A Year of Yes, Week 9: The Power of True Feelings

Walking in, I had no idea what the organisation was or who was presenting the lecture I attended today. I found this week’s “new experience” on Eventbrite advertised as “The Power of True Feelings.” It was free and local and I thought I could use an hour of self-help. It benefits me and the people…

A Year of Yes, Week 7: The Gift of Bread

This week I had my kids join me in a “new experience.” It was school term holidays and for some time we had been looking for a way to be of service together as a family. Our kids need to know how lucky they are, how there are many who are not as fortunate, and…

Mixed Up Seasons

I absolutely adore autumn; the crisp leaves, the smell of a nearby fireplace wafting on the breeze, cool and blustery days. I strongly identify with this time of year as my birthday falls smack in the middle of it. Preparations beginning for Thanksgiving and even Christmas–it’s MY time of year. If you ask my kids…

A Year of Yes, Week 5: Nitaai Breathing

Today I visit the St Helen’s Community centre in Glebe not quite sure what to expect in the advertised “relaxed breathing” class. At best I guess it will be a lesson in something like pranayama. I have practised different types of meditative breathing techniques before but I think this is still a “new” experience for…

A Year of Yes, Weeks 3 and 4: Beginner’s Pottery

In week 2 of my pottery class we smooth, shape and prepare our bowls for painting and firing in the kiln. Again, two hours flies by as it takes incredible focus to trim and shape my dishes. Once we receive our instruction on the process it’s all up to me to finish my projects and…