RampageofAppreciation 1





Most of us want fulfilling relationships. It seems there is a universal yearning for those truly intimate moments of connection when we are able to show our vulnerabilities and be met in the heart by another.

Yet how do we peel off our layers of protection to be with our friends in a deeper more intimate way? How do we do this without getting hurt? Without seeming weak, needy, incapable, silly or crazy? How do we shift to a deeper level of connection without the risk of rejection or losing the relationship altogether?

Our needs might be out-of-step with the expectations of the other person or the group we belong to. Relationships have subtle [and not so subtle] rules, boundaries and unspoken expectations for how we relate to each other. There are terms of engagement, such as how often we connect, how personal we get, what topics we talk about, what activities we do together. Sometimes we even feel constrained to a certain style of dress, speech, food or thinking style.

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Meditation Story PgONE




Today it seems a lot of well-known and successful people are either learning to meditate or sheepishly admitting to have been cultivating a habit for years and in some cases decades. Ellen Degeneres, Russell Brand, Sheryl Crow, Hugh Jackman, and Oprah are all converts to the gentle practice, with Clint Eastwood and Sir Paul McCartney both clocking up an impressive 40 years each of regular meditation.

In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity
—Sir Paul McCartney

Although meditation has been practised within the context of religion for thousands of years, it is only since the 1960s when it became westernised that it grew increasingly mainstream. There are now many user-friendly versions of meditation that promise to help still my mind so I can rest peacefully between my thoughts. I knew it would be good for me, but….why was it so hard to begin?

For ten years I had a secret desire and forlorn hope that one day I would learn to meditate. I was overscheduled, overcommitted, and too busy. I always seemed to be rushing from one place to another...

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