Following Nature’s Clues

Nature’s transitions, like changes in daylight and colder temperature, throw many people off balance. The results of this can be seen in feeling down, wanted to stay indoors, struggling with colds and flu or even stomach viruses. Don’t you find it interesting that Nature’s creatures are able to flow so easily between the seasonal changes? Plants and animals sense when it’s time to change and begin the process.  Plants and trees begin to go dormant, lose their leaves and the sap flows down in the roots preparing for winter.  Nature knows how to prepare for each season. Following the clues from Nature allows one to flow in harmony with the changes and seasonal patterns. Fall is Nature’s time of letting go. Without letting go, there can be no real rest during winter, and no subsequent growth the following spring. Every part of the process has a reason and a purpose, and it all combines to create the cycle of seasons we witness every year. This is the time for ‘letting go’ of … [Read more...]

Stronger Than You Think

I am ever amazed at the resiliency of human beings.  Five mornings a week I teach English and settlement skills to refugees and many other newcomers to Canada. In my role as teacher, I have heard some of the most horrific and heart wrenching stories. On a day-to-day basis I witness the struggle that these newcomers have adjusting to a new life in a new land were almost everything is strange and often incomprehensible. Despite the hardships they have faced, the separation from family and friends, and the daily struggle to learn a new language, life and culture, the students arrive at school with a smile and an amazingly positive attitude. I often wonder what it would be like to be torn away from family and friends and then shuffled about from country to country to finally end up in a place where you were to begin again. You are alone with your nuclear family or perhaps not. You no longer have your family support system. Your friends are either dead or in another … [Read more...]

Your Dreams are Calling!

Along life's journey you have dreams. A few of them have been fulfilled, others are forgotten,   and some remain. The lingering dreams often come with a sense of longing for something yet unfulfilled. These dreams often get buried under the practical side of life which says, “you must do this or you must do that,” but still the dream persists. It keeps coming back. Each time the dream surfaces it brings with it a different kind of energy: a glimpse of joy, confidence, freedom, and expansion. There is a promise within the dream that says you can leave the old life behind and begin a new one. But then, fears rise up and you turn away refusing to see the possibilities, dismissing them as dreaming or wishful thinking. You return to the well-worn path that feels comfortable and secure resigned to make the most of it. No matter how strong the wall of fear, when you least expected it the dream pops in again. This a dream won't go away. It keeps tugging at your … [Read more...]

What’s Your Ikigai?

The people on the island of Okinawa, Japan are some of the oldest, healthiest and most content people on the planet. What is their secret? Ikigai! (pronounced icky guy) Ikigai translates as “a reason to wake up each morning.” Do you have a reason for waking up each morning? Or do you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed each day thinking, “Another day to get through” or “Is it Friday yet?”. Can you imagine waking up ready and eager for a new day of life? It is possible! This is what an ikigai is: it’s waking up each day with a purpose  or direction. You know where you are going. An ikigai is something you love to do, want to do, and that makes you feel alive. It can be a specific goal, ambition or dream or it can also be something as simple as setting an intention for a new way of expressing yourselves or interacting with others. For example, some people find depth of meaning in cooking and caring for their family. Other people find it through genuine and sincere … [Read more...]

I Am A Miracle!

This past weekend as I was driving toward the mountains for a conference I was thinking about the concept of the acorn and the tree. How does an acorn know it’s supposed to be a pine or spruce or cedar or Tamarack tree? By the same token, how does a flower seed know it is supposed to be a rose, daisy or cornflower? As I pondered the concept of seeds containing the Divine Intelligence to become that which they were meant to be, I had a moment of absolute clarity where I saw the miracle of life within each human. My awareness went from acorns and seeds to the microscopic seed within my mother and the microscopic sperm from my father coming together among the billions of cells in my mother’s body to create that Divine spark of life ~ me. I am that miracle union. I am that seed of Divine intelligence. What bursted out of my mouth at this realization was, “I am a miracle! I am a miracle!” It was a good thing I was alone in the car for it came in a shout of awe. In one moment I … [Read more...]

Are you building walls saying NO? Ready for YES?

  Are your thoughts creating wall and barriers preventing you from experiencing more of life? Mine were! Does this sound like you? A friend calls you up or texts with a suggestion to go out for lunch. You pause! Your mind is frantically searching for the right answer. Should I go, shouldn’t I? If I don’t go what excuse can I use? I have so much to do right now. I don’t know! I have to pick up the kids? The litany goes on. I know this all too well. I went for a period when I built walls around myself and fended off almost all invitations, making up all sorts of reasons why I didn’t want to or I couldn’t. Often after I turned down an invitation I would spend hours thinking that maybe I was missing out, maybe I should have gone, why didn’t I say yes. Ah, the thought games we play! When I realized I sitting home alone far too often and was receiving fewer and fewer invitations even to me my excuses sounded lame. I decided ENOUGH. I saw that it was only my thoughts … [Read more...]

Stop the runaway train and take time for yourself.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve spoken to several people who are going through a time that is especially hectic, challenging or demanding. As a result, they’re emotionally and physically just DONE—yet finding themselves needing to dig down a bit deeper to find a bit more energy, compassion or patience for whatever life has brought. It can often feel that life resembles a runaway train with no brakes. Just rushing on at amazing speed with no ability to stop. But stop you must if want to be at your peak with clear thoughts, energy and creativity. If you keep going at the speed of a runaway train you’re bound to crash. The stress of keeping up this pace will eventually show it’s self in some form of health issues. Stress is the #1 factor behind most illnesses today. When you run out of fuel and come crashing down, who are you really helping? Have you ever been on an airplane? As the flight attendant goes through the safety talk you’re reminded to “Put your own oxygen … [Read more...]

Is this my dream?

You sit, hands clasped around a cup tea, staring out the window and wonder what happened. Is this really your dream life? You went to college, landed a great job, got married, had kids, have all the outer trappings of material success, BUT feel empty. You did what your family and society expected of you. You did what everyone else was doing. Was it right or wrong? Neither, it just was. You made those choices based on who you were and what you knew at that moment. They were the best decisions for that time. Now you are living this dream. There was a time, I too sat starring out the window wondering if this was all life had to offer. Then I became aware that my life was my dream, my choice and it had been perfect for me. Mine dream included university, a short marriage, no kids, a 25 year career as an educator, a life of constant change and movement, no permanent fix address and sense of adventure that leads me on. This was my dream and it was/is right for me. The … [Read more...]