It's been a while since I posted. Blame it on a break in the flow. We go through our days, lives, routines, on auto pilot. OK... I go through life at times on autopilot. But sometimes there comes a time when that deep seated discontent stops tapping and starts thumping. When physically the body starts… Continue reading Finding flow
Hefty course fees may pose a barrier to a degree or other university qualification, but they are no longer a barrier to learning from some of the world's leading educators. The number of online courses has surged. Stanford, MIT and Berkeley are just a few of the universities that have made lectures and courses available… Continue reading Learning for life- and it's free
For this second time I've finished devouring the Good Work guide, Nick Isles search for better ways to do business. Whether you own a business, lead a business or work for a business this book provides a timely look at practices and work cultures that create more sociable organisations and fairer work conditions, and move… Continue reading Good work
I once had a friend who died while waiting for a heart and lung transplant. He was in his 30s, a DJ, a chef, a bongo player and all around lover of life. As he waited for a donor his life ebbed away, so - as you do - we would sometimes sit around and… Continue reading Lipstick and living
On my daughter Maya's birthday, it felt only right to revisit this poem by Maya Angelou- one of the greatest inspirations in my life. Her poems have guided me through the good and the painful and if you haven't read or heard her poems before then hopefully this will be encouragement enough to seek them… Continue reading Still I rise
Driving past Mt. Ngauruhoe, New Zealand's most active volcano, I got to thinking about how vulnerable we are to natural disasters here in Aotearoa. People in Christchurch are unfortunately only well aware of New Zealand's precarious perch on the Pacific Ring of Fire. However, in Auckland, despite our location on a field of 50 volcanoes,… Continue reading How prepared are you for an Emergency?
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. Khalil Gibran
Why is it so hard to allow ourselves to be vulnerable? Are we afraid others will find us somehow lacking, that we are not perfect? The messages surrounding us all point to the possibility of perfection, weight, looks, career etc but the reality is that there is no such thing- we live in an imperfect… Continue reading Courage and the path to connection
Reading is good exercise for your brain, according to the results of a study at Stanford. Literary scholar Natalie Phillips led a team in a study exploring the relationship between reading, attention and distraction. The team examined blood flow in the brains of subjects as they read passages from Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" while inside… Continue reading Reading is exercise for the brain
Stumbled upon a wonderful discussion between Sir Ken Robinson and Eckhart Tolle- you would be hard pressed to find two more forward thinking and enlightened people to bring together to chew over the meaning of life. Although Eckhart takes a wee while to warm up, the video is well worth watching, exploring the themes in… Continue reading Finding your 'Element'