Posts by Lana Kevic

Gifts of Life

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gifts of Life

Gifts of Life

(Image: Heart Shaped Plumeria Flowers by Witthaya Phonsawat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Confession: I’ve never given blood before. In fact, I’m quite squeamish when it came to these sort of things (which is ironic if you know me and my interests). I’ve wanted to give blood, love the idea of sharing a precious resource, giving myself literally and helping others in life and death situations. Because when you think about it, it always is life and death when it comes to blood. But the thought of it has always made me feel faint and slightly nauseated. I had blood drawn once for medical testing and I hated the whole experience. It made me feel weak, weird, swooning. I couldn’t look as it was being done. I swore that far too much blood was drawn and I was left with far too little. This whole thing was not for me, unfortunately. Then in early 2010, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The doctors told her she would be transfusion dependent for the remainder of her life. Over the course of that summer and early fall, she received a few, regular transfusions. She disliked the process but was extremely grateful for the gift of blood, as we all were because it meant she was still with us. As it turns out, her doctor’s pronouncement was wrong. With the help of a new diet and some care, she began regenerating her own blood again (a story for another post) and lived another year and a half until she passed, peacefully, earlier this year. For me, there were so many things to learn in this time and so many feelings to process. One thing that keeps recurring was the need to contribute, in gratitude, and in honour of mom who wouldn’t have had the extra time she had to revisit old friends and old family, to see her youngest daughter married, to impart love and wisdom to her grandchildren without someone’s (and actually many peoples) selfless gift of blood. So, my nervousness remains but it is a slight thing in the face of my commitment. And nothing would please me more than to have You join me and the others at Source Centre in making a donation of blood in our Partners in Life program. In exchange for your gift, we want to offer you thanks with a gift in return. Please click here for more information on how you can join our program and the gifts that await. With love and...

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Tips for Optimal Recovery

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Testimonials, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Optimal Recovery

Tips for Optimal Recovery

(Image: sscreations / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Recently, I had a couple of wisdom teeth extracted. Admittedly, it was an uncomplicated procedure as far as these things go but I was amazed and delighted with the speed of my recovery. After a couple of days, I felt fully healed and experienced barely any pain throughout. As I contemplated and expressed gratitude for this good fortune, I realized there were definitely some things that helped speed along and ensure a fantastic recovery. I would like to share them here with you in the hopes that you might find them useful too. In no particular order: Daily meditation and prayer: we may hear a lot these days about the value of this practice and there is good reason for it! Given our busy lives lived within chaotic and noisy cities, it is absolutely vital to create a quiet, centering space within. The more I practice this, the quicker and easier am I able to access the calm within even the most stressful times, thereby easing any tension and anxiety.  Prayer is a relatively new addition for me and I like to end my meditations with a short wish that I may meet all that is coming my way with dignity and grace; that I am able to surrender to the things I cannot change.  That I accept and trust. In the weeks before my appointment, I also added some affirmations specifically directed towards my procedure. In the meditative state is where I employed them and they ran along the lines of: I am a terrific healer. I heal quickly and well. (Visualizations, too,  work wonders if you are a visual type.) Support: I found it invaluable to know and understand the type of support I would need in the lead up to the procedure, the duration, and the recovery period. Then I ensured that I asked for it.  For me, this meant having a knowledgeable and gentle dentist (a huge, huge thanks to Dr. Kevin Kliman and staff) whom I trusted and knew respected my anxiety issues around dental care. It also meant having a loved one come with me to my appointment, wait for me,  greet me with loving arms when it was over, and help me home (then make me mashed potatoes for dinner because it was pretty much all I could eat). It also made me feel better to talk about my impending procedure because I felt nervous about it and talking helps me. It allowed me to commiserate and receive words of support and counsel from those who had already been through such a thing. It helped me feel less alone. For all of us, support means something different but ultimately the important thing is to articulate to yourself what it is exactly that you need. Then, ask for it! If we carry unspoken expectations, we’re bound to be disappointed. Better to connect and discover what you need and then find the help. Most of us are delighted to help, but we just need to know how. Plan ahead for rest: we push ourselves very hard and often get caught in a mindset that we have to do everything ourselves. The world won’t fall apart if we plan for an extra day or two of rest, even if we think we’re feeling okay to continue on as before. I found it very helpful to know I had an extra couple of days blocked off to heal; it eased any anxiety I may have nursed about having to go back to work when I wasn’t quite ready. We can’t heal fully...

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We’ve Moved!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on We’ve Moved!

We’ve Moved!

Our move is complete! We are pleased to welcome you to our spacious new centre at 326 Adelaide Street West, Suite 202. We are right around the corner from our former location at Peter Street. Our phone number and email address remain the same. We look forward to being able to serve you better in our new location. See you soon! View 326 Adelaide St W in a larger map...

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Persimmon Pleasures

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in How-To's, Recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Persimmon Pleasures

Persimmon Pleasures

One of the things I love about working at Source Centre ~ sharing fruit with friends. Since attending Dr. Leo’s Discover Raw Food workshop, I’ve been reading more on the raw food way of eating and incorporating a lot more of it in my diet, especially fruit. November and December is a great time for persimmons which, up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried. Now, I can’t get enough… Because it can be intimidating trying new things, I thought I would share some of my experiences with persimmons. There tend to be 2 different persimmons commonly found in the markets. One is the Hachiya variety which is long and rather heart-shaped (right in the picture). The other is the squat, tomato-resembling Fuyu variety(left). I first purchased a couple of Hachiyas and waited a few days until one was rather soft, thinking it was ready to go. I peeled and ate it. Rookie mistake! If you unknowingly do the same thing I did, you may end up thinking this furry tongued experience is all there is to a persimmon. Not true – this variety is particularly astringent and takes a good deal of time to ripen. In fact, I’m told I may be able to enjoy this remaining beauty come the New Year. (It’s going to be a happy 2012!) Our squat friend, the Fuyu variety, is not nearly as astringent and can be enjoyed even while quite firm. Fortunately, I didn’t give up on persimmons and have been enjoying this variety tremendously. I find them to be a bit of a cross between a peach and a mango, with a beautiful orange flesh speckled with brown dots – as though there is cinnamon or some other wonderful fragrant spice laced throughout. I highly encourage you to try persimmons this year on their own or in the smoothie below as recommended by Dr. Sue. Persimmon Smoothie 3 persimmons 1 young thai coconut Take the seeds out of the persimmons and combine with the flesh and the milk of the young coconut- blend on high for 3 minutes. This is a great staple full of healthy natural fats, sugars and...

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Source Centre Book Club

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Events, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Source Centre Book Club

I love books. I always have. Books have always been a sort of lifeline for me. As a child, they allowed me an escape into different worlds and experiences; at times, they articulated how I felt but couldn’t express; and they taught me much about people and the world around me. Over the years, my relationship with books has ebbed and flowed but has remained strong. Now, books are less an escape and more a solace, and a source of wisdom and inspiration. They are a bridge that connects me to people and stories from centuries past and far off places. They are both treasure and comfort. And, in my mind, a lasting investment whatever the circumstance! No matter how broke I’ve been over the years, I would treat myself to a treasure hunt at the local Goodwill and strike gold for a dollar or two. I’m also that person who loves stumbling upon a box at the end of a front lawn where some thoughtful resident has left books for a bibliophile like myself to rustle through. As a result, I have grown a massive library and a guarantee of wisdom and inspiration for years to come. I garner a sense of peace from this in the same way that my parents feel about their stacks of flour and canned goods! Do you love books too? Then I invite you to join us for our inaugural Source Centre Book Club gathering on Tuesday November 29th at 6:30pm. We will be discussing Elizabeth Lesser’s marvelous book Broken Open: How difficult times can help us grow. Writing in short, episodic chapters opening with inspiring and thoughtful quotes to ponder, Lesser  takes personal stories, both her own and others, and guides us through the dark, difficult parts of life. While pain in our lives is inevitable and inescapable, do we have to suffer? And if not, how do we eliminate the suffering? Can we take the difficult, most painful experiences to rise up renewed and healed?  And grateful for those painful times? I look forward to a lively, thoughtful discussion with good company and some light refreshments. All are welcome but please call 416-923-4325 or email us to register as space is limited P.S. Don’t think you can finish the book in time? Give it a try ~ it’s a great read you’ll not want to put down! Find out more about Broken Open.   What are people saying about Broken...

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