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“The practice of courage is doing small things with love. We begin to dismantle what is overwhelming by beginning the journey of involvement one hand at a time, one kindness at a time, one utterance of truth at a time. From the outside, things that require courage seem impossible, but once we begin, we’re no longer on the outside. This lets us see more. This lets us feel the current of the situation we have to cross. Any small act of love shows us the next step to be taken. So it’s imperative to stop rehearsing the perfect starting point and just begin.”  Mark Nepo

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Stop ‘fighting’ for recovery. Your body and mind; your heart and your soul – it’s been a war zone for far too long. Make peace with your demons. They didn’t come only to torture you… They came to show you where your cracks are; to open the hidden wounds; to illuminate your dark sides. Your demons came to teach you to take care of yourself – they’ve dragged you through hell to do it. You’re at war with yourself. But you can’t eradicate the parts you don’t like; you can’t shoot your way to health and happiness. You need to lay down all your weapons of self-destruction and listen to what these little devils have been trying to tell you – really tell you. They’re just the messengers, and in trying to shoot them you just keep shooting yourself. Healing lies in acceptance – the good, the bad, the dark, the light, the beautiful and the ugly. Harmonious connection between all facets of your perfectly flawed being.

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Halloweening Like Weenies on the Canadian Prairies.

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I went Halloweening as a kid. It was impressive, being I was raised by my Grandparents and lived in the middle of nowhere, aka the prairies of the Great Frozen Northland, aka Canada.

The first rule of thumb was that our costumes had to be “tasteful.” I know that those of you who know me completely understand the kind of box that put me in. I am just lucky that I escaped my childhood not having been completely stunted in my magically impressive repertoire of hysterically funny, probably inappropriate, social commentary. How I ended making it out the other end of my childhood alive, considering those kind of restrictions, is beyond me. I clearly had a special angel intervening with some kind of Teflon shield. Continue reading

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“Inside every one of us is a garden, and each practitioner has to go back to it and take care of it. Maybe in the past, you left it untended for a long time. You should know exactly what is going on in your own garden, and try to put everything in order. Restore the beauty; restore the harmony in your garden. Many people will enjoy your garden if it is well tended.” Thich Nhat Hanh

The Chosen One.

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You know those emails you get where they say if you send it on something wonderful will happen and if you don’t then you will die? Well, I have never sent one on before … and I never died. At least I am pretty sure I am not dead. I have not sought out a medical opinion to provide credible proof. Well I sent one on and within seconds I heard a ding and I received this very urgent letter …. Continue reading

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‘Fear is the passageway between the known and the unknown. It is the passageway we are asked to walk through as we go beneath the concepts, labels, and images that make our world familiar and safe. In deeper levels of meditation there is an existential fear that is touched upon. This fear has no specific object; it is not the fear of the dark, of people, of failure, but the fear that comes to visit us when it is no longer possible to define ourselves or anything in our world. We are not asked to endure this fear, survive it, or suffer with it, but to welcome it and explore it, leave it if we wish and understand that it is the forerunner of freedom. Fearlessness does not mean that fear arises, but it entails our willingness to turn toward it, understand it, and find within it the simplicity of being present…

Finding simplicity within our hearts asks us to let go, just as the emergence of simplicity in all our lives asks us to let go. We let go of the stories, the beliefs, the fears, and our hearts learn to sing. Wandering in the wilderness, our sense of being lost ends the moment we find traces of the path. The wilderness is no longer an enemy. We appreciate the towering trees as well as the thorns and brambles. We are able to say, “I know you” and discover an unshakeable presence.’  Christina Feldman

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“I run for I don’t know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. So I run. You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”  Lauren Oliver

On Being an Empath.

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Have you ever wondered why people who are strangers or people you hardly know open up to you and share their most trusted thoughts? Do you have an instant connection with animals? Are you unable to watch violence, cruelty, or tragedy on television or in the movies because your soul just can’t bear it? Do you have an instant knowing about the character of the people you meet upon first meeting them? Are you highly spiritual and find the physical world and everything in it heavy? Are you often tired and have physical ailments that cannot be medically explained? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions you may be an “empath.  (Read the rest of the article here)

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