What Is Your Tree?

“What is it in your life that calls you to be bigger than you think is possible for yourself and for the world?” – Julia Butterfly Hill From 1997 to 1999, Julia Butterfly Hill occupied a 1,000 year old redwood tree to save it from the faller’s saws. The tree came to be known as Luna […]

Dealing With Difficult People

An organization I have been working with for almost 10 years recently offered me another chance to look at difficult relationships. During this process, I found myself bristling every time another member of the group attacked or deflected discussion of the issues that rankled him. Unlike the suggestion from the Sage Patanjali, who abjures us to replace […]

The No-Fun Judge

Oshin Vartanian, a Toronto based neuroscientist, puts willing subjects into a brain scanner and asks a standard question, “What can you do with a brick?” He wants to see what happens in the brain when people shift from thinking about the standard responses to imagining the brick as an earring for a Giantess or a tombstone […]

You Have Come Here To Find What You Already Know

“You Have Come Here To Find What You Already Know” (attributed to the Buddha) I am closer to 66 than 65 and with that realization I quail sometimes at the challenges I have set for myself. Those old nagging questions come up like, “Who do you think you are?” Readers of Canadian fiction may recall Alice […]

Spiritual Community

“Listen! I will tell you the fundamental cause of salvation. Satsang, association with the wise is the root cause of obliterating all suffering.” – the sage, Dattatreya.   Satsang – meaning, being in the company of the wise – is a gathering together of people for the sake of experiencing their own truth and moving […]