Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Simple things

I decided to go looking for a teapot yesterday because I was meeting up with Yvonne and I really felt like tea. I'm not usually much of a tea drinker but I've also got some lovely tea leaves my friend Elena brought me back from her recent sojourn to Japan so a teapot is clearly needed.

Yesterday I started talking about my need for a teapot at work. Where on earth do you buy a teapot? Jo suggested Craft Victoria and whilst their teapots are divine, they are really pieces of artwork so not really in my price/need range. The nearest Tea Too store is blocks away (maybe 5) and yesterday was freezing so I turned back after two.

So much for commitment to my teapot.

When I got back to work Jo asked what kind of teapot I want (who knows? What kinds are there? A pretty one?) and told me she actually has five. Including one nice red one that she never uses and did I want it. Oh my goodness, yes I do!

So she brought it today and here is my new teapot and my lovely Japanese tea. I am so happy!

And you've got to love a boyfriend who, when he witnesses you lining up a mobile phone shot of a teapot says, hang on a sec, I'll get you some light!!

All I need now is a strainer so I'm not drinking leaves along with the tea.

* Clearly I didn't have a teapot last night. So Yvonne and I had a 'tea bag' tea and then went to the Exchange for a couple of glasses of vino instead :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ode to my Nanna

Mum, Nanna and me.

My sis, grandparents, cousins and brother.

So I do love my Nanna very much. Nanna just turned 80 and I went back to country South Australia last weekend to help her celebrate and gave a speech. The party had a theme of blue. My Nanna, in her darling and eccentric way, only wears blue. Never yellow, which she hates and claims makes her ill.

I should briefly talk about the party itself - at the 'Tarlee Institute' with nearly 100 people and a band mind you. Ah, the organisation. For those not from the country, this entails much preparation of the kind we cannot really even imagine. When I say we I mean you, however rest assured I don't get it either.

I'm talking 'mock chicken' sandwiches - a recipe bizarrely involving tomato, cheese and egg (sounds revolting but really quite nice - sorry Mum), caramel slice, 'butterfly cakes' with whipped cream and copious other recipes, a band playing the 'military two step' and the 'pride of erin' and a million blown up balloons.

I started my speech with a quote, which appeared on the date of Nanna's birthday (19th April) on a 'quote of the day' calendar of my Mum's.

'Growing old is compulsary. Growing up is optional.'

Words to live by? My Nanna is one of those people who will never grow up. She was unwell the day before her party and ended spending the night in hospital. However, annoying and stressful though this was, noone would have known. She somehow even persuaded the doctor to do early rounds so she could get to her hair appointment on time - I think it was something to do with the compliments she gives him about his 'nice shirts' and 'good injection technique' - which he apparently doesn't even have, but Nanna can make anyone feel good about themselves.

Nanna is the great provider and can always be counted on for any kind of food including her 'world famous' brandy snaps, or a lolly, which she'll find for you somewhere in the depths of her handbag. Apparently she got into trouble at bowls for giving lollies to the opposition - we should all be so evil :)

And that is how I ended my speech, that noone can leave Nanna's presence without feeling more beautiful, talented, clever (deep breath) , kind or brave as Nanna always has the right thing to say to everyone. So that kind of gave me a tear just writing it the first time, then giving the speech and even now.

In fact the next day, at a lunch for her actual birthday, she said that after my speech a number of people commented to her how close she was to her eldest grand daughter and that was it - I burst into tears. And then my Poppa, who is not the same these days, stroked my arm with such compassionate, unconditional and understanding love that it made me cry even more (v. embarrassing)

When I arrived back in Melbourne I picked a book off my shelf, 'The Prophet' by Kahil Gibran and it opened to a page on 'joy and sorrow' ...

'Your joy is your sorrow unmasked
And the selfsame well form which your laughter rises was often times filled with your tears
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain
Is it not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is it not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorry that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful ... look into your heart, and you will see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight'

I'm sort of annoyed at myself for being upset without reason, I know how lucky I am to still have ALL my grandparents (the other pair are now in their 90s and very healthy) but it's really the joy and sorrow getting all mixed up together ...

What is the difference between genius and madness?

What do you think? When thinking about this question for work I immediately thought of David Helfgott; a brilliant musician driven mad by his own genius. I found watching these clips from the movie Shine quite emotional.

And then a few days ago I found out David Helfgott is actually coming to Melbourne in August. So Laurence and I have booked! I love it when that happens, I mean I haven't thought about that movie in years. Have a quick watch!

Along a similar vein, if you haven't seen a clip of Susan Boyle in 'Britain's Got Talent' you totally have to watch it now. Pretty inspirational!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Another doorway

Things are sorting themselves out, as they do.

Although nothing is set in stone, it looks like I will be able to move to official part time work (0.8) and continue my Kinesiology practice :)

I wonder if you'll see the irony that the woman I will hopefully job share with is a Kinesiology client of mine ... and the person who introduced me to blogging in the first place. And I don't really mean the mechanics of type and hit publish, I mean the point to it all, which I'm still exploring.

I wrote about the big talk I had to do recently. Well the keynote was Will Richardson speaking on web 2.0 and blogging. I think I 'get' web 2.0 and in fact that is a big part of what I speak about to teachers. But I get it a whole lot more since, and I've thought a lot about his message, part of which was

"an important value of writing today is not simply to communicate but to get others engaged, to build a larger conversation around what we write"
Maybe that sounds obvious to you but I had an aha moment. I've also been thinking about something Lauren O'Grady blogged,

"You can only be one person online"
And since then I've been merging my worlds a little. Will also said, if you don't feel a moment's hesitation before you hit publish, don't bother. I hear you Will...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kinesiology unplugged

Wordle: Kinesiology

The Australian Kinesiology Association has quite a good definition of Kinesiology, I used some of their words to create this worlde. It's always interesting seeing which words dominate ... in this case, stress, experience, muscle, balance, energy ... Make your own here!

Monday, April 6, 2009

5 Elements

A simple video explaining the Chinese five elements. The five elements are really important to Kinesiology and can provide some clues to particular patterns of imbalance. A client recently said, 'I don't understand how you knew to ask the right questions.' Of course this is training and practise but we also learn communications/counselling techniques which are based on an understanding of the five elements and this can help us to hone in on the 'issues behind the issue'. I summarised the five elements here a while ago.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Why Awaken?

Cosmos Flower, originally uploaded by aussiegall.

How many people would say that an encounter with a clairvoyant inspired their business name? Probably not very many.

I've only seen one clairvoyant and it was a few years ago, right before I started studying Kinesiology.

When describing what she saw me doing in the future she didn't say what it was exactly (no surprises there, many people haven't heard of Kinesiology!), just that it was 'on an awakening theme, bringing people self knowledge and understanding'.

I started the course within a few weeks and I knew right from the start that my business name would be Awaken Kinesiology.

Helping people to awaken to themselves, find self acceptance and move forwards with clarity is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

On being grateful

So I have some very clever and wonderful friends. First of all Jess, who created my website in the first place and now Lynn and her housie Pete, who have done a bit of a re-modelling and even incorporated the blog into the site ... very clever! You can click on the images to have a look. Although I think they're still testing so don't worry if you run into difficulty :)

I have been so blessed with help to get things started ... and now so much encouragement to continue in spite of swhat we might term 'timetabling issues' that I really must stop and express my gratitude.

And I'm reminded of a quote that is probably Taoist in origin ... 'we don't always get what we want but we always get what we need.'

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Balance, originally uploaded by Pink Sherbet Photography.

And so I'm getting the opportunity to learn a little more about balance ...

My regular work is suddenly busier which means I'm no longer able to take Wednesday's off for my Kinesiology practice which has been going so well.

Hopefully I'll be able to do every second Friday instead ...

I pulled a 'Tao' card earlier this week on limitation ... focusing on our response to limitation and how we can use this as an opportunity to build our energy and grow rather than fighting against it. :)