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Welcome to the Mind Body Living Centre. Your online hub of wisdom, knowledge and heart-led inspiration to nourish your mind, enliven your body and nurture your soul!

The Mind Body Living Centre offers a host of online learning opportunities, pearls of wisdom and array of resources for you to dive into and explore with open curiousity. It includes access to cutting edge online courses and programs, online wellness retreats, brief video workshops, the virtual Bookshelf, and links to FREE meditations and wisdom talks with top teachers from around the world.

I founded the Mind Body Living Centre on the basis of my own LOVE FOR LEARNING. It is an inspiring space for me to share my personal discoveries, spiritual unfoldings and life changing resources I have been blessed to come across. It is also a platform of wisdom for YOU to nurture your own journey of lifelong learning and personal-development.

It has been lovingly created for health practitioners, fitness professionals, life coaches, therapists, wisdom seekers, healers and self-healers alike. It is for anyone wishing to change their own life, and those around them.


Dive in, enjoy, and start nourishing your mind, body and soul!



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The Book Shelf

During my work on this project I have had the pleasure of coming across some wonderful people, organisations, books and resources that have transformed my world. 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.


Mind over medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin MD

THIS IS A MUST READ! Clinical trials show that up to 80 percent of patients given a placebo heal themselves with the power of the mind alone. But how? There is documented evidence that beliefs, thoughts, and feelings can cure the body. And this book not only reveals the data from mainstream medical journals; it tells you step-by-step how you can implement this knowledge to make your body ripe for spontaneous remission or disease prevention. 


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.


BRAIN FOOD by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

A delicious blend of finger-lickin science, with tasty chunks of brain-boosting goodness. In this brand new book Dr Karl places the food industry under the microscope, gives an insight into your insides, reveals how hamburgers can kill, and puts his palate on the line. He even talks about life-saving faecal transplants! Dr Karl is a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist and mathematician based in Sydney Australia.


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 concious? 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


Meditations to heal your life By Louise L. Hay

In Meditations to Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay shares her philosophy of life on a multitude of subjects from addictions to fears to spiritual laws, and everything in between. Her insights offer meditations and practical knowledge to apply to your day-to-day life. She says: Begin anywhere in this book. Open it at will. The message will be perfect for you at that moment.


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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.


Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition by Victoria Boutenko

Everyone knows they need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but consuming even the minimum FDA-recommended five servings a day can be challenging. In Green for Life, raw foods pioneer Victoria Boutenko presents an overlooked powerhouse of nutrition in this equation: greens. For their bounty of minerals and nutrients, greens exceed other vegetables in value. Green for Life details the immense health benefits of greens and suggests an easy way to consume them in sufficient quantities: the green smoothie.


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.


Healthy Everyday By Pete Evans

120 Delicious and Nourishing Recipes for Energy and Good Health! Celebrity Chef Pete Evans shares his favourite recipes for good health and vitality. Inspired by a ‘paleo’ way of eating, these are the meals he cooks for his family every day, featuring loads of fresh veggies, nuts and seeds, sustainable seafood and meat, and free of gluten, sugar and dairy. Drawing on his love of the cuisines of Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and Morocco, he shows you how to make lighter, healthier versions of your favourite breakfasts, salads, curries and burgers


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The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a host of other illnesses? “The Paleo Solution” incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and a stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the world.


Supercharged food: Eat yourself beautiful by Lee Holmes

A simple and inspiring guide to eating for optimum heath and beauty. Supercharged features more than 100 recipes, many of which are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar, and each bursting with nutrient-rich or ‘super’ foods that will help nourish, heal and restore. This is your one stop shop for easy, vibrant and flavourful meals that will jump-start your immune system, boost your energy levels and maintain your long term health and well-being.


The end of pain: How nutrition and diet can fight chronic inflammatory disease by Jacqueline Lagace, PhD

For years Jacqueline Lagace suffered from debilitating chronic arthritis pain in her hands, spine, and knees. Her search for sustainable relief brought her to the work of Dr. Jean Seignalet, an expert in nutrition therapy, who used targeted nutrition to treat patients suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases.  Lagace experienced alleviation of the pain in her hands within ten days and regained the use of her hands in 16 months. The End of Pain, Lagace thoroughly investigates the science behind treating inflammatory disease with nutritional therapy.


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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 way of the peaceful warrior By Dan Millman

Based on the true story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, this insightful volume explores the gymnast’s journey into the realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body and spirit.


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.


Dying to be me  by Anita Moorjani

In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body-overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system-began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth…and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was able to be released from the hospital within weeks…without a trace of cancer in her body! Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge.


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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). I have recently taken part in Fishpond affiliate program. This means I earn a small 5% commission on any purchases directed through my site. Every little bit counts towards sustaining this resource page so click away and start getting your hands on some great resources!  ENJOY!


Websites I love


For the mind

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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.

Author and meditation teacher offers beautiful FREE downloadable meditations from his website. He also has books and CDs for purchase from his site.

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.


The Chopra Centre for Wellbeing – 21 Day Meditation experience

Easily accessible online meditation audios that will bring you solitude, inner contentment and outer happiness, and the best thing is that it is all for FREE! Deepak Chopra M.D is the author of more than 65 books. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Deepak has successfully blended ancient philosophy with his unique perspective on modern medicine to provide a vast audience with solutions that meet many needs for our modern age.


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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?

Changing the way you think about food and nutrition! Dallas and Melissa Hartwig are Canadian physical therapists with a passion for good food, healthy living and preventative health care. They host an amazingly informative website and offer a FREE online nutrition boosting lifestyle program called the Whole 30. This website is definitely worth checking out! 


Websites for living a WHOLE life

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Wake up project

This organising is transforming the world! I have been to so many of their events. Wake Up offers transformative events and experiences to awaken the best in people and organisations. Making the world a little kinder. They also have beautiful FREE kindness packs they send out to people.


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.

Led by founder Melissa LaPointe, Strong Beginnings is an innovative relationship-based consulting company that provides support, professional growth and educational opportunities to therapists across the globe, with a focus on women and children’s health. We are committed to acting as a catalyst for change, thinking outside the box and working together to bridge the gap between science, wisdom and practice.

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!


Resources dedicated to pain

I have used these resources over the years to educate, inform, inspire and change lives. I hope you might enjoy them too! 



A persistent pain problem can be difficult to understand and manage on an everyday basis. This Pain Toolkit website has been developed from the Pain Toolkit, a simple information booklet that provides you with handy tips and skills to support you along the way to managing your pain. It is not meant to be the last word in pain self-management but a handy guide to help you get started – all you need to be is willing to read and use it and take on board some of the suggestions. (The Pain Network)

This website is designed to help you gain a better understanding of your pain. The site contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self management of your pain in partnership with your healthcare providers. You can watch videos from other people, just like you and learn how they too have lived with chronic pain. It also has a youth channel especially for young people with chronic pain. (Australian Pain Management Association)

APMA is a health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with persistent (chronic) pain and their families. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with persistent pain. APMA is your voice. APMA provides advice, assistance and advocacy, and works with governments, health clinicians and researchers to deliver evidence-based pain management services and ameliorate the personal and economic impact for people living with severe pain. (Australian Pain Society)

The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy

Chronic Pain Australia is run by a group of volunteers including people in pain, researchers, health professionals and advocates who work towards de-stigmatising chronic pain. They provide high quality user-friendly research-based information and support that puts you at the centre of attention. They also support a 24/7 forum.


Noigroup (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute)

The Noi Group focuses on integrating neuroscience, neurodynamics and manual therapy into patient management. NOI’s core philosophy is to provide progressive, current material, always challenging existing management protocols, promoting professional reinvestment, and ensuring course participants benefit from the most recent research in a fun way.


Explain Pain – David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

A ground-breaking concept in its content and presentation, Explain Pain aims to demystify the process of understanding and managing pain. It brings the body to life in a way that makes an interesting read for therapists and pain sufferers alike.


Manage your pain: Practical and Positive Ways of Adapting to Chronic Pain By Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin, Lee Beeston

Practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain. Chronic pain has been described as a silent epidemic. More than one in ten people – over ten per cent of the population – suffer from persisting pain. Over the last month, how often have you: 1. taken pain killers so you could do something you know would stir up your pain? 2. completed a task, regardless of pain, then ‘paid’ for it later with more pain? 3. found that pain is interfering with your sleep, work, sport and social activities?  Been told to ‘live with the pain’ but not shown how to do it? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then MANAGE YOUR PAIN will help to improve your life.


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 Sensitive Nervous System – David Butler

The Sensitive Nervous System updates and integrates the growing science of neurodynamics. Physical examination of the nervous system is carefully illustrated and explained. Management strategies are underpinned by cutting edge neurobiology and evidence-based medicine.