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Life at the Corner

Dear Friends – we often think and feel that our life is mostly about what has been and what will be. However, this particular philosophy or thesis may be missing the point? The point being that our life might just be happening right at that still point, that small corner between the past and the future. Take a meaningful pause in the present and breath-in and read-in my poem! John B. LIFE AT THE CORNER It seemed to many of us; most of us;...
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Happy New Year 2019

Dear Friends Happy New-Year 2019. I do hope that you have had a pleasant Christmas – New Year break, with some quite time connecting to nature, either in your garden or out somewhere wonderful. Over the last couple of weeks I have spent quality time in our large garden, both planting and weeding; a great way to connect to the land, to get ‘earthed’ and become grounded in the present much like our plant and tree friends.  I hope that this New Year,...
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25 Mountains, photo by Ven. Dhammika

The Alchemy of Experience, The year been and the year to become!

Dear Friends Like all things that come into being and then change or pass away, so too this year of ours now finds its ending. With Mindfulness and Wisdom, we can transform experiences into opportunities for great growth of Insight and Understanding. This can especially be the case where life has been challenging. This is what I call  ‘The Alchemy of Experience’. Here we can transform some base unpleasant experience into the priceless worth and wealth of Wisdom. We now have...
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Summer 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends Welcome to Summer. I trust this note finds you well and warm having arrived into our new month of December and the new Season of Summer. It is now 2 years since I closed my Psychology Practice and Meditation Centre – WELL-AWARE-NESS in Sydney and made the move to live and work full time on the Far North Coast of NSW. I do hope that those of you that live in Sydney have been able to find a suitable replacement...
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STILL-HERE; STILL-NOW; STILL-LIFE; STILL KNOWING

STILL-HERE; STILL-NOW; STILL-LIFE; STILL KNOWING Dear Friends There is a way of ‘Knowing’ that is far superior and far surpasses the domain of thought. This ‘Knowing’ is a way of seeing, feeling, knowing and being that informs a different way of experiencing life. This ‘Knowing’ creates a depth of intimacy and even a coalescence with the known. It is a ‘Knowing’ that is both fundamental and primary. It is the source of profound understanding and great insight. It accesses and...
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Spring Newsletter

Dear Friends I hope this note finds you venturing forth from the hibernation that Winter offers as we move into the warmer weather of Spring. Here in Australia the coming of Spring reminds us that our year is moving closer to its end! Already two thirds of our year has gone, that’s eight months out of our twelve. Apart from delighting in the beginning of some warmer weather (not that it gets too cold here); the blossoming of fragrant flowers, bushes and...
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Realising Retreat

REALISING RETREAT We all need to experience a ‘Retreat’. A retreat certainly can be a specific place, a set amount of time; the creating of a situation and occasion for taking a break. A retreat break could be for a period of months, weeks, days, hours; even just an hour or a number of minutes as provided by a ‘meditation’. A retreat place and period, a meditation or some mindful moments, needs to be approached and addressed with a healthy mind set, attitude,...
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Sustainable Well-Being

‘SUSTAINABLE WELL-BEING’ – Reflections by John Barter More than anything else, we seek to be Happy and much of our precious life’s time and energy is purposed towards this goal and experience (Sukkha). However, we are beset with the blight and maybe blessing of ‘Uncertainty’! We live in the realm of ‘Uncertainty’; this is how we live, this is how we die! However, we also live in an age of uncertainty, due to the ever-increasing fast pace of our life and...
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Welcome to Winter

Dear Friends – Welcome to Winter. We certainly know that the year is moving on when our winter arrives; which means that we are half way through this year! Winter finds us experiencing another side of nature, the cooler even cold weather, grey days, the wet and the windy. Plant and animal life tend to take a break, conserve and preserve energy for the coming of Spring. Whilst we tend to live and work in artificial environments, set up with constant and unchanging...
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The Four Ways of Mindfulness

THE FOUR WAYS OF MINDFULNESS Mindfulness is a ‘Conscious Clarity’ and an ‘Awakened Awareness’. Mindfulness is our Minds natural ability to be present to what is happening. Our Mindfulness connects us to what is happening externally through our Bodily Senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. Mindfulness also connects us to what is happening internally within us through our Feelings, Mental States and specific Mental Content. How we know and experience life and how we know we are alive...
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