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Sometimes we go through life like a person who is carrying a heavy burden all the time, to the point where he is no longer even aware that he is carrying it or that he could set it down. The burden of our egoic attachments, our fears and doubts and wanting and stuckness, is a heavy weight that we carry for years or even lifetimes before it occurs to us that we could drop the weight and live more lightly, celebrating the freedom to be our true selves. This lightnessRead More
The spring flowers are in their heyday here in Toronto, fulfilling a promise that abided unseen through the winter. As May arrives, we may have gone through a spring cleanse (internal or external), or we may simply feel lighter, more refreshed and more capable as the days grow longer and brighter. We may feel able to begin new initiatives or catch up on old ones left unattended. For post-secondary students, the academic year is coming to an end. As we walk out into the spring sunshine from our last exam, theRead More
Are you looking for a way to reconnect with your creativity? Do you consider yourself an aspiring writer, painter, or musician, but find yourself blocked on the very work that you most want to be doing? Do you feel like you could be an artist, if only you had more time, more energy, and more clarity? If so, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron could be exactly the tool you need to help you reclaim your creative life. Spirituality meets psychology in this beautifulRead More
As the weather warms up, the bundled jackets give way to lighter coats, and hearty stews give way to more leafy salads, it’s a good time to consider our surroundings and engage in some good old fashioned spring cleaning. If the idea of clearing out some of our excess stuff seems appealing but daunting, minimalist lifestyle writer Francine Jay can cheer you along with her book The Joy Of Less. The Joy of Less discusses the importance of seeing stuff for what it is: just stuff! Francine Jay mentions –Read More
In moments of real or perceived injustice, how do we react? Do we feel overwhelmed with rage, grief or betrayal? Do we become attached to an idea of ourselves as victims and become resentful or self-righteous? Or can we get unstuck from these feelings, find true compassion for our self and others, and remain rooted in our practice even in the face of the worst crimes? In The Novice: A Story of True Love, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers a meditation on these questions as he narrates the storyRead More
The subject tonight is Love And for tomorrow night as well. As a matter of fact, I know of no better topic For us to discuss Until we all Die! – Hafiz of Shiraz The poem above does not refer to any tame notion of sweet romantic love or light-hearted companionship. The love Hafiz is talking about is the underlying life force of the universe. This is the love which shines when the ego is diminished. This is the love which gives courage and grace to all things. In thisRead More
In January, the fast pace, bright lights, luxurious meals and energetic parties associated with the holidays and New Year’s Eve give way to simpler, quieter days – still with early nightfall and (at least in Canada) freezing cold. The warmth of summer can feel a long way away. As we do our best in this time to focus on our goal, or on some new resolutions, we may be in need of some regular nourishment for our spirits. It is good to do something every day that brings joy, quietsRead More
Debbie Ford is a best-selling author, presenter, and pioneer in spiritual and emotional education. Her book “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers” explains that each one of us has a shadow. Ford shares how we can open to a healthy life by seeing both the dark and light in ourselves. By being present with all aspects of ourselves, we can create positive changes in our lives. Her book leads us on a journey to take back our power and live authentically.   Drawing on the shadow work of CarlRead More
Stephen Levine is an American poet, author and teacher best known for a mindful, meditative approach to death, dying and grief. In “A Gradual Awakening”, Stephen writes a beautiful and easy to understand book on Vipassana meditation, an ancient meditation technique attributed to Buddha himself. Levine’s other published works address the intense grief one can experience from the death of loved ones. But in “A Gradual Awakening” he acknowledges the “everyday grief” that is felt from burdens, stress, disappointments, and illusions of life that grow deeper within us over time.Read More
Elizabeth Lesser is the co-founder of the Omega Institute in New York, an institute that hosts workshops with spiritual leaders and yogis to help people on the spiritual path. In her book “Broken Open”, Elizabeth uses her own life story and those of others to show that through challenging times, “awakening” and positive life changes can occur. Elizabeth refers to the challenging times as the “Phoenix Process”, the transformational journey. It stems from the myth of a bird the Egyptians called the Phoenix. Understanding that the new can only beRead More