Remembering History, A Ritual and a Blessing: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: Remembering History, a Ritual and a Blessing

In North America, Thanksgiving is celebrated in both Canada (the second Monday of each October) and the United States of America (the fourth Thursday each November). For some it is a day to remember to be grateful, to slow down and spend time with family. For others, it is an empty holiday where overindulgence and gluttony remain the order of the day. For others still, it may be a hurtful… Read More »

No man can cross the same river twice - Heraclitus

What do Heraclitus and Pablo Casals have in common?

Wise words from two wiseguys!

In the past, the quotes and affirmations pages of this publication might’ve inspired you or maybe you haven’t even found them yet? Either way, I like quotes, they help me to remember some important things and they can teach us things that we haven’t known before. So, I’ve decided to start a regular 4-6 week posting featuring at the minimum 2 but maybe 3 (some people only have 1 good… Read More »

reclining and relaxing, taking time for self-care in open air

Here’s Why Self-care is Essential!

Four easy steps to improve you! (p.s. it helps others too)

Take Care of Your Mind and Body with Self-care It’s unfortunate that the word “self-care” sounds so much like selfishness since the intent is exactly the opposite. Self-care is a chance to spend some time focusing on your own needs so that you can then be recharged and reinvigorated physically and mentally to help others both at home and at work. Here are a few tips on how to help… Read More »

Painting of a sad woman holding her head in her hands by artist Amy Adams

Don’t worry about feeling sad

on the benefits of a blue period

It’s startling that Broder’s unabashed expression of sadness – and all the shitty emotions – has struck such a nerve in a world where people’s social media profiles are immaculately curated to show their happiest selves. But clearly the growing rates of depression worldwide mean that we are struggling to be happy. Are we doing something wrong? Broder’s popularity should compel us to cast a new look at sadness and its cousins. Perhaps we should consider realigning ourselves with the Romantics, who as a group found solace in freely expressing emotions in poetry.

vast open sky photo by Chuttersnap

Vast Open Sky, a Meditation Practice

The Practice of Vast Open Sky Vast open sky is a meditation practice, keep reading to learn how to practice it. Body like a mountain Breath like the wind Mind like the sky ~Tibetan Meditation Instruction A number of meditation traditions have practices that are a dropping of the ego into wide-open awareness. I’d like to share this kind of practice with you because it is one of the most… Read More »

Original art by Robin Reynolds

Middle Aged White Women, a poem written & performed by Robin Reynolds

This week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Reynolds on the Conversations Podcast. Robin is a Manager and Engineer who is a scientist by day and an artist and poet by night. She performed her spoken word poem Middle-Aged White Women. The message is multi-faceted, yet, at the core, we learn that ‘What you see is not what you get.’ You can listen to the poem here. Scroll down… Read More »

Northern California Sky

Hugging Bubbles and Floating with Clouds

Through the Eyes of a Child

My favorite art exhibit absolutely ever is Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds housed at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. To experience Silver Clouds is to become a child again lying in the backyard lost in a summer sky, your imagination bobbing about gently in big puffy clouds. You frolic with dogs and kite-wielding dragons or pilot a cirrocumulus pirate ship through the great sky sea. Silver Clouds doesn’t hang… Read More »

Jenny Jokela's art from Barbeque

Disembodiment and Shame Transforms Itself in Barbeque

Jenny Jokela's art from Barbeque an animated short

Update: Since this article was published on the 29th of July, the artist, Jenny Jokela let me know that the full film is now available for viewing so it’s been embedded down below. It contains mature adult themes so you’ve been warned. Last year, I found Jenny Jokela, a Finnish-Swedish animation director based in London somewhere on the internet, I’m always looking for interesting art and artists. I tried to… Read More »

photo collage of girls on Conscious Life Space

Why is it that girls’ self-esteem spirals downwards from 5th grade on?

The Girl’s Index examining girls’ self-esteem, relationships with others & more

In late 2017, Ocober to be precises, a study was published about girls. It’s called the Girl’s Index and examines girls’ self-esteem and relationships with others and a lot more. Personally, I’m fascinated by it as I was interested in seeing how it is for young girls these days. Are they making progress? What challenges do they face? Are relationships with other girls changing and more empowering or is the… Read More »

Allan Gilbert, Skull Illusion 1902

Reality doesn’t go away but how we see it, well that’s something else!

Perceiving Every year my physical body changes. I’m okay with that ummm kind of, still, the way that my mind’s eye sees my physical body is not really what my physical body look’s like in reality. The physical body that I’m housed in, my own perception might be close to, but probably not the way that other people see me (which we can never truly understand since we’re not in… Read More »

Frankentoes, My beautiful ugly feet - illustration

My Beautiful Ugly Foot

Finding beauty in the difference

A few years ago, a sloppy surgeon butchered my right foot. I went to Dr. Garrett for routine bunion surgery and left his office traumatized. He lopped off a full third of my second toe and made bending my big toe ever again impossible. I used to be a distance runner and suffered significant foot pain from my bunions whenever I ran more than ten or twelve miles, which I… Read More »