As the title suggests, it’s been a while, and so much has happened - here is a short summary.
Firstly, I quit my job. I had been there for such a long time, and though they were very kind to me while I was sick, nothing in the work environment had changed for me. I was deeply unhappy. After I resigned, I was fortunate enough to fall into some contract work - initially it was supposed to be for 4-8 weeks, but I am happy to say they have kept me on for some other projects. It’s been hard going though, some weeks were very long. Fortunately the type of projects they have had me on are extremely rewarding.
Secondly, I started the Consciousness Hacking Melbourne meetup group. I was inspired by the original group that started in San Francisco, and I did it because I believe that there needs to be more of this in the world. I was fortunate enough to find an amazing co-organiser, Marcella, who has found some wonderful speakers for our first two events. We are only two meetups in, and we have had some great talks, and I've been lucky to meet an enthusiastic smart group of people from a variety of backgrounds. I gave a presentation on Consciousness Hacking, it’s history, what I think it is and what I think it should aspire to. I’m not really used to public speaking, so it was challenging, but fun!
Thirdly(!), I had the honor of co-presenting at The International Yoga Festival at Kawai Purapura, with my amazing wife Jo. We gave a talk on “Yoga for Digestive Health”. I gave a short talk about my story with stomach cancer, demonstrated some stomach massage, and lead a meditation. Jo gave some more in depth information and some asana practice There seem to be many people interested in how yoga can help in this area, so Jo and I are hoping we can do something along the same lines in the future.
Finally, I’ve been running some meditation evenings down at Elk and Me. They are intimate little affairs in a beautiful room, and we have been able to share some amazing experiences there, including a lush Yoga Nidra at the last session. We generally start with some very gentle movement, and progress into deeper levels of relaxation. The next one is at 7pm on Monday the 10th of March, and I’m hoping to start doing these more regularly - every fortnight.
I’ve just started back at my Yoga Teacher Training, and I’ve also learned of some mentoring opportunities, which I’m very excited about.
I also have other projects in the pipeline, so I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!