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Dancing Chipmunks

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Events, Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dancing Chipmunks

Dancing Chipmunks

“I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times.” – Cate Laurier I started my dance “career” as a dancing chipmunk in an elementary school production of The Sound of Music. That was because I didn’t get selected for the chorus, which is what I’d really craved. After recovering from the disappointment, I found myself backstage in a precocious moment of Zen clarity. I chose to dive in fully.“Well gosh darn, I’ll be the best dancing chipmunk I can possibly be”. I danced my heart out. It was exhilarating. What I learned in my 15 seconds of fame is the power of presence. It’s a lesson I find myself needing to return to time and time again. Dance is one of the places I feel most at home. Dance is a way to be with myself. It’s a powerful path to connect and transform. Putting on a high energy song can instantly change my mood. Sometimes astonishingly. But not always. Dance is also where I meet some of my “gnarly knots”. I can’t always look to dance as an escape or instant energy boost or way to transcend troubles. It’s not always about flying high. Sometimes, vexingly, it’s a place to meet myself in all my messiness. And it can feel very tempting to run away from that! I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times. I don’t always take it. I love exhilaration as much as anyone. But sometimes I need to dive deep into the turbulent river or stagnant waters. Trust the power of transformation. The invitation to being present in dance is a funny paradox. Dance with where I’m at, no matter where I’m at. AND trust the power of transformation. But don’t DEMAND it. I need to hear my own soul words inside and really take them to heart: “Come, come, whoever you are, however you are, bring your joy, bring your struggle, bring your power, bring your tenderness, bring your weariness, bring your energy, bring your playfulness, bring your tears. All are welcome here.” By: Cate Laurier (Cate Laurier is a member of the Source Centre community and loves to dance and explore inner landscapes. She facilitated the June Monthly Groove dance party.)...

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Enjoy Life Better with a Gratitude Journal

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Enjoy Life Better with a Gratitude Journal

Enjoy Life Better with a Gratitude Journal

“I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.” – Oprah Winfrey It all started a few years ago when Oprah began a gratitude journal each day. Despite her busy schedule, she made gratitude her daily priority. It allowed her to enjoy the simple moments in life, when money nor fame brought her happiness. And her life became more aligned with her vision. You can read her story here. Or watch a video of her story here. Writing a gratitude journal is a simple and great way to start appreciating and expressing gratitude. It can brighten your day and give you a better mood when you notice more things that are going well. Each day, write down 5 things that you are thankful for. It can be simple things such as appreciating someone opening the door for you, or the beautiful flowers that you saw on your way to work. Show your appreciation and gratitude everyday by starting your own gratitude journal. You will be amazed at the results and how your life will change. By: Amelia...

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feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

(Image: ‘Yin Yang Moon’ by Exsodus/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) For me, I feel the winter is a great time to dive into my feminine energies. Why? Winter is a Yin time of year which corresponds with the feminine. My teacher, Racheal Jayne Groover who developed the Art of Feminine Presence™ practice, has put it this way: “A woman who embodies her feminine essence (Yin) is intimate with her internal experience. She often looks inward to her physical, emotional, and energetic body to guide her. She waits for the “right time” to make a choice or a change. Attuned to her intuition, she does not feel the need to rush ahead or struggle to achieve her goals.” This is winter for me. A time to snuggle up at home, within myself and connect with how I’m truly feeling and what it is I truly want for myself. A time to process, and integrate what’s led me to this point and to listen to the deep inner voice and the stirrings of what wants to be born next. I struggled for years to make contact to this ‘inner voice’. I knew it existed but my connection to it was unreliable and tenuous at best. I doubted so much. It wasn’t until I attended my first Art of Feminine Presence™ (AFP) class where within the evening’s practice, miraculously and undeniably I ‘heard’ it (I actually saw it but that’s for another post). I was blown away by the guidance I received and I was understandably hooked on the AFP practice. For me the AFP practices are a lot about embodiment and opening up new and ever more potent experiences of Presence. As a result, it’s difficult to describe or talk about. It means significantly less than the actual experience. So, you may have heard that now I am a certified teacher! As it is a practice, I continue to go deeper and so my experience keeps expanding. The best I can offer is some of what I feel in this moment: more  grounded and centred than I have ever felt in my life a greater feeling of safety, of joy, of the ‘rightness’ of things an enhanced sense of my place in the world and with the people with whom it is shared deeply connected to my intuition and inner guidance enhanced intimacy in personal relationships We have been hosting introductory evenings called “Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Essence” at Source for over a year, and now there is more feminine energy flowing than ever before… I chose to ‘teach’ this work so that I could go deeper into my own practice. In doing so, I am continually struck by how powerful it is. I am awestruck and humbled and so very grateful to experience and share space with bold, generous women exploring and reclaiming themselves. This is spiritual work of the sort that I’ve been searching for my entire life. I lead a weekly closed group that runs for 5 week and then starts up again. This February 1st, we’ll also be doing a one day intensive for anyone wanting to jump right in and not having the time for an ongoing series.  Please call me at 416-923-4325 or email me if you’d like more information or to join us. And stay tuned for more posts. The adventure has just begun. In Love & Wholeness,...

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California Trippin’

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on California Trippin’

California Trippin’

I greeted the fall season in California this year. Yes! California! I went to do an intensive training for a practice I’m newly unrolling in November at Source Centre called the Art of Feminine Presence (more on that in a future post) and then I spent a couple of days in West L.A., a place called Venice Beach. I am always so enriched by, and grateful for, opportunities to explore myself in different environments. I spent many hours by the Pacific ocean just absorbing her roaring beating heart…letting the sun stroke my skin (this is a different sun, I tell you)…drinking in the salty air…taking in the extraordinary beauty of the horizon and the hills and the sky. I took precious time feeling my feelings and grounding my energy. Whenever I go somewhere I can come back and write a novel of my experiences, the details, and the way I felt and the things that opened up and transformed for me. It’s truly one of the gifts of our time to be able to visit faraway places with relative ease and expense. I stayed at the most beautiful spot, made some new friends and had an amazing time exploring myself through time and space in unfamiliar terrain. And I came back a different person than I was when I left. In truth, don’t we go to bed each night a different person than the one who awoke that morning? What’s our degree of awareness around it? Do we search it out and welcome it? It can seem a scary thing but so, so worth it. To be...

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To Sense from the Heart

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on To Sense from the Heart

To Sense from the Heart

As humans, we are blessed with the ability to sense the exterior world through our 5 senses. How does this really work? Can we train or sharpen our senses to enhance and improve the way we experience our day-to-day life? Or is it maybe that some of us are gifted with special sensory talents? While it’s true that some of us have a better musical ear or a more sensitive palate able to discern many flavors, I believe with some practice and attention we can all sharpen our senses and enjoy a richer, fuller life. All we need to do is to practice. Sound simple? Well… it is. For example, when practicing yoga we learn how to breathe and how to lead our breath to a targeted area in our body. While meditating we learn how to train our mind and clear our thoughts. We learn how to let thoughts go when they arise, rather than holding on to them. Sensing is a practice pertaining to the heart. When the heart is involved in even little and seemingly banal actions, life can become more meaningful. Teaching the heart to be open and clear can allow us to feel and sense the world in an entirely different way. When giving our full attention to our senses, hearing becomes listening, looking becomes seeing, smelling becomes experiencing, tasting becomes nourishing, and touching becomes communicating. Our senses become embodied and emotional. To feel and be emotional is to be alive. In physiology, as described by ancient Chinese medicine, each one of our senses passes through an internal meridian in the heart before being processed in our body and our consciousness. When we actively operate this channel, we can feel the external world and become united with it. We can then feel truly connected and at one with everything....

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In Nature

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Nature

In Nature

(Image: ‘Nature’ by dan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Last month, I went to the Om festival in Collingwood . For one week, a temporary community camps in a beautiful forest, and works cooperatively to create the event. Everyone who attends is required to participate in the collective vision. Even meals are communal. Spending 5 consecutive days in the forest with nothing to do but be is complicated. As in other years, I grappled with the absence of urgency and purpose my urban existence demands. Without the ceaseless waves of doing pushing and pulling me in a tidal frenzy, I am left feeling sore, vulnerable, and at times lonely. Yet, day by day, the barriers built up by city living peel off; at times, whole walls collapse into a shivering heap of ash at my feet. And the forest, in its infinite presence and murmuring silence, holds the space for this opening, this deepening of connection with self. A literal understanding of “spending time in nature” is to dwell within one’s own nature. Being in nature is not simply the act of wandering through a park, it is about wandering through oneself. The so-called natural world invites this connection because it exists in perpetual presence. Trees dwell in their nature, as do flowers, squirrels, raccoons, bumblebees, and blue jays. Nature is not something that happens somewhere outside the confines of our houses, streets or cities; nature is within us, it is what we are. My invitation to you is to spend time in your nature. This can mean being in a presence-ful environment such as a park, or beach, or forest; practicing prayer, or still or moving meditation; singing; dancing; even laying down in a quiet room and simply feeling your feelings. Exploring and becoming intimate with the world within you ultimately opens you to the world around. Spending time in your nature brings you home to the deeply interconnected reality of...

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