Category Archive: Article

Dec 23

Handling Christmas Stress

Four hacks for handling Christmas Stress – and change your life 1.  Shift from  Christmas Stress by Clearing Your Thinking When you begin to feel stressed – particularly Christmas stress –  and you feel frustrated, put upon, rushed, angry, remember these simple truths that will change your Christmas – and your life. Nothing external causes …

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Nov 30 2017

Scientific Meditation Research

SCIENTIFIC MEDITATION RESEARCH There is a plethora of meditation research – the biology of meditation, the psychobiology of meditation, health and well-being outcomes, and research that shows that meditation changes brain structures. The first foray into meditation research came with Herbert Benson and a biometric understanding of the physical state of meditation. His book The Relaxation Response, published in 1975, …

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Sep 14

Spring, Growth, Equinox, Balance, Satsang

Spring – Time of Renewal and Growth – and the Equinox Spring has come to Melbourne with it burst of lush and colourful growth. And with it, a magical moment – the Vernal Equinox.  Two fantastic aspects of the  natural cycle.  Do you feel the change in yourself? As the natural world literally springs into …

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Aug 22 2017

Starting Your Meditation Practice – Part 1, Time

New to meditation?  Here are some tips on getting yourself established.   1. Decide on the period in which you will be able to meditate every day. 20 minuutes is a minimum to be effective. If you think you will manage 30 minutes, great – every day. And if you are seriously serious, you might …

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Jan 15

Physical Body, Spiritual Body

Your physical body, spiritual body… can it be so, or do you suppose that the body is totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual? That the mind is spirit while the body is only the vehicle?. There  could be something quite back-to-front about that. Great teachings suggest there is something suspect about the mind and its role – sayings such …

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Dec 25

Happy Christmas

Hello, here is a brief rundown on Christmas 2016 I’m at Buln where it is very peaceful. Here is Rob relaxing on his ACTUAL 70th birthday  Here are some non-human companions I asked (nicely) to leave the house   and here are some links, if you would like some reading: One I wrote for Waverley …

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Aug 25 2016

Uncertainty, Control, Stress

Uncertainty is a major stress factor for most people.  It goes hand in hand with lack of control, which often freaks people right out. We can face uncertainty in a strong and empowered way, or we can be irrational, inept and unhealthy. Some ways that people attempt to take control is by doing their best …

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Oct 31

Not just a poor relation – the body is spirit too

Often we regard the body as a poor relation to the mind, totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual.  The old phrase, ‘body, mind and spirit” suggests that we come in three parts, of which the body is clearly the least  part. And yet, there  could be something quite back-to-front about it all. When …

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Feb 09

Neural Activity, Physiological Measures, and Meditation

Brain waves indicate the person’s level of arousal, that is, the active mode of thinking and doing, or the individual’s state of consciousness. There are four recognised brain wave states. It is curious that traditionally in Yoga it is said also that there are four states of consciousness – though they are regarded with quite …

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