June 21, 2020

Yesterday I was engaged in study/training, specifically in mindfulness based therapies (MBSR), and this simple yet profound statement caught my attention.

Make a list of what is important to you. Embody it.

Statement originally from Jon Kabat Zinn - info on JKZ below. Th...

June 14, 2020

Definitively, trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope.

Trauma is not only a result of war, violence, abuse or serious physical injury.

Trauma is subjective, and what may be trauma for one, may...

March 22, 2020

A useful (and fun) exercise for conserving our energy and maintaining our wellbeing, This is a technique taught by therapists to anyone that may stand to benefit from creating some space around themselves in a bid to conserve their own energy; I think that may be all o...

February 23, 2020

“Sitting in meditation, is not, as it is often supposed, a spiritual exercise, a practice followed for some ulterior object.

From a Buddhist standpoint, it is simply the proper way to sit, and it seems perfectly natural to remain sitting so long as there is nothing else...

February 17, 2019

A little over 3 months ago I was told I had breast cancer. For a few reasons I’ve chosen to share these words. As well as the cathartic aspect, there is potentially much to be gained for many from a single shared experience and I also hope that it may spark some kind o...

November 2, 2018

 G'day Mates! After a brief calendar hiatus in 2018, the Hollytree Photo calendar is back for 2019 brighter than ever (maybe not brighter than ever but it's colourful!).

Lots of good vibes and colourful creations to adorn your wall all year. These calendars ar...

March 4, 2018

About mid way through last year I was approached by American author, Ashley Ellington Brown. Ashley was in the process of writing a book. The book titled, A Beautiful Morning, explores the positive effect a morning ritual can have on our overall wellbeing and happiness...

January 24, 2018

Last week I h