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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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An Early Taste of Spring

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Events, Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on An Early Taste of Spring

An Early Taste of Spring

It seems most of us have had enough of winter at this point. It’s been extremely cold, snowy, wet, messy. And it goes on! However… We’ve got some heart-opening and spirited Spring in bloom already here at Source Centre. Have you been by lately to see the beautiful photography on display by the wonderful and talented Tatyana Xsenya? If not, I invite you over because these photos won’t be up for too much longer. And her gorgeous collection of natural photography from her world travels are just the balm for us right now (short of a visit to these warmer climates!). I’ve spent a couple of months with these images and I’ve been reconsidering which one is my favourite. I thought it was the one titled Athabasca Falls in Morning Light where she captured the beauty and the rush of these majestic falls. Wow! The other day during a Reiki treatment in our ‘Sunshine Room’, however, I found myself mesmerized by an incredible closeup piece of the rib of a Titan Arum. What’s a Titan Arum, you ask? It’s an extraordinary flower that can weigh up to 200lbs and is known to bloom for 24 hours once every decade. Tatyana has provided wonderful descriptions for each room so you can learn more about these exquisite pieces. So come over and take a tour, dive into the colour and the magnificence and escape the winter blues. Oh, and for a really easy going price, you can even take home your favourite piece. That is, if I don’t beat you to it first. 🙂...

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Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

Year of the Horse – Year of the Heart

(Image: ‘The Horse Vigorously To Running Calligraphy Greeting Cards’ by Boians Cho Joo Young/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)   Many Chinese communities all over the world celebrate the Chinese New Year this week and welcome the year of the horse. A short recap: According to ancient Chinese philosophy, there are two main cycles in nature representing the order of the universe. The first is a cycle of 10 (“stem”) and the second, a cycle of 12 (“branch”). Within the great 12 year cycle, every year is represented by a sign that symbolizes the characteristic of that year, much like the famous zodiac known in the west. Each branch, in addition to its correspondence to an animal, has a deep relationship with an organ in the body. It is important to keep in mind that an “organ” in Chinese Medicine is a wider term than it is in Western Medicine: there is the physical organ and physical function, and it also includes its meridian, and its emotional and spiritual functions. This year is the year of the horse and the corresponding ‘organ’ is the heart. In many ancient cultures and philosophies the horse represents something very spiritual relating to Life force, freedom, and a spirituality and bond connecting the horse and the warrior. In the Chinese classics one finds the reference “the heart is the human heart”. From this, we understand that the heart referred to in Chinese medicine is not the muscle pumping blood and driving the animal body. Rather, this thing we call the heart is the home of the spirit. The human spirit. It is this function that has our body working as a whole and complete entity. To do this, its strongest tool is communication. And humans have a unique ability to communicate through words and speech. So, how can we help our heart function to its full potential? In the eyes of Chinese medicine, disease forms when a part of the body doesn’t follow the spirit. In other words, we can say that the other organs are not following the rules laid down by the heart. Therefore the heart’s most important task is to communicate with all the other organs, to unite them as one complete system. When this doesn’t happen, disease forms. The heart’s “secret” to great communication is being open and empty. We can think of holism as stemming from the word hole.  A hole is something that is open and accepting to all, empty and free from attachments and judgments. To be a hole will allow us to communicate with our own spirit and with the universal spirit. It is that hole that allows us to become holy. The key for health, especially during this year of the horse-heart is communication: ©      With ourselves and with our surroundings. ©      Listening to our intuition and inner voice while at the same remaining open to other people’s ideas, needs and feelings. Isn’t it interesting that the Chinese characters for listening, seeing, and thinking, are all written with the radical heart in them? Wishing us all unity within ourselves and our community, and a great ride on the year of the horse. Yuval Blum, R.TCMP, R.Ac   ...

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Eating More Fibre

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eating More Fibre

Eating More Fibre

(Image: ‘Red Bean Black Bean Rice Grain’ by khunaspix/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Whether you have been told by a practitioner, or simply heard the recommendation on a TV advertisement, it is likely that you are not consuming enough fibre in your daily diet. The average North American does not consume enough fibre in their diet. The recommendation is to consume roughly 28 grams of fibre per day, but North Americans tend to consume just half that. Too little fibre in the diet can cause digestive problems as well as more serious problems if levels are consistently low. There are two basic types of fibre, insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fibre adds bulk to your diet and aids in normal bowel movements and colon health. Whole grains, bran, nuts, fruits and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre is found in oats, beans, peas, apples and other fruit, and berries. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Fibre’s effects have also widely been studied in what is termed the “second meal effect” of dietary fibre. The second meal effect states that consuming a fibre rich meal not only increases satiety at the time of consumption, but it also has the potential to decrease the blood glucose response in the next meal. This is to say that consuming fibre will make the body more responsive to insulin in a subsequent meal, therefore clearing blood glucose (sugar) from the meal more readily for efficient usage. There are some simple ways to increase your fibre consumption. Read food labels to see whether or not the food has added fibre benefits. Chose whole grain breads, and add vegetables to your meals. Top salads with beans and nuts. When consuming more fibre than normal, it is important to consume plenty of liquids in an effort to minimize gastrointestinal discomfort. Looking for some help in getting on track with your nutrition? A nutritionist can...

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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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