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Flowers Grow and People Do Too

Let’s look on the bright side!

I didn’t know how it was going to go. I didn’t know who would be there. Thunderstorms preceded the entertainment. Would people still come? Read the rest of this entry

Sharing your Feelings

Happiness runs in a circular motion.

Happiness runs in a circular motion.

Many of us struggle with our emotions. To share our feelings can be a great relief. Sharing feelings isn’t often taught. People are lucky to learn some options and choices related to their feelings. Even just making lists of our feelings can identify what’s going on for us and relieve some pressure. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Up With Empowering Beliefs

When I was a kid we were driving to camp… my grandma was driving because my parents were away. When we had ten minutes left of the trip we decided we didn’t want to go. We were nervous and I had major butterflies in my tummy. We went anyway. It was really fun. We got to know lots of other kids. We got to sail, do archery, do crafts, swim, row, canoe and many other things. The best part was the wonderful camp-fires. Read the rest of this entry

Camp Days Remembered

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. 

We were all sitting around a campfire. Everyone was singing Cats In The Cradle and I had the feeling that this was a special moment but I didn’t have words to describe it, at that young age.

For me camp was about activities and candy and sleep outs and friends and having a good time. It wasn’t as stressful as working at a camp. So much of our day was planned for us, we just had to show up and try our best.

The hardest part was swimming lessons. There were cold days and we were still expected to go in the water. Sometimes we would pretend to be sick so we could skip swimming in that cold lake. Read the rest of this entry

Yin and Yang; Stillness and Activity

Healing means coming to an understanding of an issue. Healing means living well despite problems. To me this involves consciously creating a balance in my life between activity and stillness.

The yin and yang flow is one of masculine and feminine. It is part of the day and night opposites of sunlight and moonlight. I want to discuss one aspect of this balance. This is the two states that include ‘change’ and ‘staying the same’ as they relate to wellness. The greater natural world around us finds a balance and so can we!

A chronic illness can cause too much pain. Improving the patterns of health can mean adapting to change. Sometimes people may feel better to stay at the level of health they find themselves in even if they are quite sick. At other times they may feel strong enough and hopeful enough to try and increase their stamina, endurance and strength.

When is it time for change?

A person may go from fairly inactive to active. A person may start replacing sugar snacks with fruit. A person might rest a lot and then join a new choir. A person may read a lot and then participate in an acting club. Change can motivate, invigorate and stimulate us. For the person dealing with illness change becomes a little more complex as aches, pains, moods and stamina have to be taken into consideration. Sometimes it’s all one can do to just stay the same.

Health returns in seasons….

If it is like a Winter season in your life it may be time to try and move more slowly to protect the gains you have previously made and not make any big changes. It is good to move slowly to help you settle and stay with the progress you have made over the past while. Concentrating on keeping to a routine at this time and accomplishing the regular tasks is important. There is a rhythm to this kind of living that gives nourishment and strength. When you have a bad day you don’t have to think too hard because you know your daily schedule, you know what lies ahead.

As we feel more able to do things it may seem more like Spring. We do want to enjoy some of the fruits of our labour.  Some of us have worked so hard to become more well with medicine, good food, rest and nourishment. At this time it’s nice to introduce more activity into your life. For some, this may be adding exercise to your routine. You have the possibility of going walking, biking, roller blading. swimming or you might find some gentle exercise like Tai Chi or yoga particularly healing.  It’s nice just to move around and find that the body likes this kind of exercise and can adapt to this new place of strength. Enjoying the exercise you do may help you stay healthier longer. This kind of change, at the right time, can increase your well-being.

Breaking up a routine

Other seasons of life bring their own demands. It is nice to be flexible and to accept the changes that make life better for you and for those around you. Spontaneity can bring excitement, hope and friendship. It can support a playful time period and give us a reminder that the universe is bigger and more generous than we think. Starting your day in a different way a couple of times a week could give you a wake up call. Things could be more exciting than you think. I love to call up a friend and right away meet for coffee. This to me is a wonderful freedom and shows the supportive miracle friendships can bring.

Whether to change or stay the same is the question.

The answer is up to you. Consider balance in your answer to this dilemma. If you have changed recently maybe now you will stay the same. If you’ve stayed the same maybe now you will try a change. Keeping in a momentum where we are gentle with ourselves and our changes helps us feel the continuity of our lives. When changes are prepared for, the change makes sense and can be incorporated easier. What kind of exercise is your favourite and is it the right season in your life to give it a try?

The 100 Mile Vacation

The road is a journey

The road is a journey

After the big success of the 100 mile diet concept, I thought that it might be nice to explore the possibility of the 100 mile vacation.

People are stressed and needing a vacation. People are busy and needing to slow down. People are dealing with illnesses and need a change of scene. Now, what better way to have a successful vacation than to have one close to home. Read the rest of this entry

The Stars Are Looking Down From the Heavens

Looking to the heavens ...

Looking to the heavens …

Does it seem like Heaven has forgotten you? You may be on a schedule of morning, noon and night activities that go on and on. You may instead be doing things differently and are scattered about. Another possibility is that you are sleeping a lot. In all of these situations it is difficult to see the bigger picture. Most of us can expand our journeys, dreams and adventures by looking up at the stars. Read the rest of this entry

Finding Health On Earth Day, 2013

 Nature Lover!

Nature Lover!

This past weekend was earth hour where people used less electricity. People became more aware, even for just a short time, of our impact on the earth. I love the conversation around earth hour about the way it is a magical time.  Earth day is coming up on April 22nd. It is another special day to think of the earth and the way you relate to it.

Consider celebrating it in your own way but here are some suggestions. Write a special poem for a friend or write a letter to the editor about your impression of the environment. Do some picking up of litter or start using a composter. Prune or re-pot some plants. Whatever you decide, be sure to: reduce, reuse and recycle. Read the rest of this entry

Looking Back on My Own Teenage Years

As a teenager, I forged out on my own with some of my activities. Involvement with other activities were influenced by friends, parents and teachers.But what helped me to be a young person that was successful? My parents helped me learn about the themes in my life that would be important. The variety of exciting activities I took part in as a teen help me be the person I am today. Finally, private time with quiet activities was also significant for me. Learning about my purpose, active activities and quiet activities created a meaningful experience in my youth. Read the rest of this entry

Tips for the Adult/Teen Relationship?

Remember the silver lining.

Sunny days are here.

I have talked about teens before in my blog. I have wanted to inspire them to take part in things that are meaningful. I have encouraged adults to take an interest in teens.

I have talked about my interesting times with a program called Let’s Talk where I was lead volunteer and went into classrooms with a C.M.H.A delegate. We tried to promote good coping skills to enhance mental health.

Further back than that I developed a week long leadership residential program for teens at Presqu’ile Camp. I also developed a program with the Parks and Recreation daycamps for a teen training experience that readies them for later work with children. These experiences give me insight into the teen condition. Read the rest of this entry

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