You Are Eukaryote

A poem about our eukaryote selves, the cells that we share with all plants and animals, the things that allow us to receive the environment and make a response. Eukaryote, the complex life Since dot beginning, billion years strife Symbiotic Archaea bacteria mates Forming powerhouse energy mitochondria rates Without which we would have no plants […]

You Are Atomic Poem

A poem I wrote about our oldest evolutionary truth, that we arev all made from atoms, that we are all connected, we are all the universe. Looking up deep into sky Wondering brain asking why Trying to get a grasp of scale Differing reports of the history trail Perspective shift from all about us To […]

Redundant ? Yippeee!

It’s not really a great word. There is something about being ‘made redundant’ which implies somehow you have no more value, like an old worn out robot being thrown on the trash heap as the new shiny one arrives. The dictionary defines it as “no longer needed’ or ‘superfluous’. Everyone wants to be needed, to […]

Top Reasons To Do Mindfulness at Work

The benefits of a regular mindfulness practice include.. Improved decision making via greater clarity of mind Expand your leadership ability Improve team collaboration Increased mental stability and resilience to turbulence Better able to handle conflict & challenging relationships Less distracted mind leading to increased productivity Reduced stress improves energy and enthusiasm More engaged with other employees

Science Behind Mindfulness

Check out some of these research studies Contemplative Science Research at Harvard Meditation’s positive residual effects Centre for Mindfulness (University of Massachusetts) Mindfulness Centre Mindsight Institute Harvard’s Eight Weeks to A Better Brain

Twelve Rules for Living

By Jordan Peterson I really recommend listening to this book as an audiobook as it is narrated by the author and therefore you really get a sense of the feeling and emotion that he has put into this best selling book. It’s a book that dances around the topics of evolutionary biology, religion, ethics, philosophy, […]

Instinct vs Impulse by Paul von Bergen

On first look, an impulse can feel very much like an instinct. It comes from inside and seems to drive you to do something. Instincts also come from inside but are more a general gut feeling that you should follow a particular path. Impulses are not always good for you whereas instincts usually are. If […]

How to Set Intentions or Goals by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen With the new year firmly established it is appropriate to reflect on the direction of our life and whether we are creating the reality we want. It is also a time when a lot of us set goals with the belief that this will more likely make them happen. How often […]

Background to Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Inspired by John Kabat Zinn If you were part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra you would not dream of using your instrument without tuning it first yet. The mind is our instrument of running our life yet most of us don’t spend even a moment of our life tuning it. Mindfulness […]

Book Review: Everyday Blessings – Mindfulness for Parents

Get book here Everyday Blessings: Mindfulness for Parents   It is no secret that Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of our heroes! He was the real powerhouse behind getting mindfulness out of temples and into everyday homes and his program “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” is helping thousands of people around the world. Jon and his wife […]

Book: The Mind Workout

A really simple and user friendly book that was recommended by a recent guest that explains basic mindfulness practices in ways that are really easily digested and put into practice in every day lives. Mark talks about learning to notice urges, break compulsive patterns and start to thrive in life. Highly recommended. Get book here The […]

Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of Insight

Incredible story of a neuroscientist who had a left brain stroke and experienced what is what like to inhabit a pure right brain consciousness. This gives an amazing insight into the right brain’s connectedness with the energy all around us and as humans become increasingly left brain dominated this is a timely reminder to practice […]

Book: We’re All Going To Die

This is a beautiful joyful book that understands one of the keys to enjoying life is to come to terms with our own inevitable death. Written by an Australian medical doctor this book explains the wisdom that comes from reconciling ourselves with death, a skill that unfortunately has been lost in modern life. It explains […]

Altered Traits Book Review

Click here to buy book This book is amazing. For those of us who like a bit of science with our ancient wisdom then look no further than ‘Altered Traits’ by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. Both these authors are well know and are well established within the mindfulness and neuroscience world. This books starts […]

The Divided Brain

I am fascinated by this TED discussion by Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist how our brain fundamentally works in two different ways yet this duality is often masked by our mindlessness. Our left brain is good are knowing defined detail yet this often delivers a meaningless pile of fragments and our right brain is good at understanding […]

Book: Wherever You Go, There You Are

“Wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. The important question is how are you going to handle it?” Jon Kabat-Zinn This book is great for those new to meditation as well as those who […]

Forest Bathing is Scientifically Good for You!

We were fascinated by this article about some scientific research in Japan that actually explains why hanging out with trees improves your immune function! The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing” QZ.COM Forest […]

On Being with Krista Tippet

We highly recommend these series of podcasts particularly Becoming Wise. In their words… Becoming Wise is an inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett engages wise lives of our day — from Brian Greene and Jon Kabat-Zinn to Brené Brown and Maria Popova. A companion to the New York […]

Our Food Philosophy

We believe that good nutrition is one of the foundations of good health and longevity and that it should not be complicated. We serve wholefoods, as nature produced them, free from artificial pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics. We serve vegetarian food not because we want to promote vegetarianism but because we believe vegetables should make up […]

Our Pillars of Health, Wellness, Longevity & Joy by Paul von Bergen

1. Eat Well Eat the right foods. Look after your gut biome. No processed foods – just eat real food and slowly so it can be digested properly. No antibiotics if at all possible. Lots of natural probiotics. Minimise or avoid alcohol and caffeine. Avoid anything with hormones, chemicals, pesticides or antibiotics in it (that […]

What Is Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Mindfulness is quite simply the biggest revolution in health and wellness but not because it is new, it is not. The concepts and ideas of mindfulness have been around for thousands of years. It is because the concept of mindfulness has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world […]

Setting Quality Intentions: Top Eight Tips by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen, Founder, Billabong Retreat Learning how to set high quality intentions rather than poor quality resolutions is an essential skill for anyone who wants to create change in their lives. How many times have you or someone else set a new year resolution on the first of January only to break it […]

How to Make New Year Intentions Stick

It’s that time of the year where new resolutions and intentions are set, but how do we actually make them stick? Here are some quick and easy tips. Limit how many resolutions you have to three (If you accomplish them early, then add more) Work out how you’ll deal with the temptations that come up. […]

Top tips for practising mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Anchor each day with a meditation, however small Be forgiving with yourself & your mind first Sprinkle your day with short minute meditations Identify stress triggers and watch out for them Notice repetitive patterns of thought Tail each day with a meditation Remember meditation can be many things – not only […]

Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie

By Paul von Bergen There is a lot of confusion out there at the moment about what exactly is causing the high rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes that we are seeing particularly in the Western world. Certainly the trend over the past fifty years of high consumption of polyunsaturated ‘vegetable’ fats and sugar in everything […]

Biology of Belief

By Paul von Bergen We have been fans of Bruce Lipton for a while now and the more we read and absorb, the more obvious and simple his teachings become. His core statement is that our thoughts affect our genes. We think thoughts which create emotional chemicals that spread throughout the body. These chemicals interact […]

Lotus Dreaming Poem by Tory

Arriving, perfect timing.Late, fate hesitateComing here to mediateQuiet night, dream insideothers moving different tides.Sitting breathing frogs I’m hearing,listening and learningancient dreaming. Outside stillness inside stirringNew ways to be, I am learningBody nourished real food yearningRelaxing now and life time caring. Fire outside crackles brightlySome eyes can see now softly softlyDo I know you? I think […]

Indigenous Wisdom by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen If you have read the article on perspective, then you will realize that the amount of time that Europeans have been in Australia is miniscule compared to the time that indigenous people have. About 250 years versus 40,000 years – 0.00625% of the time to be exact. The changes that Europeans […]