Thirty Seconds

It was a regular peaceful night when, a couple of weeks ago, things changed unexpectedly. A rumbling began that sounded like a truck driving very close to the house. Mirrors shook and birds screeched in the night. After about fifteen seconds it stopped, only to be followed very soon after by another rumbling. This time there was no mistaking it as a truck. It was our living planet, Mother Earth,…

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Sitting in a darkened room, with no awareness of anything outside of my body, my mind let go into somewhere new within itself. This is one of the wonders of meditation – when we let go completely, the mind reveals yet another layer of itself, a place of incredible beauty, free from busyness and thinking. Finding my way to a path of meditation has been one of the greatest blessings…

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Dissolving the Ego

Some years back, I was serving at a meditation centre in the mountains that I used to frequent a lot. (I still would, if time and balance were as free in my life now as in those years). The place is run by volunteers – all giving their time with the volition that as someone else made it possible for them to benefit from sitting a course on this meditation…

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Flowing Forward

The creek overflows once again, as the runoff from two days of heavy rains flows into the catchment. The bridge out is almost covered too, so I am stuck at home. (I love this fact.) There is a part of the creek where it splits into a few smaller streams, then comes together again. Watching it reminds me of life and the decisions we are faced with, the journey being…

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Reminders From Nature

A few weeks ago, a friend’s dog gave me a great reminder about persistence. My friend and I were hanging out her washing, as we chatted and caught up on each other’s lives. All the while, her kelpie dog called Kevin (yes, Kevin the Kelpie), dropped a stick at my feet. So I’d throw it and off he’d run to collect it. Within a flash he was back to do…

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What is compassion to you? Is it something you ever give thought to? Are you aware of a time you have received compassion? And if so, how did it leave you feeling? Are you able to think of a time when you had compassion for someone else and acted in a kinder way as a result? Or is it something not terribly prominent in your thinking or behaviour? It may…

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Things To Cheer You Up

Every one of us has bad days. And every one of us has good days. Both states pass. And both come again, in different ways. Life is a balance of light and dark. Happiness comes not from being attached to the good days and dreading the bad days, but by accepting that both are a part of life. When we accept this, we are able to view life from a…

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My Office

The winter wind blowing through the leaves of the huge Tallowood tree almost sounds like distant peak hour traffic from where I sit, with its distant hum. But in peak hour traffic you don’t also hear the frogs singing by the creek or birds chatting away in the winter sunshine. A pair of rozellas was on the lawn this morning as I opened the window to the new day, beautifully…

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Doing Nothing, Doing Something

A fridge magnet I once read, apparently a Spanish proverb, said something like “How beautiful to do nothing and then rest afterwards”. As mentioned in my song Having Fun, sometimes it is possible to try too hard. It takes great strength to surrender and allow the creativity of the universe to reveal itself. Focus and action are definitely needed to consciously create a satisfying life. Your purpose though is to ask for what…

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Regrets of the Dying

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as…

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