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Perfectionism, Paralysis and Painting

Every week I talk people into their dreams.  Dreams to do something, to speak up, to do the thing everyone says is crazy, or to make that simple change they know would make them feel better.  ‘Playing it safe’ has become a mantra that, if you think about it, can be dangerous and the biggest

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Everything is a Passage

The other day I had a misunderstanding with my teenage son. It was a situation where from one moment to the next, we were both in a place that felt hurt, angry and confused.  He is also sensitive, as I am, so we can bounce off of each other like a squash game.  Of course

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Homesickness and Finding Your True Self

I remember homesickness.  I was maybe 10-11 years old and had gone to a summer camp. This wasn’t unusual, I had been to camps before. But this one felt different.  I felt like I didn’t fit in, although I was surrounded by old neighbour friends and my siblings.  I couldn’t get comfortable, find my place.

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When Emotional Pain Becomes Physical

“I felt like killing him.” “I could have wrung her neck.” “I wanted to punch him.” “I felt like jumping off a bridge.”   What is your reaction to these statements, and how would you react if someone said that?   Although these statements are not always acceptable to express, let alone act upon, what

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The Look that Connects Everything

I was out on my morning dog walk along our usual trail when I saw a man up ahead sitting in the middle of the trail with his back to me.  As I approached him I could see there was a dog sitting in front of him and he was hugging him from behind. I

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You Are a Powerful Connection

Before we had a name, there was an awake awareness. That was completely connected, did not know differences. Before we entered school, there was an alive, sensing being. Ready to play, learn and expand. Before we were categorized and compared, there was already a perfectly whole being. Before we realized we were in a culture,

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Bad Things Happen When We Don’t See Each Other

Anger, shock, horror, disgust.. and also helplessness and compassion and a “How did this happen?” running through my mind and maybe your mind as well with not only the residential school system as a while, but the cruelty inflicted upon innocent children on their own.  Having had the honour of walking with many survivors I

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It’s Not Easy Being Sensitive These Days!

For sensitive people, shifts can feel monumental.  And it’s SO easy to get trapped in a worried, anxious mind.  But I think we’ve spent enough time there, haven’t we? Covid has asked our bodies to slow down, yet our minds keep racing into a fearful future or a non-existent past.  Wouldn’t it be nice to

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What is the Antidote to the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Fawn

No matter how much we might try and avoid difficulties and pain, the path of living involves not just the joyful and pleasant, but the painful and unpleasant problems as well.  Have you noticed that avoiding what might be in the path of your life can create resistance that shows up in anxiety, insomnia, and

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What Are You Mothering?

Mothers give and sustain life.  You might automatically think of a female parent as in the image above, but the definition of mothering goes far beyond that.  Mothering is fierce, compassionate love that nurtures and heals. It knows when to gently push, and when to let go.  It is defined by moments of love followed

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