Tuning in

There are many reasons why someone chooses to take up a meditation practice, but an underlying motivation might be a desire to either tune out, or to tune in. While some meditation traditions encourage their practitioners to aim for ‘special’ states which help them to tune out from everyday concerns, mindfulness meditation is very much […]

Respect

‘Since I’ve been in a wheelchair, often people no longer talk to me. They talk to my carer instead, as if I didn’t exist.’   I’ve heard comments like this several times over the years from people who are in wheelchairs. Whether you were born with a disability or suffered some illness or injury later in […]

Mary and Mohammad

In a Compass episode on ABC TV last year, Mary, like many in her small community, is bitterly opposed to Tasmania’s first detention centre opening nearby (‘Mary and Mohammad’). There are fears of Muslims and riots, of children no longer being able to play in the front yard, of asylum seekers getting support while locals […]

The soundtrack of our lives

The opening theme of Star Wars is one of the best-known movie soundtracks of all time. The film composer John Williams imbued the Star Wars movies with sweeping symphonic themes and memorable tunes. He also used a musical technique called leitmotiv, where certain tunes are associated with some of the main characters, such as Princess […]