Acceptance vs Boundaries

APRIL WEEK 1

SUNDAY: SPIRITUAL: Surrender to the “Whys” with a “Thank You”

As you write this week I hope you will keep in mind that as we strive to live with acceptance, boundaries must also be taken into consideration. Connect with that place where you end, and where another begins. Sometimes it is hard to see the lines because of the blending, which is good, which is not good, which is neither – it just is.

Accepting that you are a spiritual being with your soul’s purpose being to seek and create positive energy of love is the first step in finding fulfillment in our spiritual aspect of wellness. At times we become frustrated when we have to endure things in life that we do not understand. Today, I hope you can begin to let go of needing to know all of the “whys” and try to live with gratitude, knowing that the rewards will come when the time is right. Accept that God has a grand master plan for you and for generations to come, who will reap the rewards of your choice to live with integrity and continue to walk in faith.

What is weighing on your mind today that is affecting your spirit? Can you let this go and continue to seek and create love with faith?

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A New Place and Thyme

There are many ways to reach or attain a goal, choosing the path that will bring you the most joy in the process is what true living is all about. If the end result is going to be the same, it is in how you get there that will really count. So decide what seeds you are going to plant by visualizing your endgame, be sure what you are planting can withstand your potential elements and know that when they do fully bloom you may in a new place and time (or in my case thyme), and live.

No matter what your dream is, it is sure to require patience. The greatest gifts are those that transpire everywhere else in your life once your hardy seeds are planted.

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Lead the Exchange

The world is constantly giving and receiving. Oxygen, as we know, is an essential component of life for cellular respiration, without which we could not survive. Plants supply us with oxygen while we supply plants with carbon dioxide. The perfect exchange.  Picture what happens when one is not providing its share. Now let that lead you to redirect your wind, your day – your position at work – as you strive to lead for a perfect exchange through respect.

Anyone can be a leader.  However, to lead a respectful and flourishing work environment requires a leader who can provide his or her part in this great exchange. To be a great leader involves allowing our strengths to shine and having confidence in others’ strengths, while continuing to grow in the areas that require improvement or diligence. How we treat ourselves and those we work with is an indication of how our customers will be treated. The leader sets this precedence.

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Become the Glass

During yoga teacher training Yogis are taught the Yamas and Niyams: the ten ethical practices or rules of right-living that are derived from Hinduism. These, amongst other gifts offer an opportunity to live with respect. Respect for yourself, others and the Greater plan.

Respect in our spiritual aspect of wellness comes naturally when we follow these practices, which are somewhat parallel to The Ten Commandments that are taught in Christianity and Judaism; varied, yet similar, teachings are taught in each religion.  Buddism has The Five Precepts.

Often, when we do wrong we know it in our being – we don’t require a rule to tell us something is not right.  Yet, life presents many circumstances where were are forced to choose between the greater of goods and the lesser of evils.  Thus leaving hearts torn and spirits worn when we lack understanding. 

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A New Beginning

Ahhhh, the signs of spring are starting to arrive – noticed by a sign seeker, who often finds herself making deals with the universe: give me one more reason, one more sign. This is possibly just proof of her inability to live in the moment or perhaps her own little way of igniting a flame hope.

There’s a proverb that says: “No matter how long the winter is, spring is sure to follow.” Eventually, the signs of spring will come, but you will not notice if you don’t look for them. I believe too that if you look, eventually the signs you seek in your life will also come.

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The Rise and Fall of the Trend: Women and Alcohol

Alcohol is killing Canadian women at dramatically increasing rates. 

In May of 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported a sobering 26 per cent rate increase of alcohol-related deaths in women since 2001.  Girls 10 to 19 had higher hospital rates than boys their age.[i]

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, addressed her concern that the deadly risks of alcohol are being overlooked because of its social acceptance in her 2018 report on the state of public health in Canada.[ii]  

One of the six main areas of focus for Dr. Tam is the use of cannabis, opioids and alcohol because of the fact that the average life expectancy of Canadians may actually be decreasing.  More men still die of alcohol and drug related causes.

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Resolutions

RESOLUTIONS: Journaling Workbook

SUNDAY: SPIRITUAL

Make your resolution in-spirit 

This week is about bringing clarity to your dreams and making solid resolutions that will bring you closer to attaining the impossible, by realizing anything is possible in spirit. As you hold closely to your heart with gratitude your blessings, which are dreams that have already come true, dare to realize all of the possibilities that your life holds. Create a purposeful vision for your future. Understand that by envisioning and clarifying, you are giving your dreams life and are opening yourself to allow spirit to work with you.

So I ask you today, what do you want? What do you want to see transpire in your life one year from now with an understanding that this is a stepping stone to a greater goal or purpose?

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