Inspirations (blog)

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: Falling in Love with the Living Earth

February 14, 2022

This beautiful, bounteous, life-giving planet we call Earth has given birth to each one of us, and each one of us carries the Earth within… Read more

A Simple Pause: A Way to Peace

February 14, 2022

Sometimes when the pull and push of life begins to wear down our resilience, taking a pause to be still is an enormous gift, an… Read more

The Paradox of Freedom

February 14, 2022

Freedom is a paradox. To have freedom of body is to recognize the body’s limits and simultaneously requires building strength, stamina, flexibility and vibrancy within… Read more

Loss, Grief and the Joy That Awaits Us

December 20, 2020

The year of 2020 has been one for the history books. Every one of us has experienced a gamut of emotions including fear, loss, sadness, despair,… Read more

The Grand River, All Nations Grand River Water Walk – and Five Lessons Learned

July 29, 2020

I have the honour of helping to organize and participate in the All Nations Grand River Water Walk from its inception to our upcoming walk… Read more

This Year will be Different…

December 31, 2019

I planted a seed intention this past Solstice and gave it to the Great Mother, the Mother of all Life so that new life will… Read more

Gently Transforming the Mind: The Power of Self Compassion

December 2, 2019

Some days it feels really discouraging and difficult to focus on the positive way forward in life when the inner critic is loud, aggressive and… Read more

A Reiki Story: The Old Woman and Me One Night

September 25, 2019

I wanted to sleep so badly, but some part of my inner essence sought wakeful and conscious connection with the wisdom of the ‘old woman… Read more

Why Learn to Forgive?

August 18, 2019

“Forgiveness means giving up hope for a better past.” Lily Tomlin The past. Wow, what a trip we can take with the past. There are… Read more

Peace Matters: Why Do the Inner Work?

July 29, 2019

Peace matters. This affirmation and ethic holds deep meaning for me. It pulls me toward my life’s work, my life’s joy and my life’s commitment… Read more

Self Kindness Response: Self Care in the Midst of a Fire

May 19, 2019

“The house is on fire.” Greta Thurnberg, a 16 year old Swedish student said these words to the World Economic Forum just one day after… Read more

An Invitation to the Reiki Path

April 29, 2019

When we first start practising Reiki, many of us have amazing stories to share. The healing releases we first experience remain with us for a… Read more

Keep What’s True in Front of You!

March 11, 2019

“Keep what’s true in front of you, Old Man said. You won’t get lost that way. I was asking about making my way through the… Read more

The Reiki Way: Simplify Your Spiritual Practice

January 10, 2019

A friend of mine shared with me a teaching he received from his mentor – his mentor said to him, I cannot teach you about… Read more

Winter Solstice: An Extraordinary Path to Peace

December 11, 2018

You think this is just another year in your life? This year has been given to you – it’s the gift you have been living… Read more

Forgive the Past. Remember it Wisely

October 31, 2018

We all have been wounded and hurt—the heart broken or seared by the pain of betrayal, abuse or neglect. I too can remember a deep… Read more

Are you listening to what your body is telling you?

May 22, 2018

Listen Up! Last fall Jennifer Bodenham, a team development coach, and I sat down to create a 3-part podcast series about Boundaries. Throughout these podcasts,… Read more

Peace and the Crazy Drama of Relationships

May 9, 2018

Recently, a colleague shared with me how she had found herself in a situation where ‘a lot of drama’ was playing out in a business… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: The Self Kindness Response

April 16, 2018

Recently I had a conversation with someone who felt she needed ‘boundaries’ in her relationships but struggled with creating boundaries because what she believed she… Read more

Stepping on the Path to Peace: Intentions that Inspire in 2018

January 11, 2018

It was quite cold for the past couple of weeks, with enough snow to use my snowshoes. I love this weather as does Carlie. She… Read more

A Santa of Peace and Kindness

December 22, 2017

I met Santa the other Saturday. It was an unexpected and most extraordinary meeting. This Santa was a she and appeared slim as though she… Read more


August 31, 2017

Think about someone whom you respect with everything in your heart, almost whom you radically respect. Reflect upon their actions, their values, the way they… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Healing: Bending Towards Life

August 18, 2017

Stories of true healing inspire me. Koans and wisdom parables and sayings which expand my spirit and calm my mind, call my body to breathe,… Read more

The Divine Art of Healing: Using your Energy Wisely

July 24, 2017

In my second podcast conversation with Colin Hillstrom, we begin with the question ‘why bother with healing?’ Why do we need to become conscious to… Read more

The Divine Art of Healing

July 11, 2017

All suffering and illness comes from a perceived sense of separation (an unloved state). Dr. Leonard Laskow (MD)  Healing is how we recover, repair,… Read more

A Moment of Love

May 30, 2017

Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love. – I John 4:8 The wind is breezy, moving and swaying the long… Read more

The Hidden Blessing of Spring

April 13, 2017

The Joy of Spring Spring is here and so we often find ourselves also getting more spring in our step too! As I write this… Read more

Spring Equinox Peace Circle: Forgiving our Past, Rebirthing our Capacity to Love

March 6, 2017

Why Peace? “Who will work for peace on our planet? In our relationships? Within ourselves?” These are questions we are currently asking ourselves. With all… Read more

Listening to our Bodies: A Path to Relating Peacefully

January 23, 2017

Listen Up! Recently Jennifer Bodenham,  a team development coach, and I sat down to create a 3-part podcast series about Boundaries. Throughout these podcasts, we explore why we need… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: The Wonder of Self Kindness

January 2, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! In this next year, my overarching theme at Feathers, Rainbows & Roses will be peaceful relating with all our relations. Peaceful relating,… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: Just Like Me!

November 7, 2016

Nurturing compassion, connection, and empathy between ourselves and others can be as simple as affirming the phrase ‘just like me’ where we might otherwise judge,… Read more

An Attitude of Gratitude

October 7, 2016

(Originally posted October 2013) These beautiful fall days have made it easy to be thankful and grateful for the harvest we are gathering. As I… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: The Self Kindness Response

September 27, 2016

Recently I had a conversation with someone who understood she needed ‘boundaries’, but struggled with creating the necessary boundaries in her relationships because she believed… Read more

The Power of Vulnerability and Presence

September 2, 2016

I remember almost 25 years ago, sitting in my friend’s apartment crying in Marie’s arms as the waves of old (but now fresh) grief flowed… Read more

The Power of Empathy

July 29, 2016

I just finished reading The Aviator’s Wife, an historical novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the lyrical author and first female aviator whose marriage to Charles… Read more

Overcoming Obstacles. Lessons of the Breath

June 24, 2016

I was born utterly vulnerable, dependent and skill-less. And in the moment of my death, I will once again be vulnerable, dependent and my acquired… Read more

Trust: A Necessary Confidence on the Path to Reconciliation

May 25, 2016

The only relationships in this world that have ever been worthwhile and enduring have been those in which one person could trust another.  Samuel Smiles… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: From Love to Courage

April 22, 2016

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu During a web search for quotes about courage,… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: What is Love Really?

February 28, 2016

Why can’t we give love that one more chance Why can’t we give love … Because love’s such an old fashioned word And love dares… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: I Want Change Please. You Go First!

February 8, 2016

Sunday mornings Carlie and I meet with our tracking club to practise developing tracking skills. Basically, we each follow a track (or scent trail) with… Read more

Peace on Earth: Get Ready for It

December 24, 2015

We have just about completed our rotation around the sun for 2015. That’s approximately 149,600,000 km over 365 days travelling at 30 km/second. Mind boggling,… Read more


November 29, 2015

Over the last few hours, days, months we have experienced the best and the worst of humanity. Violent acts fuelled by hatred and total disregard… Read more

Peace Together: The Power of Vision in Community

November 16, 2015

Whenever I’m invited to be the celebrant of someone’s wedding, there are three key questions I ask them to answer prior to making plans for… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: The Blessing of Stillness to Lead

November 2, 2015

I just finished teaching a 3-day Reiki Level II course during which I was reminded of the power of three major energy centres in our… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: Visioning a New Community

October 19, 2015

Over the past few years I have sat in Circle with various groups and teachers, being awed every time by the magic that happens within… Read more

The Gifts of Autumn: Let Go and Enjoy the Ride

October 5, 2015

by Lucy Martin Autumn has definitely arrived – the leaves are slowly changing colour and dropping from the trees, the air is crisp, the earth… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: Opening Ourselves to Peace

September 20, 2015

If, for one day, we can live in a world without aggression and hostility, we can imagine how much more is possible. – United Nations… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: The Joy of Connection with a Ladybug

September 7, 2015

Those that go searching for love only make manifest of their own lovelessness, and the loveless never find love, only the loving find love, and… Read more

It’s In You to Be Who You Are

August 21, 2015

submitted by Lucy Martin Last week I had an amazing opportunity to help with a temperament test on a litter of 8 week-old puppies. I’m… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: Walking Feet First

August 7, 2015

This past weekend I had the privilege being lakeside, spending heart-time with friends, and even a bit of kayaking with Carlie (although she was more… Read more

Living Life with No Regrets

July 20, 2015

by Mary Martin It has been more than a few years since a good friend and I shared a laugh over breakfast about turning 65.… Read more

Finding the Journey to Peace and Fulfillment When You Are Stuck

July 5, 2015

It has been a glorious weekend. Perfect warmth, perfect sun, a gentle breeze and blue sky. Though your list of ‘to-dos’ may be long like mine, I’m… Read more

What Are You Training For?

June 22, 2015

Submitted by Lucy Martin For the past 1½ years, Rayna and I have been working on the various skills and nuances of the CKC sport… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: Tell Your Heart Story

June 8, 2015

“We cannot wish old feelings away nor do spiritual exercises for overcoming them until we have woven a healing story that transforms our previous life’s… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace: The Journey of Getting Life Back on Track

May 25, 2015

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”     Wayne Dyer There… Read more

Wisdom’s Way to Peace with our Mothers

May 9, 2015

Mother’s Day. Perhaps you (like me) will be having a long-distance conversation with your mother. Some of you may be sharing a moment with your… Read more

Peace and the Drama of Relationships

April 27, 2015

Not long ago, a colleague shared with me a situation in which ‘a lot of drama’ was playing out in a business relationship. She was… Read more

Peaceful Relations is for the Birds (too)

April 6, 2015

submitted by Lucy Martin This weekend I enjoyed a leisurely walk to the river with Carlie and Rayna. While the dogs were sniffing and prowling… Read more

Stepping into Peaceful Relating: Challenging Old Paradigms

March 23, 2015

Awhile back, I received a blog about Paradigms that has stayed with me. Today I want to share my reflections on this topic. I was struck by the… Read more

Four Standards of Self Respect

March 9, 2015

Think about someone you respect with everything in your heart, who you almost radically respect. Reflect upon their actions, their values, the way they care… Read more

Relating Peacefully: Make Love your Life Investment

February 22, 2015

Carlie and I have been preparing for our first correction/fun match in Rally Obedience. So this past Saturday I set up a Rally course so… Read more

Peaceful Relating: Finding Scents with Love

February 9, 2015

This past Saturday Carlie and I participated in a workshop in canine nosework/scenting. The day once again provided me with opportunities to reflect upon key… Read more

Relating Peacefully Within Me

January 25, 2015

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world… Read more

Hitting ‘Reset’ for the New Year

January 10, 2015

Submitted by Mary Martin There is something alluring for me about standing on the threshold of a New Year. It’s a time to reflect back… Read more

2015 New Year’s Blessing to all!

January 5, 2015

Wisdom’s Way to Peaceful Relating: Welcoming in the Opportunities of 2015 It’s 2015 and something NEW is in the air, not just on the calendar. For… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships: Listening to Christmas

December 21, 2014

Creating peaceful relationships has been our theme and focus for this past year. Having a spiritual theme or focus helps to light the path, making… Read more

Off the Wall and Loving it

December 8, 2014

Yesterday afternoon at a training class with Carlie, I became aware of the freedom of being able to work with Carlie off tether. When she… Read more

Celebration Time! Announcing my First Year Anniversary Promotion

December 2, 2014

What is better than this? Announcing my First Year Anniversary Promotion I have truly enjoyed and been grateful for my decision one year ago to… Read more

Celebrating One Year Later…

November 25, 2014

As I was doing sorting and clearing work, I came across this blog from last November 24th, exactly one year ago. It struck me that it… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships: Remembering the Past Honestly

November 10, 2014

Although this week’s blog is a departure from my usual story-telling approach, I hope it still elicits reflection about the power of belonging (or the… Read more

Change is a Process – Are You Ready for It?

October 28, 2014

Last week we looked at the initial stages of change – pre-contemplation and contemplation. In both of these early stages, we are unaware of our… Read more

Change is a Process – Set Yourself Up for Success

October 22, 2014

Like the ever-changing seasons, we too experience change and transition throughout our lives. For some of us change is easy – an “easy come, easy… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relations: Celebrating our Animal Companions

October 5, 2014

In the Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint to animals, merchants and ecology) is well renowned for his prayer “make me an instrument… Read more

The Gift of Community: A Place to Belong

September 22, 2014

Recently I attended a funeral of someone with close connections to our family. His life came to an end after several years of treatments, followed… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships: Where Do I Belong?

September 8, 2014

Recently, I enjoyed a weekend visit with my brother and his family. Upon our arrival, my 3½ year old nephew helped carry my bag to… Read more

Creating Peace in my Garden

August 24, 2014

As I am writing this, CBC news is in the background. Disturbing current events in Ferguson Missouri, Iraq, Ukraine, Gaza, Israel and Liberia all reinforce… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships: Getting your Ducks in a Row!

August 11, 2014

For me, this summer has been incredible in that the humidity has largely been at bay – a blessing to me and our animal companions!… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships in Community: “Hello, my friend, it is good to see you again”

July 28, 2014

Six years ago, I made the decision to visit my mum and sister in Cape Town at least once, if not twice a year because… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationship with Oxygen

July 14, 2014

I attended the same gathering of Reiki practitioners as Lucy (see previous blog Open your senses, Nature is calling…), seeking to appreciate and become more… Read more

Celebrating the Gifts of Canada

June 30, 2014

Canada Day. A very special day for me because it is also my birthday. When I was young I took offence that people were actually… Read more

Open your senses, Nature is calling…

June 24, 2014

Last week I joined a small group of Reiki practitioners in exploring how we can get to know Nature in deeper ways – “to learn,… Read more

Evening Rituals to a Good Night’s Sleep

June 9, 2014

Winding down the day has become a very important part of my life. For those of you who share in my struggle to get to… Read more

Morning Rituals to a Peaceful Relationship with ME

May 18, 2014

It doesn’t get better than this – a Sunday morning on a long weekend and the sun is bright, the clouds are drifting, the breeze… Read more

Extending the Power of No into our Animal Relationships

May 5, 2014

Submitted by Lucy Martin I’ve been thinking more about the power of No, in part because I just posted online Shirley Lynn’s interview with Rosie… Read more

The Hawk, a 25 Year Old Cat and Easter – Divine Love Revealed

April 21, 2014

Spring is an incredible time of death and new life, of purification and resurrection. This past weekend, I buried a hawk that froze to death… Read more

Loose Leashes Make Better Relationships

April 8, 2014

Submitted by Lucy Martin This past Saturday, Rayna and I attended a workshop at Dogs in the Park (Guelph) on Loose Leashes. We had a… Read more

Context and Environment: Fundamentals in Self Care Within Relationships

March 23, 2014

This morning I was walking with Carlie and her ‘cousin’ Roxie. Although cold, the sun was shining, the winds were light, and the sky was… Read more

Peace in Relationships: The Power of No

March 10, 2014

The little word no is such a powerful word when we use it well. No can change the well-being of our life and relationships. No… Read more

Bringing the Best of the Olympic Spirit to the Ordinariness of Relationships

February 24, 2014

I only watched bits and pieces of the Winter Olympics this year, but the media recounted numerous stories of athletes who displayed what it means to… Read more

Peace and the Crazy Drama of Relationships

February 10, 2014

Recently, a colleague shared with me a situation in which ‘a lot of drama’ was playing out in a business relationship. She was wondering how… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships:That Which I Seek is Also Seeking Me

February 2, 2014

That which I seek is also seeking me is a principle of the heart for me. If I remain true and connected to the vision… Read more

Is Peace Going to the Dogs?

January 27, 2014

Yes!  Let me (Lucy) explain … While working with Shirley Lynn in preparing the 2014 guide book Wisdom’s Way to Creating Peaceful Relationships, I was… Read more

Creating Peaceful Relationships: Accepting Failure

January 20, 2014

Recently I was working with a client who became aware of how ‘fear of failure’ was getting in the way of their path to a new… Read more

Peaceful Relationships: Why We Value Them

January 13, 2014

If you are like me, You know the value of having relationships that give to us and nurture us because they feel harmonious, calm, balanced… Read more

A Vision for 2014: Creating Peaceful Relationships

January 5, 2014

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. While we are free to choose our actions,… Read more

Opening Ourselves to Unseen Possibilities in 2014

December 29, 2013

Guest Blog by Mary Martin The recent ice storm and the subsequent power failure created the opportunity for me to colour a mandala. My choice… Read more

Path to Peace: Let the Light of Universe Shine

December 22, 2013

  It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  W.T. Ellis     As the holiday season fast approaches, I am… Read more

Path to Peace: 2013 in Review

December 16, 2013

In the past several days and weeks, I’ve had conversations with numerous people who have commented on 2013 being a year of significant challenges. Losses,… Read more

The Path of Peace: Loving our Enemy

December 8, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close and I reflect upon my lessons and discoveries of 2013, I am struck by the countless opportunities I’ve had… Read more

Understanding the Animals in our Lives

December 2, 2013

Last Saturday, Shirley Lynn and I (Lucy) led a workshop on enhancing connections with our animal companions. The group shared stories about our connections with… Read more

What Can Be Better Than This? The Path of Releasing

November 24, 2013

As many of you know, I have recently moved from the office that I’ve been in for the past 7 years. It was a good… Read more

The Power of Community: A Path to Peace

November 18, 2013

Last week I wrote of Remembrance Day and honouring the intention of peace that lies amidst our common breath, including the ‘fallen’. I also invited… Read more

The Peace of Remembrance Day

November 10, 2013

I was raised as a pacifist. It was the only way of thinking I knew. As a child, I never knew anyone who had fought… Read more

Letting Go and Letting Come

November 4, 2013

I was just reading a e-newsletter which featured a section on the element of Metal (Autumn). This time of year frequently is associated with letting… Read more

Self Care: Opening your Heart to Peace

October 29, 2013

Have you ever had one of those days, or weeks or months where everything seems to come at once – when life seems to be… Read more

Lumping Creates Bumping: Skipping the Baby Steps Slows our Path to Peace

October 20, 2013

In our training right now, Carlie and I are working on building our skills at a distance. Recently, I was attempting to teach her a… Read more

An Attitude of Gratitude

October 14, 2013

These beautiful fall days have made it easy to be thankful and grateful for the harvest we are gathering. As I have been collecting the… Read more

Listening to our Bodies: A Path to Peace

October 6, 2013

Recently I was engrossed in a discussion about listening more closely to what our bodies tell us. Everyone had a story of a physical injury… Read more

Insights from my Dog about Relationships

September 29, 2013

Six months ago, I welcomed a new dog into my life. Ever since then, we have been working at learning how best to communicate with… Read more

And the Winner is…

September 23, 2013

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Peace Day celebration! The best/favourite fall recipes you submitted were all excellent – so good that every single… Read more

Drops in the Ocean of Peace

September 23, 2013

  This past Saturday (September21st) was International Day of Peace. At Feathers, Rainbows & Roses, we celebrated with an Open House. Lucy prepared the 11… Read more

Peace and the Opportunity of Conflict

September 16, 2013

Last week I was walking Carlie and our dear friend Roxie in an open field, under the cathedral bright, blue sky. The temperature was perfect… Read more

The Path to Peace … Riddled with Conflict

September 8, 2013

As summer winds down and the fall equinox ascends, we are met with a privileged opportunity – to celebrate International Day of Peace on September… Read more

The Search for Love

September 2, 2013

I have been told many times and in many ways that one of the keys to happiness is learning to truly love oneself. Fully embracing… Read more

Path to Self Love: The Magic of Circle

August 25, 2013

One of the most frequent desires I hear expressed is to feel more peaceful, to be more at peace within themselves. The key question they have… Read more

The True Beauty of Circles

August 18, 2013

In anticipation of their upcoming Peace Circle series, Shirley Lynn and Karen in their blogs the last couple of weeks have talked about what ‘Circle’… Read more

The Magic of Circles

August 11, 2013

I have always loved circles. As a kid my school notebooks were full of them as I doodled to pass the time. Actually, I still… Read more

Our Dignity is Equal

August 4, 2013

In my late teens, our congregational youth pastor organized a series of floor hockey games with Native inmates at a nearby minimum security prison. The… Read more

Perfect Health and JOY

July 28, 2013

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows but we can choose to live in joy.  – Joseph Campbell… Read more

The Simple Joys of Life

July 22, 2013

This past week was a hot one – really just summer weather but a rarity this year, at least for such an expanse of days. I actually… Read more

Joy: A Way of the Heart

July 15, 2013

Last week my social media manager asked me to define joy since it has been my focus for July. In Chinese medicine, summer is the… Read more

Happiness: Living not just Existing

July 1, 2013

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.  Lao Tzu  Last weekend… Read more

Sharing your Best Summer Holiday Memories

June 21, 2013

“It was the summer after my freshman year at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. I packed my bags and shuffled off to Yellowstone National… Read more

Happiness: a Gift and a Skill

June 17, 2013

Yesterday I realized just how many happy moments are available to me in the course of one day. I had a really good night’s sleep. Carlie and… Read more

The Power of a Wagging Tail

June 10, 2013

Last week Rayna and I (Lucy) moved into the next phase of our training (puppy classes are now complete). One of the skills required in… Read more

What is Happiness Anyway?

June 3, 2013

Over the course of June, we will explore this attitude or goal of ‘happiness’. And why not; how can we bloom if we have no… Read more

Blooming When the Winds Turn

May 27, 2013

This week the weather has turned cold again. I even saw tiny ‘snow wisps’ in the air one morning. With my winter coat on and… Read more

The Patience to Bloom

May 20, 2013

“If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.” – Sir Isaac Newton If… Read more

Lessons about Blooming from the Flowers

May 13, 2013

This weekend has been a wacky one in terms of weather – cold, rain, snow/sleet, wind. A bitter reminder that we are not in charge.… Read more

The Journey to Blooming Vibrantly

May 6, 2013

We have been incredibly gifted with gorgeous weather this past week in southern Ontario. The daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom and the air quality is… Read more

Celebrating Our Earth and Us (Part Two)

April 30, 2013

“Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.” (Anonymous) As our dogs Carlie and… Read more

Hope for the Earth and Us (part one)

April 22, 2013

Today, many of us will take time to celebrate our home, the Earth we live upon and who supplies are most organic and life-sustaining needs.… Read more

Lessons From My Garden

April 15, 2013

As I see it there are two ways to garden – when I choose to and when I have to. The meaningful life lessons tend to happen… Read more

Hope Abounds in the Spring!

April 8, 2013

Today the sun is shining, the air feels warmer, buds and shoots are emerging all over the place, and  the birds are busy with their… Read more

Nurturing the Seed of Hope

April 2, 2013

Before long, my mother will be sporting rubber boots and planting seeds in her garden. Dried up little seeds that seemingly have no life are… Read more

Ten Ways to Persevere through Transition

March 25, 2013

Here in Southern Ontario, spring has been slow in coming this year. On our first day of Spring, we actually had cold and drifting snow!… Read more

It’s Official! Spring has Arrived (kind of)

March 20, 2013

 WOW!! What wonderful harbingers of spring. I have attached some wonderful reflections of what spring means to you.  I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I… Read more

Celebrating the Gifts of Spring

March 11, 2013

Spring is coming! This past weekend I witnessed (belatedly) the Daylight Savings Time change, the aroma of sap boiling in maple bushes, rapidly melting snow leaving a muddy hangover,… Read more

Loving Yourself in Transition

March 4, 2013

March is one of those months where we haven’t left winter (at least in this part of the world), nor have we stepped into the… Read more

Deepening our Self Acceptance is an Act of Faith, part 2

February 25, 2013

As I wrote last week, I found my soul escorting me out the door of my addiction counselling job, following the Reiki guidance I was… Read more

WOW! Our Peace Circle series starts next week!

February 21, 2013

We have entered into a new era with growing differences between how we have related in love in the past and how we now are… Read more

Deepening our Self Acceptance is an Act of Faith

February 18, 2013

Almost 20 years ago, I was working as an addictions counsellor in a very intense, long-term recovery and residential program for men. I loved the work… Read more

The True Meaning of Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2013

This week is Valentine’s Day, a day to acknowledge our love and appreciation for the loved ones in our lives. The focus is decidedly outward… Read more

Self Acceptance: Living the Delight in Us

February 3, 2013

It’s the beginning of February and as I write this blog, it is a bright and crisp winter day. I have just come back from… Read more

Doing What I Love Gentles My Way

January 29, 2013

Last fall I took a course on Spiritual Leadership with appreciative way principles guiding our learning. One of the first questions we were asked was… Read more

Is Your 2013 Focus Worthy of the Best You?

January 25, 2013

Carlie and I have just become part of a ‘team’ of people and dogs who will be doing the half-time show at the College Royal… Read more

The Joy of Digging…

January 14, 2013

A while back I found a card with a picture of a dog who was happily digging and the dirt was flying out the back.… Read more

When Focus Becomes Devotion

January 6, 2013

Happy New Year! As I woke up on January 1st I felt a surge of new hope and joy in my soul. ‘Something’ different has been preparing itself to… Read more

So Long, 2012!

December 31, 2012

The day’s last client left and I quickly did the final clean up of my office before heading home to celebrate the holidays with family. I had… Read more

The Direction of Joy is Playfully Creative

December 18, 2012

This morning Carlie and I went for our walk, pink tennis ball in hand and the thrill of just the two of us on the… Read more

Shine your light with confidence

December 10, 2012

It’s that time of year again when Christmas lights are beaming through the darkness, making our long dreary evenings more heart-warming. Houses that might otherwise… Read more

Make a joyful noise!

December 3, 2012

It’s the beginning of December but today I find my spirits lightened by the warm sunny day, a true gift at this time of year.… Read more

Finding My Creative Flow on a Rainy Day

November 27, 2012

It was a Friday and I had just picked up Carlie from the groomer. She was perfectly clean, soft hair, well-groomed, and ready for action. I, on… Read more

Letting Go to Creativity

November 16, 2012

Just last week a wonderfully gorgeous day surprised us in Waterloo. Hurricane Sandy had passed (though the effects still deeply linger), the US Presidential elections… Read more

Saturday Afternoons that Inspired my Creative Being

November 10, 2012

For a number of years after my father died, a lovely and beautifully spirited woman from our church would invite me to her house to… Read more

Colouring Outside the Lines: The Myth of Creative Incompetence

November 1, 2012

When I was a small girl, I used to enjoy colouring. I love colours (hence ‘Rainbows’ as part of my business name). Colours awaken joy and creativity… Read more

Commitment to Change (4): Questions that Guide

October 26, 2012

 “Just for today I really love myself”,I repeated to myself before I put my feet on the ground first thing in the morning. I’ve finished… Read more

Commitment to Change (3): Facing the Opportunity of the Unknown

October 18, 2012

Transformation – becoming someone new, someone so different you can’t return to your former self. My ‘conscious commitment’ to love myself has been forefront for… Read more

Commitment to Change (2): Investing in Love

October 11, 2012

Recently a colleague and I held a Peace Circle to honour and celebrate International Peace Day. At the conclusion of our evening, we each made… Read more

A Ten Year Old’s Commitment to a Dream (Part One)

October 1, 2012

On a recent drive I was tuned in to Tempo on CBC radio. The program featured stories from listeners about classical music that really ‘rocked’… Read more

Shared Adventure and Treasure

September 20, 2012

Recently, Carlie and I were out in the neighbouring fields, enjoying the beautiful day and the little moments of delight within our morning adventure –… Read more

Natural Power: the Colorado Medicine (2)

September 5, 2012

As I mentioned last week, the scene I was encountering was almost haunting in its spirit’s natural empty wildness. Nor was it a place where… Read more

Natural Power: the Colorado Medicine [1]

August 27, 2012

We crossed the state line from Nebraska into the north-eastern corner of Colorado. I was still revelling in gratitude for the gifts offered to me… Read more

Encountering Nebraska

August 20, 2012

My sister and I recently travelled to Colorado for a learning vacation. I knew I needed to get out of the routines and patterns of… Read more

The Friendship of Corn and Sunflowers

August 2, 2012

Every summer, my mother has huge sunflowers growing in her garden. They are proud and cheerful. They reach up to the sun and bask in… Read more

Creative Peace Play

July 30, 2012

This ‘tedtalk’ with John Hunter and the World Peace game was sent to me by a client who participant in my Peace Building Conversations course.… Read more

Sharing Control: Manifesting What you Want!

July 3, 2012

Carlie has stepped into becoming a teenager in a dog’s development. Oh yeah! So now our game of retrieve the ball becomes more adventuresome. You… Read more

“T(w)eenie Looking for Twouble”

June 5, 2012

Carlie has left puppyhood. She is now a tweenie (about to be a full teenager), as my sister calls her. And in this next phase… Read more

Just Show Up: Feel the Glee

May 26, 2012

Carlie and I step out of the car and meet up with the other ‘friends’ on this dreary Sunday afternoon for a good ‘puppy romp’.… Read more