Category: WellBeing

Sweet Dreams

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Sweet dreams are made of ….. what? Even Annie Lennox of the Eurhythmics wasn’t quite sure. Although her comment that ‘everybody’s looking for something’ may hold some clues, according to the latest take on Freudian dream theory from South African neuropsychologist, Professor Mark Solms. He was drawing on new neuroscientific research about the function of dreams.I heard Professor…

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Learning Gratitude

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I’m grateful to be reaching sixty, as I’ve said in earlier blogs, and the photo I post with each blog reflects some aspect of my gratitude. I’ve drawn inspiration from the photographer Hailey Bartholomew and her wonderful 365Grateful project which has influenced people all over the world and is now being made into a film.So is optimism born…

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Summer Daze

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Summer is associated with a sprawling somnolence here in sub-tropical Australia. The sweltering heat and sultry humidity slow the body and mind. The air is so moist that it has weight and resistance – it’s hard work to slice through it as you move about. Summer is also the time of our long annual holidays with festivities and…

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Mindful of Magnolias

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After the technological enthusiasm of my last two blogs, I was reminded of the value of mindfulness in everyday life whilst wandering past magnolias in flower. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, but has been embraced by the Western world as a form of stress management for maintaining wellbeing. Mindfulness is essentially about attention; being fully aware and…

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Letting Go and Getting Lost

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I’ve been trying to relax when I have the opportunity lately. I work part time although I often seem to be involved in work activities most days and some nights. Partly that’s because I love what I do, and partly it’s because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and fuss over doing the best job I can. So…

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Wellbeing and Being Well

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So despite philosophising, planning for a change of pace and gratitude for what I already have in life, getting older does have its down side – the aging body. My body has just raised the ante recently in reminding me that it needs care by succumbing to a series of viruses, including one that caused inflammation, pain and…

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Wondering about Life

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I really loved and felt a resonance with  Meg’s comments to my first blog about ‘turning sixty’ which she described as a ‘cause for reflection and wonder’ . Her thoughts about the ‘unspoken paradigms that guide the way I live’ mirrored those of Jung in his urging of us to re-examine  taken-for-granted assumptions that may have served us well in our…

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