Finding Your Centre in the Middle of the Storm

By |2020-03-24T15:47:34-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Hope, Meditation, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth|

Many years ago, my first teacher told me that I needed to find my “personal reference points” to find true inner peace. He said that as long as I defined my personal comfort zone based on circumstances, “things” or people around me, I would always be susceptible to my world getting turned upside down. I needed to find an inner definition of self that was unchanging so that no matter what changed around me, I would always have my centre. So, what are these reference points that he speaks of? Times of “No Thought” “Even in ordinary life you feel the futility of words. And if you don’t feel the futility of words, that shows that you have not been alive at all, that shows that you’ve lived very superficially… When for the first time something starts happening which is beyond words, life has happened to you… When the [...]

How to Not Be Overwhelmed in Times of Mass-Hysteria

By |2020-03-24T15:47:13-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sensitive people are often considered “empaths”. This means that they literally feel other people’s emotions in the same way that a psychic can read your mind. We are all empathic to a point. But, as in all giftings, some people are much more than others. And for these people, times such as these are extremely difficult. You can leave the house feeling just fine. You have had your coffee. Maybe you meditated. You have thought about what is going on in the world and have come to some kind of peace about it. And then, you step outside of the door. You see empty streets. You see people walking 6 feet apart from each other, afraid to touch anything that someone else might have touched. Afraid that someone might cough. But more than that, you can feel the fear and panic in other people. Suddenly, your system is overwhelmed with so much input, your mind [...]

How to Take Advice from Everyone

By |2020-02-29T17:12:16-04:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Everyone is an Oracle I am always open to anything anyone tells me. It doesn’t matter if you are someone I love and respect or someone who pushes my buttons and makes me angry. I always like hearing what you have to say… well maybe not right away, but in the end, it’s always awesome. This is because I treat everyone like they are an oracle which means that they aren’t necessarily saying the truth. They are simply saying what I need to hear in that moment. The Matrix One of my favourite scenes from the Matrix is when Neo goes to visit the oracle: Neo: And [the oracle] knows what, everything? Morpheus: She would say she knows enough. Neo: And she's never wrong. Morpheus: Try not to think of it in terms of right and wrong. She is a guide. She can help you to find the path. [...]

Why Talking to Strangers about the Weather is Important

By |2020-02-17T20:44:40-04:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

I love talking to strangers... well, I love talking to people period. And this includes people I’ve known and loved for a long time and total strangers in the street, behind the cash register, and even driving in the car next to me while stuck in traffic. And yet, as I walked to Starbucks this morning at 6am, the streets were empty and every so often, I would pass someone. Sometimes they would easily turn to me, smile and say “Good morning”. But more often, they would make an effort to look the other way and not make connection. The strange thing is that it takes extra effort to NOT make contact with someone close to you. Those other people definitely saw me. They were aware of where I was. They knew exactly when I was going to pass them. The most natural, magnetic response would be to simply [...]

PMS – The Gentle Time in a Woman’s Cycle

By |2020-01-21T17:29:20-04:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Hope, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|

In the few days before and during a woman’s bleeding time, she is in her most gentle state. She feels the web of everyone. She feels those closest to her… including herself. It is an important time of truth. It is a time when we cannot look away… because we aren’t supposed to. In a few days, our cycle will turn outwards again and we will be able to ignore the things we were shown… to a point. But then we must look at them again in 28 days… with a little more sadness and despair that it will not change. In this time, we must listen and trust that what we feel is not only true, that it is important. It is not a time to make decisions because we are deep in the emotion of life. It is a time to recognize a truth and stand in [...]

Our Attitude is Everything – The Details Don’t Matter

By |2019-11-11T12:21:25-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hope, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|

Sitting in a Sea of PeopleI was sitting at Union Station in Toronto in the midst of the commuter rush. The majority of people were dressed identically in blue/black suits (men and women). Black coats, black bags, hurrying off to work. As I sat on the train to get there, I listened to the people on their phone discussing moving assets here and there, rescheduling this meeting, making sure a certain person was considered, solving problems of all kinds.The interesting thing was that it all sounded the same. Not only did all the conversations sound alike, I realized that they (we) have some version of these conversations every single day for years and years. These people have been commuting on this train every day perhaps for decades having similar conversations, solving similar challenges.Even if they changed jobs and were interacting with different people, it all really seemed the same. (Btw, I [...]

The Choices We Make When We’re Lonely

By |2019-09-03T13:44:32-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Hope, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|

I found myself sitting in a walk-in clinic in Toronto and wondering if the cute doctor was working. A few years ago, I was anemic and had been visiting the clinic regularly for blood tests and there was one particular doctor who was just a lovely human (and pretty cute). And as I sat there, memories from back then came flooding back. I remember becoming a little obsessed with him. I looked for him on Facebook. I remember wondering if he was single. When I figured out that he had a girlfriend, I creeped her photos. As I think of this today, I can’t believe I did it. But then I thought about how I felt back then. Where was I emotionally? Why would I do that? Because I was so lonely. And with this loneliness comes the fear that there is no one out there for us. We [...]

Love May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

By |2020-01-21T17:26:36-04:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Relationships|

People are falling in love all around me. Yesterday, I met a new friend who said that she met a man and has fallen in love. Two days before that, a good friend came for lunch. “You wouldn’t believe it. She lived right down the street from me.” A week before that, another friend fell in love with a man she met on Tinder. Today, I found out that another friend is dating a man who is blowing her mind. And what do all of these stories have in common?  THEY NEVER WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED THIS PERSON. In every story, their new love doesn’t fit what they thought they were looking for, attracted to or wanted in their life. For some, the person isn’t physically, or intellectually what they thought they were attracted to. For others, they live too far away, have animals, children, the “wrong” job, or just [...]

I Truly Pray for Guidance

By |2019-05-17T10:10:18-04:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|

I spent some time with a good friend recently who was struggling with some issues in his life. We chatted about philosophy. We chatted about interesting ways to see the solution he desired. We pondered what love would do. We tried to look at all the possible solutions to see what is the best one. But in the end, I had to admit to him that although I do go through these thought processes, eventually, I rely on prayer/guidance to make my decision. It’s scary to admit, because for some reason, someone relying on prayer can be seen to be “small-minded” or simplistic and it certainly is not what “intelligent people” would do. However this is only the perspective of Western world. In the East, to rely on prayer for guidance is an assumption if you are a spiritual person. It is considered a sign of strength. A sign [...]

An Alternate Route to Our Goals

By |2020-01-21T17:30:56-04:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|

What if the road we are supposed to take isn't the fastest and easiest road? And what if the fast road not only doesn't take us where we want to go, but we actually miss the whole point of the journey? A Personal Journey: Last year, a friend and I went on a journey to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. We were basically just looking for a few days out of the city and had heard that this island was pretty untouched by the hustle and bustle of life. So, on a whim, we jumped in the car and headed towards the ferry that would take us there. While on the ferry, I often found myself looking at a particular white-haired woman. She was talking loudly with another couple and although I couldn't hear what they were saying, I was always aware that she was there. Before the ship [...]