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

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

The Corona Virus : Our Responses & Actions

Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself. This wisdom wandered in the Instagram stratosphere last week. I like it. Self-efficacy at its best. But the world had other plans last week. In Australia, the pale, withering form of a recession hovers and the government acted to stimulate…

20 March 2020 | Living Well

Four or three leaf: Red clover is more than just a good luck symbol!

It’s St Patrick’s Day! And while social distancing, corona virus and hand washing are front of mind we hope that in the confines of your home you’ll play some fine Irish music, have a Guinness or wine and pay homage to this Irish saint on 17th March. Clover is said…

18 March 2020 | Living Well