Loving Sadness

I might have just coined a new expression. At least, it is new to me. While I have been living with the actual experience since August of 2017, the words to articulate it are emerging only now. This is when Tobi transitioned, and this is what I am reflecting on now. The expression is Loving […]

Winter is Coming

Leaves are falling non-stop, like a magical multi-coloured and multi-shaped rain. The days are also getting shorter, and the air colder. At times, very cold. Given that it is Vancouver, they are also getting quite wet. Winter is coming. Archetypes is a concept that was brought forward in various teachings and traditions (I know, it […]

An Ode to a Fluffy Guru

This is the one reflection I never wanted to write. How does one review 14 years of a life with such an incredible being? And yet… I have wanted a dog for a long time, and made sure all my friends knew it. On a fairly regular basis. I also had plenty of reasons (or […]

Riding the EAC

This was a very different Friday. I didn’t really do any work. Meditated in the morning. Talked to an ex-student and confirmed her participation in the upcoming Right Livelihood Quest (OK, it can be considered a bit of work, if one insists on being a stickler for specifics). Joined Alison (my beloved) and a friend […]

Celebrating a Birthday

A person close to you has a birthday coming up. Usually, it will mean “all the usual,” from flowers to a dinner to a massage to a gift to, perhaps a weekend getaway, to… many options and ideas. Some love their birthdays and are looking forward to “something special.” Others can’t be bothered. And anything […]

Freedom and Discipline

I have this periodical and persistent drive to accomplish things. Sometimes, I also need to. Tasks to do. Projects to complete. Get “organized.” It all comes down to adding some structure, discipline, and routines to my otherwise fluid, flexible, and often unpredictable life. Get productive, because projects are happening and I am feeling behind. Or, […]

The Bike Ride

I love cycling. The passion for it started many years ago, when I lived in Ottawa and a friend gave me a mountain bike. After spending some years with it, I realized that, while cycling is becoming a passion, it is not for mountain biking. It is road, cycling touring and “going places.” Since then, […]

Learning to be Guided

It was a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. Sunny, yet fresh, with all the beauty of a Fall that is beginning to announce its upcoming arrival to Vancouver. People are walking, and many are cycling (we live on a bicycle route), and the world outside beckons to go out and play. It is tempting, especially since I […]

Facing Ourselves

“Don’t give them too much to do on the weekend,” said the head counselor to the woman who is running a very unique healing centre, talking about the clients of the place. I remember going to a vipassana meditation retreat, many years ago. The instructions were very clear, to not bring any electronics of any […]

A Special Dinner Gathering

My students are completing a two year course in Leadership and Personal Development and are about to graduate from Pinchot University. This is an MBA program that is combined of monthly face-to-face weekends and online learning in-between. Their online assignment for this week is to have a dialogue on the following theme: You are having […]