Several months ago, a dear friend lost his beloved dog – his companion of 15 years. A new puppy is about to arrive in his life, and he feels torn. Despite his excitement and joy, it feels like a betrayal of the one who has passed. He asked me how he could get past the … More Of Loss and Renewal
It continues to be a stressful year for everyone. Many are struggling with isolation, and depression, and anxiety, unable to see an end to the COVID situation. When we can’t change circumstances, all we can do is change our response to those circumstances; and one of the best ways of doing so, is to return … More Still Waters – A Mindful Meditation on YouTube
This short video reminds us to slow the pace of life, let go of anxiety, and enjoy the moment.
Today is the Winter Solstice, and the morning began all drizzly grey and cold, here in Sydney. This afternoon, the sun removed its veil and smiled upon us for several hours before retreating once again behind the clouds. And what clouds they were! Monstrous billows of blinding white and charcoal, towering miles into the rain-washed … More The Winter Solstice
Leaden skies and drizzling rain! Yesterday the weather was foul: chilly, wet, and miserable, suited only to cocooning on the sofa with a hot cup of tea – but I needed to walk. A day without exercise is a day of feeling stale, so I struggled into my rain jacket and an old pair … More The Joy of Puddles
Last week I decided I was becoming stale – the worst obstacle to creativity after writer’s block. Having blitzed Children of the Vines and gone through the intensive process of publication, I resolved to put novel #3 in the trilogy on the back burner. Fine! This relieved some of the pressure. I’d identified the reason … More Poetry & Prose
Many of us are self-isolating to protect everyone’s health, and for those who are accustomed to a lot of social interaction – the extroverts among us – the open-ended nature of the COVID situation rapidly becomes exceedingly difficult. I’m seeing increased signs of anxiety on social media, often allied with the collapse of regular routines … More The COVID diaries – Tips for staying sane in isolation
My mantra which I try to follow, with varying degrees of success. Love beauty But do not cling Denounce evil But do not feed your anger Watch the world without attachment Let life slip lightly through your hands. It’s important to recollect who we are, when so much is wrong and there is great suffering.
At the Centre nothing moves Silence is the air you breathe Self has gone but sight remains All is darkness glittering gold The world does not exist
I have spent a couple of days at Arrawarra, some 30km north of Coffs Harbour in coastal New South Wales. This morning’s walk yielded some delightful images, courtesy of the resident sand bubbler crabs which ingest detritus and plankton and discard the residue in the form of tiny balls of sand. This image reminded me … More Sand Crab Art