• When wellness friends get caught up in QAnon conspiracies: some resources Earlier this week I decided to write an oped for The Guardian about a phenomenon plaguing many of us – how people we know, mostly “loose” friends from Facebook who, more often than not, are wellness warriors or spiritual types, have suddenly bought into QAnon-inspired conspiracy theories. I wrote the piece because I was really more
  • Enough with the (hashtag) unicorns and rainbows! I was on a dating site recently. A guy who looked like Jesus (should Jesus exist today as a Swedish supermodel with a man-bun and a lot of photos of himself on jet skis)  flagged in his profile that he would flick left on anyone with a #blessed hashtag on their Instagram feed. Now, I more
  • Interrupt anxiety with gratitude I caught up with Danielle LaPorte the other day. I wanted to ask her a bit about anxiety. She gets it. She writes about it. I’ve followed her White Hot Truths for a while. And her career in the self-help-of-the-brutal-variety realm. (Note: Danielle tours Australia next month, with special guest Clare Bowditch. Details, and a ticket giveaway, below). A more
  • The soulful secret to family holidays (and to moving in with your boyfriend) New York Times columnist Frank Bruni does his summer holidays like my family and I: all together, in a beach house, for an extended period. Here he is: “EVERY summer for many years now, my family has kept to our ritual. All 20 of us — my siblings, my dad, our better halves, my nieces more
  • A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one Decisions are hard. I struggle with them. So these words from writer and feminist Rita Mae Brown are sweet salve… “A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.” God. What a relief just to hear that. I think the peacefulness that comes from JUST MAKING THE DAMN DECISION says to the world that you’re open more
  • Another benefit of doing nothing for four weeks On my recent post in which I announced I was off on a break (to India) to try the art of doing nothing, reader Leonie shared the below quote in the comment section (thx Leonie!). “You will be civilized on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without more
  • The Aboriginal healing gift Australians need right now There’s an indigenous practice called dadirri for healing trauma. It also brings wisdom and wholeness. Dadirri means inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. It’s a “tuning in” experience (best done outdoors) with the specific aim of reflecting on nature to find, and connect with, our inner selves. It entails going bush. It’s something everyone more
  • Have you contemplated the “Hard Problem” yet? When I was 21 I got a scholarship to study philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I arrived with my mountain bike and a passion for German existentialism, lived with five lesbians and their eight cats and convinced the university to let me do their graduate course instead of the undergraduate stream. They relented and I more
  • Instead of obtaining a mirror, obtain a person In 1964, Yoko Ono published a collation of art “pieces’ in a book called Grapefruit.  One such moment in artistic whimsy was the Mirror Piece. I took from it this: It’s good to go inwards and to truly look in the mirror and pull yourself apart. To Do The Work. But it’s better if you more
  • Take time: the Ikarian lesson that’s changing my life On my last day in Ikaria Thea took me aside in her kitchen as I was making my morning mountain tea in a little tin pot on her gas stove and she was heating up the goat milk. “Sarah, I need to ask you one thing. When you go back to Australia and you’re busy more
  • Jump. and *then* you get your wings. Some of you have asked me about how I’ve made my (many, many) transitions in life. How I’ve changed careers, towns, life approaches. I’ve been asked, variously: how do you know when it’s time to move on? How do you pick that delicate juncture between opportunity lost and opportunity ready to be gained? How do more
  • question: “how do you deal with infertility?” Every now and then I answer a question from a reader that I figure best to answer en masse…here’s one that struck me recently: I recently dug up this question from reader Dharma. It was in response to my interview with Brene Brown on vulnerability. It’s a doozie. Ok, I have a question for you. more
  • are you ready to meditate? The best thing I ever did was to learn to meditate. As in properly meditate. For years I flim-flammed around trying different techniques. They gave me the shits. I never “got” it. I then bit a bullet and tried Vedic meditation. I’ve talked about this style before here and here. When I first met Tim more
  • holding hands with the Dalai Lama… I’m in “Dalai Lama” land right now. Yesterday I interviewed him and we had a giggle. Tomorrow I’m chairing the Happiness & It’s Causes conference where he’s the guest speaker. In this shot (with the crew) he’s squeezing my hand over and over. And kept winking. Then, a few hours later, in the hotel lobby more
  • how to see signs I’ve been getting a few “signs” lately. I don’t know what you make of signs… Me, I think that patterns emerge as we go about life and they bank up – get blocked or layer up. A bit like stuff swirling down a drain; the stuff forms a bit of clump and we need to more
  • the resurrection and why we don’t have easter cards… a *great* read I went to church at Easter. It was a perplexing, emotional experience. My relationship with the Catholic church is a fraught one. But one thing I got out of the service was how the story of the Resurrection is one that can resonate no matter whether you believe a bloke called Jesus died at some more
  • people who irritate me “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” — Carl Jung I’ve been living and breathing this quote lately. I get irritated very easily. Slow walkers drive me mental. Men who grunt loudly at yoga. Talk-back listeners who get righteous about stuff they know little about…. What’s worse (for more
  • the one thing you’d keep If you were stranded, or homeless, or if the house burnt down, what’s the one thing you’d keep? It’s a great question. It’s a question that leads to so much whittling down of things. Once you whittle down, where do you stop? Artist Susan Mullaly posed the question to a bunch of people in Waco more
  • blue moon tonight! whoa. Here’s something to “Did you know…” your colleagues with this afternoon: Tonight it’s a rare Blue Moon. Rare? How so?As Adelaide blogger and healer Rebecca Dettman at psyched in stilettos helpfully writes: One Blue Moon, every once in a while (every 2.5 years to be exact), is rare enough. But how about two in the more
  • I found this Deepak Chopra tweet pretty funny, actually Not sure if you follow The DC on Twitter. I do. Although every now and then I “unfollow” him because he is a rather prolific twit… that is, he posts a lot of tweets! This morning, he posted this: No Gotham. Reality is the perceiver. The  perception is deception In response to this from Gotham, more
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