What We Learn From Despair

I always find it interesting to watch what the media pays attention to. Recently we’ve witnessed the horror and the shame of what took place in Ferguson Missouri, as a result of one police officer’s decision to shoot – and ultimately kill – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man. It was a horrendous act, [Read More...]

Living the Menu of Life

Recently a friend of mine shared with me one of the lessons she’s been learning as she embarks on a new life with her partner. The two of them are quite different, and they love each other deeply. They are the yin to each other’s yang. But it’s only through the opportunity of living together [Read More...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

One of the best-loved fairy tales, and the first feature-length film Walt Disney ever did, was Snow White. It’s a typical tale of a girl who finds her Prince Charming, but as with all good fairy tales that have stood the test of time, there are truths embedded in the story. Snow White has an [Read More...]

Plugged In

Recently, I was walking down a city street when I saw a 60-something woman outside a coffee shop with her two grandchildren. The children were under age five, and chatting away with each other. What struck me about this little tableau was how 2014 it was. The grandmother was checking her smartphone. How times have [Read More...]

Letting Go of the Story

For centuries around the world and in every religion there are storytellers. The Jewish faith relies on its Hasidic stories, the Christians on the stories of Bible, and then there are the Sufi stories told by Nasreddin. One could almost argue that religion requires the storyteller. It is through the lens of the story that [Read More...]

What’s to like about beauty?

It’s summer, and if there is one thing we know about summer it’s that beauty seems to be everywhere. Summer is nature’s ode to the energy that has been put in through the rains of spring. Everything in life blooms with possibilities. We are able to relax and take hold for a period of time [Read More...]

The Manifest Ego

In this teaching, one of our greatest values is the truth that our thoughts and feelings create our reality, and not the other way around. This mindset helps us pay attention to what we are thinking, so that we can take an active role in creating what we choose to have in our experience rather [Read More...]

The Lessons of Fear

How many times have you been afraid? And when you have been afraid, what action did you take? My hope is that you’ve been afraid more times than you can think, and while you may not be able to say this of every occasion more often than not you took action to overcome the fear [Read More...]

Pride is a Many Splendored Thing

The conversation is turning. Only a decade ago religious ministers across North America who chose to speak about gay rights did so largely from a place of opposition. Now the tide is turning. This week, the Methodist church chose to reinstate one of its ministers who only six months earlier was defrocked for officiating at [Read More...]

Let the Killing Stop

On the same day that thousands of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police mourned the murder of three of their colleagues in Moncton, New Brunswick, one man was shot on the street in an upscale urban part of Vancouver, on the other side of the country. Meanwhile in the United States, a couple already [Read More...]


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