This week I’ve been doing some research into oil painting and its historical development. Most accounts start in the 15th century with the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck who blended pigments with drying oils and various other substances like wax and crushed bone. After that it steadily took off until it became virtually synonymous with … Read more
I’ve got a small mountain of books that I want to read, some that I’ve started many not. They’re a diverse lot, ranging from academic texts on Roman history, a number of travel books (I love good travel writing), a couple on politics, strategy and diplomacy, and a Le Carre that I picked up on … Read more
Life is full of tests, challenges, ups and downs. That’s just the way it is. In fact, I would suggest that if your life is completely without stress or pain in some shape of form for an extended period of time then the odds are you don’t just have a very quiet life – you … Read more
This is a short blog about living with more ease and flow instead of fighting and struggling to create the change we want.
In this feature article, Melbourne-based Alexander Technique teacher and peak-performance coach Brendan Bond shares his thoughts on co-ordination. The strategies Brendan introduces are fantastic for bringing a more mindful awareness to the way we live, by employing the mind to lead in the creation of bodymind dynamics that have transformative potential for all aspects of life.
A few years ago, as a young PhD student, I saw an opportunity to participate in high-level international diplomatic talks on limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction. This is how I got there. It’s a piece about will, and not taking no for an answer.
As much as we want to get back to life again, climbing mountains, winning hearts and scoring goals, this is a time for recovery, first and foremost. It’s about being kind, caring and loving to ourselves, especially when for most of the day we are our own carers. We owe this to ourselves and to those who love us who want and need us to be well.
We all have the power to create the change we desire in our lives and in our world.
Wherever we are, we always have choices. When we forget this or resist acknowledging this we will feel trapped and stuck. One of the biggest choices we can make is the choice to let go. This might be letting go of pain, an old belief, or anything else that is no longer good for us. … Read more