Here you will find links to sites, books, films and other resources that I've found inspiring
The Australian Breathwork Association was established in 1997, and is the professional association for Breathwork Practitioners in Australia. Its role is to support and facilitate the development of Breathwork standards and practice. Use this website to find practitioners and events all over Australia, and for information on the annual Breathe Australia Conference.
The International Breathwork Foundation is a world-wide network of people from different traditions and professions who are inspired by and interested in the practice of Conscious Breathing and Breathwork. The IBF warmly welcomes everyone who is interested in breathing as a tool for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. A good website for Breathwork practitioners internationally, and the annual Global Inspiration Conference.
The Secret in the Cells - an ariticle by Christine Heart Savage, explaining how the body 'remembers' all the events of your life. The information is stored in the cells.
Books and Magazines
"Radical Honesty - how telling the truth can change your life" by Brad Blanton. A funny sort of irreverent book which nevertheless contains exquisite wisdom about the nature and the power of the truth. Our culture teaches us that we can't really say what we feel or what we really want so we learn to get what we need in manipulative ways. This book offers a radical truth telling that really matches my sense that healing and wellness is the ability to be true to what's actually happening.
"Healing through the Dark Emotions" by Miriam Greenspan. An excellent appreciation of the deep purpose of the emotional life - learn about the alchemy of what we call the 'dark' emotions: a transformational process by which grief becomes gratitude, fear turns to joy, and despair opens a doorway to a more resiliant faith in life.
"Dying to be Me" by Anita Moorjani. A spectacular account of Anita's journey dying of cancer when her body completely shut down after four years of illness. Anita shares her experience of entering another dimension and being given a choice of whether to return to life or not. She experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth.
"Pathways to Family Wellness": A quarterly publication from the US which consistently has a wonderful range of articles and resources around wholistic health, parenting, healthcare, consciousness, science and spirit, birth, love and gratitude, food, gardening. It's a great magazine, well worth subscribing.
"Am I going Mad? The Unsettling Phenomena of Spiritual Evolution" By Marlyse Carroll. A book about the extraordinary spiritual experiences that often meet us at various stages of personal evolution. For a spiritual awakening is not all about love and light, far from it! Some of its phenomena can be very unsettling, to the point of being mistaken for depression or other symptoms of mental illness. Marlyse Carroll is a wonderful woman and this book is an excellent resource for those times when the journey takes you to places where you think you're going loopy!
"The Day I stood Up Alone" is a very moving account of Kenyan photgrapher Boniface Mwangi's journey to finding out what he was born for, how he stood up for what he felt passionate about and found his vioce.
"The space between self-esteem and self-compassion" - A TED talk by Kristen Neff that offers a clear guide to treating yourself lovingly. She offers research to show what kindness does, what being unkind to yourself creates - an inspiring and very practical guide to being okay!
"The person you really need to marry" - A TED talk from Tracy McMillan about the relationship that you have with yourself, the one you take with you into every relationship you have with other people. A heartful invitation to commit to your self, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, ...
"How to make stress your friend" - a TED talk from psychologist Kelly McGonigal. Beautiful wisdom, how your THOUGHTS about stress have more impact on your health than the stress itself.
"The voices in my head" - a TED talk by Eleanor Longden on what schizophrenia is like. A wise approach to being human that asks us to listen to what's really happening, to avoid the habit of pathologising, calling it illness, and allowing the truth of things to be the wise internal guide.
"The power of introverts" - a TED talk by author Susan Cain, pointing out that we live in a world which adores the extrovert, and have forgotten not only that up to a half of humans are introverted, but also that we need introverts! Remembering this gives you permission to respect your own ways of being and to listen to your needs.
"The Power of Vulnerability" is a must see! Brené Brown studies human connection - our ability to empathize, belong, love. In this poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest from linear and logical scientific objectivity, to knowing herself and understanding humanity.
"The whispers of the body" - a TED talk by MD Lissa Rankin is a very inspiring and beautiful 18 minute talk on the truth about health from a medically trained woman who has become a true healer - that health is not just about the body. It's more like a cairn, with the wisdom of inner light as its foundation, and built on top are all aspects of our lives - our creative, sexual, relationship, work, family, financial lives. The body is perched precariously on top, vulnerable to any of the underneath stones losing its balance.
"Older people are happier" - a TED talk by psychologist Laura Carsten. She looks at the potential of an aging population, when we bring our wisdom and experience to our culture. It's inspiring to see research that shows how come we seem to get happier as we age.
"Why dieting doesn't work" a TED talk by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, who uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies. She explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
"The sex-starved marriage" a TED talk by Michele Weiner-Davis. A clear and heartful inquiry into marriages where one person yearns for more sexual intimacy and the other is uninterested, and how to shift this dynamic.
Generally very good things!
Michael Thomsen - Naturopath and incredibly generous IT wonder who supported me massively with building this website! Thank you Michael.
The International College of Spiritual Midwifery - The teaching of the International College of Spiritual Midwifery is centred on returning women to the sovereignty of their own bodies, and the inherent power within. Visit this site for information on the five day Women's Mysteries Retreat offered by Shivam Rachana - My work has been deeply informed by Rachana's teaching and I highly recommend this work.
FIMBY is a Hobart based enterprise, created to inspire and support people to grow their own food. They are a heartful, beautiful and wise mob, and work with great integrity to grow the community's connections to the earth, the seasons and to each other. I'm very happy to be connected with them.