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With candlelight multitasking ceases to be an option

With candlelight multitasking ceases to be an option

Last night during the big storm we had a blackout for a couple of hours. As I went around the house finding matches and lighting candles, I noticed how quiet and still the house and the neighbourhood was in the dark and the rain.

I was reminded of Bernadette talking about preparing for the nighttime with a quiet ritual as we would have done in days before electricity. I imagined myself there.

There was only one thing to do at a time, you can’t see very far with candlelight so multitasking ceases to be an option! As I prepared the dinner by candlelight, I was able to be more mindful, listen to the wind, think quiet thoughts and enjoy the task at hand  (which is not how I usually feel about cooking).

I noticed a place in my awareness that seems to be always on alert, listening for the phone, hearing the tv or radio, thinking of an email needing to be sent.

I noticed a different pace in my movements as I needed to be more careful about where I was walking and placing objects and holding the candle at the same time.

I made a cup of tea and then sat down by the gas fire as there was nothing else to do. There I was, just sitting and being receptive, when my son came home and needed to talk, again, a peaceful moment presented itself to be enjoyed.

I am taking some inspiration from this unexpected experience and quietly looking forward to the next blackout!

Aurora Hammond

Aurora Hammond

Aurora Hammond
M.A. Psych, B.A.Soc Stud.,Cert IV Workplace Training

Aurora Hammond has been a social worker, psychotherapist, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. She completed a Masters Degree in Holistic Psychology in the US in 1984 and was the founder and CEO of the College of Holistic Counselling for over 15 years.

She is the author of the book Good Grief, Healing the Broken Heart and the Pool Meditation CD.  Now working in private practice as a Medicare registered mental health social worker Aurora describes her way of working as holistic psychotherapy. She lives in Manly with her 24 year old son who has Aspergers Syndrome.

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Nothing like a week at Quest to inspire a blog!!

I have just been sent this beautiful composition on love and peace that I think everyone will enjoy:  http://positivepause.com/en

Our first and true nature of LOVE was very present in our hearts and minds last week at our Healing Your Life Program as we explored the ways in which we can be love in our lives.

I find the hardest part of being love is to be loving to myself.

I just don’t seem to have an ‘enough’ button i.e. ‘I have done enough for today, my body and mind are tired, I need to rest.’

There is always something else being flung into my mind to remember to do and then, before I know it, I am up and doing. Seemingly without conscious thought, now that’s a well worn neural pathway!! That’s a super highway, that doesn’t even bother to check in with me any more whether it’s ok to go there!

I find the process of challenging those thoughts and beliefs always inspires a feeling of guilt in me, and it is such a challenge to say to myself: “there I am in the ‘guilt room’, what a habit!” rather than believing that I have done something terribly wrong and the sky will fall in if I don’t do something about it now!

This is really at the heart of so much dis-ease, and some would even call it a busyness addiction as it has all the distorted thinking we find in other addictive processes.

So, coming back to love, getting my self to the ‘love room’ out of the ‘guilt room’ is an unknown pathway and usually requires some stepping back and doing some relaxation or meditation to make room for the incredible idea that I am not always doing something wrong!

I have just been down to the beach this morning, taking my dogs for a walk, before writing this, so that’s progress!

Cheers,

Aurora

Aurora Hammond has been a social worker, psychotherapist, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. She completed a Masters Degree in Holistic Psychology in the US in 1984 and was the founder and CEO of the College of Holistic Counselling for over 15 years.

She is the author of the book Good Grief, Healing the Broken Heart and the Pool Meditation CD.  Now working in private practice as a Medicare registered mental health social worker Aurora describes her way of working as holistic psychotherapy. She lives in Manly with her 24 year old son who has Aspergers Syndrome.

Aurora is joining our team as facilitator and counsellor and brings with her a wealth of experience and commitment to the principles of Quest.

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