• Good anxiety apps and sites you need to know about At the back of my new book first, we make the beast beautiful, I promised to share on my site a list of some top apps and sites for anxiety. This is that list.  It’s a simple list because I personally don’t rely on such tech things heavily. For some context it’s worth noting that very few studies have more
  • Treatments that have helped my anxiety and where to find them At the back of my new book, first, we make the beast beautiful, I promised to share on my site a list of treatments that have helped my anxiety and where to find them. This is that list. Please bear in mind these are my own personal techniques and chosen brands. I’ve not been endorsed in more
  • A mindful review: M Train by Patti Smith Here’s another book review. I liked this one. I was totally absorbed. Patti Smith, is of course the New York punk-rock legend from the eighties who has now written multiple award-winning books. Background: I don’t know why I picked up this book. When I did a quick flick through it at the bookstore, it immediately more
  • Have you married yourself yet? I’ve just been introduced to the poet and philosopher, David Whyte. In his book The Three Marriages, he says we need to navigate, yep, three marriages in life: one to others (“particularly and very personally, to one other living, breathing person”), another to work and another to one’s self, “through an understanding of what it means to be more
  • Why my battle to tame my wandering is a good one A thought. I was reading the follow-up to a wellbeing study I’d heard about ages ago that uses a phone app to track real-time moments in happiness. Psychologist Matthew Killingsworth who put the project together tracked daydreaming as well. And found this: Daydreaming is not good for well-being. Which surprised me, and it might you. more
  • Be totally glad for red men I read a quote from someone from a book about a book about to come out, somewhere. Said quote touched on the idea of using the things that so irritatingly slow us down to…slow down. And to be grateful for the prompt. The red man at the pedestrian crossing. A red traffic light. A queue more
  • my daily health routine…since you asked for it Gosh, we’re really getting down to the rats and mice of my life here…but I’ve been getting too many emails from you asking how I order my wellness habits to ignore the topic much longer. I’m no expert (on anything much), but I have taken consulting of experts on this topic to pedantic levels and more
  • Getting too caught up The other day my meditation teacher Tim introduced me to a young bloke over an impromptu lunch. I was not in the mood for meeting someone new, to be frank. I was thyroidy and scratchy and couldn’t deal with the “So, what do you do?” palaver (a conversation pivot point that always makes my eyes glaze more
  • Anxiety in your bones today? Here’s the practical fix I feel compelled to share when I’m anxious. Or, more to the point, I feel compelled to share when I find a pithy solution that might just help others orbiting the same tetchy vibe in the Zeitgeist. And even more to the point, I know that when I do share (from on tetchy high) so more
  • what you’re craving is much closer Last weekend I got super antsy. It was a classic Single-When-All-Your-Friends-Are-Ensconced-In-Relationships scenario: I’d rung around everyone I knew, trying to fill out my weekend with activity…and everyone was busy…with husbands and kids and family barbeques and trips to Bunnings. Or whatever. And I felt abandoned. Then I felt like a loser for caring. And so more
  • The number one reason to do yoga Back in Australia I go to a yoga school (Power Living in Bondi Junction) and there’s a wonderful teacher there (Jason) who shares (during his class) that yoga is like life (excuse the woo-woo launch to this…it improves). You start off in child’s position and you end in corpse pose. And in between is the opportunity more
  • refining your quirks I sometimes see my personality quirks as highly expressive boils on the face of life. Too loud, too swollen, too festy. I’ve been feeling this way lately and have been backing away from things a little…to give the world a break from my boils. I could probably put this prettier. But it’s the picture that more
  • running from the quietness I think many of modern life’s ills stem from running away from quietness and lurching for something more. Constantly lurching, reaching out, not settling inwards. I think about this today as I bounce and lurch from task to phone call to the fridge and back again. We are so afraid of stopping and being quiet. more
  • stay During my recent travels I visited Moustier St Marie in Provence. There I did a meditation on a hill overlooking the town and a crackin’ storm blew in. Now I realise this sounds very faux atmospherique, but I’m trusting that  you know I don’t drop such deus ex machina stunts into my stories very often. more
  • sit on a small wooden bench with yourself This is a meditation trick I learned years ago. It’s simple and sweet. And I revert to it often. You might like it in these noisy, frenetic times we’re having just now. I’ve mentioned before how much I struggle with meditation. But every day I sit down and do it. Twice a day. For three more
  • who checks in on you? This week I spoke at yoga brand LuluLemon’s national conference. It was a room full of people comfortable in their Lycra and a yoga hairstyle (bun up high on head; enables headstand and backbend poses). I was in comfortable company! I spoke about How to Build a Good Life, based on advice gleaned from interviewing more
  • try this: be innocent, faint and effortless If your life is feeling a little like you’re forcing shit up hill right now (and I think some of us have so far this year),  you might like to reflect on this: Sukshma. In Sanskrit it means “subtle”. Actually, it means more than that…it’s to touch life “innocently, faintly and effortlessly”. It softens. It more
  • a friday giveaway: 5 x Science of Stillness meditation memberships worth $300 So you’ve reached the end of eight weeks of sugar-free life. Here’s to a new, calm, life – free of sugar (!) To that end, this week I’m giving away five x premium memberships to Science of Stillness, each valued at $297 to help you kick off your new life. Tom Cronin (who I met more
  • my little black book of natural therapies I get asked rather often what therapies, of all the ones I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a few –  I personally use and recommend. So I thought I’d post on it. I’ve tried just about every therapy in Christendom. It’s an occupational hazard. From the noise of it all I’ve distilled things down to more
  • are you too busy to live your life? This week in Sunday Life I break the Catch-22 bind Back when I used to work stupidly long hours in a normal office job I would spy people on my way to meetings sitting at cafes – on a Tuesday, at 11am – and I’d think, “How do they have the time? What have they 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
  • Brene Brown’s tips for getting real with yourself As I shared a few post back, I met Brene Brown face-to-face during her Australian visit (Sunday Life column on the matter to come). Her big thing, the thing that resonated for me when I read The Gifts of Imperfection was that making a change in your life is about getting serious, deliberate. You can more
  • the scientific reason why smiling works This week in Sunday Life I smile Recently reader Richard wrote to say he didn’t like that in the photos of me as a kid (I believe he’d been Facebook-stalking my family albums) I’m always scowling. Well, thank you Dick for noticing such a detail. And, heck, you’re right! I’ve always hated having my picture more
  • what the Dalai Lama told me… This week in Sunday Life I try “infinite altruism” There’s something special about His Holiness the Dalai Lama, if I can be permitted such an obviousism. Something disarming. It’s the way he answers questions like, Is being gay OK? His response to a journalist once makes me smile: “I will ask ‘What is your companion’s more
  • some Happiness & It’s Causes reflections I think I mentioned, I chaired the Happiness & It’s Causes Conference in Brisbane on Friday. I know a few of you were there. It really was very special…Big minds, big hearts, grappling with all the stuff that counts. Lots of stuff on using our minds for good, chimps and peace (ergo the cute-as pic more
  • sweet surrender. I meditate every morning. Some mornings I also do yoga. At the end of both-either I have a ritual. I finish. I send out an intention – to be truthful during the day. Then I surrender forward. I gently flop my torso over my crossed legs, or over my lap if I’m sitting in a more
  • a sweet trick:: breath for yourself This is just a small trick the lady next door shared with me last night. She said she focuses on following her breath when she’s anxious. Stops for two minutes. And follows it in and out. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I thought. It’s what everyone says. But she added this: Follow your own breath. Draw it more
  • David lynch on meditation: water the root There’s a saying that goes along with the vedic style of meditation that I do: water the root, enjoy the fruit. Which is to say, put focus and care into your core every day and then the rest of life will simply flourish and express itself. Can I just say? It works. I’ve been meditating more
  • oh, yes, to be in a certain state… A gentle thing Aristotle once said: “The important thing is not to learn, but to undergo an emotion, and to be in a certain state.” I’ve been in my head a lot most of my life. But I’m unlearning. Unfurling. I’m feeling into life more and more. Slowly. Tediously. Of course, the more you seek more
  • my remedy kit (for thyroidy/crappy days) So, below is my insta-fix for my thyroidy days. But, really, it’s a remedy for crap days in general – if you’re premenstrual, toxic, hungover, over-worked or got another type of auto-immune disease or illness I reckon it will be of use, too. HAPPILY, after three years of trying EVERY trick in the book, I’ve more
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