I was in the gym changing room when I took a moment to stop and listen to what was being played through the speakers; it was along the lines of “if you love me, come and get your fill”. Hmmmm… definitely not a love song by my standards, and certainly not what I would want to hear from someone I loved or who loved me. I’ve learned that love can only be something that truly comes from within me first, not from anyone else filling me up: believe me I’ve tried it, and looking outside myself for love simply doesn’t work.
Hearing this song made me stop, and think; what are we really listening to? Continue reading
“Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.”
This was one of my grandmother’s favourite sayings. Perhaps from an era just fading from memory when really no one stayed up that late. It was common practice when I was a child staying at her house that dinner was early, kids were bathed and in their pyjamas well and truly before the summer sun went down. Dinner was served at 5:30 / 6pm and once it was eaten it was story time and into bed. Adults too.
It seems these days it is a much busier world. The pace of everything is much faster and having space and time in the day seems like a luxury.
When I first started practicing Optometry 20 years ago, and for many years thereafter, I felt like I was an actor on a stage, but seldom the true me.
My approach was to ‘mimic my patient’ or ‘to follow their lead’. I was never taught this explicitly at the time, but just recently I attended a Customer Services workshop where this was recommended as a way to ‘wow’ your client.
I reflected back to a time when I was constantly measuring how another person was from the minute they walked through the door. Continue reading
The word LOVE….
This compact unpretentious little word has perhaps more power crammed into its meagre four letters than almost any other word.
We can apparently make, give or send it, but when we lose it or are deprived of it, we are torn apart.
Just after the 2013 Universal Medicine retreat at the Lighthouse, I remember getting into the hire car, driving up to the junction at the top of the road and immediately feeling my calm and serene self being challenged by a palpable energy of aggression and intolerance.
I’m referring to a phenomenon that seems to exist but need not.
I started biting my nails when I was about 6 years old, or even earlier… I remember my mother telling me not to do it, and eventually buying some foul tasting liquid to put on my nails. Despite this awful taste I persisted. It became a very unconscious habit that increased when I was aware of being anxious, for example reading a tension-inducing book or in my teens watching a literally – for me – a “nail-biting” TV programme! As I grew older and became more self conscious I tried to hide my nails by folding my fingers inside my palms so no one would notice. I felt helpless to do anything about it, although I would like to have stopped the habit. I chewed all the way through my school years. Continue reading
As a member of the community I would like to express my joy on hearing that Universal Medicine has been awarded the 2014 People’s Choice award at the Crowe Horwath Lismore Business Excellence Awards.
This is a good news story. The people have expressed their appreciation of the business model of loving support and respect given to all by Universal Medicine: whether at the Goonellabah clinic, at a workshop or retreat, or in the community. Continue reading