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Nourishing your journey to Wholeness: some reflections

Nourishing your journey to Wholeness: some reflections

My journey towards wholeness, like everyone else’s on this meandering, scrubby track, is a ‘work-in-progress’. In my dark moments I fall into self-judgment and feel like a Swiss cheddar cheese, filled with the gutted holes of negativity that I have sought...

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Coping with the bad news about Climate Emergency

Coping with the bad news about Climate Emergency

On the 28 May I attended a conference organised by the Uniting Church in North Parramatta around the psychological effects of the threat of the Climate Emergency (CE). It was an innovative, positive gathering of like-minded people concerned about our future and...

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Living the [mindful] moment of Love

Living the [mindful] moment of Love

I was reading the thoughts of an American Sufi mystic and writer Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in his article in the Parabola journal, Living the Moment of Love. He speaks about practicing spirituality in this time of the “Great Forgetting”, the times of global environmental...

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Lessons in vulnerability & openness

Lessons in vulnerability & openness

During the final stage of a recent solo NatureConnect session in an intimate forest enclosed gully, I met a thick, gnarly old eucalypt quietly beckoning me. In my meditative state I was drawn to the gaping crevasse spreading up the trunk, my intrigue pouring into the...

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How does mindfulness cultivate a consciousness of connection?

How does mindfulness cultivate a consciousness of connection?

Mindfulness has been used in various contexts – spiritual, psychological and therapeutic - to refer to a contemplative technique of taking a non-judgmental approach to observing the flow of experience within each moment. As well as technique, it can be used to...

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Becoming embedded into Nature and Self: tips and perspectives

It can be difficult to step outside of my day-to-day mindset and see things around me anew, from a different perspective. Creature of habit, I might go for a bush walk intending to be mindful and after twenty minutes still not have shifted my mindset I had at home....

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Reflections about Perception and Relationship in Connecting

Reflections about Perception and Relationship in Connecting

I want to discuss, very broadly and briefly, the role of perception and relationship in the way we experience life. This is because enhancing perception and human-nature relationships is the core of my NatureConnect approach for facilitating deeper states of...

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Tuning into the Silence

Tuning into the Silence

When you go into nature it is often the sounds that have the greatest calming effect on your mind. Just as you walk into a landscape, you walk into its soundscape: all the sounds and their sources and directions and distances from the listener. It could be dominated...

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The eye of metaphor in connection

The eye of metaphor in connection

Its amazing how powerful the learning can be when opening the eye of metaphor to the engagement experience. One of my connection activities is standing before a tree that draws me and viewing and touching it as if I were a wondrous child. I engage it with the eye of...

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Reflecting upon connectedness and our world

Reflecting upon connectedness and our world

When I reflect on my life and my world, as wonderful and troubled as it is, I wonder on what motivates people to act in a way that knowingly perpetuates our destructive systems. I look at behaviours that deliberately undermine the ecological and social fabric of our...

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