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Welcome to the Mind Body Living Centre, helping you find calm, inspiration and self-nourishment in your daily life.

More than ever in these tricky and uncertain times we need to look after ourselves, emotionally, mentally and physically. The healthier we can be, the stronger and healthier we’ll remain for our families, friends, co-workers and community.

Here is a list of some helpful resources and online supports you can utilise to keep yourself healthy, calm and connected during this time.


Support for the mind


  Insight Timer   |   Smiling Mind    |    Calm    |    Shine    |    Headspace    |    Sanvello  




Support for living a Connected Life – staying engaged with those you love, and seek support when you need it!

  • Facetime, skype and Zoom (of course!) …I know these are quite obvious connection points but don’t underestimate the boost we get with seeing someone’s friendly face on our phone or laptop and the important connection this makes
  • Hotlines, Crisis Centres and ResourcesMore than ever it’s an important time to look after your mental health and your emotional wellbeing. Life circumstances can be triggering, and uncertainty can lead to high levels of fear and anxiety. Its important to remember, that whatever challenges you may be going through right now, you are not alone. There is always support available to you. Don’t hesitate to reach out, connect and seek support. Below are a list of contacts and hotlines if you need someone to talk to.

Lifeline |  131 114 (24/7 free telephone counselling service)

–  Beyond Blue  |  1300 224 636  (24/7 Free telephone support)

SANE Helpline  |  1800 187 263 (9-5 mon-Fri Mental Health info and referral service)

The Salvation Army   |   1300 363 622  (24/7 telephone counselling service)

 Don’t hesitate to reach out, connect and seek support.


Support for the body – Online Resources to help you keep moving, even when you’re stuck at home


  • DownDog Appall apps are completely free at the moment. You can choose from hundreds of at home yoga, HIIT, Barre and 7-minute workouts
  • Glo is offering free online yoga, meditation and pilates workouts – especially to support you in these highly anxious times
  • Yoga with Adriene – she offers great FREE yoga classes online – teachers for all abilities and body types – I highly recommend


General Resources to cultivate strength, joy, mindfulness & creativity in your everyday life…


Open your Mind, spark your curiousity and further your learning with Mind Body Living…

In addition to the resources I’ve listed above to support you during this tricky time, The Mind Body Living Centre also offers some great little pearls of wisdom, online support and array of books for you to dive into and explore with open curiousity. It includes the virtual Bookshelf, as well as links to FREE meditations and wisdom talks with top teachers from around the world.


Dive in, and enjoy.






The Book Shelf

During my many years of working and engaging in the wellness industry I have had the pleasure of coming across some wonderful people, organisations, books and resources. Each and everyone of them have expanded my knowledge, opened my mind and created more awareness. Here are just a few of my favourites so far.


For the Mind

The Brain that changes itself By Norman Doidge

An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age.


Mindfulness for beginners By Jon Kabat-Zinn

We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With “Mindfulness for Beginners” you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play-and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are. Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream medicine offers a book that will change your life.


The Happiness Trap By Dr. Russ Harris

 A growing body of scientific research suggests that we are all caught in a powerful psychological trap: a vicious cycle, whereby the more we strive for happiness, the more we suffer. This book provides an escape from ‘the happiness trap’, via a revolutionary new development in human psychology: a powerful model for change, known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  ACT helps people to create a rich, full and meaningful life, whilst effectively handling the pain that inevitably comes with it.


The Emotional Life of your  Brain by Richard J. Davidson with Sharon Begley

How to change the way you think, feel and live. This groundbreaking book by a pioneer in neuroscience brings a new understanding of emotions. Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research for thirty years helps us identify our own emotional ‘style’ and explains the chemistry that underlies it. He gives us a new model of the brain and provides strategies we can use to change our brains and emotions to help our lives.


Full catastrophe living by Jon Kabat- Zinn

The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years. Stress – it can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work–which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology–shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing.


The brain’s way of healing by Norman Doidge, M.D

The bestselling author of”The Brain That Changes Itself “presents astoundingadvances in the treatment of brain injury and illness In “The Brain That Changes Itself,” Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience what we call neuroplasticity. His revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works.


Super Brain – Unleash the explosive power of your mind by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi

Answering questions such as “Are you bound to lose memory as you age? Can you change the hard wiring of your brain? How do you replace lost brain cells? Is it true you only use 10% of your brain? Can you become more conscious? Where does reality begin? Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience this book  gives you a practical vision of the brain and how to understand and use it to achieve optimum physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.


Silence your mind by Ramesh Manocha M.D

Introducing world-leading meditation research from Australiam medical doctor and pioneer researcher, Dr Ramesh Manocha. The new, scientifically proven approach to meditation that will enhance your wellbeing and performance – in just 10 minutes a day! Scientifically based, this book is fundamentally different from any other book on this topic.  Dr Ramesh shows that meditation is easy (practical step by step guides included!), enjoyable, health giving and life changing.


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Mindfulness for Health: a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing By Dr. Danny Penman, Vidyamala Burch

Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness is at least as effective as the most commonly prescribed painkillers such as Tramadol and codeine.


The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton

This book is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell. Using simple language this book demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our lives.


The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life By Donna Jackson Nakazawa

One day, Nakazawa found herself lying on the floor to recover from climbing the stairs. She was managing the symptoms of the autoimmune disorders that had plagued her for a decade, but she had lost her joy. As a science journalist, she was curious to know what mind-body strategies might help her. Acclaimed author Katrina Kenison gives praise to this book and states: “For all who travel through the dark and lonely landscape of chronic illness, here is hope and healing supported by solid science and first-hand experience. Hand extended, heart open, Donna Jackson Nakazawa is a seasoned, compassionate guide, pointing the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.”


The miracle of mindfulness By Tich Nhat Hanh

In this beautifully written book, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment – even simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation.


Buddha’s Brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom By Rick Hanson, PH.D, with Richard Mendius

With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. “Buddha’s Brain” joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding.


Healing the mind through the power of story By Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D

Self-Transformation / Personal Growth “This Wonderful Book Is Deep, Moving, Honest, Educational, And Will Open Your Mind To The Power Of Storytelling To Heal And Know More Intimately The Vastness Of Our Beings. As A Physician And Indigenous Healer, Lewis Mehl-Madrona Uniquely Blends His Knowledge Of Science And The Greater Mysteries To Help Us See More Clearly.” –Judith Orloff, M.D., Author Of Second Sight


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Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

Robert Sapolsky is one of the best science writers of our time. Enjoy his book the acclaimed guide to stress, stress related diseases and coping.  When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal’s does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way – through fighting or fleeing.  Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humour and practical advice, this book explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more.


The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention By Dawson Church

Your genes don’t control your health or happiness outcomes; in fact many of the choices you make turn genes on or off. Author Dawson Church applies the insights of the new field of Epigenetics and drawing on numerous scientific studies, he shows how consciousness—in the form of beliefs, altruism, optimism, meditation, emotions, and energy psychology methods like EFT—can trigger the expression of DNA strands. He coins the new term “Epigenetic Medicine” to describe healing techniques with epigenetic effects.  The Genie in Your Genes shows that there is a sound theoretical framework, based on credible experiments, for understanding these astonishing results and predicts that the insights of Epigenetic Medicine will dramatically advance the fields of both medicine and psychology in the coming decade.


How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body by David R. Hamilton

The connection between your mind and body is close, powerful, and often a valuable tool in taking control of your life and ambitions. The power of thought can affect you in profound ways, particularly in regards to its truly incredible effect on your health, explored in detail within these pages. This fascinating book by cutting-edge scientist David R. Hamilton explores the power of visualization, belief, and positive thinking—and their effects on the body.


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For living a WHOLE life (and activating some inner wisdom and inspiration!)

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Loving yourself to great health: Thoughts and food – the ultimate diet  By Louise Hay,  Ashlea Khadro & Heather Dane

For decades, best-selling author Louise Hay has transformed people’s lives by teaching them to let go of limiting beliefs. Now in this tour de force, Louise teams up with her go-to natural health and nutrition experts, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, to reveal the other side of her secret to health, happiness, and longevity: living a nutrient-rich life. Unlike any health book you’ve ever read, this work transcends fads, trends, and dogma to bring you a simple yet profound system to heal your body, mind, and spirit that is as gentle as changing the way you think


Mindfulness for life: How to Use Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Your Life By Stephen McKenzie, Craig Hassed

Science and clinical practice have only recently ‘discovered’ the profound potential of mindfulness-based practices for increasing our wellbeing. However, mindfulness has been practised for thousands of years as an attention-training technique that can reduce physical and psychological suffering and enhance health and happiness. Mindfulness practice simply involves directing our attention to what is (reality), rather than to what isn’t (our ideas of reality).


The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill By Karla McLaren

What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve our relationships and our emotional lives? With The Art of Empathy, this acclaimed author teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity-to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, this book teaches readers: why empathy is not a mystical phenomenon but a natural, innate ability that we can strengthen and develop.


Molecules of emotion By Candace B Pert

Why do we feel the way we feel? How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? In her groundbreaking book “Molecules of Emotion,” Candace Pert provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries.


Ian Gawler: The Dragon’s Blessing By Guy Allenby

The inspiring life story of cancer survivor and renowned healer, Ian Gawler. This honest, unflinching and illuminating portrait of an unorthodox, compassionate and courageous Australian, whose journey has been an inspiration to the lives of so many others, will inspire many more.


The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

An extraordinary true story of a boy’s journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved comedians. The Happiest Refugee tells the uplifting and inspiring life story of Anh Do with all the tragedy, triumphs, humour, heartache and unswerving determination – a big life with big dreams. Anh’s story will move and amuse all who read it.


Power Vs. Force: The hidden determinants of human behaviour by Dr David R. Hawkins

David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD, was Director of the Institute for Spiritual Research, Inc, and worked as a healing psychiatrist during his long and distinguished career. He was renowned as a pioneering researcher in the field of consciousness, as well as author, lecturer, clinician, physician and scientist. He served as an adviser to Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist monasteries; appeared on major network television and radio programmes. In this incredible book Dr Hawkins explores theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior. This is a fascinating work that will intrigue readers from all walks of life!


The Heart of the Matter by Dr Darren R. Weissman and Cate Montana, M.A.

Based on the latest findings in neuroscience and neurocardiology, this book reveals the power of our emotions and how they can either limit us or set us free. This beautifully written book emphases that processing our emotions is the fundamental key to creating harmony in all areas of our life. The heart of the matter gives you potent tools for real change that you will be able to use no matter what issues you are dealing with.



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Total recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic pain and depression by Dr Gary Kaplan, D.O. with Donna Beech

Dr. Gary Kaplan’s Total Recovery is a radical rethink of how we get sick, why we stay sick and how we can recover. Millions of us suffer from chronic pain. It can return at the slightest provocation and its cause is often a mystery to doctors. In Total Recovery, Dr. Gary Kaplan argues that we’ve been thinking about disease all wrong. Through cutting-edge research and dramatic patient stories, the book reveals how chronic physical and emotional pain are linked. Dr. Kaplan’s groundbreaking discovery that disease is an accumulation of traumas over a lifetime – every injury, infection and emotional blow.


Notching up: the Nurtured Heart Approach by Lisa Bravo, with Howard Glasser and Melissa Lynn Block

The Nurtured Heart Approach has been found to support optimal learning and social-emotional development in every child. Lisa Bravo has over 20 years of experience in the areas of parent coaching, mental health, crisis and chemical dependency interventions, consultations and training. She spends much of her time helping families, schools and agencies to implement the Nurtured Heart Approach. It will revolutionise the way you parent, work with clients and engage with your loved ones!


You will notice when you click on a book link you will be taken to a webpage: This link gives you additional information about the resource & a chance to purchase the product.I have used for many years to purchase books and resources and I have always found them reliable, affordable (often the cheapest!) and the best thing is that they provide FREE SHIPPING to Australian customers (and discounted shipping to overseas clients).


Websites I love


For the mind

Discover neuroscience. Understand the brain. Expand your mind. Learn key strategies for brain health & wellness.

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App. – See more at:!/category/background/what-is-smiling-mind

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App.

– See more at:!/category/background/what-is-smiling-mind

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App.

– See more at:!/category/background/what-is-smiling-mind

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App.

– See more at:!/category/background/what-is-smiling-mind

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App. Jump on for FREE meditation resources!

Treat your head right – a gym membership for the mind. Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind. They even have a free meditation app.

Tara is just magical! Join psychologist and meditation teacherTara Brach for free talks and downloadable meditations. Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.

Sharon is one of the greatest meditation teachers of all time and offers FREE meditations for download from her website. She also has books and CDs for purchase.

Boost your brain fitness! Web based brain games and brain training to improve cognitive abilities. Provides information about memory, brain health and cognition. Jump on and get training!

Is a new evolving space for young people where you can discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life, share real and personal stories, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people. It’s a rich and colourful online resource for young people to boost mental and emotional fitness, and learn how to cope better with everyday life.



For the Body

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A feature documentary exploring the underlying causes of modern health issues and the astonishingly simple solutions everyone can benefit from.  It follows the journey of 11 year old Brisbane based boy Liam, and the struggles and successes to regain his health. This inspiring young boy makes transformational life changes, including getting back to basics by learning to move his body, express his emotions and fuel himself with wholesome organic foods. This documentary will help you feel inspired to reconnect with your body, your relationships and your world. A real eye opener!

Dr Mike Evans is a forward thinking preventative medicine GP in Canada who has developed the Evans Health Lab. The Evans Health Lab fuses clinicians and creatives, filmmakers and patients, social entrepreneurs and best evidence to create “edutaining” healthcare information that is accessible online. Watch this youtube clip…it is very clever and will open your mind!!

Youtube Clip: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


Websites for living a WHOLE life

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Emma Seppala Ph.D.

Emma Seppala originates from Paris, France and is Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Her research areas include:  The Science of Happiness, Health, Well-Being; Stress; Trauma; Emotion and Emotion Regulation; Compassion, Social Connectedness; Cross-Cultural Psychology. Check out her website for amazing science based insights into health, happiness and social connectedness. She also has FREE meditation and mindfulness tools! with Dr Russ Harris

Russ Harris is the author of the world’s best selling ACT book, The Happiness Trap. His internationally acclaimed ACT training is based on three core principles: simplicity, clarity and having fun! His books are entertaining and easy to read, and the content may literally change your life! If you want to learn more about Mindfulness and how to apply it to your life, then jump on his website and start exploring.

Dr Ramesh Manocha is an Australian GP and researcher based at the Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, Sydney University, where he coordinates the Meditation Research Programme. For the past 15 years he has conducted clinical trials and scientific investigations into the practical applications of meditation. His website offers practical advice, and FREE meditations. He is the author of Silence your Mind.

Video Showroom

Some worthwhile viewing


Youtube Clip: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Love this clever clip. So simple, yet so true!


Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

A very touching, whole hearted TED talk that everyone should watch!