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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 headed towards the ferry that would take us there. While on the ferry, I often found myself looking at a particular white-haired woman. She was talking loudly with another couple and although I couldn't hear what they were saying, I was always aware that she was there. Before the ship [...]

By | 2019-01-12T18:44:28+00:00 January 12th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|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 what they called “The Guardians of the World - Hiri (fear) and Ottappa (remorse)” and how they protect us on our spiritual journey. (There are many interpretations of these guardians… but I will just share this monk’s interpretation… because it really affected me and I like it.) Healthy [...]

Finding Your Centre – How do YOU hear guidance?

My sister and I were chatting about our mom this morning. She did so much good work in the world, was so loving and kind and affected so many people in wonderful ways, we wondered how she "heard guidance", centred herself and knew what her life purpose was. Today, we actually discuss these kinds of things intellectually. We learn "grounding exercises" and meditations to bring us to centre. But of course, my mom was born in 1939. There weren't these kinds of discussions. I'm not sure that these phrases had even been invented yet. What came into my mind was that we are all naturally designed to "centre" and "hear guidance" when we are doing the things that we love to do. You can see it in people who are fully focused, relaxed and joyful. In these moments, we are "fully connected" and we naturally have ideas "pop into [...]

By | 2018-03-21T15:39:48+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 vitality and die, but may [...]

By | 2018-01-10T12:39:37+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Categories: Hope, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

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 thoughts were particular evil. [...]

By | 2018-01-10T12:40:31+00:00 September 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 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 greatest philosophical problem you can describe. The [...]

By | 2018-01-10T12:46:54+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Hope, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

What If We Actually Choose our Struggles?

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 does it change how much hope we have? The [...]

By | 2018-01-10T12:47:52+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|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 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 did this and that....". [...]

By | 2018-02-02T14:42:47+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Categories: Mystic Life, Parenting, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

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 | 2018-02-02T14:42:02+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Hope, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

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 just watched a documentary, "The Sound [...]

By | 2018-02-02T14:41:15+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Hope, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments