Neuroscience and Mindfulness Meditation

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 Roses

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 Peace

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

The Simple Things

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

Finding Hope – Book Review

Finding Hope - Book Review Winter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Maia Bedson Throughout my decades of personal and professional research on the topic of health and healing, I have invested in and read literally thousands of books. It’s to the point where I no longer have room to squeeze any more books in to … Continue reading Finding Hope – Book Review

Walking El Camino de Santiago

Walking El Camino de SantiagoWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Madeleine Selian Readers may remember long-time member of the Gawler community, Madeleine Selian, from her inspiring feature story ‘The Gift of Life’ in our Winter 2014 edition of Living Well magazine. Madeleine attended her first cancer program in early 2003, and has continued to attend … Continue reading Walking El Camino de Santiago

The “Beginner’s Mind” in Meditation

The “Beginner’s Mind” in MeditationWinter 2017, Living Well Magazine by Paul Bedson Zen master Shunryo Suzuki encouraged his meditation students, even the advanced ones, to practice with Beginner’s Mind (Shoshin). Beginner’s Mind is having an attitude of freshness, curiosity, openness, receptivity, eagerness and humility. In Beginner’s Mind there is a lack of expectations, preconceptions and … Continue reading The “Beginner’s Mind” in Meditation