contemplations

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?: Awakening to your divine potential

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?: Awakening to your divine potential

There’s a sense in which all of life is magic: the magic of a flower, the magic of a tree, the magic of birds in flight, the...
August 7, 2013 × 0 comments

poetry

POEM BY JOHN PTACEK: Go, Kitty, Go

POEM BY JOHN PTACEK: Go, Kitty, Go

Go, Kitty, Go Thank you, birds, for singing on and on as my wife lay dying in her hospice bed. Your songs fixed me in the moment, made...
August 5, 2013 × 0 comments

volunteerism

CAMBODIA’S CHILDREN: Running an orphanage in Cambodia

CAMBODIA’S CHILDREN: Running an orphanage in Cambodia

There were days while volunteering for an orphanage in Cambodia that I wanted to run and hide. I’d arrive at the orphanage in...
August 3, 2013 × 1 comment

communication, mindful tourism

EXCUSE ME!: Two words, two outcomes

EXCUSE ME!: Two words, two outcomes

It’s early morning in Robinsons department store in Bangkok. Ten o’clock, early? Well, yes, in a country where shops are open from...
August 1, 2013 × 0 comments

psychology

PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING: Monitoring your view of people and situations can help in avoiding conflict

PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING: Monitoring your view of people and situations can help in avoiding conflict

Everyone has bad days. Maybe you get caught in traffic, or get reprimanded by your boss. Whatever it is, it’s likely to result in...
July 30, 2013 × 0 comments

contemplations

QUESTION EVERYTHING: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on thinking outside the box

QUESTION EVERYTHING: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on thinking outside the box

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was one of the first Western women to be ordained as a nun in Tibetan Buddhism. After living for 12 years in...
July 28, 2013 × 1 comment

performing arts

THE UBIETY OF DANCE: Using dance to get back to your centre

THE UBIETY OF DANCE: Using dance to get back to your centre

There’s a kid at the end of the sidewalk. She’s gyrating to the beat emanating from her headphones. She’s in a trance,...
July 26, 2013 × 1 comment

meditation

METTA MEDITATION: Learn to practice loving-kindness to all beings

METTA MEDITATION: Learn to practice loving-kindness to all beings

The Pali word “metta” is commonly translated in English as “loving-kindness.” Metta signifies friendship and nonviolence as...
July 24, 2013 × 0 comments

mind-body, personal growth

“EMBRACE” YOUR WELL-BEING: Why hugs are essential to your physical and mental health

“EMBRACE” YOUR WELL-BEING: Why hugs are essential to your physical and mental health

Hugging is an intrinsic part of life. From birth we learn that hugs provide a physical manifestation of the love we feel for family...
July 22, 2013 × 0 comments