Tony Gibson on January 14th, 2021

Last Sunday the trees were bending and flexing with the strong wind and rain and the waves were pounding on the beach. This had persisted for days and this is often the experience in our wet and windy summer weather here on the Sunshine Coast.
Considering the recent dramatic changes like COVID lockdowns in Greater Brisbane and hot spots at Maleny in the hinterland, it seemed that the red flag on the beach was much more than a warning about dangerous surf conditions but a potentially dangerous start to the New Year.
The New Year is still young, however we have experienced dramatic events requiring the population to be alert, courageous and flexible to deal with rapidly emerging changes and uncertainties.
Across the world in the USA the pandemic was taking a deadly toll and the foundations of liberal democracy were being challenged by the outgoing President and his poorly led supporters. Luckily we are fortunate to have so far managed the pandemic more effectively and we have a much more effective and stable parliamentary government and emerging national cabinet leadership process.
As Dorothea Mackellar tells us in “My Country” we live in a land of “droughts and flooding rains” plus cyclones, bush fires and much more. We write many songs and poems to chronicle these special challenges and develop folk legends about how we are able to overcome adversity.
As the ancient wisdom tell us “a branch that is rigid is easily broken …The ignorant person’s strength comes from force and rigidity, eventually resulting in suffering. The wise person’s strength comes from flexibility and gentleness”.
My hope is that we will all rise to the occasion showing that we can be compassionate and flexible as I can see that everyone has a leadership role and these attributes are already present in many of our community members.
Welcome to 2021, a time of change with the need to be compassionate and flexible ensuring that you take personal responsibility for your health and wellbeing and this is reflected positively across the entire community.

Red Flag Marcoola Beach Sunshine Coast

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Tony Gibson on January 1st, 2021

Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.

Connect to the calm and harmony in nature to support your healing.

Flow like a river and live with compassion, kindness and forgiveness.

https://www.facebook.com/SPIRIT.3H/videos/413559733030107

Oriental Yoga classes resume 4 January, 2021

Namaste Tony


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Tony Gibson on December 24th, 2020

Waking up early last Sunday morning at Marcoola with the golden rays of light just starting to touch the top of the trees and the twitter of birds, I felt all was well with the world. I remembered that today was the day I worried about yesterday.
Being on the doorstep of 2021 we should remember that the wise sages would say that we need to be flexible to overcome obstacles, to move with the flow of events and to let go.
The golden learnings of 2020 for many people have been the need to slow down and enjoy the present moment and the beauty and peace within. As many people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas we might remember that he said “Seek ye the kingdom of heaven within, and all else will be added unto you”.
It is time to enjoy the wonderful Christmas carols like “Joy to the World” lifting and openning the hearts of peoples and nature around the world.
We just have to look around us at the wonderful natural environment on the Sunshine Coast and appreciate the bush, mountains, beaches and ocean which sustain our health and wellbeing.
We are the guardians of nature’s bounty and need to maintain the external beauty as well by working to protect the natural environment. We want all generations to be able to enjoy clean water and air and feel that connection to nature. For many this maybe just a brief interlude of a beach or bush holiday on the Sunshine Coast but they will become committed to its protection and nourished in their daily lives.
My New Year’s resolution will be to try live more naturally helping to create harmony and peace in our world.
In 2021 there will be new dawns and opportunities so let us celebrate the New Year and the bounty we have inherited on the Coast.
I wish everyone a wonderful Festive Season and may 2021 bring you happiness, health and harmony. Joy to the world and peace be with you.


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Tony Gibson on December 7th, 2020

I love an early morning explore in the Mount Gul’um (Mount Coolum) National Park so last Sunday I traversed lowland and mountain sections of the park before breakfast. The steps up the mountain section early morning had yet to become crowded and there was an opportunity to stop and take in the vistas.
We had the previous day shared views of the sacred mountain in our backyard with our family members from Cairns. We feel a sense of joy and connection to all the natural elements of the park whether we set foot in the park or view it from afar. We want to share that feeling.
I get accused of having rose coloured glasses which is OK by me, however we do need to take serious action on climate change.
I have been concerned that for 8 weeks a fire has been burning on K’gari (Fraser Island) and our air here on the Sunshine Coast has been polluted with a fire continuing to burn. We have heard reports as the World Heritage listed island is significantly consumed by fire to the point that no further tourists can access the island.
Similarly, we hear that the Great Barrier Reef has been declared critically endangered. The Great Barrier Reef is now in “critical” condition and the health of four other Australian World Heritage properties has worsened, according to a report just released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its third outlook report marks the first time the IUCN has declared an Australian property as critical, which means its values are severely threatened and deteriorating.
I do enjoy our beautiful clear vistas. We are all guardians of both the natural world and our community’s prosperity and together we can make changes step by step.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi Ji)
Tony

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Tony Gibson on October 6th, 2020


Well it is wonderful weather in the spring for walking and last week I was able to join a friend for a walk in the Glass House Mountains. We experienced the Trackyte Circuit which included walking the circumference of Mount Tibrogargan with wildflowers, shady fern filled gullies and views to the surrounding mountains. This is just a one hour drive away from Coolum and the North Shore.
I believe there is an art in walking with serenity achieved. As Ken Dowling says “by letting go of the struggle and pain to flow with the energy on your life’s journey and you will feel the serene peace of your love and light…You will feel calm, at one with all around you and you will feel true peace in your soul”.
There is a serenity about beautiful natural places in particular mountains like Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Gul’um which does not mean that you need to climb them. A walking trail around the base or a place where you can take vistas of their beauty in the distance can be just as good for sustaining the soul.
As we move further into October and the latter part of the year we are able to reconnect with our family, friends and communities with the easing of COVID restrictions. This will be a challenging time raising a range of emotions. The adoption of the art of walking will help that calming and clearing process necessary for you to be balanced and enjoying wellbeing.
My walking friend works with OZ HARVEST which is an organisation that helps ensure that people have enough food on the table so sustaining both the body and the soul are important. It is a time for giving to ensure that everyone has enough to eat as the community is relying on people like OZ HARVEST, religious groups, service organisations and many other community groups to help ensure nobody goes hungry.
Don’t let walking become a lost art to you as every journey starts with a single step.
Enjoy your day.


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Tony Gibson on September 29th, 2020

The JobKeeper Payment continues for a further six months until 28 March 2021. This payment targets support to those businesses and not-for-profits who continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus.
Unfortunately many people have not been able to get JobKeeper and jobs have disappeared in areas like tourism and hospitality. These payments will gradually be trimmed back and businesses will fail and jobs will be harder to find. Youth unemployment is already a particular concern at 25 percent on the Sunshine Coast. We need our governments to continue the support with a Guaranteed Living Income.
Recently, I was talking to a person who was to receive a reduced payment for JobKeeper, however is keenly looking forward to do some retraining and getting into a field more in line with her values. This person is looking towards a career in aged care or palliative care. As one of the kindest and most giving people I have come across what a great match for this career choice.
Coming out of the virus restrictions it will be important to support each other and help people connect again. As the Dalai Lama says in the “Art of Happiness” our need for other people is paradoxical. At the same time that our culture is caught up in the celebration of fierce independence, we also yearn for intimacy and connection”. He recommends “maintaining closeness with as many people as possible”.
So for some they will see the virus challenges as an opportunity to have more meaningful and purposeful careers long term as they retrain. For others there will not be a job for a considerable amount of time and we need a good financial safety net for all such as a Universal Guaranteed Living Income.
I believe our community will step up and help those who need that support. Intimacy and connection needs to be rebuilt in our community and generous giving in volunteer roles could be part of the solution. We each have an important role in achieving a happy, healthy and harmonious community.

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Tony Gibson on September 11th, 2020

I enjoy travelling to the Darling Downs and Granite Belt in spring getting out of the big cities . We recently stopped off at the wonderful Japanese Gardens in Toowoomba with the cherry blossoms blooming. Also, the wildflowers were at their most intense and beautiful in Girraween National Park with the streams flowing through the granite country.

In Oriental Yoga (OY) we celebrate our connections in nature and the seasons. In practices we greet the day toning, shaping and connecting the body, mind and spirit. By moving the body in the most natural way the practice is invigorating and nurturing yet building body awareness, strength, physical endurance and fitness for life.

Physical endurance requires a strong heart muscle as well as strong skeletal muscles. Physical endurance is helped by the holding of postures building intensity with routines that flex, relax and condition muscles.  With a slow flow OY practice we can provide peace, bliss and understanding to support reaching our potential.

Recognise that you are a part of nature, a child of the universe and that life is a great gift. Cultivate gratitude for the fact you are alive. Enjoy your spring energy.

Namaste Tony

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Tony Gibson on June 19th, 2020

We are blessed to enjoy creatures in nature like the White Bellied Sea Eagle that we find along the Maroochy River and our coastline. I was fortunate to see several sea eagles, an elegant sea snake and eastern yellow robin in just a normal week enjoying the spirit of our country.

Also, last Friday, walking from Sunshine Beach through to Noosa Heads through the National Park the coastal scene of big blue skies and seas with dolphins playing filled me with emotion of gratitude. This was particularly because I could share this with my partner and other walkers.

It is not all a feeling of gratitude in our lives and we need to work through denial, anger, sadness, fear, rationalisation, acceptance, new attachment, forgiveness and gratitude as we ride an emotional journey dealing with grief. I felt very sad attending the funeral of a young indigenous person, I have felt some anger in supporting the failing health for my ageing mother and I still have difficulty accepting the expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport as much of our native wildlife is being displaced by development each day.

The “Black Lives Matter” movement is highlighting the plight of our indigenous people with poor health, housing, and high levels of incarceration in the justice system. There is continuing racial discrimination with the indigenous people clearly disadvantaged. While indigenous custodians have provided us with a wonderful legacy with the natural environment and culture, they are not being fairly treated.

Maybe we all need to realise and accept responsibility for everything that we have created and work harder for reconciliation with indigenous Australians. If we all live with gratitude for the inheritance of this wonderful country Australia, we can work together to sustain a shared prosperous future.

We all need to see the totems like the appearance of the sea eagle, the robin, the sea snake or the dolphin as part of our loving spiritual connection to this country. By helping to conserve nature we will have an enduring legacy and together we will achieve great things.

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Tony Gibson on April 23rd, 2020

Well it has been a remarkable couple of weeks with neighbours getting out on the kerbside to have a chat at the close of the day and everyone sharing a greeting when they capture another human being in sight. As people escape the confines of the four walls of their homes, connect on the internet and have conversations, ideas are starting to germinate and grow.
I am enjoying grappling with the problems of the world in a weekly two hour social chat over social media with friends and similarly world leaders are starting to address key issues like poverty and homelessness. This is the upside of the virus regulations as leaders work for public health and safety more than return on investment and maintaining the free market competitive forces.
Our leaders in Australia suddenly doubled the dole which social reformers have been asking for years. For unemployed Australians, the COVID-19 panic has meant a doubling of their take-home pay after all those continuing arguments against any increase since 1994.
Why can’t we go the next step and as I have been advocating by implementing a Universal Living Income like Spain is planning. Spain is taking steps to implement a Universal Basic Income to help citizens weather the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus, which would make it the first nation in Europe to do so. The Spanish Minister of Economic Affairs said that “We’re going to do it as soon as possible. So it can be useful, not just for this extraordinary situation, and that it remains forever,”
The idea behind universal basic income is to provide everyone with a minimum living wage, whether they are employed or otherwise. … A guaranteed income would ensure financial security, allow financial freedom, remove the “poverty trap”, and support more path choices.
This is a time of change and from little things big things can grow. We now have visibly cleaner air so let us all take a deep breath and see what we can do to improve the natural environment and at the same time providing for a more equitable world.

Enjoy your day

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I will be utilising a video conferencing platform called ZOOM (note other apps include Jitsi Meet+) I have paid for the pro version of ZOOM so we can go past 40 mins and up to 100 participants)
To prepare for the session please read the following:
1/ set up a device which has camera and audio capabilities and Google Chrome installed in a room or deck with your yoga mat, pillow, bolster, rug, etc
2/ devices include laptops, ipads, smartphones and desktop computers with audio and camera
3/ if you wish to use a smartphone please download the free ZOOM app
How will the process work?
1/ I will send you an invitation or link either via email. An email link will enable you
to join the video session via a computer.
2/ The invitation will be sent if you have previously attended that time slot
3/ If you are using the app on your phone:
– Download the Zoom App onto your phone (this is free)
– I will send you an invitation
– Tap on the first link to join the Meeting
4/ If you are using your computer:
– Ensure Google Chrome is installed onto your computer
– I will send you an email invitation
click enter and join the meeting (this will ensure it opens in Google
Chrome rather than other search engines
– the link may take you straight there
In the unlikely (and sad) event that your online session does not run smoothly, please let me know so we can then resolve the issue. You will not incur a fee for half a class or no class at all.
I will be present on line 10 minutes before class time and I can be contacted by phone up to 5 minutes before the start of the session.
Let us enjoy this new opportunity.
Namaste Tony MS0419791860

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