to both the corporate sector and the general public with particular focus on deeper, developmental work, supporting the ongoing building of emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, coaching, leadership and personal development.

StJohn is an expert guide in the gentle practice of Meditation and its use by those wishing to explore their own inner landscape.

With over 25 years of training experience, StJohn has a wealth of experience to call on both in the design and delivery of transformational programs. He is known for his easy style and ability to make the complex simple and easy to grasp.

Along with his wife Alexia, he facilitates ’Meditate for Life’ and eight week program run in Sydney to learn all about meditation and how to establish a regular meditation practice.   StJohn and Alexia also Facilitate the ‘Take a Stand for Life’residential program held at Bundanoon which is specifically for people looking to further develop their skills for a meaningful and fulfilling life.  

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If you only have the time to do one practice, then Meditation is the one to choose

If you only have the time to do one practice, then Meditation is the one to choose

Meditation has been an important part of my life since 1980.  I have found myself thinking and saying over the years, “I don’t know how I would have got through (the day/the week/the year/the incident etc)  without Meditation”.  When I am too busy to Meditate, I make the effort to find the time, and then am amazed at how much I achieve during my day.  Meditation has helped me to find that still place inside,  even when everything is chaotic around me.  I have found the value many times over of the practice of Meditation in my life, and know the benefits of finding the time to practice regularly.

I am convinced, if you only have the time to do one practice, then Meditation is the one to choose.

If you are thinking about learning to meditate OR wanting to kickstart your practice, then check out the Quest website for the upcoming Meditation programmes in Caringbah, the Central Coast and Crows Nest.


Meditation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about a variety of mental disciplines used to induce specific modes or states of consciousness.  

Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit[1] or as an end in itself.[2]

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qikiprana, etc.) and develop compassion,[3] love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration[4] single-pointed analysis,[5] meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure,[6] depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way – for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state — such as anger, hatred, etc. — or cultivating particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term “meditation” can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.[7] Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.”[8] In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.[9]

Alexia Miall

Alexia Miall

Alexia Miall

Alexia’s career began in banking and then moved via advertising to a major career change in 1980 to Adult and Transformational Education.  She has been privileged to share this incredible journey with 1000’s of like minded souls through her extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, life coach, therapist, and mentor.  She managed her own training company in Victoria during the 1990’s, and during this time was the Course Leader for a training program from which the Banksia Environmental Foundation formed.

Alexia has acquired further education in Adult Education in Training; Somatic Psychotherapy; Life Coaching; Conflict Resolution; plus Accreditation in many behavioural and culture change models. She is an Associate of EcoSTEPS, a niche Sustainability consultancy, which supports her love of the natural environment.

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The better response will become your new default reaction

Keep a journal of your triggers

The five-step process below came into my computer’s inbox today, and I believe it is beneficial to be reminded that we do have the power to make different choices around our ‘habits’.

Meditation/mindfulness is a wonderful tool to support us on this journey.

Five Key Steps to Habit Change

Tara Bennett-Goleman’s new book, Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-defeating Emotional Habits, explains the neuroscience of habit change. She recommends mindfulness as a way to bring unconscious habits back into awareness where they can be changed. And she outlines a simple five-step process for making that change.

1) Familiarize yourself with the self-defeating habit. Get so you can recognize the routine as it starts, or begins to take over. This might be by noticing its typical thoughts or feelings, or how you start to act.  You can also follow Paul Ekman’s simple suggestion: keep a journal of your triggers.

2) Be mindful. Monitor your behavior –thoughts, feelings, actions – from a neutral, “witness” awareness.

3) Remember the alternatives – think of a better way to handle the situation.

4) Choose something better – e.g., what you say or do that would be helpful instead of self-defeating.

5) Do this at every naturally occurring opportunity.

Tara cites the neuroscience evidence that the more often you can repeat the new routine instead of the self-destructive one, the sooner it will replace the self-defeating habit in your basal ganglia. The better response will become your new default reaction.

Shared by Alexia Miall

Alexia is co-facilitating one of our Meditate for Life courses in Sydney commencing in August. These 8 week courses are conducted in a variety of locations. You can visit our website for all the details.

Alexia Miall

Alexia’s career began in banking and then moved via advertising to a major career change in 1980 to Adult and Transformational Education.  She has been privileged to share this incredible journey with 1000’s of like minded souls through her extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, life coach, therapist, and mentor.  She managed her own training company in Victoria during the 1990’s, and during this time was the Course Leader for a training program from which the Banksia Environmental Foundation formed.

Alexia has acquired further education in Adult Education in Training; Somatic Psychotherapy; Life Coaching; Conflict Resolution; plus Accreditation in many behavioural and culture change models. She is an Associate of EcoSTEPS, a niche Sustainability consultancy, which supports her love of the natural environment.

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meditation as a life skill for our youth

Meditation as a life skill for our youth

I recently introduced my 13 year old daughter to Petrea King’s meditation CD.  Emma has a short term memory problem which has made learning very challenging for her. She’s a talented artist and singer but struggles with learning in a school environment. Over the years we have spent thousands of dollars on learning support – speech therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology and more recently with counseling sessions with a child psychologist to help with her self-esteem. Both the primary and secondary schools she has attended have provided excellent learning support and have supported me, as her fiercely loyal advocate, with encouragement and advice along the way.

The greatest improvement and benefit however has come from her meditation sessions which she now initiates herself. She will head off to her bedroom after school, close the door and meditate to Petrea’s CD for 30 minutes. When she finishes her ability to articulate is so greatly enhanced that I am often left speechless. She is able to “slay” her brother at the dinner table with confident, insightful and humorous conversation that has previously evaded her. Meditation obviously clears her neural pathways to allow her memory to function normally. She is generally less anxious and has become more confident at school and in social situations since starting to meditate. She quickly recognized the considerable benefits gained from meditation and now considers it part of her life. She chooses when she wants to meditate which is generally three or four times per week. I can see it will eventually become a daily ritual for her which I know will support her well through the teenage challenges ahead.

No-one had ever suggested meditation as a support tool and it makes me wonder how this could benefit the hundreds of thousands of families out there dealing with learning difficulties and trying to navigate their way through a winding road, lurching from one solution to the next, often being confronted with issues of whether to medicate or not and being out of pocket thousands of dollars along the way.

So it has got me thinking about the broader benefits of meditation as a life skill for our youth. With so many issues impacting on our young people today, an increase in learning difficulties, a huge increase in youth mental health issues, eating disorders, body image issues, cyber bullying and the anxiety and stress they deal with preparing for their HSC. The fear of failure if they don’t get that high Atar score. If meditation was taught to our children as part of their PDHPE curriculum what impact would we see? A start to each school day that involves 30 minutes of meditation perhaps? Sounds like a worthwhile research project to me.

Vicki Miller
Guest blog

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Sitting Like a Mountain

Sitting Like a Mountain

One of the definitions of meditation is having a steady mind, and the aim of meditation is not to identify so closely with thoughts but rather, just to watch them come and go.  In daily life, you usually react to what is happening in the mind.  When you feel happy, you call a friend or write a poem; when you’re feeling down, you might pour a drink or turn on the television.  The discipline of meditation allows you to sit like a mountain with all kinds of weather passing overhead – storms, sun, wind, rain.  Nothing that is thrown up causes a great reaction; you are just aware of the passing weather.  The mountain remains firm and solid and steady, not rocked by the changes that happen all round.  Meditation allows everyone to develop such firmness and dignity.

The Meditation Year
Jane Hope

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Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Recently I was in a beautiful garden sitting with a dear friend asking her for her wisdom and guidance about an issue in my life.

This friend is a true and trusted loving presence in my life and I often consult with her. I have to say she has never given me bad counsel. As we sat, she said I needed to “take it easy and trust in life. Everything is taken care of”. She added you don’t need to worry… you are safe”… I breathed a sigh of relief and warmth filled my belly.

I stayed holding hands with this dear friend and I relaxed.

My soul filled with joy and peace.

Did you guess yet who my friend was?

Yes it was me… Like many of you, I love to unwind and rejuvenate to Petrea’s beautiful voice. One of my favourite CD’s is Zen Garden in which Petrea leads us into a garden so we can sit and talk with the higher part of ourselves – the wise and loving part who cares and knows our best answers. If you have wondered what this CD is all about, I can highly recommend it as a way to peace and connecting with the part of you that holds your highest wellbeing at heart and who always loves you during both challenging and good times…

Wishing you much ease and peace with your own special garden friend.

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Lots of love Margie

Note: We have a special on Zen Garden until 31st October – it is half price at $15 (including postage) – will make a great Christmas present! Click here to purchase.

Margie Braunstein

Margie is a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor providing psychotherapy services to the people of the Central Coast and Sydney.  Margie lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Over the last 12 years, Margie has also been engaged in the design, delivery and marketing of transformational learning programs. During this time she has regularly facilitated personal development programs for up to 50 people on weekend workshops, week-long intensives and advanced programs of 3-4 months.

Margie has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from UTS, Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and qualifications in somatic therapy, executive coaching and relationship counselling.

Margie has a passion for personal development and regards people with respect, empathy and compassion in the belief that while we all do the best we can, a little bit more kindness and care can lead to even greater peace and joy in life.

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Buddah

We live in a world that is changing rapidly and feels out of control.

There is an enormous amount of research happening about the brain, mind, and consciousness. Science knows a hundred times more today than it did in 1990 about what happens to the brain when we engage in contemplative practices like meditation.

This is great news for those who say “I can’t meditate”!

There is now good motivation to meditate because it actually changes our brain. The days of saying “Brain cells die as we age, the brain is fixed, you can’t change your mind, I am stuck in this thinking” is over. And here is why.

We now know that that the brain of people who regularly meditate becomes thicker. (not more stupid!) It becomes thicker in two major regions of the brain. One is the pre-frontal cortex, located right behind the forehead. It’s involved in deliberately paying attention to something.

The second brain area that gets bigger is the insula. The insula tracks both the interior state of the body and the feelings of other people, which is fundamental to empathy. So when we regularly meditate it helps us become more self aware and empathic.

Now that is motivation!

This is neuroplasticity in action which is really the idea that as the mind changes, the brain changes.

In the Buddhist tradition the mind takes the shape of whatever it rests upon – or more exactly, the brain takes the shape of whatever the mind rests upon. So if we are regularly thinking of regrets, resentments, quarrels with others, self reproach, and continually commenting of everything that isn’t working for us, it will change our brain in that direction, because the neurons that fire together wire together.

Conversely, if we think about those things that are going well, what we are grateful for, good connections we have with others, our positive qualities, what we have accomplished in our day, we are going to build neural pathways and circuits of positivity.

This is good news when we live in a world that is changing rapidly and feels out of control.

No matter what is going on “out there in the world” we can choose to stay more peaceful and calm by the regular practice of mindfulness or reflection or meditation or whatever we want to call it. The facts are in. When we meditate we change our brains and we change our lives.

If you haven’t started yet, today is a good day to commence changing your brain and your mind.

See Rick Hanson’s book The Buddha Brain.

www.RickHanson.net

 

Wendie Batho

Wendie Batho

Wendie Batho

Wendie has co-facilitated residential programs with Petrea for more than sixteen years. Prior to that Wendie spent over 25 years as a teacher, school principal and was involved in educational leadership and facilitation of school executive groups.

Ten years of this time was spent in PNG where she taught and worked for the government. Wendie has been travelling since the early sixties and is especially attracted to Asian cultures. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Theology and Political Science. Her current passions are her grandchildren, travel biographies, exploring Asia, 4×4 driving, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching movies on the big screen at home.

 

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Happy Contemplations

Happy Contemplations

Thank you to anyone who has joined me in the 30 day meditation challenge.   I’m feeling calmer and more joyous,  and more easily remembering I  am what observes, not what I observe.   I love having a community of virtual meditators to keep me company, thank you.

Some time ago I read an article by neuropsychologist, Rick Hanson.  It was an article from IONS (Institute of Noetic sciences) I can’t recall the exact reference, but it was about ‘contemplative neuroscience’ -the study of the changes in the brain when people meditate.

There was a recommended exercise which I offer here as it is another great practice for our contemplative toolkit.

  • Begin with awareness on the sensations of breathing. (Rick suggests that if focusing on breathing makes you uncomfortable in any way, then focus on sensations in another part of your body, your feet or hands).

Have a clear intention to really stay present with your chosen object of concentration.  You might affirm,” I am staying completely present’

  • Relax! Sigh, make some longer exhalations, relax the face, jaw.
  • Focus on feeling as safe as you possibly can. Recognise you are probably in a safe and comfortable place while practising this.  Also recall all those supports in your life, and your own strengths that enable you to deal with whatever life brings.  This helps us feel less guarded, less braced against life.
  • Open to feelings of simple well-being. Without straining or forcing anything, encourage gentle feelings of happiness and gratitude. Rick says, “For example, forests make me happy, and I am grateful for the smell of oranges. Whatever works for you, allow a sense of positive emotion to fill you. There may well be other feelings, even negative feelings; don’t resist them. Let them come and let them go, as you keep bringing your attention back to feeling as good as you can in the moment.”
  • Get a sense of your awareness being like boundless space. Notice that awareness has no edges, no bounds. In a sense, it is infinite, like the sky or space. In that vast space, different experiences come and go, and you now have a panoramic sense of experiences arising and passing in the vast space of your awareness. You have a kind of bird’s-eye view of thoughts, sensations, sounds, feelings, desires, memories, whatever, coming and going in boundless, open space. Feel free to enjoy whatever is worthwhile in whatever you’re feeling”.

Happy contemplating.     Let me know if you like this.

Love, Bernadette

Bernadette Arena

Bernadette Arena

Bernadette Arena

Bernadette has worked with the Quest for Life Foundation since early 2006 and is the Senior Facilitator on our residential programs.  Her work is treasured by our participants and our team. She has also been developing and refining a deep understanding of the use of appropriate yoga and meditation approaches for use in oncology and with serious illness.

Bernadette maintains close association with International Yoga Teachers Association and is a senior lecturer for their Teacher Training Course.  She has designed and delivered yoga teacher training courses for other organisations.  During 5 years in the UK she taught retreats, workshops and classes across the UK and in Europe and worked as a personal ‘lifestyle’ coach.  Bernadette brings a gentle and loving nature with insight and compassion borne out of her experience. She can assist a deeper connection with the body as a means to rejuvenate the spirit.

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if I could only find the right practice for me, my life would open up and I would find enlightenment

"if I could only find the right practice for me, my life would open up and I would find enlightenment"

I am constantly researching and wanting to simplify my ideas as I have spent years thinking that if I could only find the right practice for me, my life would open up and I would find enlightenment or at least a constant state of peace! Given all the people we talk to on our programs and in our lives, those ideals and similar ones have a lot of followers.

A lot of us are searching for the “right” path to peace. It goes something like this. “if I can only do this, THIS, THIS  and THIS, then THAT will happen.

I don’t know about you but life here on planet earth just doesn’t work like THAT at all.

In fact the opposite usually happens. It seems we all may be trying too hard to get it right.

So here are a few thoughts for your consideration from people who are meant to know something about meditation.

Buddhist meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield, says “When I meditate, I don’t really seek anything. I sit. I open myself. I don’t try to do anything. My life is my life and it’s not about changing it. That’s what meditation can do – it can help us find a great space of awareness that allows us to see the dance of life and participate in it without getting so caught up in it.”

What he is saying is that life is one circumstance after another in which to learn. It is the realisation that life is like this that gives us an opportunity to see life as not about success or failure but about experience that we can learn from. Jack Kornfield also says that in the ups and downs of life, there’s a place within us all that is still, wakeful, and compassionate. No matter what happens we can tune into that, rather than allow our mind to dominate the situation and take us in to negative territory.

He says that meditation empowers us to see things clearly and be gracious with the ever changing flow of life.

The message is that believing that if I follow this particular path I won’t suffer. It sets up an exam to try to get it right all the time.

What do you think and what is your experience here?

Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It says the first step in loving meditation is to kindle a genuine interest, a relaxed curiosity, about what you’ll find when you turn inside. Sally says to take the attitude of an explorer, meditating to discover the pathways into your own being. She encourages people to take a playful attitude toward their practice instead of being terribly serious about it all. In other words engage the sense of humour and explore our inner selves.

What I like about her approach is our practice needs to be one that helps us to touch into the experience of essence, the inner self, the field of clarity and presence in our heart.

With practice we can return to this place all the time and it becomes more real than our emotions. So our inner self becomes a refuge from our thoughts, emotions and everything really. We are not our minds, we are not our emotions, we are not our bodies, we are consciousness, energy, spirit, however we want to describe it. Having a lightness about our approach and giving ourselves permission to be playful really appeals to me.

Again, what are your responses to Sally Kempton?

Tami Simon from Sounds True says Sally’s book is the best she has read on meditation. And Tami started Sounds True and has listened and read everything on meditation

Finally, Eckhart Tolle, says on his website that “the realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are”.

Isn’t that a relief? To find out who we really are requires finding a practice that connects us with our inner being, whatever we want to call it.

Most of us who have followed Eckhart know that the Tolle view of meditation and its ultimate essence is realising the precious spaciousness that is available in every moment.

Tolle says to be really here now requires practice, like any other skill worth learning. Meditation deepens the realisation of our essential nature – the unified consciousness that lives in all things. Meditation gives us freedom from the illusion of separation from the outside world.

The challenge of our time is to reconcile the inner movement towards stillness and being, and the outer toward action and doing.

What he is saying seems to be saying is the universe not only wants outward movement, but it also wants inward movement – the return movement to the One. Every human being also embodies these two movements. It seems that we are torn sometimes between the outward movement into form, and the inward movement to the source where it all started. The Source was never really lost, it is because it is timeless, and it is within us. We feel drawn back to that, and that is the pull toward spirituality, peace, stillness.

Not one or other is right or wrong. It’s only perhaps if we totally lose ourselves in one or the other. Perhaps this is the challenge, to reconcile the two movements, rather than to have them be separate.

I don’t know about you, but I can find something in all three perspectives.

The challenge for all of us is to find what works for us and just practice.

Wendie Batho

Wendie Batho

Wendie Batho


Wendie has co-facilitated residential programs with Petrea for more than sixteen years. Prior to that Wendie spent over 25 years as a teacher, school principal and was involved in educational leadership and facilitation of school executive groups.

Ten years of this time was spent in PNG where she taught and worked for the government. Wendie has been travelling since the early sixties and is especially attracted to Asian cultures. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Theology and Political Science. Her current passions are her grandchildren, travel biographies, exploring Asia, 4×4 driving, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching movies on the big screen at home.


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Just Choose to!

Just Choose to!

This morning I was at the clothes line with a full basket of my daughter’s wet washing.  I noticed that she was inside watching reruns of ‘How I met your mother’. Next I noticed that the basket seemed to contain every single sock, pair of undies and top with the one sleeve the wrong way out that she owns. I envisaged at least 20 minutes getting it all on the line… and I began to feel resentful. Very resentful.

My mind was going over and over how inconsiderate teenagers are, how hard I work, how little time I have… get the picture? Busy mind caught up in resentment thinking going around and around and around.

At that moment I stopped and somehow I managed to pluck a tiny piece of awareness out of my overworked and resentful brain and I said to myself … “just choose to do it”.

Wow! Like a whack to the head and in an instant, it was like someone turned on the sound!

Birds whizzed past singing, chirping, squawking and generally communicating loudly and joyously with each other in the trees above me and in the distant bush. “Did they just arrive?” I asked myself. I could hear traffic in the distance, smell the clean washing, I noticed my gorgeous puppy at my feet.

I realised that in the moment I chose to be there and I took my attention away from the busy, busy mad monkey mind and arrived in the moment, my attention immediately went to my senses. I noticed and heard the wildlife, felt the cold, wet fabric and smelled the fragrant, native bush. I could feel my fingertips! Plus I was unexpectedly and gratefully filled with inner joy.

I got to thinking …“What else might I choose”?

There are so many things that seem ‘un-choosable’ but I am going to challenge myself to ask the question more often and especially if I notice resentment creeping in.

Have you had any success or insights with this question? I would love to hear your experiences. Until then, wishing you all many happy ‘hanging the washing out’ moments like mine…

Love

Margie

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie is a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor providing psychotherapy services to the people of the Central Coast and Sydney.  Margie lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Over the last 12 years, Margie has also been engaged in the design, delivery and marketing of transformational learning programs. During this time she has regularly facilitated personal development programs for up to 50 people on weekend workshops, week-long intensives and advanced programs of 3-4 months.

Margie has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from UTS, Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and qualifications in somatic therapy, executive coaching and relationship counselling.

Margie has a passion for personal development and regards people with respect, empathy and compassion in the belief that while we all do the best we can, a little bit more kindness and care can lead to even greater peace and joy in life.

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