Do What Plants Do

“I’ve been nursing an orchid for the past few months and I must say it’s taking time for it to find its way back to health. This week I decided to move it into a warmer spot but have been stopped in my tracks by my tumbling ivy. Why? The friendly creeper has rooted itself in the orchid pot and so the two are now bonded for life.  I always place my plants in clusters where possible to keep each other company. This is the first time one has been...

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I Understand You – Then I can Love You

“Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist whose simple, thoughtful interpretation of Buddhist teachings has been a source of calm to many people. We have all said “I love you,” to someone at some point in our lives – in fact, we may have uttered this phrase multiple times. But how many of us have said to a dear one, “I understand you”? It is Hahn’s message of compassion that when we truly understand someone, we are then...

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 Go to the Balcony

“International negotiator William Ury, who is presently involved with talks in North Korea, speaks about “going to the balcony”.  Let’s say a remark is made to you during a sensitive situation that causes an immediate reactionary or emotional response in you. If you choose to verbalize this response, it may trigger further confrontation with your party. Ury suggests “going to the balcony” instead by pausing, taking a few conscious breaths and...

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What does She Look Like Now?

A Salt Spring Island shot of me from this summer. Thought you might want to see what I really look like now. Would love to “see” you, too. Send something along if you’re so inclined. To your Happiness,...

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 The Eye of the Hurricane

“All of us were struck by the power of Hurricane Irma as the system wreaked havoc on all in its path. Repercussions will be felt for years from a storm that came and went over a September weekend.  It’s an extreme analogy but hear me out on this one: like a hurricane, external circumstances, people and ideas can wreak havoc on you as you can on them whether through worry, anger, fear or jealousy. Retreat to the eye of your storm – your centre...

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Stay True and Centred

It seems chaos reigns supreme – extreme weather for many of us, unexpected family health issues, increasing workplace stresses, corporate malfeasance… Personal doubt and fear creep in begging to get a foothold in your heart; they want you to flail, fight, argue, to lash back.  Don’t let them! Barr your inner door with prayer, and as much love and compassion for yourself and others as you can muster. This inner watch will keep you true and...

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