Breathe new life into your wellbeing plans

How do you breath in a place you perceive as serene and safe? Which comes first, feelings of serenity, or calm breathing? Have you been so privileged to witness your child’s first breath at birth? Wow! Our breathing is so fundamental to life. On the hierarchy of needs it is…

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When rock bottom is only a state of mind

When the rock bottom provides a platform to move forward. Just watch out for the crocodiles lurking! I remember reading about an American professional athlete who after many successful years playing in the highest league in his team sport and earning millions of dollars each year was bemoaning that his…

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Wellbeing does require effort and discipline …

My wonderful partner’s gorgeous art-work and embroidery. OK, I’m not a dinosaur but … I wrote yesterday that wellbeing is nurtured by many things that are free. The ‘bad’ news is that those ‘free’ things still require effort and personal discipline. Like exercise, getting to bed and arising earlier, choosing…

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Plant blindness and loss of habitat

Kangaroos adapt to changing climatic conditions. Can humans? I read an article a few months ago on the concept of plant blindness and how we humans tend to focus on loss of fauna, but less so on loss of flora. In Australia, there is concern about koalas becoming endangered, and…

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Wellbeing need not always cost you money

Sunset over the Coral Sea. All too often, especially in our capitalist communities, there is the assumption to be well one must spend money. Reminds me of the story my partner told me of a distant colleague commending her on her appearance and asked “what are you using?”. “Nothing” was…

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Drawing the line, between good and bad, fair and unfair …

The list goes on. What is reasonable human behaviour? What should be banned or decriminalised, for example, recreational drug use? How much stonewalling should we tolerate from our politicians? What about so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws; how do we reconcile the sometimes competing desires of the secular community with those of…

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Conflict Islands PNG

What a beautiful place. And the snorkelling here was just wonderful. A good day had by all. A coral reef surrounded by very deep water. Comfortable water temperature and good company. Just pleased I got on the snorkel trip after my late group was cancelled. Fortunately got on an earlier…

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Kiriwina Island, PNG

Five dollars for a joy ride but better to bring local currency if you can. A nice visit to Kiriwana Island. So many artefacts for sale and so much wonderful handicrafts. And so many merchants lined up, seated and so respectful. How to choose. We also had a guided tour…

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Life is not fair Kitava, PNG…

We made it to the island of Kitava, PNG but due to rough weather, we could not tender ashore as planned. Safety first the captain advised. So sad to miss the visit to Kitava after being advised of the conservative and longstanding culture there on that island. And the locals…

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Alotau, Milne Bay PNG. Diversity, beauty and kindness

Leaving our snorkeling spot, across Milne Bay from Alotau village. Typical weather, 100% humidity and intermittent showers but water warm. Bumpy ride in the speed boat both ways but fun. Thanks Skip! Our little lagoon for the morning. Helpful, kind and some curious (young children) locals. The snorkelling today was…

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