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Transitions 

Transitions are times of great danger. The disruption brought on by transitions leaves us vulnerable and exposed. We may fear what lies beyond the transition. Long held routines are torn away leaving us seemingly stranded in an unfamiliar world. We must be cautious with our thoughts, words and actions. 

Transitions involve an element of loss or an ending.  It takes time to process this, to grieve and accept what is no longer here. It is a very personal process and each of us responds differently. There is…

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The Joy of Impermanence 

Nothing is permanent. A permanent hairdo,  a perm, is not permanent. It only adds or removes curls for a few weeks before you have to get a new one. Perhaps that's why the perm has fallen out of favour, it's not really permanent.

There are many things we consider permanent. The constant state of frozen ground in the north known as permafrost appears to be not so permanent in the face of climate change. The builders who constructed the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris likely thought it would…

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Remote Parenting 

It’s difficult to make generalities about generations but our involvement in our children’s lives has gone on for a much longer period than our parents were involved with us. I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing, it is just a thing. 

We were raised in a different time. Many of us had stay-at-home mothers who were dedicated to us during early childhood. Living close to our elementary school, Mom always had lunch ready for us at home. Taking a bag lunch to school was a rare treat. There are likely few…

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Finding Our Place 

Walking along a 16 km beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island, breakers pounding the sand to your right and evergreens rising to the mountains on your left, you can begin to appreciate the strong connection aboriginal people have with the land. While cities make it easier to support and service our never ending quest for economic growth and the so-called prosperity it provides, urbanization also severes the relationship our ancestors had with the natural environment.

We really need to listen closer to…

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The Joy of Insignificance 

On occasion I find it helpful to take stock of where I stand in the universe.

I am one of 7.5 billion Homo sapiens. We collectively reside on the fourth smallest planet of eight that orbit a star that is one of hundreds of billions in our galaxy. Beyond that is an ever expanding universe comprised of an infinite number of cosmic bodies that is beyond what my small human brain can really even conceptualize. This video attempts to provide a visual perspective of the scale of both our internal and external…

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The Reluctant Animal 

As humans, we are reluctant to consider ourselves as just another animal. We are far superior to all other living things on this planet. Our ability to think and plan has made us Lords of the Earth granting us permission to use the land, sea and all living beings for sustenance, profit and pleasure. The rest of the planet suffers for the so-called intelligence of Homo sapiens.

Evolution connects us to the apes but in the process we learned to conceptualize and execute - in all expressions of that word. At…

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Lonely and Alone 

It is surprising that there is still loneliness in the world. There has never been a time when humans have had the ability to interact widely with others every waking moment of our lives. But this level of communication has only spread our attention and awareness thinner. Instead of being part of a physical community many of us are more active members of virtual communities that rarely have any physical form beyond a shimmering array of images on a screen. While virtual communities can expand our…

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We are all Storytellers 

We are all storytellers living the story we tell. We tell our story mostly to our self - an internal narrative casting our experiences in an endlessly looping documentary. If we dare to share our story with others, it is usually carefully curated to present what we wish them to think of us. 

It is more challenging to be truly authentic with our story. We often allow our story to be dictated by others - following the easy path of filling the mold cast for us by parents, teachers, partners and politicians. 

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Truth and Suffering 

To find the truth of things look for suffering. Determine the cause of suffering and you will find the truth.  We often construct a fictional reality for our self and others but rarely understand the truth in suffering.

Gratitude from A to Z: Silence 

I'm grateful for silence. The opportunity to be mindful of silence when it occurs, allowing it to quiet my mind. If just for a moment.

Silence is elusive. Try to find a place in your day where you can't hear a machine - a truck in the distance, computer fan or fridge motor. In many places it is virtually impossible to find silence. Silence exists only behind earplugs or headphones.

Why do I intentionally fill my world with sound - to actively avoid silence? Every moment doesn't need to be filled with…

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