As the summer transitioned into autumn, I found myself falling into a bit of a slump. I was struggling over where I stood regarding my Expressive Arts Degree; it was difficult to get myself motivated, and I questioned whether I should stay with it or not. This came as quite of a surprise because I was so in love with my chosen path just a few months earlier. Spending July at EGS was one of the most inspiring things I’d ever done. I felt calm and grounded, yet excited and challenged at the same time. It was very fulfilling to be immersed in the expressive arts every day and surround by like-minded people, all while being held and inspired by the abundant beauty of the landscape. [Read more…]
As my friend Tara and I sat waiting in the hospital the other day, I noticed a man hobbling by on crutches. Trying not to sound too uncompassionate I expressed how nice it has been not to have needed crutches for such a long time. There was a period of a couple of years where both Tara and I were on and off crutches a number of times. Luckily our injuries never occurred at the same time, so we could at least help each other when others failed to show up for the task. We reminisced a bit about the struggles and pains of being immobilized. We sighed in relief that we both had two working feet.
There was a time I thought others had nothing to offer
no gifts to give, no stories to share
There was a time I thought I was better on my own
unaware of the whole, denying the power of each piece
There was a time I floated along the periphery
far from the centre, unwilling to connect within [Read more…]
Recently I spent a week at “The Haven”, a retreat centre located on Gabriola Island. Gabriola is one of the Gulf islands nestled between the mainland and Vancouver Island. I love getting away to the islands for any reason; they are magical to me because anytime I visit one something shifts in my life. The Haven itself is a magical place. A place where people gather to improve themselves and the way they relate to others in this world. [Read more…]
Our emotions have a deep impact on who we are and what we experience in our lives. We all experience a range of emotions in varying degrees. In some cultures, it is common to suppress the emotions, where in others we are taught to vent them. Some people are taken over by the power of their emotions, and others are emotionally flat or stifled. [Read more…]
The science of anatomy states that emotions are a production of our brain and our mind. An emotion arises simply for the sake of survival. An emotion is a short-lived mental fluctuation, but when we start to identify with that emotion, it becomes a feeling or a mood, a longer lasting modification of the mind. [Read more…]
Most of us have had at least one bad boss in our working life. A bad or “toxic” boss is someone who you dread speaking with, the leader which makes you feel small or insignificant, the arrogant, irritable, or inflexible manager, or the boss who can instantly suck the life and enjoyment from employees by simply entering the room. [Read more…]
If we pay attention to our daily thoughts, we begin to see how many self-criticisms, and unhealthy beliefs we impregnate into our subconscious mind every day. These thoughts can take the form of criticisms about our appearance, a lack of confidence in our abilities, feelings of guilt for taking time for ourselves, or a resistance to taking steps to better ourselves. In every person, there is at least one area where they are hindering their evolution.
I have recently discovered that I have a strong disgust for and regular facebook users. Feeling negative feelings towards anyone or anything is never a good thing to carry around in one’s aura, so I thought about what good things facebook has to offer. I can acknowledge that facebook is not entirely evil; it is a tool which when used at the right time for the right reasons, can be very beneficial to oneself and those who are connected to them via facebook. But, I still can’t help getting a little annoyed at the whole facebook culture when I see so many people using this tool for unhealthy or mundane reasons. [Read more…]
Drowsiness during meditation is a common problem especially for people who are new to meditation. This happens because the state of sleep and the state of meditation share similar qualities; both meditation and sleep involve the cessation of physical and mental activity and the withdrawal of the senses. However, in sleep, we are in a subconscious state and in meditation, we are in a state of super-consciousness (or we are at least aiming to achieve a state of super-consciousness). [Read more…]
I was at a monthly woman’s gathering this weekend. Each month a different woman shares her insights, knowledge, or passion with the other members of the group. In this past meeting, Bliss who was leading that evenings gathering, asked us all to take out a pen and paper – she had prepared a questionnaire about hair. [Read more…]