New Pathways through MindfulnessAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Karen Hansen Every school morning as I entered the Primary School, I would take care to only step on floor tiles that were a slightly different colour to the rest. It wasn’t by choice – I HAD to do this! even though I was holding up a stream of fellow students … Continue reading New Pathways through Mindfulness
Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?Autumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Maia Bedson This is a question often posed, and used as a deterrent, by people with a bias against the prospect of cancer being more than just a chance occurrence, bad luck, a punishment or solely from genetic factors. A bias that … Continue reading Plant-based Diet and Cancer – where is the evidence?
Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!Autumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Watch yourself closely as you are preparing to meditate and as you are meditating. Notice how much of your time is caught up with the subtle hope that something should happen… something transformative, wonderful, magical, mystical, or spiritual, should happen. This … Continue reading Meditation: persevere but give up the struggle!
My Answer to CancerAutumn 2018, Living Well Magazine by Cathy Brown It is hard to imagine that in 1989, a tiny red dot on my arm could have changed my life so dramatically. I had always been very careful with my skin and very aware of melanoma. When a small pimple-like spot appeared on my … Continue reading My Answer to Cancer
Spirit of PlaceSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Elizabeth Melican In October this year, I attended my ninth retreat program at the Yarra Valley Living Centre – the new Meditation Teacher Training, Module 3 immersion - and, as always, I felt my heart expand with gratitude as I entered the grounds. There is a special energy, or … Continue reading Spirit of Place
Neuroscience and Mindfulness MeditationSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson It is always heartwarming when there is a convergence between science (neuroscience), psychology (mental health) and spirituality (meditation). These three areas of study are sometimes antagonistic but the new science of the brain is bringing them together, perhaps as strange bedfellows! The new technology … Continue reading Neuroscience and Mindfulness Meditation
Awakening Around RosesSummer 2017, Living Well Magazine by Michelle Endersby My first experience with the Yarra Valley Living Centre was as a support person for my husband, Brian - who has primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We attended one of the first Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Retreats, facilitated by Professor George Jelinek and Dr Ian Gawler, … Continue reading Awakening Around Roses
Finding PeaceSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine Dear Paul and Maia, This week has proved to be the most challenging yet in my cancer journey. However I have been able to be an active participant in some frank discussions with my health team and furthermore make some very tough decisions with respect to my ongoing treatment. … Continue reading Finding Peace
Artistic Symbolism of 150 Years of MedicineSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine Gawler community member, Michael Meszaros, is a brilliant artist who was commissioned to create a major public sculpture for the 150th anniversary of Melbourne University Medical School. The 2.3 metre high bronze sculpture, was unveiled in August 2013, and until very recently took up … Continue reading Artistic Symbolism of 150 Years of Medicine
The Simple ThingsSpring 2017, Living Well Magazine God help us to live slowly To move simply To look softly To allow emptiness To let the Heart create for us. Amen. Michael Leunig I was so touched and inspired by Michael Leunig’s short prayer/poem, that I contacted him when co-authoring Meditation, An In-Depth Guide with Ian … Continue reading The Simple Things