Five Tiny Practices to Keep You Positive and Grounded

Happy Winter/Summer Solstice and UN World Yoga Day!! Wow, what a year so far!! There seems to be so much change happening for so many of you. Me too! So many friends changing jobs and careers. Moving houses, cities, countries. Many relationships ending. Energetic and purposeful one day, full of doubt and confusion the next. It’s a very challenging time. It’s hard to believe looking around, that we’re moving into a much better, more loving and unified world. It’s easier to see all the doom and gloom because that makes far more compelling news than millions of people around the world celebrating World Yoga Day for example.  With so much turmoil it’s important to remember that the world is a reflection of us as individuals. We literally project what’s inside of us to create the world around us. With our beliefs. Our thoughts. Our emotions. Our actions. It’s not always easy to Read More…

When Meditation Is A Walk In The Park

It must be six months ago that I last sat on this park bench, as we were just moving into Spring. I became quite addicted to this beautiful place through the winter last year, and was bowled over that day by the sudden burst of activity happening on this particular lake, hundreds of birds of every shape and size splashing and cavorting, swans literally running on the water and ducks doing their clumsy landing thing that they do, all in raucous celebration of the first inklings of warmer weather. Today by comparison it’s almost unrecognisable, still and quiet, hardly a bird to be seen. Perhaps like me they’ve just about had their fill of summer and are ready for some quiet time. I know to many it’s preposterous to think of welcoming the winter and it took me a long time to begin appreciating the cooler months. I remember boasting in days gone by about how in my years of being a traveler I managed to avoid a proper Read More…

Are You Feeling A Little Psycho Like Me Lately??

      Anxiety seems to be hanging in the air right now and signs of stress are everywhere. Many people I speak to lately tell a similar story – things are generally good yet they’re battling feelings of stress and anxiety for no real reason. At times like this I start to wonder about the bigger forces at play. The world is reaching a point where things must either change dramatically or implode. We are on the precipice. Whether we know it consciously or not, we sense imminent change on a deep level and the anxiety and confusion many of us feel are the birth pains of our own inner transformation, as we prepare for new ways of being. I have also been feeling almost crazed of late and have had to work particularly hard to be mindful. I find myself more easily rattled by small things, incensed by bad drivers and less patient with my teenage son. Self awareness does Read More…

Drop The Goals, Give Up The Guilt, Love Your Life

A few months back I began looking deeply at the fact that while I’m mostly happy and optimistic, there’s often a low level, yucky feeling that I should be doing something other than what I’m doing right now. Niggling voices telling me to work harder and be more productive with my time. Cross more shit off the list. Basically that I’m not doing enough Sound familiar? I feel heads nodding. This was confusing to me as my favourite spiritual teachers whose lives I’m guided by, do not ever talk about setting goals and timelines and pushing through resistance and getting more done. But that’s what life is all about these days. The great teachers talk about living in, for, and from the present moment. To trust and to let Life unfold. To respond to Life as it arises. To let Life flow through you. Mostly, this is how I live. Read More…

Silent Meditation Or Guided? Why I Like Both

  I’m often asked about the difference between guided and silent meditation, whether it’s essential to learn to meditate on one’s own, or can the same benefits be gained from following guided instruction? For the most part I’ve always been the silent type – meditator that is – but there are definitely benefits in both, and for this reason I always include both guided and silent practice in my lessons.   As a beginner to meditation, the style or technique you opt for depends upon what you wish to get out of meditation, and there are literally a thousand of reasons to meditate. Any form of meditation will ultimately calm the body and slow the mind, and with continued practice produce benefits.   In this article I’m discussing the ‘Concentrative’ styles of meditations that develop attention and awareness, as opposed to ‘Intentional’ meditations where the attention is directed toward a particular outcome – Read More…

Creating Abundance Through Giving

Do you ever feel the urge to be generous then find yourself pulling back and changing your mind? There’s an impulse to give that comes from the heart, but before you know it the mind has jumped in with all kinds of reasons as to why you can’t afford to follow through. Despite living lives of such freedom and abundance, so many of us live with an underlying feeling of scarcity and lack, a feeling that we don’t have enough, that we’ll never have enough. I know this feeling only too well and have worked hard to overcome it, the result being that I feel abundant in every area of my life. Having raised a 17 year old by myself I have found myself many a time dangling on the edge of a financial precipice. Yup, there were some pretty lean times indeed where I literally had $20 to last Read More…

Getting to grips with Spiritual Activism

Today I want to talk about Spiritual Activism, and why standing up for what you believe in is one of the most spiritual things you can do. I want to ask why so many of us feel disempowered to speak up and why it can feel like a lost cause believing in anything. I also want to encourage us all to look honestly at any obstacles we may have to taking real action. This is a subject I care deeply about, in fact if I’m passionate about anything this is it! I am such a big believer that the world is on its way to changing for the better, and this lies at the heart of why I teach meditation. Because awakening awareness and compassion are crucial if we want a better world and because if we a better world it’s up to us to create it. Over the weekend Read More…

How To Navigate a Shitty Mood!

This morning I’ve woken up feeling strange and moody, something I know happens to us all. There’s niggling worries and doubts about money and time – same old, same old.

The Key To Goal Setting: Why Happiness Should Be Your Number One Goal

Most of the world operates on the premise that everything will fall into place in life when you’ve achieved all of your goals.