Of church windows, castles and serenity

Canada 1Nick Cave singing in the other room, something about church windows.

Somehow, church windows eminate a sense of serenity for me.

Particularly the ones with stained glass in the grand gothic churches of Europe.


What does it mean, really?

The Oxford dictionary describes it as: ‘The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled

So, serenity is an internal state.

In the Australian movie “The Castle” – Darryl sensed this inner state when contemplating the power-lines at Bonnie Doon.

Is it just me, or is it a fact of life, that when you inquire into things long enough, you end up in the unspeakable.

Something bigger than we have words for?

Now to you – what gives you serenity?

It could be a moment in a song – like the church windows Nick Cave is singing about.

It could just as readily be walking on a long trek, spending time with family and friends, or working in the garden.

Above all, however, it is our inner readiness and ability to recognise such moments when they come our way.

So, if you’re struggling, and want assistance in finding your own serenity in this mad world, please don’t hesitate. Get in touch with me.

Life is too short to stay miserable for long.


A glimpse of the setting moon – and a new day (and year) breaking

View from Mt GillenWalked up Mt Gillen the other morning.

Got up at 5:30 am and drove West from Alice Springs along the Lara Pinta drive.

Suddenly – a glimpse of the setting moon.

Huge and orange, disappearing fast behind a mountain range.

Day breaking. Start walking.

Nature is so powerful and yet so delicately balanced.

I see this in no other place as strongly as in the Australian desert.

Life has adapted to the harshest of environments – survived over millennia.

Trees – hundreds of years old.

Two thirds of their growth underground, where the roots can draw up the little water available to keep the tree alive and growing.

Reflecting on this makes me acutely aware of the resources we have – and how immensely adaptable we are.

I’m in awe of this ancient country.

Personal worries become insignificant – I’m coming back to myself.

Powerful places make coming back to oneself easier. However, it does not have to be the vastness of Central Australia.

It can be a beach at the ocean, a tree in a park, a bench at a pond, a sacred spot in your home.

With the new year coming up, it is a good idea to seek out one of these spots and be by yourself for a while.

Take time out.

Breathe deeply a couple of times and let yourself sink in and come back to yourself.

Reflect on what was and what will be.

What are your resources to stay alive and to grow?

To make the breaking year better than ever?

If you’d like assistance in this, please get in touch with me.

Helping you find your resources is what I’m here for.


The meditator – to fit or not to fit into today’s lifestyle

Buddha screen with lampThese days meditating is done with a timer – 10, 20, 40 minutes.

There is only so much time available per day.

A timer is used a lot these days – and not just to boil that perfect egg.

I even do it sometimes for the writing, so that I don’t spend all day on it.

But, does a timer really fit with a meditative and creative mindset? I wonder.

Then another question: Does meditating and relaxing fit into today’s fast paced world?

We get relaxed and then we need to speed up again to be at work on time, to meet a friend, to go to a social event.

So, what does a meditative lifestyle really mean.

Does it fit into a world where we need to ‘deliver’?

I know some people who bring that purposeful, goal oriented approach even to meditation.

“You have to meditate at least an hour” I’ve been told  by a chiropractor recently.

Then he asked: “Do you get that state of bliss where nothing is?”

“No” I said “I just watch what is”

“You gotta focus on your third eye” was the answer.

I didn’t answer. There is no point in arguing.

If I wouldn’t know better, I could have felt like a failure.

“Can’t do it right.”

That’s not really helpful.

So, to get back to the original question – is there space for meditation in today’s lifestyle?

I think there is – and not just that, I think it’s necessary.

If we don’t look after our wellbeing holistically, meaning the mind and the emotions included, we won’t have much of a ‘quality of life’.

And not just that, our physical health will suffer too.

Recently, I heard a quote from the Dalai Lama. It goes something like this: “I am very busy today – I need to meditate a bit more.”

I’m not quite sure how this fits into a day, but it makes sense.

The busier we are, the more ‘down time’ we need, and meditation helps recharge our battery.

It helps us take a step back. We can get a better overview.

It’s relaxing, creates focus and keeps us in our centre.

Sometimes however, we are on a speed train, and don’t know how to get off. Then, taking the first step towards meditation is hard.

If this is where you are right now, get in touch with me, and we can have a look at how you can change your mindset and attitude – and create balance in your life again.


It’s Christmas Day today

flower in backyard2014 is almost over.

I’m sorry, I didn’t facilitate many workshops and no training this year. I took time out for introspection.

To find out what I’m really about – to get my message right.


I’m going to be making it up in the new year.

Big, big plans are being made, and you’ll benefit from my work even more than before. Guaranteed.

Watch this space…

I wish you a beautiful and replenishing break.