Is Spirituality For Losers? Jul 29, 2014
Yes. And then, no.
Anger (Mis)Management Jul 22, 2014
The usual view is that anger must be managed. Many people take the “punch the pillow” approach, which enables them to express their fury in a socially acceptable way. Other just try to suppress it, assuming that if they keep it out of sight it will eventually go away. Neither of these strategies get to the root cause of the anger and ultimately cause dysfunction.
The Ultimate Validation Jul 4, 2014
About two years ago I was browsing the magazine section of a large book shop in Los Angeles. Unexpectedly, the face of the son of one of my close Australian friends stared at me from the cover of an international magazine. He had recently been traveling in Japan and was scouted by a modeling agency, something that everyone would love to experience, having a complete stranger, an expert in beauty, tell us we are model beautiful. It is the ultimate validation we all crave.
Love and Loss Jun 26, 2014
It took me a while to come at yoga. What finally got me into a yoga studio was something my friend’s yoga teacher had said. It was in the depths of a cold, wet Melbourne winter and the yoga instructor counseled against attachment. She said it is desirable that we not yearn for summer, or see winter as a sort of second rate summer. This totally got my attention and I’ve been doing yoga with that teacher ever since. I loved her idea of not attaching to the ways things have been, and accepting, even enjoying, what is.
The Individual Path Jun 19, 2014
Faith and Possibility Jun 3, 2014
I was driving with a friend yesterday and we got talking about things metaphysical. She probably wouldn’t classify our conversation in that way, she would probably call it workshopping a problem. She eventually asked me if I believed in all the things we are told about Jesus, such as the virgin birth, walking on water, etc.
The Art of Visualization May 16, 2014
In the early 20th century an Australian woman from the bush, Elizabeth Kenny, known as Sister Kenny, formulated a physical therapy treatment that enabled thousands of people around the world to make full recovery from the polio virus. Her method included visualization. She taught her patients to visualize lifting the weights and resisting pressures as they actually did this with their debilitated limbs.
Love Is Spiritual Law: Test It! May 8, 2014
Many years ago I poured boiling water over my hand as I drained a pot of pasta. The pain was intense. Because this occurred at a time when I was dealing with significant emotional pain, due to recent events in my marriage, I had been devoting large amounts of time to my spiritual practice, which involved meditation as well as prayers and affirmations, because I wanted to heal the situation through love.
Truth, Not Morality May 2, 2014
When I was 26, I decided to leave my husband, to whom I’d been married for seven years. This was not an easy decision for me. I had been raised to believe that divorce was, if not immoral then, short of abuse or infidelity, unacceptable, and would be regarded as a significant moral and emotional failure on my part.
Defying The Statistics Apr 25, 2014
A friend of mine recently got a promotion at work. The promotion involved a new job title, new and greater responsibilities, but there was no accompanying pay rise.
The Trick of Perception Apr 17, 2014
When my daughter was a toddler, we would play a memory game involving picture books whereby, after I turned the page, I would ask her a question about the picture we had just seen. One day the picture was of a banana and I asked her its color. She said it was orange. I laughed and asked, are you sure? She was certain. So I was blown away when I turned back to the picture and the banana was indeed mostly orange. My brain, so accustomed to thinking bananas are yellow, had operated on autopilot so that when I was presented with the image of a banana, I just saw yellow, even when it was orange.
Fear Meets Fear Apr 10, 2014
I have a friend who recently decided to make a radical career change. He left the job where he had been successful and was well regarded by his employers because it was slowly eroding his joy of life. He took the first step towards his dreams by mustering the courage to leave his secure and well paying career but then he got stuck. He knew what he really wanted to do but he had no idea how to make the leap.
Separating From Our Tribe Mar 25, 2014
I have just completed my second book. It is called Love Equals Power: What To Think As Everything Is Changing. Over the next few weeks I will publish excerpts from my book.
Friends With (No Real) Benefits Mar 20, 2014
Before Ian died I’d always felt I had the capacity to solve any problem that might arise. I was given from birth an amazing skill set for solving problems spiritually and solved most of my problems this way.
Blind Envy Feb 28, 2014
I have lived in six different countries on four different continents, but in addition to all the benefits that come from such an interesting experience, there is a down side. It has created in me a slight dissatisfaction with wherever I happen to find myself now. What I hanker for is the best aspects of all the places I’ve ever lived all in one place.