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Letting go without losing control

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. It’s not that I’m oblivious … Continue reading Letting go without losing control

Can’t hug a person? Hug a tree!

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 … Continue reading Can’t hug a person? Hug a tree!

Quote of the Month (APR)

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."~ JOHN MUIR ~ 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. Many of … Continue reading Quote of the Month (APR)

At this time, who will you choose to be?

  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?  … Continue reading At this time, who will you choose to be?

Yoga Beyond the Mat: The Niyamas

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 … Continue reading Yoga Beyond the Mat: The Niyamas

Yoga Beyond the Mat: The Yamas

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 … Continue reading Yoga Beyond the Mat: The Yamas