Fruits of Solitude

Spring is a new beginning to flourish, bloom and flower.

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The month of March was unique for me in many ways. As one who has naturally tended towards silence, and lately towards stillness, it surely was a month filled with a lot of activity, including change and travel. Two of the #SpiritChat conversations in March were about silence and stillness (with Janet Nestor). There was also the beautiful conversation on serendipity (with Elisa Balabram).

We filled three of the four S-quadrants in March – in April, we return to color in the fourth S-quadrant – Solitude. On the face of it, solitude could pass for the fraternal twin of silence, and a close cousing of stillness. In the context of spiritual practice, solitude bears sweet fruit when it is a choice made with a sense of freedom. When imposed upon us, solitude can be a form of bullying, of punishment, of retribution. Solitary confinement was (and still is) often used…

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Be Still and Focus on Love of Self – by @llake

Self care is one essential component to heal from Burnout.

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Welcome to #31daysofselfcare2018 This morning was one rough morning. It followed a rough day that was yesterday. It’s really hard to deal with a series of problems that you can’t control, especially when the outcomes are tied to decisions that other people are making. It’s really hard to control anger and frustration. I struggle with…

via Be Still and Focus on Love of Self — Lillian Lake

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I will welcome our good friend, Lillian Lake (@llake on twitter) to be our guest for our weekly #SpiritChat conversation – Sunday, January 21st 2018 at 9amET on twitter. Our topic will be “Be Still and Focus on Love of Self“. Please read Lillian’s post on the topic (linked above) , and make sure to subscribe to her wonderful blog. Thank you, Lillian, for writing about this topic, and your entire #31daysofselfcare2018 series to get us started…

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On Passion and Peace

Compassion is the compass of the heart.

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What is my foremost passion in life right now?

Some of us can instantly answer that question. Others may need some reflection to arrive at an answer. Regardless of which category you may find yourself in, it may be useful to try and define the word…

passion: a strong or barely controlled emotion… a state or outburst of strong emotion

The thesaurus suggests some synonyms as fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, fieriness, zeal, spiritedness and fanaticism. It seems clear that our passion, whatever it may be, has the ability to connect us to a relatively high state of energy, action, and emotion. Passion also has the ability to bring us to the edge of, the tipping point of energetic balance in our lives, and leave us there. It can almost seem like the edge of a precipice on our journey.

Whether we go towards higher plateaus in life or fall off the…

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Returning to Simplicity

Simplify everything for it is easy to complicate anything.

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Whether we are ready or not, the cycles of nature and nature’s rhythms can lead us to re-examine certain aspects of our (increasingly complex) lives. One such change in rhythm is the gradual transition from autumn to winter (at least in the northern hemisphere). The days tend to get shorter and we begin to retreat indoors after having enjoyed the long daylight hours of summer. As the seasons change, the opportunity arises to ask the question – how do we prepare for what is ahead? I have been lately asking the question – how do I reduce the complexity in my daily life and return to more of simplicity?

One place to begin to answer this question is to examine the areas of my life that are unnecessarily complex. How much technology do I really need in my life? I was shopping for a cooking range and my seaarch yielded…

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Are You at Risk of Mental Exhaustion/Burnout?

Burnout/Exhaustion are real impacts in life.

Lindsay Dupuis, M.A., C.C.C. | Online Counselling & Mindfulness Training

Are You at Risk of Burnout(4 min read)

We’re all faced with stress from time to time, but did you know that the impact of stress can build up and play an important role in whether or not you become ill – physically and mentally?

In general terms, it is said that the experience of stress arises when demands exceed one’s coping resources. When this happens, the individual normally experiences an overwhelming sense of losing control. If the individual isn’t able to recover some level of control, their resources become further and further depleted until they eventually burn out.

Our psychological resiliency determines how each stressor will impact us to a large degree. In other words, what one person perceives to be stressful isn’t necessarily what someone else might find to be stressful. For example, travelling might be viewed as exciting and invigorating by some, while others might find it to be incredibly stress-inducing. Nevertheless…

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On Stages and Transitions

Transformational change is an emotional rollercoaster.

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At this time of the year, when a change of seasons seems imminent, it is natural to think about transitions in our lives. The notion of transition was brought home to me with great force this week as I found myself stretched thin to support two very close families who were experiencing major transitions of their own. The first was my mentor of twenty five plus years – a father figure of sorts – to whom I found myself saying farewell to. I took along a few of my favorite spiritual books, sat with him, read to him, reminisced a bit about our years, and wished him well on his transition.

The second transition has been more of a roller-coaster ride so far. My ex-neighbor of many years, fighting the battle of his life, who keeps making one remarkable recovery after over the past two weeks. I thought I had…

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Find Your Power Right Here

The Choice is the present moment of Now.


Right in this very moment is where our power lives.  Right here and now we have choices.  In each moment comes a new opportunity to make decisions.

We can not do anything about the past.  It is over.  But in this moment we can start to think differently about it, about the choices we made then.  In this moment we can forgive ourselves for the mistakes we thought we made.  In this moment we can see how all of those decisions led us to being right here, right now.  And in this moment we can make different choices because we understand our choices better having been through them.

We can not do anything about the future.  We can make good, loving decisions in the moment which can affect the future, but we cannot change anything that is to happen in the future right now.

So our power is in this very…

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