18. March 2019
So this is life. Inextricably linked to death. The other side of the coin, not heads nor tails, but birth and death. Only death can teach us this lesson it seems, for us in the West who are protected from death, who walk around in an illusion of security and control, holding onto our spiritual beliefs in the hope that they will protect us from the inevitable, only they cannot. Life and death, brutally, inescapably enmeshed with the other. "So this is life" I thought over and over again, in...

17. October 2017
Update on this post.... My husband passed away peacefully on the 3rd June 2018 after a sudden, short bout of pneumonia, which came like a bolt from the blue and left many who were close to him, devastated. We had started to see him as indestructible, so the shock was enormous. It was the first time he had been sick in over 11 years with MND. The ABC's 7.30 Report ran a story on my husband as a result of this blog in December 2017 and did a follow up story after his passing. "If your eyes were...

13. August 2016
Many of us are actively searching for peace or trying to practice peaceful living as part of a spiritual path and yet we are besieged by an endless array of choices each day, each one of which has the potential to derail our attempts at peaceful living. We might start the day off well, with meditation or yoga or introspection, but then those first choices come up to meet us. In seeking to hold onto our peace, we often focus on our state of mind and the many things we can do, to support a...

27. September 2015
For many people, dating websites have become the first port of call when seeking love yet in their burning desire for a partner, children and all that a partnership appears to bring, they can sometimes forget the most basic of things; what do they actually have to offer a future partner? Time and again I have spoken to people who are searching for love, or stuck in an unhappy relationship and yet when I ask them what their interests are, they are often not able to list anything that they...

07. September 2015
You do have a choice. No matter how desperate it might seem, no matter how blocked in on all sides you might feel, there is always a choice to make. Even a citizen in a war-torn country, can make choices. Refugees are not victims, they are people who have seized control by refusing to continue living in appalling conditions. Peter Greste, the freed Australian journalist who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail said when interviewed by the ABC 7.30 report on his release in February 2015.. "When...