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Seeds of Eternal Youth

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 the experience of the plant. As the leaves and buds at the tips of the branches of the oldest banyan are as young as the seed whence it sprang, even so the group cells in man forming his body, need not gradually lose their [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|Hope, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

Meditation for Compassion

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 guy. Well she's not wearing very much. Look at all his muscles... He must be very vain. Oh cute dog. That guy is out of his mind on drugs... Don't look at him. That's a homeless guy. That woman has crazy high heels on. None of my [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Hope, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

The Perfect Question to Ask God

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 they are asking the wrong questions. Your Question Must Come from Your Present Reality This present moment is an eternal moment. Whatever we are dealing with in our lives in this moment is just as profound a challenge as the [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Hope, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

What If We Actually Choose our Struggles?

What If We Actually Choose the Struggles in Life? Life can be hard sometimes.. like really, really hard. Some believe that it's because of bad luck or just a rotten hand dealt to them. Life is just hard and there's nothing we can do about it. But then, some say that our soul chooses our journey before we come in. We choose our parents (even if they are abusive), we choose our circumstances and everything about who we are here. (This is obviously a really tough philosophy to swallow in many situations.) Personally, I don't know how it works. In fact, I don't even think we are capable of understanding how it works. We can hear ideas that sound like truth to us. Or they make sense. But in truth, we don't know how it works. The question is, how does the philosophy we believe in change how we live? How [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Loving Raising My Children

Loving Raising My Children My name is Katrina Bos. I have two children: my son Aaron is 21 and my daughter Taylor is 19. And since the day they were born, they just took my breath away. I know that children are born every day. It's normal. Maybe I'm weird. Maybe I have weird karma. I don't know. But from the moment they were born, I would look at them and I just couldn't believe they were there. I couldn't believe that they were part of my life. It's hard to explain without sounding really corny. But I just have always really appreciated them. Now don't get me wrong. There have been tough times... My son was colicky. He cried nearly non-stop night and day for his first eleven months of life... I'm not saying that I was always so grateful during all those moments... But these are the [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Parenting|0 Comments

Being the Person Your Kids Can Count On

Being The Person Your Kids Can Count On What is our ideal role as parents? What if it isn't what we've been taught? What if it isn't to be the disciplinarian - keeping them in line. Or the one who "molds them into model citizens". What if our ideal role is to be the safe person in a crazy world, that they can count on when they need it? About 10 years ago, I found myself driving a sixteen-year-old daughter of a close friend of mine home after she had been babysitting my kids. Somehow, we got on the conversation of sex... and somehow I ended up asking her if she had had sex yet. She looked at me aghast and said none-too-forcefully, "WHAT? Of course not! As if I'd have sex without talking to my mom first!" "WHAT?????????????????" is what rang in my head!!!!I couldn't believe it. What [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Parenting|0 Comments

Being Honest with our Teens

Being Honest With Our Teens We all want to have great relationships with our kids. But what about our teens? How do we connect with them? One of the biggest problems is that most of the time we are lying to them about the topics that they are struggling with the most - sex, alcohol, peers, drugs, etc. This video is all about how to be honest with them and how to access our own wisdom that we gained through our experiences so that we can help our kids... and so that they feel safe to confide in us so we have a chance of actually helping them through these tough years! (This video references "East Street Station". This was an old train station that Katrina has renovated into a wellness centre in Goderich, Canada where she taught yoga, meditation, tantra and many other wonderful things.) [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Parenting|0 Comments

Parenting as a Mystic

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 if I screwed up? What if I said the wrong thing? What if I did the wrong thing? What if I transferred my issues and challenges onto them? What if they would be lying on a psychologist's couch one day saying, "Well it's because my mom [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Mystic Life, Parenting, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Releasing the Past for Good

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 | December 2nd, 2016|Hope, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Escaping the Prisons of Our Imagination

Escaping the Prisons of our Mind Mark Twain once said, "I've been through some terrible things in my life.. and some of them actually happened." We have incredible minds and imaginations capable of creating amazing things.. But sometimes our imagination works against us. Over our lives, "things" happen... difficult childhoods, trauma, death, illness, loss, abuse, disappointments... And in order to survive, we escape into our minds.. It is an incredible human coping mechanism. It's how we survive things that we cannot digest, explain or fix, and still get on with our lives without falling apart. But what does this inner landscape look like by the time we are adults? Sure, there might be sunshiney spots, but many of us struggle with long-lasting depression, anxiety, phobias, panic, loneliness, grief, etc... Why are these such a struggle today? Why can't we escape? We are locked in our own prison I [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Hope, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments