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How Our Differences Can Bring Us Together

Yesterday, I was walking with my friend and we were singing an old song from our childhood that went: "One of these things are not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong." We have been taught to find differences in things since we were children. The problem is that we believe that different means separate.  But science says something different. Quantum physics shows us that we all come from a "unified field". We are all made of the same things. That ecosystems thrive on diversity. That different doesn't mean separate at all.  [...]

By |2020-08-14T15:05:03-04:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: Emotional Health, Hope, Philosophy, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Importance of Crying

Who knew that crying was such an important part of our mental and emotional health? Crying has often been treated like a bad thing, a sign that we are weak and unable to handle life… when in fact, it is the total opposite. The ability to cry shows that we are safe enough in the world to let go and be totally honest with ourselves. It’s knowing that when the tears stop flowing, everything will be so much better. Honesty Sadness is a real thing. Anger is a real thing. Disappointment is a real thing. But we’ve been taught [...]

How to Surrender to Manifest our Desires

We know how the power of intention works. We focus on a particular desire or intention long enough and it will manifest. There are many versions of how this works but the premise is the same. This is something that we like to believe in because it gives us a sense of the power that we have in our lives. The part of this process we know less about is the importance of surrender. This is a much scarier idea. Many of us have real discomfort with the idea of letting go of control, disengaging our clever, cynical or [...]

What Would Green Economy Look Like?

Dreaming in a new world. What would a green economy look like? What would it take to have an environmentally friendly way of living? Right now, a country’s success is often gauged by its GDP, its Gross Domestic Product. This measures much a country produces in a year? Since this is a measure of success, the obviously desire is to maximize it. This seems reasonable. A strong country would manufacture many things. It is a sign of great productivity, prowess and vision. The problem is that the only way to manufacture things is to consume [...]

Finding Your Centre in the Middle of the Storm

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 [...]

By |2020-03-24T15:47:34-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Hope, Meditation, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

PMS – The Gentle Time in a Woman’s Cycle

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 [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:29:20-04:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Hope, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Our Attitude is Everything – The Details Don’t Matter

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) [...]

By |2019-11-11T12:21:25-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hope, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

The Choices We Make When We’re Lonely

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 [...]

By |2019-09-03T13:44:32-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Hope, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Staying Out of the Long Grass of Life

Sometimes there are things that we just simply need to say “No” to, yet we choose to do it anyway. In the heat of the moment, we decide that the thrill is worth whatever the consequences are (of course, we aren’t thinking about the consequences at all in that moment). Afterwards we wonder why we did it again… especially since we actually knew the consequences before we started… Why do we repeatedly do things that go against our internal wisdom? Hmmm…  A few weekends ago, I went to a Buddhist meditation retreat. On the first night, our teacher explained [...]

There Is No Path – A Poem

I would like to share a poem with you that came to me while in Cuba last week. I describe the experience in the video below of hearing this poem while walking in a rainstorm along the beach... asking God the question, "Have I taken a wrong turn somewhere?"...  We often talk about "being on a journey"... which is true. But this leads us to wonder if we might have taken a wrong turn somewhere, especially when life seems to not be what we want it to be in the present moment. I hope you enjoy my video. You [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:38:15-04:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Hope, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Seeds of Eternal Youth

This morning, I picked up some acorns on my walk this morning - seeds of new life. I am re-reading a series of books that I feel are becoming relevant again called "The Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East" by Baird T. Spalding. Here is what they say about eternal youth: "Behold the leaves and the buds at the tips of the oldest banyan - how young they are - young as the seed from which the giant sprang into life. The life reactions of plant and man being alike, man can certainly profit [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:37:56-04:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: Hope, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

Meditation for Compassion

This morning, as I sat in the café that my daughter works in, I listened to my mind as I sat watching the people walk by. Her café is right downtown and so there are all kinds of "characters", drug-addicts and homeless people. As kind and gentle as I think I am, I was amazed to listen to the constant "assessments" of each person that I was thinking. Hmm... Pink pants and bright green shirt. He's not wearing a shirt and he has his hair in a bun on top of his head. Oh, he's in a wheelchair, poor [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:38:54-04:00September 4th, 2017|Categories: Hope, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

The Perfect Question to Ask God

So, let's say you have 20 minutes with your favourite spiritual teacher, guru or God. What would you ask them? We often think that we are supposed to ask some great philosophical question that will change the course of our lives. But this isn't true. There are stories about people travelling to the remotest places to find the wise man who can help them find their answers. When they arrive, they ask some grand philosophical question and of course the answer is just as grand, and simple, and not at all the answer that they were looking for. Because [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:39:27-04:00May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Hope, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

Releasing the Past for Good

As I watched the building being demolished, it reminded me of what it feels like when we need to let go of old "constructs" that are no longer serving us, that we've grown from, or that simply were a part of a past. I share my ponderings as we watch the old being demolished.. making way for something new!

By |2020-01-21T17:45:31-04:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Hope, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Your Dreams Never Give Up on You

You know those dreams and hopes that just don't go away? Well, they aren't going anywhere. They will stay with you until… well.. until they happen. :) Sometimes it's easy to lose hope that our lives will ever turn out the way we want. We know what we want. Or we know how we want to feel. But the world of responsibilities and "life" seemed to take over somewhere along the way and we feel like actually creating a life of freedom, happiness and ease is just not going to happen for us. But here's the good news!! Our inner [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:54:25-04:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Hope|0 Comments