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The Art of Peace, and the secret of balance: how to recover more easily when life throws you


Just a snippet today from one of my favourite philosophers, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei), the founder of Aikido:

[O Sensei in action ]

“After observing O Sensei sparring with an accomplished fighter, a young student said to the master, ‘You never lose your balance. What is your secret?’

‘You are wrong,’ O Sensei replied. ‘I am constantly losing my balance. My skill lies in my ability to regain it.’”*


And for a taste of what this amazing man could do:


[*Nb the quote above comes from the excellent book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen from the Harvard Negotiation Project, p 122. ]


EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or ‘tapping’)  is a great tool to help you recover your balance after something throws you and to empower you to turn and face it.

For more info check out What is EFT?

And if you think I might be able to help with some one-on-one coaching, give me a call on 0419 580 382, or check out ‘how I work’.



Dissonance and harmony: a virtual choir of 2000 voices singing ‘Sleep’

This is simply beautiful. It’s a virtual choir of over 2000 people from around the world who each separately recorded themselves singing a part of Eric Whitaker’s composition, ‘Sleep’, and uploaded it to Youtube. The videos were then edited together to form this delicious metaphor for international harmony.

“We are a species with a remarkable degree of variation and difference… We either cherish and seek to understand our differences, or we do not understand what it is to be human at all.” –Michael Ondaatje

If you want to know about the background to this creation, here’s Eric Whitaker’s TED talk describing his original inspiration and the process.