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Tahlia Newland

Tahlia Newland

Hi. I’m an author who writes heart-warming and inspiring metaphysical fiction in the form of fantasy and magical realism. I’m also a book reviewer, extremely casual high school teacher and occasional mask-maker.

I’ve studied the mind and philosophy in various forms most of my life and studied and practiced with Sogyal Rinpoche since 1996.

 After creating and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, I'm now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. I live in an Australian rainforest, am married with a teenage daughter and love cats, but I don’t have one because they eat native birds.

 Along with some others, I set up the Rigpa Australia Distance Education Centre (The Bush Telegraph) in 1998 and was the Teaching Services Director until early 2012. I have instructed for Rigpa since the year 2000.




Published works include:


   - *Lethal Inheritance<http://tahlianewland.com/the-novel/lethal-inheritance-2/>

   *, and other novels in the *Diamond Peak Series<http://tahlianewland.com/the-novel/>

   —*an analogy for a young man and woman’s path to enlightenment;

   - *You Can’t Shatter Me <http://tahlianewland.com/cant-shatter-me/>*, a

   young adult magical realism novel about a girl and boy discovering a loving

   kindness solution to bullying;

   - A collection of urban fantasy and magical realism short stories called

   *A Matter of Perception <http://tahlianewland.com/short-stories/>* (on

   ebook only).


I post book reviews, and posts on reading, writing and metaphysics on my blog http://tahlianewland.com/blog & I write book reviews for independent fiction on the Awesome Indies blog <http://awesomeindies.net/blog/>.


You can follow me on


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Monday, 13 February 2012 10:25

Meditation is the basis of happiness

Meditation is the basis of happiness. That might seem like a big, maybe even outrageous, claim to some of you, but it is the truth. How so?

Happiness doesn’t depend on what happens to you, but on how you see, think and feel about what happens to you.

Here’s an example: John and Jenny are visiting their Grandma. She serves them a cream filled chocolate cake. John is happy because he likes chocolate cake but Jenny is unhappy because she has sworn off eating chocolate cake and having one in front of her is making it extremely difficult for her to stick to her vow. It’s the same external situation for both people, but one is happy about it and one is unhappy.

Thursday, 06 October 2011 13:58

Driving meditation

What do you do with your mind when you drive? Do you think about what you have to do when you get where you’re going? Do you mull over your problems? Do you sing along with music and lose yourself in the words and a memory of the video clip that goes with it? Are you cursing the idiot in that Porsche up ahead, or getting irritated because the traffic is too slow? If you’re doing any of this, ask yourself if you’re as aware of the road as you could be? Is there a safer, more relaxed way to hold your mind as you drive? Answer – yes.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:15

School meditation

I’m a casual high school teacher. In some countries it’s called a ‘supply’ teacher, some kids call me a ‘substitute’ teacher. If they say, ‘oh yay, we have a sub,’ I say, ‘Yep, you’ve got Super-sub.’ I prefer the term ‘casual’ because I like to be casual about my work. That doesn’t mean I don’t take care to do my job well, I do take care, it means that I view my work with a light touch.

If you don’t have a sense of humour as a teacher, you go a little crazy. You get grumpy, dour and just plain unhappy. The kids can be tough. Some of them see a change of teacher as a reason to play up. I don’t take any of it personally. That helps me stay calm, and when I’m calm, I can be clear. When I’m clear minded, I’m more likely to make wise choices about how to handle situations. If I stay calm and clear, my day is fine, no matter what the kids throw at me, so I practice meditation throughout the day.

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