Monthly Archives: April 2013

Earth Day Every Day

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Photo: Facebook

Happy Earth Day! Today and everyday. Let’s not forget to honor our planet every single day of the year.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” ~ Chief Seattle

Day 112: Photo a day, 365 Project

Day 112: Photo a day, 365 Project

“We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” ~ Native American Saying

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

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Photo: Facebook

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A Book Guru Mystery

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Book Guru self-portrait… that’s right.

It’s been announced over on Facebook as well as Twitter, that I’ve joined the fabulous tribe over at Where Is My Guru as one of three Book Gurus! Hope, Nick and I will be reviewing and reporting on the best books around in the fields of wellness, spirituality, yoga, and fiction. Check out the WIMG newsletter where Guru-in-charge Jessica give us Book Gurus a stalkerific welcome!

To kick off my very first Book Guru review, which will air live at the end of May on the Where Is My Guru Radio Show, I’m leaving you with a little mystery… what am I reading?

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Classified WIMG Information… for now.

All will be revealed shortly…

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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On Slowing Down

Early morning inspiration with tea

Early morning inspiration with tea

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves…
slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I was greatly inspired this morning by this quote. One of those things that right after you read it, you know it was just what you needed to hear (well read).

I do at times drink my tea slowly and reverently, but not always. Sometimes life is hectic and chaotic, where my mind scatters away from the here and now. I’m then reminded to ground myself back into today, back into this moment. Into every single moment as they happen.

I’ve noticed that I’ve taken quite a few “tea” pictures over on Instagram… and apparently really enjoy my YogiTea. I’ll share some of them here. My ode to drinking tea slowly and reverently. Enjoying the present moment.

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Trust creates peace

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Just awesome Yoda+tea

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Honor your words

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Trust the wisdom of the heart

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Simply be

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When The World Needs More Love

Sending out prayers and love - Picture on day 105 of 365 Project

Sending out prayers and love – Picture on day 105 of 365 Project

There can never be enough love in the world, but when tragedy hits, the world needs even more love.

Send it out. In a prayer or as a thought, send it to those affected, to friends and families that are touched, to the whole entire world.

Send out love.

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“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Grace Amongst The Wreckage

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“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Virginia Woolf

I find myself contemplating on grace these days, what it means to live life gracefully, to tackle our life’s challenges with grace. I’m interpreting grace as being in contact with the inner part of us that knows peace and vulnerability. Grace as I see it is being in touch with universal love and with our minds firmly rooted in living in the moment, the complete opposite of living through our egos.

To have grace or this peace that is alluded to, doesn’t mean that we don’t have conflict or challenges. It’s quite the opposite really. Conflict will always arise whether it is from inside of us or on the outside. To live with grace is to embrace life’s ups and downs and to be fully present in experiencing the whole scale of emotions but to know that these do not define us.

I think we can all agree that this is one of those “easier said than done” deals.

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. ~ Anne Lamott

As I reflect on how I deal with difficult situations or emotions, grace isn’t one of the words I would consistently use to describe my coping skills. Sometimes in the midst of a shit show kind of a day, I think to myself, “Damn girl, you’re a mess”. Anxiety and fear can paralyze and bring out the worst in us, let’s just say it isn’t pretty. It’s when we identify with our worries and fears that they begin to have power over us, that the ego steps in and morphs our perception. Here we can forget about what we do have, all that we can be grateful for, and instead focus on all that is lacking in ourselves and our lives.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.” ~ Frank Herbert

However, the beautiful thing about grace is that even when we fail (sometimes miserably) we can pick ourselves up and try again. We have the opportunity to try again every day; every waking moment presents us with a chance to practice living more gracefully.

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There are helpers on the road to living with more grace; they are the practices that allow us to come in touch with ourselves, the ones that chip away at the ego. Whether it be hitting the yoga mat, a meditation practice, a hobby we enjoy doing or any creative outlet. Entering this sacred time for oneself helps to push away all the thoughts and feelings that don’t serve or benefit us. Here I try to the best of my abilities to release what hinders my contact with peace and grace. Carrying this into the rest of my day and hopefully into the more challenging times. And here lies the true practice. Staying connected to grace instead of freaking out. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes it’s a total shit show.

I try and try again.

When we’re at our worst, faltering and failing completely, when it’s easier to come down on ourselves, those are the moments that we need to show ourselves more than ever that love and compassion. The whole breaking down part can be part of grace, that’s us being vulnerable. The turning point is the choice we have between letting this overpower us or picking up the pieces and choosing to love ourselves instead, to step away from our ego and show ourselves compassion while smiling at the fleeting nature of it all. That’s grace.

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ~ Alan Cohen

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Originally published on Elephant Journal.

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The Bundle That Holds The Medicine

Medicine Bundle

Medicine bundle

“The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or ‘wholly other.” ~ Mircea Eliade

Medicine bundle Treasures

Medicine Bundle Treasures

Finding healing in the medicine bundle… so what is this anyway?
The medicine bundle is a collection of objects which symbolize a spiritual path or intention. Creating a bundle is a powerful tool for manifestation. Objects such as charms, beads, crystals, stones and herbs that represent the intention of the bundle keeper are gathered and called upon as medicine totems and teachers. Through this representation (hierophanies), the bundle keeper connects with its powers and keeps their intention in the forefront of their consciousness.

Medicine in this context refers to all that is mysteriously healing to the soul, that which has “powers” that we don’t quite understand but we know is there. In this sense, everything around us can hold medicine, if we are open to it.

Have I peeked your interest? If you’re in the Ottawa (Canada) area, I’ll be offering a workshop where we will be creating our own non-traditional medicine bundle. This is part of my Sacred Creative workshop series that helps us tap into our sacred core and connect deeper within ourselves in a fun and creative way.

Sacred Creativity?
Sacred creativity is a call onto one’s own personal creative powers. It’s connecting into our inner selves for the purpose of creating something sacred and highly personal. It’s creating for the sake of creating, keeping it fun and as an expression of healing and joy. It’s not perfect and always meant to be an enriching creative experience. Sacred Creativity is a path and journey bringing us back to ourselves.

Medicine Bundles

Medicine Bundles

Sacred Creative Workshop: Creating a Medicine Bundle

In this Sacred Creative workshop, I’ll be leading participants through a breathing exercise and meditation to journey and connect with their chosen intention. Afterwards with their intention firmly in mind, I’ll be teaching participants how to use symbolism and medicine totems to create a non-traditional medicine bundle so they may carry the physical representation of their intention. Participants will be invited to connect with their inner creative to personalize their bundle and invite that creative energy out to play. With the combination of grounding breath work and meditation, as well as fun creative crafting, this workshop will definitely provide participants with a new perspective on a sacred long standing tradition.

Saturday, May 25th 2013, 1:30-3:30pm at The Crystal Dawn, 217 Dalhousie St, Ottawa Canada. Details and registration info here.

Come connect with your inner sacred creative, bringing yourself back to yourself.

Medicine Smudge

Honoring the medicine

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Early Morning Reflections

Early morning reflections. Day 90 - 365 Project

Early morning reflections. Day 90 – 365 Project

With the change in season, that shift of energy from winter hibernation to the freedom of spring, I sat in meditation reflecting on gratitude and the abundance in my life.

“My heart’s gratitude is my life’s plenitude.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

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I sat with butterfly, the totem of transformation. Welcoming the emergence of spring and opening up to the new fresh energy of the season. Butterfly teaches us to let go of what is no longer applicable in our lives and welcome the next stage.

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Photo: Pinterest

One more month completed in my 365 Picture-A-Day Project!
Check it out… March 2013.

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