The Subtle Art of Relaxation

I gaze at my candle, at my sacred images and objects, a mishmash of cultures and references that are all significant to me. There’s a quote from the Little Prince, my recent Osho card drawn from my deck, a photo of me when I’m four years old laughing over something which was obviously hilarious. There’sContinue reading “The Subtle Art of Relaxation”

The Pancha-what? First trip to an Indian Ashram.

How does one summarize 2 weeks  experience of a first-time in India, first-time in an Ashram and first-time doing a Panchakarma program? With a first-rate smile, I hope. First, let’s define the terms we’ll be referring to: 1. India, in this case the deep south-west, the province of Kerala. After flying into Trivanandrum (also knownContinue reading “The Pancha-what? First trip to an Indian Ashram.”

On blessings, dreams, new beginnings and giving myself the recognition that I long for

I count myself as one of the blessed on this planet, the oh-so-very blessed. Not only because my cup overflows with good health, happiness, a quick wit and an ease and pleasure for contact with others. These are infinite blessings in and of themselves, you might think I have it all already… and yet IContinue reading “On blessings, dreams, new beginnings and giving myself the recognition that I long for”

The books we read matter: my 2015 literary highlights

Dear fellow book lover, I’m one of those people who is usually reading a half-dozen books at the same time, jumping from chapter to chapter, readings parts, coming back to titles later than planned or never at all.  You’ve likely met a few of my breed before 🙂 So, while 2015 has been a transformativeContinue reading “The books we read matter: my 2015 literary highlights”

Just let go of the bar – Kite-surfing’s big life lesson

Rule #1 when you’re learning kite surfing: when it gets challenging, too strong or scary, just let go of the bar.  The bar is how you steer and control the kite flying above you, this fabric and lines that captures the incredible power of the wind and propels you forward with it. It takes practiceContinue reading “Just let go of the bar – Kite-surfing’s big life lesson”

Attending my first buddhist teachings: 2 days with the Dzogchen Ponlop Rimpoche in Vancouver

You may have noticed my blog entries as of late have been sporadic at best, and non-existent for the most part. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have noticed because you don’t read this blog anyways – who does – it’s not written particularly for anyone; keeping a blog was meant to keep me dedicated toContinue reading “Attending my first buddhist teachings: 2 days with the Dzogchen Ponlop Rimpoche in Vancouver”