Healing Trauma

Trauma affects each of us in some way. Either we’ve experienced it firsthand, or have been impacted by the traumatic history of others. Trauma is not just about the things that happened to us that should not have happened. These might include physical, sexual or emotional abuse; witnessing violence in the home; substance abuse or mental illness in family members; parental separation or divorce; a family member being imprisoned; a natural disaster or serious accident. Trauma also includes what didn’t happen to us that should have happened. We may have been neglected physically or emotionally because our parents were unavailable, preoccupied, or chronically stressed. We may have missed out on childhood experiences because we were expected to shoulder too much responsibility at a young age. Childhood trauma is the root of much mental illness. Judith Herman, author of Trauma and Recovery, distinguishes between a single incident trauma, such as surviving an … Continued

My New Bicycle and Climate Change

I’ve discovered a solution to finding an enjoyable form of exercise that also decreases my carbon footprint. I bought an electric bicycle. We have a great store in Owen Sound called Bikeface, and after Patti introduced to me to this lovely transporter, I returned to purchase it a few days later. It has surpassed my expectations, and makes riding the 12 km between my farm in Annan to my office in Owen Sound a pleasure. I secretly feel like Superwoman when I initiate the electric boost. So cool. The ride is a downhill thrill going to work in the morning, but those same hills are looming giants on the way home that dissuaded me from riding my non-electric bike to work in the past. At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is walk a bike up a long hill, feeling deflated, humiliated, and exhausted. A … Continued

11 Reasons to Attend the 21 Stages of Meditation in Owen Sound, Aug 25-31, 2019

What are the 21 Stages of Meditation? Find out by attending this beautifully designed course for all meditators to experience, explore and refine awareness and the sense of Self through practicing meditations that take you into each aspect of your nature. The program is very systematic as it pokes and calls attention to each area of your self. This will help you to develop an integrated awareness of who you are in all the conditions you produce and encounter in your life. Each practice enhances the range of your choices and the strength of your authentic inner alignment so you can walk the path you are here to fulfill; it helps you realize your destiny to co-create with the universe and the Self. Eleven reasons to attend:   1.  The teachers. Gurucharan Khalsa wrote the exquisite book that accompanies the course, under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan. There is no better … Continued

For Mother Earth: My Environmental Creed

Several years ago I gave a talk on Spirituality and Sustainability at a United Nations NGO conference in New York. In considering the depth of this topic, I realized that what humanity needs now is a set of environmental values that informs our actions. These values will help us manifest a future that sustains humans as well as our fellow creatures. Without these values, we know not what we do. My Environmental Creed: I recognize the interconnectedness of all life and acknowledge the consequences of my actions on other species and humans in locations near and distant. I realize that human well-being is derived from the well-being of the earth and its elements – soil, trees, food, water, air, weather patterns and biodiversity of species. As I coexist with other species, I have a responsibility to protect their habitat and survival. In considering the welfare and survival of other species … Continued

How Do Electromagnetic Fields Affect Human Health?

What are Electromagnetic Fields? Electromagnetism is a force that exists between objects composed of atoms with electrical charge. It holds the atoms together that make up our bodies and objects in the visible world of form, governs the interaction of molecules and is necessary for all chemical reactions to occur. The movement of electrons generates an electrical field, measured in voltage. When there is a flow of electrons through a conducting material (such as the human body), an electrical current is produced, which then generates a magnetic field in the space that surrounds the conducting material. The rate and amount of current flow through the conducting material determines the strength   of the magnetic field. Magnetic fields can attract and trap charged particles. Amazingly, the magnetic field produced by the flow of current through a conductor is infinite, is not easily shielded, passes through objects and walls, and travels at the … Continued

The Mystery of Meditation; the Power of an Altar

Sometimes meditation practice grants us mysterious rewards. Almost 40 days ago on June 21 at the 2015 summer solstice celebration in New Mexico, I committed to practicing two 31 minute meditations for 1000 days, as part of the Kundalini Yoga Level 3 teacher training requirements. I have been travelling and teaching in Spain and Belgium since then, and have been blessed to be able to keep up with these daily meditations. Today I returned home from Belgium after a long day of travel. I have a little room I often meditate in. It needed a good cleaning and some re-organizing. I removed the clutter from the shelf that I use as an altar, wiped it down with a damp cloth and set upon it a picture of Baba Siri Chand, a small calligraphic ink painting by Thich Nhat Hanh that says “Flow as a River” and a large crystal. I cleaned … Continued

Kundalini Yoga Level One Teacher Training – a Journey of Self-Discovery

As I observe the students in this year’s Canmore Level One Kundalini Yoga teacher training, I marvel at the capacity of a Kundalini Yoga practice to bring us into alignment with our true essence. Kundalini Yoga increases intuition, strengthens the nervous system, helps balance the glandular system, connects us to our spiritual nature, and increases vitality. Once you get started, prepare to become hooked. Click here to see upcoming Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 programs. Join us if you are able.  .

Can Depression Be Relieved by Yoga and Meditation?

Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by Robin Williams suicide on August 11, 2014. I considered him a brilliant comedian and fine actor and remember him with a smile. When my children were younger, we gathered together to watch Jumanji, Night at the Museum, Patch Adams, Flubber and Aladdin – and knew we would have a good time. He captivated us and lifted our spirits with his staccato style humor and seemingly boundless energy. What a tragic loss to the world and his family. God bless you Robin. May you be at peace. Thank you for what you gave us. I was surprised to learn that Robin had suffered from longstanding depression and addiction – such a contrast to some of the characters he played on screen! I thought about depression, reflecting on some of the people I know whose lives have been crippled because of it, … Continued

Women’s Moon Centers and Yogic Secrets of Sacred Sex

The Kundalini yoga tradition teaches that women have 11 moon centers – erogenous zones of the body that are activated at different phases of the lunar cycle and influence our emotions and way of viewing the world. Our psyche is focused on one of the moon centers for 2½ days and then moves on to the next. The order of the moon centres is different for each woman – it’s up to us and our sexual partner to discover which one predominates on a particular day. The fluctuations in sexual desire during the menstrual cycle interweave with the rhythm of our moon centers to determine how we express ourselves sexually. When we are attentive to the pattern of our moon centers and menstrual cycle, we gain more awareness of ourselves as sexual and fertile beings. During foreplay, have some fun by inviting your sexual partner to discover your most active … Continued