Teachings

Have you ever noticed that Truth is simple? It doesn’t take up a lot of room and it really doesn’t require a lot of words. And so it is with this beautiful story of two wolves that clearly illustrates the power we have in each moment to make our lives whatever we want it to be.   Two Wolves A young Cherokee boy saw his grandfather seated by himself. He walked up to him and said, “Grandfather what are you doing?” The grandfather said, “I am thinking about a fierce battle that is raging within me.” The grandson’s eyes opened wide with concern and he said, “What is this battle about?” The grandfather replied, “The battle is between two wolves. One is filled with anger, fear and...

By now you’ve heard a lot about Gratitude: keeping a Gratitude journal, writing things down every day for which you are grateful etc. etc. So, what’s the story behind all this Gratitude?   Gratitude is a natural anti-depressant In her article on the Neuroscience of Gratitude, Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury says this: "Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva, a well-known meditation training site, mentioned in one of her publications that gratitude as a ‘natural antidepressant’. The effects of gratitude, when practiced daily can be almost the same as medications. It produces a feeling of long-lasting happiness and contentment, the physiological basis of which lies at the neurotransmitter level. When we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters...

I'll never forget this! About 16 years ago I was speaking with a gentleman who was under a great deal of stress. Knowing the benefits of it, I asked him if he meditated. Well, when he heard that he threw his whole body backwards and laughed uproariously, as if it was the funniest, most ridiculous thing he had ever heard in his life. When he could speak again, he said: “Oh god no, I’m not into all the woowoo stuff!! No, no, not me! When I need peace, I go fly-fishing. I get out into the most incredible parts of Nature. I find my way into the middle of nowhere and stand hip deep in these beautiful streams. They don’t care what’s...

Here are 3 quick tips for quieting your mind when trying to meditate. Write It Out First It’s difficult to meditate if you are bothered by something. An effective step for quieting the mind at a time like this, is to write it out first. When I say write it out, I mean get all the raw, volatile, emotional heat/pain/anger you’re experiencing, out of you. Express it FULLY. Unload it completely onto the page. Essentially, give it a place to go, so that it’s not taking up space in your mind. Following this, take a few minutes to let your stress hormones calm down, then sit/lie down, engage the Parasympathetic Nervous System via Conscious Breathing, and let yourself ease back into a quieter...

There is so much to share with you regarding quieting the Mind and developing a Meditation practice, that I’ve broken it down into small steps so that it’s not overwhelming. This post is the first and very important step. The Dalai Lama started his spiritual training at 4 years old. It’s safe to assume this included Meditation. He is now 85 years old. It’s also safe to assume that he has been meditating every day for all those years. I heard him once say that he too has random thoughts going through his mind while meditating (though far fewer than mine, I’m sure). Given that you haven’t spent the past 81 years (29,565 days) training yourself to meditate, with the most...

One of the most powerful tools you have in your toolkit for living life well, is your Attention. I wonder if you’ve ever thought of it that way? Simply put, whatever you put your Attention on, whatever you focus on, grows. What makes it a Superpower is when you recognize that it's you alone who gets to choose what you put your Attention on.  You can choose whatever you want! You can focus your Attention on things that make you sad and hopeless, motivated and excited, confident and empowered...

This is the least sensational, yet most important step in living a Balanced life. It’s also an essential step in dealing with everything from Self-Sabotaging Behaviour, developing Healthy Boundaries, transforming fear into power, living an Authentic empowered life, manifesting a new reality to standing in Alignment with your Higherself.…. Honestly, the list is endless. Reset Your Daily Practice is a Reset activity that brings your Mind, Body, Heart and Soul back into Balance and Alignment. Your Daily Practice may change from time to time depending on what’s going on in your life, and while some elements of your Daily Practice will change as you grow and evolve, you may find that certain aspects of it will be with you throughout your life. To...

Thankfully, we no longer live in a time where you have to limit yourself to one career focus for your ENTIRE life. You are a multifaceted, multi-talented and multi-skilled being who is in a continual state of growth and evolution. In fact, your brain needs to be stimulated with new things in order to grow new neural connections and therefore stay healthy/vital. So, you know those hobbies, passions, ideas and interests you have? Well, take them off the ‘it’s not realistic’ back burner, and consider putting them on one of the front burners of your life. The more opportunities you take to give different aspects of yourself a chance to be explored, trained, expressed and realized, the happier and more fulfilled of...

True story. Many years ago, while vacationing in the Caribbean, I was in the water floating on my back, looking at the beautiful sky, loving the sun warming me, and feeling all the stress wash away……ahhh. It felt so peaceful, that I stayed like that for a while. What I didn’t realize is that I had become caught in a rip tide. When I looked up, the shoreline was very, VERY far away and I was in serious trouble. Critical Point What's really important to note here is that it wasn’t a huge wave crashing into me that had put my life in danger. It was a slow, quiet drifting away from the shoreline that did it, so quiet in fact, that it...

I think if we really knew how often we ‘indulge’ in negative thoughts, we’d be shocked. Have you noticed that one negative thought, for example: “I can’t stand that”, very often leads to a cascade of thoughts  similar in nature? Perhaps you start to think of memories associated with that thought and that leads you to the people associated with that memory,  and then to the things they did or said to you...