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The river of kindness rises to the surface of our lives

The river of kindness rises to the
surface of our lives

“When we let things be as they are
The river of kindness rises to the
surface of our lives.
One sip and the spirit is renewed…
Drink again.
Drink deeply.
That water will flow in your veins.
And you will become fearless…
Free to care about others
The way you care about your
hands and feet.”

Krishna Das

I believe the simplicity of this poem is what makes it so beautiful.

Choose to read it a number of times, and I am sure you will find something extra each time you read it, as I have.

Enjoy your day, enjoy your life, enjoy your family and friends, enjoy all that life chooses to share with you.

Shared by 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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Haiku Poetry

I find Haiku fascinating, endlessly inscrutable, words flowing smoothly from the quill.  Sometimes I attempt Haiku, yet it never seems as ‘simple’ as the Haiku masters’ attempts.

Words flowing smoothly from the quill

Words flowing smoothly from the quill

Following are some Haiku poems for you to ponder and hopefully enjoy.

“What’s the butterfly

dreaming

as it moves its wings so?”

Chiyojo

“Through the mist

I can just see

a waterwheel.”

Uejima Onitsura

“Hazy morning

as in a painting of a dream,

the people passing.”

Buson

Alexia Miall

Alexia Miall

Shared by 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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I came across this poem the other day and it reminded me of all the amazing carers I have had the pleasure of meeting at Quest for Life both at the centre and out in the community and I thought I would share it with you all.

We care because we love.

We love because we care,

It’s as natural as breathing in freshest Air.

To love, hope and strive and continue to care.

 

This circle of caring, life, love and hope.

That’s what helps us continue and aids us to cope.

There’s another circle, it’s hopeless and bleak, a black hole.

It pulls down Carers, and so saddens their soul.

 

Some support is needed to help Carers through.

Please make sure they get it, it’s all up to you.

We can help with support and speak our mind.

For one day as Carers ourselves we may find.

By Maz

I thank each of you for opening my eyes to the all the joys of caring and all the challenges of caring. Apart from the love you demonstrate 24/7; you personally save our economy many, many millions of dollars each year by caring for loved ones at home.

You also hold the responsibility of another’s life (sometimes for your entire adult life) so graciously. You do this even when you feel tired, are being called names by those you love (and who have no capacity for self-control), are changing an adult child’s nappy or getting up ten times a night every night to take him or her back to bed. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

For many of you, respite is a far off dream. At Quest, we offer carers some time out and practical strategies for inner peace. We invite you to attend one of our programs and we promise there will be no dishes to wash, no laundry to hang plus you will be fed magnificently and be well cared for. You may even enjoy some apple crumble with custard (made by someone else of course)!

So I salute you one and all for what you do for me and for all of us as you devote your lives to the care of those who need it most. Your courage is inspiring and your wellbeing is so important. So, who takes care of the carer? Well Quest for Life does. We offer support and care for you… because …YOU DESERVE IT!

Much love to all

Margie

We recently held a webinar for carers and the recording is here under Previous Webinars. Petrea King and Dr Timothy Sharp (The Happiness Institute) are conducting a 1 day workshop: Who Cares for the Carer? in Sydney in March. All the details are on our website.

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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Button

... a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do.

A line from a poem came to me this morning:

“before you know what kindness is, you must lose things….”

Hmmm. I rolled it around in my mind for a while, contemplating it, tasting it. Not really questioning it, seeing if I agreed or if it fitted my world view, but just letting it settle in me. Then I went looking for the rest of it. I knew it was by Naomi Shihab Nye, (who refers to herself as an Arab Amercian). I didn’t find that poem but I found this one, and the last lines (in my italics) are for me today a breakfast of joy for the soul. What do you think?

Famous

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

The idea you carry close to your bosom
is famous to your bosom.

The boot is famous to the earth,
more famous than the dress shoe,
which is famous only to floors.

The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it and
not at all famous to the one who is pictured.

I want to be famous to shuffling men
who smile while crossing streets,
sticky children in grocery lines,
famous as the one who smiled back.

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.

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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Now is the time...

Now is the time....

Now is the time to…
value wisdom
Don’t underestimate the value of knowledge,
yours or others.
Seek out those who’ve been there.
Ask them what they’ve learned.
Listen to them.
Distil their wisdom.
Apply it to your journey.

From…..Now Is the Time – 170 ways to seize the moment
by Patrick Lindsay

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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Angel 9/11

Love for love’s sake

Some of us have learned to fear
Fear those from other cultures
Other religions
We called for war
To stop the weapons of mass destruction
Kill for revenge
Hate
Blame, Shame & Hurt

Some of us have learned to love
Love those from other cultures
Other religions
We voted for peace
To stop all weapons
We value life
And Love
Forgiveness, Love for love’s sake

We can send love to all of those lost in the delusion of hate and beckon them to the call for unity
Join me in this valiant mission for inner and outer peace…

Lots of love

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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Meaning

What meaning do you give to your life?

Standing for what you believe in,
Regardless of the odds against you,
and the pressure that tears at your resistance,
… means courage.

Keeping a smile on your face,
When inside you feel like dying,
For the sake of supporting others,
… means strength.

Stopping at nothing,
And doing what’s in your heart,
You know is right,
… means determination.

Doing more than is expected,
To make another’s life a little more bearable,
Without uttering a single complaint,
… means compassion.

Helping a friend in need,
No matter the time or effort,
To the best of your ability,
… means loyalty.

Giving more than you have,
And expecting nothing,
But nothing in return,
… means selflessness.

Holding your head high,
And being the best you know you can be
When life seems to fall apart at your feet,
Facing each difficulty with the confidence

That time will bring you better tomorrows,
And never giving up,

… means confidence

By : Author Unknown 

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