Local Landcare. Small Numbers, Big Heart.

2017-06-08T13:56:19+00:00 July 4th, 2015|Campbell MacBean|

I live at the foot of Mt Gibraltar in Bowral NSW (height 863m). The remains of an open cut quarry are literally 200m from my house within the small bush reserve of the mount. Recently the Landcare group who look after the reserve paid for a stone wall to be built as a memorial. [...]

Of Love & Limerence

2017-06-08T13:56:00+00:00 March 17th, 2015|Campbell MacBean|

I was at a wedding last weekend, the best I’ve ever attended (apart from my own!). What was so good about it? Well, apart from perfect weather, gorgeous location, excellent catering and moving speeches, here was a couple who actually love each other. As a couples therapist I have seen many couples who started [...]

Stress-Reducing Conversations

2017-06-08T13:55:32+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Campbell MacBean|

Life for the average couple these days is beyond hectic. Keeping on top of work, friends and family in the era of social media is a full time job in and of itself! If you throw children into the mix then there is the added time needed to ferry them to sport, friends and [...]

The Nasty Box for Couples

2017-06-08T13:55:08+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Campbell MacBean|

Every couple has arguments from time to time and sometimes these arguments get stuck in what John Gottman calls ‘the nasty box’. This is the place where the argument seems to take on a life of its own and no matter what is said by either partner, they don’t seem to be able to [...]

Conflict in Marriage & Couple Relationships

2017-06-08T13:54:37+00:00 March 16th, 2012|Campbell MacBean|

For the majority of people, a large part of their individual sense of life satisfaction and happiness is bound up in their close relationships. Work certainly contributes to a sense of fulfilment, even more so when we find our work meaningful. But humans are a social species so it tends to be relationships with [...]

Non-Doing

2017-06-08T13:54:14+00:00 November 20th, 2011|Campbell MacBean|

Busyness seems to be the norm for many people now. Busy with work, busy with children, with friends, projects, catching up, keeping up, and keeping ahead. Although this seems to have become a trend, the pace has most definitely quickened with the exponential growth of internet, smart phones and general inter-connectivity. A whole generation [...]

Mindfulness

2017-06-08T13:53:53+00:00 October 18th, 2011|Campbell MacBean|

2500 years ago in northern India, Gautama Siddhartha went through a remarkable transformation. His transformation was so profound and all encompassing that very soon people began asking him in all seriousness whether or not he was actually a human being. Time and again they would ask him ‘who are you’, ‘are you a god’, [...]

In Praise of the Cafe

2017-06-08T13:53:18+00:00 October 8th, 2011|Campbell MacBean|

The family of three came bouncing in from the laneway with their dog and greeted the owner from outside the cafe. The father and son waited at the door with their joyous cream Labrador wagging his entire body, while the mother came in to order a take away breakfast (coffee and bacon and egg [...]

Confidence & Humility

2017-06-08T13:52:56+00:00 July 19th, 2011|Campbell MacBean|

Speech given 19th July 2011 It is London in the UK, the year is 1992 and I am 25 years old. I am standing on stage of Sadler’s Wells theatre just before the curtain goes up. It’s an autumn evening outside, wet, misty and cold. Inside the theatre is charged with the warmth of [...]

Meditation – What is it?

2017-06-08T13:52:13+00:00 July 16th, 2011|Campbell MacBean|

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere is the name of a book by Ayya Khema about Meditation. I remember the look of genuine surprise and even shock of the woman behind the counter when I bought this book. “Being nobody, going nowhere, how bizarre”! she exclaimed. Interestingly she made this comment while ringing the till of [...]