Remember Who You Are

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  Only Connect~EM Forster Things are going from bad to worse. I am in the hub of a group of people, feeling overwhelmed, pressed in by their demands on all sides. I am trying to release my nine year old son from summer camp. He has a sore throat and a fever. But there is a mix up. The counselor tells me they need a special form to let him go. But they are all out. And worse, they don’t know where I can get one. Then, a string of people interrupt, imploring me to help with their problems. “I…

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Searching for Santosa

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The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. ~Buddha   I used to savor that incredible feeling. Do you know it? Santosa. The sublime state of just being. Like lying on the beach, where you have swallowed a golden sun, it floods you with calm from your center outwards. Warm waves swim beneath your skin. You are content. In the moment. In yoga we call it santosa—a happy place of stillness that is personal but connects you to others at the same time. I never thought it could run out. Or that I would lose…

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Are You Ready To Forgive?

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We achieve inner health only through forgiveness–the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves. ~Joshua Loth Liebman Are you ready to forgive? It’s time. To let go. To forgive. Forgiveness it a door to grace. It bestows a blessing on you and everything that comes after. Anger, resentment, self-righteous indignation can fire the imagination, can produce results. But. As feelings they tether us to the karma of the action we want to avenge. And this is sour and unfulfilling. Forgiveness is not saying: “What you did was okay.” It is saying: “I am okay. I choose to move…

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Love Your Shy and Leave It…

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  “Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes,” Audre Lorde.   We are the quiet ones in a group. The ones the teachers tend to skim over to meet the needs of more persistent students. We are socially awkward at times and may not have the best eye contact or have the firmest handshake. Or we may overcompensate, leading to an intense, bounty hunter glare and a crushing grip. We may mumble and clear our throats a lot (in my case) while public speaking. Now, I love extroverts (I’m married to one—a fun, forthright guy) BUT think about it….

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Holding Your Ground

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. ~ Theodore Roosevelt Last spring, I took a tumble. It happened so quickly and stealthily. It was almost as if I had nothing to do with it. But, of course, I had everything to do with it. One minute, I am walking along a trail chatting with a friend, our children scampering happily behind us, exploring the woods. The next minute, my feet fly out from under me and I am airborne, propelled through the air, like an acrobat without a net, sliding down a dirt hill where…

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Getting Your Shield Just Right.

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The body itself is a screen to shield and partially reveal the light that’s blazing inside your presence.~ Rumi   These days, I meet a lot of people who are sensitive–sensitive to other people, their  environments–and often in a state of overload. One client, Zoe, is very sensitive and empathic. She works as a sales manger in a busy store where she has to deal with a lot of negative energy on a regular basis. Even though, she was doing the right things to rid herself of the negativity–taking detox baths, meditating, exercising, going for energy work–she was still feeling…

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Personal Spring Clearing

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Despite the forecast, act like it’s spring —Lily Pulitzer In Bloor West Village, Toronto the sprawling oak tree in my backyard has the tiniest buds. His gnarled brown branches reach skyward, both ancient and elegant. I have named him “Abe”. Back in Delta, my hometown, everything is green, wet and fertile. And I while I miss the familiar earlier explosion of spring, I find an appreciation of the austere beauty of my neighborhood and the small hints of warmer weather to come. Today, a chilly wind and the smell of snow greets the Spring Equinox. Whether your first day of…

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