So I’ve had an unexpected windfall. Well it’s not exactly a windfall and it’s not like I won anything, but it feels unexpected and sort of lucky. And because of that, I’m keen to give this (ok smallish) sum to charity. You see a few months back, out of the blue, I received a fine from the ATO (that would … Read More
There’s a saying ‘it’s just business’ – which is just a lame excuse to justify less than nice ways of behaving towards people – a way of saying ‘it’s ok to treat you badly because it’s just business, it’s not personal’. This saying really bothers me, because really, everything is personal and it’s not nice to not be nice. We … Read More
Just a minute. You only need a moment. Oh God what you wouldn’t give for just one moment of peace right now! Whether it’s 60seconds to catch your breath, close your eyes and calm down or a quick pick-me-up activity, snatching time, pushing pause, can work wonders. Freeze frame the whirl around you and feel the difference. Here’s how. Apply … Read More
One thing I know for sure – yoga is good for depression, and sad thoughts, and anxious thoughts, and just living life to the fullest (not to mention flexiest)! Blogging, maybe – but I’m not so sure. On RUOK day (World Suicide Prevention Day) I’m certainly not advocating blogging as any kind of cure-all for serious depression or mental illness. … Read More
I don’t have a funny bone in my body, or if I do, it gets tickled, or knocked (and that bloody hurts) and then I completely forget the joke. But not the experience – laughter = joy. That joy settles in the soul! I can’t remember jokes to save my life, but saying that now seems so wrong. Can jokes … Read More
If you want a laugh, it’s really hard to go past your kids (or Emily, who may just be a big kid with big boobs)! As a four year old, Little Yang is a constant source of mirth (and frustration, but that’s not such a funny story – or maybe it is – the other day he went from driving … Read More
Not to rub it in or anything, but it’s hard to believe it’s winter right now where I live on the Gold Coast. Sure there have been a few nights where the mercury has dipped and it feels pretty cold (Ok – just because I wrote this last night was bloody freezing, brrrr), but the warmth of sunny days surely … Read More
Miss Yin recently did Year 5 Naplan exams and I had to wonder how much of what she learned (for the purpose of being tested) is in fact worth knowing. There’s much criticism of these standardised tests and the effort that goes into learning to be tested rather than for the sheer love, and importance, of it. I think Naplan … Read More
At the moment I’m being tortured (or is that too strong a word?) to the tune of ‘Let it go’ from Disney’s hit movie Frozen. (Ok – I know it’s a common complaint, but here I stand, well write anyway). My torturer is very cute though (as I’m sure yours is) – in my case our four-year-old son is rather … Read More
Welcome Tiny Buddha Readers Thank you for visiting and I’d love you to explore my site. Find out about this site and read some of my most popular posts, here, here and here. I’d love you to subscribe so I can share more tips and tools with you. You want balance in your life right? (and left, he, he) Do you … Read More
This past weekend I spent time with both sides of my extended family – something that rarely happens. I hadn’t seen my brother, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephews since Christmas – we can’t believe where the time went. Does the first third of the year always disappear faster than the others?
I’ve always loved the Bryan Ferry song, Dance with Life and the idea that we partner with God or the Universe to choreograph our own dance and join in love with human partners to move in rhythm together. I especially love contemporary (modern ballet) as the ultimate emotional expression of life’s joys and sorrows. I love its fluidity and rawness.