Stress and anxiety—5 keys to recovery

Widespread stress and anxiety are a hallmark of our age. Perhaps these experiences have been common to all ages but we know that massive numbers suffer with anxiety, stress-related health conditions and depression today. In my new book, Freedom from stress and...

Mirth, merriment and wellbeing

OVER THE LAST five or more years we have seen an endless stream of media stories (if you read those media) on the power of mindfulness and meditation to change conditions in our brain and body and heal illness. Some of the reporting is exaggerated and does not...

Stress, anxiety and wellbeing: a jigsaw puzzle

Stress and stress-related health complications are possibly the biggest public health concerns we have across our communities today. They certainly are if you include anxiety disorders and depression under the broad umbrella of ‘stress-related’. Over the...

A Revolution in Healthcare

Economies and government coffers are groaning under the load of escalating medical and healthcare expenditure. Some medical authorities claim that many of the thousands of Australia’s medicare funded procedures are useless and even harmful. The health minister...

YOU finding YOUR way

Regarding learning meditation, on the front page of this website I have written: “In the end it is YOU finding YOUR way. The teaching supports you in exploring, trying things, and ultimately trusting your experience.” Putting it in a different way one...

To move or not to move

Stillness is often named and described as a key feature of meditation; physical and mental stillness. In a previous blog essay titled ‘What is Meditation’ I described meditation as “just sitting … Just sit, and then sit some more for a...

Walking, simply walking

Taking a walk is a great thing to do for so many reasons. It can be good exercise, particularly for those not suited to more vigourous exercise. For me I often find it great ‘thinking time’. Walking can include the enjoyment of being out in a natural...

Prime Minister Whitlam and me

Gough Whitlam has died; he was a towering figure in the Aussie landscape of my very young adult years. I am sure many people of around my age, young at the time of Gough Whitlam’s prime ministership, will be having all kinds of reflections on his impact upon...

Stress and Meditation

Stress appears to be one of the epidemics of  our age. Okay, I know it is not Ebola or AIDS but it does cause a huge amount of suffering, ill-health and loss of ability to function and be productive. It has appeared on the  cover of Time magazine and is prominent in...