Lures, Rivers and Lost Dreams.

I have nearly finished a self-published Kindle book. It is about my life and the trauma of my father fatal work trench cave in 1976 when I was eight years old. You might like reading about what life was like in the 70s and 80s growing up in Tasmania.

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Alternatively, you might have experienced loss and grief in your own life too and then reading my story may inspire you to write yours. Writing has brought about healing for me. It’s not easy to articulate how it works, however, it does. It has opened up new healing conversations with family too. I have created a basic Facebook page @scott.healingthroughwriting
The cover on this page will not be the final cover. The “contact me” on the page takes you to my blog. If you are encountering difficulties reconciling circumstances that make no sense. I suggest writing, journaling, blogging or whatever way you feel comfortable. This is the South Esk river that was my favourite place to be growing up in Tasmania

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What is spiritual/ pastoral care and what is a good definition of spirituality?

I have been studying and researching spirituality for years now. The best definition of spirituality in my searching and thinking is this.

What is Spiritual?

“Here’s what is spiritual:  Ethics, aesthetics, love, compassion, creativity, music, altruism, generosity, forgiveness, spontaneity, emergent phenomena, consciousness itself, and any other aspect of reality not subject to empirical verification or measurement.

Many scientists are also spiritual: they understand that the scientific method is appropriate for describing regularities in the natural world, but not for understanding all of the reality. Those aspects of reality that cannot be reduced to publicly observable and verifiable behaviour we call spiritual.”images

Michael Lerner  – you can see him here, he is Jewish, however, I am not  Michael Lerner

I also have offered spiritual care to the dying and ill and this guy writing and insights are wonderful.

People who participate in pastoral care recognise a transcendent dimension to life. They realise that there is more to life than often meets the eye. They have an awareness that power, grace and goodness are often not found in the obvious places. They recognise that there is a mysteriousness about life, which is not reducible to sociological, psychological or physiological analyses and explanations, important though these be.

Lartey, Emmanuel Y. In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling Second Edition (Practical Theology) (p. 26). Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Kindle Edition.   Read more here about Lartey

Hard road back

fullsizeoutput_28eIn 2009 and 2008, my back had finally stopped me fullsizeoutput_28cfrom working in my trade. L4 and L5 are degenerative and caused me unimaginable pain. Turning forty was not a nice time for me, and one of the hardest times in my life. You can see in 2012 I was in bad shape and decided to get moving. I started walking every day and these days walk 9-10 kilometres, about ninety minutes four to five days a week. I have done yoga and pilates, but walking has given me the best result. I hit the gym in the years above and got some great results. It’s slow progress with injuries but patience and consistency will win eventually. Comparing yourself to someone else will not help you have to set your own goals.

Surfing again

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Scott – 2017

I was a very enthusiastic surfer in my late twenties. Mid-thirties my back was so irritated with degenerative L4 and L5 discs, I abandoned it. I never imagined I would be capable of surfing again. I recall my persistence in strengthening my core, regularly walking and no more physical labour that involves repetitive bending. It is wonderful to appreciate the therapeutic benefits of being in the ocean once again.