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Living and working in the city can bring me down at times. I find my mind, body and spirit can suffer a nature deficit that can only be fulfilled by Mother Earth.Daniel Crocke's article in Writing the Wild, "Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend" might be a timely reminder to put down the mobile phone and computer and get back to what counts.

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The true Holocaust and Genocide of the Australian Aborigines. Tomorrow is Invasion Day/Australia Day. It is time that all Australians acknowledge the great harm that was inflicted on innocent men,women and children to make Australia what it is today. I immegrated here in 1966 and wouldn't want to live anywhere else but the time hase come for all Australians to take the blinders off and see the devastation taking place today for it's Indigenous peoples.

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How Child Abuse Primes the Brain for Future Mental Illness. A brain scan study pinpoints the changes associated with child abuse that may raise people's risk of depression, PTSD and addictions later in life.

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Gravity Glue 2014 - Take a moment to gravitate towards mindfulness while watching and listening to this outstanding demonstration of rock balancing. I encourage you to give it a go. Be non - judgmental and approach the task with slow, deep, calm breaths. Start with three or four stones. Engage your scenes while appreciating the beauty of simplicity in nature.

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Mental Illness and Art in History : Art has led the way in seeing mental illness not as alien or contemptible but part of the human condition – even as a positive and useful experience. Modern art has even celebrated mental suffering as a creative adventure.

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What doesn't kill you, doesn't necessarily make you stronger. Long term childhood abuse can cause biological, chemical and psychological changes that might damage development within the survivor. 100% Recovery can sometimes be unatainable but growth, healing and a healthier outlook are usually possible with gentle support.

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Humans are built to be kind. We've all heard the phrase 'survival of the fittest', born from the Darwinian theory of natural selection. Keltner adds nuance to this concept by delving deeper into Darwin's idea that sympathy is one of the strongest human instincts — sometimes stronger than self-interest. Berkeley Social Interaction Lab: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/

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