A survivor of September 11th who was blown away by the generosity of strangers helping others, set up an organisation called “Pay it Forward 9/11”. He is asking Australians to follow his lead by showing Three Random Acts of Kindness this Friday 11 September on the 19th anniversary.

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Our hands are much more powerful than we realise. Rather than focusing on what we cannot do with them, let’s think about what other functions our hands perform. I am referring to gestures or what I like to call gentle gesticulation. Our hands are one of the most important parts of the body used in communication.

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Have you noticed resilience is the word of the moment? You only need to read any article on mindfulness or managing stress to find the focus is on resilience.

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The sacred warrior in ancient times mastered the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield. Through gentleness and courage, he acquired a sense of personal freedom without having to rely on violence and aggression.

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Have you ever wondered about the significance of the number three? I will give you three minutes to think about it and you can describe your answer for me in three words.

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The reality is that someone did steal my Buddha in the form of a small but solid concrete garden ornament. As I do not usually spend much time on the front porch, it took me a while to realise it was missing. Ironically during the Corona lockdown, I have been spending more time in the front garden putting in seedlings and giving my garden more care than is usual. While teddy bears gazed out of my front windows, I was busily decorating the tree on my verge with rainbows and hearts to spread the love and share it with the many neighbours walking, jogging or cycling past our house.

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Deep inside each of us is a quiet space that we seldom have time to discover. It is where we store our deepest inner thoughts, fears, sadness but also our creative spiritual energy. If we are extremely busy doing what we believe we should and what other people expect us to do, we are not taking time to contemplate what it is we really need.

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Colour can affect our sense of well-being by altering the state of our emotions. It has the power to uplift our spirits and heal our bodies. It also changes our perceptions as to how we view surroundings. While lighter colours can be used to create more space in a room, wearing darker colours can make us appear slimmer. Magenta is said to strengthen contact with your life purpose. Pink is known to heal grief and sadness. Yellow and orange are thought to radiate warmth, joy and happiness, while green and blue are associated with harmony and serenity.

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