Glorious news: Practitioner at the ACT of Living, Northcote

Glorious news: Practitioner at the ACT of Living, Northcote

Since early this year I have been lucky enough to have been practicing out of a beautiful space in Northcote and sharing the space with a range of practitioners in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It was just over a year ago that I wandered past the building looking in and having a fleeting thought that […]

From away-ness to awareness like a whack to the head

From away-ness to awareness like a whack to the head

For around five years I have been doing what I can to incorporate a more mindful and conscious presence into my life. This occurred like a whack to the head, rather than like a beautiful light changing moment.   One day I was running around, not giving a shit about myself or how my actions […]

The most important thing you can do to free yourself from negative self-judgement

The most important thing you can do to free yourself from negative self-judgement

Last week an incident occurred when I was teaching and I slipped into fight/flight/freeze mode. I froze on the spot and couldn’t hear what people were saying, and didn’t know how to respond. This has a tendency to happen to me when I notice a threat to my environment. Tara Brach explains it in the following […]

What to do when you’re feeling blah

What to do when you’re feeling blah

Lately I have been feeling blah. Yes, that’s right, BLAH I went away on a terrific holiday and since coming back I have been marking lots of essays and haven’t had much time for my business or for writing and this always makes me feel blah. I continue to make time for meditation and exercise, […]

Dear Martina, with love: a letter from a hospital bed

Dear Martina, with love: a letter from a hospital bed

Dear Martina, You lie across from me, high on your hospital bed, your delicate and pale frame awash against the bright white sheets. I feel compelled to watch as my eyes align with yours. Your husband arrives early every morning, his cap positioned neatly on his head, and a bag in one hand. He sits loyally by your side […]

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”

  When I was a kid I thought adults had their shit together. Little did I know that adults are just human; each one with their own story. I often look back on my high school years with disdain. Yet there is no reason for it. I had good teachers, friends, was involved in school […]

Could compassion be the answer when dealing with the prison population?

I am employed in various positions, both paid and unpaid, in which I am involved in some way with the criminal justice system. One of my positions involves conducting interviews with prisoners and their families on several different projects. When I explain to others what I do, I typically get two responses – both associated […]