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7/11 breathing. A skill to use for anxiety. It’s recommended to do it for 10-15 minutes. Like any other skill it does require a lot of practice. I advice that you practice it when you are feeling calm so you are ready in a time of need. If you lose count, which is easily done, simply start again until you do 15 minutes. It will also help with distraction even if you don’t get it right the first hundred times.

Breathing out longer than you breathe in actually activates your parasympathetic nervous system!

Anxiety is your sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight”) setting off all the alarms, while breathing like this will set the parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”) into action shutting off the alarms and settling your nerves.

Other things that help: laughing, checking out what’s going on around you (moving head and eyes to orient to your surroundings), getting curious about something.

Take care, be safe.


Max The Wombat

Want to get up close to Australia’s many unique native animals? Look no further than Tasmania. The southern island is home to wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, pademelons, echidnas, platypus and Tasmanian devils, just to name a few.

The friendly wombat pictured is Max a temporary guest at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, just a short drive from Hobart. All animals that pass through the sanctuary’s gates are rescued, nurtured and returned to the wild.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by mattglastonbury


Hop To It

Narawntapu National Park is the place to go if you want an authentic experience up close with Tasmania’s incredible wildlife. The park lies on the edge of the Bass Strait; encompasses islands in the Port Sorell estuary in the west and the mouth of the Tamar River in the east. The unique Australian natives thrive in this beautiful ocean side environment. Look out for kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, wombats and of course, the Tasmanian Devil.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by lovethywalrus


On Friday, an Afghan policeman opened fire on a car carrying the journalists Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon, of the Associated Press, in Khost province. Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, was killed in the attack. These pictures, all taken in the past few weeks, showcase some of her work from Afghanistan:

Above: An Afghan girl helps her brother down from a security barrier set up outside the Independent Election Commission office in Khost.


"Portraits of Reconciliation" photographed by Pieter Hugo.

20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time. - NYT

This April marks two decades since the lives of all Rwandans were dramatically changed through violent events that would mark the country forever.

In an effort to highlight this anniversary, South African photographer Pieter Hugo recently journeyed to southern Rwanda, twenty years after nearly a million people were killed during the country’s genocide, to document the lives of those affected by the Rwandan genocide. What he captured is what the New York Times’ Susan Dominus calls “a series of unlikely, almost unthinkable tableaus”. That’s because in each of these photographs, composed of pairs, the two people posing next to each other share a haunting relationship - one a victim, the other a perpetrator. Each photograph consists of a perpetrator, who is Hutu, who was granted pardon by the Tutsi survivor of his crime.

The individuals, all of whom are part of an initiative run by the AMI (Association Modeste et Innocent) that fosters a continuing national effort toward reconciliation, all agreed to be a part of this photographic series. Through this AMI-led project, small groups of Hutus and Tutsis are counseled over a period of several months with the process leading up to the final stage where the perpetrator makes a formal request for forgiveness from their victim.

The series was commissioned by Creative Court, an arts organization based in the Netherlands, as part of “Rwanda 20 Years,” a program centered on the theme of forgiveness. The images are currently on display at The Hague and will eventually be shown at memorials and churches in Rwanda.

Read more about the stories behind these photographs.

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