Fear Not.

Two days after the U.S. election, fear is rampant. I see it on Facebook, hear it in the voices of my friends and family, and feel its insidious call in my own psyche. People are freaking out. Maybe you’re freaking out.

So what can we do? Do we just succumb to the fear, thereby inviting it to take root in our personalities as an inevitable part of the “new reality”? Continue reading

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Remembrance

I am conflicted. Every year, on this day, my heart is torn. I am so grateful for my freedom and recognize that I basically won the geographic lottery by getting to live in such a wonderful, beautiful country in which I have every opportunity to play, and grow, and flourish. And yet, I hate war. I am endlessly baffled that societies that presume to teach our children to resolve conflict peacefully, cannot uphold that simple value themselves. Continue reading

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Is It Bravery Or Is It Life?

Just over 13 years ago I left a successful corporate career to become a yoga teacher.  Less than 2 weeks ago I closed my longtime yoga studio to run a more mobile business and free up some time to follow the evolution of my dreams.  I call it living my life.  Other people call it brave.

I don’t feel brave.  It’s more that I have to keep following my path.  I have to keep moving forward.  Isn’t that the logical thing to do with life?  Am I just supposed to stubbornly or unthinkingly stick with something that once fulfilled me but that I’ve gradually outgrown?  How does that make any sense at all? Continue reading

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Ignoring Climate Change

I’m a little confused.  Frankly, I’m a lot confused.  The damaging effects of climate change are being felt the world over and if the scientists have it right – with the exception of those paid off by corporations to toe the company line (remember when smoking cigarettes was a healthy choice!?)  –  at the current rate of planetary change, we will not live to see the turn of the next century.  With the ever-increasing global temperature slated to vastly exceed that considered to be even remotely hospitable for our species by the year 2100, we are poised on the brink of human extinction.

Enter my confusion.  Why are we still talking about the Kardashians?  Why do we care who wore what or which celebrities don’t look like supermodels in their bathing suits?  Why, oh why, aren’t we talking about the most relevant Continue reading

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Stepping Out of the Box

For the past week, I’ve been talking with clients and friends about the powerful Equinox and New Moon energies, and the opportunity we have to harness them by honouring completions in our lives, and opening up to new beginnings and new dreams.  We have to let go of the old and outdated, after all, to make room for the new.  Much as it’s never a bad time to dream our dreams and take steps to improve our lives, the potency of the season change, coupled with the New Moon, makes it an especially good time.  No matter how entrenched we are in a modern, technological world, we are still creatures of nature, and as such, affected by the cycles of nature.  Working with these cycles aligns us to our deeper, authentic selves…energies that are far greater than our ego-dominated, rat-race thinking would suggest. Continue reading

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Mayoral Madness

I live in Toronto, Canada.  Sound familiar?  Perhaps you’ve heard of our mayor?  Rob Ford?

I am inwardly groaning as I bring him to mind.  I am inwardly screaming at the thought that he’s running for re-election in October.  I am utterly baffled that he has any supporters left.

There was recent footage of Rob Ford – isn’t there always? – taken at a Canada Day event.  Presumably, he left the event early due to the heckling.  What I find astounding, though, were the recorded comments from his supporters, including: “Keep up the good work!”, “Good job, Mr. Ford!”, and “there’s a lot of Torontonians with him and are hoping he’s successful”.

Really?  Are we talking about the same guy? Continue reading

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Under Pressure

Georgian Bay, July 5, 2014

Georgian Bay, July 5, 2014

I’m feeling guilty about not writing on Day 4 of my 30-day writing challenge, and much as I’m not exactly thrilled to be writing now, I’m determined to not slip into the lethargy of two days of not writing; especially so early in my challenge.

In my defense, I was too busy living life yesterday, although I suppose I could have fit it in at the end of the day.  Had I not felt that much-needed sleep and startgazing were higher than writing on my priority list, I would have.  Frankly, that sounds like an excuse even to me, and thus, the nagging feeling of guilt and fear that I’ve failed at my challenge so early on. Continue reading

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