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Benedictine monk, writer and speaker Brother David Steindl-Rast has become known to many for his books “A Listening Heart” and “Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer” over the two decades since they were published. His work on gratefulness has been so powerful that there is now a Network for Grateful Living, which “provides education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, inspired by the teachings of Br. David Steindl-Rast and colleagues.” The Network goes on to explain, “Gratefulness – the full response to a given momentRead More
In November 2006, researcher and social worker Brené Brown took a look at the data she was gathering, put a hand over her mouth, and said to herself, “No. No. No. How can this be?” The pattern she saw was so shocking and so transformative that she experienced a breakdown (or spiritual awakening) that has since galvanized her work and catapulted it into the public eye via TED talks, PBS specials, and her book “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be And EmbraceRead More
For many whose lives are affected by the rhythm of “back to school” in September (whether as students, teachers, parents or support staff), the beginning of an academic year can feel like even more of a new year than January 1. The fresh pens and blank notebooks bring a sense of potential for making positive changes, resolving to do things differently this year, setting goals for the year to come. I certainly felt this way about each new school or university year I undertook. As a student, I wanted toRead More
“When I argue with reality, I lose–but only 100 percent of the time. How do I know the wind should blow? It’s blowing!” –Byron Katie, Loving What Is When Byron Katie woke up in a halfway house in 1986 with her longstanding depression gone, her heart full of joy and everything around her clear and “unrecognizable,” she had no idea that the healing process that took place overnight within her would be something that she could share. Today, over twenty years later, Katie’s loving model of “inquiry” or “The Work”Read More
It’s safe to say that in 1995, few people thought of hiking 1100 gruelling miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, alone, with no prior backpacking experience, as a way to turn their life around. But some may do so today, because one woman in 1995 did: Cheryl Strayed. In 1995, Cheryl Strayed was 26 years old. Her mother had been dead four years. In the wake of that loss, her life had spiralled out of control. Her marriage had fallen apart (she chose the surname “Strayed” for herself at theRead More
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