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PMS – The Gentle Time in a Woman’s Cycle

In the few days before and during a woman’s bleeding time, she is in her most gentle state. She feels the web of everyone. She feels those closest to her… including herself. It is an important time of truth. It is a time when we cannot look away… because we aren’t supposed to. In a few days, our cycle will turn outwards again and we will be able to ignore the things we were shown… to a point. But then we must look at them again in 28 days… with a little more sadness and despair that it will not change. In this time, we must listen and trust that what we feel is not only true, that it is important. It is not a time to make decisions because we are deep in the emotion of life. It is a time to recognize a truth and stand in [...]

By | 2020-01-13T16:25:16-04:00 January 13th, 2020|Categories: Hope, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Our Attitude is Everything – The Details Don’t Matter

Sitting in a Sea of PeopleI was sitting at Union Station in Toronto in the midst of the commuter rush. The majority of people were dressed identically in blue/black suits (men and women). Black coats, black bags, hurrying off to work. As I sat on the train to get there, I listened to the people on their phone discussing moving assets here and there, rescheduling this meeting, making sure a certain person was considered, solving problems of all kinds.The interesting thing was that it all sounded the same. Not only did all the conversations sound alike, I realized that they (we) have some version of these conversations every single day for years and years. These people have been commuting on this train every day perhaps for decades having similar conversations, solving similar challenges.Even if they changed jobs and were interacting with different people, it all really seemed the same. (Btw, I [...]

By | 2019-11-11T12:21:25-04:00 October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hope, Philosophy, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

The Choices We Make When We’re Lonely

I found myself sitting in a walk-in clinic in Toronto and wondering if the cute doctor was working. A few years ago, I was anemic and had been visiting the clinic regularly for blood tests and there was one particular doctor who was just a lovely human (and pretty cute). And as I sat there, memories from back then came flooding back. I remember becoming a little obsessed with him. I looked for him on Facebook. I remember wondering if he was single. When I figured out that he had a girlfriend, I creeped her photos. As I think of this today, I can’t believe I did it. But then I thought about how I felt back then. Where was I emotionally? Why would I do that? Because I was so lonely. And with this loneliness comes the fear that there is no one out there for us. We [...]

By | 2019-09-03T13:44:32-04:00 September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Hope, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

I Truly Pray for Guidance

I spent some time with a good friend recently who was struggling with some issues in his life. We chatted about philosophy. We chatted about interesting ways to see the solution he desired. We pondered what love would do. We tried to look at all the possible solutions to see what is the best one. But in the end, I had to admit to him that although I do go through these thought processes, eventually, I rely on prayer/guidance to make my decision. It’s scary to admit, because for some reason, someone relying on prayer can be seen to be “small-minded” or simplistic and it certainly is not what “intelligent people” would do. However this is only the perspective of Western world. In the East, to rely on prayer for guidance is an assumption if you are a spiritual person. It is considered a sign of strength. A sign [...]

By | 2019-05-17T10:10:18-04:00 February 28th, 2019|Categories: Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments

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 | 2019-01-12T18:44:28-04:00 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 | 2019-05-17T10:20:13-04:00 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 | 2018-01-10T12:39:37-04:00 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 | 2018-01-10T12:40:31-04:00 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 | 2018-01-10T12:46:54-04:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Hope, Mystic Life, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality|0 Comments