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Buddhism / Buddhist Meditation / Meditation / Relaxation Techniques

Everyday Meditation: Blue Sky Mind

Meditation is becoming aware of the vital stillness and hearing within that stillness. It is the stillness that’s naturally present before you become attached to thoughts and things; before you identify with thought-feeling-reaction. In this meditation you will be using the visualization of a blue sky with clouds passing through it as the “virtuous” object … Continue reading

Art therapy / Health and Wellness / Inspiration

Take care of what’s between your ears

A genius is a talented person who has an exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.  It’s those who transcend boundaries such as those of the time and space continuum and provide solutions that extend into the future who we recognize as geniuses. However, if we pause to consider the definition we may recognize … Continue reading

Conscious living / Health and Wellness / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

A Difficult Week in Review

Last week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy. I have resolved not to shun the so-called difficult people in my life for two self serving reasons. They teach me important lessons about myself, and learning from them provides  … Continue reading

Buddhist Meditation / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Inspiration / Tonglen

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Food / Health and Wellness / Recipes

7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

Today’s nutrition message is ‘dump the junk; eat real food’.  I heard the call to eat healthy and enjoy life and acted on it.  Have you? Obesity, heart disease and strokes are prevalent. It’s clear that many people aren’t either wise or moderate when it comes to the variety of foods and quantities they consume.  So … Continue reading

Buddhist Meditation / compassion / Conscious living / Meditation

Ani Choying Drolma: A Singing Nun With a Mission

I am an admirer of Ani Choying Drolma, also known as Choying Drolma and Ani Choying.  She is a Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. Throughout the world Ani Choying is known for her compassion, her lovely smile, and her beautiful voice.  Rather than just relying on prayer alone, she is … Continue reading

brain training / Buddhism / Conscious living / Gratitude / Happiness / Health and Wellness / Inspiration

Train Your Brain to Become Happier

Depression has played a major role in my life since I was a child. There have been many times I had to struggle to make the happiness choice minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. Granted in some cases of depression therapeutic intervention may be necessary.  But I am unable to take … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Gratitude / Humor / Inspiration / Relationships

An Attitude of Gratitude

My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life. My life is not less stressful than it was before I began this commitment, but my coping skills are improving as I make … Continue reading

Conscious living / Meditation

MUL Mantra

The Mool Mantra (also spelled Mul Mantra) is the most important composition contained within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs; it is the basis of Sikhism. The word “Mool” means “main”, “root” or “chief” and “Mantar” means “magic chant” or “magic portion”.  It is a most brief composition encompassing the … Continue reading

Conscious living

Canada Remembers

Over the course of 100 years thousands of Canada’s service men and women sacrificed their lives for the greater good.  Recent research confirms more Canadians than ever want Remembrance Day to demonstrate respect for the fallen in all wars. At Memorial Cairns on Remembrance Day from sea to shining sea we will conduct our services … Continue reading

Abstract art / Art therapy / Conscious living / Emotional healing

Distractions, Abstractions and Spontaneity

Abstract art expresses connection with your subconscious feelings and perceptions;  abstract art  is the visual result of exploring deep emotions. When you manifest the courage it takes to leave your comfort zone, face down fear and explore the unknown, you can use spontaneity as a conduit to creativity. The aim of art is to represent … Continue reading

Art therapy / Conscious living / Happiness / Imagery / Inspiration

Beyond Fear: Creativity

Choosing to be happy with everything just as it is, without trying to change anything, removes the desire to control and the unhappiness that results when things don’t go the way we want them to.  Making the happiness choice daily, hourly and even moment to moment is employing skillful means for conscious living. However, making … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Happiness / Relationships

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing

College and school teach many things. While primary schools is very much about learning facts and figures, college is more about learning who you are and what you’re passionate about. A lot of self-realization and personal growth happens in college—not the least of which being how to become a true adult. These lessons aren’t learned … Continue reading

Happiness / Health and Wellness / Humor / Relationships

Learn to Include More Humour in your Life

Learning to include more humour in your life can have a significant effect on your overall health. Being able to see the funny side of things can produce general health benefits, and can also help to build and reinforce relationships. Some ways to boost your humour levels include not taking yourself as seriously, while knowing … Continue reading