New year musings - 'Life’s never ending tapestry'

Every new year no matter whether I’m enjoying family time at the beach or visiting friends elsewhere across the globe, I make sure I have time on my own.  I’ve had the opportunity, through many years of yoga practice and teaching, to witness the evolving benefits born of mindful time and have explored different ways to access my inner wisdom.

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Our diverse lens on life

I recently finished an  8-week student-program at a primary school that centred around building confidence, resilience and social/emotional skills.

The program provided a content mix of inspiration and reflection to encourage a deeper understanding of themselves. It was wonderful to witness the student’s growth, each with their own unique learning style and lens on life.

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Thoughts and feelings – the emotional states that guide our path

There is some conjecture on how many emotional states human beings experience. One of the prevailing thoughts is that there are six basic states: happiness, sadness, surprise, anger, disgust, fear. But not everyone agrees with this idea. Regardless of the exact number of emotions that we’re able to feel and name I’d argue that learning to sit with thoughts, feelings and emotions, the good and the bad, is essential for our emotional health and our relationships.  This includes our most intimate relationship, the one we have with ourself.

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Opening up to Creativity

Creativity means different things to different people.  To me, creativity is allowing a natural and innate flow to occur.  Writing prose is my minor (but meaningful) creative practice and a way of creatively communicating to others about some fundamentals which influence my personal philosophy and work. I invite you to reflect on creativity in your life, or your student's lives, and how it can enhance learning in even the smallest ways.

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Meet Dr Deb Roberts - interview by Ella Mitchell via Tenant Magazine

During my conversation with Deb, I learned that one-in-five young Australians are currently experiencing a mental health condition, including depression and anxiety. Deb’s work aims to support and improve their self-care and to facilitate happier and healthier lives. She believes that teaching emotional resilience is vital for our community’s future wellbeing.

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Resistance

I've been travelling for the past few weeks and as I head north to Canada having been to South America and the USA I've been reflecting on my experiences and I'm feeling grateful for what comes my way!

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Expectations of ourselves & self-compassion

When our expectations are so far from what is feasible or realistic we set ourselves up for never being satisfied.  Sometimes that leads to you feeling like you never measure up, no matter what you do.  It leads to feelings of failure too. Yes the F-word…

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An opportunity for growth by Deb Roberts

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with a cohort of primary school students aged 7-10 (years 2, 3, and 4). They've been part of my SOS-Care program (SOS stands for Support Our Self). Many feelings and experiences are explored, and many of the students open up in this forum, as a safe space has been created…

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Validation

The work we need to do to self-validate is a patient but deliberate process. Being compassionate to ourselves through that evolution and development is fundamental…

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Exam anxiety

This week's blog is a poetic meditation on exam anxiety, an emotion that many of us, and our families, experience. Let me know what memories or experiences this poem brings about for you? Or the ways you navigate the emotion of anxiety when it arrives. SOS-Care by Deb Roberts aims to normalise discussions on emotional health and well-being. Please contact us for more information.

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Rewiring resilience

Resilience is a word being bandied around by various experts, various philosophies and across industries. I hope that the term is not being overused to the point that people are tiring of talking about it or discussing it’s importance. The essence of resilience is about the ability to bounce back from adversity and challenges. 

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Thank you

Today's blog post is a poetic reflection on being thankful and on mindfulness. I hope you enjoy it.
Be kind to one another, Deb.

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Challenges in sitting with sadness in life

A poem sharing thoughts about the challenges in sitting with sadness in life. Please share it with anyone you think may benefit from it this week, and let them know about the SOS-Care mission which aims to normalise discussions about mental health and well-being with young adults and school communities.

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Finding the light: Part 1

So why can’t we be more open and accepting of our mental health? Because society still deems it weak and being vulnerable is largely seen as a weakness even with renowned author and researcher Brene Brown maintaining that it is strong to be vulnerable.

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Space

Giving and receiving space is a relevant and poignant matter.  If one gives space to themselves and others there is a sense of fluidity and flexibility.  There are options, opportunities and a vastness.

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