Living Well


Making Sense of Mindfulness

Have you ever done a mindfulness program or tried meditation? Perhaps yoga or a wellness retreat?  I always have had an interest in most things that have the potential to slow me down but my fall back preferences seem to have a cork in the top or an airline ticket…

14 May 2020 | Living Well

The Importance of Bookending Your Day

How are you doing everyone? As the weeks roll by in our new Corona virus reality this is starting to feel like the new normal. We practice social distancing, check the numbers daily, wash our hands and stay alert to what’s happening around us. When the sun shines the world…

5 May 2020 | Living Well

Why Do We Hoard Toilet Rolls?

Did you do any panic buying at the start of the Corona crisis? I didn’t hoard toilet paper for the first 2 weeks of the Corona pandemic… but then I did. Well, “hoard” might be an uncomfortable word but as a one person and a cat household I have  enough…

17 April 2020 | Living Well

Working with the Energy of Autumn

Some parts of Australia are experiencing one of the most beautiful seasons of the year- autumn. While Brisbane glowed in 30 degree heat today, here in the Central Highlands there is no doubt that the seasons have changed. Cooler temperatures, rainfall, mists and the beauty of rust coloured leaves herald…

16 April 2020 | Living Well

Have Your Chocolate and Eat it Too

Happy Easter Everyone! We’re going to have to be very creative in how we’ll celebrate this year in Pandemic Land but there’s one constant that we can still enjoy…CHOCOLATE. Our Viva 70 friend from Yorkshire, Julia Richards has gifted us this wonderful article about the health benefits of eating chocolate…that’s…

8 April 2020 | Living Well

Elders As “The Vulnerables”……..Time to Change the Rhetoric!

Have you ever written a letter to a major daily newspaper, talk-backed on the radio or made any public comment? I haven’t. (Except the VIVA 70 forum which is a very positive, supportive community and very occasionally Facebook and Insta.) Writing a letter to the editor generates a mountain of…

7 April 2020 | Living Well

We Are Called As Elders

In the new world we live in where we have little control over events and outcomes and the lens on our older selves is shifting. Older people are described as vulnerable, at risk and need isolating for the protection of themselves and others.  While all this is true  and appropriate…

31 March 2020 | Living Well

Rescripting Life for this New Age

The Back-Drop Let’s stop for a moment and take stock. Worldwide people are sick and dying and our countries have adopted a fortress mentality for self protection. We’re building our walls, isolating ourselves from our families and staying well is the primary goal. All around us people are losing their…

30 March 2020 | Living Well

Enhancing Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Crisis

Julia Richards, a medicinal herbalist living in Yorkshire, UK is a regular contributor to Viva 70 and a dear friend. Last week she helped us learn about the benefits of red clover and this week Julia sent through a very timely article about supporting your immune system especially during the…

23 March 2020 | Living Well