“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day,” the Queen tells Alice in Through the Looking Glass. The rule hints at what is too widely accepted: good always belongs to some other time.
World Smile Day, today, was launched in 1999 by the creator of the smiley symbol that we all know so well. He felt that all of us should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion – nor should we!Continue Reading
This International Day of Older Persons should motivate you – whatever your age – to adopt a better view of ageing
We live in an age when many older people are contradicting the oft-repeated Shakespearean portrayal of age “as infancy, as helplessness and decadence” – as spiritual reformer Mary Baker Eddy once put it. Instead they’re exceeding past expectations and seem to be demonstrating to some degree “the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige” which that same author also wrote of more than a century ago – pre-empting today’s shift in thought concerning seniors’ capabilities.Continue Reading
This is Women’s Health Week. We are being encouraged to talk about our health, including becoming well-informed about evidence based health information and its effectiveness.
However, there’s an additional approach to health gaining ground in Australia which some might find surprising. An Australian study published in the British Medical Journal this June found that a significant proportion of Australian women are using prayer or spiritual healing as part of their healthcare management.
Admittedly, the latest high-tech measuring instrumentation available may not be able to pin-point how and when prayer brings about a change, mentally or physically. But the fact is many find that it often does lead to healing.Continue Reading
We live in an age when many seniors are contradicting Shakespeare’s portrayal of age “as infancy, as helplessness and decadence” – as spiritual reformer Mary Baker Eddy once put it.
Instead they are exceeding past expectations and seem to be demonstrating to some degree “the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige” which that same author wrote of more than a century ago – pre-empting today’s shift in thought concerning seniors’ capabilities.Continue Reading
It’s a great time of year to spend the day preparing and slow-cooking a melt-in-the-mouth beef casserole. And then to enjoy the delicious comfort food over a long, slow meal with family and friends.
That’s “slow food,” right?
Well, no, not really. The Slow Food movement is not so much about slowly cooked and eaten food, as it is about linking the pleasure of eating well with a commitment to local communities who produce food in a sustainable way and without exploiting people or the environment. This is a progressive step, driven by a desire to be more responsible consumers.
Slow Food is just one of many groups that comprise the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that advocates a shift toward slowing down life’s pace to allow time to re-evaluate current practices, consider local and global ramifications, take personal responsibility and make connections with people. These are aims and activities not always done at such a slow pace!Continue Reading
The four-hourly doses of morphine were such a welcome relief to the intense pain I was experiencing following major surgery. What could possibly make me give them up?
Amazingly, I found there was something that could persuade me to do so.
And that’s why, I want to share my experience with the sufferers who are being invited to break their silence about chronic pain for National Pain Week.Continue Reading
There’s a growing trend among Millennials towards staying single and living alone.
Living arrangements similar to that of the characters in Friends and Sex and the City are now commonplace for them. Most are not reclusive, but spend enormous amounts of time out in the public, joining everything from yoga to jam-making groups, playing Dungeons and Dragons to fronting up regularly at Tuesday Trivia Nights.
It seems that marriage may have become obsolete for many of them.Continue Reading
Who says so?
Our government does, so do more and more medical practitioners, and even health funds are speaking out, saying this is what Australians need.
Does this mean developing a new model of healthcare? Well, it might already be taking shape – growing out of the advances being made in new fields of medical research, such as the spirituality-mind-body connection, epigenetics and neuroscience.
But what should the final product look like, if we are developing a new model of healthcare?
What does “being well” actually look like?Continue Reading
The issue of violence is prominent in our community conversations at the moment. Terrorism, drug-related violence, domestic and institutional abuse, and even road rage are insistently crying out for our attention and solutions.
Despite serious efforts over many years to prevent violence, to deal with its effects and to punish the perpetrators, there’s now general agreement that violence will continue to escalate and to propagate fear in the community until we find and treat the real causes.
Fundamental beliefs that underlie and perpetuate all kinds of violence are: that humans have an animal nature prone to competition, self-preservation and aggression;Continue Reading