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An Interesting Time to Ask Questions

The other day, my friend asked me why I was always such a rebel. We had been discussing the pandemic and I was sharing different ideas that I was thinking about. She asked me why I questioned everything. Why couldn’t I just accept what I was being told as truth? I didn’t have an answer for her right away. A few days ago, I watched the documentary about David Bohm, a quantum physicist who worked with incredible minds like Einstein, Oppenheimer and many of the founding fathers of physics. One of the things that really stood out for me [...]

By |2020-07-10T00:07:07-04:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Mystic Life, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|Tags: |0 Comments

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

I Truly Pray for Guidance

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 [...]

By |2019-05-17T10:10:18-04:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

An Alternate Route to Our Goals

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 [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:30:56-04:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

A Meditation to Clear Your Mind

It may sound crazy, but we are going to let Bob Newhart help us to clear our mind in meditation. I am sharing a clip from his TV-show "Newhart" that, strangely enough, will help us get rid of all the drama, chatter, and unnecessary information that is constantly taking us out of the present moment, exhausting us, and keeping us from the peace that is right inside all of the time. It is a meditation called "Neti-Neti". Neti-neti is a sanskrit phrase that means "not this, not that". To use it in meditation is to sit quietly breathing and whenever [...]

By |2020-01-21T16:56:24-04:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Meditation, Mystic Life, Spirituality|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 [...]

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

Parenting as a Mystic

They say that becoming a parent should come with an owner's manual. But what if we have something better? What if we actually have perfect guidance available to us in every moment, and it's completely unique to the child and situation? My children are now grown - my son is 21 and my daughter is 19. But I still remember staring at each of their little faces when they were born and being in complete awe that they had been "given" to me to raise and be part of my life. With this responsibility came the great fear - what [...]

By |2020-01-21T17:45:07-04:00December 10th, 2016|Categories: Mystic Life, Parenting, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments