Hugh van Cuylenburg鈥檚 massive month

From a profile on the ABC鈥檚 Australian Story, to helping the Queensland Maroons in their successful Rugby League State of Origin campaign, to a memorable trip to Lismore South in New South Wales to support the region鈥檚 youth, June 2023 was a massive month for our own Hugh van Cuylenburg.

Australian Story
The ABC鈥檚 Australian Story told the tale of Hugh鈥檚 journey to a national television audience, with insights from Hugh鈥檚 closest family and friends, including Ryan Shelton and Hamish Blake.

The full episode can be watched on YouTube below, or .

State of Origin
Hugh has been spending time with the Queensland Maroons during their Rugby League State of Origin campaign, working alongside coach Billy Slater and the players as they take on the New South Wales Blues.

The Sydney Morning Herald鈥檚 Adam Pengilly lifted the lid on Hugh鈥檚 involvement on 17 June. to read more.

Supporting youth in Lismore South
To round off the month, Hugh joined forces with Olympian Sally Pearson to visit Lismore South Public School in NSW.

Hugh and Sally shared their stories and tips for supporting the students鈥 wellbeing, with thanks to the generous support of our education partner Coles听听听听听

A quick guide to mindfulness and meditation听

Mindfulness and meditation are often put forward as solutions to our stresses and anxiety – but what exactly is mindfulness and meditation, how do they differ, and what are some tips to get started?

As more of us feel increasingly anxious and tired from juggling work and home responsibilities, the terms 鈥渕indfulness鈥 and 鈥渕editation鈥 are often put forward as solutions 鈥 and there鈥檚 a reason for it! There are a host of mental and physical benefits attached to these accessible solutions, which include:

  • Stress relief
  • Feeling happier and more focussed
  • Increasing our energy
  • Boosting our immune system, and
  • Improving our connection with others and ourselves.

Despite our best intentions, we often become unstuck when contemplating mindfulness, especially when the recurring 鈥淚 don鈥檛 have time!鈥 or 鈥淚鈥檓 too busy!鈥 dilemmas creep in. We know life has a knack of getting in the way of us developing new healthier habits, however it鈥檚 often in these busiest times that something as simple as pausing and taking a breath can reap the most benefits.

What鈥檚 the difference between mindfulness and meditation?

Let鈥檚 start by unpacking mindfulness. Put simply, mindfulness is our ability to be calm and present. When you are being mindful, you are purely paying attention to what鈥檚 happening in that given moment.

When we talk about meditation, it is a relatively formal and time-orientated way of practising mindfulness. Helping to explain the difference, Joshua Schultz from likes to describe meditation as a tool to develop mindfulness.

鈥淢editation is a practice, and through this practice, one can develop different qualities, including mindfulness. Meditation is one method through which someone may learn to live mindfully.鈥, he writes.

If we want to achieve mindfulness, or if we set a goal to be mindful, meditation can be the way you get there.

Ways to bring mindfulness into your day

If you would like to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, but the meditation route doesn鈥檛 appeal, there are so many other ways you can practise, such as:

  • Going for a walk and taking in the sights and sounds around you
  • Focussing on a quiet activity like colouring-in or a jigsaw puzzle
  • Finding a quiet space and reading a book or really listening to your favourite music
  • Controlled and purposeful movement like yoga or stretching.

Like so many skills we talk about at The Resilience Project (and being mindful is certainly a skill), our success in being calm and present, and not being distracted by things that happened during the day or the errands we need to run later on, really boils down to practise. Just like any physical activity, it鈥檚 important to remember that the best mindfulness activity for you is the one you like doing and you will want to continue doing.

Keen to give meditation a go?

While there are several schools of thought about the ways we should (or shouldn鈥檛) meditate, finding an approach that allows you to reach a feeling of calmness and presence is key to achieving mindfulness.

Here鈥檚 one approach that might help to get you started:

There are no set rules on how long you should meditate for. You may like to start with a few minutes and as you get used to the practice and feel its benefits, move to longer periods of time.

Mr Sam Johnstone听

Deputy 酷爱成人网: 酷爱成人网 Care and Well-Being