A well-known adage about forest fires, and commonly seen on materials promoting outdoor fire safety, it is simple, concise and true. The vast majority of raging bush fires got their start as a stray campfire ember, a spark from machinery, a carelessly discarded cigarette butt, or perhaps even a glass lens which just happened to be positioned in such a way as to focus the sun’s rays on a tiny spot of dry duff.
Forest fires are scary and destructive. But the notion of large fires starting small can also be adeptly applied to ideas and initiatives. Continue reading →
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard
I was recalling this quote–though had forgotten its exact wording–while I was writing the previous blog post Letting go without losing control, during this COVID time. At first I was thinking sure we can only live life forwards but, even when we look backwards, Continue reading →
What with being fairly recently retired (though I like to call it repurposement not retirement), living off-grid on a woodland property, always hands-on tasks to be done… plus being an introverty kinda guy anyhow… my daughter jokes that life since mid-March hasn’t looked all that different from normal for me. Continue reading “Letting go without losing control”→
In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to. ~Dave Hollis
As governments, leaders, and the broad population, begin looking ahead to the COVID world past the hump of “the curve” it might also be worthwhile to look back at the past 6-8 weeks so that we can move forward with intention. Continue reading →
During this COVID time here in Ontario most publicly-owned natural areas, as well as those owned or managed by pseudo-public agencies like conservation authorities, are closed—some (as seen in the GTA) even signed “no trespassing” to make the point. In contrast, elsewhere a number of countries, provinces, and jurisdictions are keeping some natural spaces open in recognition of Continue reading “Can’t hug a person? Hug a tree!”→
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
It’s probably not a big surprise to learn those words are attributed to John Muir, naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States.Continue reading →
Back in January a good friend put me on to an author named Margaret Wheatley, who had recently been a guest on the CBC radio programme Tapestry. What hooked me in was the author asking, “the real question now is: as things get worse and worse, what is right action? What do we do? Then the question is: who do I choose to be? Where can I still give service? Where can I live a meaningful life?” Continue reading “At this time, who will you choose to be?”→
The adjective “pithy” is defined as: precisely meaningful; forceful and brief. And the quote above, from Margaret Wheatley’s book So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World, is a primo example of a pithy observation if there ever was one. Continue reading →
In the last blog I mentioned how, closer to its origins, yoga is more a “philosophy” than the “activity” it has generally become in the Western world. Also in contrast to its Eastern origins, we may be more likely to see our yoga practice as a segmented, part of our day yet somehow separate from it, rather than an inclusive element of our lifestyle.
The yoga we practice in the Western world is, overall, primarily focused on postures. However, before its introduction to the West, yoga was something much broader—more a philosophy than an activity.
Patanjali was an Indian sage responsible for compiling the Yoga Sutras sometime prior to 400 CE. Within the Sutras, Patanjali detailed the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The first four limbs, one of which is asana (yoga postures), are more concrete and tangible actions, while the Continue reading “Yoga Beyond the Mat: The Yamas”→