A gift to you in these challenging times

The pandemic is taking a toll on many people, particularly those living in Melbourne. You may be finding it a challenge to find balance and joy while in lockdown.

Practicing Yoga Nidra can make a huge difference in how you feel. This ancient technique from India is a form of meditation that uses the whole body as a focus of awareness.

I have recorded a Yoga Nidra in the hope that it helps you to access a state of deep relaxation. The 20-minute session is best practised lying down in a warm and comfortable position. Choose a time when you won’t be distracted.

Click the link below and enjoy!


Reflection on happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. The wish for happiness comes from the most basic motivation of wanting greater wellbeing for ourselves. Everything we do or say is based on a desire deep within to bring relief or improve our internal state.

Even people who tend to be grumpy act that way because they think it makes them feel better. Even misguided actions that lead to more suffering come from an attempt to increase our feelings of wellbeing.

The problem is we often don’t realize what leads to genuine happiness and what leads to suffering. 

This is why it’s so important to understand where true happiness lies, and the conditions that support it. With this understanding we can consciously activate our deep-seated wish to increase our wellbeing, knowing that we are pointing ourselves in the right direction. 

As babies we come into this world with a natural joy. A baby that has her basic needs met – she’s been fed, changed, rested and receives loving attention – often squeals with delight at life. We were all that baby at one time.

We don’t have to look for wellbeing outside of ourselves. It’s right inside us, waiting to be remembered, accessed and awakened!


The first Awakening Joy course for 2020 starts on Thursday 20 February!

The course includes nine face-to-face group sessions, which will conclude on 4 June. Sessions will be held fortnightly on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Groups are limited to 15 people. 

Sessions will be held at Shiatsu College, 103-105 Evans Street, Brunswick East.

If you would like to join this group please register here.

If you have questions or would discuss likely dates for the next course, please contact me on (+61) 0419 239 507 or at hello@michelledate.com.au.