Weekly Inspiration #30

As I do every Friday morning, I am thinking about the week that has been, the stand out moments and themes that have emerged. The fact that this is the 30th edition of my Weekly Inspirations has not escaped me either – and I think that one of the reasons that I enjoy putting this weekly post together as much as I do, is because it does give me an opportunity to reflect and harvest the goodness from the week. It doesn’t matter how challenging the week has been, I can always find something to inspire me, always. Apparently people who are not writers do not mine their lives for gold in this way. How unfortunate 🙂

Some of this week has been spent adventuring around the Gold Coast with my family – we have spent the days playing in the Theme parks, exploring Mt Tamborine, eating breakfast in a funky Burleigh Heads cafe, exploring markets, swimming in warm ocean currents, eating beautiful food and most importantly of all, spending some really good, juicy times with my brother, his partner and my two year old nephew. Being in his house with both of us as bona fide adults – well, it was was the next phase in our relationship, for sure.


Picnicking in the Mt Tamborine Botanical Gardens. What you can't see here are 5 extremely hungry kookaburras who were cheekily plucking lunch out of our hands.
Picnicking in the Mt Tamborine Botanical Gardens. What you can’t see here are 5 extremely hungry kookaburras who were cheekily plucking lunch out of our hands.


Recharging with a coffee and a handmade chocolate in one of the many charming cafes in the Mt Tamborine village.
Recharging with a coffee and a handmade chocolate in one of the many charming cafes in the Mt Tamborine village.













My brother and I are only 12 months apart and as different from each other as chalk and cheese – he’s 6″4′, fair, Gemini and easy going. I’m 5″7′, dark, Taurus and…less easy going :). Up until we started school, we got on well. From the age of 5 until 16, when I left home, we fought and bickered almost continuously. My poor mother. Then we really didn’t see much of each other for the next 5 years. In our early twenties we found ourselves living in the same city, and started hanging out. To our surprise we liked each other again, although we didn’t understand each other, no not all (and I suspect we still don’t) 🙂 And now here we are in our late 30s, with young families and grown up responsibilities. My favourite thing about my brother? He makes me laugh 🙂 He is the kind of person that funny stuff just happens to.

In my early 20s I lived in a two storey inner city terrace with two other girls. We had a party one night, and my brother came, along with his Malaysian girlfriend and her three beautiful sisters (that’s a whole other story). The Bear was there too, come to think of it – we had only just started seeing each other. A group of us were clustered on the top storey terrace balcony, talking and laughing. A posse of drunken boys were riding down the road in a stolen shopping trolley, and as they careered wildly down the hill, they saw that the front door to our house was standing wide open. As we watched, one of them jumped off the trolley and came inside the house – and then reemerged, clutching an enormous white teddy bear that usually sat on my bed. I shrieked, pointed and said, “Ben!! That man has got my teddy bear!” Without hesitating, my brother and the Bear raced down the stairs and out onto the street in hot pursuit. The thieves were making a getaway in their car  which was parked just down the road when my brother caught up with them, shouting, “Give the bear back, bitch!” Those of us watching from the gallery just about collapsed with laughter at those immortal words – but after a bit of push and shove there was my brother triumphantly brandishing the bear, walking back up the street.

This is only one of many, many ridiculous, hilarious stories that involve my brother 🙂

How has your relationship with your sibling/s evolved and changed over the years?

Best Short Read

Stopping Before the Miracle by Tosha Silver

Sometimes we give up just before the miracle, you know? Take if you need:

Because on the one hand, everything, of course, is one dazzling miracle after another. In the right consciousness, just that you can blink your eyes, pet a cat, or chew an apple is utterly stunning.

But sometimes we give up right before something amazing is about to occur. I’ve sure done that at times in my life. Giving up in the sense of surrendering all to the Divine, is a wonderful thing. Then the right actions always get shown. That’s the focus of most of my writing.

But giving up, not even being AVAILABLE for the miracle, well, that’s a whole other deal. Click here to read the rest

Best Poetry

It is enough946340_668322296529445_1575286285_n

To know that the atoms
of my body
will remain

to think of them rising
through the roots of a great oak
to live in
leaves, branches, twigs

perhaps to feed the
crimson peony
the blue iris
the broccoli

or rest on water
freeze and thaw
with the seasons

some atoms might become a
bit of fluff on the wing
of a chickadee
to feel the breeze
know the support of air

and some might drift
up and up into space
star dust returning from

whence it came
it is enough to know that
as long as there is a universe
I am a part of it.

Anne Alexander Bingham

Best Playlist

Over the past few weeks, I have been compiling a playlist, just for you and me <3.  I will keep on adding to it over time, but it’s long enough now to share. I have called it Music for the Soul, and on it are some of my favourite songs and chants that plug me straight into the Divine. Have a listen here:

Best Quote



Don’t forget:

Twitter – follow me on Twitter to see all of my other best reads that don’t quite make it on this blog, but are still awesome – I love a chat too, so come visit :).

Facebook – I have just set up a brand new Practical Mystic Facebook page, where I share inspirational and thought provoking ideas, quotes and art. I would love to see you there 🙂

Instagram – I am new here; why don’t you show me around 🙂


  1. The relationship between a brother and a sister is such a fascinating one, where the fight is integral but the protection for each is always defining…though the brother never conveys but have a strong support for the sister. The way you have narrated the incidents are quite interesting and it does happen in most our life when we grow up, we have different take on life and relationship and it does undergo major shift as we move on in our life…the relationship evolves and takes new counters with age.

    Being the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior…is such a profound words. A lovely and deeply driven quote by Eckhart Tolle…

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    • Yes, I find sibling relationships fascinating as well – and like any relationship it takes work to make it a good one, and not to fall into old patterns of behaviour. It makes me happy to spend time with my brother and his family and know that we have a meaningful connection.

      As for the ET quote – it’s beautiful isn’t it?

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    • Hi Andrea, I’m glad you enjoy my weekly rants 🙂 Yes, some sibling relationships are absolutely toxic, and I can think of many like that. I think it helped that there was no rivalry between us – we had completely different skills and interests and my parents honoured that. Very helpful 🙂

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  2. My siblings and I have generally gotten on well, though things with my youngest sister have been a lot more fractious as of late. But I suspect that has less to do with me than her entering her teens (oh joy!). I dole out a lot of tough love but on occasion, when we simmer down, I enjoy our chats (even if it won’t last past 10 minutes without tempers flaring again).
    Loved the short read by Tosha Silver and very applicable to me at the moment. Also, I just joined Twitter less than a week ago so I’m still navigating the waters. But it’ll be good to see your familiar face in my feed. 🙂

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    • Ah, you have a much younger sister – a teenage one at that! That’s a whole different story! Because my brother and I are so close in age, there is no older/younger tough love dynamic.
      Looking forward to seeing you on Twitter 🙂

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  3. Sara, Good Reads. That you can always find something to inspire you is very obvious and comes loudly through your work. People who don’t write may have deep feelings and have so much to say, but are unable to shape the words. Very frustrating for them. And when they do try to express what they feel they are awkward and self-conscious. I worked with many people like that. I enjoyed reading about your brother and the Bear too, Interesting people, aren’t you?

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    • That is such a good point you made, David – that the act of regular writing helps you to be able to express your feelings in a coherent way. It’s true, and I know people who really struggle to express themselves verbally – my partner and my son are two of those people. It seems natural to me – I first started writing as Journalling years ago – that I forget that not everyone is as comfortable with it as I am!
      Thanks for coming by, and have a lovely week xo


  4. My brother and I are opposites. He lives in California with his family. Both my brother and I think it’s important that our kids are in each others lives (as we grew up close to our cousins). So we make it a priority to visit as often as we can. I think the relationship between our kids is really special — they don’t get to see each other regularly yet they still have a solid bond — family.

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    • Yes, that was one of my favourite things – seeing our children play together. There really is something special about the connection between cousins. I was quite a bit older than most of my cousins, but I had a close relationship with a few of them and we are still connected now.


  5. “reflect and harvest the goodness from the week”… I like it, and think I might explore that, at least from time to time for material. It’s one of the aspects of blogging I enjoy, being more aware of life not just having it pass by in a blur. Balancing it of course, with posting frequency and content… but then blogging has been one long exercise in improvisation for me!
    It’s interesting exploring sibling relationships – I love the brother-white teddy bear story. I was an only child – it wasn’t until I was 17 that along came 2 half sisters and a half brother but then I had to wait for them to catch up to me in adulthood. It was fun having them around as kids but so much better now we’re all grown up, I feel like I have a team!

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    • Hi Dale 🙂
      Increased self awareness and gratitude are two of my favourite things about regular writing. I find myself endlessly entertained – plus I don’t get too sucked into the dramas of life without wanting to quickly emerge for air and perspective.
      I’m glad you liked my story about my brother 🙂 he has an absolute gift for getting himself into difficult situations 🙂 I like the idea of your siblings forming a team. That sounds very reassuring. Have a lovely week xo


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