Should You Ever Give Up?

Picture from: https://weatherfarm.com/community-photos/tornado-season-touches-down-in-alberta/ I was listening to some people talking in the shopping mall.  They were talking about a friend who had suffered some extreme bad luck.  They marveled at the friend’s ability to see the brightness in every disaster – even when part of their farm was ripped up by a tornado.  One of […]

Spring Equinox 2019

The Spring Equinox 2019 is on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  An equinox is the moment in time (not a day-long event) when the Sun stands directly above the equator and day and night are of approximately equal length. In the twenty-first century, people are not in harmony with the earth, the seasons, and the shifting […]

What Happens If You Practice Being Grateful for a Month?

Send your ideas for blog postings and your comments about different blogs to Judith at Judith-hirst@questers.ca, and I will post them on the blog. What Happens If You Practice Being Grateful for a Month February is a short month and therefore is the perfect time to practice being grateful every day.  Instead of complaining, phrase […]

Ancestors Speak – Tree of Life

The CHA WAKAN card – Tree of Life, #32, from The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and Helene Sarkis In many traditions, the TREE OF LIFE is recognized – for all people see the tree as having roots buried deep in Mother Earth, and branches reaching up to Great Spirit, […]

20 Ways to Get Good Karma Instructions for Life

–by The Dalai Lama 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self, – Respect for others and – Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes […]

Why “Focus on the Bright Side” Isn’t Helpful Advice

From the Editor: The following article appears on the https://tinybuddha.com website. It was written by Vironika Tugaleva.  It is a beautiful writing about an issue that many of us wrestle with – looking for the bright side when maybe we need to look at the dark side. About Vironika Tugaleva Like every human being, Vironika […]

Letting Go–It is Hard to Do!

Several weeks ago, my mother, who is in a nursing home, had a bad fall.  The first question is always, “How did that happen?”.  And the second question is, “How could that have been prevented?”  And then, you start to figure out what happened and worry the “why and how” over and over in your […]

The Strong Minded Snake (Determination gains Respect) from Buddha Teachings

Once upon a time there was a doctor who was an expert at treating snakebites. One day he was called for by the relatives of a man who had been bitten by a deadly poisonous snake. The doctor told them, “There are two ways of treating this snake bite. One is by giving medicine. The […]

THE SOUND OF “OM”

Several years ago, I was teaching a  beginner’s meditation class, and as part of the workshop, explained the concept of the word/sound “OM” to the participants. Then we did some experiential learning with the sound, both with only me saying the sound, and then with all of us saying the sound. Students felt the vibration […]