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May 18, 2022


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 18 May, 2022

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Cost of living and taxes

Why is there so much interest in stats and percentages? How does the average house price or rent translate...

Spaghetti kids benefit from community support

If you haven’t heard of Spaghetti Circus, then you’re just not a local – and like many locals, the circus has suffered on many levels because of recent flood events.

Richmond candidates strut their stuff

With the federal election looming Saturday, candidates put themselves before the public at the Echo/BayFM ‘Meet the Candidates’ on Monday night in Byron. All candidates were present, except ‘ghost’ One Nation candidate, Tracey Bell-Henselin. 

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Lismore Council votes on the Future Water Project 2060 – again

Looking at Lismore's the never-ending issue of water – not enough or too much – there was yet another vote about its future on Tuesday evening.

Rooftop dining in the centre of Byron

Simon Haslam Last Friday I went up for a few drinks with friends at the relatively new rooftop dining area...

I join with Lynne West, Gerry Gleeson, and Magenta Appel-Pye (Letters, December and January) in asking The Echo to dedicate a regular space for letters and stories of gratitude, well, more often than ‘The Annual Reading of the Credits’ (29.12.21).

However, when communicating the intangibles of thought and emotion some precautionary discernment is sensible.

I agree with Gerry that gratitude is a limitless resource freely available within any sentient being and that it has powerful and healing effects. But Gerry’s quote ‘the most powerful drug in the world’ is misleading hyperbole, although I get his point.

A new field of mental health called ‘gratitude therapy’ has the potential to displace (not replace) countless prescriptions for the hazardous drugs currently used to treat disorders.

Clinical trials have begun. Unlike drugs, gratitude has no known physical substance or measured doses, no molecule-scale mechanism of action and pharmacology yet discovered.

Drugs are ingested. Gratitude is expressed, looking outward to appreciate something or someone other than ourselves.

One effect of that outward focus is to harmonise and unify the heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit of the source.

Moreover, the inherently relational nature of gratitude widens the scope of the positive benefits far beyond personal health, often interwoven with stories of giving and sharing.

I see gratitude embedded and cultivated in social, ceremonial, and spiritual cultures. Alongside kindness and justice mentioned by Boyd Kellner and other intangibles it is essential for sustainable co-habitation.

Gregory Davis, Byron Bay

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