Intention and Integrity

“You are not a walking mistake
You are not a problem to be solved.” (Adya Shanti)
I remember one session of ‘The Gift of Presence’ where we were exploring intention, and how it really works. I asked the participants to spend some time contemplating what their deepest and strongest intentions were. One woman in the course called […]

Behind the Veil

Concepts and ideas are fleeting and change with time.  What is termed “important” today will change depending on who is talking.  From my perspective, it is generally regarded as important today to identify with a particular roll on Earth.  Such a roll, is meant to define us and we say, “I am a doctor”, or […]

Presence For The Past

“Given sincerity, there will be enlightenment.” –The Doctrine Of The Mean.
I began my day like many others: sitting in silence, a little exercise, some writing, and tracking of the endless vertical trail of emails.  While I was on the computer, Melody came down and began her day, picking up the silence where I […]

Alone and Not Alone

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so we can open to the life that’s waiting for us.  (Joseph Campbell)
In Zen Buddhist practice, when you meditate you sit and face the wall. One thing this does is confront you with your aloneness. A fundamental aspect of being a human being […]

The Antarctica Challenge

It is Earth’s fifth largest continent, yet devoid of permanent human inhabitants. Bigger than the contiguous 48 United States and Mexico together, Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest place on the planet.
Containing approximately 87 percent of the world’s ice and 70 percent of the world’s fresh water, Antarctica is often […]

Celebrating Local

A Personal Journey
I have to confess that I am a late bloomer in the local food scene. I used to listen to Deconstructing Dinner while preparing prawns in lemon grass and coconut milk over jasmine rice (the 7000 mile diet), never thinking that this had anything to do with me and my choices. When it […]

The Low-Carbon Path

We yak a lot about the economy in Canada these days when what we really need is more conversations about the low-carbon economy.
The news media gives us daily reports on the rise and fall of the stock markets; the fate of the Canadian dollar in relation to the American greenback is cause for constant concern.
Yet […]

Eat Local All Year Long

Food Prices Too High? Tired of overpriced, under – satisfying meals? Want to have fresh, local food on hand all year-round? It’s not hard to see the value in local, seasonal food, but how does one go about finding it, preparing it, and saving a little money along the way? Check out these ten tips […]