If you’re like me, you know well enough that the standard style of New Year’s resolution doesn’t work. You know, telling yourself (or being so naïve as to tell others or commit in writing) that you will do this or won’t do that. Generally, that approach is a fruitless--and sometimes hopeless--endeavour for most of us … Continue reading Default States and Mindful Exceptions
Noticing Load + Incline
“Gorilla Cart” is a brand and it’s essentially a beefed-up version of a metal garden cart you pull to move things around. The one I have has a mesh bottom, steel side rails, pneumatic tires, and can support a load up to 800 pounds. Mine is five years old now and has had a lot … Continue reading Noticing Load + Incline
Reality Emerges from Stillness
I had one of those 2+2 moments yesterday when something simple yet powerful, that should have been so obvious, came together. But first, a quick bit of context. When guests stay over here, whether airbnb renters or friends visiting, they often ask if they will see wildlife on the property. My usual answer is to … Continue reading Reality Emerges from Stillness
Time for some follow-up
I wrote a supplement to the last piece on gratitude journaling. But then i started looking back through the blog posts and had a few other follow-ups to share. On Be a gracious guest, of life (gratitude journaling): I had the idea that I would write in the gratitude journal each evening before turning in. … Continue reading Time for some follow-up
Be a gracious guest, of life
A few weeks ago I found myself re-reading my copy of The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer, by Bertil Marklund. I got through it in a matter of a few hours. It is about as succinct and compact a self-help book as you will find, with practical strategies and behavioural changes that will … Continue reading Be a gracious guest, of life
Can the ego allow true love?
"To love is to recognize yourself in another."~ ECKHART TOLLE ~ Brief as it is, this is such an intriguing quote—that can be interpreted from several perspectives and on different levels. The one that speaks to me at this time is that to recognize yourself in another is also to recognize the underlying connection between … Continue reading Can the ego allow true love?
Activate Your Personal Airplane Mode
I have been using airplane mode on my phone more frequently over the past few months. Airplane (or flight) mode, which is a simple on-off tap on most phones, essentially disables data transmission and reception (including phone calls, since all communication is digital now) but leaves the phone’s internal processes and apps functioning. (As an … Continue reading Activate Your Personal Airplane Mode
A pearl by Rumi
"You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the ocean in one drop."~ RUMI ~ According to my A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings , yesterday (September 30th) was the birthday of the renowned Sufi mystic poet back in 1207. That's over 800 years ago, and his work endures perhaps more than ever … Continue reading A pearl by Rumi
Staying Positive: Separating Actions from Outcomes
My best friend’s partner is a lifelong activist. Her activist work career is in the environmental field but she is also an activist for important matters like urban cycling and transit, and various manifestations of human rights, dignity & equality. She is an impressive human in her commitment to beliefs, in walking her talk, and … Continue reading Staying Positive: Separating Actions from Outcomes
A forest, or many trees?
"When admiring the painting, don't examine the paint. When meeting the artist, don't look at the brush."~ TAOIST SAYING ~ Since early spring I have been spending a bit of dedicated time each day with a daily reader, 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao. Each day, a different saying accompanied by some notes, interpretation and perspective. … Continue reading A forest, or many trees?