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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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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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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