|Well being on Kuringgai
Denial or repression of our pain will ultimately cause far greater suffering than any pain
we have denied or repressed
Meaning & suffering
"I was diagnosed with breast
cancer at the age of 33. My world shattered. The year before, my father had died of
cancer, and now I had it! Two operations, six months of chemotherapy, 2 months of
radiotherapy, together with the associated side effects, including hair loss, nausea,
psychological trauma followed. Mid-way through my eight months of cancer treatment, my
partner of several years left"
Spirituality health &
The concern of the article is to explore the meaning of
"well-being", rather than "being well". Well-being is linked to the
recognition of an alignment with the spiritual dimensions of life, a wholistic approach.
Then ones life and struggles with lifes limits are open to lifes fullest
possibilities. The growing recognition of the role of prayer and spirituality in healing
The grief wheel
The experience of bereavement is quite normally a very
difficult and painful one. When faced with a loss, people frequently experience a mass of
intense, confusing and often conflicting feelings.
Grief & loss
Grief is the process of experiencing the loss. There will
be physical, emotional, behavioural and social reactions. Mourning refers to the conscious
or unconscious actions which allow the person to promote three operations:
The art of relating to ourselves and to each other has long been an
area of extensive attention, discussion and research. Perhaps it is our fear of being
alone that means that the establishment, development and maintenance of
relationships has and continues to receive constant media attention and has resulted in
the proliferation of both research based publications and popular literature
How happiness happens
Come home to yourself. Observe yourself. That's why I say that
self-observation is such a delightful and extraordinary thing. After a while you don't
have to make any effort, because, as illusions begin to crumble, you begin to know things
that cannot be described. It's called happiness.
Community on Kuringgai Net
To translate a good idea or concept into a practical project will, at
some stage, involve preparing a submission for support. This submission will be the basis
on which your idea is evaluated and then possibly supported and/or funded.
Community economic development
In the field of economic development, there are communities which make
things happen and those which flounder. Studies of community economic development from
both Australia and overseas, identify the importance of five key factors in successful
techniques for community
n terms of assessing needs and attitudes surveys are a medium, apart
from talking to every resident, that have the potential of capturing community opinion. If
a survey is well designed and implemented, its results can be generalised for the whole
and the Internet
It is the underlying assumption of kuringgai.net that the
Internet helps build community:
There are so many different ways of making groups work. Here are some
tried and tested ways. Some take a lot of organising and time, others can work as parts of
wider conferences, workshops or public meetings. This site also has some case studies
where people have used these and other techniques to deliver some good community outcomes.
There are a number of structures you can put in
place to maintain your organisation so it is efficient and achieves what it sets out to do
As part of a wider meeting about your community you may like to
split people into smaller groups and invite them to think about their vision. By giving
people some structured activity and allowing them to work with a smaller number of people
you can encourage quieter people to speak and some imaginative ideas to flow.
What is good health? We have paid lip service over many years to ideas
that health is about a broader well-being than just the
absence of disease. Any measures of societal well-being need to recognise that the social whole is more than the sum of its individual parts
Consumer society -
I'm wanting to give hope without implying that there are no
problems. It is perfectly true that the 'consumer society'---by which we mean mass
prosperity---imposes a range of pressures on our environment.
Guide to online shopping
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF SHOPPING ONLINE?
Online shopping offers consumers a vast array of goods and services from companies
all around the world. You may be able to get things that are not available locally and you
may even pay less than you normally would in conventional shops. But before you boot your
computer and reach for your credit card, there are some things that you should know both
about the benefits and the potential pitfalls.
Setting up a
small business on the internet
The information here is provided as an overview of the
advantages of businesses going online and the general associated costs
reading on the WWW
The Age of
No century in recorded history has experienced so many social transformations & such
radical ones as the twentieth century. This article is a brillant synthesis of those
The Decline of civic
There is striking evidence that the vibrancy of civil society has notably declined over
the past several decades in Western democracies.
Denying our pain and calling it
And here we are in the present with so much loss.
The loss of meaning.
The loss of employment.
The selling off of so many public assets and resources and utilities.
The loss of nature in urban life.
The loss of happiness and security with the breakdown of family and community.
The loss of respect for the innocence of children.
The loss of peace and quiet and simplicity in the pace of modern life.
The loss of folk ways and unique dexterities and skills in the process of global
The loss of decency and fellowship in the civic situation.
The loss of beautiful idiosyncrasies and delightful eccentricities - of local natural
originality and spontaneity.
And the loss of so much character and personal authenticity - the
real loss of identity, in the growing tide of mass-mindedness: a conformity driven by
media global entertainment, the economy of consumerism
The personal, family and community consequences and costs of high rates of marriage
breakdown and divorce have focused national attention on developing policies and
strategies to prevent family breakdown. Among the most frequently asked questions are: Why
do marriages break down? What are the reasons for divorce? How can marriage and family
relationships be strengthened?