The customer waves me over. Sizing me up he says: you’re new here, aren’t you? No, I say, almost a year. Hmmm, don’t know ya, but that’s okay, got something to tell ya. My name’s...
July 24, 2013 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under fun and games, guns, jo-ann svensson, peace, violence Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on It’s All Fun and Games
On Marine Drive, one block past Capilano Road, is a sign: Hope Road Closed. The street in question has not been open for years yet the sign always makes me smile. It reminds me of Anne...
May 19, 2013 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under hope, jo-ann svensson, orchid, trust Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on The Orchid: A Tale of Hope and Trust
Have you ever been asked what ten books you would take to a deserted island? I tend to compose answers to this even when not prompted—the joy of musing over well-loved treasures is,...
April 18, 2013 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under Conscious Creativity, jo-ann svensson Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on Conscious Creativity
I was thinking about the word ‘no’ the other day. That is, the no you use to set up boundaries … then again, is there any other way to use it? No, to more ice cream; no, to unwelcome...
November 25, 2012 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under jo-ann svensson, The Power of No Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on The Power of No
Recently, due to a desire to increase my bank account, I took on employment as a part-time cashier. It is the kind of job I needed: one that could be left behind at the worksite while...
September 22, 2012 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under choice, connection, irritate, presence Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on Heaven or Hell: A Matter of Choice
Some years ago in the midst of a rather dark time, I found my perception of self worth markedly low. The usual methods of therapy—writing, meditation, exercise—were not working...
June 5, 2012 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under jo-ann svensson, self worth Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on The Interconnectedness of Self-worth
Was this a betrayal, or was it an act of courage? Perhaps both. Neither one involves forethought: such things take place in an instant, in an eyeblink. This can only be because they...
April 9, 2012 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under betrayal, courage, jo-ann svensson Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on The Remembered Dance: Acts of Courage or Betrayal?
It is interesting how the process of trying to fix family dynamics usually backfires. Here’s my most recent example. An aged member of my family has profound hearing loss and a tendency,...
January 11, 2012 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under communication, family dynamics, relationship Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on Fixing Family Dynamics
He walked up to me as I sat on the bench, enjoying the sun and the people watching. He was a thin man — “all bones” mom would say — wearing loose, well-worn clothes, dirty sneakers...
November 7, 2011 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under codependence, connection, creative, human, jo-ann svensson Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on The Human Dance
As a teacher of interdependence (and codependence) I believe that while interdependence is based on respect, mutuality and self leadership, it is fundamentally about choice. In interdependence,...
September 12, 2011 by Jo-Ann Svensson Under choice, consciousness, feminine hygiene, jo-ann, menstruation, svensson Posted in MINDFUL LIVING | Comments Off on Choice
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